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JEE Mains: 23 students top with 100 percentile, Telugu boys bag 10 ranks

The much-awaited results for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2024 have been declared by NTA. For students hoping to gain admission into the nation’s best engineering institutes, the JEE Mains exam is among the most important exams.

The NTA JEE Main 2024 session 1 toppers have been additionally declared. 23 applicants have achieved a perfect 100 percentile in session 1 this year. Applicants wanting to get a seat in one of the IITs need to appear for the second level of admission test which is IIT JEE Advanced 2024.

What is JEE Mains?

The first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT JEE) is called JEE Main or JEE Main 2024. It is a computer-based online test led by the National Testing Agency for students seeking to pursue undergraduate courses in India in top engineering institutes, like IITs, NITs, and so on.

Subsequently, students are given admission to IITs, CFTIs, NITs, and other Government funded technical institutes in view of the marks obtained in the JEE Main. The test leading authority considers the best NTA score in setting up the ranks/merit list. Applicants could additionally select to show up for one test or every one of the tests. Additionally, the best 2,50,000 students from the JEE Main will fit to show up for the JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced

IIT Madras will hold the IIT JEE Advanced test on May 26 and the JEE Advanced registrations will start on April 21. The registrations will be open till April 30. JEE Advanced 2024 results will be reported on June 9 and the JoSAA counselling for IIT, NIT, IIIT and CFTI admission will begin on June 10.

JEE Main 2024 Session 1 results: Insights

23 students have reached the 100 percentile this time, but there is no female candidate with a perfect score. Among state toppers, Dwija Dharmeshkumar Patel from Gujarat got the best position with a NTA score of 99.99.

Telangana has the largest number of 100 percentilers (7), followed by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan which have three 100 percentilers. Delhi and Haryana have 2 100 percentilers, and one each from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka.

This year, NTA held the first session of JEE Main 2024 from January 24 to February 1 in which out of the 12,21,615 students enrolling for JEE Main paper 1, as many as 11,70,036 students showed up.

Notable Performance By Telugu Students

Among the top 23 rankers, ten students hail from the Telugu-speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The Telugu students who secured top positions include Rishi Shekher Shukla, Rohan Sai Pabba,  Muthavarapu Anoop, Hundekar Vidith, Venkata Sai Teja Madineni, Sriyashas Mohan Kalluri, Tavva Dinesh Reddy, Shaik Suraj, Thota Sai Karthik,  Annareddy Venkata Tanish Reddy.

The following candidates have received 100 NTA score in session 1 in paper 1 (B.E / B.Tech):

JEE Main 2024 Toppers List

States

Aarav Bhatt

Haryana

Rishi Shekher Shukla

Telangana

Shaik Suraj

Andhra Pradesh

Mukunth Prathish S

Tamil Nadu

Madhav Bansal

Delhi

Aryan Prakash

Maharashtra

Ishaan Gupta

Rajasthan

Aaditya Kumar

Rajasthan

Rohan Sai Pabba

Telangana

Parekh Meet Vikrambhai

Gujarat

Amogh Agrawal

Karnataka

Shivansh Nair

Haryana

Thota Sai Karthik

Andhra Pradesh

Gajare Nilkrishna Nirmalkumar

Maharashtra

Dakshesh Sanjay Mishra

Maharashtra

Muthavarapu Anoop

Telangana

Himanshu Thalor

Rajasthan

Handekar Vidith

Telangana

Venkata Sai Teja Madineni

Telangana

Ipsit Mittal

Delhi

Annareddy Venkata Tanish Reddy

Andhra Pradesh

Sriyashas Mohan Kalluri

Telangana

Tavva Dinesh Reddy

Telangana

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New ‘super-Earth’ discovered 137 light-years away: NASA

Rocky planets larger than our own, so-called super-Earths, are surprisingly abundant in our Galaxy, and stand as the most likely planets to be habitable. Astronomers are searching for Earth 2.0, a replica of our own system somewhere out there in the cosmos.

In a ground-breaking discovery, a new “super-Earth” has been found in a nearby solar system’s habitable zone, according to the American space agency NASA. The planet, designated as TOI-715 b, is “about one and a half times as wide as Earth” and in a system that is only a measly 137 light-years from Earth.

What is a super-Earth?

Super-Earths are a class of planets unlike any in our solar system – are more massive than Earth yet lighter than ice giants like Neptune and Uranus, and can be made of gas, rock or a combination of both. They are between twice the size of Earth and up to 10 times its mass.

They are rocky planets larger than the Earth, orbiting within the Habitable Zones of their parent stars – the place where liquid water can potentially exist on a planetary surface and where life like our own has the best shot of surviving.

Most of these mysterious planets are discovered when they transit in front of small stars and cause the starlight to dim. From this, researchers can work out the mass and the radius of the planet and the evidence suggests that these worlds are incredibly diverse in their make-up.

Exploring Space with James Webb Telescope

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) played a crucial role in identifying TOI-715 b. The satellite’s ability to detect planets with shorter orbital durations facilitates efficient study and analysis. NASA plans to delve deeper into understanding the newfound planet using the James Webb telescope, with much depending on TOI-715 b’s specific properties.

The term “Super-Earth” refers only to the mass of the planet, and so does not imply anything about the surface conditions or habitability. This does not always mean that they are similar to our planet, meaning not always considered habitable.

The alternative term “gas dwarfs” may be more accurate for those at the higher end of the mass scale, although “mini-Neptunes” is a more common term. In comparison to planets orbiting stars like the Sun, red dwarfs are smaller and colder, which allows planets to cram closer while remaining safely inside the star’s habitable zone.

TOI-715 b revolves around its parent star in the conservative habitable zone, which could give the planet the right temperature for liquid water to form on its surface.

The findings mark another step forward in astronomers’ mission to understand what atmospheric conditions are needed to sustain life and further explore the characteristics of exoplanets beyond our solar system, NASA said.

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Do plants purify the air in your home?

Looking for air-purifying plants? Some scientists have suggested that choosing the right air purifying plants for your home can help detoxify the air in your living spaces, meaning your houseplants not only look lovely but work a little harder to clean the air you breathe in.

Our modern-day homes can have some airborne ‘chemicals’ due to many different materials used in furniture, and in paints. In fact, modern furnishings, synthetic building materials, and even your own carpet may carry more chemicals than expected. These chemicals can make up to 90% of indoor air pollution.

What are air-purifying houseplants?

Recent Studies found that there are a number of air purifying plants that can detoxify your home from the airborne toxins, dust and germs that can be found in a variety of household products, materials and furniture.

From snake plants to ferns, much of the greenery that adorns living rooms and kitchens is marketed as air-purifying. However, scientists largely agree that vegetation can’t do very much to clean an entire room. Now, a Parisian start-up known as Neoplants is trying to change that—by growing genetically modified plants that filter harmful chemicals out of the air.

Though at very low levels, some houseplants can assist in reducing these from our homes by purifying the air around us.  Here are some of the best air purifying houseplants that can help make your home not only decorative but a healthy environment too!

Aloe Vera

You are probably no stranger to the notion that Aloe Vera provides many health and beauty benefits due to its healing ability, making it a common plant for the home. However, it also provides air purifying abilities to help some common chemicals founds in household detergents, paint & glue. Aloe Vera works by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide during the night – which means the air is being cleaned while you sleep!

Devil’s Ivy

Famed for its large, waxy leaves, the Devil’s Ivy is perfect for keeping the air in your home clean. If you’re not very good at taking care of plants, this one is brilliant to consider as it works well in most light conditions.

Chrysanthemum

Also known as ‘Mums’, these flowers can provide a beautiful burst of colour into your home; available in a variety of colours ranging from yellow, pink, red and white! Not only do they make a lovely display, but they are also great for cleansing the air. They are also particularly useful in removing chemicals associated with paints and glues.  To keep your Chrysanthemums flowering, make sure you place them in a room that is bright and receives a lot of direct sunlight.

Snake Plant

Another plant which gives off oxygen in the night is the Snake Plant, or as you may know it, the Mother-in-Laws Tongue. These plants are can remove a variety of air pollutants, including carbon dioxide as they use this to transpire making it one for the best houseplants for air purification.

Peace Lily

A popular houseplant that blooms indoor is the beautiful Peace Lily. These plants have unusual white flowers and have been identified as one of the top air purifying houseplants for removing harsh chemicals and purifying the air! They work by absorbing the airborne ‘toxins’ through their leaves, down into the roots and break them down in the soil.

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Aliens may be watching us but with a 3,000-year delay: Study

We search for extra-terrestrials in space by blasting infrared messages or sending probe satellites, but what if they are also watching us and observing major landmarks across the Earth from thousands of light years away? According to a new study, it is possible.

Aliens are watching us and are snooping on major landmarks across the Earth while using their ultra-advanced telescopes, a new study has claimed. But there is one catch: They are not observing us in real-time. Instead, there could be a delay of at least 3,000 years due to the time that light takes to travel across space.

So, most probably, aliens are able to pick out buildings and structures built on Earth during the times of the Romans, Greeks, Indians and Egyptians.

Can Alien Civilizations Detect Humanity?
The peer-reviewed paper is published in the March 2024 edition of Acta Astronautica, titled “Are we visible to advanced alien civilizations?” According to author ZN Osmanov, a Research Affiliate at the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) institute, the maximum distance for potential detection of activities on Earth by an extra-terrestrial civilisation
is 3000 light-years, an estimate calculated on the basis of the laws of Physics.

What The Study Revealed
It means that aliens could use huge and advanced telescopes to snoop on our major landmarks of the past. The study aimed to determine our detectability by categorising alien civilisations based on their technological advancements.

These classifications are based on the capability of the alien societies to harness the energy of their local star. The proposed categories are as follows: Type-I consumes all the energy incident on a planet from its star; Type-II utilises the total energy of the star; and Type-III is an advanced society that consumes the entire galactic energy.

Why Have Aliens Never Visited Earth?

There have been various claims on the internet regarding the existence of aliens. Are aliens real? We don’t know for sure, but we want to believe. Outer space is a vast expanse that we have so much more to learn about, which is why it’s hard to flat-out deny the possibility that other intelligent life forms exist.
If life can exist—and persist—in seclusion, and in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, it’s likely that other interplanetary life forms have evolved and acclimated to conditions in space, too

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The joy of outdoor learning

Outdoor learning hones teambuilding, empathy, creativity, interpersonal skills, communication and leadership

Outdoor learning is not a new concept but its value is being felt and appreciated now. Schools have begun to include outdoor learning in a big way. Learning always can’t be bound within classroom. Learning in the midst of nature enables a child to foster resilience. Santosh Tantri of Outlife a n experiential learning provider says, “We have been conducting outdoor learning for last 12 years and students feel enjoyed in adventurous activities, and try to learn from experiences.

A representative of another outdoor activities provider Inme says students come out of their comfort zones and attach themselves in team-building while learning from a gadget free atmosphere. Ranjan Biswas, Managing Director of Trailblazers who have been in the outdoor learning space says, “Outdoor learning supports conceptual learning, enquiry, and hypothetical thinking.”

Multiple benefits of outdoor learning
Outdoor learning hones teambuilding, empathy, creativity, interpersonal skills, communication and leadership. Students also get the opportunity to interact with others. Dr Raghuveer, a Physics teacher says, “In this day and age when students are immersed in mobile phones, outdoor activities help them realize the beauty and joy of outdoor learning.” M Jayant Kumar, Class 5, Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF Barkas says, “After participating in outdoor activities, I made new friends and started involving in new hobbies.” Outdoor learning activities incorporate hiking, camping, or adventure activities that contribute to overall physical health.

Forest bathing
The Japanese concept of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ (which literally means forest bathing or being in the midst of forest) helps students experience learning by doing and results in increased student motivation, enthusiasm, and engagement.

Overcome fear of darkness
Tackle loneliness
Discover own potential (Students were surprised how they could climb hills with ease)
Nature is the teacher and travelling is learning.

Outdoor learning fulfils various aspects of learning which includes engagement, team building, nature learning and also sustainability. It also encourages conceptual, experiential, hands on and experimental learning, which is beneficial for children. Outdoor learning not only brings physical activity among students, but also helps them in communicating with people rather than sitting within four walls of the classroom. It also enhances resilience within them.

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Private equity in schools comes of age

Liberalisation of private schools is finally happening and giving the much needed fillip to the schooling ecosystem in India

What the economic liberalisation of 1990s did to the Indian economy, the influx of private equity is doing the same to the schooling system. For as long as one can remember, private schools were mired in the shackles of ‘not-for-profit’ syndrome and profiteering was considered taboo. Not anymore. There is a new found confidence as acquisitions and mergers that are known to sectors such as pharma, retail, and hotels to name a few are now happening in private schools in India.

Expansion, take overs, mergers, funding, and leasing out seem to be the new buzz words in the education firmament. In a significant development, the last few years have seen huge investments ranging from Rs 100 + crore to over Rs 1,000 crore in schools. In 2019, KKR acquired a stake in Eurokids International for a whopping Rs 1,475 crore from Gaja Capital. More recently, in last September Kedaara Capital bought a stake in Orchids International Schools for close to Rs 1,500 crore.

With a growing middle class and a stable economy, India is growing at a steady pace and the K-12 segment which has enrolled 260 million students is a huge market. The winds of change started in the late 90s and early 2000s. Dr B Rout an Economics teacher who has taught IGCSE and IB curricula and founder of Brout Scholars International Coaching Institute (BSICI) says, “International Schools started to mushroom in the late 90s. A number of NRIs returned to India and were looking out for schools that provided International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. It was also the time when the economy opened up and young parents were willing to spend for quality education.” He further adds, “Those schools that were set up in the early 2000s have now expanded with more branches and are eager to spread their wings, thus we see mergers and acquisitions.

Another reason for such volatility in the school segment is attributed to the legacy schools that have a long history now want a makeover to suit the modern times. Dr Skand Bali, Principal of Hyderabad Public School says, “I always worked in legacy schools and when the opportunity came about I took up a Greenfield project in the form of Adani International School.” Rajeev Sharma, a consultant says, “Palaces especially in Rajasthan and other states in India are leased out for hotel industry. There are several age-old schools that are more than 100 years old I foresee a similar trend in education as well.”

There has been a paradigm shift in the growth of schools. Right through the 60s, 70s and 80s passionate men and women started schools with one or two classrooms and added a classroom each year. The school would evolve over the years. Today, however, a school is established over several acres of land and buildings are built at one go and the gates are opened for admissions with much fanfare.

There is a major shift in the needs and aspirations of students as well as parents. Holistic learning is the buzz word and rote learning is being replaced with experiential learning. The modern student demands music rooms, state-of-the-art auditoriums, playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts and amphitheatre. The style of teaching too has changed. Managements have sponsored teachers to upgrade and many teachers completed international courses in IGCSE and IB and along the way shunned the chalk and talk method with child centric way of teaching.

Another major change that has come about in the management of schools is the setting up of separate divisions. Human resources that was almost non-existent has now come in the front end, says Dr A Senthil Kumaran, Chief Confluencer, The Learners Confluence, Bengaluru. He adds, “There is huge demand for quality teachers and the HR departments would be playing a major role in the coming days and years.” The pay scales too are increasing for teachers. Good teachers are in demand especially after the advent of edtech. Post the pandemic, the edtech sector has been sluggish but with hybrid learning now becoming a norm, experts say the sector will consolidate.

Edtech stood at 7th position in most funded sectors with 0.28 $ Bn in 2023 Indian Startup Funding 2023 2022 2021
Funding Amount Deal Count Funding Amount Deal Count Funding Amount Deal Count
$283 Mn+ 47+ $2.4 Bn 95+ $4.8 Bn+ 172+
Source: Inc42 Note: 2023 funding data is for the period between January 1 and December 25

Predictions for 2024 in edtech sector
With the emphasis on vernacular languages espoused by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, vernacular content will witness a surge and there are expectations of increased adoption. In the post Covid-19 era, edtech growth is to see growth from
tier II cities.

Edtechs to reduce fees in a bid to capture the wide market and penetrate into smaller towns. Also, integration of GenAI to empower Edtech platforms in 2024. After a lull in the edtech sector post Covid, the sector looks for consolidation.

The profit debate
Teaching is a noble profession and the ‘not-for-profit’ narrative is nothing but hypocrisy say educationists. Noted author, management guru and public intellectual Gurucharan Das has been a strong votary of autonomy for private schools says that it is time India shed its hypocrisy that forbids a private school from making profit. Profit allows schools to improve quality. “The choice to shift assets held under the society should be given to transition to section 8 companies. Today’s parents need quality education which can happen when the management is left with freedom to provide so,” says Sunderrajan Iyengar, board member of Anish Education Society that runs Anish College of Commerce in Hyderabad.
Many schools had to shut operations during the Covid-19 pandemic owing to losses and non-payment of fees by parents. Sundararajan Iyengar argues, “If schools were recognised under micro, small and medium enterprises and credit was made available to ailing schools during the Covid-19 period, many schools would have been saved.”
Infusion of private equity has several benefits as schools can upgrade on several fronts including infrastructure, pedagogical practices and better teacher training. Economic liberalisation has shown that competition results in wider choice and rationale in prices in this case fees. The objection that schools would raise fees indiscriminately is countered by the proponents of ‘schools for profit’ by stating that competition will finally result in reasonable fee. Amit Kumar, Director, member, advisory board of National Independence Schools Alliance (NISA) says, “Schools run by philanthropic organisations can continue and schools that want to move to profit status should be given a choice. Both can function.”
Francis Joseph, an eminent educationist cautions that all the stake holders which includes the parents and teachers should be informed about the move towards private equity and financial transactions and ensure that values of the respective institution is preserved. He also suggests for the creation of a regulatory body to guide private schools on compliances created by the Dubai Government.

Rakesh Gupta, Founder and Managing Partner and Payal Jain, partner, LoEstro Advisors have done $800 Mn in transactions in the education space that includes K-12 and higher education and advised over 100+ clients share their thoughts on the vibrant education space.

Mergers and acquisitions in the K 12 space is growing. What do you attribute this change to?
The K-12 education sector continues to be an attractive investment opportunity for international investors as well as domestic operators. The K-12 sector with 250Mn+ school going students is a resilient sector with long-term revenue visibility.
Increasingly, state and central governments, education boards have also started to take more a pragmatic approach towards regulations in the sector – paving the way for more private capital to flow in.
Tell us about the major mergers and acquisitions that were facilitated by LoEstro.

At Loestro, we have facilitated over a billion dollars worth of transactions in the education sector, including some of the largest K-12 cross-border M&A transactions. Few of the publicly announced transactions include:
Sale of a pre-school chain called Oi Pre-school to First Cry
Two large upskilling transactions in ed-tech which involved acquisition of INeuron by Physicswallah and GUVI by HCL Tech parent company Vama Sundari.

Multiple K-12 partnerships including Glendale, Hyderabad, Vikassa group of Schools, Madurai & Silver Oaks, Bengaluru with Singapore-headquarter Global Schools Foundation; The Cambridge International School (TCIS), Sarjapur with KKR backed Lighthouse Learning among others.

How do you see the next 10 years unfold especially in the K12 segment?
Despite very attractive macros, the number of scaled private K-12 businesses in India is dismally low. K-12 investment is typically a long gestation investment. Schools take minimum 5-7 years to reach scale and to start generating returns which requires access to patient capital that institutions can provide. Private growth capital will require clear exit possibilities before they can make this commitment.

Over the next decade, as the market in India matures, we anticipate an increase in number and size of private K-12 school transactions. International investors will continue to double down on India. For instance, Singapore-based and Indian -origin Global Schools Foundations has announced plans to invest over USD 550 Million in India’s schools education sector by 2026.

Additionally, some of the scaled players will explore providing exit to their investors either sale to larger private equity secondaries funds or through IPO’s and public listings.

Driven by these possibilities, we expect further investment in the sector which is great for the sector and will result in better quality offerings for parents and students.

Who are the major international players evincing interest in India?
India is flush with international schools. As Indian parents are becoming more aspirational, the demand for quality international schools is also rising rapidly.
There are two distinct modus operandi in play here. One is the entry of large private equity backed international K-12 platforms who are primarily expanding into India through acquisition of elite home-grown international schools. This category includes the likes of Nord Anglia Education, Cognita, International Schools Partnership (ISP) and Global Schools Foundation (GSF).
Many groups have seen success while establishing their presence in India, and gained confidence to further acquire more assets in the country. ISP, has been doubling down on their India business, acquiring Manthan International School this year after recently partnering with Sancta Maria International School. Global Schools Foundation also entered into a strategic partnership with Witty International, shortly after acquiring Hyderabad-based Glendale Education, Bangalore-based Silver Oaks, and Madurai-based Vikaasa Group of Schools.

In addition to this, we see UK’s legacy brands wanting a piece of the Indian K-12 pie. Driven by macro-economic trends, UK legacy brands are opening up satellite campuses in India. These brands have typically partnered with a local real estate group or an existing education group to launch greenfield operations in India.
2023 marked the year where prestigious brands like Harrow School and Wellington College International start their first academic year in India. And while they are not the first UK brands to enter India (Repton partnered with VR Group in 2016 to start United World Academy), the commencement of their programs in India marks several trends for Indian Education in general.

Do you foresee big players entering into smaller cities?
Most of the international interest in education has been limited to metro cities in India, primarily because of the steep fees they charge. IB for instance is the most expensive board in India with fees ranging from INR 3-10 lakhs. UK legacy brands, on the other hand start their fees upwards of INR 15 lakhs. Harrow’s Bengaluru campus for instance has fees totally to INR 22 lakhs.
Some of the larger domestic players are entering into Tier II markets. K-12 Techno, which runs the Orchid Group of Schools and had recently raised capital from private equity firm Kedaara Capital as well as Lighthouse Learning (earlier, Eurokids) backed by PE fund KKR are selectively looking beyond the metro cities.
How liberalisation of schools will help the sector is being talked about in every forum. School leaders say that doing away with the number of regulations and ease of doing business (Running a school is a business and recognise it as one argue several associations) can do wonders. According to a recent report, one requires 125 documents that need to go through at least 155 steps within the Directorate of Education to establish a school in Delhi and it is no different in other parts of the country.

According to a white paper published by FICCI Arise and authored by Vardan Kabra and Anupam Gupta, private schooling is nearly US $100 billion in size with a 15 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The white paper was published in 2021 but since then a lot of changes have taken place in the education space and as predicted by the paper that ‘huge capital inflows will surely happen once its liberalised’ is coming true. As the education sector evolves, the corporatisation of schools will gather momentum.

What does the private school managements want?
Education vouchers for individual students instead of RTE. If direct benefit transfer is facilitated by the Government, the student and the private schools will benefit. The former will get quality education and the latter will be able to accommodate students.
Sweden and Chile adopted the voucher system with success. Parents and students will have a choice to go to private schools and get quality education.

Sweden allows for-profit schools and has shown very good results.
Schools should decide on the fees and allow the market to decide. Rationalisation of fees will automatically happen as market forces will take care Full autonomy to schools in raising capital

Private Equity firms in education business

Gaja Capital
Gaja Capital is a private equity firm that invests in mid-market companies in emerging sectors such as education, financial services, consumer and healthcare.

The India-focused firm has invested or led the funding round in various educational companies, some of which include Ahmedabad and Bengaluru-based Edtech Company Educational Initiatives, SportzVillage, EuroKids, and CL Educate.

KKR & Co. Inc.
New York-headquartered KKR, it announced acquisition of about 90% stake in EuroKids chain of schools from existing private equity investors Gaja Capital and Swiss fund Partners Group.

Kaizen Private Equity
Kaizen Private Equity is India’s first private equity fund. Kaizen PE has invested or led the funding round in various edtech startups in India and across Asia. Besides many, the firm has recently led a Series A round funding of $35 million in Mumbai-based edtech startup Toppr.

Baring Private Equity Asia
Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) is one of the largest independent private equity firms in Asia. BPEA has invested in various educational ventures. In February this year, the firm-owned Nord Anglia acquired five Oakbridge K-12 schools, and in March 2018, it invested in Wall Street English, world’s leading English language training network for adults, along with CITIC Capital, to name a few.

The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group is an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial service corporation. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, it is one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms with $212 billion of assets under management.

CVC Capital Partners
CVC Capital Partners, established in 1981 is a leading British private equity firm. CVC’s private equity platform manages over $53 billion of assets and comprises four strategies – Europe/Americas, Asia, Strategic Opportunities, and Growth Partners. in June, 2019, a consortium led by it has agreed to acquire a 30% stake in the world’s largest private education provider by revenue Dubai-based GEMS Education.

SAIF Partners
SAIF Partners is a leading private equity firm that provides growth capital to companies in Asia. It invests in helping Asia’s exceptional companies grow from concept to IPO. The firm has offices in Hong Kong, China, and India and currently manages over $4 billion in capital.

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‘NYA is dedicated to shape global citizens’

Viranica Manchu, Founder & Director, New York Academy Shares the vision and mission of New York Academy

Tell us about the establishment of New York Academy
The founding of New York Academy was inspired by the legacy of my grandfather, C C Reddy, an esteemed educationalist who left an indelible mark on India’s education sector. His forward-thinking vision deeply resonated with me, propelling the establishment of the school. NYA provides a versatile platform for students, tailored to their unique strengths and passions, fostering an education beyond conventional textbooks. Our aim at NYA is to empower the next generation, equipping them with knowledge and adaptability and innovative thinking to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

What is your vision and mission of New York Academy in Hyderabad?

Upon my return from studying in USA what struck me was the stark difference in learning environments which inspired a vision for a progressive international school in Hyderabad. At NYA, our mission is to offer a unique global education in India by merging best practices in teaching and learning and diverse perspectives. Our curriculum prioritizes fostering a growth mind set and cultivating happy learners through a fusion of technology and comprehensive education. Our goal is to nurture curious, self-aware, and empathetic global leaders, encouraging collaboration for a more harmonious world. New York Academy is dedicated to shaping its students into future global citizens ready for success.

What are your views on individualized attention as a key factor in unlocking each student’s full potential?

At NYA, we respect, value and nurture the uniqueness of each child. Our commitment to personalized attention acknowledges the distinct needs and learning styles of every student, departing from a standardized model. This method empowers students to advance at their individual pace within a nurturing setting, cultivating a positive outlook on education. Tailoring our methods to individual preferences, our goal is to unleash each student’s full potential and communicate that education is a transformative and enriching journey for all, embracing differences as strengths along the way.

Tell us about the partnership with Notre Dame de Namur University?

Leveraging Notre Dame de Namur University’s expertise, our faculty receives rigorous training in Educational Methodology and Pedagogy, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Professional Learning Communities. This equips our educators with cutting-edge insights for top-tier education. Students benefit from these advanced teaching methods, creating an engaging and forward-thinking learning environment. Additionally, this partnership promotes on-going staff development, fostering continuous enhancement in educational standards at New York Academy.

Share with us the curriculum framework at NYA?

At New York Academy, we’ve merged AERO Standards and the IB curriculum, aligning with top global institutions. Our curriculum prioritizes holistic development, fostering curiosity, critical thinking, effective communication, and ethical behaviour. We promote open-mindedness, diversity, and empathy. Our focus on resilience prepares students to handle uncertainties, promoting balanced well-being. This approach sets high academic standards while shaping versatile individuals ready for diverse challenges.

What are some of the unique aspects of the academy’s curriculum that align it with top international schools globally?

At New York Academy, we are committed to providing relevant and contextualized learning experiences to support not just academic excellence but also physical, social and emotional well-being of each student. Our highly trained facilitators utilize research-based instructional resources and best practices like collaborative projects, interdisciplinary approaches, and interactive learning modules to help students become self-directed and self-regulated life-long learners.

Apart from the core academic subjects, our curriculum places significant focus on co-curricular and extra-curricular areas like physical and health education, music, visual arts and foreign languages. Through technology integration and adaptability focus, we prepare students for a rapidly changing world. We use design thinking to empower learners by developing their confidence, creativity and their ability to collaboratively generate innovative solutions to complex problems. This holistic approach aligns NYA with global institutions; ensuring students develop the attitude, knowledge, skills and growth mind set to become globally competent citizens.

Integration of happiness quotient into the educational environment is gaining ground. Your views.

Creating secure, nurturing learning spaces goes beyond imparting knowledge and values. At our Academy, we recognize that a positive educational environment is vital for shaping well-rounded individuals. Safety encompasses emotional and psychological well-being, empowering students to learn freely and grow personally. NYA is dedicated to fostering an inclusive space where every student, regardless of background or abilities, feels secure, valued, and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Our educational philosophy focuses on student well-being and happiness, fundamental to their learning journey. We believe in ‘happy learners, happy learning environment’ as a key principle, emphasizing childcare and well-being to ensure academic success through joyful learning experiences. Personalized learning eases student pressure, creating a supportive atmosphere, guaranteeing a holistic education within a positive, enjoyable, and organic learning environment.

How do you see NYA students contributing to society?

I see NYA students as more than achievers; they’ll embody compassion, innovation, and global responsibility. Beyond excelling academically, they’ll champion empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, and bridge cultural divides. With NYA’s values, they’ll lead for inclusivity, diversity, and environmental care, shaping a unified, sustainable world in their careers and communities.

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K -12 Education

Opportunities for 3D Printing in K–12 Education

The innovative 3D Printing technology is revolutionizing the way we approach education, offering students and teachers alike a new way to explore and create. From science and engineering to art and history, 3D printing is opening up a world of possibilities for hands-on learning and innovation.

There are exciting opportunities for 3D printing in K-12 education curriculum. It can help to bring ideas to life in a tangible form that can help facilitate new understanding.

3D Printed Models to illustrate Complex Ideas
Simply providing students with a 3D printed model that they can hold in their hands, turn around and look at from all angles can be very helpful.

Examples might include molecular/atomic models, biological models (i.e. internal organs), or geometric models that illustrate mathematical concepts. For physics classes, models for things like catapults, working gears, pulleys, etc. can be printed to illustrate specific principles.

Replicas of Famous Figures and Historical Locations
Teachers can 3D print busts of famous figures so students can experience them in three dimensions. Historical locations such as Tajmahal, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Roman Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, etc. can also be printed.

Architecture and Interior Design
Have students design a house or other architectural structure, or design the interior of a single room, then 3D model and print the design.

There are software tools available that make these kinds of designs easy to create with mostly dragging-and-dropping components where you want them. Just make sure to pick a software package that can export to an STL file for printing.

Engaging reluctant learners
3D printing is still a very new technology that is not readily available to your average learner. It has a ‘wow factor’ that can engage students who would otherwise have nothing to do with their learning. Successful adoption of 3D printing for education is just like any other technology. It becomes easier with practice.

The trick is to make 3D printing not only simple, but fun. At the end of the day, 3D printers are creative tools. When you start seeing them that way – instead of temperamental and expensive pieces of lab equipment – you’re way more likely to have a go.

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Improve Your Drawing Techniques

Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction. He was a damn good artist. In fact, many art historians and artists have brandished him with the title of ‘the most technically gifted artist that’s ever walked the earth.’ Leonardo was a master at using lines and shading to create realistic drawings, and his techniques are still great today.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, many designers, artists, and illustrators strive to improve their drawing and sketching skills. The ability to draw technically well is like a guitar player who can play extremely fast. It’s an added string to your bow.

Whether it supports your career or provides relaxation, you will only enjoy drawing even more if you dedicate time to improving your skills. If you want to learn how to draw like Leonardo da Vinci, follow these simple steps.

Try a daily drawing challenge
To kick things off, try a daily drawing challenge for a week, a month, or even longer. You may want to get a sketchbook to keep with you at all times, in case you find yourself suddenly inspired by your surroundings. Some new supplies may also motivate you to get into a good drawing rhythm.

Practice sketching everyday objects while keeping your goals in mind. If your goal is to learn to draw realistically, try drawing a toothbrush with hyper-realistic details. Your skills will improve day after day, then you can start drawing more complicated subjects.

Go back to basics with shapes
You probably learned how to draw shapes during your first few art classes and, once perfected, moved on from this practice as your skills developed. But almost everything you will ever draw like an artist can be made from shapes. Shapes can help create realistic and consistent designs, create unique patterns, and utilize space effectively. In order to better understand how they should execute a move, professional athletes often look at its components. To practice a difficult progression, musicians break it down into separate sections, then string them together. The same concept applies to drawing. Start by practicing the shapes, and move on to what the shapes will create.

Spend time looking for inspiration
If you’re in an art class or studying something you don’t usually draw, stepping outside your comfort zone is always a good idea. Remember, if you’re not failing, you’re not learning. Maybe you’ll find inspiration through an online drawing class or a YouTube tutorial or by visiting a new place. You have to commit time and effort to improve your drawing skills. Imagine what you could achieve by taking a week of drawing classes.

Catalogue your art and regularly revisit old pieces
Keeping track of your old artwork and drawings by filing them month-to-month or year-to-year is a great way to view your progress. If you draw daily, you may even see quite an improvement from the past few weeks. By spending time reviewing your old work you can take notes on the progress you see, any style trends that are emerging, and look for areas that have the potential for improvement. Revisiting past artwork can be an excellent way to reconnect with old styles or identify something you’d like to work on.

Create repeating patterns
In addition to starting with the basics (shapes), designing repeating patterns like icons, symbols, or other combinations of shapes can be a great exercise to practice your skills. Try using only circles, or creating a pattern with a variety of components. Repeating a pattern across a page or all over a page helps develop fine motor skills and pen or brush control. It’s difficult to do without getting fatigued, but when it comes time to draw an intricate pattern, shape, or subject in the future, you’ll be prepared! This skill also has real-life applications like wallpaper and textiles, so you could make something fun while you’re at it!

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K -12 Education

Understand the Difference Between ESL and Bilingual Education

The English language now has a significant place in global and human interaction. It has evolved into a global language and a means of communication for many individuals from many cultures and backgrounds.

Non-native speakers learn English in two different ways or approaches. One is ESL (English as a Second Language) and the other is Bilingual Education. In both methods, English is added as a second language and as a tool for communication for non-English speakers.

The major differences between the two are the methods of teaching, the medium, or language of instruction and the composition of students or non-English speakers attending the classes.

The Submersion Method
ESL is also called as the submersion approach. In this type of teaching, there is only one language of instruction, which is English. The instructor speaks English and only English. The class or students can come from different non-native English countries. This means that the students speak different mother tongues or first languages. The classroom or learning area often prohibits the use of the mother tongue to encourage the students to speak only in English.

Since the teacher or instructor only speaks English, there is no need to communicate in a student’s mother language. The main emphasis in this type of English learning is to teach an acquisition of the English language only.

ESL can produce students that are fairly competent in English writing and speaking. However, one of the significant outcomes of ESL is that the students are lacking or becoming weaker in their first language or mother tongue.

The Dual Language Immersion
On the other hand, bilingual approach not only teaches English but also gives consideration to the student’s mother tongue. In a bilingual class or program, there are two media of instruction, the mother language and English. The main aim is for the students to learn English while still learning or without abandoning their mother tongue. This is called bilingual literacy wherein competence in both English and one’s mother tongue is expected.

The students in a bilingual education are usually speakers of the same mother tongue. The teacher is also a speaker of the first language. The teacher usually needs to communicate or teach students in both the mother tongue and English on every subject.

Which approach is better?
Though bilingual education has many benefits, it is not always the best option for students. For example, in some cases, English Language Learners may benefit more from an ESL program that focuses on developing their English language skills.

Discerning which type of program is best suited to a given student population is not difficult. It is important to consider all of the factors involved when making a decision about what type of educational program is right for the child. A simple inventory of students’ languages, available teaching staff and space will easily determine if an ESL or a bilingual program is necessary, and when done well, both are excellent ways to learn.