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Telangana girl gets all-India 3rd rank in NEET

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HYDERABAD: Tummala Snikitha from Telangana secured the all-India third rank in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), results of which were released on Friday. She scored 715 out of 720. In all, 15 students from Telangana (7) and Andhra Pradesh (8) made it to the top 50 list – a marked improvement over 2019 when only four students from the two states made it to the coveted list.

While Guthi Chaitanya Sindhu from AP with 715 marks secured all-India sixth rank, Anantha Parakrama B Nookala (710) secured all-India 11th rank. He also topped the boys category from Telangana. Kota Venkat (710), who secured all-India 13th rank, was the topper among boys from AP.

“I was expecting to make it to the top 10, but never imagined that I will be topper from the state,” Snikitha told TOI. A student of Sri Chaitanya Educational Institution, Snikitha said that she always wanted to be a doctor like her parents.

50% T students who took NEET qualify

My father is a cardiologist and my mother is a gynaecologist. So, seeing them I always wanted to be a doctor. I have not decide on any speciality yet,” she added.

According to the data released by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducted the examination, eight students from AP secured a spot in the top 50, which is highest by any state, followed by seven from Telangana, six from Delhi and four each from Kerala, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

A total of 54,872 candidates had registered for the examination from Telangana of which 50,392 appeared for it. Among them about 50% have qualified in the examination. In AP, 58.63% of the candidates out of 57,721 cracked NEET. “I am extremely happy to see our students do so well in NEET despite all the challenges this year. We have been able to quickly transform and move to the digital platform and offer all the support to our students. The recent IIT Advanced results and now the NEET results are an indication that we were able to give our students the best quality education possible along with proper mindset and determination,” said Sushma Boppana, academic director, Sri Chaitanya, whose students from Telangana and AP secured all India 3, 6, 11, among other ranks.

The director general of health sciences, government of India, will conduct counselling for 15% all India quota seats. For the state quota, a merit list as per state rules and based on all India ranks will be prepared by the authorities of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences.



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DU 3rd cut off 2020 list released; UG admissions closed in many courses, marginal dip in some colleges

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NEW DELHI: Delhi University announced the third cut-off list on Saturday with various colleges closing admission to multiple courses, while there was a marginal dip in cut-offs for certain programmes.

More than 82 per cent seats in Delhi University have been filled after the conclusion of admissions under the second cut-off list, officials said.

“While 35,500 seats were filled under the first cut-off list, 22,147 seats have been filled under second cut-off list. There are a total of 70,000 seats in undergraduate courses in the university,” a senior official said.

Delhi University released its second cut-off list last Saturday.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women had pegged 100 per cent score for three courses — BA (Honours) Psychology, BA (Honours) Political Science and BA (Honours) Economics.

Seats were available in the three courses with aspirants requiring 99 per cent for BA (Honours) Economics and 99.75 per cent for both BA (Honours) Psychology and BA (Honours) Political Science.

Similarly, BA (Honours) Journalism, which was available at a cut-off of 99.50 per cent in LSR, was available at 99.25 per cent in the second list.

The first cut-off list was released on October 10. Almost 50 per cent of the seats were filled under the first list.

The admissions under the third list will commence from 10 am on Monday and end on October 30.

This year, the entire admission process is being conducted online in view of the coronavirus pandemic.



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DU power tussle: Education Ministry asks varsity to take strict action against ‘acting registrar’ Jha

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NEW DELHI: The Education Ministry on Saturday directed Delhi University to take strict action against PC Jha after he wrote to it defending the recent appointments by Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, though the ministry had termed them “not valid”.

Jha was appointed by Tyagi as ‘acting registrar’ amid an ongoing turf war between with Pro Vice-Chancellor P C Joshi, who had notified the appointment of Vikas Gupta as the new registrar.

“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from one PC Jha claiming to be Registrar of the university. It is requested to ascertain who is this person and if he turns out to be an employee of DU, then strict action as per DU Act 1922 be undertaken,” the Ministry said.

The controversy erupted on Thursday when Tyagi removed Joshi as Pro-VC and appointed Geeta Bhatt, director of the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board of the university, in his place.

Joshi had, meanwhile, notified the appointment of registrar Vikas Gupta, whose interview had been completed and appointment cleared by the executive council on Wednesday.

However, the same day, Tyagi approved and notified the appointment of P C Jha as acting registrar and director of the South Campus.

Intervening in the row between Tyagi and Joshi on Thursday night, the ministry had said appointments made by Tyagi are “not valid” as he is on leave.

The ministry’s letter was addressed to Vikas Dutta referring to him as the Registrar. However, Jha responded to the letter.

Jha informed the Education Ministry that recent decisions on crucial appointments taken by Vice-Chancellor Tyagi comply with varsity norms.

In his letter to the university registrar on Thursday, Birendra Kumar Singh, deputy secretary in the Education Ministry, wrote that “orders issued by Vice-Chancellor during the period of absence on medical ground without joining the office properly and officially is not valid and should not be acted upon by the university functionary”.

In future, if the vice-chancellor wants to join office, a proper medical fitness certificate issued by a competent authority who treated him should be obtained, he said.

“Pro VC P C Joshi will be acting as Vice-Chancellor during the period and all orders should be issued under the statues with his approval,” Singh had said.

The ministry is also contemplating action against VC Tyagi including setting up an inquiry against him and sending him on leave, according to sources.



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Freshers’ hiring looks up amid the pandemic

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The hiring for freshers is picking up despite the massive disruption seen in the past few month.

“During the March-April period, there was around 60-70% dip in the freshers’ hiring as against the usual appointments. This has now seen an improvement and the hiring has reached nearly 35-40% of the usual. We expect the hiring to strength more by September-November,” says Kaushik Banerjee, vice president and business head, Teamlease and Freshersworld.

The usual job postings for freshers before the COVID crisis remained around 40, 000, which has reduced to 20,000. This implies around 1.5 – 2 lakhs vacancies for freshers is available today as against the 3-4 lakh vacancies in the pre-COVID times, data from the Freshworld.com reveals.

The hiring for freshers is looking up despite the massive disruption seen in the past few month.

“During the March-April period, there was around 60-70% dip in the freshers’ hiring as against the usual appointments. This has now seen an improvement and the hiring has reached nearly 35-40% of the usual. We expect the hiring to strength more by September-November,” says Kaushik Banerjee, vice president and business head, Teamlease and Freshersworld.

The usual job postings for freshers before the COVID crisis remained around 40, 000, which has reduced to 20,000. This implies around 1.5 – 2 lakhs vacancies for freshers is available today as against the 3-4 lakh vacancies in the pre-COVID times, data from the Freshworld.com reveals.

The top five sectors that have opened up for fresher recruitment are Edtech/E-learning, E-commerce, HR Tech and Fintech, Healthcare, Manufacturing and IT services. Thousands of jobs have been posted for various roles such as Subject Matter Expert, Online Teacher, Digital Marketing, Sales, Marketing, Software Engineer – AI, ML, Product Managers among others.

There is also a huge demand for medical support staff and nurses in the Healthcare sectors. Jobs offerings with a double salary are available for the position of nurses owing to the ongoing pandemic.

While the postings have witnessed a slight improvement post the unlock phase, the competition for jobs has also increased remarkably. A latest report ‘Labour Market Update’ by LinkedIn reveals that the competition for jobs has doubled compared to the opportunities available six months ago. A single job posting on LinkedIn attracted around 90 applications in January 2020 while 180 in June 2020.


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As institutes are gearing up for the new academic year and final semester exams of the students, companies are also preparing to engage with the young talent.

“Freshers constitute a significant section of our potential hires. We have interviewed and identified over 500 candidates across colleges, in the past few months. While some of them have already joined us, the larger chunk will join from October after completing their college formalities,” says Brijesh Balakrishnan, SVP, Talent Fulfilment and Digital, CSS Corp.

Meanwhile, the pandemic may have a repercussion on the hiring pattern of the next financial year, speculate recruiters. “The global MNCs who hire employees via our platform have continued with their fresher hiring plans for this year. Campus drives were conducted virtually and a more or less steady pattern was followed. Most of these companies are honoring their commitments to the offers made. However, we expect next year’s placement numbers might be impacted since companies may actually defer joining dates for freshers,” says Vikram Ahuja, co-founder, Talent500.



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