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NEET 2020 Topper: Soyeb Aftab secures perfect NEET score

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BHUBANESWAR: Soyeb Aftab from Rourkela in Odisha has secured a perfect score (720 out of total 720 marks) in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-2020 and became the All India topper. Results of this entrance test was published by national testing agency (NTA) on Friday.

He created history by getting this perfect score in NEET (720 marks out of 720). He is also the first person from Odisha to accomplish this feat by getting AIR 1 rank in NEET. He was preparing for the examination at Kota in Rajasthan.

Aftab, who belongs to Azad Mohalla under Plant Site police station in Rourkela, has completed his class X from a Rourkela school before moving to Kota with his mother Sultana Rijia. “I had secured 96.8 per cent and 95.8 per cent in Class X and Class XI examinations respectively. After Class X, I had told my father about medical coaching in Kota. He had agreed to send me for coaching,” said Aftab.

His father Sheikh Mohammad Abbas was initially doing tea business. After loss, he entered into construction business. “Because of the new work, my father had managed to support my education and coaching in Kota. My mother stayed with me since April 2018. I completed my Class XII in Kota along with preparation for NEET,” he added.

Aftab said physics is his favourite subject. He was focusing on biology subject more to get good marks. “Teachers of my coaching institution have helped me a lot. Initially I was not doing well in study, but later I did improve my understanding of subjects with the help of teachers. They were clearing my doubts about different topics. I stayed at Kota during lockdown instead of returning Rourkela,” he added.

He wants to become a cardiologist in future. “I am interested to do MBBS in AIIMS Delhi. I will focus on research in medical sector along with practice. I am so happy after getting perfect score and becoming the all India topper,” he added.

Aftab’s mother said they belong to a middle class family. “My husband is not a big businessman and worked hard to fund education of our son in Kota. He was staying alone in Rourkela and we were in Kota. I never allowed any negativity to touch my son. I always motivated him to do well and go ahead in future. I came to Kota to stay with him so that he will feel secure and can concentrate in studies,” she added.

Priyanka Sahu secured all India rank 2 in PwD category (female). Aneemesh Giri also got AIR 2 in PwD (male) category.

A total 33,945 out of 38,494 registered candidates from Odisha had appeared for the NEET 2020 on September 13. Only 20,654 of them have qualified in the entrance test conducted at 83 examination centres in Odisha for admission to the undergraduate medical courses in medical institutions.



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Bengal ranks first in decline of school dropout rate: Survey

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KOLKATA: West Bengal occupies the top position in the decline of dropout rate among school students during 2018-2020, the ruling Trinamool Congress said in a statement quoting a national survey. According to the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) 2020, the school dropout rate in the state declined from 3.3 per cent to 1.5 per cent while it went up from four per cent to 5.5 per cent at the national level, the statement said.

The dropout rate in some bigger states like Karnataka, Telangana and Rajasthan was 11.3 per cent, 14 per cent and 14.9 per cent respectively, the statement said quoting the survey conducted among 52,227 families of 16,974 villages in 584 districts of 26 states.

According to the survey, West Bengal also holds the first position in the country in terms of text books provided to the students with 99.7 per cent coverage, while in bigger states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, the same stands at 79.6 per cent, 60.4 per cent, 95 per cent, 34.6 per cent and 80.8 per cent respectively, the statement said quoting the report.

“West Bengals initiative to continue education during the COVID-19 pandemic through digital and other electronic modes has also been acknowledged in the report,” it said.

Chairman of the Syllabus Committee Aveek Majumder told , the significant decline in the dropout rate was made possible by the continuous efforts of the state to ensure that not a single child, including girls, left studies due to financial reasons.

“We have been following a policy where every child in state-run and state-aided school is given text books according to the curriculum decided by the syllabus committee. This has been going on for past several years. The high percentage is a reflection of that policy,” he said.

During the pandemic, the school education department ensured that students were imparted tutorials in the best possible manner as the institutions were closed, Majumder said.

“From tutorials on TV channels to online classes, every possible alternative was adopted in the present situation. In madrasas, parents were given study materials during midday meal distribution on certain dates and the guardians returned the home tasks on designated dates later on,” he said.

Asked if classes can be resumed on TV channels with no definite information on school reopening yet, Majumder said, “we will go by the advisory of the state and decide accordingly”.

The ASER report is an initiative by the Pratham Education Foundation which conducts a survey in the entire country every year.

Pratham is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in the country which works towards providing quality education to underprivileged children.



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TAPMI, University of Southampton sign MoA for academic, research collaborations

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MANIPAL: T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal, and University of Southampton, United Kingdom signed a memorandum of association (MoA) to develop academic and research collaborations. Faculty from both schools also joined the signing ceremony that was held digitally.

Madhu Veeraraghavan, director, TAPMI said international collaborations form part of TAPMIs vision to facilitate development of high-quality management education in India. In this process, TAPMI’s quest for high quality research creates more mind space among emerging management educators. TAPMI also contributes to the management education community, he noted.

Laura Costanzo, head of Southampton Business School, University of Southampton applauded joint efforts put in by both schools, at the time of Covid. TAPMI and the university are both crowned by double international accreditations — Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Association to MBAs (AMBA). Both are in pursuit of EQUIS. In many ways, both institutions share common goals and interests, Laura noted.

Padmadas Sabu, associate dean – international, faculty of social sciences, University of Southampton, provided a detailed presentation about life at University of Southampton. Vishwanathan Iyer, professor and dean (academics), TAPMI dwelt about various avenues for faculty and student exchanges in both schools.

The heads of internationalisation in both schools – Kavitha Ranganathan, associate professor, TAPMI and Rob Angell, director of internationalisation, associate professor, University of Southampton, emphasized that both institutions have already conceived research ideas, subject level roundtables, and avenues for faculty and student exchange over the next three years.

As TAPMI and the University are both signatories of United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN-PRME), Raghunath Rudran, professor and dean research, TAPMI, said, “I see this collaboration to be totally synergistic with our PRME efforts and in alignment with sustainable development goals. We have a shared view that sustainable development forms the bridge between the UK and India to support and deepen our collaboration activities”.



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Utkal University, RDW University publish final year results

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BHUBANESWAR: Utkal University and Rama Devi Women’s University on Friday announced results of their final semester/year examination.

Utkal University has published results of science and commerce streams of Plus III final year/sixth semester students. Geology student Sagarika Das of Stewart Science College, Cuttack, has topped the science stream by securing 9.66 CGPA. Similarly, Ipsa Baliarsingh of DAV School of Business Management, Bhubaneswar, topped the university in commerce stream by securing 9.55 CGPA.

Pass percentage of commerce stream is 96.7, while it is 98.7 per cent for science stream. The university has also published results of second and fourth semester (back paper) of Plus III science and commerce streams.

Rama Devi Women’s University Bhubaneswar has published results of final year/semester examinations of arts, science and commerce (undergraduate and postgraduate). In PG examinations, the total pass percentage is 89.46. Similarly, in UG examinations, the pass percentage is 90.06 in arts, 94.48 in science and 74.21 in commerce. Pass percentage in BEd examination is 100.



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