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COVID pandemic: CBSE Class XII Board Exams cancelled

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  • Class XII results will be made as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.
  • Decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students
  • Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect
  • Anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end
  • Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation
  • All stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday 1 June chaired a review meeting regarding the Class XII Board exams of CBSE. Officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including State governments.

In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it has been decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It also has been decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.

Why not the same decision for final MBBS and MD

The Union Government should take a cue from its CBSE decision and do the same for final MBBS and MD. This should be done keeping in view the huge shortage of doctors. What needs to be brought in focus is that MBBS students are being used like ward boys and not even paid in private medical colleges. Dr Devi Shetty has emphasised this point but it has not moved those in power even an iota. – Editorial Comment

The Prime Minister said that the decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students. He stated that COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of Board Exams has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end.

PM said that the Covid situation is a dynamic situation across the country. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. PM said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.

The Prime Minister stressed that the health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect. He said that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.

PM said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students. PM directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner.

Referring to the wide consultative process, PM expressed appreciation that a student friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the States for providing feedback on this issue.

It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.

The Prime Minister had earlier held a high-level meeting on 21/05/21 which was attended by Ministers & officials. Thereafter a meeting under the Chairmanship of Union Defence Minister was held on 23.05.2021 which was attended by the Education Minsters of States. Various options for conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and UTs.

Tuesday’s meeting was attended by Union Ministers of Home, Defence, Finance, Commerce, Information & Broadcasting, Petroleum and Women & Child Development Ministries and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary & Secretaries of School Education & Higher Education Departments & other officials.

A popular book fair striving to strengthen democracy

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Kolkata: A grand book fair, with the ongoing election as its central theme, organised by Publishers and Booksellers Guild and Dr BC Roy Memorial Committee Bidhan Sishu Udyan is drawing a huge crowd.

The book fair has been successful in creating poll awareness and spreading the message of harmony. Visitors to the fair are at once welcomed and greeted by placards and banners saying- “Bol chinhe vote din”(cast your vote in favour of book symbol).

The book fair should go a long way towards building awareness among both kids and adults towards the ongoing general election for the State Assembly as well as in inculcating the reading habit.

When everyone is witnessing to a no holds barred electioneering, the organisers of the book fare have gone all out to use this event for building an atmosphere of peace and unity among all by placing diverse literature and election material of different political parties side by side on the same table. We are striving to pass on the message that the election should be peaceful and fair,” said Goutam Talukder, Secretary Bidhan Sishu Udyan.

An imposing stall dedicated to books on politics, biography of politicians, past election results and manifestos of all major parties now in poll fray is drawing special attention.

Brainstorming session on self-reliant India at IEHE

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Bhopal: A one day webinar on “Literature and Self-reliant India” was organized by the Hindi Department of Institute of Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE) in the State capital on Tuesday February 9 2021.

The webinar was set in motion by Dr. S.S.Vijayavargiya, Director IEHE. He underscored the importance of self-reliance adding “it should be linked to every aspect of our life”.

Prof. Nandkishore Pandey, Chairman Bharatiya Hindi Parishad, Prayagraj, who was the Chief Guest, delivered the keynote address. He began by referring to the “Adikavi” (the earliest poet) ans said when the poet talks of “Ann-Jal” (food and water), he is not speaking only about human beings but is pointing to the earth, all its elements and life forms.

Guest of honour and main speaker Prof. Umesh Kumar Singh, Director, Swami Vivekananda Career Guidance Scheme, Government of Madhya Pradesh, emphasised the importance of connecting all sections of people for the sake of country’s self-reliance.

Special invitee Prof. Ila Ghosh, ex-Principal and Professor Government Tilak College Katni, tgrew light on the sources of self-reliance in Vedic literature.

Dr. Pallavi Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of English, S.D.M. Post Graduate College, Doivala, Dehradun, said diverse literature abounds with all that’s basically required for achieving self-reliance. Also, in India there is a rich folk tradition that encourages self-reliance.

Dr. Sonam Wangmu, Assistant Professor Hindi Department, Binny Yanda, Government Girls College, Nahar Lagoon Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, described the self-reliance of the tribal society of Arunachal Pradesh and said it is closely linked to nature.

Dr. Sandhya Prasad, Head of Hindi Department, coordinated and introduced the subject. Dr. Arti Srivastava, organising Secretary, conducted the webinar. Vote of thanks was delivered by Joint organising Secretary Dr. Arti Dubey.

Message from NLIU- Bhopal on Internal Committee on Sexual harassment in colleges and Universities

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Bhopal: The National Law Institute University (NLIU) in the State capital organised a consultative meeting on “The working of Internal Committee in Higher Educational Institutions” with Ms. Shyamala S. Kundar, Member National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday 9 February 2021.

The meeting, held at the Convention Centre of the University, was attended by the members of Internal Committee of NLIU, Barkatullah University and Jagaran Lakecity University besides the Dean and Registrar of NLIU, Bhopal.

Ms Shymala underscored the importance of having an Internal Committee in every educational institution and said there should be strict compliance of Vishakha guidelines in all Higher Education Institutions.

The Vishaka Guidelines were a set of procedural guidelines for use in India in cases of sexual harassment. They were promulgated by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 and were superseded in 2013 by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Ms Shymala went on to emphasise that the Internal Committee should conduct periodic sensitisation programmes for both teaching, non-teaching staff and students of the University. Such programmes must lay emphasis on providing conceptual clarity on ‘sexual harassment’, ‘workplace’, ‘employer’, ‘Internal Committee’, and ‘Local Complaints Committee’. It should also focus on gaining the trust of students making them come forward to lodge complaints before the IC in the event of any sexual harassment experienced by them. She highlighted the importance of informing the parents of the student/s about any such incident in the event of a student lodging a complaint before the IC. She also told the gathering about the decision of the National Commission for Women to send a letter addressed to the Government of Madhya Pradesh about the strict compliance of Vishakha guidelines and working of the Internal Committee in every College and University with immediate effect.