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Rajasthan raises scholarship amount for Sainik School students

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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan government has decided to increase the scholarship amount and annual family income ceiling of students studying in Sainik Schools in the state. The state government will provide Rs 15,000-37,500 instead of Rs 10,000-25,000 to its bona fide students studying in Sainik Schools in Chittorgarh and Jhunjhunu, an official statement said.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved the proposal of the Finance Department. According to the proposal, Rs 25,000 is payable for tuition fee in the form of full scholarship to students studying in Sainik Schools having annual family income of Rs 1.2 lakh.

The annual family income limit has been increased to Rs 3 lakh and the scholarship amount in form of tuition fee payable has been increased to Rs 37,500.

Similarly, the current annual family income limit of students eligible for 3/4th scholarship has been revised from Rs 1.2 lakh-1.8 lakh to Rs 3 lakh-5 lakh per annum. Now, for the tuition fee in the form of 3/4th scholarship, the amount will be Rs 30,000 instead of Rs 20,000.

According to the proposal, the current annual family income limit of Sainik School students eligible for half the scholarship has been increased from Rs 1.8 lakh-2.4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh-7.5 lakh. The scholarship amount has also been revised from Rs 15,000 to 20,000.

The current annual family income limit of students eligible for one-fourth scholarship has been increased to Rs 7.5 lakh-10 lakh as against Rs 2.4 lakh-3 lakh. Also, the scholarship amount of tuition fee payable has also been increased to Rs 15,000 from Rs 10,000, according to the proposal.



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20% of informal workers remain unemployed post-lockdown: Survey

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(This story originally appeared in on Jan 27, 2021)

NEW DELHI: A new study tracking around 2,800 informal workers during the pandemic found more than two thirds of those employed in February 2020 had lost work during the lockdown and six months later nearly 20% remained unemployed – indicating that while jobs were regained, employment is below pre-Covid levels.

The 20% workers had not found even one day of work in the month preceding the survey.

The findings are based on a second round of survey as part of a study titled “How robust is the recovery? Tracking informal workers through the pandemic” carried out by Azim Premji University in collaboration with six civil society organisations. The first round was carried out in April-May.

The findings of the second round between October to December across 12 states show that in terms of relief measures while the food grains under the Public Distribution System reached a significantly high 9 of 10 households holding a ration card, half of the households that received grains have not yet attained pre-lockdown food consumption levels. Also three-fourths of the BPL households received less grains than their entitled quantity.

During the first round of survey in April-May, 9 in 10 households reported cutting back on food consumption during the lockdown. Six months later while things have changed, only one-third reported that consumption was back at pre-lockdown levels. “Urban households are worse off with 28% reporting that food consumption was still at lockdown levels as against 15% of rural households,” said the survey.

The findings suggest that a continued expanded allocation for MGNREGA, as well as the introduction of an urban employment scheme in the upcoming budget are crucial for addressing this livelihood crisis. They also highlight the urgent need to expand the scope of the current PDS provisioning alongside an adequate security net for those who have suffered the most during this crisis.

The first round of survey had covered 4942 workers, two-third of whom had lost work during lockdown. Earnings of self-employed persons dropped by 86% and urban casual labour by 53%. Eight in 10 people were eating less food than before.

In the second round, they re-interviewed 2778 persons mostly working in the unorganised sector who were part of the first round in April – May to make the comparison and analyse recovery trends. The survey was carried out in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra (Pune), Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Pune in Maharashtra.

The survey covered self – employed women, farmers, NREGA workers, migrants, street vendors and casual wage as well as regular wage workers who were predominantly engaged as domestic help, security guards or working in the services sector.



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jee main 2021 news: JEE Main 2021: Approach February’s JEE as ‘practice’ test, coaching institutes tell students

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Nagpur: Many coaching institutes are advising students to not worry about the upcoming Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main) in February, considering physical classes at institutes started barely two weeks ago. They feel that students can make up for any setback when the exam is held again in March, April and May.

While National Testing Agency (NTA) had conducted JEE-Main twice in 2020, this time the attempts allowed have been increased to four. Every candidate has the option to appear for one or all the versions of this online test. The best performance, if attempting two or more tests, will be considered as the final result.

While the official line for all coaching classes is that students will be ready, quite a few academics told TOI that their students are nervous.

“There are phases in preparation for the exam and had it been a normal year, then by this time students would have appeared for multiple test series,” said a coaching class owner. “Test series in a physical classroom setting, something which mimics the actual environment, makes a big difference. Because of coaching classes being closed, students had been cocooned in their homes and solving test papers.”

Another coaching class owner said students are now looking forward to ‘doubt clarification’. “See syllabus part has been completed long back. Right now it’s only about getting doubts cleared and practising for the exam. But doubt clarification happens best in a physical and one-to-one atmosphere. Students are present at the institute and they all discuss among themselves and share what the teacher has told them. This collective discussion builds up their knowledge bank,” said the institute owner.

Conducting JEE-Mains is relatively easier because it’s an online test. For traditional pen-paper medical entrance exam NEET, it’s a massive logistical challenge. The proposal to conduct NEET twice a year is being considered but so far nothing concrete has been decided.



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UBSE Board Exams 2021: Board shortlists exam centres for 10th, 12th exams

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Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Board of School Education (UBSE) has announced that 2,72,313 students of the 2020-21 batch will write their board exams in 1,347 board examination centres across the state.

Pauri will have the highest 166 UBSE examination centres and Champawat has the lowest 40 exam centres in the state. Out of the total 1,347 exam centres, 223 have been recognised as sensitive centres while 22 have been earmarked as very sensitive ones.

The decisions were taken on Wednesday in a meeting chaired by UBSE secretary Neeta Tiwari. According to TOI sources, the UBSE board exams are likely to be held in late April or in early May 2021. Last year, 2,71,415 students had written board exams in 1,324 examination centres. The exams were held in two phases due to Covid-19.

According to the exam forms filled, 1,48,828 students will appear for high school examination and 1,23, 485 students for intermediate examination. The maximum number of students — 44,143 — are from Haridwar. Champawat has the lowest of 8,255 UBSE board students.



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