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Monday, July 29, 2013

Second Summit of the Science Academies of South Asia

Second Summit of the Science Academies of South Asia
INSA, New Delhi 24-27 September 2013

Background (First Summit) The Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi organized the First  Summit of the South Asian Academies of Sciences during 6-9 September 2012 at its premises. Presidents and top representatives of 9 Academies namely, Afghanistan Academy of Sciences; African Academy of Sciences, Nairobi (a pan African organization representing 32 African countries); Bangladesh Academy of Sciences; Indian National Science Academy; The Academy of Sciences of Islamic Republic of Iran; Mauritius Academy of Science & Technology; Nepal Academy of Science & Technology; Pakistan Academy of Sciences and The National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka participated in the deliberations. A declaration, “Delhi Declaration”, was released at the end of the Summit after detailed discussions and deliberation focused on major societal issues: Energy Options; Health care and Infectious Diseases; Science Education; Science and Society; Women in Science; Urbanization; Climate Change and Inclusive innovation. Creating a Network of the South Asian Academies of Science and to organize the Summit annually was resolved in the final Session of the Summit.

Proposed Second Summit:

Following the resolution of the First Summit, the Second Summit of Science Academies of South Asia is scheduled to be held during 24-27 September 2013 at INSA, New Delhi. On the day one, i.e. 24th September 2013, a Workshop on “Women in Science Education and Research" will be organized jointly with the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA). The Science Academies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been invited. In addition, Science Academies from Africa, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius and Turkey have also been invited as especial delegates to participate in the Workshop and Summit.

The following issues will be discussed :

ICT Tools in Enhancing Quality of Higher Education;
Agricultural Productivity, Food and Nutrition;
Sustainable Development: Post 2015 Scenario; and
Role of S&T and Innovation.

It is expected that a high level delegations led by Presidents of the participating Academies will actively participate in the deliberation of the Second Summit.

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IGNOU - M.Phil / Ph.D Admissions January 2014

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

IGNOU - M.Phil / Ph.D Admissions January 2014 Cycle

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announces admission to Research Degree Programmes in various Disciplines for January 2014 Cycle.

A candidate seeking registration in the Research Degree Programmes (MPhil/PhD) must hold a Master’s Degree in the relevant Discipline/Areas or other equivalent qualification.

The candidate should have secured at least 55% marks in the Master’s Degree (50% for Reserved Category).

An Entrance Examination (ENTEX-01) shall be conducted on all-India basis at examination centers located in various regions. Candidates with only Post graduate Qualification (with a minimum of 55% marks in the Master’s Degree/50% for Reserved Categories) will have to appear in ENTEX-01. In addition, select Disciplines may prescribe Entrance Examination for all the candidates even if they have additional qualifications.

Candidates qualifying in the Entrance Examination will have to appear in an Interview at IGNOU Headquarters.

Candidates holding Master’s Degree with 55% (50% for Reserved Category) and MPhil/UGC-NET/SLET/JEST of DAE/GATE of IIT or equivalent examination or have Professional/Work Experience as prescribed by the Discipline may be exempted from the Entrance Examination

All applicants will attach a research proposal prepared as per guidelines and instructions in application form without which the application is liable to be rejected. This condition is applicable even on candidates taking ENTEX-01.

The last date for receipt of filled-in Application Form at IGNOU, New Delhi is 8th August 2013. Date of ENTEX-01 is 8th September 2013.

The Application Form should be downloaded from the IGNOU Website (the link is available as Research Unit or Research Degree Programmes at the bottom of the Home Page) and submitted along with a demand draft of Rs. 1000/- in favour of “IGNOU” payable at New Delhi.

Duly filled-in Application Forms must be sent at the following Address, so as to reach on or before 08th August 2013: Director, Research Unit Block-6, Room No. 18, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.

For further queries Applicants may contact the RESEARCH UNIT Email: Phone: (O) 011-29534326, 29571523/1525 Fax: 011 29534229.

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B.Ed (English) Entrance Test Model Paper - The English and Foreign Languages University

The English and Foreign Languages University - Hyderabad
B.Ed (English)
Entrance Test Model Paper

Curriculum of the Entrance Test - B.Ed. (English) - 2013

S.No. Section Marks/Weight

1. GK &Aptitude Test in Education 30
2 Grammar 40
3. Reading Comprehension 40
4. Vocabulary 40
5. TOTAL 150

All questions will be of Objective Type.

Some sample questions :

GK & Aptitude Test in Education

I. Article 45 under the Directive Principles of State policy in the Indian Constitution, provides for

(a) Rights of minorities to establish educational institutions
(b) Free and compulsory primary education
(c) Education for weaker sections of the country
(d)Giving financial assistance to less advanced states

II .Vocabulary

Choose one of the words below each sentence to fill the gaps.

1. I did all the groundwork on this project but he only gave me a ........ acknowledgement in his report.

a) itemised
b) uncanny
c) damaging

2. I don't know him very well. He's just a ........ acquaintance.

a) casual
b) uncanny
c) damaging
d) crowning

b. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow( a passage is give that is followed by a vocabulary exercise)

Select the letter of the definition that matches the word (the words are selected from the passage)

1. academic

a) of a army
b) of a school
c) of a doctor
d) of a rule

2. Plagiarize

a) to spread a terrible disease
b) to bother someone with questions
c) to present ideas or words of others as one’s own
d) to make a loud noise
e) grudging

III. Grammar

a. Each sentence in this question is divided into four parts- A,B,C and D. One of these parts has an error. Identify that has the error and indicate it in the space provided.

1. I don’t like stories who have unhappy ending ( )
2. We often have a short holiday on Christmas ( )

b. Rewrite the following sentences as directed. Use the space provided to write your answers

1) If he studies well, he gets first class. (Use ‘unless’)

2) The father provides all its children with reading pocket money. (rewrite in passive voice)

c. Complete the following sentences by filling each blank with more suitable of the two words given in brackets

1. The modern generation doesn’t like to take the _______________of the elders. (advise / advice)

2. The two friends each other on their success in the competitive examination. (Compliment / complement)

IV. Reading comprehension

Two reading comprehensions would be provided. Each reading comprehension would be followed by 20 multiple choice questions.

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