Gurugram, June 1 (IANS) Gurugram' education officer Indu Boken has appealed to the parents of the students of both government and private schools in the district to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest and wear protective gears while stepping out in public.Boken said if the parents are safe then only their children will be safe while staying at home."Continuous efforts are being made both by the district administration and the state government to contain the Covid spread. To protect children from the deadly virus, advance summer vacation was declared by the government, which is an important decision by the education department in the interest of the children," she added.Boken said that due to the pandemic situation today, students are in their homes but their parents have to go out to earn their livelihood."So, it is important that parents get their vaccination done as soon as possible and do not be careless about it. If parents are safe in the home, then only other family members and children will be safe from the deadliest virus," she said.The education officer further said that according to the experts there is also a possibility of a third Covid wave which can be a big threat to the children."The most important way to avoid this danger is vaccination, by which parents can protect themselves as well as other members of their household from infections," she added.--IANSstr/sdr/
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) NATHEALTH-Healthcare Federation of India on Monday signed an MoU with The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to build a future-ready healthcare ecosystem and boost healthcare capacity building, improve access and quality of care.Under the agreement, both organisations will mutually strengthen healthcare systems by developing and providing leadership education and development experiences that will help in preparing healthcare professionals to become clinical leaders and improve patient care.AThe collaboration will bring in educational opportunities through in-person interactions.The doctor-per-patient ratio and lack of skilled healthcare workers has been a long-standing structural challenge for India. While the pandemic has highlighted the need of strengthening the infrastructure in terms of beds and ICUs, developing a nationwide medical educational programme for medical professionals and healthcare workers is the need of the hour.AThe aim of this strategic partnership is to provide a knowledge sharing platform, which will enable different stakeholders to find solutions to the barriers of access to quality healthcare, ways to improve patient outcomes and attain executive positions in healthcare settings and national medical societies."We are pleased to collaborate with ACHE on a very vital area of healthcare education. The second wave of Covid-19 has been an eye opener for the medical fraternity. As we are preparing ourselves for a possible third wave of the pandemic and its subtle shift to an endemic, a lot of focus is on strengthening our systems to deal with the surge in cases- both for Covid and non-Covid," said Dr. Harsh Mahajan President, NATHEALTH, in a statement.A--IANSrvt/ash
Hyderabad, May 31 (IANS) After undertaking a special drive to give Covid-19 vaccines to high-risk groups, the Telangana government has decided to start vaccinating students going abroad for the higher studies. These students will be vaccinated on a priority based on their admission letters. The Medical and Health department will soon prepare the guidelines in this regard. The decision comes as a relief for students planning to take admissions in universities abroad. With various countries planning to open up travel and other sectors after Covid curbs, several students in Telangana are looking to pursue higher studies abroad. Since Covid vaccination is going to be a key condition for travel and stay in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe, the state government decided to launch a special drive to give Covid vaccine jabs to students. Meanwhile, the special drive for vaccination of high risk groups in the state was underway for a fourth day on Monday. Beneficiaries identified under the category, also known as super spreaders, were taking the jabs at vaccination centres across the state. Under the special drive, the state health authorities plan to cover 7.78 lakh people including auto rickshaw and cab drivers, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees, those working in Rythu bazaars, grocery shops, wine shops, street vendors, salon shops, laundry service, pan shops and vegetable, fruits, flowers, chicken, meat, fish markets. During the last three days, the health authorities vaccinated more than 2.70 lakh people. They included about 55,000 of 45 and above years who received their second dose. According to director of public health and family welfare Dr G. Srinivasa Rao, 69,168 people were vaccinated on Sunday. They included 4,698 who received their second jab. On Sunday, 48,708 people in 18-44 age group were vaccinated. Of them 41,040 received the jab in government vaccination centres and remaining 7,668 in private hospitals. The state has so far vaccinated 1.71 lakh people in 18-44 age group. The special vaccination drive will continue for a week. The state has so far administered 60.58 lakh doses. The vaccination is being carried out at 1,069 centres across the state. The state last week initiated Covid vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years with special drive in all the districts targeting the high risk/vulnerable groups at designated Covid vaccination centres and also permitted private CVCs to vaccinate for 18-44 age group. --IANS ms/ash
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) National Students Union of India (NSUI) national President Neeraj Kundan has written a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank over the issue of holding Class 12 board exams and said that the government is not following its own guidelines.Kundan in his letter said, "I am writing to bring this to your attention that while making the decision to conduct the 12th board examinations, you failed to consider your own guidelines which mention that, the vaccination drive so far is just for the citizens above the age of 18 and majority of these students are below the age of 18."He said that keeping this fact in mind the decision of conducting this exam could be life threatening to the students appearing for the exams."There is also a fear that our country will be facing the third wave, and I hope you are totally aware that the scientific advisor to the Prime Minister K VijayRaghavan himself said, 'Phase 3 is inevitable given the high levels of circulating virus. But it is not clear on what timescale this Phase 3 will occur. Hopefully, incrementally, but we should prepare for new waves'."So, rather than taking precautionary measures to prevent the third wave, the decision taken by you to conduct the 12th board examinations is putting the lives of these innocent children at risk," the NSUI leader wrote.He also said that another important aspect to be kept in mind before implementing this decision is proper vaccination of these children."The Central government has not come up with a concrete plan to vaccinate the children and it has not been even taken into consideration yet. On the other hand countries like US have already immunised almost 6 lakh children between the age of 12-15, UK has its roadmap to vaccinate their children but India is till date is struggling to vaccinate the 18 year plus individuals of the country and there seem to be no plan under considerations vaccinate the population below 18 years," he said.He also pointed out that the studies of these children are at stake but there is nothing more important than the lives of the students."Hence it is requested to keep the safety of these students at priority and reconsider the decision to conduct the exams in July-August. No such decision must be taken before there is a definite plan of vaccination on paper," he added.He further said that the children, who were so far safe from the pandemic as they were at their homes will now be at risk when they come out for their exams.--IANSaks/ash
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus. At present, he is in home quarantine and following the Covid protocols.After testing positive, Nishank appealed to all those people who had come in contact with him in the last few days to get themselves tested.The Minister said, "I want to inform all people that I had undergone a Covid test whose report came out positive. I am taking medication and treatment as per the advice of my doctors. I request all those who came in contact with me recently to get themselves tested."Nishank said the Education Ministry is functioning as usual with the necessary Covid precautions. The Minister is handling the affairs of the ministry through various digital mediums.--IANSgcb-anm/khz/bg
Gandhinagar- Amid a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state, the Education Department of Gujarat government has decided to shut down all offline education facilities in eight municipal corporation areas with effect from Friday.
The decision was taken at the high power committee meeting held on Thursday, which was chaired by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told the media, "Looking at the rising number of cases in the state, the government has decided to shut down all physical and offline educational activities in eight municipal corporations of Gujarat from Friday. Online education and home learning will continue till April 10. For the rest of the places in Gujarat, offline education for willing students will continue."
Online education will continue in all the eight municipal corporations under question -- in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Gandhinagar. The exams for the high schools and secondary schools will be held online in these areas.
The government has also cancelled the graduation level exams scheduled from March 19 to April 10. The universities will reschedule the exams and announce the new dates later. (IANS)
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