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‘Education should nurture values’


Contemptible values on women prevalent in society are responsible for the violence against them, said Poet Salma.

Speaking at a gathering of school students facing public exams here on Wednesday she said that students should nurture a habit of reading literary works apart from their studies and boys should learn to respect women around them.

“Education should be in such a fashion that nurtures your virtues,” she said.

“Muslim community from which I hail from has little awareness about the importance of education. I myself dreamt a lot about my life. One day I would crave to become a doctor and on another day I would want to become an engineer or a scientist. I even dreamt of becoming a writer indeed. But I had to drop out of school when studying 8th standard. Even boys were not an exception. Elders would love to see boys failed in plus two so than they can soon be sent to gulf countries for some menial work.

Now things are different. You can see school and college. But movies and facebook are distracting students from studies. A director who took several cinemas on love subject has forcibly separated his daughter from her lover recently. Hence you should give importance to education,” Salma said.

Underscoring importance of education she added that a huge earthquake that shook Gujarat a decade ago had thrown several affluent people on streets.

“Only those who had education were able to reconstruct their lives successfully as education cannot be destroyed but will be respected everywhere,” she pointed out.

The programme nicknamed ‘padikarkal’ was organized by Arunai Engineering College. Platform speaker Dindigul I.Leoni in his address asked students to be relaxed and confident while attending exams.

“You can see your image clearly reflected in only calm waters ,” he said. Other speakers include lyricist Piraisoodan, poet Nandalala and platform speaker Manikandan.

College Vice Chairman E.V.Kumaran was present in the event.

 

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Osmania University more research-friendly


It may not be well funded, but when it comes to the morale of Ph.D. students, the Osmania University (OU) gets a better ranking from its own students. Aspects such as student-faculty interactions, strong and active student bodies, and a general sense of belongingness takes the edge off the severe stress that research scholars have to go through during their academics.

Unlike the University of Hyderabad, the State-funded universities such as OU provide a more free and informal setting for interaction between students and faculty. A student can approach any professor at anytime and resolve their doubts or problems, Kumara Swamy, a research scholar said.“In Central universities, the faculty are very good in their academics, but seem to falter when it comes to understanding the problems of students coming from backward communities and areas. This prevents them from establishing healthy relationship with the students,” he observed, adding that the faculty-student bonding helps students to overcome their problems in OU. If a student has any problem with his or her guide, the university authorities usually ensure that a new guide is allocated to him, he claimed.

The OU faculty too takes extra precautions to ensure that students are not troubled, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean, V. Ravindra Sastry said. “Due to the ongoing Telangana agitations, the OU students are usually emotionally surcharged. To deal with it the university has established a counselling cell to interact with students on a regular basis. This cell also helps in addressing the problems faced by the students,” he explained.

The peer support that one has at OU ensures that one does not get desperate, Kota Raju, university in-charge of student body PDSU said. “There is a general sense of camaraderie at OU, which is usually not the case in Central universities where each student has to worry about his own survival,” he said.

However, student pursuing Ph.D. in science faculties do face the problem of insufficient funding, another research scholar observed. “While students are taken care of in the university, improving research activity, particularly in Science departments, is a different ball game all together,” he said.

Each time a student from marginalised community suffers discrimination, the university authorities point out that they have instituted grievance cells and counselling centers for the students. But to rectify the problem, counselling should be given to the faculty, who indulge in the discriminatory activities, B. Ravi Chandran, a Ph.D. student with English and Foreign Languages University and founder of Dalit Camera, said. “It is ironic that university officials appoint faculty members to counsel the students when their own peers indulge in discriminatory practices. None of the universities have ever held counselling sessions for faculty members,” he observed.

 

 

CMRT adopts green concept on its campus


Under the concept of “Go Green Save Fuel Save Earth”, CMR Technical Institute campus in association with The Atlanta Foundation Introduced cycles in their campus.

M. Lakshma Reddy, Chairman, MLR group, who participated in this event, said that cycling makes one fit and also keeps the environment clean. Ch. Gopal Reddy, Chairman, CMR Technical campus and students also participated in the event.

‘LET’S VOTE’ FOUNDATION

 

The ‘Let’s Vote’ foundation initiated an awareness programme at the CMR Technical campus on December 21 explaining to students about the importance of Right for Vote. Founder J. A. Chowdary, suggested the youth who have completed 18 years old to register for vote without fail.

The young engineers were informed to go with online registration. Mr. Chowdary said that polling percentage is more in rural areas than in towns and cities, and explained the consequences of not exercising their votes.

 

 

Talent for science to the fore


Students of Bhashyam school learn by doing experiments at an exhibition in Ongole on Saturday.

Students of Bhashyam school learn by doing experiments at an exhibition in Ongole on Saturday.

A science and arts exhibition organised by the Bhashyam Ongole II school branch at Sivjainagar brought to limelight the latent talents of the students.

Over 80 exhibits were put on display by students on a wide range of topics including environment protection and ways to reduce pollution.

Parents were pleasantly surprised the various exhibits put by the students with the guidance of teachers, said principal M.Tulasi. “We encouraged the children to come out with innovative ideas to make useful articles of daily use such flower vases, pen stands, attractive toys from what is considered as waste,” School zonal in charge N. Susheela said.

 

 

 

ANITS gets research centre status


Andhra University has recognised the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences at Sangivalasa as a research centre. With the recognition accorded to the ANITS, its faculty members were eligible to guide research students and students could be permitted to join the ANITS to pursue their Ph.D. degrees, its Principal V.S.R.K. Prasad informed on Saturday. Secretary of ANITS V. Thapovardhan and Prof. Prasad thanked the AU for recognising the institute as a research centre .

 

 

Students @ fest


Students participate in ‘Technozion’, a festival at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal on Thursday.– Photo: M. MURALI Students participate in ‘Technozion’, a festival at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal on Thursday.– Photo: M. MURALI

‘Teachers should help students develop a balanced personality’


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’

 

 

Free educational websites designed


A virtual school uploaded with subject-based lessons, 1,008 short stories and 100 corporate skills, is now made available to the children of all age groups.

International Council for Educational Research and Training (INCERT) and AIMS designed an educational website that imparts online classes. Director of INCERT and AIMS Jaya Venugopal said:

“The objective is to eliminate the concept of tuitions where children can sit at home and access lessons at their own convenience. ”

The three websites – http://www.drjayasvirtualschool.in, www. nanamma.co and www. corporateskills.org aim to reach out to the children. The portal also provides e-library.

 

 

Vizag student for Antarctica expedition


Prateek Surisetti18-year-old Prateek Surisetti selected for the unique educational experience.

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula is a dream that the lucky few get to experience. And it becomes particularly special when you are the only one representing your country for an expedition to Antarctica. For 18-year-old Prateek Surisetti, it was a dream come true when he was selected for a unique educational expedition to Antarctica by the international organisation ‘Students on Ice’.

The ship-based expedition, involving more than 70 students from across the world, will commence on December 27 and end on January 10. The group will also include an international team of staff, consisting 20 scientists, historians, artists, explorers, authors, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts.

Book release

Prateek was selected from a competitive applicant pool on the basis of his interests in safeguarding the environment. He was one of the finalists for the ‘Cutty Sark Young Travel Photographer of the Year’ and his book ‘Good Morning, Mr. Hobby’ will be released soon.

His expedition was financially supported by Advait B.V, Tech Mahindra, National Centre for Antarctic and Oceanic Research and Phoenix IT Solutions.

While on the expedition, participants will encounter wildlife, visit scientific research stations, learn about the history of the region and the effects of climate change on Antarctic and global ecosystems, consider scientific and other knowledge system perspectives and participate in interdisciplinary and hands-on educational activities.

Challenges

‘Students on Ice’ (SOI) is an award-winning organisation offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their goal is to provide students with a transformative experience at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, foster a new understanding and respect for the planet. SOI brings together students with world class scientists, elders, artists, explorers, CEOs, innovators and polar experts to tackle the most important social and environmental challenges facing the planet.

 

Campus drive


Fourteen MCA students of Vignan Degree College have been selected in the placement drive conducted by Trade IQ firm.

As many as 80 students appeared for the test at different levels of which 14 cleared the final interviews on Sunday. Vignan Educational Institutions chairman Lavu Rattaiah, vice-chairman L. Srikrishnadavarayalu, principal Ch. Kiran Kumar and placement officer Ravi Shankar complimented the selected students.

Experienced faculty, providing quality education were the key for the success of students in the campus drive, said Mr. Rattaiah.

 

 

Workshop on entrepreneurship


A two-day workshop on entrepreneurship development for Engineering and MBA students began at the Mancherial’s Aizza College of Engineering and Technology here on Monday. The college roped in local industrialist Venkateshwar Rao, APITCO Regional Officer Giri as resource persons.

 

 

Model UN


GITAM University chapter of the Indian Society for Technical Education is organising the GITAM Model United Nations in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan on Tuesday.

As many as 470 students from different parts of the country are participating. Director and moderator for each of the five committee of the Model UN were selected via telephonic interviews and have good experience in conducting model UNs. CEO of Virtusa Corporation Murali Padmanabhan will inaugurate the programme.

 

 

NRI student selected to represent JNTU-K


Pooja RaniThird- year civil engineering student of NRI Institute of Technology P. Roja Rani has been selected to participate in the ongoing south-India Inter-University Basketball competition. She is representing the JNTU-Kakinada team. The competition began held at Dr. NTR Health University from December 21. The college Principal R. Venkata Rao and Physical Director P. Goutu congratulated the student.

 

 

Gitam students have their own portal


Created by students of HBS, ‘AppneAdda.com’ serves as a space for the varsity’s students to share ideas about various issues affecting them

‘AppneAdda.com’, a portal created as an online corner for students on the college campuses of GITAM University, was launched here on December 20 by Dean and Director of HBS, Prof. S.S. Prasada Rao. The portal was made by five MBA students from the varsity’s Hyderabad Business School (HBS).

The project, a brainchild of Vinodh Kumar, Sai Krishna, Srinivas Srujana, Arun, and Jayaprakash, was presented at national-level business idea contest held at Nirma University, Ahmedabad, earlier this month.

Costing Rs.16,000, ‘AppneAdda.com’ serves as a space for the varsity’s on-campus students to share ideas about various issues affecting them, and provides a forum for them to discuss issues ranging from rating the menu items in the canteens to sharing ideas for activities, said Vinodh, the CEO of the venture.

The five students also plan to generate income from the website through advertisements by attracting vendors of educational services, targeting professional students.

A future plan to create a mobile application for ‘AppneAdda.com’ is also on the cards.

 

Created by the management students of Hyderabad Business School, ‘AppneAdda.com’ serves as a space for the varsity’s students to share ideas about various issues affecting them

 

 

 

Training for women


Nava Vanita Welfare Society offers free training to women in fabric painting, tailoring, mehendi, embroidery, and beautician courses for their empowerment. They can register names at its office at Lakka Pandiri Veedhi.

For details contact 9652474484/8125666665, according to society president I. Swati in a release.

 

 

The robotic way of teaching Physics


Here is a novel device to teach Physics. Prof. Chandra Sekhar Prayaga, Chair of Physics Department at the University of West Florida, has devised a system whereby children can be taught the basic concepts of Physics by exploiting their natural fascination for robots.

The method, ‘Robotic Interactive Learning Environment’ (RILE), comes with features that help students to learn physics in a better and effective manner, Prof. Prayaga said.

Online version

“Robots move according to the data fed in the software, and sensors put in these robots generate the data that can be seen as graphical representation to see different physical forces at play,” he explained. Schools that cannot afford the new device can sign up for the online version of RILE.

Hands-on experience

The initiative has three components – the web, server and the robot – which help students to control and learn through hands-on experience, RILE chief technology officer Alex Whiteside said. “RILE has already been introduced in three schools in USA to teach physics concepts to eighth class students,” he said.

Bangalore-based firm

The module is being introduced by the Bangalore-based firm, Novatch Robo, for students of class 7 to 12 in both CBSE and ICSE patterns.

 

‘Robotic Interactive Learning Environment’ (RILE), comes with features that help students to learn physics in a better and effective manner

 

 

Maths wizard’s contribution remembered


To mark National Mathematics Day, AP State Council of Science and Technology’s Regional Science Centre at Bhavanipuram on Friday conducted an interesting programme involving multiplications, tables, squares and magic squares.

Addressing the participants, Regional Officer J.D. Rao pointed to the fact that the day was observed to commemorate the great mathematics wizard Srinivasa Ramanujam and explained how the latter had contributed a great deal for development of mathematics. He said students must embrace mathematics and explore career options related to the subject.

Winners of competitions in essay writing, quiz and poster presentation were also given prizes.

 

‘Escape Velocity Test’ for students


FIITJEE and USA UnivQuest have announced an ‘Escape Velocity Test’ for students of Classes IX, X, XI, XII and those who have passed XII, to help them understand if their career choice is correct.

A press release said it would be conducted at multiple centers across India on December 29 and the last date of registration is December 26. The test would weigh students’ aptitude, discover the potential and help them set academic goals.

For those interested in taking it online, between January 4 and 10, online registrations are open at http://www.escapevelocitytest.com, said Ananda Raman, Director & Mentor, FIITJEE, AP.

Appointed VC


B.M. Chandrasekhar Reddy was appointed Vice-Chancellor of YSR Horticulture University in Tadepalligudem mandal of West Godavari district. He is presently a project coordinator at the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research in Bangalore. Mr. Chandrasekhar Reddy called on the CM after his appointment. He will have a three-year term.

 

‘MOOCs can help improve access to quality education’


The Open Educational Resources have the potential to provide increased access to knowledge resources while its use in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will provide opportunities to receive credentials through formal and informal learning, said Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. The implication of these developments for India is tremendous and given the right kind of impetus, we can improve access and quality of available education, he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Learning and Technology: Emerging Trends to Democratise Education’ at a meeting organised by Prof. G. Ram Reddy Memorial Trust at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Mishra was also presented with the Prof. G. Ram Reddy Social Scientist Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of open distance learning.

 

MBA students’ confluence


The Department of Management Studies, Laqshya Group of Colleges, Tanikella, will organise LAKSHWIZ-13, a State-level MBA students’ confluence, on December 20.

According to a press release, Collector I. Srinivas Sri Naresh will inaugurate the event at Laqshya College of Management at Tanikella in Konijerla mandal on Friday. District Industrial Centre General Manager D. Srinivas Naik will be the guest of honour. The State-level event will provide an opportunity for MBA students to showcase their managerial skills, creativity and talents.

 

DPS lauded for balanced approach


Students of Delhi Public School exhibit their skils at the annual sports day celebrations at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Students of Delhi Public School exhibit their skils at the annual sports day celebrations at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada on Tuesday.

 

A student who is good in sports is bound to be good in academics as well. This strong connection between sports and academics was revealed by a recent study, said Krishna District Sports Secretary N. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday.

He was addressing students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada on the occasion of the school’s 7th annual sports day. Mr. Srinivasa Rao complimented the management of the DPS for giving equal importance to academics as well as sports. Track and field events like 100-mts run, 400×100 mts relay for juniors and seniors and ‘tug of tunnel’ and ‘Clip Clap’ race for tiny tots were held besides an impressive display of karate feats.

The chief guest gave away prizes to winners of the various events.

The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House. The winners included K. Jnana Sri (Ganges House); Individual sub-junior championship (girls), P. Pravishta (Narmada House); Individual sub-junior championship (boys), T. Ananya (Krishna House); Individual Junior Championship (girls), J. Rahul Pundarika (Brahmaputra House); Individual Junior Championship (boys), G. Himaja Varma (Brahmaputra House): Individual Senior Championship (girls) and K. Pratap Reddy (Brahmaputra House); Individual Senior Championship (boys).

 

The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House

 

 

Workshop on robotics conducted


The two-day workshop on National Robotics Championship – 2014 hosted by Ameya World School saw 135 students from 10 schools participating enthusiastically.

The workshop which was followed by the preliminary round selected two groups from Ameya World School and one from Oakridge International School who will be heading to the final round to be held at Helios – IIT Mumbai next year. Under the wild card category, one group among ETASI Timpany School, Chaitanya, DAV Public School and the hosting school will also participate in the final round, according to a statement.

 

 

AU SDE exams postponed


Second year examinations of MBA (hospital administration) course of Andhra University School of Distance Education, scheduled to commence on December 23 have been postponed due to Smaikyaandhra agitation and will be held from February 3 to 8, 2014, AU SDE Director N.L. Narasimha Rao informed in a press release on Tuesday.

Other details can be had by calling 9963474714, 0891-2754966 or 2550223 or by visiting AU SDE website andhrauniversity.edu.in/sde.

 

 

Fund your dreams


An education loan is probably the single avenue for a vast majority of Indian students aspiring to fulfil their dreams of pursuing advanced education. Though education finance has been a stepping stone for many deserving students to accomplish their dreams over the years, common doubts and ambiguities still remain, especially relating to processes, repayment, processing fees, course of choice and subsequent financing.

Some of the common hurdles faced by students while applying for education loan are:

Rising cost of education vis-a-vis limitations on maximum loan amount. For instance, the average tuition fees incurred for pursuing higher education abroad is minimum Rs. 25 lakh, while the maximum loan available generally is Rs. 20 lakh.

Education loans are available in specific branches only. Hence the applicant may not be able to get the loan from branches outside of home town if he/she has relocated for studies and may have to travel many times for processing.

For all the education loans for studying abroad there is a margin amount that needs to be arranged by the student. Minimum margin amount is 15 per cent.

Tedious documentation and cumbersome education loan process.

Tackle the hurdles

Given below are 12 quick points that will help you understand education loans better and tide over some of the challenges listed above. This will enable you make the best of this proposition and choose from the best available options in the market.

Begin with assessment of your current available funds before opting for an education loan. Funding through scholarships, for example, would reduce your loan burden considerably.

Are you eligible for an education loan? This is an important question that needs to be answered. It can be easily checked with the eligibility calculator available with most education loan providers, even on their websites. The eligibility calculator will help you determine the approximate eligibility value.

Check if the institute that you have applied to has any association or affiliation with banks or NBFCs for education loans. This affiliation expedites loan processing.

Look up for information on your institution, its placement history, average remuneration for campus placements and earning potential after completion of your course. Don’t just concentrate on your school’s overall ranking or graduation rate, as starting salaries greatly influence the loan repayment period.

After you have decided on the actual amount of loan required, identify a loan provider who would not only meet your requirements in terms of the loan amount but also agree to fund your choice of programme. There are lenders who can provide you 100 per cent loan amount without any margin money. Certain NBFCs can provide loan as high as or Rs 1 crore.

Check the expenses covered within the loan amount, that is, whether the loan covers complete tuition fees and living expenses for the entire duration of the programme.

Explore whether one’s parental income will suffice to meet the eligibility criteria or an additional co-borrower would be required. Do you have sufficient collateral security such as house, flat, non-agricultural land or fixed deposit to support the loan? This may help negotiate better terms with the lender.

Compare not only the rate of interest of the education finance but also other benefits in terms of easy repayment options, flexibility to pay from abroad, online customer services, etc. from your loan provider. Non-banking financial companies and dedicated education loan providers provide for flexibility on all these counts.

Obtain a checklist from the lender beforehand and prepare all the necessary papers and documents to ensure expedition of the process. Generally, documents required for any education loan are Know Your Customer (KYC), educational qualification certificates, proof of income (of parents) and collateral security document copies.

Decide the repayment option in consultation with your parents. That is, if you want to start EMI, or simple interest or want to go for moratorium. If you start simple interest payment or monthly instalments, it will reduce the loan burden once you graduate. It is advised not to go for moratorium unless required, since it adds to the loan burden.

Know the terms of your loan — what is the interest rate, what is the repayment period, and when precisely the payments will begin. Do not shy away from asking questions — as trivial as they sound to you.

 source :The writer is CEO, Avanse Education Loans.

 

It is important to know and understand that any default in EMI payments reflect in your credit report, lowering your credit score for any future borrowings. Another important point to remember is that if parents co-sign on the loans, they are liable for the loan.

 

Passion for maths keeps him going


Madanlal Baldevraj GhaiHe 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

 

 

Shortage of teachers in science, maths


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.

 

Important to stay focused, AU V-C tells students


Students writing the district-level science talent test as part of ‘Chekumuki Science Sambaralu’ in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.— Photo: A. MANIKANTA KUMARChekumuki Science Talent Test draws a number of students.

In an effort to promote scientific thinking and help students understand the application of science in almost every sphere of life, ‘Chekumuki Science Talent Test’ saw huge participation at Andhra University High School here on Sunday.

The one-hour district-level test, hosted by Jana Vignana Vedika, drew 162 schools with 210 teams, both English and Telugu mediums, together where around three students represented each school. The group-discussion based test consisted of 60 multiple choice questions related to physics, biology, chemistry and general knowledge.

After browsing through the science exhibits put up at the venue, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said, “Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former Chief Minister of the State Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh achieved great heights in the field of science. Their constant endeavour to excel in the chosen domain made them discover interesting features of the subject. It is important to stay focused, manage time and explore beyond textbooks.”

Professor in Department of Physics, AU Poornachandra Rao explained about the relation of science in day-to-day life. “Getting the fundamentals right and imparting the subject in an experiential format continues to be a challenge for many teachers,” he said.

“Science is part of our life. The achievement of any developing country is measured through its scientific advancement. In terms of scientific contributions, India stands only 3 per cent as against 19 per cent of China. Lack of quality in the education system, poor infrastructure facilities and incompetent teaching methods are some of the aspects that need attention,” Registrar of AU K. Rama Mohana Rao said.

The celebration over here concluded with prize distribution ceremony where Principal of AU High School English Medium G. Vijaya Lakshmi and Headmistress of the AU High School Telugu Medium M. Manga Thayaru, president of Jana Vignana Vedika T. Kameswara Rao and secretary T.V. Gopala Rao also participated. The top winners in English and Telugu mediums from Little Angels School, MVP Colony and Visakha Vimala Vidyalayam will head to the State-level contest which is to be held in the month of January.

 

 

Students’ initiative for villagers


Students of TRIPS International School screened villagers of Buchiyyanagar for visual disability and counselled the needy to utilize further services at a free eye camp scheduled at Satellite City. The children were trained in the preliminary eye vision checking procedure by Goutami Eye Institute. A total of 196 villagers were screened and 87 people told to attend the camp.

 

 

Contact classes


The Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education, Osmania University, will conduct contact classes for B.A., B.Com., B.Com. (Computers), and BBA I, II, and III year from December 11. Classes will be held from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on all working days at the centre premises.

For time-table, visit http://www.oucde.ac.in

 

 

 

Unique date @ unique ratio 11:12:13


11:12:13:Students of a private school form 11-12-13, marking the unique date that falls once in a century at Chandur in Nalgonda district on Wednesday.-Photo: Singam Venkataramana

11:12:13:Students of a private school form 11-12-13, marking the unique date that falls once in a century at Chandur in Nalgonda district on Wednesday.-Photo: Singam Venkataramana

 

 

Non-stop painting


Coming up with a new concept, artist Ramchand of Trishnaa-The Art Gallery will begin his 13 hour non-stop painting expedition (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Wednesday before inaugurating the painting show. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Different Strokes’ where visitors can browse through the works for four days from Thursday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Tarakarama Nagar.

Robo junior workshop


Ameya World School, Sanghivalasa in association with the National Robotics Championship 2014 is hosting a two-day ‘Robo Junior Workshop’ on December 14 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Winner of the zonal centre will be eligible to compete in the final round at Helios, IIT Mumbai in April next year. The finalist will receive a certificate of excellence and cash prize worth Rs. 40,000 apart from a free summer Internship for the year 2014.

 

 
 
 

 

Last date for AU research admissions


Candidates can get admission into M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes of Andhra University in its arts, science, engineering, pharmacy and law colleges under the extramural category, project fellowship and faculty development programme along with CSIRUGC NET fellowship holders and Inspire and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship holders.

Candidates must have 55 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA (50 per cent marks in case of SC/ST candidates) in the qualifying P.G. degree, Director of AU Directorate of Admissions O. Aniel Kumar said on Tuesday. The application form and the information brochure with details of eligibility criteria, admission procedure, etc., are placed in the A.U. websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.

in/doa. Application form in duplicate along with a demand draft for Rs.1,000 drawn in favour of The Director, Directorate of Admissions, Andhra University payable at Visakhapatnam as to reach the Director of Admissions by December 23 without fine and Dec. 31 with a fine of Rs. 1,500.

 

 

English for survival


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In the age of globalisation, everyone needs to enhance their communication skills in English in order to cope with the increasingly tough competition in the job market. Mere subject knowledge in their chosen field, be it engineering, science, commerce or humanities, is not going to be a guarantee for them to get a good job or excel at the workplace.

David Crystal in his book English as a global language states that 85 per cent of the world’s international organisations use English as their official language in transnational communication, and 90 per cent of the published academic articles are written in English.

Multinational corporations (MNCs) and major information technology (IT) companies in India recruit candidates who have good English communication skills. In this highly competitive society, proficiency in English is considered one of the employability skills. There has been a wide gap between what the students need and what is taught at the tertiary level. Teaching English to a group of students without knowing their language needs is just like prescribing a particular medicine to someone without diagnosing the person’s disease. Somehow, the ‘one-size-fits-all’ model doesn’t work in English language teaching (ELT).

The fact that English is not taught as a life skill or survival skill in most schools and colleges makes me raise the question whether teachers of English are really competent and whether they have had proper training to teach the language effectively. The urgent need of the hour is to take appropriate measures to enable teachers to grow professionally. Teachers of English should stop considering themselves as the source of knowledge and students as mere sponges. An effective teacher enables the learner to move from dependent stage to independent stage and then to interdependent stage. This is the process of empowering the learner. The education system at the tertiary level also needs to be transformed radically. The present system is not conducive for teaching English as a life skill. Undue importance is given to examination-oriented coaching, and as a result the English language teacher ceases to be creative. Educational institutions are slowly becoming coaching centres. Most private engineering colleges seem to focus only on achieving higher pass percentage every year at the cost of compromising quality. The teacher who prepares students for examinations well and who awards marks to the students generously is adjudged the best teacher, and the one who is creative and who teaches English for life is considered worthless.

If we want our future engineers and other professionals to speak and write good English, we should look into various maladies that affect the effective teaching of English and find remedies that will purify the system.

Following are some of the maladies:

Most English language courses do not reflect the present and future language needs of the students.

The absence of skills-oriented teaching results in ineffective learning.

There is a gap between the target situation (employment market) and the existing proficiency of learners.

The absence of standard course books.

Listening and speaking skills are not given adequate importance.

Remedies

English language courses should be based on the principles of globalism.

The courses should be innovative in content (interesting and useful material for reading and listening, commutainment (communication through entertainment) activities, oral presentation, group discussion, mock interviews, etc.)), in methodology (eg. a process approach to oral presentation, focus on the integration of skills) and in learning outcomes.

An innovative approach that focuses on creativity, critical thinking skills, group skills, interpersonal skills, functional competence, intercultural competence, etc. should be promoted.

Effective measures must be taken to shift from basic language skills to wide-range of skills required at work.

The English language courses should have activities that foster learners’ critical thinking and group skills.

The courses should develop learner autonomy through language labs and web-based learning.

Project-based activities should be given to learners to develop their language skills in a meaningful manner.

The increasing focus on tests and exams should be arrested.

Teachers should be trained to teach creatively based on the target needs.

Corporate people should be involved in the design of the course.

English language courses should be evaluated and modified on a regular basis.

It is high time policy makers realized the need for teaching English as a life skill and paved the way for it. It is high time teachers of English equipped themselves professionally. Better late than never! The ELT community should come together and strive to achieve the noble cause of empowering their students. It is possible only if they are ready to undergo a paradigm shift.

The writer is an English Language Teaching (ELT) resource person. Email: rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

SOURCE:

Kindly acknowledge the source of the article “English for Survival”.  The author of the article is “Dr Albert P’Rayan”. The article appeared in Education Plus, a higher education supplement of The Hindu.

 

 

 

 

n can make English language teaching more effective.

CADD scholarship test


CADD Centre is conducting CADD Quest 2014, its annual scholarship examination for students and professionals. on December 14, 15, 21 and 22. Students can write the exam at nearest CADD Centre branches or log in to http://www.caddcentre.ws to take it online. For details, contact 1800-425-0405

 

 

 

MEPMA scholarship


Applications for scholarship under the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) were invited for 2013-14. The application forms can be obtained from offices of the municipal corporation, village panchayats, and MEPMA, and filled-in applications have to be submitted to the community organisers, CLRPs, and mission coordinators before Tuesday. Students of 9 th and 10 th classes and Intermediate (first or second year) are eligible to avail themselves of the scholarship.

 

 

 

 

Training programme on RTE Act


A training programme on the Right to Education Act, 2009, will be organised by COVA-PUCAAR, here on December 8 for activists from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., at the Ahle Bait School, Bibi Bazaar, Talab Katta. Venkat Reddy, national convener, MV foundation, and Rekha Abel will address key issues pertaing tothe Act during the programme.

 

 

 

Seminar on CSAT tomorrow


Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.), in partnership with The Hindu , will conduct a seminar on ‘Civil Services Aptitude Test: 2014 – Approach & Opportunities’ here on December 8.

The programme will be held at Urdu Hall, Himayatnagar at 10 a.m. Candidates can register at http://www.time4education.com or at any of the T.I.M.E. centres. Interested persons may contact 040-4008 8400, 81793 71363 for more details. Participants can also appear for the ‘TIME talent search’ exam at the venue.

 

AU SDE exam postponed


B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. final year examinations of Andhra University School of Distance Education, scheduled to be held on December 6 and 7 have been postponed in view of a call for bandh given by Samaikyandhrapradesh agitators, according to Director N.L. Narasimha Rao in a statement here on Friday.

Other details can be had by contacting AU SDE on 0891-2754966, 2550223, 99634-74712, 98481-99155 or visiting websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu. in/sde.

 

 

AU SDE admission: last date with fine December 31


Last date for submitting applications for admission into various courses of Andhra University School of Distance Education, without fine has lapsed but applications, except for the B.Sc. course, will be accepted with a fine of Rs. 200 till December 31, AUSDE Director N.L. Narasimha Rao said on Thursday.

AU SDE can be contacted for updates on 77200 57811, 77022 57813, 99634 74714, 0891-2754966, 2844142, 2550223 and the its websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.in/sde, he added.

 

 

Gitam excellence meet


Gitam Institute of Management is organising its 15th Gitam Excellence Meet on December 6 and 7. Over 2,000 participants have already registered to participate in the array of competitions being organised.

Over 300 students from colleges outside the city will also be attending the meet. The entire event is being organised by the students under the guidance of their mentors so that they can learn how to conduct large events. Each of the 850 students of the institute will be given individual responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Chief Mentor K. Manjusree Naidu said that the students are handling all aspects of the meet right from finance, marketing to hospitality and they will gain immense exposure from the practical experience.

For more information log on towww.gem-2013.blogspot.com

 

 

Workshop on e-content development


A training-cum-production workshop on ‘E-Content Development’ is underway at J M J College for Women here.

The workshop was designed to provide learning experience in pre-production, production and post-production activities of multimedia e-content development on different topics in different disciplines of higher education.

Principal, Sr. Rosalina said that in the digital era of ‘anytime anywhere learning’, training teachers for utilising the latest technologies for promoting learning was of utmost importance.

Correspondent, Sr. Stella Marris said that the college has collaborated with the Department of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu for this mission.

The Department of Educational Technology was the first department of Educational Technology, in the country and the first teacher education department to have been recognised by UGC for its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) under Departmental Research Support, Resource Person of this Capacity Building Workshop, S. Senthilnathan also spoke.

 

 

College wins laurels at ‘Yuvatharangam’


The Government Women’s Degree and Post Graduate College in Karimnagar town has won four first prizes in the “Yuvatharangam”, an initiative to create excellence in higher education, by the Commissioner of College Education recently in Hyderabad.

The College bagged the State best women empowerment cell in recognition of its activities for the welfare of women students.

The college also bagged first prize in kho-kho, first prize in highest marks in BA and History subject respectively. College principal P. Ramesh received the awards from Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, according to an official release here today.

 

College bagged the State best women empowerment cell in recognition of its activities for the welfare of women students

 

 

(un known)schooling kids emotions..


On the other side

Every day I see many children working. I feel disgusted when I see them toiling when they should be studying like me. Then I realise how lucky I am.

In our school every year the scholastic Book Fair is held for three days. I remember a time when the Scholastic Book Fair was being held.

I saw many children running to buy books. In the crowded area I also saw a child standing in a corner wearing dirty and tattered clothes. He was about my age.

I had seen him working at the fair. I wondered how he would be feeling when he saw other children studying in the school.  He surely must have wanted to study but he never got the opportunity.

I wanted to ask him about all these things but I could not muster the courage as here was a boy who would do anything to save money to educate himself and we educated ones were busy wasting money buying unnecessary toys and gadgets.

LEND A HELPING HAND

Sometimes, you need to switch off the television, close your books and take a deep breath. Look around you, and you will find that there is so much more you can do. In doing so make a difference in your life and in your community.

Bee sportive

I felt really nervous. It was my first time. I thought what would happen if I lose? But my mother gently reassured me. I reluctantly got up and went on-stage.

I was participating in the Mosaica International School’s spelling bee, which was held at the Hitex Exhibition Centre. I was tense and my little sister was watching me. I had to win and make her proud. The words were taken from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee list. The judge’s accent was different. It was a bit difficult, but my determination to win and become my sister’s role model was strong and I overcame the difficulties. Then there was one word between me and the glorious prize. My palms were sweaty. I heard the word and spelt what I thought was the right spelling. Then I heard the words “you are right”. It was exhilarating! I had won!

I also learnt an important lesson. Winning is not everything. Participation and the spirit of sportsmanship is what matters. I was awed when the competitors cheered when I received my prize. These fond memories would remain forever etched in my heart.

 

School ties

I am motivated for various reasons. When I go to school, I get to learn new things. Every day I look at the school calendar, which has a quote under each date. This keeps my spirits up for the rest of the day. Our classes are made interesting with role-plays and other activities that make learning so much fun.

Our school instils good values in us. All festivals are celebrated. This helps us learn about our culture.

There are various interesting clubs that teach about photography and cooking among other things. We can join any of them according to our interests and get theoretical as well as practical knowledge. Not only does it ensure overall development but also a clear picture about what our interests are. I feel blessed to be in a school, where we have a platform to experiment and assess ourselves.

I believe that my school gives us everything necessary to become a good citizen. I am proud of my school and teachers.

Sister love

The days I spent with my sister, Sushma during my primary school is wonderful. She graduated from school when I finished Std VI and left our hometown for higher studies. The last two years have been really boring without her. We used to share our lunch, play in the ground together and travel in the school bus side by side. We would also quarrel to get more chocolates from our dad.

I miss my sister a lot. But as I remember all the mischievous things we did together, time seems to pass quickly. Whenever she calls, I would speak to her for hours and also irritate her by asking ridiculous questions. In January, she’ll come home after four months. I am waiting to give her a warm and cordial welcome. I love and miss you, dear sister!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaastra symposium


The organisers of the technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Shaastra,will conduct a symposium on, “Reinventing the agricultural sector.” Through mentorship sessions, field trips, lectures and group discussions, selected students will be given an exposure to the problems and challenges faced by the agricultural sector today.

Any college student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme is eligible to participate. The symposium takes place from January 4 to 7, 2014, at IITM.

More at: http://www.shaastra.org/2014/main/#iit_madras_symposium.

For any enquiry, call: +91-8220584444

 

 

Students can play a role in national integration


A one-day workshop on ‘Communal Harmony for National Integration’ was held at the Science and Humanities Department of Nizam Institute of Engineering & Technology.

Dr. R. Kondal Reddy, principal of Krishnamurthy Institute of Management and Technology, who presided as chief guest, said that students have a great role to play for national integration, and suggested various ways through which they could build great careers to lead prosperous lives.

Mohammad Jafer, chairman of Ummul Qura Education Society, who was also a guest at the workshop, mentioned about the importance of communal harmony in society, and advised students to respect all religions and forget differences to maintain equality among all the communities in order to lead peaceful lives.

The chief guest also emphasised on the proficiency of English language skills among students, as it is necessary to meet requirements in today’s world.

 

Students told to respect all religions to maintain equality among all communities and lead a peaceful life

 

 

new courses…


Masters in Cyber Security

and Management

University of Warwick is offering a specialist Masters Programme in Cyber Security and Management.

This course at Warwick is designed for students who wish to develop as a cyber security professional or take leading technical or managerial role in any organisation that is dependent on data, information and communication technology. The course will provide an advanced understanding of managing cyber security within the enterprise. For further information, log on to go.warwick.ac.uk/

wmgmasters/

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Filmmaking at Whistling Woods International

Course: Filmmaking — Two-year diploma in filmmaking; One-year certificate course in acting; One-year certificate course in screenwriting

Course : Fashion — One-year diploma in fashion. Eligibility: Class XII. Course: MBA — Two-year PGP + MBA in media and entertainment. Eligibility: Graduate.

How to apply: The admission form can be downloaded from http://www.whistlingwoods.net.

Selections of candidates are made on the basis of their academic records and their interview performance.

 

 

 

 

New Registrar for OU


K. Pratap Reddy of the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, and Director, Directorate of Academic Audit, Osmania University, has been appointed Registrar of Osmania University. He replaces Prof. M.S.N. Reddy, who retired on Saturday.

Prof. Reddy holds a Ph.D from OU and specialises in neuroscience, fluoride toxicity and neurodegenerative diseases. He has guided 15 students for Ph.D and has done several projects including those from the UGC and the DBT. He also worked as Director of Admissions.

 

 

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