IKEA’s Rs. 1,000 Crore Store In Hyderabad May Open Next Month


IKEA's Rs 1,000 Crore Store In Hyderabad May Open Next Month

The next IKEA store will come up in Mumbai in 2019 (File)

Hyderabad:  Leading Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA is likely to open its first India store here next month.

The store, spread over 13 acres with a built up space of 4,00,000 square feet, will feature over 7,000 IKEA products of which almost 2,000 will be priced below Rs. 200.

John Achillea, IKEA Telangana Managing Director, on Thursday announced the installation of IKEA’s wordmark.

While the company said the store will be opened shortly, officials in the Industry Department of Telangana said the store will be inaugurated in June.

The store will also have a 1,000-seater restaurant which is IKEA’s largest in over 400 stores it has globally.

The store is coming with an investment of Rs. 1,000 crore. It will create direct jobs for 800 people — half of them, the company promises, will be women.

In November last year, IKEA opened its experiential centre, providing a sneak peek into its products and solutions.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IKEA designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, and is considered to be the largest furniture retailer in the world.

The company officials said last year that they plan to open 25 stores in India by 2025. The next store will come up in Mumbai in 2019. This will be bigger than the Hyderabad store with five lakh square feet.


Is online learning making education easier?

Online Education for India

Online education has become popular among working professionals and students in higher education. These categories of online learners find immense benefit in the autonomy, and flexibility, that these courses offer.

Online courses can be planned into their schedule, which may include full-time employment, internships and caring for a family. It can also help them take out quiet time to study.

Online learning in an education system

Distance learning has been around for a long time, even before technology made it extremely accessible. Traditional schooling is now seeing an increased proliferation of virtual training materials and online courses. Even in a world of tried and tested schooling systems and curricula, the most successful schools are the ones who adapt to the changing times, as well as to the expectations of students, parents and the society.

If online education is here to stay, then what are its implications for traditional learning? Instead of focusing on pros and cons, the conversation we should be having today is about leveraging online learning to make our education system more conductive to learning.

Setting goals, tracking progress and meeting deadlines

Online courses involve setting our own goals, tracking progress and meeting deadlines

Online courses call for a greater amount of motivation and self-discipline than a classroom-based course. A classroom has one or more instructors and peers, who can hold a student accountable for their course-work. In contrast, online courses involve setting our own goals, tracking progress and meeting deadlines.

One does not learn in isolation, so online courses do offer discussion forums, email, and one-on-one support. Technology also adds on to the visual experience by incorporating animations, that can be used interactively for effective teaching, and communication.

The classroom advantage

A school provides structure, support, and a system of rewards and penalties to groom its students. Classroom education has the benefit of face-to-face interactions with peers, which are typically moderated by a teacher.

It provides children, especially those in their early developmental years, with a stable environment for social interactions, helping them develop skills like boundary setting, empathy, and cooperation. This also allows plenty of room for spontaneity, unlike a virtual learning setup.

Online education in the context of schooling

As students’ progress to higher classes, they seek more autonomy and intellectual freedom. Online learning can help them pursue highly individualized learning programmes, possibly even college-level courses. These, combined with hands-on exercises, real-world exploration, and thorough assessments, can be highly beneficial to their learning progress.

Here’s what the Managing Director of Trio World Academy said:

“They can explore their options, by trying out introductory topics from different fields, before committing to a specialization. Online learning platforms can help these students become more independent learners before they make their way into college,” said Naveen K M.

“I believe that we must not hold students back from picking any online course, but instead act as their guide as they navigate through it,” he added.

Teachers and parents should act as anchors and mentors

Teachers and parents should be anchors and mentors

Mobile apps that provide enhanced learning opportunities for school children have become mainstream. Since mobile phones have already found their way into their hands, these apps are being used to supplement classroom learning.

Teachers and parents need to act as anchors and mentors, curating the kind of educational content students are exposed to, during the tricky phase of finding the right career to pursue.

Programmes to support families wishing home-school

Virtual public schools, that offer a full scale K12 education, have already sprung up in some parts of the world. They even offer a combination of the traditional system with online education. There are programmes that provide support to families that wish to home-school their children, in the form of online course material.

These programmes bring parents and teachers into the fold, by involving them into their child’s education from the get-go. However, their effectiveness in the long term needs to be studied.


Temperature Lowers In Kashmir As Srinagar Sees Coldest Winter Night

Temperature Lowers In Kashmir As Srinagar Sees Coldest Winter Night

Temperature continued to fall in Kashmir on Tuesday as the minimum temperature settled several degrees below the freezing point at most places in the valley and Ladakh. Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar experienced the coldest night of this winter season with the temperature at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The temperature at night in Srinagar on Monday was minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

An official of the Met department said other places across Kashmir and Ladakh region experienced sub-zero night temperatures on the same night. He added that there was a possibility of light rainfall at isolated places in Kashmir valley today.

Pahalgam health resort, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, registered a temperature of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir, he said.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the minimum of minus 4 degrees Celsius, the Met official added.

The official said Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in the nearby Qazigund settled at minus 2.8 degrees.

The temperature in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, while Leh, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius and the nearby Kargil registered the minimum of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.


Parents who brag about ATARs are the enemy of the state education system

It’s that time of year again when everyone starts talking about ATARs. But parents, we need to stop talking about ATARs. ATARs, Australian Tertiary Admissions Rankings, should be like babies who sleep through the night (if you’ve got one, no one wants to know about it) and fight club.

You don’t talk about ATARs. Because come December 14th , while some of us are in the midst of earnestly telling our kids that their ATAR doesn’t define them, our phone is pinging with notifications from parents bragging about their kids’ high ATAR. And while it’s understandable that parents are proud it’s a confused narrative we are creating.

Parents need to dial it down a bit on the ATAR bragging.
Parents need to dial it down a bit on the ATAR bragging.Credit:Shutterstock

When parents quote an ATAR as a definition of how smart their kid is – when they pin it to their backs and make them do a lap of victory on social media – it sends the message that the ranking is its own reward. It also reduces 13 years of education (not to mention the student) to one final “score”.


HTET 2018 Online Registration Begins @ Htetonline.com, Apply Now

HTET 2018 Online Registration Begins @ Htetonline.com, Apply Now

HTET 2018 Online Registration Begins @ Htetonline.com, Apply Now

Board of School Education, Haryana has begun the registration for HTET 2018 on the official website of the exam, htetonline.com. Haryana Teacher Eligibility Test or HTET 2018 examinations will be held on January 5 and January 6 next year. The HTET will be of a two-and-a-half hour exam for all level I, level II and level III candidates. The registration process for HTET 2018 will be concluded on November 30, 2018. HTET is an eligibility test which is compulsory for recruitment as teacher in government schools in Haryana.

Notification and other details are available on the official website of the Board (bseh.org.in) and also on the exam portal.

Submission HTET on-line application system to start: November 19, 2018 (6:00pm)
Last date for online application November 30, 2018
Correction in particulars: November 11to December 3, 2018

Candidates can apply online through HTET website htetonline.com. The candidate should enter all details while filling the online form and upload their scanned images of latest coloured photograph, thumb impression and signature.

After successful submission of data and requisite fee (through gateway payment) candidates are required to take printout of Confirmation Page for record and keep it for their reference.

The Confirmation Page is not required to be sent to Board office.

Candidates are advised to go through the “Guidelines/Instructions” given on the registration portal carefully before applying online for HTET. Submitting Identification Proof and Number is mandatory while applying for OnLine Application, said the BSEH notification.


Indian-American Sruthi Palaniappan Elected Harvard Student Body President

Indian-American Sruthi Palaniappan Elected Harvard Student Body President

20-year-old Sruthi Palaniappan has been elected President of Harvard University’s students’ body


An Indian-American woman has been elected as the president of the powerful student’s body of the prestigious Harvard University.

Sruthi Palaniappan, 20, whose parents migrated to the US from Chennai in 1992, was elected as president of the Harvard University Undergraduate Council.

Her running mate Julia Huesa, 20, was elected as vice president, according to an announcement by the Undergraduate Council Election Commission.

Ms Palaniappan said that Ms Huesa and her planned to work on improving the Council’s communication with the student body in their initial days in office.

“I think from the onset, better structuring the way we communicate with students is something that we need to already set the tone and plan for,” she said.

“I think we’re going to work on it before we even leave for break and just get off the ground running,” she told Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper of the varsity.

Ms Palaniappan was the youngest delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016.

According to the report, Ms Palaniappan and Ms Huesa garnered nearly 41.5 per cent of the votes as against their nearest opponent Nadine M Khoury and Arnav Agrawal, who received 26.6 per cent of the votes.

They ran their campaign under the slogan “Make Harvard Home”.

The duo, a long-time member of the Undergraduate Council, are scheduled to take over from the outgoing president Catherine L Zhang ’19 and vice president Nicholas D Boucher ’19.


Anna University Annual Convocation In December

Anna University Annual Convocation In December

The admit cards will be sent to all the candidates who will be receiving the degrees in-person.

New Delhi: The 39th annual convocation of Anna University is to be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Vivekananda Auditorium, College of Engineering, Guindy Campus, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025. According to a statement from the varsity, all the Ph.D. degree holders will receive the degrees in-person and the first rank holders of full time Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree programmes offered at the University departments and affiliated colleges will receive the degrees and gold medals in-person during the Convocation.

“All other candidates will be receiving Degrees IN-ABSENTIA. Among the persons who have been called in person, only Gold Medalists of B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. degree programmes shall be permitted to receive the degrees on the dais,” said the statement from Anna University.


The convocation admit cards will be sent to all the candidates who will be receiving the degrees in-person.

The list of first rank holders of full time B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. degree programmes has been published on the University web site (www.annauniv.edu) and also communicated to the respective colleges.

In this regard, they are directed to contact the respective college Principals and the Controller of Examinations, Anna University Chennai – 25 (email id: coe@annauniv.edu), the varsity said.


Maharashtra Mulling Making Marathi Compulsory In All Schools: Minister

Maharashtra Mulling Making Marathi Compulsory In All Schools: Minister

Mr Tawde said, “The proposal is underconsideration of the government.”

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is mulling making Marathi compulsory from Class 1 to 10 in all schools, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde said in the Legislative Council Tuesday. He said this in a written reply to a question by Sena MLA Vilas Potnis which contended that states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala had made their local languages compulsory in schools from Class 1 to 10.

Mr Potnis had sought to know what action the Maharashtra government had taken on demands made here to make Marathi compulsory in schools.

In his response, Mr Tawde said, “The proposal is underconsideration of the government.”

Later speaking to reporters, Mr Tawde said making Marathi compulsory in all schools was “difficult”


Utkal University First Semester Results Announced @ Uuems.in, Check Now

Utkal University First Semester Results Announced @ Uuems.in, Check Now

Utkal University First Semester Results Announced @ Uuems.in, Check Now

The provisional result of +3 first semester CBCS degree regular exam of 2018 admission batch of Utkal University has been released on the official results website of the varsity. Utkal University result for CBCS Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) can be accessed from the official website, uuems.in. The first semester Utkal University result of 2017 admission batch for all the programmes has been declared today. As happened earlier, the official result website of the Utkal University is not responding properly and the candidates are advised to have patience.

Candidates should not panic as the results will be available online for the students.

The Utkal University results have been released on the official exam results hosting website, Utkal University Examination Management System, uuems.in.

Utkal University Semester Result: Know How To Check

Follow the steps given here to check your Utkal University first year results:

Step I : Visit the official result website of Utkal University, uuems.in.

Step II : Click on the link given on the homepage; “Provisional Result Of +3 First Semester CBCS (BA, B.Com, B.Sc) Regular Exam 2017 (2017 Admission Batch) ”

Step III : Enter the exam roll number and the captcha given there

Step IV : Submit the details

Step V : Get the result

“After successful Validation of your data, your Result will Come Out (sic),” says a notification posted on the result website.


How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

New Delhi: The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in/deb.

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.