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Proceedings of the NAAC sponsored National Seminar held at St. Bede’s College Shimla

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The NAAC sponsored National Seminar on ‘Institutional Quality Improvement: Role of ICT was held at St. Bede’s College, Shimla on November 14-15, 2014. On the first day of the Seminar, the Principal of the College, Dr. (Sr.) Beena John welcomed the guests and the delegates. Prof. A.D.N Bajpai, the Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla was the Chief guest. He congratulated the Principal, Staff and the Conveners Dr.

Anjali Dewan & Ms. Nandini Pathania for organizing the seminar and providing quality education. He said that the Indians have contributed in World Class universities but we lack in originality. He further said that ICT cannot substitute for teacher-student relationship. He pointed out that St. Bede’s College is an icon of quality education. In the Keynote address, Prof. Chetan Singh, Director, Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla said in pedagogy, ICT has been used for gathering of information and communication.

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The chalk and talk is still regarded as the legitimate way of teaching. Linkage between globalization, knowledge and communication needs attention. ICT is a means and not an end. In the Plenary session, there was a Panel discussion on ICT in Education, its Pros and cons. The Chairperson of this session was Prof. P.K Ahluwalia and the panelists were Dr. Dhirendra Sharma, Dr.

Manu Sood, Dr. Arvind Kalia, Dr. Shonali Sud and Dr. Anjali Dewan. The speakers laid emphasis on the introduction and the use of ICT in governance, in teaching-learning and for administrative purpose. ICT cannot replace class room teaching but can certainly supplement it.

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The first Technical session was on Spoken Tutorials. Dr. Dhirendra Sharma was the Chairperson. Ms. Jessie Velusamy from IIT, Mumbai introduced the spoken tutorials for the use of students and teachers. She further elaborated that they should be used under the able guidance of a trained teacher. The role of teacher in the teaching-learning process cannot be undermined. In the second Technical session, the delegates presented their papers and
deliberated upon themes such as ICT as a catalyst for women empowerment, exposure to the latest trends in ICT, new strategies of teaching through e – learning, spoken tutorials etc.

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Questions were asked and there was a healthy interaction between the paper presenters and
the students.

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The second day of the NAAC sponsor National Seminar on “Institutional Quality Improvement: Role of ICT “on 15 November ,2014 started with the third technical session on Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC). The speaker was Prof. P.K Ahluwalia, Dean Planning and Teachers Matters .He explained to the delegates and the students about the importance and relevance of MOOC. The valedictory address was delivered by Prof. Karmeshu, School of Computer and System Sciences,JNU New Delhi. The ICT has become indispensable for mankind today.

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He spoke on ‘Diffusion of ICT and Critical Mass’. He said that larger the use of ICT the more will be human development Index. When we adopt ICT, there are five phases in the adoption process consisting of knowledge phase, persuasion phase, decision phase implementation, and confirmation.He talked about Visual Hysteresis and the notion of Critical Mass.The utility of ICT will get enhanced when many people use it. The proceedings of the two days seminar were read by Dr. Anjali Dewan. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Nandini Pathania.

The participants benefited by the new trends in ICT which were introduced during the seminar. The National Seminar was a great success under the able guidance of Dr. (Sr.) Beena John, principal St. Bede’s College. The conveners were Dr. Anjali Dewan and Ms. Nandini Pathania.

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Himachal’s Schools, Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes in Feb, DDU Shimla to be Notified Non-COVID Hospital

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Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh would open for regular classes from February 1, 2021, the State Government decided in a meeting of Cabinet held on Friday.  

All the teachers of summer closing government schools have been asked to attend the schools from 27th of this month. The students of classes 5 and 8 to 12 of summer closing schools would be allowed to attend regular classes from 1st February 2021 by strictly following laid down SOPs. The school management would have to ensure strict use of face masks, social distancing and use of sanitisers in the school premises.

In winter closing schools of Himachal, the students of classes 5 and 8 to 12 would be allowed to attend regular classes after winter vacations with effect from 15th February 2021. Online system for education under Har Ghar Pathshala would continue. The similar system can be adopted by the private schools in the State, the Cabinet suggested.  

 Similarly, ITIs and Polytechnic and Engineering colleges would also be opened from 1st February 2021.  

All the government colleges would be opened for regular classes from 8th February 2021 after winter vacations.

There were reports that the government has also decided to allow gathering of more than 50 people.

It also decided to notify Zonal Hospital Dharamshala and DDU Hospital Shimla as Non-Covid Hospitals.

Further, State Government has constructed four Make Shift Hospitals at IGMC Shimla, CH Nalagarh, RPGMC, Tanda and Medical College, Ner Chowk. Now, the Cabinet said that due to reduction in Covid-19 active cases, the Cabinet decided to use the Make-Shift Hospital at:

  1. IGMC as Medicine Intensive Care Unit
  2. Make-Shift Hospital at RPGMC Tanda as Communicable Diseases/ Infectious Diseases Ward,
  3. Make-Shift Hospital at CH Nalagarh as Trauma Care Centre
  4. Make-Shift Hospital at SLBSGMC Mandi at Ner Chowk as Super Specialty Ward.

The Cabinet gave a mining lease on 599.1935 hectares of area for extraction of limestones and mining minerals for cement plant in villages Kamandal, Kumarla, Gitrata and Aara of Chopal Tehsil in Shimla district for three years to RCCPL Private Ltd., Navi Mumbai.

The Cabinet decided to set up Women Help Desks in District Police Offices and Police Thanas in the State. It also gave its nod to purchase 136 scooty/scooter alongwith 272 helmets and 136 Desktop Computer for the Women Help Desks in Police Department. 

Further, six posts of different categories for newly created Civil Courts at Jhandutta in Bilaspur district and Jaisinghpur in Kangra district would be created and filled, the Cabinet decided.

 

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The GHNP and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary Ranked as Best Managed Protected Areas of India

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Shimla-The Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) have been ranked as the best managed protected areas in India. Sainj WLS has also been placed among the top five Sanctuaries.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, on January 11 released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Country. At present, India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in the country covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country. The purpose of it was to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness.

The evaluation process was executed by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, in which  nation-wide 146 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, including 13 protected areas of Himachal Pradesh, were assessed through a team of evaluators. The score is given for various parameters including staff position, provision of financial resources, degree of protection, peoples’ participation and awareness of the communities towards the conservation values. Against a national average of 62 percent GHNP and Tirthan WLS scored a high of 84.17 percent while Sainj recorded 82.5 percent.

Currently, Himachal Pradesh has a network of 5 National Parks, 28 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Conservation Reserves covering 8391.42 km2 which is 15 percent of the total geographical area of the state.

Top five and bottom five scored NP&WLS

Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India 2

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

According to this Evaluation three of the top five best managed Protected Areas in the country are from Himachal Pradesh. However, the Evaluation also mentioned weaknesses in management in these National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. (Scroll down for details info)

Top two highest and lowest scored NP&WLS in five regions

Managemaent Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

What is Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)?

Protected area (PA) management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) is defined as the assessment of how well NP&WLS are being managed—primarily, whether they are protecting their values and achieving the goals and objectives agreed upon.

The term ‘management effectiveness’ reflects three main themes of PA management -design issues relating to both individual sites and PA systems, the adequacy and appropriateness of management systems and processes, and delivery of the objectives of NP&WLS, including conservation of values.

 Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Areas (PAs) has emerged as a key tool for PA managers and is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems.

MEE is a very important document that provides valuable guidance on various aspects of wildlife and protected area expand MEE of Marine Protected Areas. A new framework for MEE of Marine Protected Areas has been also jointly prepared by WII and MoEF&CC.

In recent years there has been a general concern amongst PA professionals and the public that many NP&WLS are failing to achieve their objectives and, in some cases, are actually losing the values for which they were established (Hockings et al. 2008).

As a result, improving the effectiveness of PA management has become a priority throughout the conservation community. Protected areas that are effectively managed generally lead to improved biodiversity outcomes.

However, only 20% (21,743 NP&WLS) of the total coverage of protected areas reported in the WDPA has been assessed for management effectiveness according to the Global Database on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and NGS 2018). The result indicated that only 17.5% of the countries have achieved the 60% score of management effectiveness (Coad et al. 2015).

Further, Javadekar also announced that from this year onwards 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and top five Zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.

Management Strengths and Weaknesses of National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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