RRB conducting online railway recruitment exams for the first time

For the first time, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) is conducting online (computer based) examination for 3273 vacancies of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers. The exams commenced from August 26 and will end on September 4.

The application process for registering for the examinations was also conducted online and around 18 lakh candidates have applied for the vacant posts.

As per newspaper reports, the examinations are being conducted in 242 cities across the country including far-off locations in North-East and Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a statement issued by the railways, the online format is expected to enhance objectivity, transparency and credibility of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examinations significantly.

This time it has been observed that the number of applicants have increased due to the new online format which is user friendly and fool-proof, taking care of all the checks and balances .The new format is expected to enhance objectivity, transparency and credibility of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams significantly.

Paper pattern

It will be an objective type test, with total 20 questions and each question have four options. Topics from the following areas will be covered:

General Knowledge

General English


General Intelligence

RRB is the employment gateway for group C and Group D posts in Indian railways. It functions under Ministry of Railways and is divided into 19 regional boards headed by a Central Control Board. In order to bring about greater efficiency in administration, speedy implementation of on-going projects, better customer care, reduction of workload on General Managers etc., Indian railways have decided to create seven new zones by territorial re-adjustment of existing zones.







Aurangzeb Road in Delhi renamed as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road

The popular Aurangzeb Road, named after the Mughal ruler Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb in Central Delhi that links a few of the most important sites in the area has been renamed. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has decided to rename the Aurangzeb Road as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

The NDMC took this move after getting clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The area located around Aurangzeb Road is considered as one of the most expensive properties on the Indian subcontinent. The road links the Shahjahan Road and Safdarjung road. A few of the most expensive hotels in India are located on this road.

Noted members of the NDMC were more than willing to make the move. The Chief Minister of Delhi and also an NDMC member, Arvind Kejriwal, announced in a tweet saying, “Congrats. NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road to A P J Abdul Kalam Road.” According to BJP MP, Meenakshi Lekhi, the government has been receiving proposals to change the name of Aurangzeb road since 2014. The decision to change the name was unanimous after the demise of ex-President of India, Abdul Kalam.





Primary TET exam in Bengal postponed to October 4

West Bengal Teachers' Eligibility TestOn August 28, the West Bengal government announced that it has decided to postpone the primary Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) examination. The government has taken the decision to defer the exam as some of the question papers have gone missing. The exam, which was earlier scheduled to be conducted on August 30, will now be held on October 4.

The examination is conducted for recruitment of teachers, to work in primary schools. On Friday, West Bengal Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, announced that the TET exam would not be held on August 30, but would be conducted on October 4. He further added that, “Exams will be held properly. I do not know where they (question papers) are, but I have been forced to postpone the exams.”

Two bags of question papers had gone missing while delivering those. They were lost from a bus which was heading to Hooghly. After this incident, the state government took the step of deferring the exam for five weeks, and conducting it in the month of October.

The Education Minister has also asked his officials to take steps against the alleged lapses by the postal department. More than 23 lakh aspirant teachers have enrolled their names for the examination and were set to take it on August 30







Guwahati’s Don Bosco school to represent the state in WWF-India quiz

 WWF-India quiz


WWF-India in association organizes the Wild Wisdom quiz which is Asia’s largest wildlife quiz and the only national-level wildlife quiz in the country.

In total 36 schools from across the state participated in the city round of the quiz that was held at Royal Global School and now the Don Bosco School, Guwahati, will represent the state in the national finale. The final round will be held at New Delhi on October 7 during the wildlife week.

WWF-India launched the quiz in the year 2008 and provides good opportunities to students to delve deeper into the wildlife of this country, build their interest towards the rich natural legacy and inspire them to work towards its conservation.

The theme for 2015 is ‘The International Year of Soils’, based on the UN declaration of the year. After clearing the preliminary rounds, top five scorers were selected for the final round.

In the final round of the junior school category, the finalists were DPS, Guwahati, Maharishi Vidya Mandir School, Rajgarh, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, Sudarshan Public School and Sanskriti The Gurukul.

The five finalists for the middle school-level quiz were Maria’s Public School, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, Sampoorna Kendra Vidyalaya, Dibrugarh, Maharishi Vidya Mandir and Royal Global School. Kaustav Kalita (Class VIII) and Bhraaz Kashyap (Class VII) of Don Bosco School, Guwahati, emerged winner.

The top three teams of the national final will win an adventure trip to Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh, in partnership with Chrysalid, outdoor learning centres.

Prizes, certificates and trophies were awarded to the winners by the Principal of Royal Global School Anubha Goyal and Archita Baruah Bhattacharyya, senior programme officer of WWF-India’s Assam and Arunachal Pradesh state office.








Absence of quality education, health care in GMCHs: CAG

Education in GMCHs in OdishaOn August 28, pulling up Odisha government for absence of quality education and health care in three state-run medical college and hospitals, Comptroller and Auditor General said that the non-availability of diagnostic facilities compelled patients to go to private clinics.

“Teaching as well as patient care was affected in these government medical college and hospitals (GMCHs) due to shortage of required teaching, non-teaching and paramedical staff below the posts sanctioned by the state government,” it said in a report on general and social sector for the year ended March 2014.

Though perspective plan was made by the department, action taken for its implementation was insufficient, CAG said adding the objective of imparting quality teaching and research was impaired due to non-availability of required infrastructure and equipment in clinical departments, adequate books and journals in the central library.

The report, tabled in Odisha assembly yesterday, also cited non-functioning of central research laboratory, clinical pharmacology unit, sub-optimal functioning of medical education units, inadequate exposure of students to patient care, non-adoption of modern teaching-learning methodology and non-updation of MBBS curriculum.

On patient care, the report said infrastructural deficiencies in indoor wards and operation theatres of attached hospitals also affected patient care.

Availability of beds in intensive care units remained as low as 69, which is two percent of the total bed strength, with no ICU in the casualty departments, which deprived serious patients in getting specialised emergency care, it said. Besides, trauma care centres costing Rs 3.54 crore in MKCG and VSS medical college and hospitals remained non-functional, resulting in deficient emergency care to accident victims, the CAG report said.

Stating that diagnostic facilities like investigation in immune-pathology and digital X-ray were not available in any of the three GMCHs, the report said it compelled the patients to go to private clinics and laboratories for such tests. Equipment like high performance thin layer chromatograph machine and mammography machine required for measurement of drug concentration and detection of breast cancer purchased at a cost of Rs 3.84 crore during January 2006 to March 2014 remained unutilised, the CAG report said.









IITs, IIMs, IISc to get foreign faculty this year

IITs, IIMs, IISc to get foreign faculty this yearSome of India’s leading academic institutions like IITs and IIMs will have foreign faculty members this year under the national GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) programme.

IIT-Kharagpur has been selected as the national coordinator for collaborating with institutions like IITs, IIMs, IISc, NITs etc. under GIAN. Professor P. P. Chakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kharagpur, said they have planned 500 such courses by foreign teachers in the year 2015-16 at an outlay of about Rs 35 crore.

The evolving scheme would initially include participation of foreign faculty in institutes as distinguished, adjunct, visiting faculty or professors of practice and others would participate in delivering short or semester-long courses. Such courses would primarily be for credit and made available by the host institution for participation from other institutions.

Chakrabarti said that their flagship programme, the International Summer Winter Term (ISWT), has been adopted at the national-level. Through ISWT, international experts would teach in India, they would be motivated to work on problems related to India and also develop high-quality course material in niche areas, both through video and print, which could be used by a larger body of students and teachers, IIT officials said.

The programme would also document and develop new pedagogic methods in emerging topics of national and international interest. The programme would be implemented by the GIAN implementation committee chaired by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, Department of Higher Education under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the officials said.

GIAN would create avenues for possible collaborations in research with international faculty and international students’ visits. It would also enable promotion of interaction and learning niche subject areas for students of different institutes and universities and provide opportunity for technical persons from the Indian industry to improve understanding and update their knowledge in relevant areas.








The 21st Delhi Book Fair begins from today

Delhi Book Fair Here’s an exciting news for all the book worms, who look forward to the beginning of the Delhi book fair every year. The book fair has begun today at 10:00 am at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and will continue till September 6. The timings of the fair are from 10 am to 8 pm and the entry to the same will close at 7:30 pm.

This is the 21st edition of the Delhi book fair and the theme is ‘Skill development’, and will focus on the role of national and international publishers, librarians, researchers, academicians, writers, dealers and traders, students and general public.

Books focusing on skill development – hard and soft skills – would be available at the fair for all the age groups.

This edition of the book fair is being organized by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

Visitors will also be able to attend book launches, debates, discussions, literary seminars and conferences at the fair. Various activities for children and author interactions will also be a part of the fair.

As per a newspaper report, according to a statement from the organizers, this year’s fair largely focuses on inculcating the idea of skill-based professions and career interests of the youth.

According to the organisers, the last book fair had attracted about three lakh visitors from India and overseas. Books, magazines, periodicals and eBooks from Indian as well as foreign publishers and booksellers will be found amongst the lot present there.

The ITPO is the premier trade promotion agency of the government of India for organising trade fairs.







Less time to the syllabus, more to skill development: Manish Sisodia suggests new changes in the syllabus

New syllabus in place? Manish Sisodia thinks so The students of Delhi schools might now be facing much less pressure as the Delhi Government is working on cutting down the syllabi of Class 9 to Class 12 to allow students to work on skill education, according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Addressing a session on ‘Making Delhi the Knowledge Hub of India’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he claimed that barring a few private and government schools, there is “no quality education” being imparted in other schools. “When I had recently met former President the late A P J Abdul Kalam, he suggested me that if syllabi of classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 is reduced upto 25 per cent, you can save one year of students and this time can be used for skill education. I also want to do this”, as quoted in the PTI.

Mr Sisodia added that research on education is the need of the hour so that it could be taken forward. He said, “There has been no research on the progress of education in the country, there is no shortage of talent. We should research on education to take it forward.”

Meanwhile, in a meeting held recently, he also suggested private schools to run their institutes in two shifts.

This is not the first time such reforms are being brought into the system as the AAP government had earlier pushed the idea of reducing curriculum of students to see space and time available in schooling, which could be used for holistic development of children










Smriti Irani makes laws stricter: Schools to declare their assets and fee structure in an interrogation

Smriti Irani The well-established private schools of  Delhi might well be under the radar, as the government will soon be conducting interrogations on their assets, fee structures, admission procedures and on teachers’ qualifications.

A new law in its initial stages is being worked out which will require private-run and government schools to give a number of disclosures and also introduce measures that are student-friendly.  In order to  bring in more transparency in the system, the bill which is yet to be introduced will talk about full information regarding the admission process. The provision to restrict schools from charging a full-year’s fee for students who change schools before the academic year finishes might also be applicable under the new law.

A new set of guidelines will also be set for the teacher recruitment procedure.  Kapil Sibal too wanted to check the ‘unfair practices’ in the education system but his where the proposed law did not get parliamentary nod.

Meanwhile, pre-schools and pre-primary schools running on land allotted by Delhi government have been asked to submit a report on admissions undertaken by them in the last three years within two weeks or face the prospect of cancellation of their lease deeds.

The schools cannot charge the EWS quota students any fee for registration or prospectus. If they are not able to admit any applicant under the quota the schools will be require to give an explanation for the same.









Sushma Swaraj on a high wave: Germany to now teach Indian languages in educational institutions

Sushma Swaraj A major announcement is underway for the Indian citizens. Germany will now promote Indian languages including Sanskrit in its educational institutions as part of a new initiative while working towards resolving the controversial German language issue that soured between the two countries,  last year.

The resolution reached its end in a meeting between our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in with the German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeir and German Education Minister Johanna Wanka.  As per the broad understanding between the two sides, India will continue to teach German as an additional language while Germany will promote Indian native languages in its institutions.

“We are almost close to resolution of the issue. Both sides hope to make the announcement during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s upcoming visit to India,” official sources told PTI.

Germany and India went through a national-tiff when the Human Resource Development Ministry had in November decided to discontinue teaching of German as an alternative to Sanskrit and cited “national interests” for its decision.

Germany had criticised the decision and the issue was also raised by Merkel during her meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November last year.

Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj too raised issues faced by some of the Indian students in pursuing their studies in Germany like residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation as both sides discussed new initiatives to enhance cooperation in the education sector. At the end of it all, both sides also decided to promote exchange of students as well collaboration between educational institutions of the two countries.

The German government is also planning to set up a centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India as part of a series of new initiatives in education and Science and Technology.