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Why isn't there negative marking in the UGC NET exam? Are all questions compulsory?

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I feel that CSIR-NET has better question pattern than UGC NET exam. Making no negative marking will allow a person to attempt all the questions whether he/she knows that answer or not.
Is it good to attempt the question that a student don't know or no idea on it and still get marks for it?
It will also increase the probability that mere destiny can help them to qualify the exam, by randomly attempting the questions. 
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Why schools (both central and state board) don't ask teachers who are CSIR-NET qualified?

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Schools should also seek teachers who are qualified for national level entrance exam like CSIR-NET. CSIR-NET is one of the best entrance exam in India because of its question pattern.
So why aren't they eligible to apply for schools. Also seats of CSIR-NET exam should be increased, so that more students can go for teacher-ship in schools even.
As an average Indian student, most important thing for him/her is a secure job i.e. a govt. job. So I think most students who are NET qualified will prefer to join for teacher-ship in schools even.
This will enhance the quality of teaching in schools.
Also, in order to become a good teacher, specialization of subject is also a must. Does qualification like B.Ed etc. are eligible enough or specialized enough to teach in schools?

Instead of year wise, semester wise exam will be more better in 10+2 level in India?

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These fundamental subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics should be made in chunks, so that subject that is needed is taught, other wise that can be skipped and other specialized subject can be taught in that time. Also I think way to specialization should start from 10th class, not 11th class.

In 10+2 level in India, we have biotechnology, but no bioinformatics?

Write your views at: I was looking at the syllabus of CBSE, and its very up to date, but some features are still missing.

Biological data has become humongous, whether data for genomics or proteomics etc. For handling such big data, we need bioinformatics.

When a biotechnologist produces some data, whether from NGS etc method, who is going to analyse it.

In the syllabus of Bioinformatics that is taught in colleges after 10+2, there is no python, no statistical programming such as R etc.  Also no analysis of data produced from latest technology such as RNA-seq data, ChiP-seq etc.

Please also look at the Edx courses of Genome Analysis and many other courses that require informatics in biological field.

e.g.Case study: Variant Discovery and Genotyping

given by HarvardX.  Also look at other case studies.

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In cbse 10+2 level syllabus in India, there is no statistics?

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Now statistics has become a very important field, because of machine learning. Statistics should be introduced in the course with very up to date syllabus and syllabus of it should also contain compulsorily programming languages such as python and R
Its better if they make python compulsory, no matter what subjects student opt for.

One of the best book I would recommend for fundamental is Elementary Statistics by Mario Triola, 9th Edn. But it does not contain machine learning. Problems of it are really good and should be solved along with programming even

In India specialization courses should be started directly after 10+2 so that students can earn a certificate and apply for job?

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Let me explain the situation of Education System if a student becomes a web developer or a mobile app developer

Most Indian parents and society are only worried about child employment. They never think about their children passion.  So first they allow you to choose between Engineering or Medical because there is no other field that an average Indian can think. As medical entrance is highly tough, so an average student is likely to fail in it. So after 10+2 exam, student may go for medical coaching or JEE coaching for students who aspire to join some IITs.  If medical,  one year in coaching has been wasted. Even for JEE coaching one year is wasted because most students will not get a seat in IITs, so they will join some other private college, so coaching becomes unnecessary. So finally after one year, only one option is left that is engineering. 
So in engineering students usually choose Computer Science with syllabus that time forgot. They will s…

Why does learning programming is not compulsory in higher secondary schools in India?

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Nowadays, scientists use computers for almost every thing - whether it is a mathematical problem, physics, chemistry or biology. Why not make students learn python in higher secondary schools with its application in science?

Why do students have to memorize straight forward equation such as radio activity decay or Nernst equation? Why not solve them through the python programming language? Why not teach them simulations when they start college?

I would say that python is a very futuristic language, easy to learn, and human readable. Also there are so many packages available for scientific computation. It is also open source.

I would also say that students should start learning Linux in higher secondary schools.

I would request Smiriti Irani to include it in syllabus as soon as possible. 
Also students can be provided credit card-sized single-board computers such as Raspberrypi, if a student is unable to afford desktops or laptops.
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Business Model for Lectures and Material provided by various Universities

Lectures and Materials can be made free all over the country, but we can still raise funds by making tie ups with other foreign universities of developed countries. Also we can make the new lectures available online paid, in different developed countries, till some funds for a particular lecture is raised, after that it can be made free.

All International and National Conferences should be recorded and made available online

Let me explain how it causes vast lost of information if we don't record especially scientific conferences. I am giving the example of University I was working. It was a scientific conference on Genome Architecture. In this international conference many renowned researchers have presented their work. The schedule was very hectic, with almost no time gap, as there were large number of speakers.
As a student let me explain what are the problem that arises when we don't record the lectures. 1) First while listening we can miss many points, and we don't get the chance to listen again. 2) Also because of hectic schedule, it becomes bit boring for us, to listen all the lectures from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30p.m. So we may skip many lectures. 3) Further, but most important point is only students who registered for the Conference get the chance to listen. Imagine, what impact it would have, if it was made available online, may be after a month of conference, so that huge number of student…