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May - June News Roundup of India: 10 things you should know

Our May - June roundup of news from India focusses on the acute talent shortage in India, the new Happiness Curriculum and the latest reports about women returners.

1. Rajasthan Government has merged two education schemes to provide holistic and quality education. The RERC and the RSEC will now be executed by the new body, the RCSCE, which will be sole entity to monitor, supervise and implement education from pre-education to class 12 under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan (SMSA).

2. Employers around the world are facing the most acute talent shortage in 12 years, and India is among the top 10 most-affected markets with 56% of employers facing difficulty in filling vacant positions in New Delhi, says Talent Shortage Survey released by ManpowerGroup.

3. On 2 July the Dalai Lama launched the Delhi government’s new Happiness Curriculum . The curriculum will involve a 'Happiness' period of 45 minutes for all students studying in nursery up to class VIII at all the Delhi government schools and includes meditation, value education, and mental exercises.

4. Indian companies aren’t hiring women to avoid ‘maternity leave’ liability , calling into question the new Maternity Benefit Act. According to a study done by TeamLease, 1.1 to 1.8 million women (across 10 key sectors) might not get jobs in the 2018-19 fiscal year as employers do not find maternity leaves and benefits feasible. If the job loss is estimated across all employable sectors, the number of women who don’t get employment this fiscal year would go up to 12 million.

5. A recent survey  has revealed that one of the most common reasons why new mothers switch from breastfeeding to formula milk once they get back to work is the lack of breastfeeding support and facilities at their workplace. Corporates are investing in their female employees through the provision of childcare support and paid maternity leave in order to retain women when they become mothers.

6. Daughters of employed mothers are more likely to be employed, work more hours and earn higher incomes than their peers whose mothers were not employed, shows a recent paper  in Sage Journals by Kathleen L McGinn of Harvard Business School.

7. Ashoka University’s Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership (GCWL) recently released first of its kind, qualitative study  on lived experiences of maternity and career among women and their return to workforce across sectors titled “Predicament of returning mothers.” With the objective of enabling women to retain their careers post-maternity, insights from this research will be used for programmatic interventions to support and empower pregnant women and returning mothers at workplace.

8. Jaipur Finance department issued notification on Tuesday stating that a woman government employee shall be granted childcare leave (CCL) for a maximum period of two years (730 days) during her entire service.

9. Five Indian companies make it to the list of The World's Most Innovative Companies , which includes 100 names from across sectors and countries. The companies include: Hindustan Unilever, Larsen & Toubro, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Maurti Suzuki.

 Three years after entering India, Silicon Valley’s Udacity has made India its second biggest English-speaking market, globally .

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