May 2016 Current Affairs
- Twenty-two-year-old Tina Dabi from Delhi has topped the prestigious civil services exams 2015, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission or UPSC. In the second position was Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and Kashmir. Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, who is also from Delhi, has secured the third position. Delhi-based Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, an Indian Revenue Service officer, has secured third position.
- Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve total primary education in the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission — Athulyam. Around 2.6 lakh candidates appeared for the 4th standard equivalency examination in June 2015 and 2.2 lakh candidates qualified.
- Indian state Telangana has become the first State in the country to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level; without repeating gender stereotypes in its bilingual textbook titled, ‘Towards a World of Equals.
- Per a London based weekly magazine, The Times Higher Education, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is among the top 100 universities of the world. According to the published list, IISc Bangalore is ranked at 99th position. The top 10 positions are hold by the American institutes where the top three ranking universities are Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Two schools from India feature in the 2015 rankings of The Economist of best business schools in the world. They are IIM Ahmedabad, a 50-year-old legacy institution and SP Jain School of Global Management, an 11-year-old school. The ranking places the SP Jain in the company of Ivy League schools like Chicago Business School, Harvard, MIT, Sloan, Kellogg, Wharton and other great international schools. J
- With growing intensity of protest at Delhi University’s prestigious St. Stephen's college over a PhD student’s sexual harassment allegations, principal of the college Revd. Valson Thampu sought CBI investigation into the matter. The concerned student has alleged that St. Stephen College’s principal had asked her to drop the case against the professor because he was only bothered about the college’s reputation.
- The well-planned city of Kalyani in West Bengal will have its first information technology university on a 50-acre plot, as per media reports. The state Finance Minister Amit Mitra announced it and said that total cost to build the university would be Rs 128 crore.
- Karnataka IT and Biotechnology Minister S R Patil asked the Hardware Sector to repeat the success of the software sector, by increasing the manufacturing of electronic goods. He said that if the manufacturing capacity was not increased, then the country may have to bear the result.