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IIMC students filed petition to Jaitley for convocation

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New Delhi: The former students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) approached Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make sure that there should be no further delay in the distribution of their original diploma certificates and convocation ceremony.

The students wrote in a petition to Jaitley that every year the convocation ceremony was held in the month of  October or November but not this time “apparently because of the delay in taking a decision about the appointment of new Director General”.

However, because of the delay in convocation ceremony, the authorities of IIMC are not distributing original diploma certificates to last year batch students, which is causing hardship to them.

“We request you to understand the situation and take an immediate action to organise convocation and speed up the appointment of DG. We hope you will not forget the fact that future of hundreds of students is in your hands,” said the petition signed by over 100 students and alumni.

IIMC previous Director General, Sunit Tandon’s term ended last year in the month of November.

“There are many students who have been working hard to get admission for foreign studies and IIMC was inevitable for them to show 4-year under graduation (3+1),” the petition also said, the students are scared that due to delay in convocation they would not be able to meet requirements of foreign universities.

Furthermore, the letter said, many universities of India have allowed the students of IIMC to join post graduation for which several students have applied and paid fees also, expecting IIMC would distribute their original diploma certificates by November 2015.(inputs from agencies)

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Number of Students Opting for Science or Tech Are On Rise in India

India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Of about 5 million students who received their bachelor’s degrees in 2012 in STEM subjects worldwide, 29.2 per cent were from India, UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report 2018 released on Tuesday said.

China came next with 26 per cent of the STEM graduates. The EU accounted for 9.5 per cent of STEM graduates that year and the US for 6 per cent, the report said.

The report used statistics from 2012 and said the total number of bachelors-equivalent degrees awarded that year was 20 million.

The wide gulf in the numbers of students graduating in STEM explains why the US relies on such a large number of foreigners, especially Indians, to fill its technology workforce needs.

“Many countries are witnessing skills shortages in the fields of digital technologies and many employers report difficulties in filling high-skill vacancies,” UNCTAD said, citing a 2016 worldwide survey by ManpowerGroup on talent shortage that found that 40 per cent of employers reported difficulties in filling positions.

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According to India’s University Grants Commission, 10.7 million students were studying science, engineering/technology or computer science in 2016-17, although it did not give a breakdown between undergraduate and postgraduate levels or by year of study.

They made up 36 per cent of those studying in universities and colleges, UGC statistics showed.

Looking to the future, UNCTAD cautioned that “there were indications that educational institutions were not keeping pace with technological advances during the current transition period”.

It urged educational institutions to “react with agility” to the rapid pace of technology and the labour market changes and said this may require “significant transformations” in the education and training systems.

With the widespread use of artificial intelligence and robots looming on the horizon, the report said that “rapid technological progress required the labour force to develop a broader range of skills, focusing on humans’ comparative advantage, to increase employability”.

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UNCTAD called for broadbasing education and said: “In the new technological landscape, there is a need for generic, core or fundamental skills such as literacy, numeracy and academic skills, together with basic financial and entrepreneurial skills and increasingly, basic digital and even coding skills.” (IANS)

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