New Delhi:  A petition was filed on Thursday before the Delhi High Court alleging that majority of government schools here are not facilitating science and commerce streams at intermediate level to students.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pointed out that the distribution of schools offering science and commerce streams is "alarmingly uneven".


The petition filed by advocate Yusuf Naqi said that out of a total of 1,029 schools in the national capital, only 279 offered science stream to Class 11 and 12 students, while commerce was offered in 613 schools.

Depriving students from taking science or commerce stream at intermediate level amounts to "depriving them of their right to choose a profession or carry on any occupation, trade or business of her own choice as guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India", said the plea.

"It is evident from the government records that there are 'shadow pockets' in different regions of Delhi that do not offer science and commerce streams at all, in their academic curriculum," the petition said.

It added that in central Delhi, only two government schools out of a total of 41 have science stream in their curriculum.





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New Delhi:  IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed a visual technology that enables safer driving during rain, a statement said on Friday.

The technology developed by researchers from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communications removes from real-time video the obscuring effects of rain and displays it on the windscreen of vehicles to increase the clarity of driver's view.


The 'Real-time Rain Removal from Videos' is a proprietary algorithm that has an advantage for Driver-Assistance Systems (DAS) that use video information to impart traffic-related information.

"It is envisioned to be used to enhance the safety of air, rail, ship and auto transportation by providing on-screen visualization of clear videos in rainy conditions. The visual acuity of rainy videos captured by surveillance cameras can also be enhanced by this algorithm," said lead researcher Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, faculty member at IIT-Kharagpur.

It is also able to distinguish moving objects from the rain regions in the video, explained researcher Abhishek Kumar Tripathi.

The technology has been patented internationally by the team as 'Method and Apparatus for Detection and Removal of Rain from Videos using Temporal and Spatiotemporal Properties'.





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New Delhi:  The Delhi government will open centres to teach students who have failed twice or more in Class X, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said here on Tuesday.

Addressing the media, Sisodia said this would make sure that these students would not be out of school and have a future.


The Deputy Chief Minister said that the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"Last year, students who failed twice were taught through CBSE's correspondence, as it was easier for the students than the regular system," he said.

"They were taught in schools, just like regular students and also given books and uniform like other students," he added.

He said that there were 62,000 such students, but only 2,000-2,500 of them passed this year's examination and about around 5,000 passed in the compartment examination.

"This time we have 55,000 such students who had failed twice in CBSE and once in correspondence," Sisodia said.

He said that the centres would follow NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) syllabus as "it reduces the load on students" and added that the "curriculum is simple" compared to CBSE.

Sisodia added that the centres would be opened in government schools and it would be made sure that students did not have to travel long distances.

Speaking on the occasion, Sisodia also said the meeting also decided to increase reach of higher education loan of Rs 10 lakh, given to students who pass out from Delhi schools.

He said that the loan had been extended for courses in colleges even outside Delhi, recognised by the central or any of the state governments.





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NEW DELHI:  The Delhi University on Wednesday began registration for its first ever five-year integrated journalism course, both in Hindi and English, at newly-established Delhi School of Journalism.

There will be 60 seats in each language prgramme, which will be taught in 10 semesters.


The last date for online registration is September 8. The admission will be done on the basis of an online entrance test conducted on September 17.

"After much deliberation we have finally be able to launch the course. Rigour and variety of content will be our primary concern with the course," J.P. Dubey, Dean of Social Sciences, told media.

The idea of the course, which will come under the Faculty of Social Sciences, was "proposed by the Vice Chancellor (Yogesh Tyagi) last September and has received full support of the university", he said.

The building for the new Journalism school will be located in the campus at Sports Complex, Cluster Innovation Centre.

The students are required to pay Rs 25,000 per semester, while the registration fees is Rs 500 for general and OBC category, and Rs 250 for the SC, ST, and disabled.

"The courses are designed with a comprehensive view. Journalism is just one aspect of it. There is a host of avenues in which one can go, like advertisement, public relations, documentary filmmaking, fiction writing etc," Maharaj K. Pandit, the Head of Admission Committee, told IANS, to a query on the need for the course when the media field can hardly be said to be burgeoning.

During the course, the students will be assessed equally on theory and practical basis.

"The syllabus is designed as per the Choice Based Credit System scheme. The five Year integrated programme has 28 courses, two ability enhancement compulsory courses, two ability enhancement elective courses, four general elective courses and four discipline specific elective courses and dissertation as per the University Grants Commission guidelines," Manasvini M. Yogi, OSD, Delhi School of Journalism told the press.

Apart from these, students will be required to study one foreign and one regional language. They can choose from French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic among foreign and Tamil and Bangla for regional languages.

However "a student cannot choose the language which also happens to be his or her mother-tongue", Yogi said.

Graduates from other courses can also apply for the two-year Masters course in the school, while the undergraduate students can exit the course after three years with a graduation degree, she said.





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NEW DELHI:  The annual election for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) will be held on September 12, the varsity announced on Monday.

The last day for filing the nomination for candidature for the posts of President, Vice President, Joint Secretary and Secretary is September 4 and the final list of the candidates will be announced by the evening of September 6, the university said in a statement.


The Chief Election Officer of the university will accept the nominations in the Department of Botany.

The date and time for the polling results is yet to be announced.

The current student body is presently divided between the RSS student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which holds all posts except that of the Joint Secretary, which was won by the Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India. However, the radical CPI-ML-backed All India Students Association is also likely to be a tough contender this year, considering the crowd it has managed to pull in its rallies and its championing of various social issues.




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NEW DELHI:  With the admissions over for the 10th cut-off list, the Delhi University (DU) has filled almost all seats across colleges but still another list cannot be ruled out, a university official said.

At the close of admission for Undergraduate Courses (merit based) as per the latest list on Friday, the university announced it had received a total of 56,652 paid applications. Although the number exceeds the total number of seats available (54,000), a senior university official said that the admissions cannot be called over yet.


"The number (of applications received) include the supernumerary seats as well, we do not know yet how many of them are still vacant.... But at this moment, it is very difficult to say whether there will be another list because of constant movement of students from one college or another," the official told IANS.

The primary reason for the still 'vacant' seats is not the lack of applicants, he said, but because of the movement of students, who leave for another college after securing admission in one, as they see a dip in the percentage with the issue of a new cut-off.

For example, if there is a dip of one per cent in a certain course in Zakir Hussain Morning College, a student from the college's evening adjunct may apply for the morning one, admission in which he may have missed out of due to that one per cent, the professor said.

"There's no end to this movement from one course or college to another till the end, which is the reason why colleges show vacant seats till late," he said adding that over-admissions are also not uncommon, since they need to keep a buffer to counter the cancellations which occur often.

The first cut-off was issued on June 20 and the classes in the DU started in July 20.





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NEW DELHI:  State-run International Institute of Information Technology-Bengaluru (IIIT-B) on Wednesday said it is starting a post-graduate diploma programme to train about 10,000 students and engineers in smart software skills.

"The 11-month programme will provide hands-on learning to students and working professionals to hone their software skills required by a rapidly changing industry," said IIIT-B in a statement here.


Leading online higher education firm UpGrad, co-founded by entrepreneurs Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, will partner with the reputed institute to create the human capital required for the resilient IT industry.

"We are seeing a huge change in the IT industry from automation, digital and data transforming many roles. Although many fear that this will lead to job losses, I am of the opinion that these changes bring in new types of opportunities," said IIIT-B Director S. Sadagopan in the statement.

As the programmers have to be thorough with core computer science concepts and software engineering principles, the programme will give them product focus for jobs that will be required in the near future.

"In view of the technology changes and increasing automation, about 30 per cent or one-million jobs in the Indian IT sector face lay-off. Hence, we need to reposition them to avoid net loss of jobs in the resilient sector," said Screwvala and Kumar in the statement.

As digital and data provide huge opportunity for growth in the IT sector, software developers who leverage open source technologies, Application Programme Interface micro services and software as a service will have to show product centric thinking than services-centric thinking.

"Besides training professionals on software engineering, the programme will focus on developing creative problem-solving and critical thinking by enabling the students to grasp new skills and adapt to the changing technology era," it said.

According to a recent study by 'Aspiring Mind', students of computer science and IT-related fields don't meet industry requirements and 95 per cent of engineering graduates are not suited for software development.

"There is an acute shortage of good teachers in most engineering colleges in the country. As a result, majority of students don't have access to quality education at the post-graduate level," said Sadagopan.

While 1.5 lakh students apply for Masters every year, many of them can't go on due to limited seats in the top colleges and the programme is meant to address this shortage, the statement said.




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NEW Delhi: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has released the result for the 22nd All India Entrance Examination for Admission to Bachelor (AIEEA-UG 2017), Master (AIEEA-PG 2017), and Doctoral (AICE-JRF/SRF (PGS) 2017) programmes in Agriculture and Allied Sciences at Agricultural Universities. As per the schedule initially published on the ICAR website, the result was due to be declared on June 30, however it was postponed and has finally been declared today. After the result declaration, the council will begin counselling procedure for qualified candidates.

The ICAR AIEEA UG, PG and JRF/SRF results are available on To print the scorecard, the students need to click on the application login.

How to check ICAR AIEEA Result 2017?

Step one: Go to ICAR official website for AIEEA:
Step two: Click on the result link.
Step three: Enter the required details.
Step four: Click on submit and view your result.

Tentative Counselling dates for ICAR AIEEA 2017
Candidates who qualify the exam will be called for counselling based on their merit in the exam. The tentative schedule for counselling is given below:
First round: July 7, 2017
Second round: July 17, 2017
Third round: July 27, 2017

The third round of counselling will be conducted only if seats are vacant after the second round of counselling.

Students must remember that this is only the tentative schedule and the final schedule will be notified by ICAR shortly on the official website.



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Bengaluru:  India will set up 20 world class institutions across the country to promote research and innovation, said Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday.

"The government has decided to establish 20 world class institutions across the country to encourage the young talent do research and promote innovation in science and technology," Javadekar told students of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here.

Asserting that through research and innovation the country could achieve sustainable prosperity, the minister said institutions like the IISc would not face a financial crunch as it would be adequately funded.

"GST (Goods and Services Tax) will enable the government to provide more funds to health, education, research and innovation," reiterated Javadekar while interacting with the faculty and research scholars of the premier institute.

The new indirect tax regime (GST) came into force from Saturday across the country after President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled it in Parliament at the stroke of midnight.

IISc Director Anurag Kumar and other students were present on the occasion.



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NEW DELHI: The Delhi University colleges have announced their second cut-offs for this admission season with the top colleges still trading in the above-90 realm for more popular courses.

In the announcement made late Friday night, Hansraj and Hindu College lowered their Economic (Honours) cut-off to 97 and 97.25 per cent respectively, down from earlier 97.50 per cent.

Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), releasing its second cut-off a little earlier than the rest, declared admission closed in its Economics (Honours) course.

Reducing its cut-off by 0.25 per cent for (Honours), it kept admission open in the course at 97.5 per cent.

Economic (Honours) remained in high demand, with at least four colleges-- Miranda, Kirori Mal, Venkateswara, and Shri Guru Teg Bhadur (SGTB) Khalsa -- anchoring their cut-offs hardly any lower at 96.75 per cent.

Throwing a surprise with a 99.66 per cent cut-off in B.Sc. (Electronics) course first time around, SGTB Khalsa brought it down sharply to 96 per cent in the second cut-off.

Similar reduction was seen in its Political Science course, which was pegged at 99 per cent in first cut-off, which came down to 97.25 per cent.

Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College's psychology course remained pricey at 98.25 per cent. It relented its journalism cut-off by 0.25 per cent and pegged it at 97.75.

English and Political Science cut-off here remained still high at 97.5 per cent for both courses.

It closed admissions for: Economics (Honours), History, Philosophy, Sociology, Maths, Statistics and B.Com (Honours).

Hindu College closed admissions for B.A. (Programme), Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Botany and Statistics, among other courses.

Earlier at 97 per cent, the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce reduced its cut-off to 96.5 per cent for the course of Journalism, similar to Kamla Nehru College's in the same course.

The journalism cut-off for off-campus Maharaja Agrasen and Kalindi College settled at 93.5 and 94 per cent.

Candidates who meet these cut-offs can seek admissions in colleges till July 4 with required documents.

The third cut-off, in case the colleges decide, will be announced on July 6.



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