G 20 Meeting 2023: Rs 10 crore for a facelift of just 4 government schools in Amritsar
AMRITSAR: The government is spending a whopping Rs 10 crore on the repair and infrastructural development of just four government schools in Amritsar and overnight one of the schools has been rechristened as School of Eminence presumably to leave an impression on the visiting dignitaries about the ‘excellent’ government educational infrastructure in Punjab.
The government had unveiled several packages for the transformation of the holy city of Amritsar ahead of G 20 meeting to at least showcase the well-maintained and clean city having the best of the government educational system to the visiting government officials of twenty countries who would be converging here to participate in the three meetings being held from March 15 to 20.
Under the G 20 Summit being held in Amritsar, three meetings, namely G 20 Meeting on Education will be held from March 15 to 17, the Y 20 Meeting on March 15 and the L 20 Meeting on Labour will be held on March 19 to 20.
X0 EN, PWD, Inderjit Singh said that four government schools each at Mall Road, Chheherata, Town Hall, and Jandiala Guru were being developed at the cost of Rs 10 crore.
Principal of the School of Eminence Mandeep Kaur said the refurbishing of the school would be highly beneficial for the students since they would have better infrastructure including new furniture etc. A school with a students’ strength of 2400 has to its credit, for maki a chip that was installed in a satellite produced by the Indian Space Research Organization( ISRO).In the recent past, three gymnasts of the school won five medals each in national events, said Mandeep.
The roads on which cavalcades of VVIPs would be passing have been remodeled and are being cleaned of debris to make the selective portion of the city look beautiful.
LAUNCH OF THE HARROW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN BENGALURU
Harrow International School Bengaluru launched its parent information sessions in Bengaluru on 11th Feb 2023 and 11th Mar 2023. Both events were convened at the JW Marriot and were very well-attended. Over 120 parents registered for the first event and over 160 parents for the second. The official event was organized and anchored by Dr. Moses Satralkar, Head of Admissions and Marketing, Harrow International School Bengaluru. The event was well-attended and well-appreciated by the participants that comprised affluent parents, expatriates, and diverse stakeholders including those from media, corporate industries/MNCs, club representatives, forum members, private entrepreneurs, diplomats and former military personnel.
Head Master, Mr. Andrew Leale (Oxford University, UK) made a comprehensive presentation that covered the history, ethos, vision, mission, curriculum accreditations, subject combinations, infrastructure, co-curricular activities, faculty profiles and scholarship opportunities. The session was followed by an interactive Open Forum where the participating parents asked a number of questions.
Harrow International School Bengaluru will be opening with its first batch of 150 students in August 2023. On opening, Harrow Bengaluru will offer the Cambridge curriculum, featuring Lower Secondary, IGCSE, AS and A levels, from Grades 6 to12. The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme will be offered in Grades 11and 12, as an alternative to A levels, from 2024.
The school aspires to take International Education to the next level in India, drawing from its exclusive flagship Harrow School in the UK.
Harrow Bengaluru continues to receive widespread support on its joint venture with the Amity Education Group, benefiting from the unique network made available through this strategic collaboration.
Harrow International School Bengaluru is a co-educational boarding and day school that brings the excellence of the Harrow Family of Schools to India for the first time in August 2023. It is located near the International Airport in North Bengaluru
Assam Board Class 10 General Science Exam Paper Leaked, Test Cancelled
The Assam Government on Monday said the general science question paper of the Class 10 state board exam was leaked and the test has been cancelled.
A police case was filed and the CID has been ordered to investigate the matter, Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said.
“Last night, Secondary Education Board, Assam (SEBA) got some clue that today’s paper (general science) had been leaked. Accordingly, the exam was cancelled. The next date will be announced in due course of time,” Pegu told reporters here.
A detailed probe will reveal the source of the leak and the culprits behind it, he said. “There is no question about the involvement of teachers. The papers are kept at police stations and taken to examination centres only on the morning of the test day,” Pegu added.
Nightly high pollution in Delhi caused by biomass burning emissions, finds IIT Kanpur study
According to a joint study led by IIT Kanpur, biomass burning emissions are to blame for Delhi’s high night-time particle pollution levels.
The Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), IIT Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland, and the University of Helsinki, Finland, all contributed to the study that was published in the Nature Geoscience magazine under the direction of IIT Kanpur.
Suneeti Mishra and Professor SachchidaNand Tripathi from the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Kanpur are co-authors of the study.
DELHI HAZE AND ITS AFFECT
Delhi frequently encounters high levels of particulate pollution, generally known as haze; nevertheless, the precise causes of its production were unknown until recently.
The thorough investigation revealed the cause of the extreme haze episodes that Delhi, one of the world’s most populous cities, experiences in winter.
Professor Sachchida Nand Tripathi, from IIT Kanpur, who was the principal investigator in the study said, “The uncontrolled biomass burning for residential heating and cooking in the Indo-Gangetic plain gives rise to ultrafine particles, affecting the health of 5% of the world’s population and impacting the regional climate.”
“The study becomes important as air pollution is responsible for 18% of the total annual premature deaths in India,” the professor added.
According to the study, reducing uncontrolled combustion, particularly when the weather is favourable, may reduce the amount of supersaturated vapours available for nanoparticle formation and, as a result, may be a successful technique for reducing night-time particulate numbers during Delhi’s haze.
Odisha: Over 50 students appearing for class 10 boards injured in bee attack on way to exam centre
ODISHA: Over 50 students appearing for the class 10 state board exams and their teachers were injured after being stung by a swarm of bees on their way to the exam centre in Odisha’s Keonjhar district on Monday, officials said.
Four students and two teachers had to be taken to a hospital following the incident, they said. The incident took place when the students and teachers were going to their examination centre at the Harichandanpur Balika High School for the ongoing board examination.
Despite being in pain, the injured students appeared for the examination, a teacher said. Those taken to the hospital were discharged after preliminary treatment, officials said.
In a similar peculiar attack, a West Bengal Madhyamaik exam student died in an elephant attack on his way to the exam centre. The hospital doctors declared the student brought dead.
UP Government Targets Making 30,000 Smart Schools
The Department of Basic Education, Uttar Pradesh, announced that its target is to transform 30,000 schools in UP into smart schools. The state already has 12,000 schools with smart classes. This announcement came right before the UP government said that it had earmarked Rs 2,000 crore for the development of primary and upper-primary schools in the state.
In a tweet, the Department of Basic Education wrote, “there is a target to provide 2 lakh tablets to 2 lakh primary and upper primary schools in UP and to turn 30 thousand such institutes into fully smart schools.” The tweet further said that 12,000 schools had been equipped with smart classes.
This is in line with the UP government’s objective to improve students’ skill development by upgrading schools from pre-primary to class 8. On March 12, Hindustan Times reported that the UP government also announced that it had allocated Rs 1,000 crores for the development of 880 primary and upper primary schools under the basic education department. The administration will transform these institutes into Mukhyamantri Abhyudaya Composite Schools.
“A provision has been made to upgrade the infrastructure facilities in each composite school for a sum of around Rs 1.42 crore,” director general, school education, UP, Vijay Kiran Anand said.
Apart from upgrading the infrastructure of schools in the state, the Department of Basic Education currently also shoulders the responsibility of filling teacher vacancies in primary and upper primary institutes.