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President Ram Nath Kovind during a virtual ceremony conferred the National Teaching Awards to 44 teachers for their exceptional efforts in education.
Mamata Paliwal, a mathematics teacher at the Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Bhiwani, Haryana, got the award for her innovative methods in making the learning of mathematics easier. “I try to teach mathematics to children in a manner that is fun and simple to understand. I also devise formula games for them to learn certain mathematical concepts,” she said.
Kamal Kishor Sharma, the principal of the Government Senior Secondary School in the Kandaghat district of Himachal Pradesh is credited with going out of the way to ensure speedy construction of a school building. “The land on which the school was built had many stakeholders, due to which no construction work was being done. I went door-to-door and convinced the stakeholders and also collected funds for it. During the pandemic, I went door-to-door to discuss the importance of education for children and also to solve students’ doubts,” he said.
Deputy Principal of Delhi’s Government Pratibha VikasVidyalaya Vipin Kumar has bagged the award for providing additional help to students who did not have the means to attend coaching classes for competitive exams. “I provided such students with necessary study notes and also tried to guide them. Thirty-five students from the school cleared the IIT-JEE Mains and NEET exam in a year. I also prepared a team of students from Delhi government schools for an Olympiad in Moscow. The students secured a bronze medal at the event,” he said.
Muhammad Ali who teaches at the Government Middle School located in Kargil, Ladakh, went the extra mile for his students during the pandemic by physically reaching out to each one of them living in far-flung areas.
State Teacher Award and Auraiya Ratna awardee Manish Kumar is a science teacher in a pre-secondary school at Shivganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya. Kumar started campaigns like Young Changemakers and Child Achievers for the students. He has started work on building a science park to help children in their learning. Before this, there was no such park in the Kanpur division in which children could play and learn at the same time.
The National Awards to Teachers were first instituted in 1958 to recognise the excellence and commitment of teachers in shaping the minds as well as the future of the youth.
Colleges in Karnataka will function in two shifts this year to cater to the increased demand for undergraduate course seats. If the colleges get more admissions, they will be allowed to conduct classes in two shifts, preferably in the morning and afternoon. The colleges can utilise the existing infrastructure for the same. As per the information from the department of collegiate education, the morning classes will be conducted from 8 am to 12 pm and the afternoon shift will be from 12 pm to 4 pm. Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said, “We don’t think there will be a dearth of seats. Every year, around 1 lakh seats in undergraduate courses remained vacant. We have also opened evening colleges in 11 government degree colleges and allowed colleges to function in shifts.” He said that the department of collegiate education had been instructed to increase intake at private unaided colleges up to 20%.
Many states have reopened schools in India for Classes 9 to 12. States like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab have resumed physical classes. Some states still have to make a call on the reopening of schools. Alongside, the government is also prioritizing vaccination for teachers and school staff to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has recently said that the government has still not considered reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 5. The schools in the state have already reopened for Classes 9 to 12 on August 23, while the Classes for 6 to 8 will resume from September 6.
With Uttar Pradesh recording a sharp decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government has resumed physical classes in the state. The Uttar Pradesh government has reopened the schools for classes 1 to 8. The classes for 6 to 8 have been reopened from August 23 while classes 1 to 5 were resumed from September 1.
Even Rajasthan is witnessing a significant improvement with regard to the COVID-19 situation, and so the Rajasthan government has resumed physical classes in schools for students from September 1. All the Covid-19 related protocols are being strictly followed in all the schools.
Bihar schools have also reopened for the students of Classes 1 to 8 on August 16, 2021. The state has resumed physical Classes with just 50 percent capacity in the classrooms.
Schools in Delhi will reopen for Classes 8 from September 8, 2021. The schools in the state were reopened for Classes 9 to 12 on September 1, 2021. The government has earlier announced that the schools in Delhi will reopen in a phased manner.
Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain has become the brand ambassador for Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) of Assam, the state Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said on Sunday. “We are delighted that Lovlina has accepted our request to be associated with the SSA as its brand ambassador,” Pegu said. Sharing details of the agreement MD Roshni Korati said that Lovlina was approached to be the brand ambassador for SSA in the state, to which she readily agreed.
“Her role as the brand ambassador is on a completely honorary basis at her insistence. It is a very good gesture on her part,” Korati said. The 23-year-old boxer hailing from Golaghat district had scripted history at the Tokyo Games by becoming the first Assamese to win a medal in the Olympics when she had clinched the bronze medal in the women’s welterweight (64-69kg) category.
She will be helping promote the various activities of SSA, Assam, across the state,” she added. Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is an overarching programme of the Central government for school education extending from pre-school to class 12 with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave away AICTE awards to teachers of engineering and technical and management education on Teachers’ Day 2021. The technical education regulator, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) nominated 20 faculty members from across the country for the awards. The AICTE- Visvesvaraya Best Teacher Award went to 17 faculty members in Engineering and Technology, AICTE-Dr. Pritam Singh Best Teacher Award in Management Education was given to three faculty members. Along with this, Chhatra Vishwakarma Award Clean and Smart Campus Award, 2020 were given to the winners.
Congratulating the awardees, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The new National Education Policy is expected to revolutionize the educational sector in India and lay the path for the next 25 years as per the Vision 2047 of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He stressed that education has to make each one of us more responsible and become Global Citizen. “
The executive council of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Thursday approved a new counter-terrorism course, which had drawn criticism from a section of teachers and students over its content, sources said. The council also approved the observance of August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ every year. The university will organise every year various events including webinars/seminars, exhibitions, distinguished lectures, recalling of true account of the events through survivors, and other related activities in order to educate the younger generation about how millions of Indians lost their lives to the horrors of the partition, a statement from the university said.
“Further, the partition of India as a moment of national trauma with broad historical phases related to ideologies and ideologues of the partition, the events of partition leading to violence, breaking up of a civilisation and aftereffects of partition where silencing of truths and construction of an obfuscated discourse will be revisited,” the statement read. The academic council of JNU, in its meeting held on August 17, had approved three new courses — ‘Counter terrorism, asymmetric conflicts and strategies for cooperation among major powers’; ‘India’s emerging world view in the twenty first century’ and ‘Significance of science and technology in international relations’.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Saturday said its campus will reopen in phases starting from today, i.e. September 6. The campus will first reopen for PhD research scholars who have to submit their thesis by the end of this year. The university said upon arrival on the campus, every student will produce a negative RT-PCR test report not earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival.
“All final year PhD research scholars, who are required to submit their PhD thesis on or before December 31 are allowed to enter into the campus. PwD (Persons with Disabilities) students of the PhD program are allowed to enter into the campus,” the university said. Dr BR Ambedkar Central Library will be sanitised and seating arrangements of reading halls with 50 per cent capacity will be made before reopening the library. Teaching-learning will continue to be in online mode, while school centre level libraries shall remain closed.