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NCERT textbooks to turn smarter with QR codes, syllabus set to be revised

New Delhi: With the Covid crisis forcing students to study through online medium, the central government is now gearing up to digitise textbooks to make them multi-modal, ThePrint has learnt. The new textbooks that are likely to be ready by next year will have QR (quick response) codes in them so that they can be used for teaching via smart boards, TV and radio. A QR code is a bar code used for providing easy access to information through a smartphone. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has asked the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to work on preparing such textbooks with QR codes. “Each textbook should be designed such that it is ready for multi-modal delivery (online smart board, TV, radio) with QR codes tagged to the chapter and hard spots,” the HRD ministry told NCERT in a 23-June letter, which has been accessed by ThePrint. The NCERT syllabus...
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Now, all IITs, IIMs will launch endowment funds to tap successful alumni for donations

An established concept in premier western universities, endowment funds only made a debut in India last year with IIT-Delhi.
Girls studying in a school

Punjab, Haryana drop 6 ranks on school education index, capital Chandigarh retains top slot

According to the MHRD's Performance Grading Index for 2018-19, Haryana drops to 10th rank from 4th since 2017-18 and Punjab from 7th to 13th.
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IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and 7 others have not had full-time chairman in 2 years

At all these 9 IITs, the director holds the additional post of chairman — a move that contradicts an HRD ministry proposal of 2018.
At present, technical teachers, especially those in engineering colleges are not required to possess separate teaching qualifications | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file

B.Tech, M.Tech not enough to teach engineering, aspirants will now have to pass exam

Teaching candidates for technical colleges, including management & pharmacy institutions, will also have to undergo training and internship under AICTE.
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PhDs in ‘national priorities’: How does Javadekar-led HRD stand affect Indian scholarship?

A circular issued by the Central University of Kerala asking all the departments to prepare a list of projects for PhD scholars in line with "national priorities" has triggered a national debate.
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Will IITs become post-graduate-only? IIT Council to discuss on 21 August

The idea came up as a way to curb the billion-dollar private coaching industry that has grown up around the IIT entrance exam, JEE.
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Manipur University students, teachers want V-C out, say strike could impact state’s BJP govt

Two panels have been set up by Centre to look into charges of financial fraud against V-C, but students and faculty say they won’t call off strike till he resigns.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

TalkPoint: Will autonomy guarantee greater academic excellence?

Experts weigh in on UGC's decision to grant autonomy to various universities like JNU and HCU. The move will increase their decision-making powers.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.