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ScooNews Magazine Issues Call-for-Entries for ScooNews Global Education Awards 2017

The annual ScooNews Global Education Awards recognizes exceptional educators, teachers, education technology companies and startups working in the global education arena. The ScooNews Global Education Awards were created to raise awareness and provide exposure to the outstanding work being done

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ScooNews has issued the Call-for-Entries for the 2016–2017 ScooNews Global Education Awards.

The annual ScooNews Global Education Awards recognizes exceptional educators, teachers, education technology companies and startups working in the global education arena. The ScooNews Global Education Awards were created to raise awareness and provide exposure to the outstanding work being done in education worldwide.

All entries must be received by 18:00 IST on 15/07/2017, via online submission only. Eligibility guidelines, categories and other relevant details may be obtained by visiting http://www.globaledfest.com/2017/awards-introduction

A distinguished panel of education industry professionals will select the winners from the submitted entries.

The winners will be announced at the inaugural award gala which will be held on 19th August 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Gurgaon as the concluding event of the ScooNews Global Educators Fest.

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For more information or to receive an ScooNews Global Education Awards entry docket, please write to us at [email protected].

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SHE STEM 2022 honours and celebrates women

SHE STEM 2022 encourages students to ‘Unleash their imagination’ as part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week.

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As part of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week, SHE STEM, the annual event to celebrate women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and sustainability, was successfully held for the third year in a row.

The annual event is organized by the Sweden Embassy in India in partnership with the Atal Innovation Mission of the Government of India and the German Centre of Innovation and Research (DWIH New Delhi).

Ambassador of Sweden to India H.E. Jan Thesleff, who also addressed the students via a video message said, “We are very happy to continue the tradition of SHE STEM – it is a flagship event of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week. Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s SHE STEM Video challenge.”

Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Director of ATAL Innovation Mission said, “Today, the face of women’s involvement in STEM is changing and the rate of participation has increased. It was in ATL Marathon 2021, that there was a spike where the women’s participation was 49%. A strong STEM education will go a long way in cultivating such critical thinkers.”

SHE STEM 2022 began with a musical performance by the students of Darbari Lal DAV Model School, New Delhi, the host school for SHE STEM 2022, followed by talks, and a panel discussion with women in the fields of STEM and business, including D. Sridevi Annapurna Singh, Director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Food Technological Research (CSIR-CFTRI), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government. of India.

Dr. Annapurna Singh has done extensive work in the development of supplementary foods for undernourished children and in studying the impact of protein-rich food on children. She spoke to the audience about the need for women in fields of STEM to bring in their unique perspectives to problem-solving for a sustainable future.

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Other participants included Cecilia Oskarsson, Trade, and Invest Commissioner of Sweden to India, who shared her thoughts on the role of diversity in triggering and enabling positive changes for girls and women, Mamta Kumari, co-founder and CEO of Prepbytes, an ed-tech company in India, and Dr. Vasudharani Devanathan, Neurobiologist and Professor of Biology at the Indian Institute of Science Education Research (IISER). Rupali Mehra, Founder of Content People AB moderated the event.

Dr. Per-Arne Wikström, Head of Office of Science & Innovation, Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi said: “When women and girls provide their talent, their knowledge, and their capabilities to science and technology on equal terms with men and boys, then we know that societies prosper and that innovation capacity actually increases. So for us, gender equality is an integrated part and an important aspect of everything that we do. We would like to thank our Indian partners for their support for this very important initiative.”

“As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘who is not curious will not gain knowledge,’ so keep your curiosity on, drive your knowledge forward and who knows maybe one or other idea will be implemented,” said Dr. Katja Lasch, responsible for Strategy Management at the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH New Delhi) and head of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Regional Office in New Delhi.

Following the success of the Insta-reels Video Challenge in 2021, SHE STEM hosted the #SHESTEM2022 Video Challenge across Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, and Google Drive for students of ages 13 to 17, asking them to imagine themselves in the year 2047, and speak about an innovation of theirs that has helped in tackling climate change. The response was overwhelming with over 930 videos of which 15 were shortlisted. SHE STEM had an extensive jury round of 3 jury teams; Atal Innovation Mission Team led by Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, the Swedish Embassy team, led by Dr. Per-Arne Wikström, and the German Centre for Research and Innovation, represented by Dr. Katja Lasch.

The videos were assessed on the:

  • Novelty of idea
  • Clarity of thought and articulation
  • Sustainability or climate action angle

G. Nivethiga Rani who created a video on how she as a STEM Leader in 2047 had invented a robot that collected and converted biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste into electricity, won the first prize in the video challenge. The second prize was tied between T Shatananda Dhanwantari and Shreya Singh and Nistha Aswal, who participated as a team. Gaurav Hanjoora won third place.

“I congratulate all the winners of the SHE STEM 2022. I have to say what caught my attention was that every single idea was addressing a fundamental constraint confronting us,” said Dr. Chintan Viashnav.

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Atal Innovation Mission invites fresh applications for Community Innovator Fellowship

Currently, there are 22 Community Innovator fellows being incubated at the Atal Community Innovation Centre (ACIC) program of AIM.

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Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog on Tuesday, December 1st, 2022 announced the launch of applications for Community Innovator Fellowship (CIF), an initiative of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog in collaboration with UNDP India to facilitate knowledge-building and provide infrastructure support to aspiring community innovators essential for their entrepreneurship journey. Currently, there are 22 Community Innovator fellows being incubated at the Atal Community Innovation Centre (ACIC) program of AIM.

A Community Innovator Fellow is an individual with an entrepreneurial mindset, with an idea to solve a community challenge through her/his enterprise. The journey of the fellow has been structured into 5 phases. Applicants can visit this link to learn about this year’s fellowship.

Speaking at the launch Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, AIM mentioned “At the micro level, the start-up revolution has reached the tier 2, and tier 3 cities of India and amped up the Startup ecosystem in these regions. Solving local problems at scale ranging across issues like healthcare, education, agriculture, and financial services is the key driving force for Atal Innovation Mission to empower the innovators to solve local community problems at the grassroots. With the strategic locations, Atal Community Innovation Centres are witnessing grassroots innovators undergoing the transformation journey of pursuing entrepreneurship as their full-fledged career option. With this launch of applications for the fellowship we call upon the applicants to experience the journey of creating a change in the community”.

This is a one-year-long intensive fellowship program wherein aspiring community innovators can apply irrespective of their socio-economic background is aimed at creating a conducive environment where knowledge, mentorship, community immersion, and inclusion can prosper through adequate infrastructure and funding. During the course of this fellowship, each fellow would be hosted at an Atal Community Innovation Centre and would acquire SDG awareness, entrepreneurial skills, and life skills while working on her/his idea.

AIM has been setting up Atal Community Innovation Centres (ACIC) across the country. Currently, there are 14 such centres, spread across 9 states and 36 more are coming up in the near future to take the collective number to 50 ACICs.

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Sanjay Kumar takes charge as Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy

Kumar said that he looks forward to contributing to providing quality, accessible and affordable education to every student in the country.

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Sanjay Kumar took charge as Secretary, of the Department of School Education & Literacy on 1st December 2022 in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.

Pursuant to assuming charge, Kumar held a meeting with the senior officials of the Ministry in which he reviewed the functioning of the department, autonomous bodies, and various schemes relating to school education.  Discussions were held on the implementation of National Education Policy 2020, capacity building of teachers, infrastructure in schools, and the upcoming Prime Minister’s interaction programme ‘Pariksha Pe Pariksha’.

Kumar said that he looks forward to contributing to providing quality, accessible and affordable education to every student in the country.

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New school timings from December 1 in Haryana

This change has been announced by the Directorate of School Education, due to the drop in the temperature.

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The school timings will be changing from December 1, as announced by the Haryana government. This change has been announced by the Directorate of School Education, due to the drop in the temperature. On Wednesday, the new winter school timings were announced – single-shift schools will take classes from 09:30 a.m. to 03:30 p.m. Whereas, for the schools with two shifts, the first shift will be from 07:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second shift will be from 12:40 p.m. to 05:15 p.m.

The Directorate of Information, Public Relations, and Language Department, Government of Haryana took to its official Twitter handle and announced the new timings for the winter session.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Kanwar Pal talked about the dual desks being purchased for the schools of Haryana. “There are 1.41 Lakh dual desks being purchased for primary, secondary, and senior secondary schools in 22 districts of the state. 65,501 desks will be made available for students of class five; 36,168 desks for classes six to eight students and 39,208 desks for the students of classes 11 and 12,” he added.

The Education Minister also said that an amount of around Rs. 95 Crore will be spent on this. These desks will be delivered by January 31, 2023, that is, by the first phase to the respective schools.

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NIOS celebrates 33rd Foundation Day

Dr. Subhas Sarkar addresses the 33rd Foundation Day Celebrations of NIOS

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Union Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar addressed the 33rd Foundation Day Celebrations of NIOS as the Chief Guest.

The function was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Education, Chairpersons of educational institutions, Heads of Departments, officers, and staff of NIOS. Prof. Naval Kishore Ambasht, former Chairman, of NIOS and Pro-Vice Chancellor, of the Central University of Haryana, Prof. Sushma Yadav graced the occasion.

Dr. Subhas Sarkar in his address appreciated the various programmes and schemes of NIOS and said that NIOS is lighting the lamp of knowledge all over the world. Talking about the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, he mentioned that today’s children will be young people in the age group of 30-40 years on the completion of 100 years of independence and will be responsible for building our nation.

He said that the Ministry of Education has entrusted NIOS with several responsibilities such as developing inclusive education resources, expanding the open and distance education system in states/UTs, translating all courses into more languages as required, creating Indian Knowledge Tradition based courses and propagating Indian culture by translating them into major foreign languages. He also praised the programmes of NIOS enrolling 10 crore adults under ‘Basic Literacy Assessment’, training of in-service teachers, Gender Green Project, and training in Yoga. He said that Indian Sign Language as a subject at the secondary level has been acknowledged on national and international platforms. He described the launch of an e-library called ‘DEEP’ by NIOS as a big step forward.

Prof. Saroj Sharma spoke about the journey of 33 years of NIOS and highlighted the special achievements. She sa