Padhe Bharat campaign aims to bring reading proficiency among first-generation learners which commenced on January 1, 2022.
The campaign aims at inculcating a reading habit among students to help them enhance their vocabulary, critical thinking and enrich them with creative ideas.
Bonny Bhansali, principal, The Green Acers Academy, Mumbai, a school which will start implementing this programme from January 10, says, “Padhe Bharat campaign would help the first-generation learners by providing them with an exposure to an environment of being proficient in reading English and other regional languages even while being at their home.
Through this campaign, students would also develop a liking for the English language which will be a motivating factor for them.”
Reading fosters creativity, vocabulary, critical thinking and if it is thoughtfully aligned with several purposeful reflection activities, it will result in a maximum positive impact.
To strengthen skilthe lsets and understanding of financial services of professionals, IIM Lucknow and Imarticus Learning have launched an advanced management program in financial services and capital markets.
Designed by academicians at IIM Lucknow, the program will provide mid-level management professionals with in-depth domain exposure in corporate finance, valuation and modelling, equity research, investment banking, risk management, corporate banking, digital banking, treasury operations, and finTech.
The program will cover key aspects of financial services and capital markets. Each of the course modules will have live virtual teaching and learners will also be given access to the campus immersion at IIM Lucknow twice – once at the beginning, and once at the end of the program.
The program will have IIM Lucknow delivering six modules, and Imarticus Learning providing 1 module in Fintech. Additionally, the program will include projects and stimulations, along with leadership masterclasses from leading business executives in the financial services domain.
School of Management Studies (SOMS), IGNOU has launched the Master of Business Administration (Online) programme which is going to be on offer from January 2022 admission cycle, and is approved by the AICTE.
Candidates who have passed Bachelor’s degree with 50 per cent marks for the general category and 45 per cent marks for reserved category can take admission into this programme without any entrance test. Interested candidates can apply online.
The programme offers five different specializations such as: Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management and Services Management. Learners have to complete 28 courses spanning across four semesters and have 116 credits.
National Students Union of India (NSUI), All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, on Wednesday, demanded that the offline exams should be shifted to online mode. The demand comes a day after a few students at LU’s Habibullah hostel tested positive for Covid.
NSUI, Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, and AISA office bearers met university registrar Vinod Singh on Wednesday. They demanded LU holds vaccination camps on the university campus and test all the students for Covid tests. They also demanded that the LU provides all the necessary medical facilities and that the university conduct only online examinations to prevent overcrowding of students on campus and thus ensure the safety of both students and the teachers.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) on Wednesday condemned the decision taken by the varsity to conduct admissions to its various programmes through the Common Universities Entrance Test from 2022-2023.
In a press statement, the JNU teachers association said, “The Vice Chancellor selectively orchestrated the discussion on the CUCET which was sent as an additional agenda item on Jan 10, 2022, by stating that decision on the matter had already been taken in the 157th meeting of the academic council.
This however is not true.” According to JNUTA, 111 faculty members submitted their opinion requesting the Academic Council to refer the agenda item for discussion at the School (BOS) and Centre (Faculty Committee) for further deliberations. “Not only did the Vice Chancellor not place this letter on the table, he also did not allow people to raise apprehensions with respect to the adoption of CUCET,” the press statement mentioned.
Meanwhile, the JNU took the decision to conduct the entrance examination through CUCET in its 159th academic council meeting held on January 12. “The above decision of the academic council is in conformity with its earlier decision taken in 157th meeting of the academic council held on March 22 to adopt and admit students through CUCET whenever the examination would be planned by National Testing Agency (NTA),” JNU statement mentioned.
The CISCE on Wednesday extended the last date for submitting marks of practical and project work of ISC (Class XII) and ICSE (Class X) students to the council to February 28 in view of the difficulties faced by the institutions in conducting the tests due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.
Schools were earlier asked to submit the marks by January 31. “Considering the present outbreak of the Virus and the difficulties expressed by the Heads of Schools, the CISCE has decided to extend the last date for submission of the pending ISC Practical Examination Marks/ Project Work Marks/SUPW Grades. The last date for submission of the these on the CAREER portal now is February 28, 2022, instead of January 31, 2022,” the circular issued to heads of all schools by Gerry Arathoon, CISCE chief executive and secretary, read.
Schools had resumed offline classes for grades X to XII but several states have again announced the closure of schools, colleges and universities due to the spike in Covid 19, Omicron cases. As a result, the schools were forced to return to online classes for Classes X to XII and they are finding it difficult to conduct the practical examination, heads of several schools said. At many schools, the practical examinations are pending in all the subjects.
The ICSE and ISC Semester 1 theory exams ended on December 16 and 20 respectively. Most schools had to shut down for the winter vacation after the completion of the semester 1 exams. They were to reopen from the first or second week of January. Many schools had expected that they would conduct the tests after the vacation and would be able to submit the marks within the January 31 deadline given by the CISCE.
The University of Lucknow has asked its first-semester undergraduate and postgraduate students to vacate its hostels and return home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The university has also asked to start free Covid testing and Covid vaccination camps in its campus for the benefit of the students and the teaching and non-teaching staff. The decision to vacate the first-semester undergraduate and postgraduate hostels has been made considering many students falling prey to Covid and many showing symptoms like cold, cough and fever.
While announcing that students should vacate the hostels to ensure safety of health amid the ongoing Covid pandemic, the university also said that the classes which have been continuing in online mode will remain and the first semester UG and PG exams can be expected to be held in February 2022.