An Overview of Algebra for Class 6

Most people refer to algebra as a “gatekeeper subject”. However, the question about the right time to for your child to take it still remains complex for most parents. Over the years, math results, especially in standardized tests, have caused a tempest and still the scores are not anywhere near improving. According to New York Times, between the have-nots and the haves, the performance gap still remains to be a chasm. Join Byjus classes for best coaching.

What does that imply, especially for your kid? This article, as written by Byju, suggests that it’s a parent’s responsibility to monitor their child’s academic development while politician and pundits wrangle over bigger issues. With this overview of algebra, ensure that your teen is on track more so for their Class 6 maths.

Importance of algebra and algebra problems for class 6

 Algebraic applications are in a wide use from computer scientists to architects to electricians. According to Robert Moses, the Algebra Project founder, algebra is equally important as a civil right. Having a solid foundation in basic algebra, especially algebra for class 6 sets the right pace for a learner for both high school and college excellence. It saves you the burden of having to undertake remedial math classes in college, which prolongs getting a degree and makes it more expensive. The point here is that, it’s cheaper and quite simpler to learn the algebra now than it is to relearn it in the future.

Class 6 algebra is prerequisite particularly for higher-level math including calculus, geometry and trigonometry. It is perceived that students who “do well” in algebra problems for class 6 have a higher probability of excelling in high school and college math. However, algebra does not extend up to the category of college-bound only. Moreover, high school graduates who intend to join the work force straight away need to have know-how of the math skills similar to college freshmen. Algebra has a connection to almost every high paying profession if not all and apparently it can be said to be the success gateway in this century.

 Algebra questions for class 6

 Here is a sample of algebra problems provided by Byju:

  1. Find the sum of -29 and +13?

     2. Solve: -46 + 24 × -2

  1. Subtract: -2 − -5
  1. Simplify the following:
  1. 5x + 6 + 3x
  2. -5x + 3z + -3z – 9z
  3. x6 × y5 × x-8 × y11
  4. x12 ÷ x3
  5. (5x)3
  6. (-2b)4
  1. Show the expression that states the associative property?
  1. 6 × 4 + 3 = 3 + 6 × 4 3 + 2 = 2 + 3 C. (6 × 4) × 3 = 6 × ( 4 × 3)        D. 3 + 5X
  1. What properties do the following expressions illustrate?
  1. -1 × 7 + 2 = 2 + -1 × 7
  2. 9 * 1 = 9
  3. 4 × (2 + 6) = 4 × 2 + 4 × 6
  1. Solve the following
  1. 4x – 3 > -12

    b) x ≠ 6

    c) -2 ≤ x < 5

    d) -6f < -12

  1. Convert into scientific notation: 0.0000000245
  2. However, this is not the exhaustive list but if you don’t find difficulties in answering these questions then consider yourself a successful algebra student.

NB: Algebra has its own way of nurturing an abstract reasoning technique that helps students excel in science and math.

US to provide skill training to 400 million Indians

US to provide skills training in India

In an enhancement to India’s ambitious skill development programme, the United States will collaborate with it on a number of education-related projects to help the country achieve its goal of providing the training to 400 million people in the next decade.

On September 22, the State Department said that, “We recognise that higher education and vocational training are essential to economic development and we remain committed to strengthening our exchanges of students, scholars, and technical knowledge.”

The new six-week Community College Administrator Programme, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, started on September 20 this year, the US said.

With the help of this programme, Indian administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions and Indian officials with higher education planning responsibilities intend to complete a programme of professional development with Florida State University and Santa Fe College. The US has also announced a study tour for officials from Indian state-level skills development entities to study the US network of community colleges with the objective of developing expertise and contacts to help the state build a more effective vocational education system.

Continuing with its long-standing partnership and support for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that it intends to partner with Duke University and Research Triangle International to support the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.

Bringing together the expertise of US higher education institutions, USAID is advancing the goal of the January 2015 bilateral Joint Declaration of Intent on Providing Support to IITs to intensify collaborations in research and development and its engagement with industry and entrepreneurship, the State Department said.

Collaborating with the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the US said its intention is to pursue the expansion of the USIEF-administered Fulbright specialist programme in 2016, to allow more American professors the opportunity to conduct training and workshops in Indian institutes of higher education and advance our shared goal of increased technical exchanges.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have also signed a memorandum of understanding to foster Indo-US cooperation on standards and conformity assessment. The MoU would cover areas such as smart cities and infrastructure, renewable energy, water and sanitation. It will also enhance the scope of the Standards Portal that was created by both organisations in partnership with the Indian Bureau of Industrial Standards in 2007, said Joe Bhatia, president of ANSI.

Scheme for general category students likely by Gujarat govt

Reservation has been one of the major issues in India while some have always been demanding their share in it, others have been opposing it.

However, the reservation debate became hot recently when Patel community led by Hardik Patel rolled out massive support demanding reservation for them.

Amid reservation demands, Gujarat government  is likely to announce a special scheme for general category students from the economically weaker section. A senior minister in the government told PTI on condition of anonymity that Chief Minister Anandiben Patel would make the announcement during a function in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

“We are giving final shape to the scheme. The announcement will be made by the CM tomorrow afternoon at a function in Swarnim Sankul-2. Leaders of different communities, social and religious bodies and several MLAs would be present,” he said.

Ahead of the August 25 rally of Patels, the Health Minister and government’s spokesperson Nitin Patel had hinted that government was considering some soaps for general/open category students.

Under the scheme, financial assistance would be provided to all students with economically weak background who fall in the non-reservation category, including those from the Patel community. Nitin Patel had said that the state government will bear the educational expenses such as tuition and hostel fees of such students.

Employees Choose Work Culture Over Salary Hike

Employees choose work culture

While it is a major assumption that salary and work satisfaction are the factors guiding people’s career choice, a news survey highlights that good work culture has become a bigger attraction for candidates.

The survey also says that good work culture is being chosen over big salary hikes. 65 per cent of the respondents in the survey said that they would choose a company that actively promotes work culture instead of corporate culture.

The survey was conducted by, the employer rating platform which points out that people are not accepting job offers with big salary hikes if the work culture is not good.

“Today’s high-performance candidates having two or more offers in hand will only accept an employment offer if the company’s work culture and its HR practices are appealing enough to their sensibilities,” said COO Vivek Madhukar.

Interestingly, the survey has two folds- while the senior level employees chose healthy work culture to make their career choices, at junior level in hierarchy the salary still remains one of the guiding force as compared to the wok environment.

According to the survey, for bad work culture, it is the top management and HR responsible. 66 per cent of the respondents in the survey said that it is top management while 12 per cent blamed it on the boss and 11 per cent held the HR responsible for poor work culture.

The remaining other 11 peers voted peers and team coo-ordination responsible for guiding the work culture in the company.

“This survey reveals the growing importance Gen Y and Z are giving to the work atmosphere and culture of an organisation when seeking employment, thanks to wider use of employer rating platforms, more job options and social media,” Madhukar added.

Vedanta Group lays-off nearly 4,000 employees in India since January

Vedanta Group retrenches nearly 4,000 jobs

Vedanta Resources, the metals and mining conglomerate which has a sizeable presence in India in the oil and gas, aluminium, iron ore and zinc sectors, has slashed nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country since January.

The lay-offs have taken place at the mining giant’s Indian arms Vedanta Aluminium, Balco, Cairn India and Sesa Goa, the iron ore business in Goa. Out of the approximate 4,000 jobs lost, about 2,700 are direct and the rest are indirect. Balco accounts for 1,000 job cuts and Vedanta Aluminium for around 2,000, while Sesa Goa as well as Cairn India have already slashed up to 450 jobs each, till now.

While Vedanta Aluminium, Balco and Cairn India have confirmed the job cuts, sources said Sesa Goa too had slashed jobs. Earlier this month, Balco, a part of NRI billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd, announced that it has started the process of shutting down its rolling mill in Korba (Chhattisgarh). The closing down of the rolling division, which is part of a restructuring exercise by Balco will result in loss of around 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, it had said. Vedanta Ltd, earlier Sesa Sterlite, holds a 51 per cent stake in Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco), while the remaining is held by the government.

In September itself, multiple sources said that Vedanta has initiated a major cost cutting drive at its iron ore business in Goa (Sesa Goa) amid subdued market sentiment and depressed prices of the commodity in global markets. The cost cutting drive includes slashing up to 450 jobs through Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) and identifying buyers to liquidate non-productive land and other properties.

Though around 400-450 jobs have been cut, which includes close to 100-120 permanent positions, sources said there could be more job cuts in the pipeline. In August, Vedanta Aluminium chief executive Abhijit Pati said that the firm has started closure of one of the production streams which will lead to the Lanjigarh facility’s output declining by half.

On being asked about the impact of the shutdown on jobs, Mr Pati had said it “will impact about 2,000 jobs, both direct and indirect”. Since February this year, Cairn India has sacked around 450 employees to maintain its top and bottom line as it feels the pinch from a fall in global crude prices.

13-year old Odisha girl bags Google Science Fair award

3-year old Lalita Prasida has won  the Community Impact Award at the Google Science Fair

India’s Lalita Prasida has bagged an award at the Google Science Fair in the the ‘Google Community Impact’ sub category. The 13-year-old from Odisha was nominated in the Community Impact category which is for projects that make a difference in the innovator’s community by addressing environmental, health and resource management issues.

Lalita, who is a Class 9 student in Delhi Public School, Damanjodi presented a project on a ‘Low-cost bio absorbent’, which aimed at cleaning through a simple and cost-effective way. She has developed a water purifier that works using waste corn cobs, which has won her an award of USD 10,000.

Google Science Fair gives away a grand prize of USD 50,000 in scholarship. The competition received entries in 15 languages; there were 90 regional and 20 global finalists short listed.

Lalita said that, “I am really excited to have won the Google Community Impact Award both for my school and for my country as this will boost my insights and give me an opportunity to work further for solving local problems.” The scholarship also gets her a year-long mentorship from the Scientific American to further help develop her project.

A Google spokesperson said, “Young people such as Lalita can and have made significant contributions to solving some of today’s greatest challenges. Through the Google Science Fair, we want to support and foster the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

The Google Science Fair is an online competition which has been sponsored by companies like Google, CERN, Lego, National Geographic and the Scientific American. It was started in 2011 and is primarily meant for children between the age of 13 and 18.













JNU professor appointed at International Institute of Social Studies

JNU professor appointed for PCC at ISS

A Jawaharlal Nehru University professor has been selected to hold the prestigious Prince Claus Chair (PCC) at International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.

A statement released by the university notified that, “Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, has been selected to hold the prestigious Prince Claus Chair in Netherlands. Each year they select one person following a global search to hold this position for two years.”

“This is an honorary position beginning September 2015, where Bhaduri will have to make occasional visits for research, lectures and public talks. His thematic focus will be on Frugal Innovation for Development and Equity,” it added.

Frugal Innovation is a new field of innovation studies involving a mode of design and doing business that brings relatively sophisticated products, services and systems within the reach of relatively poorer consumers in resource-constrained environments. “The selected professor has an extensive network in his field of studies and will therefore be able to connect researchers across borders and support the exchange of knowledge and experience from the Frugal Innovation hotbed India, to other emerging markets,” the notification said.

The aim of the Prince Claus Chair is the advancement of research and teaching in the field of development cooperation. The objective of the Chair is to continue the work of Prince Claus (1926-2002) in development and equity. It was established in 2003.

Female students in tier I cities prefer medicine as a profession: Survey

Female candidates prefer medicine as a career instead of banking in tier 1 cities: Survey

In a survey conducted by Education Portal recently, response from 6,000 female students in the age group of 18-25 living in tier I, II and III cities and belonging to diverse background, were taken up. As many as 16 per cent of girls in tier I cities said they will opt for medicine as a career.

According to the survey, female students in tier I cities prefer to take up medicine as a profession, while those in tier II mostly opt for Banking.

According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), Founder and CEO of, Surabhi Dewra said, “From the survey, it is evident that medical is the most sought after profession for girls in tier I cities, followed by banking and engineering. Law and entrepreneurship are the least sought after careers in tier I cities for girls.” She said, in tier II cities, Banking is the primary sector chosen, followed by Engineering and Teaching.

She further added, “Sixteen per cent of girls surveyed opted for a career in banking in tier II cities. In tier III cities, teaching emerged as the most popular career choice with 19 per cent share.”

In tier III cities, 44 per cent of girls opted for higher education after graduation, while only 22 per cent preferred doing jobs, the survey report showed.

A fair share of 44 per cent of girls in tier I cities opted for jobs after graduation while 21 per cent preferred to go for higher education after getting Bachelors degree. On the other hand, in tier II cities, 35 per cent pursued further education after graduation while 34 per cent opted for job.

The study also revealed that a total of 29 per cent of respondents in tier I cities opted for higher education and jobs for self support, while the number in tier II and III cities stood at 25 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.

Gaining self confidence emerged as another reason for girls to pursue jobs and higher education after graduation.  A total of 27 per cent girls in tier III cities said they go for jobs and higher education to avert marriage proposals.

JNU vice-chancellor post offered to Subramanian Swamy

JNU vice-chancellor post to be offered to Subramanian Swamy

The HRD ministry is believed to have offered the post of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, but he has put some conditions before accepting the coveted post.

It is learned that HRD Minister Smriti Irani spoke to Swamy about the offer. However, there was no official communication from the ministry. It also remained uncertain what riders the BJP leader has placed before the ministry for accepting the offer.

Interestingly, the development comes even before the Union Ministry is to finalise the search-cum-selection committee for selecting the new vice-chancellor. The current vice-chancellor SK Sopory is set to retire in January next year.

As per the rules, a panel of names selected by the committee is sent to the President (who is visitor of the central varsities) by the HRD ministry before the declaration of the new vice-chancellor.

This year, the advertisementfor inviting applications from the interested candidates for appointment of the new vice-chancellor was given in August.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University also known as JNU, is a public central university in New Delhi. In 2012, The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) gave the university a grade of 3.9 out of 4, the highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country.

Tamil Nadu to continue Telugu medium in schools: AP government

Tamil Nadu to continue Telgu language in schools: AP government

On September 23, the Andhra Pradesh government asked Tamil Nadu to restart Telugu medium and the option of choosing Telugu as a second language in schools in the state.

Andhra Pradesh Information, Culture and Telugu language Minister Palle Raghunadha Reddy met Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah and the state’s Education and Tamil language Minister KC Veeramani in Chennai and urged for the continuation of Telugu medium and Telugu as second language in the schools of Tamil Nadu.

Veeramani responded positively to the request and assured Reddy that he will hold a meeting on September 30 on Telugu, a release issued by Reddy’s office said.

The Tamil Nadu government had recently decided to discontinue with Telugu language in its schools.  Noting that Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have similarities, Reddy said that the AP government is encouraging Tamil medium in Chittoor district.

The AP government will be publishing exam papers even if there is just one Tamil student, Reddy said.