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CBSE releases promotion policy for Class IX

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a promotion policy for the Class-IX students. The CBSE has asked all schools that the year-end subject-wise grades of a Class-IX student are to be calculated on the basis of performance in all formative and summative assessments in scholastic areas as well as grades obtained in co-scholastic areas.
In a recent circular, the CBSE states that the total grade points earned by any student will be calculated by adding grade points of all co-scholastic areas. The grades obtained in different co-scholastic areas will be converted into grade points.

According to the new circular, the grade points scored by students in co-scholastic areas will add to the scholastic areas. The CBSE has also given a conversion table to schools � In life skills: A+: 5; A-: 4; B+: 3; B-:2; C: .1; and all other co-scholastic areas: A+:3; A: 2; B: 1.
The CBSE introduced the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Scheme in Class IX in October 2009 and extended it to Class X last year. According to the scheme, both scholastic and co-scholastic aspects are graded, which are then converted into grade points.
Students who get grade points in the range of 34-42 in co-scholastic areas will be upgraded to the next higher grade in two subjects in scholastic areas, the circular clarifies. “Students who get grade points in the range 19-33 will be upgraded to the next higher grade in one scholastic subject. Promotion to the next class will, however, not be affected if a student secures less than 19 grade points in co-scholastic areas.
Students who have taken part or won state, national and international-level competitions, organised by a body recognised by the state or central government or the CBSE, will be considered for co-scholastic grades, CBSE officials said.
For promotion to the next class, a student has to get a qualifying grade of D or above in all subjects, excluding the sixth additional subject. “A student getting E1 or E2 grade in the scholastic areas in one or more subjects will have to improve his/her performance in one subsequent attempt to obtain a qualifying grade. If a student fails to do so, he/she will have to repeat the same class.

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Azim Premji is India’s Bill Gates – Forbes

Washington: India’s software tycoon Azim Premji plans to set up a world-class university to train teachers who will fan out to the teacher training institutes in India’s 600 districts.

“It will be a world-class university with a large endowment,” 64-year-old Premji told Forbes magazine noting, “Most of these institutes are a complete mess with the teachers leading the classes worse than the teachers that come to get trained.”

The proposed university to upgrade teaching methods will be the latest venture of Azim Premji Foundation that focuses on education, improving standards in India by training teachers and, among other things, funding model schools.

Started nine years ago and funded solely by Premji, the foundation was given stock valued at “much more than” Rs 450 crore or roughly $101 million estimated by a newspaper.

Much like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Premji also plans to give away most of his money during his lifetime, the US business magazine revealed.

“Even if I was to give my children a small part of my wealth, it would be more than they can digest in many lifetimes,” he said by way of explaining.

For Premji, Forbes said philanthropy boils down to a simple philosophy: “To those to whom much is given, much has to be given back.”

If the Indian software billionaire, who ranks No. 28 among the richest people in the world with $17 billion to his name, winds up giving away most of hismoney to charity, he would be a rare breed among Asian entrepreneurs who have tended to pass their wealth onto their children rather than putting it to philanthropic use, it said.

The efforts of Premji’s foundation are separate from the philanthropic initiatives Wipro pursues, Forbes noted.

Some of these initiatives, such as Mission 10X, which is focused on making India’s engineering students more employable in the information technology industry, clearly dovetail with Wipro’s business interests.

Others, such as Wipro Cares, match contributions from employees and provide disaster relief, lending a hand after the earthquake in Gujarat or the floods in Orissa, for instance.

Both the foundation’s and Wipro’s philanthropic efforts, according to the US business magazine, share a common philosophy: They seek to offer the recipients of aid an ownership stake by often requiring them to pick up some of the tab

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All CBSE schools to have health and wellness clubs

All CBSE schools to have health and wellness clubs

New Delhi: India is planning to set up a health and wellness club in all the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools across the country to promote safe sanitation practice, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said on Tuesday.

“Health and wellness club will be set up in all schools for better sanitation. Let’s promise for zero tolerance against poor sanitation,” Sibal said after launching the National School Sanitation Initiative.

He said only nine percent of school students wash their hands before eating and these clubs will promote issues like these among students. “They are the future and their good health will help a build a better tomorrow.”

The initiative is a collaboration project between the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry and the urban development ministry. It is estimated that 17 percent of the urban population in India currently has no access to any sanitation facilities, while 50-80 percent of the wastewater is disposed untreated.

Anshu Vaish, secretary school education, said at least 45 percent of Indian schools do not have separate toilets for girls. “This is impacting girl students’ admission and we have a long way to go in improving this situation.”

Initially the health and wellness club will come up in CBSE schools as it is the initiative of the board, Vaish told the sources.

“We will inform all the state boards and if they want all the materials can be translated to desired regional languages.”

S. Jaipal Reddy, who was also present at the event, said safe drinking water and sanitation are part of the millennium development goals and the government is striving to better the situation.

“With this initiative, we will create awareness about sanitation in school level. Students are change agents and we are targeting them,” Reddy added. IANS

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Focus on increasing college enrolment – Sibal

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal recently called for substantially increasing the number of students joining colleges for higher studies after completing their schooling.

“In India, nearly 220 million students go to schools and around 14 million go to colleges. Our Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), that is the percentage of students going from schools to colleges, is only 12.4 percent,” said Sibal here at a seminar on education reforms.

He added, “This is a matter of worry as in other developed countries GER is not less than 40 to 50 percent. If we talk about the research sector, then in Europe for every million people not less than 6,000 go for research, in the US this number is 4,700 whereas in India it is just 156.”

He said that we have to make sure that by 2020 India’s GER increases to 30 percent.

“At presently 480 universities and 22,000 colleges are fulfilling the need of 12.4 percent GER. If we have to reach a mark of 30 percent GER, in the next 10 years we need around 700 to 1,000 universities and nearly 45,000 colleges,” he said.

He said the definition of wealth has changed globally and it now refers to ideas, innovation and creativity that are intellectual assets.

Sibal said changes are needed in school education as well.

He said that no government can run schools efficiently therefore there should be a transfer of ownership to community from the government.

“Under the Right to Education Act, we have impressed on the need of involving 75 percent people from the locality, out of which 50 percent should be women, in a school management committee. Ownership should be gradually transferred to the community and people, especially mothers ofstudents, should decide a school’s operations,” said Sibal.

Talking on exam reforms, he said, “We need to move away from the examination system to creativity. There should be no exams or boards. We require a constant evaluation not for those skills that a student does not have but for those that he actually possesses.” IANS

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Common College entry test country wide by 2013

Common College entry test country wide by 2013

The central board of secondary education (CBSE) has said the abolition of the Class X Boards should not give schools the idea that they can introduce the new CCE scheme according to their whims and fancy. Even as CBSE is thinking of introducing CCE in classes XI and XII, it is also going to introduce a ‘mentoring and monitoring’ mechanism from March this year to maintain uniformity in CCE practices across schools and to check any violations.

Parents have already been complaining about the added burden on their children, saying schools have been giving extra weekly or daily tests, quizzes and project work on the pretext of implementation of CCE, and now CBSE officials too are confirming that they have been getting reports of schools handling out daily tests, experiments and project work ever since the introduction of the new system. CBSE chairman Shri Vineet Joshi said: “Everyday rests and quizzes are against the philosophy of CCE itself.

CCE’s purpose is to distress education for children and yet ensure the holistic growth of every child”.

Saying that CCE activities should be confined to the core curriculum and that most activities should be conducted within school hours, Shri Joshi added : All projects, experiments and activities should happen strictly during school hours, they should notbe passed n as homework. CCE is a way of evaluation and that should happen in front of the teacher, in school”.

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‘Education Act should have come 50 years back’

‘Education Act should have come 50 years back’

New Delhi: Terming the landmark Right to Education (RTE) Act which came into force on Thursday as “marvellous and great”, India’s leading educationist and an advisor to the central government, Prof. Yash Pal said the actshould have come five decades back.

“This is great. This is marvellous. But I believe it should have come 50 years back,” said Yash Pal, who is also a former chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

“Let this act start functioning. I think there will be an amendment in future to incorporate all students and just not of the six to 14 age group,” he said.

“I think, there should be some provision for children below six and above 14,” said the former scientists, who was also a key figure behind developing new curricula under the national curriculum framework.

He was, however, very optimistic about the fact that the act, which promises freedom from illiteracy, will focus on helping over eight million out-of-school children gain education.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh dedicated the act to the nation as a fundamental right and hoped to empower the nation through the light of education.

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Civil Services Prelims exam replaced by Aptitude Test from 2011

New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to overhaul the civil services examination from next year, as the aspirants are likely to face a different pattern of examination.

Replacing the existing preliminary examination which shortlisted candidates for the main exam, it will now be replaced with Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), in which they will have to appear in two objective-type papers having special emphasis on testing their ‘aptitude for civil services’ as well as on ‘ethical and moral dimension of decision-making.’

Both these papers will be given equal weightage and will substitute the one common paper (general awareness) and one optional paper (any particular subject of choice) which emphasized on subject knowledge.

The change, as of now, will be effective only for the first stage of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) from next year onwards while the consequent stages, which are the CS (Main) Examination and interview, are unlikely to change until a committee of experts goes into various aspects of the entire system and submits its report.

“With regard to the CSE, the Prime Minister has approved the proposal for introduction of CSAT in place of the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination,” said the minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

“The CSAT is expected to come into effect from CSE, 2011,” it added.

The UPSC which conducts CSE every year to select candidates for privileged all-India services, including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS and others Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ central jobs, had sent a proposal to this effect to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) last year.

“Various committees including the second Administrative Reforms Commission, in their reports submitted over the years suggested the changes and laid greater emphasis on the ‘aptitude’ of candidates than their knowledge of a subject,” said the officials.

The committees argued that specialists or experts in any particular subject might not necessarily be good civil servants.

Commenting on the introduction of CSAT in the recruitment process, the official said that, “Since all candidates will have to attempt common papers, the new system will be a field leveler unlike the existing format providing only one common paper.”

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NCERT committee brings forth recommendations to implement RTE

NCERT committee brings forth recommendations to implement RTE

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New Delhi: If the proposal of a National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) appointed committee comes into play then you will soon find road marshals drawn from National Cadet Cops (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) on roads holding hands of your tiny tots helping them to cross the roads to and from the schools.

This is not all; they would also be responsible for arranging birth certificates for all children in schools and an incentive for children who identify school drop-outs.

The committee recommends developing a framework to implement the Right To Education (RTE) Act in Delhi so as to oversee its functioning.

Asking to waive off stamp duty on affidavits related to the date of birth of the child during school admissions to the Delhi government is another such recommendation. Upon which the Delhi government adds that thecommittee should themselves authorize the school authorities to attest the affidavit.

Talking about managing school education, the committee said that as of now, various bodies like Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Delhi government manage it, which should be now unified under one banner.

The committee head, Mr. Ashok Aggarwal, a lawyer-activist, said that, the proposed body should consider overhauling all proposed academic changes like textbooks, pattern of evaluation, medium of instruction and it should be even taken into consideration for any decision taken to shut down a school.

It has also kept in mind the most disputed matter of recent times – teacher’s salaries. The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, Kapil Sibal may have although denied any interference of government in the matter related to teacher’s salaries at par with their government counterparts, but thecommittee has recommended protection of state salaries for teachers in private schools recognised under the RTE Act.

However, it is only in exceptional cases that grant-in-aid to pay their salaries could be considered, said the committee.

In order to check the school drop out rate among children, it proposes to provide incentives of about Rs.50 to children who help in identifying those who are not attending or enrolled in the school for some reasons.

Ensuring safety and security, especially of girl students, it proposes to establish police beats with women police constables at schools.

All state and state recognised schools in Delhi should have a unified website where they can declare results of children along with remarks and reports of their progress in the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.

Bringing forth the wings of change in the recruitment process as well, the committee intends to rule out the conventional appointment of the head of schools by seniority alone.

It recommends that 75% of school principals should be selected through direct recruitment and only 25% through limited departmental examination.

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Grading system in CBSE class 12 likely

Grading system in CBSE class 12 likely

New Delhi: After the decision to start grading system in Class X board examinations, the government may introduce a similar system in Class XII, Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal said on Thursday.

Sibal said the idea has already been mooted and a committee has been set up. It will examine how grading could be introduced at Class XII.

“We had a brainstorming session on this,” the Minister told reporters here on the sidelines of a meeting on the school education programme.

After the committee gives its report, it will go the Central Advisory Board for Education and then to the Council of Boards of School Education in India (CoBSE)

The HRD ministry has introduced grading system at Class X under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from this year. The nine-point system starting from A1 (a grade for students who have done exceptionally well in the exam) to E2 (unsatisfactory performance).

He said consultations were being held with the stakeholders to arrive at a conclusion on introducing grading system in Class XII. IANS

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Punjab to recruit 11,000 teachers in one year

Chandigarh: The Punjab government would recruit 11,000 teachers in state-run schools within the next one year, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Monday.

“The previous government failed to recruit even a single teacher in their five-year rule. There were 25,000 vacancies of teachers in the state’s 14,000 government schools. We recruited over 15,000 teachers last year and 11,000 vacancies will be filled within next one year,” Badal said.

“After the recruitment of teachers, all promotional vacancies of principals and head masters would also be filled,” he said.

Badal said the government’s experiment to train youth as private security guards has been a big success.

Punjab police trained guards are in great demand all across the world. Every trained person here is getting at least four offer letters from multinational companies. Punjab is fully geared to exploit the international demand of 10 lakh (1 million) trained private security guards,” Badal said. IANS

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3,500 students to participate in Children’s Science Congress

3,500 students to participate in Children's Science Congress
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Thiruvananthapuram: With the aim of ‘catching them young’, the Kerala Government will invite around 3,500 school students to attend the Children’s Science Congress (CSC) here in January and listen to eminent scientists speak.

 

The Children’s Science Congress will be held alongside the 97th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC). The ISC is being hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation and the University of Kerala. The state government has sanctioned Rs.3.50 crore for the event.

State Education Minister M.A. Baby told sources: “This time we have decided to have more than 3,000 students from various schools in the state for the CSC. This is part of the Inculcate Programme that the Kerala government has launched to inculcate fresh ideas of science into young minds at an early age,” said Baby.

The event will be inaugurated by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on January 4 and continue till January 7.

University of Kerala Vice-Chancellor A. Jayakrishnan said it was unfortunate that the number of students in the country enrolling to study science has fallen to the same level as in Africa.

Former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) G. Madhavan Nair told reporters here that the success of Chandrayaan-I, India’s maiden moon mission, has triggered interest in the minds of the young.

‘Not long ago when children were asked what their ambition was, there were no takers to become space scientists, but after Chandrayaan, things have changed. There is now a huge number who have decided to opt for science,’ said Nair.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 97th edition of the ISC on January 3.

R. Neeta, convenor of the CSC, told sources: “These young minds will be allowed to interact with eminent scientists, besides making their own presentations. Then they would be taken for field visits to the Space Museum and also witness a rocket launch.”

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UPSC announces written result of NDA, Naval Academy exam

New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of the written part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), held in August 2009.

According to a UPSC official, the selected candidates will be interviewed by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 124th Course and Naval Academy 10+2 (Executive Branch) for 44th Course commencing from June 30, 2010.

“In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, the candidates are required to submit original certificates of age and educational qualification to the Additional Director General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No.III, Wing -1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi 110066,” the official added.

The candidature of all the candidates stands provisional and they must not send their original certificates to the Commission.

For any further information, the candidates can contact the Facilitation Counter of the Commission, either in person or on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271 / 011-23381125/ 011-23098543 during office hours.

The mark-sheets of the candidates, who have not qualified, shall be available on the Commission’s website after thirty days from the date of publication of the result.

The candidates desirous of obtaining the printed/hard copy of the mark-sheet should make request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission’s website, beyond which no such request would be entertained.

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UGC website

UGC website

 

Now, students and members of the general public who wish to seek information regarding quality of education offered by various educational institutions, being inspected by the UGC, can do so by logging into the website of the UGC, http://www.ugc.ac.in.

According to an order passed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development recently, UGC has been directed to place the reports of its Expert committees, entrusted with the duty to inspect any university or any institution, in the public domain.

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Ragging is crime against humanity- President

Panaji: President Pratibha Patil, who was awarded a degree of doctor of letters (D.Lit) at the 22nd annual convocation ceremony of Goa University on Tuesday, exhorted students to desist from ragging, calling it a “crime against humanity”.

“Ragging in all our universities and educational institutions must stop. It is a crime against humanity and a shameful behaviour. Education must develop cultured attitude and social awareness, otherwise it is unrelated to life and its environment,” Patil said.

The president also asked students not to rush for ‘popular’ subjects like commerce and management and asked them to study equally important basic science subjects at the university level and focus on research and innovation.

“With 54 crore youth, India has one of the largest young populations of the world. We have a responsibility to ensure that they receive proper education,” she said.

Patil urged the youth to stay away from drugs. “Drug addiction is becoming an increasing threat for our youth. It is said that first you consume the drug then the drug consumes you. I hope awareness about its ill-effects would also be taken up by the platform.”

She also urged universities to assess the requirements of the job market well in advance and structure courses in a manner that will help theirstudents enter the employment market, prepared for jobs available.

“In India the problem is more of employability than of employment, which means that the skills that people have are not appropriate for securing employment,” she said.

Earlier, Goa Governor S.S. Sidhu, also chancellor of university, conferred the doctorate on Patil for her contribution towards the upliftment of society and special attention to deprived section of society.

Thirty-two students from different faculties were awarded PhD degrees and 376 postgraduate students received their master’s degrees on the occasion. IANS

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First women navigators commissioned in Indian Navy

First women navigators commissioned in Indian Navy
Kochi: Another glass ceiling was broken on Friday as two women were commissioned into the Indian Navy as navigators in the flying branch, in a way also becoming the first women combatants in the armed forces.

 

Sub Lieutenants Ambica Hooda of Haryana and Seema Rani Sharma of Uttar Pradesh were awarded their “Wing” at the passing out parade here.

“Hooda was adjudged the best trainee in flying of the first Short Service Commission Observer Course. All the graduated officers would now join different squadrons of the navy, where, they would fly Maritime Patrol Aircraft and helicopter”, Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Roy Francis told sources.

In the navy, the job of a navigator is also that of a combatant as, unlike in the air force, all its fixed wing aircraft can be used for combat purposes. Its maritime patrol aircraft are also capable of firing.

“This is the first time women are being commissioned as navigators in the Indian Navy. It is a proud moment as both of them have completed their training with flying colours,” the spokesperson added.

The navigator’s job is challenging. Apart from keeping track of the aircraft’s position at all times, the navigator’s responsibilities include planning the journey, advising the pilot of the estimated timing to destinations while en route and ensuring that weather hazards are avoided.

Hooda and Sharma, both 22 years old, completed a 16-month course at the Naval Academy at Mandovi in Goa and other professional schools of the Indian Navy before landing up at the Observer School at INS Garuda here. The navy terms its navigators as observers.

Earlier this year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had commissioned Flying Officer Kavita Barala as its first woman navigator. However, she will be flying on non-combatant transport aircraft.

The issue of inducting women into the combatant arms of the military has been generating considerable heat of late. The IAF vice chief, Air Marshal P.K. Barbora, had created a storm earlier this week when he said, perhaps in jest, that the force could in the foreseeable future take in women as fighter pilots if they committed not to have children.

Two years ago, Defence Minister A.K. Antony had asked the three service chiefs to examine the question of inducting women in combat arms. They said it was not feasible at the moment for a variety of reasons.

Women currently can hold permanent commissions only in the Armed Forces Medical Services, where they can serve up to a maximum age of 58 years if they rise to three-star rank. Otherwise, women can only hold short service commissions that enable them to serve a maximum of 14 years in the support arms of the three services. IANS

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Indian students can appear in international test in 2012

NEW DELHI: Come 2012, school students from India will be able to gauge their level of scholastic performance compared to their global

counterparts.

India for the first time will participate in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial world-wide test for 15-year-old school children being held by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which is the nodal agency for conducting the test, has decided to carry out a pilot test in the pattern of PISA in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu this year.

“We will conduct a pilot test this year. This will help us in conducting PISA in 2012,” a senior NCERT official said.

The questions will be of PISA standards in the pilot test and will assess the competence of students in reading, science and mathematics. This will be a text free exam in which questions on the related subjects will be asked, he said.

“By this test, our school children can know where they stand in the world with regard to performance,” Singh said.

The first PISA assessment was held in 2000 when about 2,65,000 students from 32 countries appeared in the test. Over 2,75,000 students took part in PISA in 2003, which was conducted in 41 countries. In 2006, 57 countries participated in PISA.

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IGNOU-UNESCO to hold national seminar on Media Education

New Delhi: In order to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi and to mark the start of year long Silver Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the School of Journalism & New Media Studies (SOJNMS) is organizing a two-day National Symposium on “Challenges and Opportunities ofMedia Education in India” on the 20-21 November, 2009, in collaboration with UNESCO.

“There has been a long felt need for a debate on various issues arising out of the phenomenal growth and increased access to media and information and communication technologies, on the one hand and the liberal global economic policies adopted in India, on the other; especially in the past few decades which have led to a rich and diverse media scenario in India,” said an official press release from the varsity.

It has led to the entry of numerous stakeholders offering diverse programmes, courses, curricula etc at various levels catering to the rise in demand for skilled personnel in the field, leading to a chaotic situation.

Also the debate for including media literacy education right from school in democracies has been gaining momentum globally.

At this juncture, with a view to provide a platform for meaningful deliberations for chalking a roadmap for the future of media literacy education in the country, the School has taken up this initiative.

The symposium is being supported by many national and international agencies such as UNESCO, the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), etc. promoting media literacy education globally.

The deliberations shall be spread over four main theme-wise Plenary Sessions like-Status of Media Education in India today, A Systemic Approach to Media Education, Need for Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of the Horizons of the Discipline, The Challenge and Opportunities Ahead and a few sub themes.

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UPSC announces CDS Exam I 2009 results

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New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2009 held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence.

The CDS (I) Examination was conducted for admission to the 128th Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 187th F(P) Course.

The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy (including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders), 40 for Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala [(2 for Hydra/38 for General Service) (including 6 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders] and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

There are some common candidates in the lists for various courses/wings.

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional.

Candidates are required to submit the original certificates in support of age, educational qualification, alongwith Photostat attested copies thereof of Army/Naval/Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.

“UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” in its campus where Candidates can obtain any information / clarification regarding their examinations / recruitments during working hours in person or over telephone Nos. 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098543″, the UPSC said in a press release.

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Pranab favours establishing smaller universities

Shimla: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday advocated the need for establishing smaller universities which were “easier to manage” and would serve to capture “synergies between teaching and research”.

“In line with the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission, I am in favour of establishing smaller universities which are responsive to change and easier to manage. It’s only thus that the universities would become the hub of research to capture synergies between teaching and research that mutually enrich each other,” he said, addressing the 17th convocation of the Himachal Pradesh University here.

Mukherjee was participating in the convocation for the second time – but after a gap of 27 years. The last time he was the chief guest at the convocation function here was in 1982.

Noting that India was a vast country with a population of more than 100 crore, he said 65 percent of the population is below the age of 30 and this could be “both an asset and a threat”.

“The daunting task before us the governments – central and state – is to turn this population into an asset through the instrumentality of education. However, our education has to be such as does not promote the standard of living alone but also the standard of life,” Mukherjee said.

He said a number of steps have been taken by the central government, such as emphasis on human resource development and initiating a national skill development mission to create skills among youth which are commensurate with the requirements of the industry.

Meanwhile, the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission report were being implemented by the state governments and institutions of higher education, he added.

The minister praised girl students for outnumbering the male counterparts in securing merit in various disciplines.

“This is delightful experience that the girls have outnumbered their male counterparts in receiving medals and degrees. I hope rest of the country will follow the trend established byHimachal Pradesh University.”

Degrees were awarded to 184 students on the occasion.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Prabha Rau and Education Minister I.D. Dhiman were present on the occasion. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was not present as he is on a visit to Israel. IANS

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IGNOU to launch Science Channel

New Delhi: A 24-hour science channel dedicated to programmes related to all aspects of science is soon going to be launched by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

The initiative will be a part of the Gyan Darshan group of channels run by the university.

Featuring scientific disciplines such as physical sciences, life sciences, agricultural sciences and computer sciences, the channel promises to cater to viewers from different age groups from rural, semi-urban and urban regions.

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  • The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks review – maths contests and the nature of the universe
    This superb book by Michael Brooks is in part a biography of the mathematician Jerome Cardano. But it delves into the most fundamental questionsWhat, you might ask, is a quantum astrologer? This beautifully written book is a kind of experimental scientific biography that mashes up science with what seems to be non‑science, the better to explore the boundarie […]
  • Novel recipes: rice pudding from La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
    The young hero in the first instalment of The Book of Dust has much to lose – Kate Young on a warming dish with all the comforts of homeScroll down for the recipeShe was frying some potatoes, and he was eating rice pudding. It was a busy night and he’d be needed in the bar before long. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman Continue reading...
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward review – slow apocalypse of black America
    This award-winning portrait of a Mississippi family blighted by drugs and prison is a fierce critique of US historySing, Unburied, Sing begins as it mostly means to go on: in blackness. A teenager named Jojo finds himself in a place of dirt and mud and slime and blood. His grandfather is showing him how to kill a goat: how to slit its throat, how to slice it […]
  • Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds
    US academics find words such as ‘airlock’ and ‘antigravity’ are cues for test subjects to assume a story isn’t worth a careful readIt might feature such thought-stretching concepts as time travel and warp drives, but reading science fiction actually makes you read more “stupidly”, according to new research. In a paper published in the journal Scientific Stud […]

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