Schools in Karnataka have reopened for students of Classes 6 to 8. The students and staff are required to follow strict Covid-19 protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP). As per government directions, schools have been reopened in taluks where the Covid-19 positivity rate is below 2 percent.
Teachers are delighted to see their students and teach them sans the computer, saying that face-to-face teaching is a lot more satisfying.
“Offline classes are more interesting for students. In the online mode, only a few students could join us since many are poor, some did not have their mobiles at the time classes were scheduled since their parents had to work. This is where they will learn properly and as a teacher, offline classes must continue,” said a teacher.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh said that this decision to reopen schools was taken based on the approval given from the technical advisory committee on Covid-19.
Offline classes for students of Classes 6-8 will be held on alternate days, each with 50 percent attendance. Classes will be held five days a week, and the remaining two days (weekend) will be used for sanitizing and other Covid-19 control measures. The government had already allowed the reopening of schools for students from Classes 9 to 12 from August 23.
N.L. Dalmia High School celebrated its Founder’s Day on the 4th of September, 2021 in memory of Late Shri Niranjanlalji Dalmia- the Founder-Chairman of the school.
The event proceeded with some of the students sharing their thoughts, the school Principal Ms. Seema Saini presenting the annual report for the academic year 2020-2021 and Mr. Shailesh Dalmia- the Secretary of the school sharing his thoughts.
The event concluded with some brilliant cultural performances by the students.
Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister N K Das on Monday said the state government plans to make NTPC’s Medical College and Hospital in Sundergarh district operational from 2022-23.
He said the medical college will start with 100 MBBS seats while the hospital will have 500 beds. Das said in the assembly that a total of 160 teaching posts in 22 disciplines will be open for recruitment in the medical facility, adding, 85 positions have been created for appointment of non-teaching staff.
The newly created posts will be filled up as per the relevant recruitment rule and provision of the Orissa Reservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services Act. The state government has provided 21 acres of land for the project, which would entail an investment of around Rs 350 crore, the minister said.
An association of teachers of Jadavpur University on Monday wrote to West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu, urging him to take immediate steps for COVID vaccination of students and researchers to reopen the institute. In the first phase, final year students can be allowed to attend physical classes in separate batches after administering vaccine jabs to them, Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association said in a letter to Basu.
It also requested him to allow resumption of research activities in the varsity. “We demand immediate COVID-19 vaccination for research scholars and students as a preparatory step for reopening the campus,” said the JUTA general secretary.
Demanding commencement of physical classes for students whose studies have been suffered for almost 18 months, the teachers’ body also urged the minister to allow on-campus inoculation camps for those who have not received jabs. Roy said online teaching cannot be alternative to physical classes, and laboratory-based subjects cannot be taught through virtual mode.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hosting a two-day online lunar science workshop on September 6 and 7 which would be broadcast live on ISRO’s official Facebook page and the ISRO website. Chandrayaan-2 data was also released at the event which started today to engage the wisdom of the scientific community to analyse the data.
The workshop will have six sessions two on Day 1 and four on Day 2. The lunar science workshop was inaugurated yesterday, September 6, at 10 am by Dr Tirtha Pratim Das, Director, Science Programme Office (SPO), Indian Space Research Organisation, HQ. The workshop lectures include those on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, tracking, operations, and data archival aspects as well.
The Delhi government has decided to provide seed money to children from government schools from September 7 onwards in order to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the state government had launched the Entrepreneurship Curriculum two years ago with the aim that no child should be clearing school as a job seeker but rather be a job provider.
The motive was to imbibe in children the belief that whatever job they do should be done with an entrepreneurship mindset. A seed money amount of Rs 1,000 was offered to students in the beginning for them to use their entrepreneurship skills and earn more from that amount.
Sisodia said that the Entrepreneurship Curriculum had changed a lot in the last two years but that many children had used the curriculum and the seed money to their benefit.
“A child started making masks, a child started teaching yoga. A 12th-pass girl Kajal has created her own accounting company and is giving jobs to 20 people, she has a turnover of 15 lakhs,” Manish Sisodia said.
Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Monday said that the government has commenced preliminary works to grant administrative sanction to provide 11.72 lakh laptops to school students across the state. He was replying to the special call attention moved by CPI-M legislator member V.P Nagimaali in the Assembly.
As Nagimaali said that Class 12 students enrolled during 2017-18 were not provided free laptops by the state government till now, the Minister said that a Government order issued on November 1, 2019, clearly states that laptops could be distributed only to students who have enrolled during 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years and who eventually pursued higher education.
Based on this, laptops have been distributed to Class 12 students in various districts, he said, adding that administrative sanction has been accorded on February 18 this year to distribute laptops to students of other districts.
These students have to provide a bonafide certificate from institutions from where they were pursuing higher education. He also said that the state has distributed 45,71,675 laptops to the students since 2011-12 and had spent an amount of Rs 6,349 crore for this.
SC allows CBSE Class 12 private, patrachar and second compartment students to apply for provisional admission
The Supreme Court on Monday said that private, ‘patrachar’ and second compartment students of CBSE class 12 can apply for admission for higher studies on provisional basis subject to undertaking that they would produce their results before the concerned institutions within one week of its declaration.
The apex court was informed by the counsel appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that result of class 12 private, ‘patrachar’ and second compartment students would be declared by September 30.
The ‘patrachar’ students, according to Delhi Government’s education department website, are those who are registered in patracharvidyalaya where study materials are made available to those coming from weaker sections of society or those who are drop-outs.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar noted that lawyers appearing for the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have submitted before it that these students can apply for admissions on provisional basis subject to producing results which are to be declared by the CBSE.
“In other words, the petitioner can apply to relevant courses for pursuing higher studies on provisional basis and on giving undertaking that the results as declared by CBSE will be submitted to the concerned college/institution within one week from its issue by the CBSE,” said the bench.
‘Super 30’ founder and mathematician Anand Kumar was conferred the ‘Sarabhai Teacher Scientist National Honorary Award 2021’ by the National Council of Teacher Scientist (NCTS) for making mathematics easy to learn and coaching the underprivileged students to succeed in the IIT exams, the organisers said here on Monday.
Kumar, a native of Bihar, who has been coaching underprivileged students since nearly two decades for JEE-Advanced, the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, was also awarded the life membership of the organisation during a virtual event held on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day on Sunday, NCTS Chairman Chandramouli Joshi said in a statement.
The Delhi-headquartered NCTS was floated by the Gujarat-based Raman Science And Technology Foundation, a registered trust, with an aim to develop and nurture scientific temper among teachers.
Kumar thanked the award organisers and said in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the underprivileged sections the most, he is now trying to reach out to more and more people using technology.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has started a training programme in the Korean langauge. The JNU Korean Language Teacher’s Training Programme (KLTTP) 2021 is being organised by JNU’s Centre for Korean Studies (CKS) in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center India (KCCI) Embassy of Republic of Korea, New Delhi.
The training programme will be conducted from September 6, 2021, to February 25, 2022. A total of 20 participants will be a part of the training programme.
There will be a total of seven courses in the programme — Introduction to Korean language education, Korean language teaching methodology, Korean language textbook theory, Korean language evaluation theory, methods in teaching Korean culture, methods in making Korean language lesson plans and Korean language training practice.
As part of the inaugural address, M Jagadesh Kumar, VC, JNU, said, “Globally, India and Korea are known as leading democracies. Business styles and strategic cooperation between the two countries are complementary to each other. We have strong cultural ties with Korea.
There is a growing interest in India to learn about Korea and hence, the Korean language is added as an important language as per NEP 2020.”