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Traditional knowledge diminishes among tribal: IIITMK study

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Traditional knowledge passed down several generations of the tribals in Kerala by their ancestors has suffered massive erosion and is gradually disappearing now.This has been revealed in a study conducted by the city-based Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITMK). The study also revealed that the dwindling of traditionally-inherited knowledge is mostly among tribal youths, especially among men.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FINDINGS

As per the findings, the Kurichya and Kurumba tribals have lost more than half of their traditional knowledge, Cholanaikar and Malapandaram tribals have lost 33 per cent while Kaani and Kattunaikkar have lost 40 to 45 per cent.

Malapandaram tribals have ‘very least traditionally-acquired knowledge before and now,’ it said. Elaborating on the study, Head of C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics, Jaishankar R Nair said it was conducted among the tribals living in the Western Ghats as it is included in the UN’s World Heritage Site.

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND STUDY IN INDIA

It provides a quantitative estimate of traditional knowledge that is disappearing at an alarming rate, IIITMK sources said. “The degradation of conventional knowledge is alarming,” revealed the study, conducted by C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics at the IIITM-K among eight tribal races in the Western Ghats.

The tribal groups Kurichyar and Kattunaikkar (Wayanad district), Cholanaikkar and Paniyar (Nilamburin Malappuram); Irular and Kurumbar (Palakkad) and Kaanikkar and Malapandaram (Kollam district) were covered under the study. The study and survey was designed in such a way as to elicit binary mode of response as ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ an IIITM-K statement said.

The questions covered areas including honey collection, knowledge about herbs and their usage, prevention of blight in paddy fields, finding of edible leaves and potatoes, worship of rain, turmeric, hibiscus and paddy, umbrella making, treatment for venom and various tribal arts and handicrafts, it said.

The knowledge of the participants was segregated in 10-25, 25-50 and above 50 age groups.

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IIT Roorkee given 4th position among top IITs in Times Higher Education-2018

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IIT Roorkee has ranked 4 th among IITs in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies which is one of the world’s influential university rankings

IIT, Stands for Indian Institute of Technology. IIT conducts their own entrance examination ever year and it is one of the toughest in the world. By cracking this exam, you are considered to the bright students of India . IIT give engineering degree to only 9000 students in the whole country. There are 17 IIT’s at present and many more are coming up.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee which was established in 1847 and formerly known as university of roorkee located in roorkee, uttarakhand, India.IITR is one of the oldest Engineering Institute of Asia as it was established in British India times by lieutenant governor, Sir James Thomason.It is also considered of one of the most spellbinding campuses in the country.

IIT Roorkee- Rising at pace

IITR has ranked 4 th among IITs in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies. In national university/institutes it has ranked 5th. It comes next to Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. Universally, it has improved its position from 62nd   from to 56th. It has taken number one position in ‘Citations’ category, which shows that the research carried out at IIT Roorkee is widely recognized. Moreover, In Indian Institutions of ‘Overall Category,’ IIT Roorkee occupies 4th position in the revenue generated from Industry, which shows the extent of Industry- Academia Collaboration.

Theprofessorsat IITR are just like at any other IITs-mediocre at best. They are likely happy to see that their colleagues and students is getting globally recognized.Apart from studies this college also provides with the best of sports facilities and best of coaches. The campus of IIT Roorkee is the most beautiful campus among all IIT as it is nearby Massoorie, Dhanolti, Rishikesh, Shimla, Delhi, Nainital, Jim Corbet, Devaprayag, Lansdowne which are popularly known as weekend destinations.

Recently, this institute was engaged in 219 research projects and 570 industrial cooperations many of which are of national interest. IITR has upgraded itself with many changes in its academics making the IITR life more flexible for students and faculty.

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Government taking savage action not refunding withdrawal fees

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A senior HRD Ministry official says higher education institutions not returning withdrawal fees a student will soon face punitive action

Higher education is valued because of its signalling power i.e. the college experience does not form people into more valuable or learned individuals capable of doing good work, but it sorts people into groups and attaches degrees to those who were already capable.

Most of the people believe education institutions can help any hard working person. But not everyone is able to attend a college or university because of one common barrier called money. And sometimes this money in the form of fees is not returned by these educational or professional institutions at the time of withdrawal of the admission. Also some institutions deduct an extravagant amount while returning the fees.

AICTE and UGC Regulations

According to AICTE and UGC norms now institutions have to return the fees and original documents of students when a student ask for the withdrawal of the admission.

So, as to maintain the right of every student to choose their institutions and prevent them from the exploitation government will be taking punitive actions.

The Human Resource Development Ministry ordered the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take savage action against the educational institutions, including deemed varsities, who are not refunding the students withdrawal fees.

The educational institutions who will not follow the parameters of the HRD will have to face serious issues which will include withdrawal of approval and recognition of erring institutions.

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Estonia- land of new education for Indian students

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Indian students can now look at Estonia in EU as a new hub to get an international qualification. Estonia, a place for independent minds situated in the Baltic region of northern Europe bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland. Many students from Indian origin travel from India to abroad for pursuing higher studies. Most of the students, generally head to the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In 2006, nearly 123,000 chosen different countries for higher studies.

Estonia, small country with 1.3 million has emerged as a global leader in e-government operations. . Its electronic ID push has created a more connected society, made public and private services more personalized and convenient, and established the capital city of Tallinn as an innovation hotspot — all while protecting individual privacy.Their citizens complete every municipal or state service online and in minutes.Tallinn their capital city is now mentioned in the same breath as Berlin, London.

Estonia – The New Student Hub

The latest statistics show that there are now more than 22,000 e-residents signed up from 138 countries and they make an enormous contribution to Estonia in return for the opportunities that they deliver to them. In fact, the weekly application rate is currently higher than Estonia’s weekly birth rate!

Voting in Estonia have become so easy that 85% are e-voters and once people go digital, they don’t go back.

Estonia produced more per capita start-ups than any other European country.They even opened up its e-government to outsiders, offering an “e-residency” that enables entrepreneurs to start a business in the country while living elsewhere.

All courses are internationally accredited and in accordance with the European Standards (ESG).University of Tartu features in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, and Tallinn University of Technology features in the QS University Rankings: EECA 2016, a ranking of the leading universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

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