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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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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

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Daily covid 19 deaths

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Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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