Bengaluru- Classroom teaching for students of undergraduate, postgraduate, engineering, and diploma courses in Karnataka will resume on January 15, Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayana said on Monday.
Narayana, in charge of higher education, said after a meeting with officials concerned here that authorities were already holding offline classes for final-year students.
"NCC and NSS classes will also be resumed, apart from all hostel and bus facilities, as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs). The social welfare and backward class departments have been instructed to follow and implement the SOPs in their respective hostels," he said.
The SOPs are in place vis-a-vis college libraries and canteens, educational and cultural activities, and sports, the Minister said and added that coronavirus testing camps will be set up for NCC students.
"Colleges will set up Covid-19 testing and sanitizing facilities and follow social distancing norms," Narayana said.
Arrangements have been made to distribute bus passes to students at the earliest, regarding which the Road Transport Department had agreed to do the needful. He appealed to college management to approach departmental offices in their vicinity to expedite the process of issuance of bus passes to students.
"There are also talks with Vice Chancellors of private and government universities in Karnataka to hold offline exams. The exam schedule will be issued at the earliest," the Minister said. (IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Director General Health Services to go ahead with counselling for the admissions to PG super-speciality medical courses for the academic year 2020-21 without providing reservation for in-service candidates.A bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao and comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi said: "We direct that the counselling for admission to Super Specialty Medical Courses for the academic year 2020-2021 shall proceed on a date to be fixed by the competent authority without providing for reservations to in-service doctors for the academic year 2020-2021."The apex court stayed the directions of the Kerala High Court and the Tamil Nadu government to provide in-service quota in super specialty medical courses for admissions in 2020-21.The bench noted that the process for admissions to super specialty medical courses started on August 3 this year and it was made clear to all the competing candidates that there shall be no reservation. "The government order issued by the State of Tamil Nadu on November 7, 2020 reserving 50 per cent seats for in-service doctors would be detrimental to the interests of the meritorious doctors as 50 per cent of the available seats in the State of Tamil Nadu in Super Specialty Medical Courses will not be available to them", said the top court.The bench said there will be reduction of 50 per cent of seats in super specialty courses in Tamil Nadu if the Government Order is carried out, which is detrimental to their chances of admission. "Admittedly no reservation for in-service Doctors was implemented since 2016. As the admission process is at the final stages, we cannot permit reservation for in-service Doctors for this year", added the top court.The top court noted the Kerala government contention that the information bulletin for the entrance examination for admission to super specialty medical courses has already been issued in which no reservation has been provided for in-service candidates, it is practically impossible to introduce any new reservation norms for the current academic year i.e. 2020-2021. "It was made clear in point 5.16 of the bulletin (information bulletin for NEET-SS 2020) that there shall be no reservations of seats for Super Specialty DM/MCH Courses. The Medical Counselling Committee issued the counselling scheme for 100 per cent All India Quota for NEET Super Specialty DM/MCH DMB 2020-2021 in which it was made clear that there shall be no reservation for Super Specialty Medical Courses", noted the top court.--IANSss/ash
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded the rollback of the Haryana government's recent decision to hike fees in medical courses and introduce a 'bond' system, saying the decisions infringed upon the "right to education for all"."Medical education necessarily has to be affordable and accessible to all sections of the society. Everyone should get an opportunity to serve the nation and to achieve the goal of becoming a doctor," the association said.For the unversed, the Haryana government had recently announced a humongous hike in the medical courses, which caused a big political and academic storm with the opposition parties joining the medical students and aspirants in the protests.Not only the fees were raised by over 40 per cent, candidates were also mandated to submit an annual "bond fee", taking the total cost to around Rs 10 lakh per year, and Rs 40 lakh for a four-year MBBS course at a government-run college. The students and politicians are demanding that the BJP-led alliance government in the state should take back its November 6 announcement."Medical courses like MBBS being subjected to this fee hike and bond system is utterly unfair. The government-run medical colleges have a fee structure of Rs 53,000 per annum, while private colleges charge Rs 12 lakh per annum. With the new policy, students seeking admission in MBBS courses will have to pay Rs 40 lakh the four-year MBBS course in government-run colleges," the IMA said.The association also urged the medical fraternity, aspiring students and parents to oppose the move by the Haryana government. "The anti-poor, anti-people system will be resisted by the medical fraternity and the students. It is imperative that the students who dream of meritorious entry into government medical colleges and their parents raise their voice as well," it said.The students' body of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had also condemned the move a few days ago, saying the Haryana government's poilcy did more harm than good to the medical aspirants of the state. "As the country still struggles in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the medical profession which stands between life and death. The importance of this novel profession has been acknowledged the world over, but this policy by the Haryana government drives a stake through the heart of this sentiment. Equating education with money? Is that how the profession of medicine will be rewarded," the students' body had asked.--IANSstr/arm
These guidelines defied the directions issued by the government, where it merely advised people over 65 years from not to visit sport complexes/golf courses, but never barred them.IANS queried the DDA, about its guidelines run contrary to the government's orders, and this is causing inconvenience to many members who seek to use its properties after staying inside homes due to the over two month long lockdown. Senior officials at the DDA initially insisted that the guidelines were aligned with government directive, and there was nothing wrong. However, later, a senior official from the DDA's Vice Chairman office, reached out to IANS and confirmed that they will change these guidelines. "If it is causing problems to the people, then we will change the guidelines. We will amend the guidelines and notify it latest by tomorrow. We will replace not permitted with advised not to enter," said the official. Responding to a query on the access of elderly on the club premises, the Delhi Golf Club President R.S. Bedi said: "We have asked people (65 years plus) to follow government guidelines." Bedi insisted that the club is not an enforcer, and can only advise people.On May 20, the DDA decided to open its sports complexes and golf courses from May 21 with strict adherence to social distancing norms and restrictions in compliance with the government guidelines. It has said it will not allow persons above 65 years of age, children below 10 years of age and persons with co-morbidity, and suffering from chronic disease to enter sports complexes and golf courses.To the point that the DDA is still following the old practice, whereas the new curfew timing is 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the official said: "We will look into and comply with government's direction." Many people have complained that the DDA was denying people access to the sports complexes and the Qutab Golf Course, yet were happily charging monthly fees from the members. Responding to this issue, the official sai: "We will return the money to everybody who was denied entry on any premises (Qutub Golf Course/sport complexes)."Queried on the inability of the people to book online slots, the officials said the DDA is working on it.(Sumit Saxena can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)--IANS<br>ss/vd
London, Taking multiple courses of antibiotics within a short span of time may do people more harm than good, suggests new research which discovered an association between the number of prescriptions for antibiotics and a higher risk of hospital admissions.
Patients who have had 9 or more antibiotic prescriptions for common infections in the previous three years are 2.26 times more likely to go to hospital with another infection in three or more months, said the researchers.
Patients who had two antibiotic prescriptions were 1.23 times more likely, patients who had three to four prescriptions 1.33 times more likely and patients who had five to eight 1.77 times more likely to go to hospital with another infection.
"We don't know why this is, but overuse of antibiotics might kill the good bacteria in the gut (microbiota) and make us more susceptible to infections, for example," said Professor Tjeerd van Staa from the University of Manchester in Britain.
The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, is based on the data of two million patients in England and Wales.
The patient records, from 2000 to 2016, covered common infections such as upper respiratory tract, urinary tract, ear and chest infections and excluded long term conditions such as cystic fibrosis and chronic lung disease.
The risks of going to hospital with another infection were related to the number of the antibiotic prescriptions in the previous three years.
A course is defined by the team as being given over a period of one or two weeks.
"GPs (general physicians) care about their patients, and over recent years have worked hard to reduce the prescribing of antibiotics,""Staa said.
"But it is clear GPs do not have the tools to prescribe antibiotics effectively for common infections, especially when patients already have previously used antibiotics.
"They may prescribe numerous courses of antibiotics over several years, which according to our study increases the risk of a more serious infection. That in turn, we show, is linked to hospital admissions," Staa added.
It not clear why hospital admissions are linked to higher prescriptions and research is needed to show what or if any biological factors exist, said the research team.
"Our hope is that, however, a tool we are working for GPs, based on patient history, will be able to calculate the risks associated with taking multiple courses of antibiotics," said Francine Jury from the University of Manchester. (IANS)
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