Mothers of children staying in state-run hostels and barding schools in Tripura can now stay with their off-springs, the education minister, Ratan Lal Nath, recently announced. The initiative is titled ‘Mother on Campus’, and will allow biological or legally-authenticated mothers to stay with their children on campus.
“The idea is that the presence of the mother will induce a sense of security among the children and will also benefit the academic performance of the children due to the parental involvement,” . He explained that at one point, only two mothers would be allowed to stay in the hostel for a week.
“At present, the state has 2004 hostels affiliated to various welfare departments such as Tribal, SC, and Minority. As per the scheme, mothers of all children will be staying in the hostel for one week time on a rotation basis,” he added.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT- Bombay) has developed a computer simulator which will prevent the spread of virus inside enclosed premises. The researchers from IIT Bombay developed the simulator after studying airflow inside enclosed premises.
According to the researchers, the public washrooms can act as dead zones where carrying virus like Covid-19 can linger ten times more than normal restrooms. Professor Krishnendu Sinha from aerospace engineering department said, , air in a room should be continuously replaced with fresh air for proper ventilation, but it gets trapped in areas behind the door, in cornetrs, around furniture or behind some obstacle. While windows, fans, air conditioners and exhaust fans keep most parts of a room properly ventilated, in these dead zones, the air gets trapped and keeps going in a circular motion. Technically, these are called recirculation zones. These zones were identified using computer simulation from study.”, as per report.
Explaining about the computer simulator, the professor said, “The ventilation systems are often designed keeping in mind the air changes per hour (ACH) value. This is assuminh every corner is getting fresh air, but our simulations have shown us that some corners do not get fresh air as quickly as other open parts. If infected people are using it, then it is important to pump in fresh air swiftly in these zones.”
The PMF is given to those who pursue their doctoral programs in cutting-edge technologies involving industries and academia so as to provide dual benefit to emerging scientists in the educational institutes.
Two PhD scholars in the Department of Nano Science and Technology of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) here have been awarded the Prime Minister Fellowship (PMF). The PMF is given to those who pursue their doctoral programs in cutting-edge technologies involving industries and academia so as to provide dual benefit to emerging scientists in the educational institutes.
D Pradeep and S Shanmugapriya are the scholars, a press release from TNAU said on Thursday.
They are intended to undertake research on nano-fertilizer formulation for drone-enabled smart delivery system and nano-bio hybrid to manage plant nematode–fungal pathogens, the release said.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the state government has been revamping the entire education scenario and closing down schools with zero enrolments. He said that the number of government schools in the state has increased from only three since Independence to more than 3,000 but the quality in education has not witnessed the desired rise.
“We have so far closed down about 400 zero enrolment schools across the state and decided to select one school in each of the 60 assembly constituencies to be developed as a model school with all facilities,” Mr Khandu said on Tuesday while inaugurating the permanent campus of the Government College at Bomdila in West Kameng district.
The chief minister called upon community based organizations to visit their areas and recommend which schools may be shut down and which schools in a periphery can be clubbed into one, an official communique said.
“Let us club schools situated not at far from each other into one and focus on its development with proper infrastructure and sufficient teachers,” he added.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday directed that all Lower Primary (LP) and nearby Middle English (ME) schools be merged to prevent dropout of students from these two sections. All infrastructure development issues of the schools would be taken up for the merger with necessary budget allocation, the Chief Minister said while reviewing the functioning of the elementary education, secondary education, higher and technical education departments here.
He also directed the authorities to set up a portal for identifying post-graduate teachers in middle and elementary schools where they would be able to register themselves. Mr Sarma also emphasised the need to fix post-graduation as the minimum qualification for future recruitment of middle and higher education school teachers. He directed officials to take steps for merging Directorates of Elementary and Secondary Education into one single Directorate of School Education for seamless running of both elementary and secondary education systems.
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to direct the CBSE and the CISCE to provide option of hybrid mode, instead of the offline mode only, for the class 10 and 12 board examinations, saying it would not be appropriate to disturb the process at this stage.
The apex court noted that term one board exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have already commenced from November 16 while semester one of the board examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) are to commence from November 22.
A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the CBSE, that all precautions have been taken for conducting the board exams in offline mode and the examination centres have been increased from 6,500 to 15,000.
The bench said it “hopes and trusts” that authorities will take all precautions and measures to ensure that no one is exposed to anything untoward in the examination process.
The top court was hearing a plea, filed by six students who would be appearing in the board examinations, seeking directions to the CBSE and the CISCE to issue a revised circular for conducting the ensuing class 10 and 12 board exams in hybrid mode instead of offline mode only amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court said NEET examination brochure must contain a specific segment for candidates with disabilities to show what are the benefits available to them.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) examination brochure must contain a specific segment for candidates with disabilities to show what are the benefits available to them. The top court said that the National Testing Agency (NTA) must also train their invigilators who are at the ground level in examination centres as to how should they deal with students with disabilities.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna remarked while hearing a plea of a female student suffering from dysgraphia whose grievance was that she was not allowed an additional one-hour for attempting the questions and her answer sheet was snatched by the invigilator.
She sought re-examination or to be adequately compensated with grace marks or no negative marking in case of wrong answers. Advocate Rupesh Kumar, appearing for the National Testing Agency, said that it only conducts the examination and declares the results and does not have much control at the ground level.
“We have conducted webinars for the invigilators but still at the ground level, the situation is sometimes unmanageable,” he said, adding that the result for the examination has been declared. Kumar said that it is difficult to conduct the re-examination for one candidate or award her grace marks as the entire merit list will have to be changed after that.
He added that the student had in between the examination told that she needs an extra one hour due to which the invigilator at the Centre could not cross-check the required provision. “Around 16 lakh students have taken the examination and therefore it is difficult to correct the results for one student as the entire merit list will have to be changed. It may also be not appropriate for other students, who may be superseded if she is awarded grace marks,” he said.