Private schools in Delhi won’t deny admission to children under EWS section

in the capital will no longer be able to deny admission to children under the Economically Weaker Section category as per their will after a High Court order.

The High Court on Friday ruled that will no longer be able to deny admissions to children under the EWS category selected through the draw of lots by the Directorate of Education, government officials said.

This order by the High Court will provide relief to thousands of poor families, as will not be able to deny admission to their children, the officials said.

Over the last few years, the Directorate of Education received several complaints about private schools refusing to give admission to the children allotted to them, they said.

Private schools were arguing that they are not giving admission to EWS category children due to non-fulfillment of admissions in general seats, they added.

In this case, it was observed that many private schools were giving admission to one student of EWS category only after getting admission in three seats under the general category, due to which many children selected in the draw were eventually denied admission, the officials said.

After this issue was taken to the court, it deliberated on the arguments of both parties and reached a decision on Friday that private schools will no longer be able to deny admission to the children selected in the draw, they said.

Legal action will be taken against the schools refusing admission, the officials said.

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Amazon Now Making Deliveries Via Drones In US

Last Updated: December 29, 2022, 16:00 IST

Drone deliveries now become a reality in the US

Drone deliveries now become a reality in the US

Some parts of the United States are now able to get their online deliveries done using drones.

Amazon has started delivering orders by drones in the US states of California and Texas with an aim to fly out packages to customers’ homes within an hour.

Recently, customers in Lockeford, California and College Station, Texas, had received a small number of parcels delivered by a drone using the company’s ‘Amazon Prime Air’ drone service, reports The Verge.

“Our aim is to safely introduce our drones to the skies. We are starting in these communities and will gradually expand deliveries to more customers over time,” Amazon Air spokesperson Natalie Banke said in a statement.

In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the company ‘Part 135’ approval to send packages by drone.

Customers living in Lockeford and College Station are eligible to sign up and place orders, while Amazon will notify customers who live elsewhere when drone delivery is available in their area.

Customers will receive tracking information and an approximate delivery time after placing an order, when they can expect the drone to deliver the package to their backyard, the report said.

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IIT Kharagpur’s first phase of placement nears end with over 1,600 offers

IIT-Kharagpur concluded its first phase of 2021-22 placement session in the second week of December, with over 1,600 job offers and 900-plus internship opportunities, a statement issued by the institute said.

The season had begun with more than 500 pre-placement offers (PPO), which soon jumped to 1000-plus offers on the second day, “a milestone across all IITs”, the statement said on Saturday.

The institute recorded 48 offers in the CTC range of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 2.64 crore.

Over 45 plus offers came from international companies, the statement said.

This year, five foreign students also secured jobs at the session.

More than 300 companies participated in the first phase across various sectors, including software, analytics, consulting, core engineering companies, banking and high-frequency trading.

Companies that recruited students in the just-concluded session are Airbus, Accenture Japan, Da Vinci Derivatives, Excel, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Squarepoint Capital, N K Securities, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Steel, among others.

The chairman of the institute’s Career Development Centre, A Rajakumar, said “strong curriculum of IIT KGP and technical skills of students” were reasons behind the grand success.

The next phase of the placement session is scheduled to start in the second week of January 2023.

More core companies are expected to offer placements and internship opportunities to the students in the second phase, Rajakumar added.

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My Tools of the Trade as a Tech Journalist and Why Less is More

Edited By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: December 29, 2022, 16:21 IST

Here's everything I carry on an everyday basis. (Image: News18/ Shaurya Sharma)

Here’s everything I carry on an everyday basis. (Image: News18/ Shaurya Sharma)

Everyday carry as a tech journalist includes a combination of tools and gadgets that helps one stay efficient and productive. From a laptop to an SSD—Here’s everything one might need to get going.

As a tech journalist, it’s more important than ever to have a portable and efficient setup for staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and news as 2022 comes to a close. As such, it’s important to carefully consider the tools and gear that make up your everyday carry. And, while most of my work is done from home, often—I find it monotonous to keep working out of a single desk at home; ergo, I frequently work out of quaint cafés—making it essential for me to have a handy setup.

For me, my iPad Air 4th Generation with Apple Pencil is a must-have for quickly jotting down notes and ideas, as well as creating visual content with Procreate. The Apple Pencil is a game-changer for note-taking, allowing me to easily write and draw on the iPad with precision and speed.

Alongside the iPad, I also rely on my HP Probook laptop for typing out articles, doing research, and handling more in-depth tasks. The Silviano Leather Sleeve is another great accessory for carrying both of these devices, as it not only provides a professional look and feel, but it also has built-in smart features like Bluetooth tracking and an RFID-protected pocket for keeping my cards safe. The interior has enough pockets to house things like a pen, and perhaps, a small notebook, but it has one big-enough pocket to house my iPad, and to be frank, that’s all I need.

So, when I’m on-the-go, I usually carry my laptop, iPad, and my AirPods Pro—everything inside the 14-inch sleeve. This results in an ultra-light setup that I can carry everywhere with ease. 

Silviano Leather Sleeve. Houses all tech and remains portable to carry everywhere.

And yes, I also carry a Samsung T7 SSD, in case I need access to some of my resources, or do some quick on-the-go edits on my iPad. Yes, you can edit professional grade video on the iPad using apps like LumaFusion, directly editing off of an SSD.

In addition to the aforementioned gear, I also rely on my iPhone 12 mini and AirPods Pro for staying connected on the go. Yes, I still use the iPhone 12 mini when I’m not testing a new phone. You guessed it right—it is due to its small form-factor, and honestly, it’s all the phone I need for now. It has a good enough camera, and most importantly, it is still quite snappy.

The MagSafe Leather Wallet is a great accessory for keeping my phone and cards together, and the AirPods Pro are perfect for taking calls and listening to music while I work.

While my iPad and laptop are crucial tools for my work as a journalist, I rely on my iPad when I’m not working but running quick errands. It’s a versatile device that goes with me wherever I go, making it easy to stay connected and productive even when I’m not working.

The Nintendo Switch remains an all-time favorite.

However, it’s important to have some downtime and relaxation too, and that’s where my Nintendo Switch comes in. I always make sure to have it with me, just in case I have some spare time on my hands and want to unwind with a quick Animal Crossing session. It’s a great way to relax and recharge, and the portability of the Switch makes it easy to take with me wherever I go.

Overall, my everyday carry as a tech journalist includes a combination of tools and gadgets that help me stay efficient and productive, as well as devices that allow me to relax and have some fun when I’m not working. By carefully selecting the items that make up my everyday carry, I am able to work effectively and efficiently, no matter where I am.

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UGC prepares to conduct undergraduate exams in 12 Indian languages

A nationwide change will take place in the higher system, especially in undergraduate courses as language will cease to be a barrier in BA, B.Com, and B.Sc courses.



Students will be able to graduate in their mother tongue.

In view of the same, preparations have begun to make the course books available in languages like Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Tamil and Telugu among others.

The (UGC), under an initiative by the Union Ministry of Education, is engaging with publishers to translate English textbooks to various .

Pearson India, Narosa Publishers, Viva Books, S. Chand Publishers, Vikas Publishing, New Age Publishers, Mahavir Publications, Universities Press and Taxmann Publications are some of the major publications involved in the process.

Along with these, representatives of Oxford University Press, Orient Blackswan and Elsevier also participated in the high-level meeting.

The recently held discussions with representatives of Wiley India, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press India, Cengage India and McGraw Hill, India on bringing out undergraduate English textbooks in .

UGC, as a part of NEP 2020, is working towards getting the most popular textbooks translated for UG programmes in higher institutions across the country in the 12 .

Chairman Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar told IANS that the Commission will act as a nodal agency to provide help and support to the publishers with regard to identification of textbooks, translation tools and editing experts so that the books can be made affordable in the digital format.

He added that the Commission will proceed further in two ways, wherein popular textbooks of the programmes will be identified and translated and simultaneously, Indian authors will be encouraged to write the textbooks in Indian languages for non-technical subjects.

Kumar was all praise for the publishers who participated in the mission and said that the Commission intends to get several books translated within six to twelve months, for which it has constituted an apex committee to prepare a road map and work towards the goal.

Kumar said that the focus will be on the translation of existing textbooks which will later be extended to postgraduate programmes.–IANS


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Apple, and Samsung Score High On Sustainability: What It Means

Last Updated: December 29, 2022, 18:07 IST

Samsung has used sustainable materials to make its new devices

Samsung has used sustainable materials to make its new devices

More companies are adopting sustainable measures for production and sales with the impact on the environment becoming a concern.

Apple and Samsung have a strong lead over other phone manufacturers when it comes to sustainable operations. Both these companies have adopted strategies that utilise recycled materials for production and also use energy-efficient methods to make devices.

According to a new industry report, Apple leads the charts with its growing influence on reducing carbon footprint in the environment, while Samsung has slowly picked up its own sustainable path that is showing its impact. The main criteria to be adjudged in this segment involves three stages; production, usage and end of life.

Their packaging is the first thing you notice has come down, and even the materials used to make the boxes are recycled. We have also seen brands ditch the adapter in the box, which seems to have helped in reducing the packaging.

The next phase has to be usage, which not only involves the person using a phone but more to analysing how long they are able to use it, which includes the repair of the device and how easily parts are made available to increase the longevity of the product.

Both Apple and Samsung score high in different aspects, while their Chinese counterparts are slowly joining the ranks of sustainability. And finally, you the end-of-life situation, which mostly details the efforts made to refurbish existing phones and reduce e-waste.

Countries across the globe also want to standardise the charging ports for mobile devices, which could also play a significant role in cutting down the amount of e-waste in the coming years.

It is clear that the giants of the industry have started adopting less straining resources for manufacturing but with the volumes angling towards other companies, it is imperative that more of them join Apple and Samsung to not only reduce e-waste but also employ materials that are less harmful to the environment.

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Aspirants demand Jan JEE-Main to be rescheduled as dates clash with boards

Scores of engineering aspirants are demanding that the first session of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Main scheduled in January be postponed as the crucial exam is slated to be held just a fortnight before and may clash with practical exams.

The first session of the engineering entrance exam is scheduled from January 24 to 31, 2023 except Republic Day.

The class 12 CBSE are slated to be held from February 15, 2023 while practical exams will be conducted in January.

Hashtag “postponeJEEMains” is trending on social media with aspirants tagging the ministry and National Testing Agency (NTA) raising their demands.

“Pursuing engineering courses and becoming an engineer is a dream of lakhs of students and the emotions of their parents and teachers are connected with this exam. But due to the declaration of premature dates, they have started to give up on their dreams,” said Ritu, a JEE-Main aspirant.

Sarfaraz, a social media user tweeted, Not allowing us a fair chance in JEE Mains will be huge injustice. So please bring about fairness when it comes to exams as important as JEE.

Anubha Sahai, a lawyer and President of India Wide Parents Association, said, Students are in stress and this is serious. Only a couple of days ago three students died by suicide in coaching hub Kota due to stress.

“The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) schedule was released recently and the exam will be held in May. Then why can’t the same be done for JEE? There should be uniformity for all entrance exams,” Sahai stated.

The second edition of JEE-Main is scheduled to be conducted on April 6, 8, 10-12, 2023.

“Assam Boards practicals fare beginning from 25 January, Bihar Board practicals from 10 January, Telangana Boards practical from 20 January and JEE Main from 24-31 January. Aren’t all these dates clashing with each other? Why cannot the government see, said Aditya Jha, an engineering aspirant.

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Global Shipment Of Foldable Phones In 2023 To Cross 22 Million Units, More Brands To Launch Devices

Last Updated: December 29, 2022, 18:29 IST

Samsung has led the segment for a few years but that could change in 2023

Samsung has led the segment for a few years but that could change in 2023

Samsung has been ever-present in this segment but next year more brands could enter the fray increasing competition.

Global foldable smartphone shipments are expected to grow 52 per cent (YoY) in FY2023 to reach 22.7 million units, a report showed on Thursday.

Key drivers will be Samsung and Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to make their mark, particularly in Europe and China, according to Counterpoint Research.

For FY 2022, global foldable shipments will reach 14.9 million units. Cumulative shipments in Q1-Q3 2022 grew 90 per cent YoY to 9.5 million units.

However, global foldable smartphone shipment growth is set to decline in Q4 2022 due to global inflation and the economic downturn.

“The numbers are tiny when put in the context of the broader market, but looking at the ever-important ultra-premium segment ($1,000 and above), we’re seeing foldable start to take hold, said Tarun Pathak, Director of Counterpoint’s global smartphone practice.

“In that category, foldable hit double-digit shipment shares this year, and we expect it to rise above 20 per cent in 2023,” he added.

The global foldable market will likely see stronger competition in 2023 as more Chinese OEMs are expected to enter the space.

However, Samsung will continue to lead the market. HONOR, Motorola, and Xiaomi are expected to enter the foldable smartphone market outside China in earnest, said the report.

Meanwhile, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo are expected to launch new foldable products in 2023.

“In 2023, competition is set to intensify in the global foldable smartphone market as the number of participating OEMs will increase,” said Senior Analyst Jene Park.

According to Park, Apple remains absent from our short-term forecasts, but they’re known for taking its time.

“For now, it’s just a waiting game on guidance and listening to the rumour mill like the rest of the market,” Park added.

Apple may reportedly launch its foldable smartphone ‘iPhone Fold’ by 2025, which is expected to feature a flexible OLED display.

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Jamia Milia sets up panel to look into implementation of UGC directive

Jamia Millia Islamia has set up a committee to look into implementation of the University Grants Commission’s directive on rolling out four-year undergraduate honours degrees from the next academic session, a senior university official has said.

The committee’s report will be presented during a meeting of the Academic Council in January following which the Executive Council, the varsity’s highest decision-making body, will take up the matter.

At present, students become eligible for an honours degree after completing a three-year undergraduate programme.

“We have formed a committee to look into implementation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) directives on four-year undergraduate degrees. The committee is looking into the matter and it is expected to submit a report in this regard soon,” Registrar Nazim Husain Al-Jafri said.

The committee is strategising ways to divide the three-year syllabus into four years, he added.

“The Academic Council will discuss the matter during a meeting in January. After that, the Executive Council will discuss the matter,” Al-Jafri added.

Earlier this month, the notified the curriculum and credit framework for undergraduate programmes which will provide students with multiple options for entry and exit, a choice between single major and double major and interdisciplinary choices of subjects.

It has asked all higher institutions to take the necessary steps to adopt the curriculum and credit framework for undergraduate programmes.

The framework has been developed by revising the existing Choice-Based Credit System.

According to the programme, students will only be able to pursue a four-year honours degree rather than a three-year course like at present. Honours degrees will also be offered in two categories — honours and honours with research.

The Curriculum and Credit Framework for Undergraduate Programmes also allows multiple entry and exit options for students. If they leave before three years, they will be allowed to rejoin within three years of their exit and will have to complete their degree within a stipulated period of seven years.

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Reinstate pre-matric scholarship, Maulana Azad fellowship: Cong to govt

Senior leader Husain Dalwai has appealed to the Centre to reinstate the Maulana Azad National fellowship and the pre-matriculation scholarship scheme for minority community students.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Rajya Sabha member Dalwai said the pre-matric scholarship has been modified from this year and made applicable for only Classes 9 and 10 students, while the Maulana Azad fellowship scheme has been discontinued.

Both these decisions will adversely affect the minority community students, he said.

Dalwai said the literacy rate among minorities, particularly Buddhists and Muslims, is significantly lower on account of the prevailing poverty within the communities.

The poor parents from these communities will be forced to pull out their children from schools. The literacy rate among Muslim girls will drastically fall, he said.

Dalwai said the pre-matriculation scholarship for six minority communities should include students from Classes 1 to 8 and the Maulana Azad National fellowship should be restored.

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