Pressure groups to sensitise the people against the practice in the State
Sounding alarm over high rate of child brides in Andhra Pradesh, the fourth largest in the country, Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad, has launched an exercise to build pressure groups in various areas to sensitise the people against child marriages and foil attempts to solemnise underage marriages. The first in the series of many workshops was being organised here to involve NGOs and local leadership such as self-help groups, rythu clubs, youth associations and panchayat raj institution representatives to take the lead for enforcement of Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, 2006.
The two-day workshop, which began on Tuesday with the partnership of local NGO Nature, attracted 70 participants from Prakasam, Guntur, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam. In 17 districts, Asmita Resource Centre for Women and Council for Social Development have undertaken a three-year research-cum-advocacy programme. It aims at investigating the causes for the low age at marriage among girls in AP and adopt a multi-pronged strategy to combat child marriage across socio-religious and economic groups in rural and urban areas.
According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-III, 47 per cent of women aged 20-24 years in India are married before the age of 18 years. While average age at marriage in India is 18.3, AP is below the national average. Early marriage is also linked to low levels of schooling for girls.
“With the fourth highest percentage of women getting married below 18 years, we have large number of underage marriages wide across the State,” Nagamma, programme coordinator for Asmita, told The Hindu.
Quoting NHFH survey, she said AP had high incidence of teenage pregnancy in girls in the age group of 15-19. She said the incidence was more among Muslims of Old City in Hyderabad, adivasis and Dalits and other marginalised sections. In rural areas, marriage among children was common as their parents send them for daily wage work for sustenance. Ms. Nagamma said the implementation of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act was very poor in various parts of the State and said they would involve at least 15 people in the pressure groups they were planning for each area.
District Child Welfare Committee chairman S. Balaraju said through intervention of District Child Protection Units and Child Line (1098), they had foiled 150 child marriages – 72 in Vizianagaram, 66 in Srikakulam, and 12 in Visakhapatnam (up to May 2013).
- Asmita Resource Centre for Women has launched the exercise
- A two-day workshop gets under way in Visakhapatnam
Pressure groups to sensitise the people against the practice in the State
Malabar Gold and Diamonds, Tirupati, on Wednesday announced scholarships worth Rs.2 crore to 5,000 students across Andhra Pradesh, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.
WITH A MESSAGE: Bharat Kumar walking near the Periyar bus stand seeking efforts to stop violenceagainst women.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Passersby are intrigued when Bharat Kumar Jallu walks past holding a banner which says: “Stop violence against women.” Its caption reads: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
This 28-year-old youth from Andhra Pradesh, who is on a mission to spread the message of ‘gender equality,’ is going to walk the length of the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. “There is nothing new in the message I hope to spread. I’m emphasising the fact that men need to respect women around them,” he explains.
A native of Govada in Guntur district, Mr. Bharat says that seeing his mother struggle to bring him up after his father left the family got him thinking about how most women are considered inferior. “I took to writing about women’s issues and gender struggles in my mother tongue, which was the beginning of a change in the thought process,” he says.
With approximately 3500 km to cover between the southern and northern ends of the country, Mr. Bharat hopes to complete his walk with a mission by the end of May 2014.
“I can walk an average of 50 km a day but the weather is getting progressively hotter. When I walk in between cities, passersby and farmers welcome me to stay with them. In cities, I stay in small lodges,” he says.
Mr. Bharat, who reached Madurai on Tuesday morning, started his walk for a cause on December 20 from Nagercoil and has covered 273 km. Speaking about the varied reactions from people he meets, Mr. Bharat says that many are in the dark about the issues concerning violence against women.
“While most people seem to know about the Delhi rape incident, they don’t realise that domestic violence, marital rape and child sexual abuse too constitute to violence against women,” he says. “The younger generation needs to understand that women should be treated with dignity and I chose to walk to create an impact with this message.”
His initiative involves the support of four of his friends from Hyderabad. “Today being only day 12 of my walk, I hope to meet a lot more people and interact with students to spread the message,” he concludes.
Teachers should continuously update their knowledge to keep themselves abreast with the changing times, said Satavahana University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K. Veera Reddy.
Addressing teachers at an orientation programme held at Kakatiya University here, he said that nowadays, students learn many things from different sources unlike in the past, where the classroom was the only source.
To be a successful teacher, he or she should learn more and give more to the student. “Students are good in academics but character wise, they need to improve. The teachers should identify this aspect and help students develop a balanced personality,” he said.
The three-day orientation cum workshop on B.Ed Model Curriculum-2013 was jointly organised by Kakatiya and Satavahana Universities at Fatima College of Education.
It was presided over by Prof. B. Bhadraiah, the registrar of Satavahana University.
Prof. Bhadraiah appreciated the participants for taking part in the interactive session. He exhorted them to be prepared for the new curriculum and go beyond the textbook to earn respect and love.
KU board of studies chairman, Prof. S. Mahender Reddy, who is also the convenor of the three-day programme, said the orientation programme was held to introduce the new curriculum to the teachers. Subject experts from the SCERT and faculty from various universities attended the programme.
Others present include Prof. M. Shivarathnam Reddy, IASE, SV University, Prof. Nimma Venkat Rao, Dean, Faculty of Education, Andhra University and the Convenor of EdCET 2013, Prof. M. Komal Reddy, OSD and Dean CDE, Satavahana University and Prof. N. Ramnath Kishan, Dean, Faculty of Education, Kakatiya University.
‘Students are good in academics but character wise, they need to improve’
RINL Senior Manager (Finance & Accounts) Sureddy Krishna Mohan’s daughter Geethika has been selected for national level archery tournament (under-14 year category) to be held in January.
She has secured 550 points out of 660 and annexed a bronze medal at 59th State Level School Games Federation of Andhra Pradesh District Archery Tournament-cum -Selections conducted at Guru Vidhyalaya High School, Hyderabad.
Prof. Nandipati Subba Rao from Geology Department of Andhra University has been honoured with ‘Universal Excellence Award 2013’ for professional excellence.
Prof. Rao received the award from Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath at the seventh World Aqua Congress Conference held recently in New Delhi.
Prof. Rao hails from Varagani village of Pedanandipadu mandal of Guntur district and has carried out extensive studies on environmental hydrogeology in different part of Guntur, Krishna, Prakasam, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur, Srikakulam and Nalgonda districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The NCC National Integration Camps help the students understand each other and their cultures, said Warangal Group Command Col U.S. Mitharwal. Inaugurating the camp at the AP Social Welfare Residential School at Madikonda on Thursday, he said that the camp would continue till December 29.
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The Field Operation Division of National Sample Survey Office (NSS) will undertake a nation-wide survey on ‘Social Consumption on Health and Education’ from January to June, 2014.
The survey will be preceded by a three-day regional training conference which will commence on December 18 to impart training on concepts and definitions and on-field training for field functionaries involved in this survey.
Deputy Director General, NSSO, Southern Zonal Office, Bengaluru, Sandhya Krishnamurthy will inaugurate the regional conference while Director D. Satish, Assistant Director A.S.N.M. Rao and other senior officers will impart the training.
The field functionaries stationed at sub-regional offices, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and NSRO, Vijayawada and officials of Andhra Pradesh State Directorate of Economics and Statistics will attend the training programme.
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He is on a mission to debunk the belief that Mathematics is a tough subject, and to instil the confidence among students that it is nothing, but a combination of alphabets, consonants and vowels. The mission is laudable more so for the fact that the man behind it is 70-year-old.
Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai, a retired professor and an ex-army man, who has embarked on his third and final national tour to spread awareness as a subject among students is not tired of talking about math and its various uses in daily life.
“Last year was celebrated as the ‘National Mathematics Year’, and this year was declared as the ‘International Year for Mathematics’. No one is talking about it, so I decided to make it known, and set out once again,” said Mr. Ghai, who is from Punjab.
His love for the subject is so great that the septuagenarian is still a student, pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics from Punjab University in Patiala. His 50-day tour, which began on November 24, will cover the five States of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.
Having visited Osmania University’s mathematics department last week in the city, Mr. Ghai’s plan is simple; visit whichever educational comes in the way, and speak to students to drive away the fear factor, which is prevalent for unnecessary reasons. “We use it in our everyday life, and even in other subjects like physics, geography and even English, which is nothing but a combination of alphabets, consonants an vowels,” he explained, and added that the negative notion about math exists because children are made to feel that way by parents. “Children should not go to tuitions for mathematics, and it must be self-taught, so that they start liking the subject, which is noting, but a combination of calculation, measurement and analysis,” quipped Ghai.
70-year-old Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai is never tired of talking on math
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A three-day national workshop on ‘Rural tourism models–challenges and possibilities’ was organised by the Y. S. R. Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (YSRITHM) here from December 13 to 15.
The programme was inaugurated by S. K. Mishra, Chairman Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development and Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
Places remained to be explored
Addressing delegates, they stressed on the need to develop rural areas from a tourism point of view.
They mentioned that India has many interesting places in rural areas which are yet to be explored.
The seminar was also attended by tourism officers from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and other States across the country.
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Rapid decrease in the intake of mathematics and science courses during the last few years is leading to shortage of teachers in these subjects in the professional courses and there is an urgent need create interest among the students in these subjects, opined L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE).
He expressed these views while inaugurating a national conference on “Recent Trends and Applications in Mathematics”, organised by the Anurag Group of Institutions (AGI) and Andhra Pradesh Society for Mathematics and Sciences (APSMS).
Five-year integrated courses
He said serious discussions were on with intellectuals and educationists to motivate the students to study basic sciences and introduction of 5 year integrated courses to attract them.
Mrunal K Sen, Director NGRI mentioned that mathematics is the key for the many applied sciences like Geophysics, Astrophysics, etc.
He said that mathematics is quite pivotal to find out the resources such as minerals, and other engineering applications. G. Sarojamma, President of APSMS, P. Rajeshwar Reddy, Chairman of AGI, Prof. M.Bhagvanth Rao, Director and Prof. Mutha Reddy, Principal were among who spoke.
Around 560 delegates across the country participated in the event and 16 Endowment Lectures and 112 research papers were presented in the conference.
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Students of Fisheries Polytechnic College busy doing a wateranalysis test.
Within five years of its inception, India’s first fisheries polytechnic college at Bhavadevarapalli in Nagayalanka in Krishna District is inspiring other South Indian States to come up with similar institutes, to bridge the gap between availability of qualified technical workmen in aqua industry and producing the workforce.
Blessed with fascinating surroundings of the brackish water, river Krishna and Bay of Bengal, the students of Sri Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao Fisheries Polytechnic College are able to reach highest levels of excellence in their arena of training as they are attached to the aqua companies in the region.
“In Andhra Pradesh, there is a requirement of above 4,000 technical personal to run the flourishing aqua industry by the end of 2013-14 financial year, but hardly 30 students a year are passing out of the polytechnic and thus they are being lapped up by the recruiting agencies,” Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University’s M.V.K.R. Fisheries Polytechnic College Principal K.S. Krishna Prasad told The Hindu.
The students having a background of agriculture and allied sectors are being trained in key areas of aquaculture including hatcheries, feed plant management, processing plants during their two-year course. Ironically, girls from all parts of Andhra Pradesh are outnumbering the boys in the course as the aqua companies prefer them for their need in aqua labs and research.
“All kinds of aquaculture ponds are close to our college. We are even allowed to spend time there to observe its maintenance, feed, seed management and controlling water parameters during our holidays and training sessions,” said students. The group of 60 students in two different years of study are now filling up the three ponds with water on their college premises to raise the fish seed soon.
“Officials and teams from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Karnataka have visited our institution and realised the immediate need to adopt our model. Two new colleges for fisheries polytechnic are coming up in Tamil Nadu from 2014-15 academic year, as they understand the job potential in the aqua industry” added Mr. Krishna Prasad.
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Andhra Pradesh Homeopathic Association (APHA) is introducing a six-month first-aid classes for awareness in homeopathy from December 23 at APHA office, Street No. 1, Himayathnagar, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Classes will be held every Monday and Thursday. For details, call on phone No. 23224399.
Virgo Event Management is organising the 14th edition of Mrs. Chennai and the second edition of Miss and Mrs. Tamil Nadu. Contestants will be selected on the basis of their personality, communication skills, talent and IQ.
The sub-titles to be won include cookery queen, creative queen, fitness queen and mobility queen.
Participants should be between 16 and 25 years of age to participate in the Miss Tamil Nadu event and between 21 and 40 years for Mrs. Chennai.
The preliminaries will be conducted at Spencers Plaza Atrium- Phase Three.
Last date for registration is December 10.
Applications can be downloaded from virgoevents.co.in and details are put up on the Facebook page.
For details, call 99410 18210 or 98414 83511.
The city chapter of Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) and Rachana College of Journalism will together conduct a workshop on ‘writing for radio’ at Keshav Memorial College, Narayanguda, at 5 p.m. on December 13.
Speakers who will share their knowledge include editor of PR Voice C.V. Narasimha Reddi and others including Bandaru Srinivas Rao, D. Venkatramaiah and J. Chennai, said PRSI’s Hyderabad chapter chairman N.L. Narasimha Rao in a press release.
Courses in Telugu
The Telugu Akademi will commence introductory and advanced Telugu courses to help administrative personnel in government departments from Dec. 9 for two hours between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for 48 working days from Monday to Saturday. For details, one may contact over Ph, Nos. 99662 30475, (020)23225215 or (040)23225359.
National Book Trust – India is organising the Hyderabad Book Fair from December 7 to 15 at NTR Stadium. Governor E.S.L. Narsimhan will inaugurate the fair.
GITAM University’s Hyderabad Business School will organise a workshop on ‘MS Excel’ on its Sangareddy campus on Dec. 7. For details: contact 96184 77011/22
The selection trials for men’s cricket team of Dr. NTR UHS will be held at Siddhartha Medical College on Friday and Saturday. Aspirants from medical, dental, Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, Unani, and physiotherapy colleges have to report to the PD of the college by 10 a.m. on Friday.
Osmania University Registrar K. Pratap Reddy said that all exams of OU scheduled on December 5 have also been postponed in view of the Telangana bandh.
Rescheduled dates will be put on the OU website http://www.osmania.ac.in.
Some 3,000 students are expected to participate in the two-day convention, the first of its kind being organised by the CSI in Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor and one of the Chief Patrons of the convention G.S.N. Raju told reporters on Tuesday that it was a matter of pride that a big convention was being organised in the city giving a good opportunity to students to listen to some of the best technocrats and learn from them.
The theme of the conference is “ICT and critical infrastructure.”
Convener of the Organising Committee Paramata Satyanarayana said the CSI was arranging free accommodation to 1,000 students to enable participation from students of other colleges and from rural areas.
He said as many as 20 colleges are coordinating the effort.
RINL CMD A.P. Chowdhary and JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor G. Tulasi Ramdas are the other two chief patrons of the convention.
Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee and GM (IT) of the Steel Plant K.V.S.S. Rajeswara Rao, Chairman of the Programme Committee P. S. Avadhani and Student Convention Coordinator S. Sreenivasa Rao were present.
Registration for CSI student-members is Rs.500 and for non-CSI student members is Rs.600 and the last date for registration is December 5.
Around 3,000 students are expected to take part in the two-day meet
Sports Department of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant felicitated Y. Veerababu, student of Visakha Vimala Vidyalayam (Balacheruvu) on Tuesday on being selected to Andhra Pradesh under-14 kabaddi team for the School Games Federation of India National championships to be held in Bhopal from December 16. Veerababu worked hard and could gain a place in the State team in spite of his family’s poor background. AGM (sports) of VSP M.S. Kumar, other sports department officials felicitated Veerababu.
The Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh (ACAP) is conducting a workshop on Indian Himalayas, mountaineering explorations and facilitations to mountaineers from 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at ACAP, Youth Hostel campus, near Boats Club on the occasion of International Mountain Day. The workshop will feature talks by senior mountaineers from the State, interactive sessions with students and budding mountaineers.
For details: 98492-70575/99595-38275, a press release said.
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CHEEMALAPATI HYMAVATHI FOUNDATION:
Drawing, painting, light music and Cinema songs competition at Main function hall, Public Library, Dwaraka nagar – 10:00am.
ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST @ SRI CHAGANTI SATSANGAM.
To understand the “Sacrifice and Love of a father and his Contribution” towards a Child’s Upbringing, Sri Chaganti Satsangam is organizing an essay writing contest with the theme “NANNA GARIKO LEKHA”( A LETTER TO FATHER). Interested candidates can send their write-up not exceeding 2 pages on or before October 31st to
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Akkayapalem Main Road, Visakhapatnam-16.
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Students to showcase skills at ‘Telugu Velugu’
For those who want to exhibit their skill in Telugu poetry, Visakha Steel Cultural Association in association with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Kalakshetram (CWC-1) and Ukku Sahiti Samakhya is organising ‘Telugu Velugu’.
Students from various schools of the township will participate in the programme.
A team of 10 students from each school will recite 10 poems where a blend of ancient and contemporary verses will be presented.
Noted theatre personality Meegada Ramalinga Swamy is presenting ‘Sangeetha Navadhanam’, a combination of literature and music where a team of seven scholars will also participate to stage seven themes at the venue.
The programme will be held at CWC-1 at Ukkunagaram Sector-5 in the city on Sunday.
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