Education Current Affairs - 2019

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THE World Rankings 2018: More Indian Universities in Asia’s Top 200

Only two Indian institutes have featured in the top 50 Asian institutes in recently released TIMES Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for educational institutes in Asia. The two institutes that have made their way to top 50 are Indian Institute of Science (29th rank) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (44).

Key Highlights of Rankings

Other institutes that have made their way to top 100 are IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Delhi. The ranks as released by the World University Ranking are: Indian Institute of Science (rank 29), IIT Bombay (44), IIT Kharagpur (60), IIT Roorkee (65), IIT Kanpur (81) and IIT Delhi (86).

Other Indian institutes that have made it to top 200 are Tezpur University (100), IIT Madras (103), IIT Guwahati (112), Panjab University (114), National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (126), Jadavpur University (127), Indian School of Mines (141), University of Delhi (144), Aligarh Muslim University (158), Savitribai Phule Pune University ( 188) and IIT-BHU (194).

Total of 17 institutes from India have made their way to top 200 Asian Universities in comparison to last year. Though representation of India has increased in list, several of the universities have fallen down the rankings. Both IISc and IIT Bombay have dropped two places each to 29 and 44 position respectively. IIT Madras has witnessed biggest decline this year and has fallen from last year’s 41 place to 103 this year.

India, Sri Lanka sign four agreements for collaboration in ICT sector

India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in Information and communication technology (ICT) sector between both countries.

The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart in Colombo.

Key Facts

The agreements were signed for collaboration in ICT sector and setting up of e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics. With this, Sri Lanka became first country to be connected to NKN through Gigabyte (GB) optical fibre network. This will connect NKN to Lanka education & research network (LEARN) through which universities on both sides can share best practices and research ideas. National Informatics centre (NIC) has set up a model E-office system for Sri Lanka.

National Knowledge Network (NKN)

NKN is a state-of-the-art multi-gigabit pan-Indian resource-sharing network aimed at digitally connecting all national universities, colleges and research establishments to create country-wide virtual classrooms. This project was launched in 2010 for period of 10 years. Currently, it is component of umbrella “Digital India” programme.

Objectives of NKN: It aims to connect universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across country with high bandwidth (multi-gigabit)/low latency internet connection so that they can share the knowledge, information and data. Its core idea is to bring together all stakeholders from science, technology, higher education, healthcare, agriculture and governance to a common platform.

Mandate of NKN

  • Establish high-speed backbone connectivity which will enable knowledge and information sharing.
  • Enable collaborative research, development and Innovation
  • Facilitate an ultra-high speed backbone for e-Governance
  • Link to Global Networks to collaborate with research communities across the globe.
  • Facilitate advanced distance education in specialized fields such as engineering, science, medicine etc.
  • Facilitate integration of different sectorial networks in field of health, education, research, commerce and governance.