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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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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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Will tar 1100 km roads, construct 600 km new motorable roads, 750 km cross drainage, 35 bridges in 2018: HP Govt

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Shimla: During review meeting of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department held today, the Government informed that it has set up a target of construction of 600 km new motorable roads, providing cross drainage facilities on 750 km road length, metalling and tarring of 1100 km roads, construction of 35 bridges and providing road connectivity to 40 villages during the current financial year.

The Government said all the formalities regarding the allocation of road and bridge projects would be completed within a stipulated period to facilitate work- allocation within 51 days to concerned executing agencies.  

The e-tendering is expected to speed up the process of allocation of projects.

It has been felt that delay in Forest clearances was one of the major bottlenecks for starting of different road and bridge projects. Therefore, the Government would take up the matter with the Union Government to expedite forest clearances for these projects,

said the Chief Minister, who was presiding over the meeting.

It was informed that the target has been fixed to execute 414 works with a total length of 2400 km, under PMGSY with an outlay of Rs 600 crore during the current financial year.

On completion, 150 habitations would be connected with roads. Similarly, the target has been fixed to complete 209 works under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-NABARD, which include 77 works in Shimla zone, 20 in Mandi Zone, 70 in Kangra zone and 4 in Hamirpur Zone, it was informed.

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During HPPWD review meeting 2018

It was informed that that out of 90 black spots identified in the State, 58 had been rectified and work on remaining black spots was in progress.

The State Government has allocated Rs. 200 crore for maintenance and repair of roads in the State besides Rs. 50 crore additionality for providing drainage facilities on the roads, claimed the Government.

Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 34394 officers and officials were working in the Public Works Department and “were doing their best” to ensure best road connectivity to the people of the State.  

The State today has total 35638 km of roads providing road connectivity to the remotest part of the State, informed the Engineer-in-Chief R.P Verma.

Opposed to the work-culture of the HP PWD, the Chief Minister, who holds Department, is claiming that regular monitoring and inspection of roads and bridges constructed particularly under NABARD, Central Road Fund etc. will be ensured.

 He said that for this, standard quality parameters should be laid down and responsibility of the defaulters must be fixed and strict action taken against the person, which rarely happens.

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