Odisha labourer learns Malayalam, scores 100% in Kerala literacy exam

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alayalam is the mother tongue of Keralites, and it’s a tough language to learn, full of tongue twisters. So how did a labourer from Odisha score full marks in a Kerala literacy exam?

Mudad Revathi, a migrant labourer hailing from Odisha, who works at a garment-making unit at the IT hub Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, managed to master the classical language of Malayalam in a short span of time and went on to score the highest mark in a literacy examination.

Besides her, Viki Kumar, a worker from Bihar, also scored 100 per cent marks in the same exam.

What did the Kerala literacy exam comprise?

The 100-mark literacy exam conducted by the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority was activity oriented, giving a thrust on reading, writing and arithmetical skills.

The results of the literacy exam were announced on Monday. Revathi, Viki and several other migrant workers from different states, had recently appeared for the exam.

How did the Odisha labourer learn Malayalam so quickly?

The state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission runs the ‘Changathi’ programme to help impart Malayalam and basic education among migrant labourers who arrived in Kerala seeking green pastures.

Revathi had been learning Malayalam for a while here. “I tried to spend at least two hours to learn Malayalam every night after my work,” she said.

90-year-olds score high with Kerala literacy projects

Proving that age is no barrier for learning, 90-year-oldMythili, a native of a fishing hamlet in Kozhikode, has secured full marks as part of ‘Aksharasagaram’, another flagship initiative of the Mission to eradicate illiteracy among fisherfolk in Kerala.

A total of 8,605 neo-literates have won various examinations under different projects, Mission Director PS Sreekala said.

Recently, Karthyayani Amma, a 96 year-old neo-literate had hit the headlines by scoring 98 marks out of 100 under the ‘Aksharalaksham’ project.

Read: 96-year-old Kerala woman tops literacy mission exam with 98 per cent score

Besides ‘Changathi’ and ‘Aksharasagaram’, the Mission has also conducted examinations under the ‘Navachetana’ and ‘Samagra’ programmes, envisaged to educate backward classes and tribals respectively, the release added.


Here’s How Parents Can Repay Parent PLUS Student Loans


Parents are borrowing more to send their children to college and struggling to repay those loans, says a new study from The Brookings Institution.

Here’s what you need to know and what to do about it.

Latest Student Loan Debt Data: Parent PLUS Loans

According to recent data, at least 3.4 million Parent PLUS borrowers owe $87 billion (not including any consolidated loans). That represents approximately 6% of total outstanding student loan debt of $1.5 trillion.

The rise in Parent PLUS Loans has been driven by increased tuition, the elimination of borrowing caps and regulatory changes, among other reasons.

Today, the average Parent PLUS Loan balance is $25,600, with annual borrowing amounts having more than tripled over the last 25 years.

What Is A Parent PLUS Loan?

A PLUS loan is a federal loan that graduate students, or parents of dependent undergraduate students, can borrow to pay for college or a career school. Parent PLUS Loans, in particular, refer to loans borrowed by parents on behalf of a dependent undergraduate student.

The parent is the borrower, and the lender is the U.S. Department of Education. A parent can borrow an amount up to the cost of attendance, less any financial assistance received.  


AP SSC exams 2019: Check date sheet and full syllabus in detail here

AP SSC exams 2019: Check date sheet and full syllabus in detail here

AP SSC exams 2019: The class 10 date sheet or exam timetable for Andhra Pradesh board has been released on the official website of the Board of Secondary Education, Andhra Pradesh – bseap.org.

AP SSC exams 2019: Exam date

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) public exams will begin from March 18 and conclude on April 2, 2019.

AP SSC exams 2019: Syllabus in detail


  • Prepositions, Conjunctions, Verb, Adjective, Tenses, Sentences, Transformation of Sentences, Reading Comprehension, Punctuation, Articles, Vocabulary, Writing


  • Sets, Polynomials, Real Numbers, Pair of Linear, Quadratic Equations, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics



  • Heat, Light- Reflection and Refraction, Magnetism, Electric Current


  • Acids, Bases, Salts, Atomic Structure, Chemical Reactions, Metallurgy, Carbon and its compounds


  • Sexual Reproduction, Genetics, DNA, Evolution

Social Science


  • Partition and Independence, Independence movement, The World Wars, Industrialisation, Trade and Globalization


  • Climate of India, Indian Rivers, Agriculture, Water resources, Mineral resources, Power resources


  • Indian Economy- Role and sector, Ideas of Development, Production, Employment, Consumer Awareness.

There will be a different set of question papers for each subject. If any student attempts answers to a wrong set of question paper as the one assigned, their candidature will be cancelled, according to the official release. Candidates who appear at the wrong centre than the one allotted will also be disqualified.

About Board of Secondary Education Andhra Pradesh

Board of Secondary Education of Andhra Pradesh was established on 1953 and its functions is an autonomous body under the Andhra Pradesh’s Department of Education. It was also called as the Directorate of Government Examinations.


Bihar Board Releases Answer Key For Simultala Awasiya Vidyalya Entrance Exam

Bihar Board Releases Answer Key For Simultala Awasiya Vidyalya Entrance Exam

Bihar Board Releases Answer Key For Simultala Awasiya Vidyalya Entrance Exam

New Delhi: 

Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has released the answer key for the Preliminary Entrance Exam conducted for admission to Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya. The entrance exam for admission to class 6 was conducted on December 3, 2018. The answer key link will remain active on the website till December 10, 2018 in which time students will also be able to submit their objections, if any.

The answer key has been released for all question paper booklets (A, B, C, and D). In case of any objection, either on the questions or answer key, students can follow the steps given below to submit their objection:

Step one: Go to Bihar Board’s official website: www.biharboard.online.com.

Step two: Click on the ‘Objection Panel for Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya, Simultala, Jamui Entrance (Preliminary) Examination 2019’ link.

Step three: Submit objection on the question paper or answer key on the objection panel.

Students should submit their objections by December 10. Any request for submission of objection after the last date will not be entertained by the board.

Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya is an initiative by the Bihar Government to make quality education available to students from underprivileged background. The school has produced many toppers in the past years. In 2018 too, all three state board toppers in the matric exam were from the Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya.


Rajasthan Congress releases manifesto, promises to waive farm loans

Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot released the Congress party manifesto ahead of the assembly elections 2018. (File Photo: PTI)


  • Pilot said that Congress intends to give Rs 3,500 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the state
  • Legislation for the protection of journalists in the state is also promised in the manifesto
  • The party has promised to provide free education to women and jobs to youth

The Rajasthan Congress on Thursday released the party manifesto, promising to waive the loan of farmers and provide free education to women and jobs to youth.

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and chairman of the manifesto committee Harish Choudhary released the party manifesto. Pilot said the manifesto was prepared after taking opinions through multiple platforms such as social media.

Two lakh suggestions were received for the preparation of the manifesto, he said.

Pilot said the Congress party will waive the loans of farmers if voted to power, an announcement the party president had made during an election meeting in Jaisalmer’s Pokhran Assembly constituency on Monday.

He said the Congress intends to give Rs 3,500 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the state.

The party has also promised to bring a legislation for the protection of journalists in the state. The party has promised to form an implementation committee for time-bound implementation of the manifesto.


West Bengal Board Class 10 Question Papers To Be Opened Before Students

The WBBSE decision came in the wake of reports of malpractices happened during board exams last year

West Bengal Board Class 10 Question Papers To Be Opened Before Students


In a departure from the norm, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on Tuesday announced that question paper packets will henceforth be opened in front of Class 10 candidates, shortly before the commencement of the examination. Earlier, the sealed packets were broken in the office of the institution’s headmaster and papers sorted accordingly before distribution among the students.

“From 2019, the sealed question packets of Madhyamik examination (Class 10 board exam) will be opened by invigilators in front of students in the examination hall and distributed accordingly,” Board president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said.

Sources said the WBBSE decision came in the wake of reports that the headmaster of a Jalpaiguri school, during the 2018 secondary examination, opened sealed question papers 35 minutes before the scheduled time.

The headmaster was suspended by the Board after he failed to give a satisfactory reply to a showcause notice issued to him.

There were also reports of question paper leak on WhatsApp in 2017, but the board, back then, asserted that the paper circulated was “fake”.

Mr Ganguly said the WBBSE members, along with officer in-charge of local police station and a district administration official, will hold meetings with the head of examination centres to ensure that the measures were implemented without glitches.

“This time, the number of question papers in the packets will tally with the number of examinees in the hall. There will be no sorting beforehand,” he said.

The new measure was aimed at ensuring that ex


Government of India and Asian Development Bank collaborate for three projects

The Government of India takes initiative to develop water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the State of Tamil Nadu.

The government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ABD) signs three separate loans in one day of worth USD 574 million in the capital of India to support the projects India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) in India, wat

  • Eatablished in 2006, IIFCL also referred as SIFTI, is a government of India company.
  • IIFCL provides financial assistance to the infrastructural sub-sectors listed by the government or the RBI which broadly include transportation, energy, water, sanitation, communication, social, and commercial infrastructure
  • The ADB and the government signed a loan agreement of USD 300 million to support IIFCL
  • This project is believed to enhance the availability of long-term finance for PPP projects, improve the operational capacity of IIFCL, and expand the portfolio of infrastructure financing instruments available to IIFCL
  • IIFC has also made a contribution of Rs 300 crore to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)
  • This contribution is being utilized for the promotion of sports in the disciplines like Badminton, Archery and Para Sports.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a USD 169 million loan as the first tranche of a USD 500 million multi-tranche financing to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The state has faced recurring droughts and erratic monsoons in the recent past resulting in severe water scarcity and urban flooding.
  • ADB’s support will help address these complex urban challenges through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support
  • The program will develop climate-resilient sewerage collection and treatment and drainage systems in 10 cities
  • It will also help in installing country’s first solar-powered sewage treatment plant
  • Introduction of smart water management systems will help reduce non-revenue water and strengthen operational efficiency
  • Around four million people will benefit from piped water and sewerage connections, and improved drainage
  • The program will boost institutional capacity, public awareness, and urban governance as a part of a comprehensive approach for developing livable cities.
  • The ADB signed a USD 105 million loan to continue financing the transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh for increased supply of hydropower to the state and the national grid
  • The tranche 3 loan is part of the USD 350 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Transmission Investment Program approved by the ADB Board in September 2011
  • The program is aimed at developing and expanding the transmission network to remove clean and renewable power generated from the state’s hydropower sources to load centers within and outside the state
  • It also supports the institutional capacity development of the state transmission utility, Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (HPPTCL), as the executing agency for this project.


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

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

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

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.


Study In UK: Apply For 2019 Commonwealth Master’s, Ph.D Scholarship

Study In UK: Apply For 2019 Commonwealth Master's, Ph.D Scholarship

Study Abroad, Study In UK:2019 Commonwealth Scholarship

New Delhi: Indian nationals who wish to pursue Master’s and Doctoral programme at any UK University listed with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) can apply for ‘2019 Commonwealth Scholarship In The United Kingdom’. The scholarships are offered by the CSC UK for Master’s and Ph.D enrollment commencing from September/ October, 2019. Candidates can apply till January 17, 2019 through MHRD portal. Candidates should also apply through Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System before December 19.

Study In UK: Scholarship Options For Students From India

‘The applicant must not be registered for a Ph.D, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or India university or elsewhere before September/ October 2019,’ reads the official notice released by the MHRD. Applicants must have obtained the qualifying degree before October 2019, which is Bachelor’s degree for Master’s programme and Master’s degree for Ph.D enrollment.

The scholarship will be available for the given themes: science and technology for development; strengthening health systems and capacity; promoting global prosperity; strengthening global peace; security and governance; strengthening resilience and response to crises; access, inclusion and opportunity.

The duration of the Master’s course will be one year and the doctoral programme will be of 3-4 years duration.


UPTET 2018 Result Today? Check Update Here

UPTET 2018 Result Today? Check Update Here

UPTET 2018 revised answer key was released on December 1, 2018 and with the release of the final answer key, the drill for the UPTET 2018 result has begun. The final result will be prepared on the basis of the revised answer key. Candidates can go through the revised answer key and can get a fair estimate of their scores in the UPTET 2018 exam. UP Basic Education Board is yet to announce the date for UPTET result declaration.

The UP Education Department, in October 2018, had said that the result for UPTET 2018 will be announced on December 10, 2018. While December 10 could be the official result date, several media outlets have speculated that UPTET 2018 result may be released in next 2-3 days.

While the air around UPTET 2018 result declaration remains uncertain, the registration process for 68,000 teacher vacancies in the school education department in Uttar Pradesh will begin from December 11. The registration process for the vacancies will be undertaken on the official website of the Board, upbasiceduboard.gov.in.

These vacancies will be filled on the basis of the marks scored by candidates in the UPTET 2018. However, success in UPTET 2018 does not automatically mean that candidates would be selected for the teaching vacancies. Selection for teaching vacancies will be subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria prescribed by UP School Education Department.