UP Board Exams: CCTV cameras installed at centres to curb cheating

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Over nine thousand students are to try their luck in Moradabad as the Uttar Pradesh Board Exams began on Thursday. In order to curb cheating, surveillance is being done in the exam centres through CCTV cameras.

The security around the exam centres have been increased and zonal magistrates have been appointed on duty to avoid copying and any malpractice in the centres.
“We have 125 exam centres, around 4,830 cameras and 272 DVR. We have clubbed it together through software. Continuous monitoring is going on for all schools” Ravindra Kumar Chauhan, Chief Monitoring Officer told ANI.

A control room has been set up which will keep an eye on the exam centres. Information on any complaint by the district administration can be given to the control room number on ‘ 9453991942.’

The examination will be held in two shifts. The morning shift will be held between 8 am and 11.15 am while the timings of the evening shift will be from 2 pm to 5.15 pm.

The examinations will continue till April 12. (ANI)


Study: Students Can Do Well In Class If Parents Send Them On Field Trips

Washington [US], March 16 (ANI): According to a new study led by Brigham Young University, students who participate in multiple field trips during the school year have higher test scores, perform better in class and have increased cultural conscientiousness over time.

The study was published in the journal, ‘The Journal of Human Resources’. School field trips have been part of the educational experience for children across the nation for decades. While many school administrators believe there’s intrinsic value in letting students develop socially with out-of-classroom experiences, quantifying the impact and the value of field trips is difficult. And justifying out-of-class time can be burdensome for teachers tasked with providing a good education amid the pandemic.

As such, many art venues, science museums and zoos have reported declines in field trip attendance. Teachers and students have also reported decreasing amounts of school-sponsored trips, particularly for minority students in academically low-performing schools.

“Contrary to practice where schools, facing accountability pressures, trade extracurricular for increased seat time, we found that there’s no harm to academics by taking time out of the classroom,” said Heidi Holmes Erickson, assistant professor of educational leadership at BYU and lead author of the study.

“It’s possible to expose students to a broader world and have culturally enriching curriculum without sacrificing academic outcomes, and it may actually improve academic outcomes,” she added.

The study used an experimental design and randomly assigned fourth- and fifth-grade students from fifteen elementary schools in the Atlanta, Georgia, area to participate in three culturally enriching field trips during a school year. The field trips included a trip to an art museum, a live theatre performance and a symphony concert.

Students, who attended three different field trips in fourth or fifth grade scored higher on end-of-grade exams, received higher course grades, were absent less often and had fewer behavioural infractions. These benefits were strongest when students entered middle school.

“We anticipated that field trips wouldn’t harm test scores. However, we started seeing academic improvements and realized that students who participated in these field trips were doing better in class,” said Erickson.

“One potential reason for this is that field trips expand students’ world concepts and expose them to new ideas.

Similarly, students might be more engaged in school thanks to field trips. Students find school more exciting and want to try harder in class,” she added.

In addition to the academic improvements, students who participated in multiple field trips were 12 per cent of a standard deviation more likely to express a desire to consume arts in the future and nearly 14 per cent of a standard deviation more likely to agree with the statement, “I believe people can have different opinions about the same thing.”

Researchers said this is more evidence that field trips are beneficial not only for academic success but for individual character development as well.

“Parents are very interested in the academic quality of their child’s school, but they’re also interested in the social skills and social engagement habits they develop. Cultural field trips are easy ways to help facilitate both,” researchers said.

Erickson said she’s hopeful this study will be a resource for policymakers and school principals who are interested in improving children’s growth during the children’s school experience. When considered in the context of the pandemic, she said this research should be a caution to administrators who are considering eliminating out-of-class opportunities.

“Field trips have been non-existent for the last two years, and many cultural institutions like museums and science centres were closed. Schools want to make up learning loss from the pandemic and might feel pressure to sacrifice a well-rounded education for increased seat-time,” said Erickson.

“Field trips might be the first thing to go. Addressing student learning loss is crucial, but schools should be thoughtful in their approach,” she concluded.

Students Who Repeat Grade Experience More Bullying: Study

According to a new study of nearly half a million subjects, students who have repeated a grade have higher risks of being victims of bullying in countries around the world.

The study was published in the journal PLOS Medicine by Xiayun Zuo of Fudan University, China. It was a part of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Global Child Health. Addressing and preventing school violence, including bullying, is a specific target of the United National Sustainable Development Goals.

Few studies involving large samples have examined the association between grade repetition and bullying victimization.

In the new study, researchers used data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PIA) 2018, which included information on 465,146 students aged 15 and 16 from 74 countries/economies.

Overall, 12.25 per cent of included students had repeated a grade and 30.32 per cent of students reported having experienced bullying at least a few times a month during the previous year. Students who had repeated a grade were more likely to have been the victim of bullying compared to their peers (OR 95 per cent CI 1.32-1.52, p<0.001).

The association was observed for students in 46 different countries/economies and in students of both sexes. Compared to boys, however, girls who repeated a grade had higher risks of being made fun of, being threatened, having possessions taken away, and being pushed around.

The authors note that while the findings support a relationship between the experiences of repeating a grade and bullying victimization, the cross-sectional study cannot determine if such a relationship is causal or the direction of the relationship. The study was also limited to adolescents who were attending school at the time the survey was administered, and the measures of bullying experiences and grade repetition were self-reported.

“These results are of great concern for parents, teachers, principals, and policymakers at different levels, especially in countries where grade repetition is particularly prevalent,” the authors say. “Grade repetition is associated with bullying victimization in both boys and girls.”

Attendance of girl students drops after cancellation of final exams in Afghanistan’s Herat

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The attendance of girl students has dropped as Herat provincial school teachers’ council decided to cancel annual examinations and promote them to the next grade without appearing for end-term examinations.
Educational officials in Herat province of Afghanistan said school teachers’ council’s decision to waive off annual examinations and promote students to the next scheduled grade was the reason for the reluctance of girl students to attend schools, reported Afghanistan’s TOLOnews. “The student of grade seven will be directly promoted to grade eight. The students of grade 12 will be graduated from school. And therefore some disorder is resulting at schools,” TOLOnews quoted Mohammad Sabir Mashal, head of the council as saying.
The government had last week permitted girl students from grades 7th to 12th in the Herat province to attend schools. Out of 34 provinces in Afghanistan, education of girls from grades 7th to 12th is not allowed in 27 provinces.
Some of the students requested educational officials to incorporate annual examinations and mentioned that the revocation of exams would hamper their studies, reported TOLONews.
A girl student of class 12 said, “The students of grade 12 have their university entrance ahead and they should have full preparation for entrance. When the private institutions are closed and they also don’t take our examinations, it really affects our future,” reported TOLOnews.
The Taliban, after taking control of the country in mid-August, had closed the schools with thousands of girl students confined to their homes, attracting criticism by the international community. The Islamic Emirate which banned girl schools for grades 7 to 12 in many provinces, claimed earlier that they are working to provide a safe environment for female students in Afghanistan.
A teacher, stressing the significance of examinations said, “If there is no education, there is no hope for the next year among the students. The motivation that the students have recently found will be lost again,” reported TOLOnews.
After months of discussions regarding girl education among the council, officials of the girls’ schools and the Taliban’s local officials in Herat, they were permitted to attend school.

Bihar CM, Governor pay floral tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary

Patna (Bihar) [India] : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Phagu Chauhan on Sunday paid floral tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary which is also celebrated as Children’s Day in India.
Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children. After the death of Nehru, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as ‘Bal Diwas’ or Children’s Day in India.
Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. He breathed his last on May 27, 1964.
He became the prime minister on August 15, 1947, following an active role in the freedom struggle of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, as the nation observed 132nd birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his birth anniversary,” PM Modi tweeted.
On this day, a number of activities are organised for students in schools nationwide such as games, competitions, and so on, while government bodies pay tributes to the late prime minister and organise commemorative events on this day.
In 1954, the United Nations had declared November 20 as Universal Children’s Day and India used to celebrate Children’s Day on 20th November every year before 1956 but after the death of Prime Minister Nehru in 1964, a resolution was passed in the Parliament unanimously declaring the day of Pt. Nehru’s birth anniversary as National Children’s Day. 

Indians studying abroad laid basis for strong ties across world: EAM Jaishankar

New Delhi [India] : Underscoring the role of education in the knowledge economy, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday said that quest for education has also been a powerful incentive for Indians to go abroad and it has laid the basis for the country’s strong ties across the world.
“The quest for education has also been a powerful incentive for Indians to go to other countries. More than a million Indian students study abroad and by doing so they have laid the basis for strong relationships across many geographies,” said EAM Jaishankar in a video conference while addressing “Diplomatic Conclave” on Higher Education organised by Chandigarh University. “This is complemented by a long tradition of foreign students studying in India – currently about 50,000 from 164 nations,” he added.
Jaishankar noted that the challenge today is to reimagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole. “In a sense, the issues are much bigger than education or the economy. It is reflecting a larger global rebalancing whose cultural and human resource aspects are very central,” he said.
“It is only when the exchanges of ideas, creativity and knowledge are more diversified, then we can strive for a multipolar and democratic world. As a civilizational state, India has a particular interest in ensuring that the future takes into account the best from the past,” the minister added.
Furthermore, Jaishankar said the nature of power is changing just as is the global architecture. “Countries will be increasingly defined by technology, innovation, ideas and talent. It should be their centrality that should be the subject of the greater discourse.”
Apart from EAM Jaishankar, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also spoke at the conclave.

National Achievement Survey

New Delhi [India]: The next round of the National Achievement Survey (NAS), aimed at assessing competencies of students of third, fifth, eighth and tenth grades, will be held across the country on November 12 this year, as per the Union Education Ministry.
“The next round of NAS will be held on November 12, 2021 across the country, which will help to assess the learning interruptions and new learnings during the COVID-19 pandemic and help to take remedial measures. The instrument development, testing, finalization of the test items, sampling of the schools etc. has been done by NCERT. However, the actual administration of the test in the sampled schools will be done by CBSE in collaboration with the respective states/union territories,” as per a statement of the Education Ministry. The Government of India has been implementing a rolling programme of sample-based National Achievement Survey (NAS) aimed at classes three, five, eight and ten with a cycle period of three years.
The last National Achievement Survey (NAS) was held on November 13 2017 for assessing the competencies developed by the children at grade levels three, five and eight.
The Education Ministry statement said that NAS 2021 will cover the entire spectrum of schools, i.e. Government schools (Central Government and State Government), Government-Aided schools and Private schools across the country.
It is expected that nearly 1.23 lakh schools and 38 lakh students in 733 districts across 36 states and union territories will be covered in the NAS 2021.
NAS will be conducted in language, mathematics and EVS for classes three and five, language, mathematics, science and social science for class 8 and language, mathematics, science, social science and English for class 10. The Test would be conducted in 22 mediums of instruction covering Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Garo, Khasi, Konkani, Nepali, Bhutia, and Lepcha.
For smooth and fair conduct of the survey, 1,82,488 field investigators, 1,23,729 observers, 733 district-level coordinators and district nodal officers separately and 36 state nodal officers in each State and UT, have been appointed, said the Education Ministry.
1500 board representatives have been appointed in the districts for monitoring overall functioning and ensuring fair conduct of the survey. All the personnel have been provided extensive training regarding their roles and responsibilities.
A National Steering Committee has been constituted for the conduct of NAS headed by Chairman, CBSE. A portal ( ) has been launched to enable coordination with various key functionaries for the smooth conduct of NAS 2021.
State and district report cards for both elementary and secondary levels for NAS 2021 will be released and placed in the public domain, said the education ministry.

Delhi: Free coaching to 15,000 students

New Delhi [India]: Delhi government will provide free coaching to 15,000 students belonging to marginal communities and economically weaker sections this year, said state Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Tuesday.
Briefing mediapersons, Gautam said, “Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana was made in Delhi for school children who want to become doctors, engineers, civil servants or serve any other government jobs. Many children are there from poor sections and want to study but their parents do not have enough money so that they can send them to coaching institutes. The scheme was made keeping these children in mind.” Children belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), other backward classes (OBC) and those whose parents have an annual income of up to Rs 8 lakh can avail the scheme.
Delhi government has tied up with 46 private coaching centres for running the scheme that covers a wide range of competitive exams including UPSC, CDS, banking exams, medical and engineering entrances, top law university entrances and B school entrances.
“This time we have a target of providing coaching to 15,000 children. We have tied up with 46 institutes in Delhi, to whom we will pay fees so that children will take coaching there,” he emphasised.
The minister said under this scheme, around 5,000 SC/ST children were provided free coaching in 2018-19. However, the COVID pandemic brought a halt to the scheme. The AAP leader said since the situation has started becoming normal, the government has planned to resume the scheme to benefit children.

Students of Allahabad University raise awareness about eco-friendly Diwali through sand art

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Students of Allahabad University are spreading awareness about an eco-friendly Diwali through the medium of sand art.
Through this sand art, various important aspects of Diwali such as Rangolis, lamps etc are shown that the artists want the people to preserve. Artists also encourage the use of less-polluting variety of crackers, such as green crackers. “Diwali is the festival of lights and should be celebrated with lights, peace and harmony, not crackers that spread pollution. Hence with sand art, we’re trying to put across the message. We hope to see people celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali this year,” said an artist named Varsha to ANI.

Another student named Ajay said, “We have made sand art based on Diwali. Through this, we are trying to make people aware of the need to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali, like using only green crackers so that we can keep our environment clean. We have also made a rangoli and depicted it as an ancient tradition. People must make it home and not use stickers. Rangoli has its own importance. We have also made diyas.”
Diwali will be celebrated across the country on November 4 this year.

ICSE, ISC Semester 1 exams postponed

New Delhi [India]: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Tuesday postponed the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) 2021-2022 Semester one examination, citing “reasons beyond their control”.

“The CISCE has decided to postpone the ICSE and ISC Year 2021-2022 Semester 1 Examination due to reasons beyond our control,” the council said in a letter undersigned by Chief Executive and Secretary, Gerry Arathoon.
CISCE further said that the revised schedule of the examinations will be updated to all the stakeholders.

“All stakeholders will be informed of the revised schedule of the Examinations in due course of time,” the council said. (ANI)

Pakistan allows a thousand Afghan students to cross Torkham border

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Pakistan has allowed thousand of Afghan students to cross the Torkham border to return to Afghanistan, local media reported on Monday.
Citing Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul statement, Khaama Press reported that “up to one thousand Afghan students were allowed to cross Torkham crossing into the country.” According to the statement, the statement was released on Sunday, which stated that “Afghan students were stranded since the Taliban takeover and were finally allowed in two different batches.”
It has been almost two months when the Taliban captured Kabul after an aggressive and rapid advance against Afghanistan government forces after US military drawdown.
Earlier, hundreds of students were returned from Torkham crossing point after being made to wait for the whole day at the crossing, Khaama Press reported. Pakistan embassy later said that the students lack proper gate pass to cross.
Pakistan has rarely kept open the Torkham crossing point east of Afghanistan and Spin Boldak in the southeast after the Taliban takeover, said the publication.
The decision has put tens of thousands of people in grave trouble in both countries as they often cross the points for family visits, education, and business.
Closure of the crossings has also put Afghan traders in trouble and were inflicted heavy financial loss as their exports, fresh fruits and vegetables, rotted in trucks waiting at the crossing points, Khaama Press reported.

CBSE clarifies it hasn’t issued date sheet for term 1 exam in November

New Delhi [India], October 18 (ANI): The Central Board of Secondary Education on Monday said that CBSE has not released any official notification of examinations dates.

CBSE said, “It has come to the notice of CBSE that a fake date sheet is being circulated on social media for the forthcoming term 1 exam in November 2021, to confuse students of class X and XII. It is clarified that the board has not released any official notification in this regard till now.” (ANI)

Chandrayaan models displayed

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) organised an exhibition for school students in Chennai on Monday.
ISRO displayed miniature models of Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan among their other works. The expo was set inside a bus that was laced with LED screens. Students from Classes 9 to 12 from different schools participated in the exhibition. ISRO officials explained how a satelite is launched and is useful for the country’s welfare.

“It was very helpful for our studies. We were explained about the launch of Chandrayan I and II. The initiative of bringing the expo in a bus was very nice. We learnt so much,” a student Taslima told ANI.
Another student Kerena Sherin said, “We were very eager to see this expo. It was like a practical session that we can relate to the theories in our books. It inculcated an interest in space science among us.”

Kerala to conduct exams for over 1 lakh students in physical mode from Friday

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the schools in Kerala on Friday started conducting exams in physical mode for over one lakh class 11 and vocational higher secondary students.
Speaking to ANI, Kerala Director of General Education Jeevan Babu said, “After getting permission from Supreme Court, we have started conducting exams for class 11 and vocational higher secondary students in physical classes from today. The exams will end on October 18.” Keeping in place all the COVID-19 protocols, students in the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School of Thiruvananthapuram’s Manacaud were seen appearing for the exams.
“We have conducted meetings at various levels for conducting these exams. In addition, COVID-19 precautionary measures are also being taken in all the schools in Kerala. We hope that exams go nicely and we wish good health to all,” the director added.
Parents also expressed their satisfaction over exams being conducted in physical classes.
Arya, the mother of a Class 11 student from the Humanities stream, said that she is completely satisfied with this decision. “My son is well prepared for the exams. Last year, my daughter also appeared for exams in physical classes,” she stated.
Earlier on September 18, Kerala Chief Minister’s office informed that the schools in the state will reopen from November 1.
“School-based classes for standards 1 to 7 (primary section) and 10 and 12 will begin on November 1, other classes will begin on November 15. The decision was taken at a COVID-19 review committee meeting,” read an official notification from the CMO.

‘Cannot live under Taliban regime’: Afghan students want to stay in India

Pune (Maharastra) [India]: Students from Afghanistan studying at Pune University are not willing to go back to their country after the Taliban takeover and want to stay in India.
Afghan students are worried about their stay in India as the situation gets worsen. The academic courses of these foreign students will get over by the end of this year.

Mujjamil Sabri, a resident from Dai Kundi province of Afghanistan and a student of Politics and Public Administration in Pune University, said that his family is in Afghanistan but he cannot go back as the situation is “very risky”.
“America pretends to be helpful, but the truth is different. The situation is worse for those who are working for the Afghanistan Government. Commercial flights are banned. I want to go to my family and stand with them but I cannot because the situation is very risky,” he said.

Hommain Bathur, a political student said, “When I get to know that 15 provinces are under Taliban regime, I flew back to India. It’s been a month since I have talked to my family. I have applied to UNHCR as a refugee. I will not to go back and live under the Taliban regime.”

Farzana Amiri, a student of International Business said, “I had plans about doing business between India and Afghanistan but everything shattered. If I go back to my country, the Taliban can easily execute me because I am in the media and fighting for the right to education for Afghan women.”
The Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday and took control of the presidential palace. The terrorist group is now everywhere in the capital, walking the streets of Kabul with ease (and with American weapons in hand).

Mamata congratulates teachers, staff, students

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated all teachers, administration staff, and students of Calcutta University after it secured second rankings in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote “Extremely pleased to share that the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities has informed the Government of West Bengal that Calcutta University is one of the top ranking universities in India! Congratulations to all teachers, administration staff, and our dear students.”

According to a notification issued by Calcutta University, the Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2021 has adjudged Calcutta University as the best among all universities across India.

“Among all the Universities and Institutes in the country, the University of Calcutta is second only to the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. This success and international recognition should be seen as a result of the sustained efforts of our brilliant members of faculty, our dedicated researchers, our sincere non-teaching colleagues as well as our bright students,” the notification read.

692 students graduated at the combined virtual Graduation Ceremony at ISB

Hyderabad, Aug 13: A graduation ceremony for 692 students of its Hyderabad (481) and Mohali (211) campuses was organized here on Friday by the Indian School of Business (ISB).
Students of PGP (class of 2021), FPM (Fellow Programme in Management) and founding class of EFPM (Executive Fellow Programme in Management) took part in the E-Graduation Ceremony.
Congratulating the graduates at the 20th graduation ceremony, Chief Guest Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said, “I believe that the new India that emerges in the coming decade can be the global leader in R&D, science and technology, AI, advanced manufacturing and next generation products and services.
We have the right human capital. We have the scale. We just need to make the right investments. And for that, we need to start with the fundamentals”, underlined Chandrasekaran.
Earlier, addressing his first graduation ceremony as the Dean of the ISB, Professor Madan Pillutla said, “After completing two decades of meaningful and eventful years of national contribution, ISB is in for more promising and exciting times ahead.
Speaking on the occasion Harish Manwani, Chairperson ISB Executive Board while congratulating the students, said, “For a successful business, ‘values’ and ‘purpose’ are more important than ever, as are ‘people’ in these trying times. Organisations should become more agile and resilient to encounter any unprecedented challenge.” ISB will continue to equip its students to become future-ready and enable them to usher in futuristic and innovative growth models worth emulating by others, he added.
The graduation ceremony also celebrated the accomplishments of its students by announcing awards to students who excelled in academics and extracurricular activities and those who had demonstrated exemplary leadership skills throughout the year.
Siddhant Gupta from the Mohali campus and Tanya Sri Yerra from the Hyderabad campus received the gold medals for topping the class.
ISB Parmeshwar Godrej Award, which is given to honour the memory of the late Ms. Parmeshwar Godrej to an Exemplary Woman Student who has a strong commitment to social causes, was presented to Ridhi Vohra from Co2021.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairperson, Mohali Campus Advisory Board and members of the ISB Board, joined in the virtual event along with students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, and other dignitaries.

Zoom announces new feature ‘Focus Mode’ to help teachers reduce distraction for students

Washington [US]: The popular American video teleconferencing software- Zoom has introduced a new feature named ‘Focus Mode’ in order to help teachers reduce distractions for students.
COVID-19 pandemic has indeed narrowed down the communication options and one of such is the teacher-student communication mode. There wouldn’t be any student or teacher who has not used the Zoom app for the new trend of ‘online classes’ or ‘online meeting’; and also there wouldn’t be any of them who has not faced any distraction or technical issue during the same. Hence, to make things easier for teachers, Zoom has announced a new feature called ‘Focus Mode’. According to Mashable, Zoom said that the feature is meant to keep students from getting distracted while they are in a virtual classroom.
“Focus Mode allows educators to see their students’ videos, and students to see their teachers without seeing other class participants. With this feature, teachers can supervise their class, but students won’t be distracted by their peers’ video feeds or feel self-conscious about turning on their own camera,” read a blog post.
Speaking about how it will be used, when a user will turn on the ‘Focus Mode’ option, the participants attending the meeting will not be able to see other participant’s videos or screen shares and access to those screen shares will be limited to the user alone.
The feature offers similar controls to that of the ‘Webinar Mode’. However, Webinar mode does not come with the free account and provides less flexibility when compared to normal Zoom meetings.
According to Mashable, Zoom will allow hosts to turn focus mode on and off “at will”, which can help them to use the feature for specific use cases.
‘Focus mode’ will reportedly be “additionally” available to free accounts, which can further help more teachers to show students during “a less destructive environment”, as per Mashable.
When ‘Focus Mode’ will be on, participants will also be able to see their own video, names of other participants, and also emoticon reactions by others. The feature can be enabled for user accounts, groups, and individual users.
To access ‘Focus Mode’, users can click on the “More” button that appears on the bottom panel of the screen while during the call.

Indian Govt wants to bring 15 cr out-of-school children into education system

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said that the Central government wants to bring 15 crore out-of-school children into the education system.

New Delhi [India], August 12 : Pradhan said for the first time, the government has combined the education and skill departments, creating a new approach for good livelihoods. He was speaking at CII’s virtual special plenary session on ‘Job Creation and Entrepreneurship’.
“Today, 35 crore students are getting education in schools, but still, 15 crore children are out of the education system. We want to bring them into the education system,” he said.
Further, the minister added, “For the first time, the Government has combined the education and skill departments, creating a new approach for good livelihoods.”
Pradhan said new education, skilling and entrepreneurial ecosystems are evolving as a result of India’s digitisation efforts. “During the pandemic, creation of digital content at a large scale ensured continuity of education and skilling,” he pointed out.
Lauding the National Education Policy (NEP), the minister said it will play a major role in bridging the gap between education and skills, reaping demographic dividend, creating a robust education ecosystem and eventually facilitating economic growth.
“”As we celebrate Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, we must work together to make our youth future-ready who will go on to play an important role in the making of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I call upon the industry to contribute to this mission,” he said.

Review of results demanded

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: A large number of students who failed in class 12th examination of Jharkhand Academic Council or got fewer marks staged a protest in Doranda and near the state’s education minister’s residence.
The students sit on Dharna on roads demanding a re-examination. According to students, results were prepared on the basis of class 11th result and they were declared failed or given fewer marks.
A delegation of students’ even met the minister and gave their memorandum regarding this.
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student’s leader Ravi Kumar said, “The results declared by Jharkhand Academic Council should be re-evaluated. The students who study got fewer marks in comparison to those who study less based on the previous records. So this is not correct.”
A student Anu Kumari said, “I got passed in class 11, but now I have been failed. Now the admission has started and where would I get admission.”
Speaking to ANI Jharkhand Education Minister, Jagarnath Mahto said, “There’s a grievances cell. Those who have failed should approach there and seek information. They raise objection and concerns in written form, responses will be given in written only.”

PM congratulates students

New Delhi [India], August 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated students who successfully passed class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations and extended them his best wishes.
“Congratulations to my young friends who have successfully passed the CBSE Class X examinations. My best wishes to the students for their future endeavours,” he said in a tweet. CBSE declared results for class 10 board examinations earlier in the day. CBSE had declared the results for class 12 board examinations on June 30.

NEET-UG will be conducted for the first time in Dubai and Kuwait

Dubai [UAE], August : The Ministry of Education has announced new centers for the Gulf region in Dubai and Kuwait to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test smoothly.

This massive step came as a huge relief for NRI parents and students from stress and chaos in planning for international travel to appear for the examination. Now, these students will not have to travel abroad to take the exam. With the efforts of Allen Career Institute Overseas and the support of Lok Sabha Speaker Sh. Om Birla along with various other stakeholders, NEET exam will be conducted in Kuwait and Dubai from this year.
Keshav Maheshwari, Managing Director, Allen Overseas, said that many Indian families reside in Gulf countries, and thousands of students apply for Indian Medical Entrance Examination. A special quota is also allotted to these students. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide and the non-availability of examination centers of NEET-UG examinations, many students also requested ALLEN to find a solution in this regard. Listening to their request, Team ALLEN wrote a letter to the Union Education Minister and requested Om Birla to look into this matter of setting up NEET-UG Exam centers in the gulf region.

As a result of cumulative efforts of all stakeholders including parents’ community and Indian embassies in the Gulf, NTA announced new centers for the Gulf region to smoothly conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). After this announcement, Team ALLEN visited Sh Om Birla at his office and thanked him for acknowledging the NRI students’ and parents’ needs and positively intervening into the same.

This step will yield huge relief, making the NEET-UG exam more convenient for the NRI student community and encouraging many more students to participate in JEE and NEET exams in the future. Now the aspirations of coming back to India for quality and affordable higher education have become even more realistic. Students from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain will also get an opportunity.

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Uttrakhand: Education Department issues SOP

New Delhi [India] : The Education Department of Uttarakhand has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the reopening of schools in the state from August 2 for the students of 9-12 classes and from August 16 for 6-8 classes.

“All schools have been asked to strictly follow COVID 19 protocols and classes will function in two shifts where the number of students is higher”, Uttrakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey tweeted.

State Education Secretary Radhika Jha has issued the SOP order on Saturday, stating that classes for 9 to 12 will commence from August 2, and classes for 6 to 8 will be conducted from August 16 in the schools of all education boards.

The order also said that before the opening of the schools, all the classrooms, laboratories, libraries, toilets, drinking water, etc. such places where physical movements of students and teachers take place, should be thoroughly sanitized.

A nodal officer should be nominated by the concerned school, who will be responsible for compliance with the guidelines related to social distancing and Covid protocols.
If any student or teacher or other school staff shows symptoms of cough, cold, or fever, they will be sent back home after giving first aid.

The SOP order said, If a situation of infection arises among the students, teachers, and other staff of the school, then the concerned principal and the nodal officer will be required to inform the district administration or health department immediately.

Students Get Abducted By Group Of Gunmen In Northern Nigeria

Dozens of students were abducted Monday by armed bandits at Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi town of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria.

A group of gunmen stormed the school early Monday, at around 2 a.m., shooting sporadically as they kidnapped the students, said police spokesman Mohammed Jalije. The exact number of students taken by the bandits is not yet certain, he said.

John Hayab, whose son attends the school and who narrowly escaped the abduction, said about 180 students attend the high school.

“We cannot give the exact figure of those abducted for now, until those who ran into hiding for safety are back and a census of the students is taken, but we know they took a lot of students,” he said. “I am just speechless, I don’t know what to say. My son was among the students who narrowly escaped.”

“I am part of this unfortunate incident because it is my church,” he added. “This is a very, very sad situation for us.”

Hayab, who is the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, told The Associated Press on Monday that so far, 26 students had returned and he was hopeful that more would escape from their kidnappers.

This is the fourth abduction of students in Kaduna state in the past six months. There have been seven mass kidnappings of students in Nigeria so far this year.

The abductions are being carried out by armed groups who want ransoms. Many schools have been forced to close as authorities are unable to adequately protect them.

The spate of mass abductions from schools in Nigeria has grown significantly since 2014 when members of the jihadi rebels Boko Haram abducted 276 female students from a government school in Chibok in northeastern Borno State.

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