Vigyan Samagam – Science exhibition at Bengaluru

Vigyan Samagam – Science exhibition at Bengaluru

Vigyan Samagam: Pushing The Frontiers of Science’ a science exhibition will be held will be held in Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum from 29 July-28 September.  It will be a mega science exhibition showcasing India’s participation in international science projects.

The Vigyan Samagam is an effort of the Department of Science and Technology (DST),  Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and National Council for Science Museums (NCSM).  

Department of Science and Technology in India :

India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy.

In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for the country to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology.

The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.

Importance of science exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :

 In education, the term exhibition refers to projects, presentations, or products through which students “exhibit” what they have learned, usually as a way of demonstrating whether and to what degree they have achieved expected learning standards or learning objectives.

The science exhibition is an important factor to motivate the students toward science. The science exhibition contributes their social developments. The exhibition increases the skills of the presentation and increases the interest in being scientist and engineer.

Vigyan Samagam :

Vigyan Samagam exhibition will traverse you through the world from micro to macro, unveiling the efforts of the international community in understanding the Universe. It will showcase India’s participation in the world’s major Mega Science projects, where several developed countries are participating collectively.

What to expect at Vigyan Samagam exhibition :

Vigyan Samagam exhibition will take one through the workings of the Universe. From discovery of the Higgs particle to that of gravitational waves from merger of neutron stars and black holes, these projects throw light on crucial questions related to the origin of the Universe and its evolution through its various stages.

The Mega Science Projects in which India is participating are the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), ‘Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research’ (FAIR), ‘India-based Neutrino Observatory’ (INO), ‘International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’ (ITER), ‘Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory’ (LIGO), ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) and ‘Square Kilometre Array’ (SKA) for this purpose. All these projects will be showcased during the Exhibition at a single place.

Exhibition at different places :

Vigyan Samagam will be a multi-venue Science Exhibition conducted for 11 months in the cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and New Delhi. The Exhibition in Mumbai opened for visitors from 8th May, 2019 and closes on  7th July, 2019 at Nehru Science Centre, Worli.

After Mumbai, it will be in Bengaluru from 29th July 2019 to 28th September 2019 at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. It will then be open to public at Kolkata from 4th November, 2019 to 31st December, 2019 at Science City. In its final leg, it will reach New Delhi at the National Science Centre from 21st January, 2020 and will close on 20th March, 2020.

The organizers DAE and DST and NCSM have planned this Mega Science Exhibition of a global stature in a unique way and with a distinct objective. The Exhibition will not only showcase India’s contribution to international collaborations on fundamental science and research but will also provide a common interactive platform for Mega Science Projects, industry, academia and institutions.

Format of the exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :

The Exhibition will have themed-based galleries of posters, working models and exhibits, informative audio-visual content and electronic displays and interactive kiosks will be setup for each of the Mega Science Projects.

The inaugural event at every venue will be followed by a two-day scientific event comprising invited talks and lectures by eminent speakers from the field of science, technology and industry.

The exhibition will also aim to connect with school children, students and aspirants who want to pursue fundamental science and research as a strong career option. It also provides a unique platform to all stakeholders for cross-fertilization of ideas.

Participants at Vigyan Samagam :

Vigyan Samagam will have the presence of prestigious organisations such as CERN, FAIR, INO, ITER, LIGO, TMT and SKA. The audience would also include invited members from various scientific organisations, industry and academia.

Coinciding with the scientific discussion during the first two days at each venue, industry partners working with the participating Mega Science Project Groups will set-up expo at the venue to showcase their contributions.

As part of project awareness activities, each participating Project will be carrying out week-long activities consisting of popular talks, science demonstrations, interactive quiz programs, etc.

Connecting with School Children, Students: A key objective of Vigyan Samagam:

The major attraction of the Vigyan Samagam is an exhibition ‘Accelerating Science’ which has travelled all the way from the prestigious internationally acclaimed scientific research institution CERN (European Union of Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland.

One of the attractions showcases at the Vigyan Samagam exhibition is LIGO-India, an ongoing enterprise to set up a new gravitational wave detector, on Indian soil based in Aundh, Maharashtra.  The project is jointly funded by the DAE and DST.

The current generation of school students are the future leaders who will be taking active participation in the mega-science projects, therefore, creating awareness about such mega-science projects among them is one of the main important objectives of the mega exhibition.

Website :

In order to reach out to people at large and get them involved with this Exhibition Vigyan Samagam has launched a website where people can get more information about it. It will soon launch a mobile application Vigyan Samagam.

Events such as talk shows, lectures planned during the Exhibition at each of the four places will be streamed live through popular social media platforms.

Exhibition will be open on all Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum and the timing will be from 10 am to 6 pm.

Private Universities under Scanner in Bengaluru

Private Universities under Scanner in Bengaluru

Private universities are under scanner in Bengaluru.  An Expert Committee will look into the functioning of private varsities.  The Committee is formed by the State Higher Education Department to study the functioning of private universities.

Meaning of Private universities :

Private universities or private colleges are typically not operated by governments, although many receive tax breaks, public student loans and grants.

Depending on their location, private universities may be subject to government regulation. This is in contrast to public universities and national universities. Many private universities are non-profit organizations.

State Private Universities :

A State Private University is a university established through a State/Central Act by a sponsoring body viz. A Society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, or any other corresponding law for the time being in force in a State or a Public Trust or a Company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.

Difference between a public university and a private university :

The major difference between public universities and private colleges  lies in how they are funded. This affects students because funding is tied to tuition prices. Most public universities and colleges were founded by State Governments.

Today, State Governments pay for most of the cost of operating public universities. They also oversee these institutions through appointed boards and trustees.  This influx of public money is why tuition is lower at a public university. The real cost of an attendance is subsidized.

Meanwhile, private colleges don’t receive funds from state legislatures. They rely heavily on tuition and private contributions. This means tuition rates are generally higher.

Private colleges tend to be much smaller than public universities and may have only a few thousand students. Public universities and colleges can be big, and some are huge. 

University Grants Commission :

Universities in India are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which draws its power from the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. Private universities in India  are regulated under the UGC (Establishment and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003.   Per the UGC act and these regulations, private universities are established by an act of a local legislative assembly and listed by the UGC in the Gazette upon receiving the act.

As confirmed by ruling of the Supreme Court of India,  recognition by the UGC is required for the university to operate.  Also per the 2003 regulations, the UGC sends committees to inspect the private universities and publishes their inspection report.

The UGC publishes and regularly updates the lists of private universities.As of 18 September 2017, the UGC list of private universities lists 279 universities. The earliest date of notification is that o of Sikkim  Manipal University, 11 October 1995. The newest addition to this list of Universities approved by UGC is Quantum University.

Expert Committee :

The expert Committee will visit private universities and higher education institutions before submitting report.

The committee is been directed to look into infrastructural facilities like Laboratories, class room or library at academic buildings and the working of the administration.

The committee will also check whether private universities have adequate facilities for teaching, research, examination and extension services.

Terms of reference :

  1. Availability of infrastructure as per the Act
  2. Details of supporting the body and its activities before the establishment of the university and thereafter
  3. Various academic and administrative activities of the university
  4. Financial status of the university and its fiscal feasibility
  5. Appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff and their salaries
  6. Admission mechanism adopted by the university
  7. Fee regulation measures
  8. Conduct of examination, issuing of degrees
Four-member panel –  Private Universities :

A four member committee is headed by Dr.D.Ayyapa who is a former Vice-Chancellor of Alliance University.  The committee will be visiting all the 18 universities present in the State of Karnataka. 

The Committee will be looking into the administration, affiliations status from respective national agencies, academic standards, availability of infrastructure and in case any violations, a report will be submitted in 15 days.

The first phase covers 11 universities in the state. 

Alliance university –  an example of private university :

Alliance University is a private university that was established in 2010 in Bengaluru. Alliance University was one of the first private universities in the state of Karnataka along with Azim Premji  and was established under state legislation.

The sponsoring body of the university is Alliance Business School Pvt. Ltd, run by the Angur family, and until 2016 the university’s chancellor was Madhukar Angur.

As early as 2014 disputes within the Angur family began interrupting the management of the university. In 2015 Madhukar Angur removed his brother, sister and other family members from the board and filed police charges that they had stolen money and mismanaged the university. In February 2016 Madhukar Angur was arrested on charges of raping his niece, then released, and further rape allegations were made the next month.

Around April 2016 Madhukar Angur was fired as chancellor and replaced by his brother, Sudhir Angur and by June the power struggle within the family for control led to the university being closed for two weeks and semester-end exams were indefinitely postponed.

The university went on holidays two more times in 2016,  in September Madhukar Angur forcibly took back the chancellorship, and the next month his brother forcibly took it back.

Alleged irregularities at private institutions:
  • Violations of UGC guidelines in admissions
  • Not maintaining quality for lack of qualified teachers
  • Salaries of teaching staff not as per the guidelines
  • Violation of UGC norms in the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor, registrar, finance officer etc.
  • The launch of unauthorized study centres and off-campuses
  • Introduction of courses which are not under Section 22 of UGC Act 1956
  • Not updating information about courses, facilities, faculties, the fee charged and research
  • Profile on their websites.

Constitution of committee was needed for monitoring of the private universities.

Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru Colleges

Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru Colleges

Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru colleges is illegal and discriminatory.  PU colleges in Bengaluru are setting higher cut-off for girls when compared to that for boys this admission season.   Female students are apparently being punished for scoring better marks. 

In a country where women are under represented in almost all walks of life, where women face discrimination and violence on everyday basis, a few colleges in Bengaluru believe they have a problem of “too many girls”.

To ‘fix’ this problem a higher cutoff mark for girls for admissions into PU courses.  To justify the decision, the colleges are quoting guidelines issued by the Karnataka Government that in fact aimed to improve girls access to education.

Government rule :

To balance an equal number of girls and boys in government and government-aided institutions, the department of Pre-University Education of the Karnataka State government had issued guidelines to PU Colleges to follow a seat matrix. 

This was primarily introduced to ensure that more girl students are given admission in the colleges.

Reasons given for higher cutoff for girls :

For Example in Christ PU College, the cutoff for the science stream is 93.92% for girls and 91.04% for boys –   a difference of 2.88% .

The cutoff for boys opting for science in Bengaluru’s ME SPU college is 92% while for girls it is 95%.  For girls opting to take up commerce, the cut off is 94% while for boys it is 92%.

The Vice-Chancellor of Christ (deemed to be University) Fr. Abraham VM, was justifying by saying, “Girls are smart and this is not a new trend.  If there is no higher cutoff, the college will have only girls.  Higher cutoff is to bring in gender balance”.

Normally cutoffs have been set at a high with even the 85% benchmark not guaranteeing admission in the sought-after colleges.  Some colleges do not carry a cut off for admission.

Missing names in Second list due to cutoff :

Students with 85% marks in class 10 didn’t figure in the second list for admissions published by famous colleges in Bengaluru city.

One of the parent whose daughter has scored 76% quoted, “there is cutoff and there is quota.  I have not forced my daughter to score 90%.  I know a child achieves a lot more and marks does not matter.  My daughter is an all rounder.  Life has big plans for her.  But I don’t know how to make sure she get through”.

Reaction of students :

One student said, “It is unfair. Girls are punished for faring better than boys.” She had scored 91.2 per cent in her 10th standard and was hoping to get into science at Christ. The cutoff for the stream, however, is 93.92 per cent for girls and 91.04 per cent for boys — a difference of 2.88 per cent.

A higher cutoff for girls has caused an outrage on social media, with many criticising how women are often punished for being better than men.

High Court Notice to PU Colleges :

The Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the State Government, office of Collegiate Education and Pre-University Education Department for demanding huge sums of money as donation.

Distance education offer inspite of ban – UAS, Bengaluru

Distance education offer inspite of ban – UAS, Bengaluru

Distance education is offered by University of Agricultural sciences, Bengaluru despite ban by University Grant Commission.  According to university there is no compromise on quality as practical’s are conducted.

Agricultural science education – Distance education :

Agricultural Education is the teaching of agriculture, natural resources, and land management. At higher levels, agricultural education is primarily undertaken to prepare students for employment in the agricultural sector.

Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:

  • Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
  • Student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization, National Young Farmer Educational Association and National Post-secondary Agricultural Student Organization).

Distance education :

Distance education or long-distance learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school.  Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post.

Today it involves online education. Courses that are conducted (51 percent or more) are either hybrid, blended or 100% distance learning. 

Massive open online courses  (MOOCs), offering large-scale interactive participation and open access through the World Wide Web or other network technologies, are recent developments in distance education. 

A number of other terms (distributed learning, e-learning, online learning, virtual classroom etc.) are used roughly with distance education.

University correspondence courses :

The University of London was the first university to offer distance learning degrees, establishing its External Program in 1858. The background to this innovation lay in the fact that the institution (later known as University College, London was non-denominational and, given the intense religious rivalries at the time, there was an outcry against the “godless” university.

Internet technology has enabled many forms of distance learning through open educational resources and facilities such as  e-learning and MOCCs. 

Although the expansion of the Internet blurs the boundaries, distance education technologies are divided into two modes of delivery: Synchronous learning and asynchronous learning.

University of Agricultural sciences, Bengaluru :

University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru, a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899 on 30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture.

Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma program in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College.

In 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture. The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA and the University of Agricultural Sciences Act No. 22 was passed in Legislative Assembly in 1963. Dr. Zakir Hussain, the Vice President of India inaugurated the University on 21st August 1964.

Origin of University of Agricultural sciences in Bengaluru :

The rulers of Mysore kingdom ( The Wodeyars) felt the need to establish research units in the field of agriculture and donated about 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land to set up an Experimental Agricultural Station at Hebbal and appointed German chemist Lehmann to initiate research on soil crop response with Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture around 1900.

Later in 1906, Leslie Coleman,  a Canadian  Entomologist and Mycologist succeeded Lehmann and served for 25 years

Growth of UAS – Distance education :

The University began its academic activities by offering in degree programs in Agriculture and Veterinary disciplines. Later degree program in Fisheries science was added with the establishment of Fishery college at Mangalore.

Due to need for horticulture specialization, degree program in Horticulture was added with the establishment of Horticulture college at Mudigere. The degree program in Dairy science was added by starting the Dairy Science College, at Hebbal.

The Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation was newly created which commenced the degree program in Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation.

The new college of Forestry in Ponnampet, South Kodagu, offered the degree program in Forestry, the new college of Sericulture at Chintamani offered the degree program in Sericulture. The Chintamani campus also offers BSc(Agri) program from 2007.

The Department of Agricultural Engineering offered the Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering. This heralded ruralization of education utilizing the facilities in the already existing Agricultural Research Stations.

Distance education unit at UAS :

The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru took a lead in starting the correspondence course during the year 1974, on production technologies. To motivate the participant farmers to adopt such knowledge gainfully in their field.

The Directorate of Extension in consultation with the concerned scientists of University designs the correspondence courses with suitable syllabus in vernacular language (Kannada).

The Directorate of Extension also facilitating contact classes for Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (PGDAEM) of MANAGE, Hyderabad and offering Post Graduate Diploma in Agriculture (PGDA) and One Year Diploma in Agriculture.

Besides, certificate courses: Organic Farming, Integrated Farming System and Post-harvest Management of Food grains, fruits and vegetables for the benefit of farmers.

The University started Distance Education Unit (DEU) in the Directorate of Extension during 2012 combining all the non-formal education activities under one umbrella.

Mandate :

  • To diffuse technical “Know-how” to the literate farmers.
  • To disseminate information at convenient time and place of the farmers.
  • To teach farmers who are residing at remote places.
  • To provide technologies to the famers.
  • To encourage Distance Education in Agriculture

Activities :

  • Identifying the topics for the course in consultation with scientists.
  • Developing syllabus and notes in vernacular language (Kannada).
  • Publicity of courses through media for farming community.
  • Registration & providing lesson wise course materials to participants regularly.
  • Collecting feedback and evaluation.
  • Issuing certificates after the completion.

University Grant Commission’s ban – Distance education :

The University Grants Commission of India  (UGC India) is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956  under Ministry of Human Resource Development,  and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education.  

It provides recognition to universities in India, and disbursements of funds to such recognized universities and colleges. Its headquarters is in New Delhi and has six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bengaluru.

UGC is modelled after University Grants Committee of UK which was an advisory committee of the British government and advised on the distribution of grant funding amongst the British universities. The committee was in existence from 1919 until 1989.

University Grant Commission’s ban  – Distance education :

The higher education regulator in India UGC had banned agriculture courses from distance education and open universities.  The grounds for ban is that a degree program in agricultural field requires technical guidance and requires practical’s or laboratory classes. 

To protect the student’s interests who have enrolled for the agricultural degree programs, the UGC has requested the Indian council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) for hand-holding higher education colleges and institutions offering the distance education program.

The UAS is conducting distance education programs at weekends.  UAS does not have study centres. It is conducting practical classes for the candidates. This program is conducted like any other normal course.

The UGC has banned distance education courses saying there will be no practical exposure to the students.

The UAS is planning to take this tissue to the ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) for remedial measures. The UAS curriculum will be presented in front of UGC to take permission.,

National Institutional Rankings Framework –  Bengaluru Tops

National Institutional Rankings Framework – Bengaluru Tops

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)  – 3 institutes from Bengaluru have secured the top place.    This is the fourth edition of NIRF India Rankings from Ministry of HRD.    The list was released by NIRF for 2019 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Introduction to National Institutional Rankings Framework :

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a methodology adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to rank institutions of higher education in the country.

The Framework was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September 2015.  There are separate rankings for different types of institutions depending on their areas of operation like universities and colleges, engineering institutions, management institutions, pharmacy institutions and architecture institutions.

The Framework uses several parameters for ranking purposes like resources, research, and stakeholder perception. These parameters have been grouped into five clusters and these clusters were assigned certain weightages. The weightages depend on the type of institution.

Formation of the National Institutional Ranking Framework :

MHRD organized a one-day workshop on 21 August 2014 on evolving methodologies for the ranking of institutions of higher education in India. The meeting resolved to constitute a Committee for evolving a National Ranking Framework. Later it was also decided to co-opt representatives of central universities and IIMs also into the proposed committee.

Based on these decisions, a core committee consisting of 16 members was constituted on 29 October 2014 with secretary (HE, MHRD, as chairperson and additional secretary (TE), MHRD, as member-secretary.

The other members were the directors of the IIT’s at Kharagpur and Chennai, the vice-chancellors of Delhi University, EFL University,  Central University of Gujarat and JNU, directors of the IIM’s at Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, directors of school of planning and architecture (Delhi), NIT (Warangal),  ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management (Gwalior), IISER (Bhopal), NAAC (Bengaluru) and chairperson of NBA (New Delhi).

Categories – NIRF :

The list for 2019 was released by the President of India Ramnath Kovind.  The categories included  Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, and Law.

In Overall category IIT Madras ranked first while IITs dominated major categories like Overall, Engineering and Architecture. Delhi University’s Miranda House was ranked the best among colleges across the country, while the varsity’s St Stephen’s College was ranked fourth.

According to officials more than 4000 institutes had submitted their data for NIRF ranking this year.

NIRF India Ranking 2019:

Top 10 educational institutes in all categories :

Here are the top 10 educational institutes in all categories:

NIRF India Ranking 2019: Overall

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

IISc, Bengaluru – NIRF 2019 Rating

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Banaras Hindu University Varanasi

India Ranking 2019 – Universities – NIRF  :

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Jawaharhal Nehru University, Delhi

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Calcutta University, Kolkata

Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Anna University, Chennai

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Savitribai Phule Pune University

India  NIRF Ranking 2019 –   Management :

Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru

IIMB, Bengaluru – NIRF 2019 rating

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management, Indore

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur- Management School

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi – Management School

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay- Management School

NIRF India Ranking 2019 –  Law  :

National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

Law College, Bengaluru – NIRF 2019 ranking

National Law University, New Delhi

Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata

National Law University, Jodhpur

Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

Bengaluru Institutes ace NIRF rankings :

IIM Bangalore (IIM-B) has bagged the top spot in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2019 under the Management category.

According to IIM-B Director G Raghuram , “This is due to the efforts of the IIM-B faculty and staff — both current and former, past Leadership, the Board, Students and Alumni, and the supporting eco-system.”

The other two educations lands from Bengaluru city are the Indian Institute of Management and the National Law School of India University.

The rankings are based on graduation outcomes, research and professional practice, outreach and inclusivity, teaching, learning and resources.

Points scored by institutions :

According to records, IISc scored 82.28 points, JNU 68.68 point and BHU 64.55 points this year, while they scored 82.16,, 65.57, 53.52 in 2018 and 83.28, 64.53 and 58.92 in 2017 respectively.  In 2016, BHU stood at 7th position with 81.22 score.  In overall category, BHU received 10th ranking in 2019, 9th position in 2018 and 10th in 2017. 

2018 rankings by NIRF :

Last year, the HRD Ministry released the ranking on April 3, 2018. Overall, the best institute was IISc and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) was adjudged the best engineering college while the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) the best management institution.

Delhi University’s Miranda House was the top college, premier healthcare institute AIIMS the best medical college and NLSIU-Bengaluru the best law school in the country.

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals were won by  K.Suma at  the 53rd convocation of  University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.

University of Agricultural Sciences :

University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru is  a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899. It was started on  30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture.

Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma program in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College  in 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture.

The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA.

Gold Medals – 53rd convocation :

The 53rd convocation of the UAS, Bengaluru was scheduled on 25th March 2019.  The students of each of the degree programs of each college securing the highest OGPA at the end of their degree program were honored with gold medals and a certificate of merit.

As many as 121 gold medals and 20 gold medal certificates were given away.  While 72 students got PhDs, 308 students got a master’s degree and 661 students got a bachelor’s degree. 

Padma Shri and Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

K.Suma – gold medalist :

Suma is 22 years old and did her B.Sc. in agriculture from the College of Sericulture, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur.  She earned the maximum accolades in the 53rd convocation at UAS. 

She bagged 7 gold medals and 5 gold medal certificates. 

According to Suma, “there is so much of research work in agricultural sciences and there are so many technological advancements.  But this has not reached the farmers here.  There is a need for greater awareness among the farming community and I hope to bridge the gap”.

She is pursuing her M.Sc. in genetics and plant breeding from GKVK.

Suma’s Inspiration – Gold Medal :

Her father M. Krishnappa is a lab assistant at GKVK and was present at the convocation. Suma is inspired to pursue a career in agricultural sciences due to her father who speaks highly of farmers.   

She gave up her seat in medicals so that she can join agricultural sciences and bring some change for farmers affected by losses.

Suma’s younger sister Priyanka is a student of B.Sc Agricultural marketing.

Other gold medalists :

61 students bagged 120 gold medals at the 53rd convocation.  T.D.Gowda and Y.L.Ranjith Undergraduate students bagged 6 gold medals each.  K.H.Bhagyashree got 5 gold medals.

K.A.Shoba in M.Sc, won 6 gold medals along with topping the Masters program.

Congratulations and kudos to Suma.K. and other achievers.


Kannada for visually impaired

Kannada believe that access to books is key to education. The members  strongly believe that as a society, one needs to raise the standards of inclusive education and create more opportunities for the visually impaired.

At Kannada Pustaka, the members give them the tools to succeed by providing books in the formats they need. They are proud to have created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks.

MOU signed with Karnataka government :

Kannada pustaka signed a MoU with the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka to create an open library of open source audio books. They are working towards creating audio formats of all the open source Kannada Literature.

Kannada pustaka is working with a team and the department to pilot this ambitious project.

After over two years of groundbreaking activities, Kannada Pustaka got registered as a non-profit public trust on the 3rd of May 2018. This enabled them  to build projects and build resource base. 

Kannada pustaka help visually disabled :

Students with born vision disability and who suffer vision loss do not have  access to books.  They learn Braille or wait  for other recorded audio formats. With a vision to bring all students the textbooks they need in the format they prefer, kannada pustaka  turned digital. It created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks. 

Text book chapters :

Kannada Pustaka create editable textbook chapters through a semi-automated distributed proofreading process. Unicode used with text to speech synthesis engines provides an approach to create audio files almost immediately.

Kannada :

Kannada Pustaka is a voluntary initiative creating open source accessible textbooks. These books are meant for educational use. The Unicode text content used to generate these audio textbooks was created adopting a distributed proofreading model.

Textbook chapters are available as podcast episodes on iTunes. These audio books have seen sent to all schools for special children across Karnataka. 

Digital copies of Braille textbooks are available for download in kannada These files are shared under  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

The purchase does not require any payment.  This project is completely voluntary and rely on dedicated contributors who devote their time to correcting textbooks converted from print or PDF.  

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Centre of Excellence – Toyota Kirloskar Motors

Centre of excellence for Engineering students in Karnataka is being set up by Toyota Kirloskar.  This is their 4th centre.

Inauguration of the centre

Toyota Kirloskar Motors :

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation of of Japan.  (with Kirloskar group as a minority owner).  They  manufacture and sell Toyota cars in the country. It is currently the 4th largest car maker in India.Toyo

Toyota Kirloskar

Toyota Motor Corporation  entered India in 1997 in a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) holds 89% of the share and the remaining 11% is owned by Kirloskar Group. 

Toyota’s social mission– centre of excellence :

This is under an initiative which aims to support the  co’s social mission to enable quality education among the youth of India.  The car-maker has set up its 4th Centre of Excellence in Karnataka.

In continuation of its long-standing commitment towards Skill Development, the Centre of excellence was inaugurated at Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru.

The concept is in line with Toyota Kirloskar’s commitment to scale-up the skill sets and offer well-expertized workforce to the automotive industry.

Centre of excellence objective :

The objectives of the Centre of excellence are to help the engineering students to achieve excellence in developing the main employability skills, competency standards.  The main aim is to train them for advancement in technologies to meet the global demands.

The key focus of the Centre of Excellence is to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for the students. Offering them a first-hand experience of the internal combustion engine. The engine cut section will showcase the component set-up in an engine and its related functioning.

While the engine assembly section enables the students to gain an insight of the real orientation of the assembled engine including the dismantling and re-assembling techniques, thus achieving high-quality skill sets in engine operating mechanism as part of the Skill Enhancement program.


The HOPE Overseas Education Consultants is a name to reckon with for overseas education.  They  continue to deliver excellence for the past 18 + years.

The HOPE educational consultants

Overview of The HOPE Overseas :

The HOPE overseas are among educational agencies in the country who care for student interests.  They operate through higher ethical manner and always maintain full transparency and honesty in dealings. 

They have highest level of professional skill and experience in respect of student assistance. The assistance includes Admission visa procedure and all other relevant issues.

The HOPE overseas strive to shape career for the aspirant candidate.  The expert counselors at the institution give guidance to students to make the right choice in terms of best university and specialization.

The professional guidance is given to face the pre-requisite examinations and the choice of the country for meet the goals and ambitions of the students.

Vision and Mission of The HOPE overseas:

Vision :

To evolve The HOPE overseas into a centre of excellence in overseas education through outstanding career guidance by men of integrity and utmost professionalism.  To provide the highest quality and offer unstined support to cluents in tune with its quality policy and values.

Mission :

The HOPE overseas has extensive experience in the field of overseas education and works with an objective of placing right student in the right university through expert counseling.

To provide clients with superior quality services that meet the highest standards of professional excellence, satisfy client requirements and deliver exceptional value.  To achieve this by team work and a rentless pursuit to improve business.

The HOPE  – a guiding force :

The overseas consultant is a guiding force in providing a complete information to the satisfaction to help reach for the top in  career through excellence in overseas education.

THE HOPE overseas is founded with a dream of providing quality consultation for Higher Education for students aspiring to go abroad. They are  student-based and solution driven organization in tailoring education paths to suit individual profiles.

Free Career counseling @  The HOPE ovreseas:

  • Assured internship
  • High visa success rate
  • Experienced team for visa
  • 9000+ students success stories.

Services of The HOPE overseas:

The services of the consultants includes Accommodation, career counseling, Visa and financial assistance, admission and application process, country and university selection, scholarships and internships guidance, air ticket and forex.

The HOPE overseas – affiliation :

The HOPE overseas is affiliated to many top Universities and Colleges in the world. They are one of the preferred destinations for the Students aspiring to build their education path in overseas. They  have the highest level of professional skill and experiences in respect of assisting students for Admission, Visa procedure and in all other related issues.

Education – importance

Education gives a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops a perspective of looking at life. It helps build opinions and have points of view on things in life.

Significance :

Education is so much important for success in life. It is important for the personal, social and economic development of the nation. It is important to live with happiness and prosperity.

Every human being needs oxygen to survive in the world. Education is as important as this because it gives people the knowledge and skills they require.  It is important to people of all ages and it has no limit. Children require it in order for them to learn, how to speak and to write.

Why is education necessary?

Good and proper education plays a great role in shaping future and professional career. It helps to develop personality and earn recognition and respect in the family and society. One can say that it is socially and personally an essential part of the human life.

Educational aims are correlated to ideals of life. The goal of it should be the full flowering of the human on this earth. According to a UNESCO study, “the physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical integration of the individual into a complete man/woman is the fundamental aim of education.

Tool – Education  :

As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world.” It is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.

Education has been shown to increase economic growth and stability. One of the most important benefit  is how it improves personal lives and helps societies run smoothly. We live longer, fuller, and happier lives as learned and knowledgeable individuals.

Socially responsible child – DyCM to parents

Socially responsible child if an asset to society.  Responsibility of a parent doesn’t end with giving good education to a child.

Teaching responsibility

Helping to become socially responsible child :

  1. Encourage her to be helpful; let her help sort the washing or clear the table. …
  2. Set a good example. …
  3. Show affection to your children — even if you find this difficult. …
  4. Value her social skills. …
  5. Reduce the level of competition between children. …
  6. Love uniquely.

Raising a socially responsible child :

Raising children to be socially aware, community oriented, charitable minded, and educated about their world is more vital than ever in today’s global society. As a parent, one try to raise child to become an active, compassionate member of society.

Helping children become empathetic and aware of social issues is not about raising the next generation of activists, though some may grow up to dedicate their lives fighting unjust causes. It’s about raising kids to become compassionate leaders at work, involved members of their community, dependable friends at school, and caring brothers and sisters at home.

Social media – raise socially responsible child :

Today’s generation of children has been labeled the “me, me, me” generation. Let’s face it: Today’s technology fosters a culture of narcissism.

Digital existence allows constant access to the Web, text messaging, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and more. Young people are constantly tweeting, blogging and Snap-chatting. So how one can flip the screen and get kids to pay more attention to the actual world around them?

Making the effort today to teach our children personal financial responsibility along with social responsibility may go a long way toward both helping to solve worldwide problems in the long run and taking kids’ focus off themselves.

Make your children socially responsible : DyCM Parameshwara :

DyCM Parameshwara inaugurated Ekya School, a Cambridge IGCSE institution located along Doddagubbi Main road in Byrathi, East Bengaluru.  G.Parameshwara said the presence of a number of good schools and colleges has made Bengaluru a hub of education in the country.

DyCM G.Parameshwara

The minister implored the Gurukul concept of education where importance was given not only for providing knowledge but also teaching discipline and values.  Making the wards a socially responsible child was also important.

Conclusion :

One of the most important virtues for a child is to learn those of empathy, compassion and giving back in a way that is meaningful.

REVA University – Lifetime achievement

REVA University – lifetime achievement awards has been given to Padma Bhushan Dr. (MRS.) Manju Sharma, Former Secretary to Government of India, Dept. of Bio-technology, Naadha Brahma Dr. Hamsalekha, Indian Film Music Composer and Lyricist and Padma Sri Dr. Kasinadhuni Viswanath, Veteran Actor, Screenwriter, Film Director.

Reva University

REVA formed a great practice of distinguishing and honoring the supreme contributors, trailblazers and illustrious personalities across the world from different fields. 

Reva University – History:

Reva university has been established under the REVA University Act, 2012. The University is located in Bengaluru on a sprawling green campus.  It spreads over 45 acres of land, built with state-of-the-art infrastructure creating an environment conducive to higher learning and research.

The founders of REVA University believe in the motto’ Knowledge is Power’. Driven with a philanthropic vision and a missionary zeal, the campus is built to transform students into outstanding citizens.

Founder – Dr.Shyama Raju

January 6, 2019 was the birthday of the Founder chancellor of Reva University and Founder Chairman of REVA Group of institutions, Dr.Shyama Raju.

Reva University –  Lifetime Achievement Award

On the day of the Founder’s day every year, the university honors the best minds in the country with the REVA Life Achievement Award.   The Lifetime Achievement Award is a tradition that venerates personalities whose work is not only creative in nature but also stands out in originality and thought. 

A multi-colored look at their life and celebrating the colorful work is the aim of this custom.  The Board of Governors this year to three eminent personalities in their respective fields. 

Reva University – award recipients

The recipients of this years awards are:

Padma Bhushan Dr. Manju Sharma – she is the Former Secretary to Government of India, Department of Biotechnology. She got the award for achieving excellence in the field and setting up benchmarks to be emulated.

Dr.Manju Sharma

Padma Shri Dr. K.Viswanath – Veteran actor, Screen writer and Film Director.  She got the award for his acclaimed work and widely recognized stature spanning more than 5 decades in the filed.

Dr.Kasinadhuni Vishwanath

Nada Brahma Dr. Hamsalekha – renowned Indian Film Music  Composer and Lyricist.  He got the award for his established legacy in the field.


The awards were presented by Dr. Shyam Raju, whose manifested pursuit and search for excellence is surpassed. 

NRI Quota, fee hike – Medical colleges

NRI quota, fee hike is planned for Government medical colleges in Karnataka. This initiative is to raise additional funds for the up-gradation of government medical colleges.

Medical students walking through corridor at the university

The Government of Karnataka is considering providing admission to Non-Resident Indians (NRI) students at state government medical colleges from the academic year 2019-20. This was announced by the State Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar at the Legislative Council during the winter session at Belagavi.

What is NRI Quota and cost of seats:

NRI Quota is where a student should have at least 50% in NEET to be considered qualified.  The maximum age for NRI admission is 25 years from the date of the examination.

Presently NRI quota seats costs around 22 lakh to Rs.42 lakh in private medical colleges.  More than two third of the NRI Quota seats go vacant in Karnataka as students are unable to afford.

Opposition for NRI Quota:

A member from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute quoted that  giving admissions under NRI quota at government colleges will do injustice to meritorious students from the State. This will decrease the number of seats at government colleges made available to general category students.

The proposal to introduce NRI quota and to hike fees has come as a shocker to students.  The teaching community in the government medical colleges in Karnataka are also shocked. The teaching staff are of the opinion that it will be difficult for non-affluent, meritorious students to pursue a career in medicine. . 

Students and staff members of medical colleges are of opinion that already excess NRI and Management quota seats are there in the State in private colleges.

Fee hike :

The state government is also considering increasing the fees for medical courses in government colleges by almost 200 per cent.

According to the Minister the increase in fee for undergraduate courses will be from the existing Rs 17,000 to Rs 50,000, and for post-graduate courses from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh. There are 16 government medical colleges in the state.

The increase will be a 194% hike and the reasons for the increase in the fee is to meet the requirements of the government medical colleges.  The increased fund will be utilized to provide quality education and extending the facilities to the employees of the colleges.

Institutional quota seats are up for grabs for students from across the country with NEET. (National Eligibility cum Entrance  Test) 

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PUBG Online game – Bengaluru schools

PUBG Online game is becoming an addiction to school children.

The world online has exploded into battle royale madness, with the launch of a couple of huge games. One is Fortnite and the other is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG.

What is PUBG?

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole.

PUBG on-line game

The PUBG starts when 100 players are in a plane and jump of the plane to an island or desert map and fight with each other.   You can choose a match solo or play starting with a small team.

Every PUBG game starts with a plane. You are on the plane and you have to parachute onto an area that is on the map. The flight path changes with every round and you need to decide the best time for jumping. You start playing basically without weapons. You have only customized clothing that doesn’t really play any role in the game.

When you land, you can start looking for buildings and other places where you possibly can find weapons, armor and other equipment. If you are killed, other players can take your stuff.

And when you finish a round in PUBG, you can gain in-game currency depending on how long you survived. The goal of the game is to survive until the last with 99 other players (classic mode) and get as many kills as possible.

This is the new Facebook and a new fad among the youth. In psychology, you can call it bandwagon effect, wherein the word of mouth publicity is strong and compelling.

PUBG – Bengaluru schools:

School children in Bengaluru are getting addicted to this game.  The school managements have started warning the parents about the addiction.   A lot of cases are being registered at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru.

The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Private Schools Karnataka (KAMS) is also planning to issue an advisory to parents.  The advisory guides parents to restrict the number of hours the children are spending on the game.

According to Dr.Manoj Kumar Sharma from Nimhans, five out of eight cases are referred relating to PUBG addiction. The age group falls between 16 to 20.

Effects of playing PUBG:

Children are getting affected due to this game.

  1. Disturbance in the morning schedule
  2. Impact on food habits
  3. Academic life is affected
  4. Increased aggression and withdrawal symptoms.

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Children safety – en route to school

Children safety – en route to school

Children safety is very important when they travel to school.  Few vehicles are operating legally and follow the apex court guidelines.

Whether children walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important to follow proper children safety precautions. Statistically, school buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school.  Most children injured and killed in school bus accidents are harmed while getting on and off the bus, not while riding.


It is important to remind our children of important safety tips to keep them safe at school, as well as en route there or back.  Whether your child rides the bus, walks, or is driven to school, these basic rules apply to anyone. Equipping them with child safety tips and basic knowledge will help prepare them to know what to do in situations that they may find themselves in.

Children safety seems a last important thing for most travelling to schools in vans and cabs.  Unauthorized private vehicles operate unchecked in Bengaluru.  Hired vehicles must have commercial licences.  In privately hired vehicles about 15-20 children are packed.

According to transport department, there are 12,203 registered ‘educational institution buses’ which are run by the school management. There are more than 25,000 vehicles without commercial licences operating.  Majority of the vehicles operate without permits.

Guidelines for children safety:

  • Every child should know at least one of their parent’s phone no.
  • Making the child to understand and what to do if someone on the way home from school makes him/her uncomfortable
  • Making child comfortable in discussing incident happening out of the ordinary
  • Know who picks and drops your child from school. Review who will pick in case of emergency.

Supreme Court Guidelines to safeguard children safety – school bus/car/cab

  • Safe measures – windows with grills
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Global positioning system
  • A driver should have 5 years of experience in driving a light motor vehicle

Tips for drivers to follow children safety

  • Obey school zone speed limits.
  • Coming to a complete stop at stop signs
  • Checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  • Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighbourhoods.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of passing distance.

Children safety – en route to school

Children should remove headphones and put away cell phones and other electronic devices so they can hear and see traffic when crossing the street.

Dayananda Sagar University (DSU)-Talent search

Dayananda Sagar University (DSU)-Talent search

Talent Search – Dayananda Sagar University (DS) is a platform for young students to update their skills with new technologies.

The well known and celebrated “Talent Search” event by Dayananda Sagar University is Back Again.   It starts from 29th November and ends on 1st December 2018.  This event is organized to nurture, unveil and reward the best talents of India.

About DSU

Dayananda Sagar University is a private university.  Dayananda Sagar Institutions was founded in the 60s by late Sri. Dayananda Sagar. He was committed to take knowledge to the people, transform students into responsible citizens and making them professional leaders of tomorrow.

The University as morphed into global education powerhouse, spread over five campuses, catering to the education needs of thousands of students.  DSU is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, set up by global corporates to instil innovative thinking in young minds of the university.

Talent Search – Why one should attend this path-breaking event?

  • Nurture talents and aspirations of the budding talents of India.
  • Introducing the students to new skills other than just academics and its real-world applications
  • One-to-one interaction with IIM/IIT professors of DSU and entrepreneurs as mentors in the events
  • A 3 day Teach, experiment and exhibit student’s learning’s in a single platform
  • Certifications for the all participants & cash rewards of total 5 lakhs for top 5 teams
  • Support for further development of Idea and mentoring the young innovators from inception to higher levels of innovations and “go to markets”
  • Encouragement and admission preferences for toppers in admissions of technology programs and higher studies.

The DSU’s startup village has labs by industries like Autodesk, GE, IBM, Bosch, ETAS, VMware, NVidia, Boston, Bosch Rexroth, Dassault-Systems, Analog Devices etc.

Over 2000 students from 100 colleges have registered.

Talent Search is Open To:

Juniors: Class 9 and 10

Seniors: Class 11 and 12

Training: 29th, 30th November & 1st December 2018

Talent Demos and Project Exhibition: 1st December 2018

No Entry Fee

Venue :

Dayananda Sagar University

Kudlu Gate, Hosur Main Road


School Bag Weight –  School Children

School Bag Weight –  School Children

School bag weight will be lighter for children in namma Bengaluru from now onwards.


School bag weight will be lighter according to the Human Resource Development ministry instructions to all the State Governments.

HRD Ministry Instructions

The school bag weight according to the HRD ministry should be

1.5 kg       –  for Class I & II   and no homework

2-3 kgs.    –  for Class III & IV

4 Kgs        –  for Class VI & VII

4.5 kgs.     –  for Class VIII & IX

5 Kgs.       –  for Class X

Prescribed syllabus

Classes  I & II  – Language and Mathematics

Classes II & III – EVS & Mathematics

Parents views on school bag weight :

While parents blame teachers for the increase in school bag weight, school managements feel students tend to carry most of the books.  The teachers say that the parents should ensure that books are sent as per the timetable.

Parents of these school going children have welcomed the move by the Ministry.  The commitment by the Karnataka State to take a serious look at reducing the burden of schoolbags on children is to be seen.

The communication, which was sent out to States last month, is set to be followed up by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education, which has, in the past, been unable to regulate the school bag weight of children.

The school bags are sometimes not possible for the parents to lift and carry and the plight of children is pathetic.   Due to the school bag weight children are having serious physical problems.  The move by the HRD is a welcome news to both children and parents.

The Department of Primary and Secondary will now have to reduce the content in textbooks.

School Bag weight Problems:

Carrying a heavy bag has resulted in Musculoskeletal and psychological problems among primary school children.

According to International guidelines, school bag weight should not be more than 10% of the child’s body weight on their shoulders.

To reduce the school bag weight, the syllabus has to be revised and reduced. To reduce the content of the textbooks, the irrelevant chapters needs to be cut down.

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Sex education for children still a taboo

Sex education for children still a taboo

Giving sex education for children is still remain a taboo with parents.  If parents do not teach their children about sex, then they will learn about it from somewhere else and an opportunity to instill family values will be lost.

A good strategy is to start talking to children about sex (education ) when they are young and continue that conversation as they get older.  A child exposed to information about sex from sources such as schools, friends and the media at a much earlier age than many parents expect.

Advice for parents

Parents should rely on the school system to teach sex education.  If your child is taught sex education at school, ask them what they learned and review it with them.  Sex education does not lead to promiscuity.

Six out of 10 parents do not provide sex education to their kids, according to a study.  Curiosity about sex is a natural step from learning about the body. Sex education helps kids understand about the body and helps them feel positive about their own bodies. Younger kids are interested in pregnancy and babies

Discussing sex is also part of starting open communication with your child. Early, honest, and open communication between parents and kids is very important, especially when your child becomes an adolescent. If open communication is normal, kids are more likely to speak with parents about all the other trials of adolescence, such as depression, relationships, and the abuse of drugs and alcohol, as well as sexual issues.

Beginning a conversation about sex early and continuing that conversation as the child grows is the best sex education strategy. It lets parents avoid giving one big, and likely uncomfortable talk when the child reaches adolescence (and will have already gotten information and misinformation from their friends). These conversations are easiest when they come out of a life experience, like seeing a pregnant woman or a baby.

When parents talk with their children about sex, they can make sure that they are getting the right information. Parents should be a child’s first source of information about sex. Understanding correct information can protect children from risky behavior as they grow up.

Having open communications about sex education with children and other matters is healthy and safer in the long run. This does not necessarily mean it will be easy or without awkward moments. Teens are still very private people. However, speaking about sex early increases the chance that teens will approach parents when difficult or dangerous things come up.

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Post Graduate  Scholarship for Single Girl Child

Post Graduate Scholarship for Single Girl Child

Post Graduate Scholarship for Girl Child

If you are the only daughter in the family doing Postgraduate / Masters degree, then you are eligible to get 37, 200 pa from Government of India.  This scheme is launched  Under Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl child from UGC. The age limit is 30 years and the last date to apply is 30.11.2018

It is observed that the number of girls as against boys in certain states is declining which is a matter of great concern.  The females are even forced to give birth to a male child. In such circumstances, education of women needs to be used. Education is an effective means for their empowerment and will prepare them to have a control over their lives.   The mindset which militates against the girl child could not keep pace with economic progress and literacy.

The Government declared elementary education as a basic human right of every child.   The Union Government of India has taken various steps to uplift the status of women by implementing various schemes.  This includes free education for girls.

In order to achieve and promote girls education, UGC has introduced a Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child.  This aims to compensate direct costs of girl education to all levels especially for such girls who happen to be the only girl child in their family.



 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

GSAT-3, known as EDUSAT is meant for distant class room education from school level to higher education. This was the first dedicated “Educational Satellite” that provide the country with satellite based two way communication to class room for delivering educational materials.

EDUSAT had manifold objectives – to supplement the curriculum-based teaching, imparting effective teacher training, providing access to quality resource persons and new technologies, thus finally resulting in taking education to every nook and corner of India. EDUSAT provided connectivity to schools, colleges and higher levels of education and also supported non-formal education including development communication.

The technology will bring world-class content to the classrooms of 153 BBMP educational institutions for the students and teachers under Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Roshini program.

The 153 institutions include 87 Nursery, 15 Primary, 33 High Schools, 14 Junior College and four Degree Colleges.  With Edusat, common lesson plans could be delivered by experts and the local teacher could be the facilitator, so that same standard of education can be maintained for all classes.

The civic body will also train its teachers to use the Edusat facility and will be launching this program in another six months



Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Samay Godika, a student of National Public School, Koramangala has emerged as the winner of Breakthrough Junior Challenge and bagged the Science Prize worth $400,000 (Rs 2.9 crore).

Scientists are busy at work finding cures for Alzheimers’ and Parkinson’s, and a Bangalore teenager is right at their heels with a breakthrough to fight the diseases.

A Class 11 student of National Public School, Koramangala, Samay Godika represented the country and his school at the Breakthrough Junior Challenge this year and brought back the ultimate, Rs 2.9 crore science prize. Samay won the award competing with 13 other finalists among roughly 8,000 entries.

The Breakthrough Prize Junior Challenge is a global competition for students between 13 to 18 years of age that requires them to research, create and submit videos on current and complex topics in life sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Samay, who was born in Boston, is a student in Class X at the National Public School. While students at his age find it difficult to manage exams and assignments, this teenager took inspiration from his own family to do something remarkable at such a young age.

In his video for the challenge, Samay explains this biological process through a clever combination of humorous animated storytelling and informative scientific explanations. ‘Autophagy’ is the science behind fasting and a topic that would resonate with many Indians as it supports the ancient tradition of fasting to stay healthy and live longer. On much same lines, researchers show that Autophagy, a self-cleaning mechanism, could help fight dreaded diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and may even help in Anti-Ageing. The Breakthrough Challenge looks for four main areas that the videos should cover: Engagement, Creativity, Illumination and Difficulty. Not an easy task for teenagers but Samay has managed to cover them all through his hard work.

Samay has also been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for their Launch Entrepreneurship Programme 2017. This experience has led him to co-found Memorably, a company which creates photo-books of grandchildren for their grandparents.


Review of Autonomous colleges in Karnataka

Review of Autonomous colleges in Karnataka

An autonomous university typically refers to a university that exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations and curriculum. It is generally associated with universities or institutions and implies that the sponsoring state does not have control over academic matters of the school.

The aim behind giving colleges freedom was to encourage excellence. But that does not seem to be happening. Instead, a few are found profiteering. Experts say it’s time for supervision.

In the wake of irregularity complaints in the State’s autonomous institutions, higher education Minister Mr. G.T.Devegowda has decided to review the functioning of these autonomous colleges.

The irregularities are pertaining to syllabus, standard of education, infrastructure, high fee structure and examinations.

The higher education Minister, as pro-chancellor of Karnataka State Universities has the power to ensure standards are maintained, as prescribed by the law.  The Minister can also raise the matter to be taken up with the higher education Council.

The autonomous institutions are covered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations on autonomous colleges 2018 and the State Government has very little power in their functioning, the higher education department brought the irregularities to the notice of former Vice-chancellors and registrars.



Bengaluru BBMP Schools to go hi-tech :

Bengaluru BBMP Schools to go hi-tech :

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in association with Microsoft and Tech Avant-Garde launched ‘Project BBMP Roshini’ on 25th September to transform BBMP schools into World class education centers, by implementing MASP-PRO program and Roshini.

All BBMP schools across Bengaluru will be converted to a ‘Connected learning Community’ soon with Microsoft Aspire Student Program that enables learning.  ‘Roshini’ is the social schooling curriculum to enable new levels of learning in the classrooms.

The civic body is covering 32 schools and 14 pre-university colleges that it runs in the city under MASP.

All BBMP schools will have a world-class infrastructure with state of the art technology like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning along with STEM & STEAM (Robotics), Cloud, IoT, and others.  The students of the schools will be made environmentally, culturally and socially adept by learning value based principles.

This project will be supported by Microsoft – Windows, Microsoft office, 0365 for teachers and students, Skype in the classroom, one note, learning Apps on 5C’s, teacher training and certification, students training and devices; Tech Avant – Garde – Training, Implementation and support.

Tech Avant-Garde (TAG) is a technology services organization which focuses on “Product Fostering” which means development, nurturing and promoting of software products.

The program implementation will be monitored by the Governing Council, headed by the Commissioner, and the Management Council, headed by the Special Commissioner (Education).

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Save Government School Campaign – Anil Shetty

Save Government School Campaign – Anil Shetty

An evening well spent watching Rishab Shetty’s new movie premiere, ‘Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale, Kasaragod’. This movie is dedicated to Anil Shetty’s, “Nav Bharat”, “Save Government School Campaign”.

Young and dynamic Anil Shetty has promoted his campaign “Save Government School” in the perfect way with the premiere show of the latest Kannada movie ‘Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale, Kasaragod’.

72 years ago, our motherland heard around many slogans for freedom, “Jai Hind”, “Vande Mataram”, “Quit India”, “Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan” and many freedom movements like Dandi March and Non-Cooperation Movement. And today is the time to join hands for movements like “Save Government School”.

Anil Shetty and his team very aggressively working towards this campaign and making awareness in order to save the government schools.

During the launch of the Movie, Rishab Shetty highlighted a few interesting points like frequently many politicians are investing in private schools, which leaves government schools, with no hope.

Anil Shetty mentioned many legendary names like Sudha Murthy from Infosys, Upendra and many others who studied from government schools and have achieved big milestones.

It is time that we as Bangaloreans support this cause. If you agree and are ready to support, give a missed call to “76764 44225”

Stay tuned for more.

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Azim Premji University – 6th Convocation held on 25th August 2018

Azim Premji University – 6th Convocation held on 25th August 2018

Education means more than acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is power.  It means that knowledge is more powerful than physical strength and no great work can be done without knowledge and education is the fundamental precondition for political development, democracy, and social justice.

Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life.

Azim Premji University was established as a not-for-profit, private autonomous university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Karnataka Legislature.  The Azim Premji Foundation is the sponsor of the university. Azim Premji is the chancellor of the university and Anurag Behar is the vice chancellor.

This year, marks the graduation of the first batch of Undergraduate students, with B.Sc. / B.A. degrees in Physics, Biology, Economics, and Humanities. This comprehensive program with multiple majors and minors combines fundamental capabilities along with deep disciplinary knowledge. The sixth batch of Masters students graduated with degrees in Education, Development, Public Policy, and Governance and Law.  The convocation was held on 25th August 2018.

The University is deeply committed to diversity and to offering equal opportunity to students from disadvantaged backgrounds through extensive financial and personal support. It has enrolled over 2200 students from over 25 states since inception and currently has a team of 220 people, comprising faculty, researchers and others.

Today, the Foundation with 1000+ employees has field institutes in 40+ districts across 6 states and 1 union territory (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Puducherry) reaching more than 3,50,000 schools across the country.

The Foundation has also set up demonstration schools in Yadgir, Sirohi, Tonk, Dhamtari, Uttarkashi and Udham Singh Nagar to provide quality free education to the local community, at costs and constraints similar to that of rural government schools.

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National Award to 3 teachers from Karnataka

National Award to 3 teachers from Karnataka

Three teachers of State Government schools have been selected for the national ‘best teacher’ awards announced by the Union Ministry for Human Resources Development (MHRD), which will be presented on Teachers’ Day on September 5.

The teachers from Karnataka are Dr. M Shivakumar, R N Shaila, and Dr. G Parameshappa. The teachers will be awarded `50,000 cash, a silver medal, and a certificate’.

Forty-one-year-old Dr. Shivakumar works at a government high school in Cheemangala at Shidlaghatta. He has prepared a number of videos explaining mathematics and also a mobile app.

Shaila has been working as a teacher for the past 24 years and was recently transferred to the Deputy Director’s office in Bengaluru North. The 46-year-old was bestowed with the Kempegowda Award in 2013 for her innovative ways of teaching science.

Dr. Rameshappa is a physical education instructor at a government PU college’s high school wing at Vijayapura in Devanahalli Taluk. He is noted for teaching children aerobics, dance, yoga, and sports.

Congratulations to the recipients.

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8% fee hike – 82 institutions in state not eligible

After a hard bargain over fee hike, the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) agreed for 8% fee hike stipulated by the Fee Regulatory Committee.  The Fee Regulatory Committee headed by former Karnataka High Court Judge Shylendra Kumar, threatened to go to court and file a case on individual colleges if the Government and the College management agreed to a fee higher than the stipulated one. He admitted that the fee regulatory committee has limited powers.  When the Committee is set up by the Government, how can the government go against the recommendations of the Committee? The private engineering college managements had demanded a 30% fee hike.

M.K. Panduranga Setty, Secretary of the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Association said they wanted the government to reject the recommendation made by the fee regulatory committee, which fixed an 8% hike.  Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar had long discussions with colleges and convinced that any fee increase above 8% will have legal ramifications. Higher education minister G.T. Devegowda is examining to amend the law to end this yearly fight over fee in private professional education colleges.

Mr. Shylendra Kumnar said all the institutions were asked to submit their account to the committee and out of 394 institutions in various streams, 82 institutions did not submit their accounts.  Hence the committee has declared them to be non-eligible for the 8% fee hike and has given them order to go ahead  with the admission process with previous year’s fee structure.   The ineligible institutions will be penalized if they hike or demand more than the last year’s fee.

The Government should make  mandatory cost audits of all the private colleges including medical and engineering before any negotiations on  fee structure is decided.  It is in the public interest to learn what these colleges are doing/spending with the money collected.