The CES Media Centre will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.
Shimla: The obsolescence academic environment of the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, might soon receive some major digital upgrades to allow teachers and students to harness the enormous and unlimited power of e-learning.
In collaboration with the Consortium For educational Communication (CEC), the varsity has expressed its plans to establish a high-tech media centre and a digital library.
If the announcement made by the HPU VC at the event to be believed, the university will get a multi-faculty complex in a couple of years. The complex will also provide digital infrastructure that will bring the entire e-learning content of 86 subjects of undergraduate courses to the desktop of the students.
HPU Hosts Annual CEC Education Video Competition
The CEC has collaborated with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), HPU, for its annual Educational Video Competition. The two-day event was kicked-off on October 5. It will feature 23 educational films divided into 10 different categories. The winners will be awarded.
Twenty three movies in ten categories will be screened at this two-day event. The winners will be awarded by the Governor Acharya Devvrat on the October 6 at the valedictory function,
informed Dr. VikasDogra, Chairman JMC.
On the occasion, Nageshwar Nath from CEC, New Delhi, was also present with the Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor of HPU. The VC expressed his gratitude towards the CEC for giving the HPU an opportunity to organize such a useful event. He also congratulated the Dept. of JMC to be a part of the event.
This is the age of transformation towards a digital world. Now learning isn’t a matter of brick and mortar (infrastructure). It is the matter of Chips (storage device) and Fibre(Internet),
said Prof. Rajbir Singh, Director CEC.
He further assured the HPU administration that the CEC will assist in every way to set up a digital library in the university premises that would make the learning an easier process.
Though HPU is late in adopting e-learning, the project would still mean a lot in a race to keep up with the modern world.
We will have to update ourselves; otherwise we will not survive in any sector let it be education or health,
said the VC.
What is CEC?
Luckily, the CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India specifically to address the needs of higher education through the use of resources of mass communication like the Internet, Television, rapidly evolving information communication technologies (ICTs) etc.
It was the CEC that introduced some of the selected varsities/colleges to Media Centres aka Audio Visual Research Centres (AVRC) equipped with broadcast quality equipment and professional manpower.
The establishment of the CEC goes back to the “Countrywide Classroom” program that was first broadcasted on Doordarshan on August 15, 1984. The program later became the CEC in 1993. The program had begun with a motto of “upgrade”, “update” and “enrich the knowledge” of students, “broaden their mental horizons” and “stimulate their urge” to know more.
How is it different from searching study materials on Google or Journals?
If a student uses the Internet to search for e-learning content, he finds himself in an unending pool of credible and non-credible knowledge sources. Students struggle to find content that sticks to their course. Cluttered information causes confusion.
On the other hand, the CES will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.
Further, the VC said that Himachal has a high-literacy rate of 87 percent and there are over 16000 educational institutions and several universities in the state. In India, Himachal has the maximum number of girls undertaking higher education courses.
The varsity has achieved the goal of attaining expansion and has received awards for the inclusiveness, but is lacks excellence, said the VC.
He said that Himachal has achieved 100 percent electrification and it will support the process of digitization.
St.Bede’s students get professional tips on Portfolio Development at Pearl Academy workshop
Shimla: St.Bede’s College, Shimla, today on March 19, 2018, organized a workshop on Portfolio development in collaboration with the Pearl Academy – a design, fashion, media, and business institute based in New Delhi.
The workshop was specifically organized by the College’s Home Science Department. In the first session of the workshop, the resource persons Shashank Khandelwal and Ankur Kaushik briefed the participants on how to attain success and happiness in life.
Students should choose the career based on their curiosity and interest, which makes a person creative, they emphasized.
They explained the basics of fashion designing to the students.
Later, the resource persons interacted with the students along with conferring prizes.It was followed by another session about dealing with challenges in one’s life.
One has to overcome fears and obstacles and enhance the level of motivation to achieve success,
said one of the resource persons.
Both traditional and new age careers are equally important, he added.
The resource persons highlighted the role of playfulness and doing what you like the most. They further discussed the important points to be included in the portfolio based on technical skills and creative interrogation.
The workshop concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants.
Himachal varsity scientist to receive JP Verma Memorial Award 2018 for research
Solan: Dr Arvind Kumar Gupta, a senior professor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been chosen for the prestigious JP Verma Memorial Award (2018).
The award, given each year by the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), took into account Dr Gupta’s contributions to teaching and research in Plant Bacteriology. The society approved his name for the award during its 70thAnnual Meeting held in Assam last month.
Established in the year 1949, IPS is a professional society for promoting the cause of science of Phytopathology.
It focuses on the fields of Mycology, Plant Pathology, Bacteriology, Virology, Phytoplasmology and Nematology and provides a platform to the scientists working in the field of plant pathological related research to share their research achievements.
The society has its headquarters at the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
Dr Gupta is presently serving as the head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UHF. Born at Aligarh, Dr Gupta passed his B Sc (biology) from Rohilkhand University and M Sc (botany) with specialization in plant pathology from Agra University.
After completing his doctorate in botany (Mycology and Plant Pathology) from Jiwaji University, he had a short stint at IARI’s Directorate of Wheat Research.
Dr Gupta joined UHF in 1989 at Horticulture Regional Research Substation, Tabo, where he worked on bacterial diseases especially on stem, leaf and fruit gummosis of stone fruits.
He is also the recipient of the KPV Menon award for the best poster research paper, instituted by the IPS.
His name has been included in Elsevier professional group and is credited with developing a sound protocol for isolation and identification of Agrobacterium radiobacter from rhizosphere soil.
In addition to the several research papers in leading journals of repute, Dr Gupta has also published 25 book chapters, extension articles, and bulletins.
Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor, UHF Nauni congratulated Dr Gupta for bringing laurels to the university.
UGC makes changes in NET exam pattern and age limit, exam to be held twice a year
The changes approved by the Commission have also been intimated to CBSE on January 2018.
New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made some changes in the examination pattern and age limit for candidates appearing in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), UGC-NET, 2018.
The changes were made based on the recommendations of the NET Review Committee.
As per the UGC Update, following changes are made in the UGC-NET, 2018:
- The UGC-NET examination will be conducted twice a year.
- The upper age limit for appearing in JRF has been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years. There is five years relaxation in age for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe/ Persons with Disabilities/ Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) categories and for women candidates.
- The first two papers continue to be of objective type with multiple-choice questions.
- The first paper of General Awareness consists of 50 compulsory questions of two marks each. The choice of 10 questions in Paper-I has been done away with.
- The duration of Paper-I has been reduced from the present 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour. The paper continues to be of 100 marks.
- Paper-II and Paper-III are both of the same discipline and have been merged together to be termed as Paper-II containing 100 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each from the subject selected by the candidate with two hours duration.
This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr Satya Pal Singh on March 12, 2018, in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question. The changes approved by the Commission have also been intimated to CBSE on January 2018.
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