Best Educational Apps for IOS and Android

Students are the future who have greater responsibility and duties for the nation. Yes, considering the technological inventions, teachers obviously have their immense role to play to teach and guide them professionally. Additionally, it is different education apps as well which is “filling” up the lost space on their journey to success. Yes, as a researcher, I am proud to help you out with the following best education apps for iOS and Android:-

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myHomework

It isn’t just the “disorder” which you come across in the room of a student, but their lives are literally “un-organized” as well. Yes, this is where myHomework actually brings a system where they create a positive, systematic and productive way to move forward

MyEducationHub

It is an Indian Educational blog brings students, job seekers the best updates in the industry. You can also play educational games and quizzes for free. Students describe this blog as one stop for all education needs as you can find all the resources and articles at one place.

BYJU’S

Has the rising fees deprived you to undergo professional coaching in the past? Well, not any more though with the app. Now, get coaching classes in the form of CSE (Civil Services Examination), CAT, GRE, GMAT etc through the app which offers detailed solutions at different stages.

iTunes U

What will be your reaction if I were to say that you can have an app which can furnish you with explained, detailed and extensive research material from leading universities of the world? Well, you would obviously be the happiest person on earth. Isn’t it? I have mentioned iTunes for the same purpose, where cementing your career goals is going to be the reality.

TED

What’s the biggest motivational factor for students? Well, it is the experts as well as business gurus who through their experiences and insights instill information and motivate students by giving them a systematic approach towards their life. Likewise, TED lets you witness those presentations.

Duoling

Have you ever had to face issues in the past because of not understanding a specific language? Well, don’t worry as the app is going to translate texts in your preferred languages in the form of Italian, German, Brazilian, Spanish etc. Similarly, WebPages can be translated in your desired language as well.

Final words

Have you ever wanted to know the reasons for the success of the meritorious student in your class? Well, it is highly likely that he would be “smart” towards making the best use of technological inventions for enhancing the productivity level further. So, use the aforesaid apps for IOS and Android as the post is the result of the extensive research which I have done for your ease.

Some educational apps to increase your knowledge base

Education has always been a broad topic to talk upon. Besides the usual schooling and grinding in colleges you as a student must also know some extra knowledge that mere books and tuitions don’t provide. Online education is increasing day by day and it has proved to be a great deal of help for students who are unable to take up tuitions or students who live in remote areas.

With the growing demand of literates around the world, it is of very importance that you have a good knowledge and command over the subjects you like as well as things around the planet. The paths of online education has somehow let  the students to prepare in a better way and thus generate better results, online videos, solutions and query solving websites have added to the ease of problems. The times of calling your friend to ask for solutions or visiting your teacher are now over, just sit up on you pc and let the internet amaze you. Amazon mobile offers will help you buy these apps with discounts.

Using your smartphone for education

It goes without saying that, almost everyone has a smartphone and there is no age for learning. The smartphone that you use for playing games, watching videos and listening to music can become a very good medium to take your knowledge base to a higher level. There are many apps available on smartphones that not only increase your regular knowledge but help you improve your aptitude, concentration, grasp and much more. Also if you want you can take up online shopping to order books that are relevant to your course right from your phone you can use flipkart app offers to get discounts on study material online, pick up your smartphone open the apps and buy them as simple as that.

The three best educational apps for on the go use

Wikipedia (The APP)

We all know about Wikipedia and it has been our Google in terms of finding details about a particular something. Wikipedia is the biggest knowledge based website present on the internet and you can find almost everything on it. It happens quite a few times, while we are reading a book or watching a movie that something comes up and we have an unwanted urge to look more details about that thing, but our apathy keeps us from doing that. But with the Wikipedia app downloaded on your mobile, you can search for things on the go and in result increase your knowledge base. The app is available on both Android and Ios and is free to use.

Dictionary.com (app)

There were times when we used to carry a pocket dictionary and search for words at times, but yes our lives have become busier and we don’ get the time for that. This app is what I will call one of the best app to improve your vocabulary, yu can search for words anytime and see instant results, the app also tells you new words everyday which is quite good if you ask me, thus is another educational app.

NCERT solutions

For Indian students some questions in the CBSE books create difficulty and this app is made for those students, you don’t have to turn towards your pc, every time you have a doubt just unlock your phone open this app and you will have answers.

Kalam-inspired fellowships for environment researchers soon

NEW DELHI: The environment ministry will launch post-doctoral research fellowships in the name of former president late APJ Abdul Kalam to nurture young scientists working in the fields of environment and ecology.

“The main focus of the new fellowship programme and also the ongoing National Environmental Sciences Fellows Programme is to nurture young scientists working in environment and ecology for undertaking good quality scientific research under the mentorship of established scientists of the country,” an official statement said on Friday.

The programme, announced on the occasion of Kalam’s 85th birthday, is targeted at young scientists working in the area of environment and ecology in the country and those who have completed their PhD or are about to complete their PhD in areas related to environment and ecology.

The applicants are required to be preferably below 35 years and the tenure of the fellowship is for three years. The fellowship includes a monthly fellowship, equivalent to that of a research associate, together with an annual research contingency grant of Rs 1.5 lakh.

The post-doctoral fellowship will also be entitled to house rent allowance and other benefits as per the ministry’s guidelines applicable for research associateship.

The ministry will advertise about the fellowship to call for applications shortly and the guidelines for the programme will be uploaded on the ministry’s website.

It proposes to constitute a committee of experts headed by RA Mashelkar for selection of fellows.

The ministry said that Kalam, the people’s President, had an abiding trust and faith in the abilities of the youth of the country to transform India into a global power.

He was also firmly convinced that science and technology would offer solutions to the pressing challenges facing the country, including those of environmental protection and sustainable development, the statement added.

JNU to get campus-wide Wi-Fi network soon

JNU to get campus-wide Wi-Fi network soon

NEW DELHI: The Wi-Fi service, currently restricted to the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s academic complex, will soon be available throughout the campus, including the hostels and residences.

The varsity had mooted the idea of a campus-wide Wi-Fi network way back in 2008 when it was decided to roll out the project in three phases.

While the first phase was scheduled to cover the academic block, the 16 university hostels were supposed to be next and the residential area, university health centre and student activity centre were proposed to be included in phase III.

However, after much delay due to security concerns, the Wi-Fi project for the academic centre was rolled out in 2010 and any further progress could not been made since then.

“Now we have got some funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC) we had been waiting for quite a while. It is not the entire funding, but some grants have been received,” JNU Vice Chancellor S K Sopory said.

“The academic centre is already a Wi-Fi zone but the plan is to provide a network throughout the campus. The project is likely to be executed by year end,” he added.

A senior varsity official handling the project said, “The testing process is on under phase I and is expected to get over in four months. We are testing the authentication for network access to make the network secure and be available to only authorized users.”

Point to multi-point wireless connectivity has been proposed between the hostels and cluster of residences (Uttarakhand, Dakshinapuram and Poorvanchal among others) and the existing campus-wide network to ensure at least 108 Mbps backbone bandwidth.

At present the university has a network connecting 26 buildings of the academic complex. These are connected through a strong network running on a fibre optic backbone with an intranet bandwidth of 1 Gbps and Internet bandwidth of 16 Mbps.

In an endeavour to provide an exclusive, affordable and dedicated telecommunication network to the students, the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) had in 2010 signed an MoU with JNU.

To ensure seamless connectivity with good coverage and quality of service, MTNL had also set-up four additional 3G towers (BTS) to cover the sprawling JNU Campus.

Inaugural Oxford Masters to begin from Tuesday

PUNE: The inaugural Western India Oxford Masters will feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Chiragh Kumar at the Oxford Golf Resort here from Tuesday.

2011 Rolex Player of the Year Chiragh finished tied second along with Anirban Lahiri at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday and thus secured his card for the 2016 Asian Tour season.

It was the Delhi golfer’s best finish on the Asian Tour since his second place at the Indian Open 2011. With Chiragh getting back to form, he is likely to be one of the top contenders this week.

Seasoned professionals Mukesh Kumar of Mhow and Delhi’s Shamim Khan will bring all their experience to the fore in order to conquer the challenging layout of the Oxford Golf Resort. Mukesh (2008 Rolex Rankings champion) and Shamim (2012 Rolex Rankings champion), both winners in the 2015 season, are currently ranked second and third in the Rolex Rankings.

They are the highest ranked players in the field this week and strong contenders for the title. Interestingly, both players have registered wins in Pune in the past.

Bangaloreans Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane and Gurgaon’s Shubhankar Sharma, all tournament winners on the PGTI, are some of the promising youngsters playing this week.

The international challenge will be led by the likes of Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Australian Kunal Bhasin and Bangladeshi Md Zamal Hossain Mollah.

Nobel laureates to speak at University of Mysore centenary celebrations

Nobel laureates to speak at University of Mysore centenary celebrations
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. (TOI file photo)

MYSURU: Nobel laureates Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Richard John Roberts will be delivering lectures as part of the centenary celebrations organized by the University of Mysore (UoM) in December.

UoM, during its year-long celebrations, has arranged lectures from Nobel laureates from various disciplines from across the globe. The first lecture was on September 4 at Crawford Hall where Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameena Bank, Bangladesh, and the 2006 Nobel Peace winner, gave a lecture on ‘Redesigning Economics to Redesign the World’.

The varsity authorities are inviting 12 laureates for the lecture series.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, famously known as Venki Ramakrishnan, an Indian-born American structural biologist who won the Nobel for Chemistry for their study of the structure and function of the ribosome, will speak at Crawford Hall on December 11.

Similarly, Nobel laureate Sir Richard John Roberts, an English biochemist and molecular biologist who won the Nobel in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for the discovery of split genes. Roberts will talk on biochemistry on December 15.

Meanwhile, the Mysuru University has invited Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) chief for the centenary lecture programme in October-end.

AS Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro will speak on the topic ‘India in Space’ on October 30 at the Crawford hall in the university.

Candidates in a fix as UPSC, MPPSC exam dates clash

BHOPAL: Candidates preparing for UPSC and MPPSC examinations are in a fix following announcement of prelims exam schedule by MPPSC on Wednesday. Reason: Preliminary exam of MPPSC 2015 will be held on December 20 and UPSC mains exams are already scheduled to start from December 18.

“Such a schedule should have been avoided by the MPPSC. It should have ensured that the dates did not clash with other similar and important exams. I am from Bhopal and preparing for UPSC mains in New Delhi. Now, it will not be possible for me to write the MPPSC prelims as I had opted for Bhopal centre in the application,” said a civil services aspirant Vikas Verma.

Another candidate, Shipra Rai said, “UPSC had announced the schedule of the exam long back. MPPSC should have considered it before announcing their own exam schedule.”

UPSC will organize exams from December 18 for next five days. Students are planning to write to the MPPSC, Indore, asking to change the dates of the exam.

When contacted, MPPSC secretary, Manohar Dubey said they will rectify the problem if there was any clash of exam dates. “Schedule was announced after taking all necessary precautions. But, we can shift the exam dates to help students. That should not be a problem,” Dubey said.

UDC exam: Puducherry government promises strict vigil

PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry government on Saturday said it had taken necessary measures to conduct the competitive examination for recruitment to the post of upper division clerk in a fair and transparent manner. Secretary (personnel and administrative reforms) S Sundaravadivelu said the selection of candidates will be purely on merit.

His statement comes in wake of widespread complaints of corruption in recruitment process from different quarters including ruling party MLA G Nehru.

Sundaravadivelu said the department of personnel and administrative reforms follows ‘very transparent method of selection’ and advised the candidates not to fall prey to any false promises from any quarters. “Complaints about persons offering to get UDC posts on consideration other than their performance in the examination may be provided to secretary (personnel) and superintendent of police (vigilance and anti-corruption) for necessary action as per law,” he said.

Outlining the measures undertaken to prevent malpractices in the recruitment process he said the candidates will be allowed to take question booklets and a carbon copy of their optical mark reading (OMR) sheets with them after the completion of the exam.

The department will host the answer keys in its website tentatively at 10am on October 26 inviting objections if any for the keys displayed. The candidates can evaluate their OMR sheets using the answer key.

The answer sheets that will reach the evaluation centre in sealed packets will be evaluated by optical scanners in the presence of senior government officials.

The marks obtained by the candidates will be hosted on the website and the candidates can crosscheck the evaluation. Sundaravadivelu said flying squads will be on duty apart from the invigilators to prevent copying and other malpractices in the examination hall.

He also instructed the candidates to use black or blue ball point pens to mark the OMR sheets and not by pencil to prevent chances of altering the answers at any stage. The competitive examination will be held on October 25 in all the four regions of the Union Territory.

Delhi govt lauches scheme for extra-curricular activities in 54 model schools

NEW DELHI: Delhi government is launching yet another scheme and bringing private parties on board. As a ‘pilot’, the Directorate of Education will run a heavy-duty extra-curricular activities programme in 54 ‘model’ schools in Delhi. As a part of the programme, the DoE “will allow access to the desirous academies/clubs/individual professionals into the schools” and these private parties will be allowed to instruct kids from other schools as well.

A circular from the DoE says, “they will be provided requisite space in the schools for imparting coaching and training to the students of government and other schools.” The first set of activities will include music, dance (classical and contemporary), theatre, fine arts (including craft), creative writing and photography. Crucially, the circular says, “efforts will be made to allot marks to the students on the basis of their performance in the class as well as final show adding to their total score.” Interestingly, the syllabus reduction proposal was made precisely for this reason – to introduce extra-curricular activities – and educationists had already predicted that private groups will be enlisted to deliver these lessons.

For every school, the instructor or organization holding the classes will be paid Rs 2,000 for a two-hour class twice a week. An assistant trainer, if required, will be paid Rs 1,500 per week. The government is willing to consider “package” deals as well. “The desirous academies/clubs/individual professionals will have to provide training to minimum 50…students, per activity of that school,” says the circular.

Most of the details of the deals will be worked out between the organizations or individuals involved and the heads of schools, though they will have to enroll themselves with the government first. “The permission will be accorded upto 29th February 2016, initially,” says the circular. Every organization signing up to teach will have to “submit their performance report on quarterly basis” and will have to organize stage presentations and exhibitions for which separate budget, about Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000, will be allotted.

The cost of running the programme will be borne by the school and the circular suggests that those interested should visit the schools first “to take stock of the actual position of the school premises.” Coaching will be provided during or after school hours.

Kolhapur civic body faces uphill task to improve school infrastructure

KOLHAPUR: With the civic body deciding to develop seven of its 61 ailing schools through private entities, it now faces a tough task to improve the quality of education provided to the students belonging to economically weaker sections.

The proposal to develop these schools was approved two months ago even as there were delays in the acceptance of the policy since the last three years.

The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) took the decision after it failed to restart these schools through its own funds.

Besides funds worth Rs 28 crore sanctioned through the budgets for the salaries and maintenance, the school board gets additional grant of just Rs 25 lakh every year to undertake miscellaneous works such as colouring the buildings and construction of compound walls.

As per the new policy, the private parties need to repair these defunct schools and operate them for 20 years. To ensure that poor students get admissions, the private entities will have to reserve 25% seats for those residing in the periphery of the schools.

Mahesh Jadhav, NCP corporator and chairman of the school board, said, “The finalisation of the proposal to rent out schools to private organisations is a historical decision. The initiative will help us provide quality education to poor students as well as help us rake in revenue from the premium charged for using the building structure and the open spaces near it. The funds generated will be utilised to strengthen the schools governed directly by the KMC.”

There was tremendous disappointment among the teachers, parents and students during the first three years of the Congress-NCP regime, as senior civic authorities or corporators hardly paid attention to their demands.

However, genuine efforts by the officials and teachers in the last two years have helped increase the student count from 8,000 to 10,400 in the KMC-run schools. Moreover, 150 more students will also join these schools soon.

The leaders claimed that they spent around Rs 84 lakh for strengthening the school infrastructure. However, the initiatives such as e-learning are yet to be operational in each of these 54 schools.

The district planning and development council (DPDC) had sanctioned Rs 34 lakhs to install projectors with a computer and internet facility in these schools.

However, the contractor assigned for the work failed to supply the equipment on time and the council had to withdraw the funds.

There were allegations that the corporators forced the officials to accept the tender of an incompetent contractor for the work, which deprived the students of modern learning methods.

Meanwhile, experts believe that the KMC and the government should infuse funds in these schools to make them as good as the private ones. Since the last few decades, these schools have remained an avenue for poor students, who cannot afford the fees of private schools.

Education expert Sudhakar Sawant said, “The teachers have to plead several times to the civic authorities and corporators for particular facilities needed for schools. No full-time administrative officer has been appointed despite being mandatory for the civic bodies. This has led to trust deficit between the teachers and the civic administration. The KMC needs to take special efforts to address sanitation concerns in these schools to make them student and teacher-friendly.”

While welcoming the decision to develop seven schools, Sawant gave a word of caution considering the lethargy of the officials in implementing policies. “There’s no doubt that the private parties developing these schools will help deliver modern techniques of schooling. However, the initiative will fail to provide affordable education to poor students. Moreover, after these schools are transferred back to the KMC, the doubts over effective management may come to the fore considering the financial position of the civic body,” he added.

* Schools till 4th grade: 6

* Schools till 7th grade: 47

* Urdu medium school: 1

* Senior college: 1

* No. of students: 10,400

* No. of teachers: 320

PPP mode of developing schools:

* Private institutions can develop schools, provide education through skilled teachers and adopt modern methods

* Institutions have to pay yearly premium for using school building and open spaces

* 25% admissions reserved for students residing near schools

* Operate school for 20 years and transfer back to the KMC

Schools to be developed through PPP mode:

*Annabhau Sathe Vidyalay (Rajarampuri)

*Rangrao Salunkhe Vidyalay (Susar Baug)

*Maharani Tarabai Vidyalay (Mangalwar Peth)

*Girl’s School No. 5 (Shahupuri),

*Padmaraje Vidyalay Girls’ High school

*Padmaraje Vidyalay Boys’ High school

*Nehru Girls High school

Current regime and its impact:

* Increase in students count

* Dropout rate brought to zero

* Workshop for teachers to improve teaching skills

* Eight-day residential camp for 200 students every year for personality development

* Regular health check-up of girls and boys