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Supreme court fines medical college for ignoring court order

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New Delhi: Supreme Court of India put a fine of five crore rupees on Mysuru based JSS Medical college as the college had taken more admissions than its sanctioned strength.

The college was allowed to have 150 MBBS seats but it took 200 admissions. An Apex court in 2012 had rejected the plea of JSS Medical College to be allowed to increase the seats. Supreme Court called it a necessity to deal with those who are not comprehending to the law.

However, the students were allowed to stay and complete their courses and Court said there was no point for not letting students complete the course.

The number of students in India is so high these days that there is a lack of colleges. While the government colleges do not have enough seats, the need of private colleges increases.

All the colleges are crowded up with the number of students and it gives a chance to all those colleges who are looking to earn money to maximize this situation.

The decision by the Supreme Court is encouraging as it sends a signal to all the colleges, government and privates to follow the rules.

The number of students in a class actually impacts the quality of the teaching in a negative manner. Many colleges are running classes with too many students present in the class and which is why some of the students do not get the attention and get left behind.

JSS Medical college will have to pay the hefty fine for ignoring the court order but with this decision, Court hopes to make educational institute follow the rules in future.

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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.

So, if your child is preparing for IIT-JEE or NEET from any of the reputed centres like Aakash Institute, as a parent, it's your responsibility to help your child find the right study time
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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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