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NEWS OF THE DAY : 12-Jan-2918 : Pledges Reforms To Encourage Skilled Workers
- January 12, 2019
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Good news for Indians? Trump vows easier path to citizenship via H-1B
NEWS OF THE DAY : Pledges Reforms To Encourage Skilled Workers
US President Donald Trump on Friday pledged to reform the H-1B visa process, a skilled temporary guest worker programme widely used by Indian professionals, saying he wants to “encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US” and provide “a potential path to citizenship”.
The president’s outreach came amid a furious debate over immigration reform and the need for a southern border wall, which he says is needed to staunch illegal immigrants, while pledging to smoothen the path for legal immigration. Nearly 420,000 foreign guest workers, including more than 300,000 Indians, are stuck in what is called H-1B limbo, their route to permanent residency and citizenship squeezed by country-specific quotas and the obsessive focus on resolving the illegal immigration issue at the expense of the legal immigration gridlock.
“H-1B holders… can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay…” Trump tweeted.
Under current system, 9,800 Indians get green cards a year
Much Indian support in the US for Trump is premised on his pledge to reform the immigration system that many experts say discriminates against those to come to the country legally while favouring illegal immigrants who are beneficiaries of various amnesty and regularisation programs. Because the current system imposes a 7% per country quota for green cards or the legal permanent residency (LPR), countries such as India and China, with large population of potential or aspiring immigrants, have to wait several years to become US residents.
The current Immigration and Naturalisation Act allocates 140,000 visas annually for five employment-based LPR categories, roughly 12% of the 1.1million LPRs admitted in fiscal 2017. It further limits each immigrant-sending country to an annual maximum of 7% of all employment-based LPR admissions, which means only about 9,800 of the more than 300,000 Indians waiting for green cards get it each year, even as more and more are added to the waiting pool.
The president’s softening on the legal immigration through H-1B issue did not please the American tech workers’ constituency that has campaigned against the H-1B guest worker programme citing widespread misuse.
How CBSE plans to ease pain from ‘most difficult’ subject
ACTION PLAN 2020: Choice On Maths For Boards Only
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The CBSE will, from 2020, give students the choice of appearing in either the basic or standard version of the maths exam during the Class X boards.
“It is well known that students experience greatest stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject exam,” the CBSE said in a statement on Friday.
There have been protests over mathematics papers in board exams in the past.
Students can choose the level at the time of the online submission of the List of Candidates by affiliated schools to the board from 2020. However, the choice will not be applicable for the internal assessment for Class X or in the exam of Class IX.
“The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both levels would remain the same, so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics and are able to decide on the level depending upon their aptitude and abilities,” the statement stated. The Basic Mathematics would be an easier option. If a student fails at any level, he/she can appear for the compartmental exam. For a student who has opted for Standard Mathematics and fails, he/she can either sit for the same or appear for Basic Mathematics.
Students, parents and principals welcomed the decision. Many principals of government schools stated that it would help because many students had failed in mathematics in board exams last year.
“It is a good move for students. It will benefit those students who find mathematics difficult. In government schools, most students fail in mathematics. So, the choice is a step in the right direction,” the principal of a government school in Rohini, said.
“I neither like mathematics, nor want to study further. So I am happy that when I give my board exam, I will be able to make a choice. Every year it is mathematics which brings down my marks,” said Dipanita Parashar, a Class IX student of a private school in Delhi.
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