Integrating body and mind

Samaghama comprises of an eight-month training and a four-month research, it is founded on the basic principle that body, mind and spirit are all connected and are in continuum. However, there isn’t much of this holistic view in clinical psychology and therapeutic practices which are currently dominated by the western theories, both of the mind and the body,” observes Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, Fou...

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HECI Bill faces opposition in Parliament

A proposed Bill to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), faced opposition even before the Bill was tabled in Parliament, on Monday. Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the House that the Bill would be tabled in the House soon and briefly spoke on the salient feature of the Bill. Dr. Thambi Durai also not...

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College principals to have fixed tenures

Besides, college principals will now be designated in the rank of professors unlike the rank of associate professors that followed hitherto. Presently college principals do not have a fixed tenure. These regulations would replace the UGC Regulations of 2010. more-inCollege principals across the country could enjoy a minimum fixed tenure of five years, with the University Grants Commission notifyin...

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Harvard signs MoU with JGU

Jindal Global University has signed an MoU with the Harvard T.H. Jindal Global University, a leading private university in Sonipat, will have an annual study programme at Harvard University. Harvard T.H. “This collaboration has taken the form of an annual study-abroad programme at Harvard University for nearly 30 students of Jindal Global University. Chan School of Public Health for an annual st...

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Breaking the codes

The blockchain technology runs on the principles of cryptoeconomics, a field that is at the intersection of both cryptography and economics. Mechanism LabsMechanism Labs is the world’s first open source blockchain research lab. For me this is the right time and right place to be pursuing blockchain research and the industry is the best place for me to be maximising my impact. This year’s Fello...

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Fun with the whiteboard

There are different variants of the device: K-Yan Universal, K-Yan Pro Standard and K-Yan Pro Premium. By using image processing technology, the K-Yan can convert any wall or whiteboard into an interactive teaching surface. Hand-holding training during delivery and installation, teacher training, service support for two years, school-based support visits two-to-three times a month for three years ...

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Pushing the frontiers of biology

Dr. Srishti Ahuja interned at Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, New Delhi, for five months. An opportunityI received a reply from a scientist at Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research. My work in the lab comprised core molecular biology procedures such as DNA isolation and RNA isolation from blood samples of cardiac patients. I got splendid exposure to research work and the opportunity to ...

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‘We still lack good teachers’

Today, the curriculum has improved, but we still lack good teachers. Education in IndiaBack when I was in school and college, studying meant mugging up lessons. Her first feature film, “Manhole”, won the FIPRESCI prize for the best Malayalam feature film at the 2016 International Film Festival of Kerala, the Kerala State Film Award for best film and best director of the year ” all three...

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Savvy indeed!

Even in big cities, if you are living in the outskirts of the city such as Vandalur in Chennai or Whitefield in Bengaluru, it is likely that your friendly neighbourhood financial advisor is not savvy enough to give you sound advice. Things get bad when you zoom in to small towns, as it is difficult to find quality financial advisors in such areas. In the past, you would need to be a high networth ...

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Don’t hit below the belt

You mean ‘below’ the belt, don’t you?”“You are thinking of ‘hit below the belt’. When the parents demanded an explanation for the delay, the principal gave them a cheesy smile and said nothing.”“Politicians, the world over, have a cheesy smile. When you hit below the belt, you don’t play by the rules; you use any means to win. I have too many slices of pizza under my belt.”...

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Life is great, but...

Complainers come to work and complain about their family, and then they go home from work and complain about work. “Count the number of times you use the word ‘but’ when you talk to someone about events and situations in your life.” In fact, research shows that three times more positive things than negative things happen to us every day. One of the participants suggested that we should add...

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An array of options

Kalpana Chawla failed to crack the mighty JEE and studied at Punjab Engineering College. This may include those headed for most of business careers, aviation, media careers, education, social sector, entrepreneurship and even Law. Physics, chem, mathThe beaten path: Engineering of courseThe road less taken: Biotechnology, fashion technology, civil aviation (being a pilot), marine engineering or na...

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The Hindu Science Quiz: Of the corpse flower and Fibonacci series

Scientists at NASA are preparing to download the latest bit of data stored in its plant-hunting Kepler space telescope as the spacecraft is now...

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‘Rent-a-lab’ policy to bring revenues to institutions

Explaining the policy’s rationale, the government noted that it was “common” to find in Indian laboratories, expensive equipment lying idle. This would also reduce the amount of time such expensive instruments remain idle. It plans to hire out to researchers all lab equipment that cost more than ?10 lakh. “There are several universities that cannot afford expensive equipment. The policy, c...

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CBSE trying encrypted question papers to prevent leaks

more-inThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is testing a system of downloading encrypted question papers on the very morning of the examinations at the designated centres to prevent future question paper leaks. The board faced flak earlier this year when question papers got leaked and the Class-12 economics examination had to be conducted again. At present, 4500 schools across the count...

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A shelter from the storm

Besides an active Employee Response Team, it has a backup plan, which includes a tie-up with a cab service. “We collaborate with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to conduct workshops for personnel at airports and local disaster management organisations. An increasing number of organisations are acting with foresight to ensure their employees come out of natural calamities and othe...

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‘1.60 lakh engineering graduates unemployed’

| Photo Credit: Handoutmore-inAbout 1.60 lakh engineering graduates in Tamil Nadu remain unemployed, said School Education Minister K.A. School Education Minister K. A Sengottaiyan presenting awards to teachers at a function in Virudhunagar on Saturday in the presence of Dairy Development Minister Rajendhra Bhalaji. He said that 848 government schools in the State had less than 10 students and 33 ...

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‘1.60 lakh engineering graduates unemployed’

| Photo Credit: Handoutmore-inAbout 1.60 lakh engineering graduates in Tamil Nadu remain unemployed, said School Education Minister K.A. School Education Minister K. A Sengottaiyan presenting awards to teachers at a function in Virudhunagar on Saturday in the presence of Dairy Development Minister Rajendhra Bhalaji. He said that 848 government schools in the State had less than 10 students and 33 ...

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Private varsities need time to break into big league

more-inThat 11 proposed private universities applied for the status of institutes of eminence seems to signal the ambitions of private universities in India. An academic from a top private university said that some private universities were already giving full scholarships to a certain percentage of students. Jindal Global University, Ashoka University and Shiv Nadar University with faculty from r...

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Private varsities need time to break into big league

more-inThat 11 proposed private universities applied for the status of institutes of eminence seems to signal the ambitions of private universities in India. An academic from a top private university said that some private universities were already giving full scholarships to a certain percentage of students. Jindal Global University, Ashoka University and Shiv Nadar University with faculty from r...

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Convince the student first

Nothing beats word of mouthThe point of this autobiographical preamble is that when it comes to education, particularly higher education, quality and desirability lie in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, a 20-year-old Delhi student had managed to acquire all the necessary information required to help make up his mind. more-inLast year, when my son graduated, he told me that he wanted to do a ...

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Convince the student first

Nothing beats word of mouthThe point of this autobiographical preamble is that when it comes to education, particularly higher education, quality and desirability lie in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, a 20-year-old Delhi student had managed to acquire all the necessary information required to help make up his mind. more-inLast year, when my son graduated, he told me that he wanted to do a ...

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NCPCR moots model for school fees

We have recommended an online mechanism as well as a democratic method for fixing school fee,” said Priyank Kanoongo, Member (RTE & Education), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). File | Photo Credit: The Hindumore-inThe apex body for child rights, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has prepared guidelines for regulating admission fee levied by...

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NCPCR moots model for school fees

We have recommended an online mechanism as well as a democratic method for fixing school fee,” said Priyank Kanoongo, Member (RTE & Education), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). File | Photo Credit: The Hindumore-inThe apex body for child rights, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has prepared guidelines for regulating admission fee levied by...

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Cashless campus

Campus Wallet, an offering from Chillar Payment Solutions, is a digital wallet that facilitates cashless transactions in schools and colleges. In a dynamically transforming digital space, Campus Wallet is a new-age solution for new-age campuses and parents, exposing children to cashless transactions. With Campus Wallet, parents can recharge their child’s wallet, after which they can login to the...

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Cashless campus

Campus Wallet, an offering from Chillar Payment Solutions, is a digital wallet that facilitates cashless transactions in schools and colleges. In a dynamically transforming digital space, Campus Wallet is a new-age solution for new-age campuses and parents, exposing children to cashless transactions. With Campus Wallet, parents can recharge their child’s wallet, after which they can login to the...

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Just say I don’t know

Being able to say that you don’t know requires confidence and humility. But sometimes, we refuse to recognise or admit that we don’t know, and proceed to apply that most familiar of exam techniques ” we fudge. Instead, a simple “I’m afraid I don’t know” could save you ” and your interviewers ” considerable misery and embarrassment. When faced with questions from th...

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Just say I don’t know

Being able to say that you don’t know requires confidence and humility. But sometimes, we refuse to recognise or admit that we don’t know, and proceed to apply that most familiar of exam techniques ” we fudge. Instead, a simple “I’m afraid I don’t know” could save you ” and your interviewers ” considerable misery and embarrassment. When faced with questions from th...

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Freedom to think

Mahesh’s passion, interests and talents have been buried ever since ‘special classes’, ‘coaching’ and ‘tuition’ have been added to his lexicon. Past and presentIn the past, only those who were not good at certain subjects attended coaching classes. His special classes commence at 7.30 and regular classes at 8.30. As soon as the regular classes are over at 3.30 in the afternoon, his o...

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Extrovert, introvert or textrovert?

When you meet a ‘textrovert’ in person, he or she is like an introvert ” very shy and has very little to say. (Akshay, Delhi)We all know what the words ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ mean. While these words have been part of the English language for a long time, ‘textrovert’ and ‘webtrovert’ are of recent coinage. He or she comes across as an extrovert, sounds confident, sp...

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