[Startup Bharat] Meet edtech startups that are taking quality education to non-metro cities across India

India’s small towns and cities harbour big dreams and ambitions. But often, students from these cities are at a disadvantage as they don’t have access to the quality education their counterparts in metros do. How will experimentation and innovation flourish if students can’t build on a solid foundation of learning? Students in the metros gain from big players like Byju’s, Khan Academy, and AlmaMapper, but those in Tier II, III, and IV towns are often forced to migrate to educational hubs, including Kota and Hyderabad, or Tier I cities for their education.…

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DU admissions: Second cutoff dips across colleges, seats in popular courses still open

Students who could not make the cut at Delhi University in the first cutoff list should not lose hope. Admissions to popular honours courses such as Economics, BCom, English, Mathematics, Physics, and BA Programme are still open in most colleges with a dip of 0.25-3 percentage points in the second list released by Delhi University. Commerce Out of the 38 colleges that offer Economics (hons), admissions have been closed at five colleges – Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Lady Shri Ram (LSR), BR Ambedkar, PGDAV, and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. The highest…

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Phone boxes across the UK are being turned into free 1Gbps Wi-Fi hotspots and charging stations

Abandoned phone boxes scattered around London and other major UK cities are being transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots offering free calls and digital services. BT has partnered with Intersection and Primesight to launch LinkUK, following the launch of LinkNYC in New York in January 2016. As part of the scheme, existing phone boxes are being turned into “sleek, ultramodern kiosks” – called InLinks – across the capital and new kiosks are being installed in areas where phone boxes have been removed. The partnership was unveiled in October and now the first…

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ACT closes test centres across South Korea

The closures mark the end of a torrid year for the ACT in South Korea. In June, ACT cancelled its entrance exam for South Korea and Hong Kong in the face of leaked answers, affecting an estimated 5,500 students. This was “the first known cancellation of the high-stakes exam for an entire country”, according to ACT spokesman Ed Colby. “South Koreans are among the most highly represented international students at US Ivy League universities” Colby was quoted in one of many reports news agency Reuters has carried on cheating in Asia on the…

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