In a significant development, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has widened the regulatory scope of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Traditionally overseeing postgraduate programs in Management (MBA) and Computer Applications (MCA), AICTE will now extend its authority to include undergraduate courses in Computer and Management. The official notification, published in the UGC’s Official Gazette, emphasizes the alignment with the AICTE Act of 1987, reinforcing the control of ‘Technical Education’ in various fields.
AICTE’s Strategic Move
Till date, AICTE solely governed postgraduate programs in Management and Computer Applications. However, starting from the upcoming academic year, AICTE will take charge of institutions offering undergraduate courses such as BBA, BMS, and BCA. This expansion aims to ensure uniform quality and academic standards across both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, similar to the existing regulations for MCA and MBA. Approved institutes under AICTE will enjoy benefits such as Faculty Development Programs, Scholarship Schemes, Model Curriculum, and more.
Compliance Directive to Affiliated Institutions
The UGC, in coordination with AICTE, has directed affiliated institutions to communicate this regulatory shift to all entities currently offering or planning to offer BBA, BMS, and BCA programs. The emphasis on compliance underscores the collaborative effort to maintain consistent educational standards in the evolving landscape of Management and Computer Applications.
Apple’s Vision Pro: A Leap into Mixed Reality
Shifting gears to the tech realm, Apple is on the brink of unveiling its groundbreaking wearable spatial computer, the Apple Vision Pro. Leaked visuals of the mixed reality headset’s Safari web browser, shared by a user on X (formerly Twitter), have ignited anticipation. The leaked demo showcases the browser’s ability to resize and arrange windows, along with interacting with and viewing 3D objects, offering users a glimpse into the immersive experience that awaits.
Safari on Vision Pro: A 3D Browsing Experience
The leaked demo reveals an innovative feature—tabs in a 3D space. While traditional browsers stack websites accessible via tabs, the Vision Pro allows users to navigate through tabs in a spatial, 3D environment. Smooth animations when switching between up to five tabs, coupled with the display of website names under each tab, enhance the user experience. The Vision Pro’s operating system, visionOS, streamlines the process, displaying all tabs at a glance when a window is expanded.
Interacting with 3D Objects in Safari
Another exciting feature unveiled in the demo is the capability to interact with 3D objects within Safari. While Apple’s existing augmented reality (AR) technology enables users to virtually place objects on their phone screens, the Vision Pro takes it a step further. Users can interact with 3D objects in a 360-degree view directly within the Safari browser, even resizing them for a more detailed examination.
In conclusion, the AICTE’s expanded oversight and Apple’s innovative strides in mixed reality technology mark pivotal moments in education and technology, promising a future where regulatory frameworks adapt and technological boundaries are pushed.
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