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Bengaluru: Driven by demand for a skilled workforce in emerging technologies such as cyber security, Internet of things (IoT) and Big Data, India will generate over 14 lakh new IT jobs by 2027, a Cisco-led study said on Thursday.
This represents a whopping 46 per cent growth in jobs primarily driven by essential digital transformation skills that organisations are seeking today, said the global networking giant Cisco who commissioned International Data Corporation (IDC) to conduct this study.
According to the findings, jobs like social media administrator, Machine Learning (ML) designer and IoT designer are among the most in-demand job roles in the country in the coming years.
"Nearly 89 per cent of hiring managers reported a higher level of trust on candidates having certifications, while 88 per cent of customers experienced an improvement in the level of service and support to end users," showed the study.
"Witnessing the growing importance in a rapidly changing technological landscape, nearly a fifth of employees self-funded their certification courses while about 50 per cent of them underwent some training in 2017," it added.
According to the study, as skill sets required in this digital age change for most industries, its also transforming how and where people work.
As a result, IT organisations might find it difficult to fill these niche roles which calls for upskilling the employee skill sets through certification programmes.
"Cisco, being a leader in certification courses, offers some of the most sought-after IT courses which were one of the pre-requisites for the 5.9 million new job postings in 2017," according to the IDC "InfoBrief" study.
A Nasscom report in July highlighted the fact that nearly 1.4 lakh jobs are vacant in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics segment across various sectors in the country, out of the total demand of 5.1 lakh employees.
Of the total demand, 3.7 lakh jobs are filled, it said. By 2021, the employee deficit would increase to 2.3 lakh, as the total demand goes up to around 8 lakh employees, as per the report.
National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Anushakti Bhavan, C.S.M.Marg, Mumbai-400001, has invited applications for appearing for the joint screening test for (i) the grant of NBHM scholarships to students for pursuing research for a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and (ii) admissions to the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D programmes of certain Institutions in India which include (i) Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Prayagraj (Allahabad) (ii) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune (iii) Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai and (iv) National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar.
Eligibility: Applicants for the NBHM PhD scholarship must be mathematically motivated and should hold a Master's degree (Pure or Applied) in Mathematics or Statistics or must be a final year student of these degree courses. They must have a good academic record (First class or equivalent grade) in all years from Plus Two level to the present. Students having passed B.Sc (Honours) course with a second class may also apply, provided they have a Master's degree or are in the Final year of the same.
Those holding a four-year B.S. (or equivalent) degree, or those in the final year of such a programme, may also apply, but they are eligible to receive the NBHM scholarship only if they secure admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme by August 2019. Students who wish to apply for the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. programmes of HRI, IISER, Pune, IMSc, or NISER must apply and appear for the written test. For this purpose, apart from the students mentioned earlier, students holding a B.Sc./B. Stat/B.S./B.Tech./B.E. degree, or those in the Final year of such degree courses, with a consistently good academic record from Plus Two level as mentioned above may also apply. For more details, visit www.hri.res.in, www.iiserpune.ac.in, www.imsc.res.in and www.niser.ac.in
Students for these doctoral programs need not apply separately to these institutions again.
Eligibility to receive the NBHM Ph.D. scholarship is restricted to students who have completed their B.S./M.A./M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree and have secured admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme on or before August 1, 2019.
NBHM Scholarship: Successful candidates will receive a scholarship amount of Rs. 25,000/- per month for the first and second year and Rs.28,000/- per month for subsequent years, a contingency grant of Rs.32,000/- per year and house rent allowance as per central government norms wherever applicable. The scholarships are normally for a period of four years, sanctioned for one year at a time and renewable at the end of each year, subject to satisfactory progress. The enhanced amount of scholarship may be offered after evaluation by the Board at the end of the second year. If deemed fit, the scholarship may be extended for a fifth year at the discretion of NBHM.
To avail of the NBHM scholarship, successful students must enrol themselves in a recognized Ph.D. degree programme. The scholarship will be paid through the institution they join. Part-time research students cannot avail of the scholarship.
Selection Procedure: Candidates must appear for a written test to be held on January 19, 2019 (Saturday).
The written test will be conducted at the following centres, divided into five separate zones:
Zone 1: Chandigarh, Delhi, Srinagar
Zone 2: Allahabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur
Zone 3: Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Zone 4: Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Ranchi, Shillong
Zone 5: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad
The test of 150 minutes duration will have questions which require short answers, from topics normally covered in Master's degree programmes in Mathematics. Question papers of some earlier years will be available at www.nbhm.dae.gov.in and at www.imsc.res.in, under 'Quick Links.
Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short-listed for interview before final selection.
Application: Applications should be made on plain paper in the format given at the end of the notification at http://www.nbhm.dae.gov.in/sites/default/files/phdad_0.pdf and should include a recent passport size photograph. Completed applications should be sent by e-mail, or submitted online, or sent by SPEED POST, as indicated below. Online/e-mail submissions are preferred.
Applications should not be sent to the NBHM office. Names of two centres from the respective zone must be clearly indicated, giving the order of preference.
Addresses of zonal coordinators for sending completed applications:
Applications for Zone 1 will be accepted online at nbhm.cdaapuchd.in. The online registration is open since 10th Nov 2018 and the eligible candidates will be able to download hall tickets from 5th Jan 2018 onwards. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted in Zone 1.Contact person: Prof. Gurmeet K. Bakshi (email@example.com)
Prof. Kalyan Chakraborty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Chhatnag Road, Jhusi, Prayagraj -211 019, Uttar Pradesh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Siddhartha Bhattacharya, School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai-400 005 (email@example.com)
Dr. Mrinal Nandi, Department of Statistics, West Bengal State University, Berunanpukuria, Malikapur, Barasat, 24 Parganas North, Kolkata - 700 126. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. S. Kesavan, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, CIT Campus, Taramani, Chennai - 600 113 (email@example.com)
The last date for receipt of completed applications is December 7, 2018 (Friday).
Hall Ticket for written test showing the centre will be sent to reach candidates by January 4, 2019 (Friday).
For more details, visit www.nbhm.dae.gov.in
New Delhi: At least 90 per cent parents believe student-teacher relationship is the biggest factor that affects student motivation and development, according to a new survey. The survey in which 500 parents were interviewed over a period of six months pointed out parents believe that students grasp concepts fast in presence of a teacher.
According to the survey by ed-tech start up Cuemath, 90 per cent parents give weightage to one-on-one interactions between students and teachers as an essential component of their childrens education.
"A major reason for the sustenance of this mode of thought, parents declared, was the knowledge that children naturally learn from one another while solving problems and working collaboratively within a shared space," the survey report said.
It added that face-time with a teacher provide greater validation and encouragement than a pre-recorded video.
The survey also revealed that the student-teacher relationship is considered amongst the biggest factors that affect students motivation and development.
New York:India is the second largest international reservoir for the US higher education institutions having sent 196,271 students here in the last academic year, according to latest data.
Their numbers continued to grow, with a 5.4 per cent increase in 2017-18 over the previous academic year, according to the Open Doors report from the State Department and the Institute of International Education.
In the other direction, 4,704 students went to study in India during 2016-17, latest period for which data is available. It was an increase of 12.5 per cent from the previous year.
The report said that there was a steep fall in the number of Indian students at the post-graduate level in the US. Their numbers came down by 8.8 per cent to 95,651 in 2017-18 compared to the previous year, while the number of students in practical training programmes after graduation shot up by 32 per cent to 75,390, according to the report.
The number of undergraduate students also went up by 6.2 per cent to 23,346.
Indians made up 17.9 per cent of total of 1,094,792 international students in the US last academic year.
China sent 363,341 students, the most of any country.
In 2016-17, there were 186,267 students from India in the US, a 24.9 per cent increase over the 165,918 the previous year.
During 2016-17, there were 21,977 students in undergraduate programmes, 104,899 in graduate courses and 57,132 in practical training programmes.
The State Department said international students contributed $42 billion to the US economy and supported 450,000 jobs.
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Public Service Commission approved the suggestionsput forward for amendmentsin the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS). With the PSC accepting the amendments, government is expected to release the final notification this month.
After the vacancies are reported, the application process is likely to begin in December. PSC has started the preparations for this.
The exam structure will be decided by the PSC after discussing with the government.
The vacancies in constitutional bodies like PSC, legislative assembly, secretariat, courts and advocate general office are omitted from KAS.
Also the eligibility of general education department staff to apply for second category has been dropped. The eligibility to apply for this category has been amended with addition of approved probationer or full member.
The posts including PA in education department has been eliminated from KAS.
The suggestions for amendments will be handed over to the government on Wednesday.
New Delhi: The HRD Ministry on Tuesday approved the process of constitution of new boards of governors for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) according to the IIM Act, 2017.
The process of constitution of boards for IIMs, which have been given full powers to run the institutions, is a major development that signals complete autonomy of quality institutions in higher education and will ensure quality expansion of higher education," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
This process is in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 of the IIM Act and has been approved in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Under the Act, the IIMs have been provided comprehensive autonomy for the first time.
In accordance with the spirit of the Act, the government has decided to immediately withdraw the government nominees who are in excess of the provisions of the Act. This will pave way for complete control of the institutions by reputed academicians and alumni, Javadekar said.
The process of constitution of the boards would be kicked off with three ex-officio members selecting the chairperson who would lead the further process of constitution of the boards as laid down under the Act.
Thereafter, the board comprising the chairperson and ex-officio members will co-opt five alumni from every IIM who will normally be the current serving members, except in cases of ineligibility.
In the first meeting of the board, the regulations for selection of for eminent persons and two faculty members would be framed and based on this, normally the current serving persons would be selected for a full term. This process is expected to be completed before December 15. On completion of the constitution of the boards, the rules under the IIM Act would be issued... which would bring out the operational details more clearly, Javadekar added.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has invited applications for admission to the five-year integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programme conducted with an interdisciplinary perspective by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, during 2019-20academic year.
The Programme is designed to meet the needs of students who seek a broader learning forum and who appreciate the unique design of inter-disciplinary studies. The programme encourages students to engage in critical thinking and research on ideas, people, society, environment and the human condition.
The total number of seats sanctioned for the programme is 46. Students are admitted to the programme in two streams (23 each), Development Studies and English Studies. Details related to the two streams are available in the Information Brochure that can be downloaded from http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/
The first two years of the curriculum are common to all the students after which, they branch out into the two streams. Allocation of streams will be based on students' preferences, their academic performance during the first three semesters, and availability of seats under each stream.
Selection to the programme will be based on the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) to be held from 10 am to 1 pm on April 21, 2019 (Sunday) at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram. An applicant has to give two choices for the exam centre while applying.
HSEE-2019 will have 2 two parts. Part I will have objective type multiple choice questions for 2½ hours duration (150 minutes), from (i) English and Comprehension Skill (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability (iii) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs and Environment and Ecology; administered through computer. The weightage assigned are 25% marks of Part I, for English, 25% marks of Part I, for Analytical and Quantitative Ability and 50% marks of Part I for General Studies, in four sub-parts.
Part II will be essay writing for 30 minutes to be written on answer sheet to be distributed to the candidates at the end of Part I. Candidates will be required to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion. The question paper will be in English.
Eligibility: Applicant should be an Indian Citizen. Applicants who are not citizens of India at the time of registering for HSEE-2019 (by birth or naturalized) are treated as foreign nationals. Admission of Foreign Nationals will also be made through HSEE-2019. Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.
Age: Applicant should have been born on or after October 01, 1994. In the case of SC, ST and PwD categories, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years. Accordingly, applicants belonging to SC, ST and PwD and born on or after October 01, 1989 are eligible.
Qualifying Examination: Applicant should have passed any one of the following qualifying examinations for the first time in 2018 or should be appearing in 2019 (i) The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org) (ii) Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (iii) Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy (iv) Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects (v) Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (vi) H.S.C. vocational examination (vii) Class XII skill courses of CBSE (ix) General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) atthe Advanced (A) level (x) High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
Percentage of Marks in Qualifying Examination: Applicants belonging to the general category and OBC category must secure a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Those belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories must secure a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Where only letter grades are mentioned in the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. In case the candidate does not provide such a certificate, the decision of the HSEE admission committee regarding his/her eligibility shall be final.
Physical Fitness: Those selected will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available along with the letter of offer of admission. Candidates will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the Institute.
Examination Fee: The examination fee for SC, ST, PwD candidates is Rs.1200/- and for all other candidates it is Rs. 2400/- Fee can be paid through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/Indian Bank challan that can be generated during the process of application.
Application: Application for HSEE-2019 can be submitted only online at http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/ from December 12, 2018. Application fee can also be paid from this date. Applicants have to first register at the site and Upload scanned (a) Photograph, (b) Signatures (as per the specifications given) and (c) Supporting Documents which include, Scanned images of 10th Certificate/10+2 certificate (if available)/Date of Birth Certificate/OBC-NCL-Undertaking/SC/ST/PwD category certificate (if applicable) in the specified format.
If opting for payment by Indian Bank e-challan, a bank challan of Indian Bank will be generated during the online process of application which has to be printed. Applicant has to go to any branch of the Indian Bank along with a printed challan and pay the fee. They should verify that the application numbers on both the copies of the challans are the same as that in the application.
The last Date for submission of online application for payment made by Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card is January 23, 2019. For payment being made by Indian Bank Challan, Step -2 (uploading of Photo/Signature and Documents) must be completed by January 23, 2019 and payment in bank branch, by January 24, 2019.
Admit Card can be downloaded from the HSEE Website by from March 20, 2019 to April 21, 2019.
Result will be declared on HSEE Website on May 13, 2019. Rank list will be prepared based on the aggregate marks obtained in HSEE-2019. A common rank list made up of candidates who score at least 50% in HSEE-2019 will be prepared. Separate rank lists will be prepared corresponding to OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Candidates belonging to OBC-NCL category must score at least 45% in HSEE-2019 in order to be in the OBC-NCL rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2019 in order to be in their respective rank lists. To be in the PwD rank list, candidates must score at least 25% in HSEE-2019 in aggregate.
The offer letter can be downloaded from the HSEE website by successful Candidates from May 14, 2019.
For more details, visit http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) for admission to Class VI at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) for the academic session 2019-20, will be held on 6th April 2019 (Saturday) from 11.15 am in one phase for all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
JNVs are co-educational residential schools fully financed and administered by Government of India through an autonomous organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. The medium of instruction in JNVs is the mother tongue or regional language up to Class VIII and English thereafter for Mathematics and Science and Hindi for Social Science. Students of the JNVs appear for X and XII class examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education.
The basic objective of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is to provide good quality modern education including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education to the talented children predominantly from rural areas, to ensure that students attain a reasonable level of competency in three languages, to promote national integration through migration of students from Hindi to non-Hindi speaking State and vice-versa and to serve in each district as focal point for improvement of quality of school education in general through sharing of experiences and facilities.
According to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is to be set up in each District in a phased manner. At present, 661 Vidyalayas are sanctioned in 28 States and 7 Union Territories, out of which 629 are functioning. The State-wise distribution of JNVs sanctioned is given in the Prospectus available at www.navodaya.gov.in
Education in the schools is free including board & lodging, uniform and textbooks. However, a sum of Rs. 600/- per month is collected from the students of Classes IX to XII only, towards Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi. Students belonging to SC/ST categories, Girl students and the students whose family income is below poverty line (BPL) are exempted. Rs.1500/- per student per month is collected from all students whose parents are Govt. Employees.
Reservation: A minimum of 75% of the seats in a district will be reserved for applicants from rural areas and remaining seats will be filled by applicants from urban areas of the district. An applicant seeking admission under the rural quota must have studied in Classes-III, IV and V, completing full academic session from the Government/ Government Aided/Government recognized school(s) located in rural areas. However, the candidate should study full academic session in Class-V from the same district where admission is sought. Those studying under the schemes of National Institute of Open Schooling should produce their rural status certificate issued by District Magistrate / Tehsildar / Block Development Officer. One who has studied in a school located in an urban area even for a single day of session in Class-III, IV and V will be considered as an urban candidate. Urban areas are those which are so defined in 2011 census or through a subsequent Government notification. All other areas will be considered as rural.
There is no separate reservation for transgender category applicants. They will be provided and they will be included in Boys category for reservation purpose, under various sub-categories such as Rural, Urban, SC, ST and Divyang.
Reservation for SC and ST is provided in proportion to their population in the district concerned subject to a minimum of 15% for SC and 7.5% for ST and maximum of 50% for both the categories (SC & ST) taken together. These reservations are interchangeable and over and above the candidates selected under open merit.
One third of the total seats are reserved for girls. There is a provision for reservation of 3% seats for Divyang children.
Eligibility for all applicants: Applicant must be studying in Class-V for the whole of the academic session 2018-19 in a Government/Government aided or other recognized schools or for a 'B' certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. Schools where students have obtained 'B' certificate under National Institute of Open Schooling should have accreditation of NIOS. Applicant must successfully complete Class-V in 2018-19. Actual admission in Class-VI for the session 2019-20 will be subject to the mentioned condition.
Applicant claiming admission under rural quota must have studied and passed classes III, IV and V from a Govt. / Govt. aided / recognized school spending one full academic session each year in a school located in rural area.
The rural status of a child from National Institute of Open Schooling will be decided on the basis of a certificate to be issued by Tehsildar/District Magistrate of the District indicating that the child has been residing in rural areas for the last three years.
A person who has not been promoted and admitted to Class-V before 15th September, 2018 is not eligible to apply. No candidate is eligible to appear in the selection test for the second time, under any circumstances.
Applicant must not have been born before 1.5.2006 and after 30.4.2010 (Both days are inclusive). This will apply to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST).
Application: Registration can be done at www.navodaya.gov.in. The last date to submit online application for test is 30.11.2018.
Applicants have to fill up the online form and upload the certificate issued by the Head Master/Principal where the candidate is studying in class V with the photograph along with signatures of both candidate and his /her parent/guardian. The attachments should be uploaded in jpg format of the size between 10-100 kb only. In case of candidates from NIOS, candidates should obtain `B‟ certificate and residence should be in the same district where he / she is seeking admission.
Verification of proofs for residence, age, eligibility etc will be done for selected candidates through the laid down procedure after the declaration of results.
Admit Card: The admit card will be made available with effect from 1st March 2019 on application portal which shall be downloaded.
Selection Test: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test is conducted in various languages state wise as given in the Notification at www.navodaya.gov.in. A candidate will be given a test booklet in the language which he/she has mentioned in the application form.
The selection test will be held from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm on 6.4.2019 and will have 3 sections with only objective type questions. It will comprise of Mental ability Test (40 questions, 50 marks, 60 Minutes); Arithmetic Test (20, 25, 30) and Language Test (20, 25, 30). Applicants are free to adjust the total time, as they like. An additional 15 minutes will be given for reading the instructions. Hence, the candidates have to report latest by 11 am on 6th April 2019. A single test booklet comprising of all the three sections will be given to each candidate. Additional time of 30 minutes will be allowed for 'Divyang students' (differently-abled students). No candidate will be permitted to leave the examination hall/room till the completion of full allotted time. More details on the test are given in the Prospectus.
Answers are to be recorded on OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) at an appropriate place on the OMR sheet. A copy of specimen OMR Sheet will be uploaded in the website of NVS. Only Blue/Black Ball Point Pen is to be used to write on the OMR Sheet. Candidates should bring their own ballpoint pens. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited. For each question, there are four probable answers, out of which only one is correct. The candidate is required to select the correct answer and darken the corresponding circle of the chosen answer. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Applicants will have to secure qualifying marks in each of the three sections.
Result: The result of JNV Selection Test 2019 is expected to be announced by the last week of May 2019 for all JNVs. The result will be displayed in the offices of the concerned Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya; District Education Officer; District Magistrate; Deputy Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of the Region; The website of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti www.navodaya.gov.in. Candidates can see the result from the admission portal also. The Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya concerned, will also inform the selected candidates through SMS on the registered mobile number followed by a speed post.
Those selected will be admitted only in the JNV located in the district from where they are studying in class V and appearing at the JNVST and not to any other JNV. No request for shifting of students on account of medium of instruction in the JNV concerned, shifting of parents/guardians to other district(s) / State(s) etc. will be entertained.
For more details, the Prospectus may be seen at www.navodaya.gov.in
Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru; Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad; have jointly invited applications for the two-month Summer Fellowships 2019, for teachers and students.
The Fellowship Programme aims at giving students and teachersstudying/teaching in India, to work with scientists associated with the three Academies during 2019.
The selected candidate should work with the assigned guide for two months any time during the calendar year, preferably during the summer.
Eligibility: Applicants should be students or teachers from Universities and colleges affiliated to UGC/AICTE/MCI/Accredited Institutions of State Universities.
In case of students, applicants should be studying in one of the following: (i) BS/BSc/ BVSc (II year only) (ii) BPharm (III and IV years only) (iii) BE / BTech / BCA (II and III years only) (iv) BArch(II,III and IV years only) (v) MS / MSc / MVSc / MPharm (I year only) (vi) ME/ MTech / MCA / MArch (I year only) (vii) (5-year integrated) MS / MSc /MTech / MBBS (II, III, IV years only) (viii) PharmD (III, IV years only) (ix) (Dual degree) BTech + MTech (II/,III,IV years only) (x) (Dual degree) BE + MSc (II, III, IV years only) (xi) (Dual degree) BS+MS (II, III, IV years only) (xii) Integrated PhD (I, II years only) (xiii) MSc Tech (I, II years only). PhD student are not eligible. In case of teachers, they must be teaching in a College/University.
Mark Criterion: Student applicants should have at least 65% marks in core subjects (excluding languages), from X std. up to Post-graduation (whichever years completed). The minimum marks criterion is not applicable to teachers.
Those who have availed the Academies fellowship twice before are not eligible to apply.
Applications can be submitted online at one of www.ias.ac.in;www.insaindia.res.inorwww.nasi.org.in. A copy of the application format, instructions to applicants including eligibility criteria, and a list of names of scientists/faculty who have consented to guide students/teachers to work on short-term projects is displayed in the online application. The application should include: (a) the application form in the prescribed format; (b) scanned copies of marks sheets from class X till the last examination; (c) a write-up (in about 150-250 words) as to what the applicant wants to learn and achieve. Student applicants should provide the email id of one of their teachers or HoD familiar with their work. The Academy will approach them for a recommendation letter in the prescribed format. The registration number assigned soon after the online submission must be quoted in all future correspondence.
Teacher applicants should upload their publications, if any. On selection, an authorization letter from the Principal/HoD that necessary permission/leave of absence will be granted should be sent by post to the 'Coordinator, SRFP 2019, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru 560 080'.
The last date for submission of online applications is 30th November 2018.
Information of selection along with concurrence of the guide will be despatched aroundFebruary–March, 2019.
The selected students/teachers will be provided appropriate round trip train fare and a monthly fellowship to meet their living expenses at the place of work.
Only one application per candidate will be considered. If more than one application is submitted, none of the applications will be considered.
All correspondence should be addressed to 'Mr C.S. Ravi Kumar, Coordinator, Summer Research Fellowship Programme, Indian Academy of Sciences, CV Raman Avenue, near Mekhri Circle, Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru-560 080'. Tel. (080) 2266 1207, 2266 1202, 2266 1221; Email:email@example.com
For more details, visit:www.ias.ac.in
As the world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), advanced robotics, Internet of Things IoT), Cloud computing and 3D printing, major changes are expected in the labour market globally.
There will be reduced demand for middle-skilled workers doing repetitive tasks and increased demand for more highly-skilled workers -- and also low-skilled workers doing non-routine work. While many developed countries, such as the US and Japan, as also several European economies, are already experiencing this polarisation, the labour market is also hollowing out in many developing countries, although at a rate slower than the developed world.
In the case of India, this polarisation can be seen in the organised manufacturing sector, where the share of high-skilled occupations in total manufacturing employment increased by more than three percentage points, while the share of middle-skilled jobs decreased by 6.3 percentage points from 1993-94 to 2011-12. Looking at the impact of technological progress on various manufacturing industries, the capital-intensive industries, such as automobile manufacturers, have a greater probability of adopting advanced automation and robotic technologies, compared to labour-intensive manufacturing industries such as textile, apparel, leather and footwear, and paper manufacturers.
Further, in the services sector, particularly in the IT sector, e-commerce, banking and financial services and health care services, there is a huge potential for automation technologies, which would increase the demand for skilled workers and reduce the demand for middle-skilled workers.
However, in India, over 80 per cent of the working population is engaged in low-skilled jobs in the unorganised sector. These low-skilled workers aspire to join the middle-skilled workforce in the organised sector to raise themselves from poverty. However, the changing nature of work due to technology advancements in the organised sector prevents their upward labour mobility and any improvement in their incomes.
Addressing these challenges requires reforms in Indias higher education system. The institutes of higher learning should shun dated teaching methodologies and redesign the course curriculum by understanding key market transitions amidst the technological advancements. This would enable the country to create a workforce which could be placed in the positions demanded by the companies in the digital era and thus bridge the skill gap in the labour market.
However, looking at the current state of higher education in India, one can see that it is not just the quality of the system which needs to be improved. There is also much to be done in terms of the number of students enrolled in the institutes of higher learning.The Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in tertiary education in India is 26.9 per cent, which is lower than that of China (48.4 per cent), Indonesia (27.9 per cent) and the Philippines (35.3 per cent), among others.
Further, Indias GER for the male population is 26.3 per cent and 25.4 per cent for females. The GER also varies across different social groups -- 21.8 per cent for the Scheduled Castes and 15.9 per cent for the Scheduled Tribes.
There are also wide variations in the number of colleges for higher education across different states in India, with the lowest number of seven colleges in Bihar for every 0.1 million of eligible population to 51 in Telangana and Karnataka. The top eight states in terms of highest number of colleges are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, which have 28 or more colleges per 0.1 million of the population. The disparity in the distribution of the colleges is also seen across different districts in these states, with the top 50 districts having about 32.6 per cent of the colleges.
In addition to the inequalities existing in the access to institutions for higher education, another issue is that a majority of the students are enrolled in undergraduate level programmes, compared to the Masters and the Doctoral programmes. Moreover, at the undergraduate level, there is a low pass-out rate -- out of 2,90,16,350 students enrolled at undergraduate level, only 6,419,639 passed-out in 2017.
It is imperative for the country to address these issues given that the Indian system of higher education faces multiple challenges of low gross enrolment in its colleges and universities, with predominance of students settling on undergraduate studies, along with various socio-economic inequalities existing in access to higher learning. Further, emphasis must be placed on increasing the number of students who pass out of the colleges/universities, along with increasing enrolment numbers.
The technology-induced skill gap which the Indian economy is facing across different sectors is bound to widen with the current higher education system. Change has to be brought from outside the existing constructs. Improvement in the teaching methodology from the traditional lecture courses, accreditation of online courses, along with redesigning the course curriculum to be more industry relevant are some of the ways the technology-led changes in the labour market can be dealt with.
(Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and tweets @kautiliya. Deepti Mathur, senior researcher at large, Institute for Competitiveness has contributed to the article)
New Delhi: The number of Indians studying in the United States has increased by 5.4 per cent since last year, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released here on Tuesday.
According to the report, a total of 1,96,271 Indians are at present studying in the US and this is the fifth consecutive year during which their strength has grown.
"Looking at the past 10 years of data, the number of Indians going to the United States has doubled. The reasons are clear, Indian students are looking for a great education and the United States continues to offer this," Joseph Pomper, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, said at the report launch.
The report noted that Indians make up nearly 18 per cent of all international students in the United States, surpassed only by China.
"India provided the second highest amount of graduate students and fourth-most undergraduates. Also of note, the number of American students studying in India increased to 4,704 – 12.5 percent more than the year before," it said, adding the top places of origin for international students studying in the US were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.
The top host states are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and Michigan.
"We are thrilled to see a significant increase in the number of American university students choosing India as a study abroad destination. The student exchange programs are one of the best ways to foster meaningful relationships and promote mutual understanding between American and Indian citizens," said Adam Grotsky, Director of United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF).
Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the US Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.
Applications are invited from female candidates (only) for admission to 4 years B Sc. (Nursing) course commencing in 2019 at Colleges of Nursing of Armed Forces Medical Services. Based on the merit cum choice, (subject to medical fitness and vacancy in each College) the candidates will be awarded admission in Colleges of Nursing.
Selected candidates shall execute an agreement/Bond to serve in the Military Nursing Service (MNS) for 5 years. On successful completion of Nursing Training (4years), the candidates will be granted permanent/short service commission in the Military Nursing Service, under the terms and conditions laid down for grant of such commission.
They shall have to refund the bond money as per the bond executed in the event of withdrawal from the course, termination of training or refusal to accept commission in the MNS, if offered. During training they will be provided with free ration, accommodation, uniform allowance and monthly stipend as per existing terms and conditions as amended from time to time.
Subsequent to passing the final year University examination for B Sc (Nursing) course and, all candidates will be offered a commission in the Military Nursing Service subject to medical fitness. The date of declaration of result from respective Universities will be the date of commissioning for the candidates passing out of Colleges of Nursing. The date of commission determines the date of seniority in service among all candidates who have joined the course in the same year.
(a) Female candidates who are unmarried/divorcee/legally separated or widow without encumbrances.
(b) Nationality - Indian
(c) Date of Birth – Between 01 Oct 1994 to 30 Sep 2002 (both days inclusive).
(d) Educational Qualification - Candidates must have passed in the first attempt, Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent (12 Years schooling) examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology) and English with not less than 50% aggregate marks as a regular student from a Statutory / Recognized Board /University/ Examination Body. Candidates who will be appearing for Final year of qualifying examination during the current academic session may also apply provisionally.
The candidates finally selected for the course will have to submit proof of passing the qualifying examination with requisite subjects and marks before joining the Course.
(e) Physical standards - Medical fitness will be determined as per standards applicable for commission in the Armed Forces. X-Ray examination of Chest and USG (of abdomen & pelvis) will be done. Minimum height should not be less than 148 cm (relaxed by 5cm in case of Western Himalayan region, Eastern Himalayan region and Scheduled Tribes). Details of medical standards can be seen in the Indian Army website www.joinindarmy.nic.in / www.indarmy.gov.in.
Selection: Eligible applicants will be called for an objective type written test of 90 minutes duration, likely to be held in Jan 2019 covering General English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and General Intelligence. Candidates as per merit on the basis of written test will be called for interview during April 2019. Final selection will be based on combined merit of written test & interview, subject to medical fitness and vacancy in each College.
Interview and Medical Examination: Merit listed candidates of Written Test will appear for Interview and medical examination at selected centers. Candidates declaredFIT/UNFIT in medical examination will be informed about their medical status by thePresident of the Selection Medical Board (SMB), including the procedure of requestingfor appeal/review medical board.
Written Examination Centres: Agra, Ambala, Bangalore, Barrackpore, Bhopal, Chandimandir, Chennai, Coimbatore, Danapur, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Jabalpur, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jhansi, Kochi, Kirkee, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Namkum, Secunderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Ezhimala (Cannanore), Pune and Vishakhapattnam.
How to apply: Candidates may apply online and pay the application fee online only through www.joinindianarmy.nic.in which will be accessible from 12 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018. The candidate's E-mail ID is the user ID for this website and the candidate will select their own password. It is mandatory for the candidate to give one live contact mobile number for correspondence.
The Eligible candidates will only be able to pay online the application processing fee of Rs 150/-. Details of payment will be known to the candidates while submitting the application online. On successful completion of online payment, a bank reference number will be generated for the future correspondence of the candidate.
The last date for online submission of application and online payment of fee will be on 30 Nov 2018 by 5 pm.
The Admit Card for the Written Test can be generated online by the candidate by 3rd week of Dec 2018.
Applications sent by post will not be accepted. The selection of the candidate for B Sc. (Nursing) will however be subject to producing of the original mark sheet/certificate of the qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or equivalent before final selection and meeting all other eligibility criteria. The selected candidates if found not in possession of documents /mark sheets as per eligibility criteria, at the institution in which they report, the admission is liable to be cancelled. In such cases no TA will be applicable.
For more updates, visit www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
The central government has developed a website to help students get their education loans just within a click. It also helps the students to know about various scholarships they can avail.
Vidya Lakshmi (www.vidyalakshmi.co.in), is an IT based mechanism under the Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Karyakram to provide the students a single window electronic platform for Scholarships and Educational Loans.
This portal has been developed under the guidance of Department of Financial Services, (Ministry of Finance), Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Human Resource Development) and Indian Banks Association (IBA). The portal has been developed and being maintained by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited.
Students can view, apply and track the education loan applications to banks anytime, anywhere by accessing the portal. The portal also provides linkages to National Scholarship Portal.
Those students who are to apply for education loans have to mandatorily register at Vidya Lakshmi. All the details including interest rates, security details and other information regarding education loans provided by all banks are available on the portal.
Students can select what is best for them according to their eligibility and fill up the Common Education Loan Application Form (CELAF). This application form, approved by the Indian Banks Association, will be accepted by all banks. Through this portal, a student can submit application to maximum of three banks.
The provision to upload necessary documents, facility to track and know the status of the applications and many other options are available at the web portal.
Students can avail loans for courses in both India and abroad.
Details regarding various scholarships provided by both central government and state government are available in the site.
Students have to register at Vidya Lakshmi home page using their name, mobile number and email id. A website link will be sent to their mail. Clicking on the link, students will be taken to a page where details of all available scholarships are shown. If their eligibility matches, application can be submitted online. Those scholarship amounts will be considered as students' margin amount by various banks while sanctioning the education loans.
The survey said that over half (54 per cent) of Indian people polled said they encourage their children to become teachers – more than in any other country surveyed, including China (50 per cent).
Indians are the most positive about their children taking up a career in teaching, a new global study has revealed.
The UK-based Varkey Foundations 'Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI) 2018' was released on Thursday and is described as the most comprehensive study of how society views teachers across 35 countries around the world.
It revealed that over half (54 per cent) of Indian people polled said they encourage their children to become teachers – more than in any other country surveyed, including China (50 per cent).
By comparison, under a quarter of British people (23 per cent) would encourage their child to become a teacher, while only 6 per cent would encourage their child to become a teacher in Russia, the lowest of any country surveyed.
Overall, India ranks eighth among the 35 countries surveyed in the Global Teacher Status Index 2018, in which China is the highest-ranked country and Brazil the lowest.
The index reveals, for the very first time, that there is a direct link between teacher status and pupil performance as measured by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Developments Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores.
"When we conducted the Global Teacher Status Index five years ago we were alarmed by the weight of evidence pointing to the low status of teachers around the world. It was this that inspired us to create the Global Teacher Prize, which shines a light on the extraordinary work that teachers do around the world," said Indian-origin entrepreneur and philanthropist Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation.
The survey is based on in-depth opinion polling and analysis by Professor Peter Dolton and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research of over 35,000 adults aged 16-64 and over 5,500 additional serving teachers across 35 countries. The 2018 index expands upon the first GTSI, which surveyed 21 countries back in 2013 and inspired the Varkey Foundations annual USD 1-million Global Teacher Prize.
The survey also found that over three-quarters (77 per cent) of Indian respondents think that pupils respect their teachers – the third-highest of any country surveyed after Uganda (79 per cent) and China (81 per cent).
By contrast, only 9 per cent of people in Brazil think pupils respect their teachers, lower than any other country polled.
Indians believe strongly in their countrys education system – rating it 7.11 out of 10 – the fourth-highest of any country polled, with only Finland (8), Switzerland (7.2), and Singapore (7.1) higher. By contrast, Egyptians rated their countrys education system lower than any other surveyed at 3.8.
When asked to rank 14 professions in order of respect (including headteachers, primary and secondary teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, and librarians), Indian respondents ranked headteachers the fourth-highest of all the countries surveyed after Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.
Indians ranked secondary school teachers the seventh-highest of all the countries surveyed, with China ranking them the highest.
The latest index found that teacher status was rising globally and of the 35 countries polled, Asian nations of India, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Korea rank higher in terms of teacher status than every European country and every Western nation – including the US, New Zealand and Canada.
University Grants Commission, Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110 002 has invited applications for the Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child, 2018-19.
The Scheme aims at supporting the education of single girl child in Postgraduate Courses and also to recognize the value of observance of small family norm.
Girl students who are admitted in the first year of PG courses in (i) Universities/Institutions/Colleges included under section 2(f) & and 12(B) of UGC Act. (ii) Deemed to be Universities included under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and eligible to receive grants-in-aid from UGC (Those Deemed Universities which do not receive funds from the Central/ State Government are not eligible institutions under the scheme) (iii) Universities/Institutions/College funded by Central/State Government (iv) Institutes of National Importance etc; and happen to be the only girl child in the family may apply for the Scholarship. Girl students without having any brother or the girl student who are twin daughters/ fraternal daughter may also apply for scholarship under the aforesaid scheme. If the family has one son and one daughter, then girl child will not be considered for scholarship under the scheme.
Eligibility: Applicant single girl child should have taken admission in regular, fulltime first year Masters Degree course in any designated university or a Post graduate college during 2018-19. The Girl student must not be over the age of 30 years at the time of admission in first year of PG course. Admission to PG Course in Distance education mode is not covered under the scheme.
There are a total of 3000 awards. The Amount of fellowship will be Rs.36,200/- per annum for a period of two years only (full duration of a PG course). No other additional grant will be payable in lieu of hostel charges and medical charges etc. The awardee can avail of other scholarship also during the tenure of this scholarship.
Application: Applications are to be submitted online at https://scholarships.gov.in/, latest by 30th November, 2018. Applicants are required to upload (i) Affidavit regarding Single girl child status as per format given in Annexure-II and (ii) Joining report as per Annexure-I. The formats are available in the detailed Guidelines of the Scheme, available at https://scholarships.gov.in/.
The host institution where the candidate is studying is required to verify the online application. After selection, the awardees will be paid scholarship on DBT mode on annual basis.
Renewal: The scholarship will be renewed for the next year of study on receipt of renewal. Students failing to get promoted to the next class/ level would forfeit the scholarship. Change in course of study will not be permitted. If the awardee changes the course of study, the scholarship will stand forfeited from the date of such a change.
For details, visit https://scholarships.gov.in/
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous Organization Under Ministry of Human Resource Development; Department of School Education & Literacy, Govt. of India, has invited applications for the test for admission in Class IX against vacant seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas during 2019-20. Details of Tentative Vacancies for admission to class IX during 2019-20 as on 24.10.2018 is given in the Notification at www.navodaya.gov.in
At present, there are 630 functional Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) spread over 28 States and 7 Union Territories
The scheme is to provide good quality modern education including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education to the talented children from rural areas irrespective of their family's socio-economic condition.
Education in the schools is free including board & lodging, uniform and textbooks. However, a sum of Rs. 600/- per month is collected from the students of Classes IX to XII only towards Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi. Students belonging to SC/ST categories, Girl students and the students whose family income is below poverty line (BPL) are exempted. Rs.1500/- per student per month is collected from all students whose parents are Govt. Employees.
Eligibility: Applicant should be studying Class VIII during the Academic Session 2018-19 in one of the Govt./Govt. recognized schools of the district where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is functioning and where admission is sought and must qualify/ pass Class VIII in the academic session 2018-19.
Applicant must be born between 01.05.2003 and 30.04.2007 (both days inclusive). This is applicable to all categories of candidates including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe.
Candidates will be considered for the admission only into that Vidyalaya for which he/she has appeared for Selection Test.
Selection Test: Selection Test for admission to Class IX will be conducted from 10 am to 12.30 pm on 2nd February 2019 (Saturday), in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of concerned district/ any other center allotted by NVS. Applicants with special needs (Divyang) will get an additional time of 30 minutes, subject to the production of certificates from the competent authority. Medium of Language for Examination will be English/Hindi.
Selection Test will consist of objective type questions from Mathematics (35 questions), General Science (35), English (15) and Hindi (15). Difficulty level of the test paper will be of Class VIII. Syllabus is given in the Notification available at www.navodaya.gov.in. Students have to answer in OMR sheet.
Result of the Selection Test may be ascertained from the application portal of NVS through which application is submitted. Result will be notified in the Vidyalaya Notice Board as well as published in the website of JNVs concerned. Selected candidates will also be intimated by Speed post and SMS.
Application: Online applications may be submitted at www.navodaya.gov.in or website of JNVs, latest by 30th November 2018.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will conduct its MBBS entrance examination for the 2019-20 admissions on May 25 and 26.
For the first time it is introducing the Prospective Applicants Advanced Registration (PAAR) facility. Registrations will be a two-stage process comprising of a basic registration and final registration stages. The basic registration will be held in November and the final registration in February.
In the first stage, the basic registration, those desirous of appearing in entrance examinations, in future, will be able to initially register by filling basic details and uploading images.
These particulars and images will be screened and there would be adequate time to correct errors and deficiencies. The candidates will be informed whether their registration is accepted, and their details will be stored with a unique identification number. Thus, candidates will not be subjected to the pressures of last minute rush and the fear of rejection of applications without any time left to make amends.
At a specified time prior to the entrance examination for a session the basic registration process will be closed and no further applications for that particular session will be allowed.
Basic registration process is free of any charges and no payment shall be collected at this stage. Since applicants may not have completed their eligibility examinations etc., certain details may not be collected at the time of basic registration.
In final registration applicants can fill remaining details such as qualification details, choose the available city for examinations and make the necessary payments. These applicants will be eligible to be issued admit cards for that examination subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria as mentioned in the respective prospectus.
For more details, visit www.aiimsexams.org
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, has invited applications for admission to the PhD Programmes (full time and part time), Second Semester, 2018-19; starting January 2019 at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses of BITS Pilani.
Programme is offered in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics under Science stream, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical under Engineering stream, Pharmacy, Economics and Finance, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Minimum Eligibility Qualifications: M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Pharm. / MBA / M.Phil. (minimum of 60% in aggregate); M.Sc. / B.E. / B.Pharm or an equivalent degree (minimum of 60% in aggregate); M.A. degree (minimum of 55% in aggregate), for admission into Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, Departments may set specific admission criteria for short listing.
Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for an admission test, which may comprise of a written exam and/or interview.
Information on specific Departments and related research activities is available on the Department homepage of respective campuses
Full time students should preferably be individuals who would like to pursue PhD in-house, residing on campus. Full time PhD students admitted into the PhD programme are eligible to be considered for an Institute fellowship of Rs.25,000/- per month in the first year. Higher assistantship will be made available in subsequent years. Consideration for fellowship will be as per Institute norms. It will be obligatory on the part of every admitted full time student to undertake 8 to 10 hours (per week) of work as assigned to him/her by the institute
Part-time students should be preferably individuals working in organizations providing basic facilities and environment for research.
Application can be submitted at www.bitsadmission.com/phmain.aspx, through the 'Online application' link there, latest by 17.00 hrs on 8th December, 2018. Applicants are required to upload, Photograph, Date of birth certificate, Mark sheet and certificate of qualifying degree. Application fee is Rs. 2400/- to be paid online.
Name of shortlisted candidates will be declared at www.bitsadmission.com/phmain.aspx on 20th December 2018. Test/Interview will be on 4th January 2019.
Admission offers will be announced on BITS admission website on 7th January 2019.
For details, see the Brochure available at http://bitsadmission.com/phmain.aspx
Proposals have been invited by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, under the SPARC Scheme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
The 'Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)' aims at improving the research ecosystem of India's higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
Under this Scheme, 600 joint research proposals will be awarded for 2 years to facilitate strong research collaboration between Indian research groups with the best in class faculty and renowned research groups in the leading universities of the world, in areas that are at the cutting edge of science or with direct social relevance to the mankind, specifically India.
The scheme will improve research ecosystem of India's higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between 100 Indian Institutions which are in the overall top-100 or category-wise top-100 in NIRF (including Private Institutions which are recognized under 12(B) of UGC Act) and the best institutions in the world coming in the top-500 overall and top-200 subject-wise institutions listed in QS World University Ranking from 28 selected nations, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom(UK), United States of America(USA), to jointly solve problems of national and international relevance. As per the criteria mentioned above, 254 top Indian Institutes and 478 top ranked global Institutes have been identified.
The Thrust Areas include Fundamental Research, Emergent Areas of Impact, Convergence, Action-Oriented Research and Innovation-Driven. Sub-theme areas in each thrust area have been identified for collaboration under SPARC based on emergent relevance and importance for the nation. Each Thrust Area will have a Section Chair. The role of Section Chair of each Thrust Area is to review, shortlist and recommend the potential joint-proposals submitted under SPARC scheme.
A set of Nodal Institutions (NI), from India, for each participating foreign country has been identified. The role of a NI is to help, handhold and coordinate with willing Participating Indian (PI) Institutions to forge alliance with the Institutions of concerned participating foreign country, for academic and research collaboration. 25 such reputed Institutions have been notified as Nodal Institutions.
SPARC proposes to enable productive academic cooperation by supporting critical components that can catalyze impact making research. They include (i) visits and long-term stay of top international faculty/researchers in Indian institutions to pursue teaching and research (ii) Visits by Indian students for training and experimentation in premier laboratories worldwide (iii) Joint development of niche courses, world-class books and monographs, translatable patents, demonstrable technologies or action oriented research outcomes and products (iv) Publication , Dissemination and Visibility through a high profile annual international conference in India .
This Scheme is expected to have a major impact in providing the best international expertise to address major national problems, expose Indian academicians to the best collaborators abroad, enable international faculty to stay in India for a longer duration, provide Indian students an opportunity to work in the world class laboratories, to develop strong bilateral relationships in research, and improve the international ranking of Indian Institutes.
Nature of Proposal: A joint research project has to be submitted by an Indian Institution / University with participation of a Foreign University/Institute under SPARC for a two-year interaction programme. The proposal should address a topic in any of the 'Thrust Areas' of SPARC and address a challenging issue of theoretical, experimental and/or translational value. The project team should contain at least two international faculty members, two Indian Faculty members and two researchers pursuing PhD or Post-doc level from each side. The Faculty members may be from one or two eligible institutions in each side. The students have to be registered full-time students or post-docs in their respective institutions. From the foreign side, it is expected that the team will be from the same country. Each side will have a Lead Institution (LI) and a Principal and co-Principal Investigator. The proposal must state clear and measurable deliverables with timelines. The Budget section should contain Component of MHRD funding (under SPARC), Indian Institution's Funding, Foreign Institution's Funding and the clear deliverables.
The proposal should include the following essential components. (i) Two visits by the Foreign Faculty to Indian Institutes totalling a combined 2 to 8 months over two years with duration of a visit being 15 days to 4 months. During a visit, in addition to carrying out the project related collaboration and research the Foreign Faculty will teach one course on the topic of the proposal for 12 to 36 hours depending on the period of stay. A set of tangible earmarked deliverables of the collaborative efforts on the proposed topic consisting of joint research outcomes including but not limited to two or more of the following-Top journal publications, Text books, Research monographs, Patents, Products, Scaled pilots / demonstrations, Course materials.
Optional components of the proposal: (i) Proposal for support to Indian research students for long term visits of up to a year to the partner Institution of the foreign collaborator for carrying out experiments and getting trained in an advanced laboratory facility not easily available in India (ii) Holding at most two Workshops in India on the topic of the proposal to bring together a larger community of researchers for strengthening the collaborative research component. These may be part of premier international conferences held in India as workshops or special sessions (iii) Support of foreign students to spend time in the Indian Institutes as part-time visiting foreign students.
Proposals can be submitted at https://sparc.iitkgp.ac.in/index.php latest by 15th November, 2018.
For details, visit https://sparc.iitkgp.ac.in/index.php
Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), Academic Centre, 3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010, has invited entries from young scholars, in the age group of 20-25 years, for the 'Essay Competition-Cum-Young Scholars Seminar' for the Year 2018-19.
The Council holds an Essay Competition-cum-Seminar every year for the young scholars on the selected themes. For the year 2018-19, the theme of the competition is 'Equality and Justice for Conductive Social Order'. Young scholars belonging to any discipline, in the age group between 20 - 25 years approximately (born between 24.11.1993 and 24.11.1998) may send their essays on the above theme.
The essays will be evaluated by three judges independently, mainly on the basis of the different criteria such as (i) Logical and systematic analysis of the Theme (ii) Relevance of the subject under reference within the context of contemporary thought (iii) Impartial elucidation of issues, briefly and pointedly (iv) Constructive, creative and synthetic approach to issues without prejudice or bias of any kind.
The following documents are to be prepared and sent for the competition (i) Application: The application as per the format given at http://icpr.in/EssayCompetition2018-19.pdf, should be filled in hand writing by the candidate and certified by the authority. This should be kept as first page (ii) Essay: The Essay should be prepared in English or Hindi with clear and legible hand written format keeping sufficient space between lines, consisting of about 3000 words (approx.), using one side of A4 Size papers and keeping left, right, top and bottom margins. Word count of each page by the candidate must be written at the left side margin of the same page and under it the candidate needs to sign with date. Quotations, if any, must be kept within double inverted commas (at beginning and at ending of the quoted contents); the quotations should be numbered in the super script, and the original source of the quotations must be mentioned with full bibliographical data at the end of the essay. The bibliographical data will not be counted within stipulated word count. A typed script of the same essay may also be provided, if possible. The same may also be asked for at any later stage, if required (iii) A self-attested copy of Institutional ID Card of the candidate clearly showing the batch, course and enrolled no. of the candidate (iv) A self-attested copy of any ID Card issued by Govt (v) A self-attested copy of any age proof certificate.
The essay, along with all attachments may be sent through Speed Post / Courier only, to reach 'The Director (A), Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Academic Centre, 3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010', to reach latest by 25th November, 2018.
Applicants will get an email confirmation, within a week of dispatching their essay failing which, they may make an enquiry over 05222- 2392636 during office hours, between Monday to Friday. The same number and timing may be used for any other clarification / help.
On the basis of evaluation, approximately 40-45 competitors will be invited to participate in a seminar, likely to be held in last week of February 2019. The competitors so invited, shall present their papers in the seminar by reading it in 10 to 15 minutes (approx.) or by power point presentation, and take part in the discussion on the papers. The final award shall be decided on the basis of overall performance of the participants in the seminar including the quality of the essay and the participation in the seminar. First Prize will carry a cash award of Rs. 25,000/-, Second Prize, Rs. 20,000/- and the third Prize, Rs. 15,000/-.
The ICPR will make arrangements for the boarding and lodging for the young Scholars participating in the seminar.
All correspondence regarding receipt of essay, selection, etc., will be conveyed through email of the candidate.
For details, visit http://icpr.in/EssayCompetition2018-19.pdf