HC upholds two-level entry RTE rules in Maharashtra schools

  MUMBAI: The Bombay high court in an important order on Friday upheld the Maharashtra government’s rules that specified two entry levels — one at the pre primary and the second one at class 1 — for admissions under the twenty five per cent quota under the Right To Education. A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Vijay Achliya upheld the 25 per cent quota and asked the state to set up an advisory council as per provisions of the RTE law. The dispute was over the January…

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Placements at B-Schools like IIMs, others set to rock; e-commerce firms lead the pack with early pre-placement offers

  NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: A steady flow of pre-placement offers at top business schools has set the stage for an expected robust placement season ahead. Some B-schools have seen the offers double from a year ago as companies such as the Boston Consulting Group, Amazon, Godrej and Vodafone are increasingly using this route to get tried and tested talent on board. Pre-placement offers post summer internships start trickling into campuses at this time of the year and generally go on till December. Management Development Institute, Gurgaon has received 31 offers so…

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Chennai engineering grads rank low on English

  CHENNAI: Engineering students in Chennai and Hyderabad needed maximum improvement in spoken English among a sample of 30,000 graduates surveyed across six metro cities including Delhi, Mumbai-Pune, Kolkata and Bangalore, according to a study. In comparison, New Delhi, Mumbai-Pune region and Bangalore were found to have students with good spoken English skills. The grading was based on SVAR – a spoken English assessment tool used by many industries in the country prior to hiring employees. The automated test judges parameters such as fluency, active listening, vocabulary, grammar, spoken English…

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MP government sanctions Rs 2,728 crore to improve higher education

  BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government sanctioned $430 million (Rs 2,728 crore) under a World Bank Project aimed at improving higher education sector in the state, officials said here today. “The World Bank’s share will be 300 million US dollars and the MP state’s share is 130 million dollars,” an MP state public relations official said adding it was approved in a state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The cabinet also gave a nod to Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (Indore) to develop Special Economic Zone (SEZ)…

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Madras HC restores age bar for 3-year law course

    CHENNAI: Paving the way for restoration of an upper age limit for the three-year Bachelor of Law (BL) course, the Madras high court has quashed Tamil Nadu Ambedkar Law University’s admission notification which does not prescribe any age limit and directed it to issue a fresh notification. Consequently, this year the maximum age limit for open category candidates will be 30 years and for reserved categories it will be 35 years. A division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice V M Velumani, in their 102-page judgment, quashed…

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Mumbai University colleges can increase seats by 5%

    MUMBAI: Colleges affiliated to Mumbai University will be allowed to increase their seats by five more per cent if they fulfil all the criteria laid down by the university. Prior to this, the university had allowed colleges to increase their intake capacity by 10% in traditional courses and 20% in professional last month. The circular is passed to ensure no students are left without seats in degree colleges. The university issued the circular on August 10 and interested colleges can apply to the till the August 14. In…

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Should We Terraform A New Planet Or Fix Our Own?

    Before we talk about terraforming another planet like Mars, we have to talk about Earth-and whether we should be spending our resources trying to save it, or moving on to another pale blue dot. It’s a grim debate that some scientists say it’s time to have. Terraform This We’ve been imagining how to create a new Earth as long as we’ve known that ours was dying. In the late 1930s, a few scientists and engineers posited that variations in climate were caused by humans-or more specifically, human-built systems…

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Cuba’s Finally Doing Something About Its Insanely Expensive Internet

    Getting online is damn near impossible in Cuba-unless you’re very rich. That’s because the state-run run telecom company, Etecsa, has historically limited access and charges exorbitant fees for connectivity. Faced with growing international pressure, the company is finally going to add wifi hotspots and drop prices-but not by much. Internet in Cuba was expensive and rare throughout the government’s last bastion of communism. Now, Etecsa says it will install 35 wifi hotspots in parks and recreational areas around Cuba. Prices to connect will drop from the current price…

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The Excellent Android Projector You’ll Probably Never Use

        I’ve always liked the idea of having a projector, but never actually owned one. It always seemed like too much work: Sure, projecting movies like in theaters would be sweet, but then I’d have to set it up all the time. Isn’t there a better way? Actually, yes: AT&T now carries a projector that’s also a tiny, LTE-equipped Android tablet. The movies are built in. That’s better-but I’m still not sure who this clever projector is for. Cinephiles on the go? Business men that need to…

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An Inkless Printer Makes Color Images With Tiny Microscopic Holes

    conprinter ink costs more than booze and even human blood, it’s no surprise everyone’s on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. And that includes researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology who’ve created an inkless printer that works by perforating special paper with thousands of microscopic holes. There’s a catch, though. You could use the groundbreaking device to print out photos from your recent birthday bash, but to share them with your friends they’d need to peer into an electron microscope because this printer only works…

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