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Indian-origin teens bag $100K in US science contest

Three Indian-origin teenagers, including identical twin sisters, in the US have bagged a scholarship worth $100,000 in a science competition for their innovative research that will help doctors diagnose health problems like schizophrenia. Shriya and Adhya Beesam, 16, who are grade 11 students in Plano, Texas won the competition in the 17th annual Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition on Tuesday for their project entitled, ‘Linked Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System: A Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis’. Vineet Edupuganti, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, won the top individual award for developing an ingestible battery that could transform the way doctors diagnose ...
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UAE-based Indian teen wins children peace prize

An Indian schoolgirl based in UAE has won this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize for her fight to save the planet. Kehkashan Basu, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, was presented the award by Nobel Peace laureate Mohammad Yunus at a ceremony held in The Hague. At the age of eight, Basu organised an awareness-raising campaign for the recycling of waste in her Dubai neighbourhood. In 2012, she founded her own organisation, Green Hope, which carries out environment-focused campaigns. Basu went on to become the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the Major Group for Children and Youth of the UN Environmental Programme. Basu ...
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India Needs to Think Different – Part II

As the festive season in India is getting over many people are happy to know that Chinese product sales  may be down by 30%. It may be a moment of celebration for patriotic Indians in short term although Indian traders will have to bear the brunt since they already had imported these items. Let us ask – why Indians would have to buy Chinese product to begin with? The answer is very simple –  Indian industries don’t make those items  or don’t pay attention to consumers’ concerns for price, choice and quality.  Suddenly one cannot stop trading according to international trade rules. And don’t forget Chinese do invest in the ...
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Hindu College in Guyana excels in the Caribbean

Reported by Dr. Kumar Mahavir. A private Hindu College/High School continues to excel academically in Guyana (and perhaps the Caribbean), surpassed only by the long-established (1844), State-funded Queen’s College. In the recent CSEC [equivalent to London GCE and Cambridge O’ Level] examinations, Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) ranked second in the country in attaining more than 10 Grade Ones. Queen’s College                     45 SVN                                        24 Bishop’s High                         14 Stanislaus                                11   The school also ranked second in the country in achieving more than 11 Grade Ones.   Queen’s College                     16 SVN                                        14 Bishop’s High                         0 Stanislaus                                1 Anna Regina Multi                 4 Eighty-three ...
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Indian Education Gains Foothold In Gulf

Indian educationist M.N.Raju who has pioneered new concepts for higher studies in the southern states in India has spread his network to the UAE with a major initiative. Underscoring its commitment to revolutionising the way education is shared, MNR Talent and Skill Development Institute (MNR TSDI) has announced its affiliation with Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India to offer its Executive Education Programmes exclusively at the MNR Dubai campus. ISB is already associated with the prestigious Kellogg School of Management, Wharton University of Pennsylvania and London Business School. Three ISB programmes will be offered in Dubai from October to ...
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This gene called education

By Surendra Thankur I received an invite from the sedate Ela Gandhi to the Phoenix Settlement Trust Centre in Inanda Durban. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was slated to attend on 9 July, the location where Gandhi launched his paper the “Indian Opinion”. I proudly related this to my wife, Rookmoney and son Sachin. “What will you tell PM Modi” asked Sachin? I being of the “children must be seen not heard” variety glared at him. “I don’t know” I replied. “But you will be there and chances are that he may greet you and ask what you have done for ...
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The Rise of Social Media

The Internet, social media and all of the related technology are here to stay. This new technological landscape does add a sparkle to our lives. But, this impact has a dark side, observes Rohit Kumar The power of social media that springs to life with a click of the mouse. And, lo and behold, you are connected with the world at large. This obviously, is the amazing part. In the last decade, it can be observed that the popularity of social networking sites has spread like wild fire. It spelt sheer magic. The youth brigade – students, teenagers indeed, got ...
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Educational reforms in India – scope and reach in 2014

In any educational change programme, fulfilling the expectations and needs of students, their parents, and the wider society are not easy tasks. The key starting points for change initiatives in education remain largely the same as ever, says Dr. Beena Menon Highlight – One may list at least three major trends in the current teacher education theory and practice. Firstly, there is a shift from the traditional transmission-oriented, product-oriented model of teacher education to a constructivist and process-oriented model. Secondly, there is a greater recognition of teacher cognition and practice being situated in concrete contexts and greater emphasis on closer ...
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India: Cashing in on the Workforce Dividend

India: Cashing in on the Workforce Dividend

India boasts of a massive workforce today and fact is – India will add 300 million to its workforce in the next 20 years. But there is much room for enhancing skills and Indian corporates agree that graduates from homegrown universities do not have the skills they want. With the Indian government opening doors to foreign universities, it is a welcome move to upgrade skill development. India can then not only cash in on its vast human workforce, but can also position itself as the most powerful player in the world, reports Shree Lahiri India had been experiencing a consistently ...
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Educating Our India, One Village At A Time

  This Independence Day, Astha Agarwal asks us to join her in bringing the joy of learning to thousands of our illiterate brothers and sisters in India Sixty-six years after Independence, we celebrate India’s countless successes and the tremendous progress we have made since 1947. India has, needless to say, produced some of the most brilliant minds our world has ever seen, has risen to become the nation with the tenth-highest GDP, and has earned a status as one of the new economic superpowers of the globe. Yet an astonishing one in four Indians are illiterate today. As we celebrate ...
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