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Four Indian-Americans selected new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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By NewsGram  Staff Writer

Four Indian-Americans, Sanjeev Arora, Sangeeta N. Bhatia, Ravindran Kannan and Renu Malhotra, have been selected by the renowned American Academy of Arts and Science for its class of 2015.

There are 197 new members in this year’s class, which includes names like Pulitzer Prize-winner Holland Cotter, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, Nike co-founder Philip Knight, Nobel Prize winner Brian Kobilka, Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and novelist Tom Wolfe.

Sanjeev Arora is a theoretical computer scientist, known for his work on Probabilistically Checkable Proofs (PCP) theorem. He is currently working as the Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1995 for his doctorate thesis on PCP theorem. In 2001, he was honored with the Godel Prize for the same.

Sangeeta N. Bhatia is a biological engineer and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Based on her investigative research into the application of micro- and nano-technology for tissue repair and regeneration, she was inducted into the class. In the MIT Technology Review, she was among the top 100 innovators in the world under 35 years of age.

Ravindran Kannan works as a principal researcher at Microsoft Research India, where he leads the algorithms research group. He is also the first guest faculty of Computer Science and Automation Department of Indian Institute of Science.

Renu Malhotra is an American physicist known for her work on the orbital resonance between Pluto and Neptune. There’s an asteroid, 6698 Malhotra, named after her.

IANS reported Don Randel, the Chairman of the academy’s Board of Directors, as saying, “We are honored to elect a new class of extraordinary women and men to join our distinguished membership.”

“Each new member is a leader in his or her field and has made a distinct contribution to the nation and the world. We look forward to engaging them in the intellectual life of this vibrant institution,” he added.

According to the report, the new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 10 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Lockdown: People With Higher Education, Income Spending More Time on Hobbies

55.7 % people with higher education are spending time on their hobbies

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50 per cent of people with higher education and income have started spending more time on hobbies. Pixabay

About 50 per cent of people with higher education and income have started spending more time on hobbies including Fashion Trends amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown, according to the latest IANS-CVoter Economy Battery survey.

The nationwide survey indicated that about 55.7 per cent of people with higher education and about 49.6 per cent of those from the higher income group have been spending more time on hobbies during the lockdown.

Also, in terms of gender, 35 per cent male have started spending more time on hobbies, while 38.5 per cent female have started doing the same. However, 50 per cent of female respondents and 49.5 per cent of male respondents have opted for ‘no’ in the survey.

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38.5 per cent female have started spending time on their hobbies. Pixabay

In terms of age group, 42 per cent of people below the age of 25 years have started spending more time on hobbies during the lockdown, while 39 per cent of those between the age of 25 and 45 years have been doing the same since the lockdown was imposed.

As many as 32 per cent of those between 45 and 60 years of age have been indulging their time in pursuing their hobbies, while only 26.8 per cent of those above 60 years of age have been doing the same.

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In terms of educational qualification, 30 per cent of those having lower education have started spending more time on hobbies, while about 45 per cent of those in the middle education group have started doing the same.

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About 32 per cent of those from the lower income groups have been spending more time on hobbies. Pixabay

A similar pattern was visible in the income category. About 32 per cent of those from the lower income groups have been spending more time on hobbies, while about 39 per cent of those from the middle income groups have been doing the same.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. While it was to end on April 14, it was extended till May 3 and later to May 17. However, certain relaxations were given after May 4. (IANS)

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Online Education, a New Normal for Govt and Edtech Platforms

E-learning and online education the new normal for the nation

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Online education and e-learning takeover traditional learning globally. Pixabay

As millions of kids take online school classes from home globally including in India, government along private education sector have a great responsibility to offer online education to more than 60 million college students and 1.5 billion school students worldwide, experts said on Thursday.

Private colleges in India that were already offering online education for last two decades now have a massive surge in e-Learning demand to meet.

“e-Learning or online education is the new normal. In future, we will see the proliferation of information technology tools and gadgets, post-COVID-19. But internet and broadband will remain an issue,” said Professor NK Goyal, Vice Chairman, ITU APT India and former adviser of Gujarat Technological University.

If e-Learning apps like BYJU’s and Khan academy are targeting schools, others like Adda24x7 are offering specialised coaching for entrance exams like IIT and JEE.

 

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Online education will be the new normal. Pixabay

Robust connectivity is undoubtedly critical for the success of e-Learning.

According to Rajan S Mathews, DG, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), post COVID-19, there will be a surge in online education by schools and colleges in the country.

“The telecom industry is fully prepared with 99.9 per cent network capacity. The telecom companies have taken appropriate measures to meet the surge in traffic due to online education and other online activities using telecom infrastructure,” said Mathews.

Union Human Resources and Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently said that the government is offering a slew of educational applications and platforms for both school and higher education institutes.

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Online education to be new normal for 1.5 billion students across globe. Pixabay

In addition to teachers, Nishank urged parents and students to make maximum use of online education to ensure their academic continuity is maintained.

The World University of Design (WUD) claims that it has collected materials for online learning across its courses during the last one year.

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“WUD is using technology-enabled AI, supervision technologies and video conferencing and other tools to enable virtual learning. This includes a mix of online platforms for sharing files, conducting meetings and lectures in association with online services & resource providers like Coursera, Bloomsbury, EBSCO etc. as partners in its strategy,” said Dr Sanjay Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, World University of Design (WUD). (IANS)

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Internshala Trainings Announces the Launch of The Grand Summer Sale

Learn in-demand skills at affordable prices

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Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, has announced the launch of ‘The Grand Summer Sale’. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, has announced the launch of ‘The Grand Summer Sale’ with an aim to help students and graduates learn new skills at an affordable price as a part of their #SummerOfSkills campaign. Students interested to learn a new skill or looking for new career opportunities can sign up on https://bit.ly/IS-GrandSale and can enrol in any of the short-term trainings on in-demand skills. The last date to avail the discounted trainings is 6th May 2020. 

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Students can choose from 18+ online Internshala trainings on in-demand skills. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Students can choose from 18+ online trainings on in-demand skills such as programming with Python, web development, data science, creative writing, French language, photography, and STAAD pro.

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These 4-6 week-long trainings are beginner-friendly, feature engaging exercises, quizzes, assignments, and a real-world project, and come with a certificate of training from Internshala. 

For more details, visit: https://bit.ly/IS-GrandSale