25 November 2016 Current Affairs

Companies spend 70 per cent CSR fund on education: Nasscom Foundation

Nasscom Foundation will soon release a report on the expenditure of companies. The foundation transmits the confidential information ahead of releasing the report on Thursday, when it organized the Corporate Social responsibility Conference 2016 in Bangalore on Thursday. According to a report, a substantial number of companies have spent more than 60-70 per cent of their CSR spend in education initiatives and the remaining half spends between 30-40 per cent of their budget in education.”Education forms the major chunk of CSR spend: A substantial number of companies interviewed have spent more than 60-70 per cent of their CSR spend in education initiatives and the remaining half spend between 30-40 per cent of their budget in education,” the report, to be released shortly at a different event, said in Bengaluru. Shunning the other useless expenses, CSR has shown a sign of maturity by augmenting the share spent on education. The Foundation CEO Shrikant Sinha said that a larger number of companies are willing to work towards sustainable goals and create a more developed society around them. MeitY Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar said benefits from Government are no longer received from local Government office but through DBT.


Harry Potter, Holmes, Tintin make it to ICSE English syllabus

The Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) includes popular books like JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series part of English Literature syllabus from next year onwards. While bringing about a change in the conventional education system, it seems India will soon be able to meet the international standards of education. A major announcement has been made by the Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) where the council has brought reading of some of the most popular Harry Potter books in the academic curriculum of the schools. As per reports, this decision is expected to take education to next possible level. Not to miss, students from now on need not hide and read their comic book as they will now have the full liberty to read Harry Potter books freely in class.


IIT student strength to reach 1 lakh by 2020

After IIT-Kharagpur ranked the top institution in the country by QS Employability Ranking, with IIT-Bombay also figuring in the list of top 100 universities in the world, the central government in a recent Parliament session informed Rajya Sabha that the student strength of IITs will be one lakh by 2020. While, speaking about this initiative, Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “The IITs have been taking measures to attract quality faculty, which include year-round open advertisements, invitation through search-cum-selection procedures to alumni/scientists/faculty, advertisements in international journals, and appointment of NRIs and PIOs to faculty positions on the same terms as applicable to regular faculty.”


Government likely to make annual exams compulsory for students of classes 5 and 8

On Thursday, the government announced that students studying in classes 5 and 8 may have to appear for annual examinations. “Under the CCE framework, schools and respective governments are free to conduct periodic examinations for children of all levels,” said the Minister of State for Human Resource Development. On Thursday, the government announced that students studying in classes 5 and 8 may have to appear for annual examinations. The decision was taken after a survey was done and the findings indicated that there is a need for significant improvement in their learning levels.

Updated: November 30, 2016 — 7:49 am

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