Colleges and universities in Maharashtra can conduct physical classes from October 20 and students must be fully vaccinated in order to attend the classroom sessions, said the state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Wednesday. The decision comes in the wake of schools across the state resuming physical sessions for Classes 5 to 12 on October 4 after being shut for over one-and-a-half years due to the pandemic.
“All the non-agricultural colleges, state-run universities, deemed universities, self-financed universities and colleges affiliated to them can start holding physical classes from October 20. The teaching as well as non-teaching staff should complete their vaccination on priority,” Mr Samant said, adding that, “Only the students who have taken both the doses can attend the classes. Those students who are yet to complete their vaccination against COVID-19 should get it on priority by coordinating with their respective colleges.”
Manipal International School organized a virtual field trip for students to explore nature on 4th and 5th October in their age appropriate batches. The virtual tour of the beautiful JB Kaval Tree Park, Yelahanka was conducted by enthusiastic wildlife conservationist and National Geographic Certified educator Mr. Jai Sharma.
The Principal of Manipal International School, Dr. Ritu Chauhan said that the purpose of this trip were manifold: to understand the variety and beauty of nature; learn about biodiversity and our coexistence in nature, the food chain, and most importantly to emphasize a sense of community and a feeling of responsibility towards the preservation of the ecosystem that sustains us. “Our students explored the butterfly garden with the sight of beautiful butterflies and through the dense forest. They were explained through videos about the symbiotic relationship between the trees, insects & birds and us, and the role that the earthworm plays!” she said.
The session ended with a question and answer session. The students asked several questions to the expert.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recognized the Cuttack-based Madhusudan Law University. The university will now be entitled to receive central grants. It was formerly a law college and became a university only in April 2021. The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took to Twitter to announce this. The Minister said: “The Cuttack-based Madhusudan Law University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as a university under Section 2 (F) of the UGC Act 1956 and has been included in the university list. Under the UGC Act 1956, Section 12 (b), the university will soon receive a central grant. This, of course, fulfills the expectations and aspirations of law students in Odisha. PM Narendra Modi hopes to give students a new identity and improve the quality of legal education in the state, in line with his visionary national education policy.”
The eight decade-old institution named, the Union Education Minister said, is one of the best law colleges in the region. The central government is committed to transform the higher education landscape as per the vision of PM Narendra Modi and in line with the National Education Policy (NEP).
The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all state secondary schools to set up ‘Arogya Vatika’ in their premises. The decision was taken on the directive of Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is also in-charge of secondary education department, with a view to ensure well-being of students and their parents.
He said, “We have decided to set up Arogya Vatika in all secondary schools of the state. It will not only help conserve environment, but also can help boost immunity and well-being of students and their families”.
The idea was popularized by local journalist Sudhir Mishra, who with the help of his newspaper has been running a campaign to create such gardens in parks, police stations, schools, and other places, Sharma said. Running it for two years, Mishra said he invited the district administration, police department, and ministers to join the campaign.
During one such campaign last month, Deputy CM Sharma liked the idea and ordered its implementation in all secondary schools of the state. An order to this end has been issued by Director Education, Vinay Kumar Pandey, instructing all District Inspectors of schools to identify places to set up these medicinal plants.
“A place should be identified in all secondary schools in the premises and a teacher should be named to look after the garden after planting medicinal plants,” Pandey said in the order.
Amazon India on Tuesday said it will directly provide 20,000 digital devices to students from underprivileged communities to empower them for a brighter future. The company aims to impact 1 lakh students across India in partnership with over 150 large and small non-profit organizations under its ‘Delivering Smiles’ initiative. The company is also inviting customers to either contribute in cash or give their old mobile phones that will be refurbished and distributed to provide digital learning devices to about one lakh underprivileged students. Amazon India vice president Manish Tiwary said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to focus the stark digital divide not only in the field of education but also in access to essential services.
“Amongst the most adversely affected are young people from marginalized communities. Together with our customers, employees and partners, we aim to bridge the gap by enabling young people with digital devices for continued access to online education and essential services for their families,” Mr Tiwary said. He said Amazon is committed to investing in the future of the country.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has released the date sheets of the Secondary (class 10) and Senior Secondary (class 12) exams for both the Indian and overseas students. For the Indian students, the NIOS exams will commence from November 12, and for the overseas students, the NIOS public exams will be conducted from November 11 to December 6.
The NIOS class 10 exams will begin with Hindustani Sangeet and end with Employability Skills, Entrepreneurship and Carnatic Sangeet papers on December 15. The NIOS class 12 exams will start with the Sanskrit and Early Childhood Care and Education papers on November 12 and conclude with Business Studies on December 15.
Almost all the papers of Class 10 and Class 12 NIOS Public Exams (Theory) will be held for duration of three hours from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm for the Indian students, and between 3 pm and 6 pm for the overseas students.
The CBSE released a Circular on September 29th, 2021 to host webinars to explain Competency-based Questions for Science, Mathematics, Social Science and English in detail. The webinars turned out to be extremely informative for students and teachers as the CBSE experts discussed what to expect in the forthcoming Term 1 Exams. Never before has such clarity been given via video webinars to everyone on board exams.
The panelists for every webinar covered how the questions are formed around the Competency-based Education System. CBSE made it very clear that to move away from rote learning and mugging up of concepts, Term 1 MCQ Board Exam will be heavily competency-driven in nature.