Madhya Pradesh Government To Offer Medical Education In Hindi, says state medical education minister
The Madhya Pradesh government will soon offer the option of studying medicine in Hindi, said the state medical education minister Vishwas Sarang on Tuesday. “We are going to form a committee at the earliest to ensure that medical education courses (material) are prepared in Hindi as well. In the near future, we will start medical studies in Hindi too,” he said on the occasion of Hindi Day.
Earlier this month, the minister had announced that lectures on RSS founder K B Hedgewar, Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, Swami Vivekananda and B R Ambedkar will part of the first-year foundation course of MBBS.
The decision is aimed at instilling social and medical ethics in students, he had said. On Monday, MP Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav had announced that first-year students of graduation courses will be offered the ‘Ramcharitmanas’ as an elective subject under the philosophy discipline in the arts stream.
Delhi University colleges are all geared up to resume practical lab sessions for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from today. Some of the measures being taken are- getting Google forms for parents’ consent, sanitizing labs, and inquiring about the vaccination status of students.
College principals said that they are expecting lesser number of students today since a majority of those who are from outside Delhi won’t be able to make it. “We have posted the Google form for parents’ consent. We are doing theory classes online and practical classes offline so that combination doesn’t suit those who stay outside Delhi, which is why many might not have said yes for coming to college,” said Dr Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) which is the top regulatory body of higher education in the country, has barred the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Andhra Pradesh, from offering online and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) courses for a year.
The reason for this, the commission said, is that the institute has allegedly not followed regulations set for offering online and ODL courses and has been “admitting students in violations of the provisions of previous and current regulations”. “Therefore, the commission has taken a serious view of the above violations in the 551st meeting…to debar/ban the HEI from offering ODL and online programmes for one year,” the public notice from the UGC secretary, Professor Rajnish Jain, said.
The Madhya Pradesh state government has announced that it will reopen schools for classes 1 to 5 from September 20 with 50% attendance. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The schools have been asked to follow the Covid-19 protocols to open the elementary classes. Social distancing norms should be adhered to properly, and sanitization should be done regularly. If any parent doesn’t want to send their kids to school, the administration should continue online classes, said an officer of the school education department.
The hostels and boarding schools for classes 8, 10 and 12 will also be reopened with 100% capacity while class 11 will be reopened with 50% capacity, said the school education minister Inder Singh Parmar. All the staff members of the school are required to get vaccinated.
A teachers group of Assam comprising seven members has detected five new asteroids as part of an International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) Citizen Science Programme. IASC is a partner of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They participated in the asteroid search campaigning organised by IASC under the name of Saptarishi VIPNET (India).
Rajib Ranjan Dhar, a teacher of Rabindra Vidyapith ME School in Assam’s Kamrup (Metro) district, took part in the International Asteroid Search Campaign along with six colleagues, wherein they discovered five asteroids. “We have able to detect five preliminary detection of moving objects (asteroids). IASC is a partner organization of NASA. So we are feeling more proud that we are involved in such activities,” he said, adding that he and his colleagues had been involved in the asteroid search campaign in May and August this year.
“Regarding the future of this campaign, we want to involve more people from Assam, especially the student community. We are very hopeful that all five asteroid detections will come in the provisional discovery list of IASC,” he said.
The UP government has issued a new order to state universities directing teaching and non-teaching staff to no more avail long leaves till March 31, 2023. Only maternity leaves have been exempted from this. Teachers and employees’ unions have expressed their displeasure over this decision.
The order issued by Additional Chief Secretary Higher Education, Monika S Garg has become a matter of discussion among universities and employees. In the mandate, it has been said that leave should be cancelled in the name of regular session. The order added that a condolence meeting would be held at 3 pm on the death of only teachers and employees working in universities and that colleges and classes will continue as usual till 3 pm.
Significantly, it has been said in the mandate that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the teaching work was affected last year, due to which the academic session became irregular. In order to regularize the session, the winter vacation in universities and colleges can be cancelled till the session becomes normal in the interest of the students.