Chandigarh, Sep 19 (IANS) The Punjab government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21.However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will continue to remain closed.According to a detailed guideline, open-air theatres will be allowed to function with strict adherence to social distancing norms. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places would, however, continue to remain closed.As per the orders, online distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged, but schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed.Fifty per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff would be allowed to attend schools at a time for online teaching and tele counselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones.--IANSvg/arm
Bengaluru, Aug 27 (IANS) Permanent teaching and non-teaching staff of government-affiliated medical and dental colleges and super-specialty hospitals in Karnataka have been brought under the New Pension Scheme (NPS), state Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said on Thursday."The decision to implement the NPS which was a long-pending demand of our doctors and staff who are leading from the front in the fight against Covid gives me immense satisfaction," he said.As soon as Sudhakar took charge as Medical Education Minister, an employees delegation met him to demand that they be included in the new pension scheme.According to an official, Sudhakar convinced Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to approve the scheme, considering the selfless services medical staff rendered amid the Covid pandemic, and the Finance Department approved a proposal for implementation of NPS in the department.As many as 5,949 employees from 27 institutions across the state are expected to benefit from the scheme, which will cost the state exchequer Rs 77 crore as it will apply on all permanent employees appointed after April 1, 2006.Earlier, Sudhakar gave the nod for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for teaching staff of the Medical Education Department. He also met the demand of hiking the stipend of PG medical students, which was the same for several years.--IANSsth/vd
Chandigarh, June 23 (IANS) Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal said on Tuesday that the state government has decided not to conduct all terminal examinations (final semester) and intermediate semester examinations for higher and technical education for all courses.The students of these classes will be promoted to the next semester with 50 per cent weightage of marks of internal assessment and assignment plus 50 per cent weightage of marks in previous examinations.However, the students will have the option for examinations for improvement of grades later once normalcy prevails in the state.This formula will also be applicable for distance education and private students.Giving more information, the Education Minister said that if a university wishes, it may conduct online examination if and only it is fully prepared and equipped, ensuring that all students are able to take the online examinations.The students with academic arrears in previous examinations may also be exempted from tests and be promoted to the next semester. Reappearing students are to be given marks on an average basis of the previous examinations for promotion, the minister said.The same formula will also be applicable for distance education and private students.The minister said for the first year students, only internal assessment may be calculated for promotion to the next year.In case of practical examinations, wherever not conducted so far, marks are to be awarded as an average of all previous practical examinations or 80 per cent average of theory examination marks of previous semesters, whichever is higher.He said admissions to University Teaching Departments will be conducted at individual university level, whereas for undergraduate levels and postgraduate levels, centralised online admission for colleges will be conducted by the Higher Education Department as per past practice.--IANSvg/arm
Gandhinagar, June 15 (IANS) Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) on Monday declared the results of Class 12 commerce stream exams for 2019-20 academic year, with a pass percentage of 76.29.For the second consecutive year, Patan topped the state's 33 districts with 86.67 pass percentage.Female candidates fared better than their male counterparts with 82.20 per cent and 70.97 per cent respectively. Last year, the overall pass percentage was 73.27. Patan district led in the previous academic year's results too. The least ranked district this year is Junagadh with 58.26 per cent result.Soni examination centre in Banaskantha was the top-scoring centre with a pass percentage of 97.76 and the last in this category was Dolasa centre of Gir-Somnath district.There was a marked improvement in the number of schools with 100 per cent results -- 269 compared with 222 schools last year.The examination was conducted at 476 centres across the state, where of the 3,73,159 enrolled candidates, 3,71,771 appeared. The results of 2,83,624 candidates were declared on Monday.A senior GSHSEB officer said that none of these students will be provided the result marksheets due to the coronavirus outbreak. The GSHSEB will come up with a procedure in this regard in 10 days and accordingly inform the District Education Officers.--IANSamc/tsb
Thiruvananthapuram, June 13 (IANS) With the trial run of the online school education in Kerala turning out to be a huge success to educate and instruct children in the comforts of their homes amid the lockdown, it is poised to enter the second phase now, an official said on Saturday.Over four million students of Class 1 to 10 and 12, studying in over 16,000 state syllabus schools, and their parents gave a tremendous response to the the online classes aired from June 1 to 12.The online education is now available through cable operators, five DTH operators, Victers Web, Facebook and YouTube channel of KITE-Victer, the state-owned body in charge of the endeavour.Every day, there were four periods for Class 12, 3 for Class X and two each for Class 8 and 9, and one period each for all other classes. Each period is of 30 minutes duration.As much as 27 Terabyte data was downloaded in a single day through Victers web - the live web streaming facility of KITE-Victers.The subscriber base of the YouTube channel of VICTERS (YouTube.com/itsvicters) has reached nearly one million, while over 16.50 lakh downloads of its mobile app was recorded from Google Play.In the case of some specific classes, the viewership exceeded 40 lakh. Apart from India, the classes were also viewed by hundreds of children in the Middle East as well as American and European regions.K. Anvar Sadath, chief executive officer of KITE that is coordinating all technical and other aspects of this new mode of education, said the new 'First Bell" classes will be aired through KITE VICTERS channel and various online platforms from Monday."Starting from Monday, the online classes on new subjects will be telecast as per the schedules already published from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Based on the feedback of the initial classes, we have incorporated newer facilities in the classes, including display of English words during a class especially for the benefit of those who study in English-medium classes and descriptions in Malayalam in language classes, including Hindi. It would also be available in Tamil and Kannada medium," said Sadath."The classes are pre-recorded and after the classes are over it's the responsibility of the teacher concerned to get back to the students over mobile phones to clear whatever doubts they have. Wherever children were not able to attend the classes, special arrangements were made to get them to gather at common places near their homes in libraries or clubs to attend the online classes; everything is available on YouTube as well," added Sadath.Meanwhile, various organisations, including Kerala Local Self Government Department, is ensuring either laptops or smartphones are provided for free to those who cannot afford."We did not have a TV in our house. When the local leaders were told about this problem, one of them brought us a new TV set for free. A few families in my neighbourhood also got these," said a woman who ekes out a living working as a housemaid.--IANSsg/tsb
Washington, June 5 (IANS) Education appears to protect older adults, especially women, against memory loss, say researchers, suggesting that children, especially girls, who attend school for longer will have better memory abilities in old age.The study published in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, tested declarative memory in 704 older adults (58-98 years of age). Declarative memory refers to our ability to remember events, facts, and words, such as where you put your keys or the name of that new neighbour."Evidence suggests that girls often have better declarative memory than boys, so education may lead to greater knowledge gains in girls," said study's senior investigator Michael Ullman from Georgetown University in the US."Education may thus particularly benefit memory abilities in women, even years later in old age," Ullman added. Participants were shown drawings of objects and then were tested several minutes later on their memory of these objects. The findings showed that their memory performance became progressively worse with ageing.However, more years of early-life education countered these losses, especially in women. In men, the memory gains associated with each year of education were two times larger than the losses experienced during each year of ageing. However, in women, the gains were five times larger. For example, the declarative memory abilities of an 80-year-old woman with a bachelor's degree would be as good as those of a 60-year-old woman with high school education. So, four extra years of education make up for the memory losses from 20 years of ageing.The results suggest that girls who attend school for longer will have better memory abilities in old age. This may have implications for memory loss in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. "Education has also been found to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. We believe that our findings may shed light on why this occurs," Ullman said."Since learning new information in declarative memory is easier if it is related to the knowledge we already have, more knowledge from more education should result in better memory abilities, even years later," said study's lead author Jana Reifegerste."These findings may be important, especially considering the rapidly ageing population globally. The results argue for further efforts to increase access to education," Reifegerste added.--IANSbu/kr
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