Teen girls do 150% more housework

One in every 10 Indians is an adolescent girl, and India hosts nearly 20 per cent of the world’s population of adolescent girls. Despite this, the employment rate for women in India is dismal.

As per a survey conducted by Dasra, a philanthropic foundation, for every 100 girls that enrol in a school in rural India, only 40 will reach Class 4, 18 will reach Class 8, and only one will make it to Class 12. The report further claims that adolescent girls work as many as 120-150 per cent more hours than boys in Indian households. Contrary to this, adolescent boys are more economically active than girls in their group. The study claims the participation rate for boys is 40 per cent, whereas the same is 25 per cent for girls in the same age group.

The report says that for girls, doors begin to shut in adolescence. Parental and community perceptions around chastity and safety confine girls to the domestic sphere. “Girls are seen less as individuals and more as future mothers and wives. Consequently, they spend an unfair amount of time on household chores, often at the expense of studies,” reads the report.

Called ‘Enhancing the Employability of India’s Adolescent Girls’, the report analyses a widespread gap between girls’ skills, aptitude, and attitudinal readiness for the job market. “The challenge is how to move a 14-year-old girl from a disadvantaged background towards self-sufficiency,” says Kaku Nakhate, president and country head of Bank of America (India), in the report. The survey was funded by the Bank of America as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme. “Popular wisdom has long held employment as the answer. However, recent research shows that a more comprehensive approach is needed,” says Nakhate.

Researchers say that they found that when girls learn skills, they begin to tell parents that they don’t want to drop out of school. The report says, “Girls tell their fathers they don’t want to have an early marriage; they’d rather take a loan for their education. They tell their parents their career dreams.”

Mumbai University’s income estimate down by Rs 68 crore this year

Despite a surplus budget projected last year, the University of Mumbai announced that its overall income estimate this year has gone down by almost Rs 68 crore in the budget presented at its senate on Thursday.

The university in its last budget had proposed to earn Rs 607.14 crore which included more than Rs 150 crore that was to be recovered from its affiliated colleges. The university, however, could not recover this money, leading to a deficit of Rs 73.29 crore.

For the academic year 2017-18, the university has projected a surplus of Rs 52 crore with an overall estimate of Rs 539.04 crore. Several new initiatives include Centre for European studies and Chinese centre. Along with this the university plans to give free education for children of single mothers and martyrs at post-graduation and under-graduation level in traditional courses.

Examiners would get higher remuneration for paper assessment. A crore has been allocated for infrastructure development in its Kalina campus. The university has also proposed to set up the skill development centre for women and civil services entrance examination training center on a 14 acre land in Kalwa.

The university will also develop a centre on a 200 acre land in Palghar on the background of Tribal University, to expand the educational amenity to tribals. The varsity will also start a School of Engineering Sciences at its Kalyan sub-centre, a Center for Railway Research in Ratnagiri its sub centre from this academic year and a Green Campus in Vidyanagari

TS POLYCET 2017: Registration Starts, Apply Before April 11

NEW DELHI: The State Board of Technical Education and Training Telangana (SBTET) published the notification regarding the Telangana State Polytechnic Common Entrance Test POLYCET 2017. The candidates who are planning to apply for the TS POLYCET 2017 can login to the official website of Telangana SBTET and fill the online application forms. The registration has started today and the online application process will be closed on April 11. According to the notification, the POLYCET 2017 exam will be conducted on April 24.

TS POLYCET 2017: Registration Starts, Apply Before April 11The results of TS POLYCET 2017 will be released on May 5.

TS POLYCET 2017: How To Apply

The candidates can follow these steps to apply for Telangana State Polytechnic Common Entrance Test POLYCET 2017:
Go to the official website of State Board of Technical Education and Training Telangana (SBTET)’s POLYCET 2017, https://polycetts.nic.in/Default.aspx
Click on the online application link of POLYCET 2017.

TS POLYCET 2017: Important dates
Registration begins- March 14
Registration ends- April
Date of POLYCET exam – April 24
Results to be released on- May 5

The State Board of Technical Education and Training, Telangana, Hyderabad will conduct “Polytechnic Common Entrance Test (POLYCET)” for the candidates seeking admission in to all Diploma Courses in Engineering /Non Engineering/Technology offered at Polytechnics /Institutions (including Aided and Unaided Private Polytechnics /Institutions running as 2nd shift in Private Engineering Colleges) in Telangana State for the academic year 2017 – 18.

Seven Students Caught Cheating In Under-construction Building In Jharkhand State Board Exam

In a shocking example of malpractices in examination, raiding team of Education Department in Jharkhand caught seven students writing exams in an under-construction house a few hundred metres away from their designated exam centres.  The team also caught parents of the seven students in the premise. The team along with police had scaled a wall to catch these students cheating in the ongoing board exams. The raiding team also seized eatables and soft drinks from the spot.  The students’ exam centre was at the Adivasi Bal Vikas Vidyalaya at Ratu.

Seven Students Caught Cheating In Under-construction Building In Jharkhand State Board Exam
According to IANS, the school principal refused any knowledge of the incident and said that he was not aware as to how the question papers and answer sheets were sent outside the centre.
Commenting on the incident, the state Education Minister Neera Yadav said that the matter will be investigated by proper authorities and those found guilty will be subjected to strict action. She said that smuggling question paper and answer sheets outside an exam centre was a serious offence. She also maintained that the public’s faith in the state education system will not be allowed to waver due to such incidents.

According to reports, 175 studnets were allegedly caught cheating during the class 10 state board examination and 163 students in class 12 state board examination. Majority of cases of cheating and malpractice in exam has been reported from the Chhatarpur sub-division of Palamu district.

 The allegations of cheating and unfair practices is a blow to state governments claims to provide quality education to students enrolled in state-run schools and colleges.

CBSE Board Exams 2017 To Begin In Few Days, Effective Preparation Tips For Students

With less than a week left for the CBSE Board exams to begin, here are few time management tips for the students, which will help them for exam preparation. Instead of worrying about the revision, students should calm down and genuinely utilise these 5 days. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct board exams for Class 10 and Class 12 exam, 9 March 2017 onwards. Students are under pressure! But it is to be remembered that being in extreme pressure and stress won’t get you good marks; instead proper time management and smart work will fetch you the best score card.

CBSE Board Exams 2017 To Begin In Few Days, Effective Preparation Tips For StudentsPrepare a time table for these 5 days!
Everyone must be definitely having a time table for board exam preparation. But how many of you have allotted 7 hours of sleep in that? How many hours do you rest your mind? Brain loves to be exercised, and it loves to rest as well. A sleep deprived brain coupled with a lethargic body will slow down your preparation. Sleep only as much as your body requires, not less than that (not even more!).

Go through the Exam Instructions
Make note of what-to and what-not-to take inside the examination hall. Learn everything about examination hall etiquette. Fill your pen, sharpen your pencil and keep yourself prepared for the examination. Do not wait for the last minute and get into a hustle just before going to the exam.

Breathe out your stress and breathe in confidence. Let go of your tension by meditating for about 10 minutes every morning and evening. In case, you can also try easy Yoga poses as well.

Water is essential!
Drink as much water as you can. This will maintain your health and will also help you especially when you are awake till late. On an average drink at least 1.5 litres of water everyday. Insufficient water content in the body will cause dehydration and will in return affect the cognitive functions. Even the Board has taken care of students’ health by allowing eatables for those suffering from Type 1 diabetes. Read more about it.

Government to start Brahmaputra study centre at Gauhati University

Minister of Development of North East Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that the government will start a Centre for Brahmaputra studies at Gauhati University as part of its initiatives to catalyse the contribution of the north-east towards the country’s development. In October last year, the government had set up A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RGIIM), Shillong, which will provide strategic policy support on livelihood, Act East Policy, Biodiversity, Organic Food Basket, Bamboo Mission and Horticulture.

Government to start Brahmaputra study centre at Gauhati University

“North Eastern Region is on a high priority for the Central government. It is evident from the fact that three months after taking over as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced the setting up of a Sports University in Manipur,” the minister said.

He added that the Central Government is making all efforts to materialise this project and is pursuing it with the Manipur government.

He, along with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, attended the felicitation ceremony of the sportspersons from the north-east who participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The sportspersons who were felicitated included Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics), P. Sushila Chanu (Hockey, Women), H. Lal Ruatfeli (Hockey- Women), L. Bombayla Devi (Archery), K. Chinglensan Singh (Hockey, Men) and K. Kothajit Singh (Hockey, Men) among others.

IBPS CWE Specialist Officers Exam 2017: Score cards released, check them here

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) on Tuesday released the scores of candidates of online exam for the recruitment of specialist officers (CWE SPL-VI) on its official website. The results of the exam were declared last week and were available for viewing until February 13.


Steps to check the scores:

1) Go to official website of IBPS

2) Click on the link to view ‘Scores of online exam for CWE SPL VI’ running on the top of the page

3) You will be directed to the login page

4) Enter your registration no and password

5) Enter the captcha code

6) Click on login and your scores will be displayed on the screen

7) Take a print-out and save it on your computer

Or click here to directly go to the login page.

The scores will be available for viewing until March 31, 2017.

The online examination for selection of candidates for Specialist Officers’ cadre posts was held on January 28 and 29, 2017. Candidates who have cleared the online written examination will be called for a Common Interview to be conducted by the participating organisations and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank.

The examination is to fill 335 vacancies for IT Officer (Scale-I), 2,580 vacancies for Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), 65 vacancies for Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), 115 vacancies for Law Officer (Scale I), 81 vacancies for HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) and 946 vacancies for Marketing Officer (Scale I). The total vacancies for all the posts to be filled is 4,122. The number of vacancies announced is provisional.

MPPSC State Services Prelims Exam 2017: Model answer keys released, check them here

The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) on Tuesday released the model answer keys of State Services and State Forest preliminary examination 2017 on its official website. The exam was held on February 12, 2017.


Steps to check the answer keys:

1) Go to MPPSC’s official website

2) Click on the link for ‘Model Answer Key State Service Exam- 2017 and State Forest Exam 2017’ in the middle of the page

3) A pdf page containing write-up and four sets of answer keys for Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be displayed on the screen

4) Save it on your computer and take a print-out.

If any candidate wants to raise objections regarding any question/s or answer/s, they can do so through online mode only, until February 21. The candidates need to attach the proof regarding their claim and pay the requisite fee for raising objection. Any application received after February 21 will not be entertained.

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2016 All India rank list

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2016: All India rank list to be released today

New Delhi: Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2016 all India rank list will be declared on June 23 (Thursday).

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had on April 27 declared the results of JEE Main 2016 which is used to shortlist candidates who want to join the IITs and other top engineering colleges.

The (JEE) Main paper I and paper II were held on April 3 (offline) and April 9 and 10 (online).

The exam was held online as well as offline in 132 cities earlier this month.

Nearly 12 lakh candidates had taken this exam of which 19,820 have qualified for the JEE (Advanced) Online while 1,78,408 candidates have qualified for the JEE (Advanced) offline test.

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

The States of Gujarat, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) – 2016 application form online.

Nitish Kumar asks women groups to help Bihar govt ensure quality education

Nitish Kumar asks women groups to help Bihar govt ensure quality education

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday asked women self-help groups to report to the government if teachers in schools are punctual and students attending classes.

“On paper, 99 per cent of students are enrolled in schools, but it’s a known fact that not more than 50-60 per cent of them come to school regularly,” Kumar said, addressing a function here.

“You have to see why students are not coming to schools regularly. Besides, you have to keep a watch over teachers… if they are punctual,” he said exhorting the women self-help groups members to take the responsibility.

“You have to also inspect whether cleanliness is maintained in schools and mid-day meal provided as per the rules,” the Chief Minister said.

Kumar said a special cell would be set up in the Education department to look into any complaints in this regard.

“There would be monthly monitoring at the Chief Secretary’s level. I myself will keep a close watch to ensure that quality is maintained in school education,” he said.

The Chief Minister also credited women self-help groups with the effective implementation of prohibition in the state.