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Kerala Tops in Niti Aayog’s School Education Quality Index; UP Figures Last Position

The government policy think-tank Niti Aayog on Monday launched the school education quality index where Kerala has been ranked No.1

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The index is aimed at evaluating the performance of states and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector. Wikimedia Commons

The government policy think-tank Niti Aayog on Monday launched the school education quality index wherein states, including Kerala, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Assam have been ranked as the best-performing among large states, each achieving an overall performance score above 60 per cent, while Uttar Pradesh figures last in the ranking.

As per the report, Kerala has the highest overall performance score of 76.6 per cent, while Uttar Pradesh came last among the large states, with an overall performance score of 36.4 per cent.

Among 20 large states in the country, 18 have improved their overall performance between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 in what is referred to in the report as “incremental performance”.

Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh showed the most improvement in their performance in 2016-17, in comparison to the base year of 2015-16.

The School Education Quality Index assesses states on the basis of learning outcomes, access, equity, infrastructure and facilities, using survey data, self-reported data from states and third-party verification.

Tamil Nadu was the top performer in access and equity outcomes, while Karnataka led in learning outcomes. Haryana had the best infrastructure and facilities.

The index is aimed at evaluating the performance of states and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector.

Among the UTs, Chandigarh has the highest overall performance score of 82.9 per cent, while Lakshadweep ranks last, with an overall performance score of 31.9 per cent.

Delhi was reported to have performed better on governance processes aiding the outcomes category.

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Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh showed the most improvement in their performance in 2016-17, in comparison to the base year of 2015-16. Wikimedia Commons

Among the smaller states category, Manipur emerged as the best performer. West Bengal refused to participate in the evaluation process and has not been included in the rankings.

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The school education quality index, developed through a collaborative process including key stakeholders the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the World Bank and sector experts, consists of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education.

Present at the launch event were Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant CEO NITI Aayog and Secretary (Higher Education) Rina Ray, among other dignitaries. (IANS)

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Develop These 3 Essential Soft Skills through E-learning

Here are three skills that will help you excel in your career and life

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One can learn certain soft skills like analytical thinking, creativity and problem solving through e-learning. Lifetime Stock

The rise of digitalisation and automation brought several changes in the Indian job sector; Owing to this, the way we impart and consume education went through a transformation as well. To succeed in any industry, degree, practical experience, and proficiency in domain-specific skills are certainly important. However, in order to efficiently use technology and apply your hard skills, it is extremely important to brush your soft skills before entering any organisation.  

Earlier, freshers only had a degree, few college assignments, and projects to talk about during interviews; however, the concept of internships, online trainings, and skill-based learning have completely changed the scenario today. Nowadays, even freshers are expected to hold a record of some internship experience and depict excellent soft skills during interviews. This is vital as in today’s era, robots and automation can simply carry out various day to day tasks, but soft skills such as analytical thinking, communication, active learning, and creativity retain and increase the value of employees in organisations. 

To fulfil employers’ expectations, scholars need to strengthen their command on soft skills and one of the best ways to achieve the same is through e-learning. With its self-controllable pace and real-world examples, online training ensures optimal learning and soft skill development within no time. 

Here are some in-demand soft skills that you can develop through online trainings

1. Analytical thinking

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To strengthen your analytical skills, online trainings such as data science and advanced excel prove beneficial. Lifetime Stock

To find out measurable and accurate solutions for different problems, analytical thinking is extremely essential. Data and information analysis is one of the most essential parts of analytical thinking which can be developed through online trainings. Every day, organisations have to deal with large amounts of data. This information needs to be analysed every now and then to keep a tap on organisations’ growth or decline in different key areas and to strategise further growth. This is why people who are able to handle huge amounts of data to produce good insights and help in taking informed decisions are considered great assets in every organisation.

Having good analytical skills could increase your chances of getting selected during interviews over other applicants. To strengthen your analytical skills, online trainings such as data science and advanced excel prove beneficial. The data science training teaches you to read a CSV file, understand operators, variables, dictionaries, functions, and data structures. Moreover, it lets you learn about data distribution, probability, data statistics, and types of testing while understanding the concepts of descriptive stats and inferential stats. Similarly, in the advanced excel training, you can learn In-depth lessons on formulas, functions, lookup functions, and data validation. You eventually learn how to automate, analyze, and present Excel data in the most effective manner. 

2. Problem-solving

We all deal with multiple problems in our lives whether small or huge. Ultimately, the only thing that keeps us going is our ability to analyse and resolve these problems. During any situation of crisis, employers always consider those employees who have the ability to resolve issues from ground level. Online programming trainings such as web development, core Java, Angular, and Android app development, strengthen your problem-solving skills. 

Programming is one such field where your problem-solving skills are largely addressed. While coding, the training helps you to develop a habit of computational thinking and learn to simplify complicated issues through simple codes. An aesthetic design could surely please the users at one go, but unless it solves one of their problems like shopping, buying food, or shipping a parcel across, it is of no use. Enrolling in any of the programming trainings allows you to deeply identify, analyse, plan, practice, and resolve multiple problems not only during coding but also in your day to day tasks.

3. Creativity

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Scholars can enrol in online trainings such as AutoCAD which helps to polish the creative skills. Lifetime Stock

Automation has brought enough technical efficiency, but creativity is one such segment where human involvement would always be required. Every organisation has multiple competitors today so, to stand out and capture the attention of their target segment, companies need to be creative. Therefore, employers generally look for those people who can think out of the box. 

Scholars can enrol in online trainings such as AutoCAD which helps to polish the creative skills. The training teaches you to precisely work on lines, points, circles, and arcs, shapes, study the key concepts of layers and a lot more. In an industrial project, it also requires you to work on 2D drafts and 3D models and come up with unique and creative designs. Whether you are an architectural, mechanical or electrical engineer, every new plan requires you to be creative than ever before. In fact, students who choose digital marketing trainings also develop their creative skills faster. Your skills in such training are polished when you plan and execute various digital marketing campaigns. Above all, online trainings develop your thinking and allow you to creatively plan and implement everyday tasks in your work premises. 

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All of these skills are put to use when you start working on assignments, assessment tests, code challenges, quizzes, exercises, and industrial projects that are provided in every online training. E-learning helps you to not just learn but implement and test your soft skills through such practically advanced options. For freshers with little or no working experience, soft skills are really essential during the screening process as it is the prerequisite based on which candidates are shortlisted. 

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings, a training platform (trainings.internshala.com)