- NAAC reality check: Bihar colleges got low ranking
The state universities and colleges were driven to go in for accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and a lot of money was spent on preparation, but the outcome has exposed the harsh reality on quality matrix.
Of the six accredited state universities as on August 2019, none has got ‘A’ or even ‘B++’ grade.
Patna University (PU) is the highest ranked state university with B+ grade, while four others got B grade and one C. Only Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) and Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), which is exclusively for law, have got ‘A’ rank.
Of the 128 colleges accredited, 27 have got ‘C’ grade, which is the last category on a seven-grade NAAC scale, below which institutions do not qualify for accreditation.
Only eight colleges have got ‘A’ grade, while 78 colleges have got ‘B’, 14 ‘B+” and one ‘B++’ There was no college in the A++ or A+ category.
● International Day for the Elderly is observed on 1 October
International Day for the Elderly is observed on 1 October. The day aims to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world. It also highlighted the important contributions that are made by older people make to society.
A study says that almost 700 million people are over the age of 60. Over 20% (2 billion) of the world’s population, will be 60 or older by 2050. In the developing world, the increase in the number of older people will be the greatest. Currently, Asia is the region with the largest number of older persons.
The 2019 theme for International Day for the Elderly is the Journey to Age Equality. The theme aims to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. The theme falls in line with the UN’s principle of Leaving No-One Behind for sustainable development.
● State Bank of India becomes first Indian bank to have office in Australia’s Victoria
State Bank of India opened its Melbourne office to become the first Indian bank to have a branch in the Australian state of Victoria. The Melbourne office will assist the growing trade and investment relations between Victoria and India and is the outcome of the state’s 10-year India Strategy our shared future.
This investment by India’s largest commercial bank is a testament to our thriving financial services sector and our highly skilled workforce.
The two-way merchandise trade between Victoria and India was to the tune of 1.76 billion Australian dollars in 2018.
● India ranks 44 in the World digital competitiveness rankings
According to a global report, India has ranked 44th in World digital competitiveness rankings in 2019. India stood 48th rank in the year 2019. India has made various improvement in terms of knowledge and future readiness to adopt and explore digital technologies.
Also, according to the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 (WDCR), with great advancement in the technology sub-factor level, India holds the first position in telecommunications investment.
The ranking list is produced by the IMD World Competitiveness Center. The rankings are based on various measures including the capacity and preparedness to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and wider society.
WDCR examines three factors for the evaluation of an economy. The factors namely:
♦ knowledge, the capacity to understand and learn the new technologies and
♦ technology, the competence to develop new digital innovations
♦ future-readiness, the preparedness for the coming developments.
The US ranked first as the world’s most digitally competitive economy.
- Kerala leads the School Education Quality Index
The School Education Quality Index, SEQI prepared by NITI Aayog was launched by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman and CEO in New Delhi.
Kerala has bagged the number one rank followed by Rajasthan in overall performance.
In incremental performance ranking, Haryana is number one followed by Assam and Uttar Pradesh.
In small states category, Manipur has claimed the top spot followed by Tripura and Goa in overall performance.
- Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria takes charge as IAF Chief
Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took charge as the 26th Chief of the Indian Air Force.
He succeeds Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who retired after 41 years of service in the IAF.
Air Marshal Bhadauria was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1980 and has held various command, staff and instructional positions.
● Centre launched the first Indigenous Fuel Cell System on CSIR Foundation Day
Centre unveiled the first Indigenous High-Temperature Fuel Cell System on the occasion of CSIR Foundation Day at New Delhi. It was unveiled by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. It was developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with Indian industries under India’s flagship program named New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI).
The Cell would replace Diesel Generating (DG) sets and help reduce India’s dependence on crude oil. The Fuel Cells is in line with India’s mission of replacing diesel with green and alternate fuels.
The 5.0 kW fuel cell system generates power using methanol/bio-methane along with heat and water as bi-products for further use. The power generated will amount to greater than 70% efficiency, which is not possible by other sources. Fuel Cells are based on High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HTPEM) Technology.
● MietY, NeGD, and NLIU signs MoU to implement an Online Capacity Building Programme
National eGovernance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal signed an MoU at New Delhi on 30 September.
The MoU aims to implement an Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics through NeGD Learning Management System (LMS). The increase in cybercrimes has posed a major challenge for the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA).
The major objective of the programme is to enable Police Officers, State Cyber Cells, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutors and Judicial Officers to acquire the requisite skills to deal with Cyber Forensics cases effectively according to the Indian Cyber Law. It should also adopt global best practices, standards, and guidelines.
NeGD in collaboration with NLIU Bhopal has taken the initiative to offer 9 months Online PG Diploma Course in Cyber Law, Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics to 1000 officials. The courses will be offered through its Learning Management System (LMS).
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