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India leads in number of students opting for science, tech degrees

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United Nations, May 16: India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Of about 5 million students who received their bachelor’s degrees in 2012 in STEM subjects worldwide, 29.2 per cent were from India, UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report 2018 released on Tuesday said.

China came next with 26 per cent of the STEM graduates. The EU accounted for 9.5 per cent of STEM graduates that year and the US for 6 per cent, the report said.

The report used statistics from 2012 and said the total number of bachelors-equivalent degrees awarded that year was 20 million.

The wide gulf in the numbers of students graduating in STEM explains why the US relies on such a large number of foreigners, especially Indians, to fill its technology workforce needs.

“Many countries are witnessing skills shortages in the fields of digital technologies and many employers report difficulties in filling high-skill vacancies,” UNCTAD said, citing a 2016 worldwide survey by ManpowerGroup on talent shortage that found that 40 per cent of employers reported difficulties in filling positions.

According to India’s University Grants Commission, 10.7 million students were studying science, engineering/technology or computer science in 2016-17, although it did not give a breakdown between undergraduate and postgraduate levels or by year of study.

They made up 36 per cent of those studying in universities and colleges, UGC statistics showed.

Looking to the future, UNCTAD cautioned that “there were indications that educational institutions were not keeping pace with technological advances during the current transition period”.

It urged educational institutions to “react with agility” to the rapid pace of technology and the labour market changes and said this may require “significant transformations” in the education and training systems.

With the widespread use of artificial intelligence and robots looming on the horizon, the report said that “rapid technological progress required the labour force to develop a broader range of skills, focusing on humans’ comparative advantage, to increase employability”.

UNCTAD called for broadbasing education and said: “In the new technological landscape, there is a need for generic, core or fundamental skills such as literacy, numeracy and academic skills, together with basic financial and entrepreneurial skills and increasingly, basic digital and even coding skills.”

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CBSE Class 12th results 2018 declaring today, Check your scores here

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New Delhi, May 26: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce the result of Class 12th for academic Session 2017-18 on Saturday. 

A total of 11,86,306 students had registered for the CBSE Plus Two or Senior Secondary exams. from across the country held in 4,138 centers in India and 71 centers outside the country.

The CBSE  will declare the Class 12th Result, CBSE Class 12 Result 2018 on its official website http://cbse.nic.in/

Initially scheduled between March 3 and April 13, the exams for class 12 were extended to April 27 when a re-examination had to be conducted subsequent to the economic paper leakage.

The question papers of class XII Economics exams held on March 26 were leaked on WhatsApp. In the wake of this, the re-examination was conducted on April 25.

The post-result CBSE counseling will commence from May 26 and continue till June 9 from 8 am to 10 pm on all days. For the 21st consecutive year, the board will be providing counseling services to students and parents to overcome common psychological problems and general questions related to Class X and XII results.

Steps to check results: 

Visit the website: http://cbse.nic.in/

Go to the homepage, click on CBSE Class 12th Result 2018

Enter your Roll Number and other required details

Download your results and take a print out of the same for further reference

The CBSE will also provide Class XII digital mark sheets in DigiLocker at https://digilocker.gov.in which can be accessed on mobile phones on Android and iOS platforms.

Besides websites and apps, Students can also check results on phones: 52001 (MTNL), 57766 (BSNL), 5800002 (Aircel), 55456068 (Idea), 54321, 51234 and 5333300 (Tata Teleservices), 54321202 (Airtel), and 9212357123 (National Informatics Centre).

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J&K: Infiltration bid foiled, 5 militants killed in Tangdhar

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Srinagar, May 26: Five militants were gunned down on Saturday after security forces foiled infiltration bid along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s  Tangdhar sector. 

The security operation is underway.

This comes hours after Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat called upon Pakistan to stop infiltration in a bid to establish peace along International border.

“We want peace at borders but as you know Pakistan continuously violates ceasefire that causes loss of life and property and in such a case we have to retaliate but if Pakistan wants peace, we expect them to take initiative, which will start with them stopping infiltration,” he had said.

Last week, the Central government ordered to suspend the security operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan.

However, the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.”

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Vacant pvt medical college seats can be filled as per NEET merit list: SC

The ASG and MCI’s counsel assured the apex court that its order would be forthwith published on the official websites of MCI, Medical Counselling Committee and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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New Delhi, May 25 : The Supreme Court today agreed to suggestions that the vacant post-graduate seats in private unaided medical colleges could be filled up as per the order of merit in the All-India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) list.

A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra said this while hearing a matter of Uttar Pradesh during which the Medical Council of India (MCI) said that almost 41.95 per cent of post-graduate medical seats for academic year 2018-2019 in private unaided medical colleges in the state have remained vacant.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand, who appeared for the Centre, suggested to the bench that “a similar dispensation can be followed in other states, if they so desire, while ensuring that the cut-off date of May 31, 2018 is strictly adhered to”.

“We agree with this suggestion,” the bench said and disposed of the plea filed by the UP unaided medical colleges welfare association.

The ASG and MCI’s counsel assured the apex court that its order would be forthwith published on the official websites of MCI, Medical Counselling Committee and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Earlier during the hearing, the MCI counsel told the bench that since the cut-off date of May 18 was already over, the Director General of Medical Education of Uttar Pradesh must take the responsibility of allotting the seats to students from the NEET merit list in respective colleges by May 31.

“We find this suggestion to be most appropriate and also assuage the grievance of the private medical colleges and open up new opportunity to the aspiring candidates in the merit list who otherwise could not secure admission in other medical colleges,” the bench noted in its order.

The top court accepted the MCI’s suggestions and asked the Director General of Medical Education of Uttar Pradesh to take immediate steps in this regard while ensuring that the cut-off date of May 31, 2018 was adhered to in its letter and spirit.

The bench also made it clear “that in the guise of recommending names of candidates to private colleges, the candidate who has already secured admission elsewhere cannot be permitted to resign from the concerned college to avail of the opportunity under the stated dispensation.

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