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Despite Covid-19 challenges, students inclined towards studying abroad: Survey

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption to education around the world and has directly impacted students’ decisions about where to study once they complete their schooling. Research conducted under Cambridge International’s Annual Destinations survey found students are becoming more aware of the wide range of study options available to them internationally. 

The survey asked schools across the globe where their Cambridge International AS & A Level students from the previous year have chosen to go to university, and what subjects they have elected to study. As many as 84 per cent of schools surveyed reported that most of their students had changed their minds about their first-choice destination or university – largely as a result of general uncertainty, difficulties with travel or financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

However, despite the impacts of the pandemic, the desire of Cambridge students to continue their higher education overseas has not changed. Over a third of Cambridge students are still estimated to have progressed to universities outside of their own country in 2020.

Globally, many teachers surveyed reported a diversification in the countries that students are prepared to consider, with a particular increase in applications to universities in Turkey, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, UAE and the Netherlands.

In addition, looking at the top four international destinations globally (UK, US, Canada and Australia), 76 per cent reported they chose the UK because of their strong university reputation, whilst 73 per cent reported they selected Canada because it was the most attractive for future job opportunities. A total of 66 per cent cited university reputation as the reason for choosing a US university, and 34 per cent chose Australia because they were interested in exploring the region.

In India, the majority of students are still choosing to pursue higher education courses at Indian universities, followed by international destinations like the US and UK. Indian students have also shown increased interest in studying at Canadian and Australian universities, similar to the global student trend identified in the survey findings.

Some respondents reported there is also greater awareness of scholarships and funding, which makes going to university overseas more financially viable. 

Highlighting the impact of Covid-19, 84 per cent of schools said the Covid-19 pandemic had a major impact on students’ higher education decisions in 2020. Three out of five (62 per cent) schools said some of their students delayed or deferred university due to general uncertainty and wanting to avoid travel away from home. The impact of Covid-19 on location choice was so important that 43 per cent of schools had at least some students change their plans to study at another university

 

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Alia Bhatt announces Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date with video, watch Jaya Bachchan recreate K3G scene

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Actor Alia Bhatt announced the release date of her upcoming film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, directed by Karan Johar. The film will hit the screens on February 10, 2023. The announcement was accompanied by a video, showcasing a montage of some behind-the-scenes clips. We got a glimpse into Dharmendra, Ranveer Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Alia’s characters as Karan Johar directs them, as well as the fun that ensues backstage.

Alia captioned her post, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” The team has completed 50 days of shoot. In the video, Alia sports stunning sarees, while Jaya Bachchan does aarti ritual — reminding many of her role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Karan Johar is seen explaining scenes to the cast, and there’s much hugs, love and laughter.

Ranveer also announced the film’s release date. He wrote, “Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka!
We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”

Going by the little that we see, the cast already has strong chemistry. Dharmendra, had earlier praised Ranveer Singh. He told Times Of India, “Ranveer looks so natural in all his films. Bada hi pyaara ladka hai (He is such an adorable boy). Whenever we bump into each other at a function, woh aake mere paas baith jaata hai (he sits beside me). Likewise, Alia is also brilliant at her work,” he stated. The film was announced on Ranveer Singh’s birthday. In one of the scenes, Ranveer is seen kissing Dharmendra’s hands while Jaya looks on. The film is again set in a lavish house, a staple for Karan Johar’s brand of cinema.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with COVID-19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant

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Following up on the regular briefings he had on COVID while traveling, the President met in person today with his Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of his White House COVID Response Team. Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant. Dr. Fauci informed the President that while it will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the variant, he continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID. Dr. Fauci also reiterated that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals provide the strongest available protection from COVID. The COVID Response Team’s immediate recommendation to all vaccinated adults is to get a booster shot as soon as possible; all adults are eligible for a booster if they were vaccinated six months ago or more with Pfizer or Moderna, or two months ago or more with Johnson & Johnson. Importantly, those adults and children who are not yet fully vaccinated should get vaccinated immediately. The President will provide an update about the new variant and the U.S. response on Monday.

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7 Children in Goa Juvenile Detention Centre Contract Covid-19

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Seven kids in a Goa juvenile detention centre contract Covid. (Representational Image: PTI File)

The area has not been declared as a micro-containment zone as the “infection spread is within one house”, the official said.

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  • Last Updated:November 29, 2021, 12:42 IST
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Seven children at a state-run juvenile detention centre in Goa have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday. All protocols were being followed and a team of doctors was monitoring the infected children’s health regularly at the facility, located on the outskirts of the state capital Panaji, North Goa District Collector Ajit Roy told PTI. “There is nothing to worry,” he said.

The seven children from the ‘Apna Ghar’ juvenile detention centre tested positive for the coronavirus infection over the weekend, he said. The area has not been declared as a micro-containment zone as the “infection spread is within one house”, the official said.

According to sources, a child, who was to be taken to Madhya Pradesh following release from the facility, initially tested positive for the viral infection. “Later, all other children at the facility were tested and reports of six of them also came out positive,” a source said.

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