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Kerala top performance index, UP last in NITI Aayog’s School Education Quality Index

Kerala has been adjudged the top performer in School Education Quality Index (SEQI) released by NITI Aayog while Uttar Pradesh was last.

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Kerala has been adjudged the top performer in School Education Quality Index (SEQI) released by NITI Aayog which said 18 of the 20 large states in the country have improved their overall performance between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

The SEQI, aimed to evaluate the performance of states and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector, was launched today (Monday Sep 30).

Kerala’s score in incremental performance, which was recorded 77.6% in 2015-2016, went up to 82.2% in 2016-2017. Uttar Pradesh was the worst performer among large states.

The SEQI was conceptualized by MHRD and NITI Aayog. The index is divided into two categories Outcomes (including learning, infrastructure and facility, access and equity) and Governance processes aiding outcomes (covering student and teacher attendance, teacher availability, administrative adequacy, training, accountability and transparency).

Of the 20 Large States, 10 perform better on the Outcomes category, with the most noticeable performance differences observed in the cases of Karnataka, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

The other Large States perform better on the Governance Processes Aiding Outcomes category, with the most noticeable performance differences observed in the cases of Odisha, Punjab and Haryana.

Of the eight Small States, seven perform better on the Outcomes category, with the most noticeable performance differences observed in the cases of Manipur, Tripura and Goa.

Sikkim is the only Small State that performs better on the Governance Processes Aiding Outcomes category.

Of the seven UTs, four perform better on the Outcomes category, with the most noticeable performance differences observed in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Delhi, Daman & Diu and Lakshadweep perform better on the Governance Processes Aiding Outcomes category.

Among the 20 Large States, 18 improved their overall performance between 2015-16 and 2016-17. The average improvement in these 18 states is 8.6 percentage points although there is a lot of variation around that average in terms of the fastest and slowest improving States. Due to this variation, many States that improved their overall performance score still show a decline in rank.

Five Small States have shown an improvement in their overall performance score between 2015-16 and 2016-17, with the average improvement being around nine percentage points. However, as in the case of Large States, there is considerable variation between the fastest and slowest improving States. States such as Meghalaya, Nagaland and Goa outpaced the others, improving by 14.1, 13.5 and 8.2 percentage points respectively, thus improving their ranks in the process.

All seven UTs have shown an improvement in their overall performance scores. The average improvement is 9.5 percentage points. Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Puducherry improved their overall performance scores by 16.5, 15.0 and 14.3 percentage points respectively, which enabled them to improve their ranking on incremental performance.

States/UTs Overall Performance Ranking (2016-17)
Large States
  1. Kerala
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Karnataka
18. Punjab

19. Jammu & Kashmir

20. Uttar Pradesh

Small States
  1. Manipur
  2. Tripura
  3. Goa
6. Sikkim

7. Meghalaya

8. Arunachal Pradesh

Union Territories
  1. Chandigarh
  2. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  3. Delhi
  1. Daman & Diu
  2. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  3. Lakshadweep

 

States/UTs Annual Incremental Performance (Between Base Year: 2015-16 and Reference Year: 2016-17)
Large States
  1. Haryana
  2. Assam
  3. Uttar Pradesh
18. Jharkhand

19. Uttarakhand

20. Karnataka

Small States
  1. Meghalaya
  2. Nagaland
  3. Goa
  1. Sikkim
  2. Mizoram
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
Union Territories
  1. Daman & Diu
  2. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  3. Puducherry

 

  1. Lakshadweep
  2. Chandigarh
  3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Source: Press Information Bureau

LARGE STATES

States Education Index Base year ranks Reference year ranks Change in base year to reference year rankings
Base year Reference year
Kerala 77.64 82.17 1 1
Tamil Nadu 63.16 73.35 2 2
Haryana 51.04 69.54 8 3 Up 5
Gujarat 52.35 63.01 6 4 Up 2
Himachal Pradesh 58.12 62.78 4 5 Down 1
Maharashtra 58.64 62.55 3 6 Down 3
Odisha 47.78 60.23 13 7 Up 6
Rajasthan 51.25 59.43 7 8 Down 1
Punjab 50.74 59.06 9 9
Assam 39.28 56.12 15 10 Up 5
Andhra Pradesh 48.42 56.08 11 11
Chhattisgarh 48.4 54.94 12 12
Karnataka 56.56 52.95 5 13 Down 8
Uttarakhand 49.48 48.15 10 14 Down 4
Madhya Pradesh 44.42 47.24 14 15 Down 1
Jammu & Kashmir 34.79 47.14 16 16
Uttar Pradesh 32.81 46.45 18 17 Up 1
Telangana 34.7 39.02 17 18 Down 1
Bihar 30 37.3 19 19
Jharkhand 28.48 30.65 20 20

Source: NITI Aayog

SMALL STATES

States Education Index Base year ranks Reference year ranks Change in base year to reference year rankings
Base year Reference year
Tripura 48.7 56.1 1 1
Goa 45.84 53.79 3 2 Up 1
Manipur 45.41 46.87 4 3 Up 1
Mizoram 47.83 46.53 2 4 Down 2
Sikkim 43.89 43.02 5 5
Meghalaya 24.41 38.43 7 6 Up 1
Nagaland 22.42 35.89 8 7 Up 1
Arunachal Pradesh 30.52 28.42 6 8 Down 2

Source: NITI Aayog

UNION TERRITORIES

States Education Index Base year ranks Reference year ranks Change in base year to reference year rankings
Base year Reference year
Chandigarh 70 73.87 1 1
Delhi 59.96 69.89 2 2
Puducherry 40.84 55.11 4 3 Up 1
Daman & Diu 34.08 50.42 6 4 Up 2
D & N Haveli 30.24 45.28 7 5 Up 2
A&N lslands 42.81 44.22 3 6 Down 3
Lakshadweep 37.49 42.83 5 7 Down 2

 

Source: NITI Aayog

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Instagram could soon charge for blue verification mark, check deets here

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

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After Twitter, Instagram can soon charge for its blue verification badge that allows stars and public figures to get their accounts recognised by their followers.

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

The code reads, IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV and FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV. It is speculated that it stands for identity verification. However, nothing as such has been confirmed by the Meta platforms.

Have a look at the tweet by Alessandro Paluzzi:

In November 2022, Twitter started to roll out its Blue service which included verification tags in India. This service is expensive in India as compared to the US and cost Rs 719 per month.

Elon Musk owned Twitter and also launched a modified version of its verification system that includes gold checkmarks for businesses and grey labels for official accounts.

Reports said the new system aims to correct problems that occurred during the initial rollout of the verified program on the platform that allowed anyone to purchase a blue tick mark for $8 a month.

Last year, Twitter also laid off more than 200 of its employees in India as part of mass layoffs across the globe directed by Elon Musk.

The micro-blogging platform also has ruled to get the blue tick. The user applying for one should have an active Twitter account and needs to be older than 90 days. The user also needs to verify their phone numbers. Further, Twitter will also check if your account has ever engaged in misleading or deceptive manipulation and spam.

The new terms and conditions also warn users to take away their blue ticks if they fail to follow the rules. Also, if the user changes its display name or username, the blue tick will be removed. These rules have been implemented to reduce confusion and promote integrity on the platform.

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IndiGo flies Patna-bound passenger to Udaipur, DGCA orders probe

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In yet another blooper by an airline operator, budget airliner IndiGo reportedly flew a passenger bound for Bihar’s Patna to around 1,400 kilometers from his intended destination- Udaipur in Rajasthan.

According to reports, the passenger was supposed to board an IndiGo flight to Patna, instead he boarded another flight of the same airline bound for Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The incident came to light on January 30 and the passenger was sent to his original destination the next day.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident. In a statement, the regulatory body said that the passenger, Afsar Hussain, had booked a ticket to Patna for Indigo flight 6E-214 and reached Delhi airport on January 30 to board the scheduled flight. But he mistakenly boarded Udaipur-bound flight 6E-319 of Indigo.

The passenger only realised the mistake after landing at Udaipur Airport and informed the airport officials who then alerted IndiGo about the incident.

The passenger was then flown back to Delhi by IndiGo on the same day and then to Patna on January 31.

A DGCA official said that the airline has been asked to submit a report explaining why the boarding pass of the passenger was not scanned thoroughly and how he boarded the wrong flight when as per the rule boarding passes are checked at two points before the boarding.

The official added that appropriate action will be taken against the airline.

IndiGo in a statement on Friday acknowledged the incident and issued an official apology to the aggrieved passenger, adding that the airline is engaged with the authorities on this matter

This is the second such incident reported in an Indigo flight in the last 20 days. On January 13, a passenger who had the airline’s ticket and boarding pass for an Indore-bound flight boarded a wrong flight and was taken to Nagpur airport.

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Rajasthan: NEET aspirant dies after accidentally falling from 6th floor balcony in Kota, video captured on CCTV | Watch

It was reported that 22-year-old along with his friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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A harrowing story has come to light from Rajasthan’s Kota where a student accidentally fell from the balcony while wearing his slippers. The student was accompanied by his friends and was sitting on the balcony.

The student has been identified as Ishanshu Bhattacharya who hailed from West Bengal’s Dhupguri region.

It was reported that the unfortunate accident unfolded late at night around 11:15 when the 4 students were getting up and retiring to their rooms. However, when the three friends got up and started to return to their rooms, things took an awry turn after that.

In the video, the 20-year-old student can be seen fetching his slippers in order to make way to his room, however, while fetching his slippers, Ishanshu slipped and fell out of the fully fenced window of the residency hotel.

The video also shows his friend realising what just happened and then rushing to see what happened, however, by that time it was too late for anything to be done as his friends can be seen in a state of panic and fear.

It was reported that the friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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Police’s statement

The DSP, while talking about the incident, told the media that as soon as every student in the building learnt about the accident. Everyone rushed to the spot and called the hospital to take the boy to hospital.

Ishanshu was reportedly rushed to a private hospital in Talwandi, however, the doctors pronounced the 20-year-old dead upon his arrival. The police also told the media that they have informed the family about the unfortunate news and will send the body for post mortem after the family arrives.

Another incident

Another incident came to light recently from Kota where a student hung himself to death after being in a bad mental health state. The 22-year-old NEET aspirant had come to Kota to study at the coaching institute. The police found a 4-page long letter at his residence where the man’s body was recovered.

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