Schools in Kerala to reopen on November 1, primary classes will also resume

Schools in the state will reopen on November 1. A decision to this effect was taken at the high-level Covid review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Saturday. While school-based classes for standards 1 to 7 (primary section) and 10 and 12 will begin on November 1, other classes will begin on November 15.

published on : 19th September 2021

Kutty School: A big 'small' idea to help poor students

Kutty School is a big ‘small’ idea, initiated by the teachers, parents and local body officials of the Kanjirappally Taluk in Kottayam to help students with lessons and clear doubts. The COVID-19 induced lockdown has had a big impact on students and the traditional education system. The ones bearing the brunt of this shutdown are the kids from poor households who do not have access even to gadgets and the internet.

published on : 18th September 2021

Schools for classes 9-12 reopen in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh

Witnessing a dip in COVID-19 cases in #UttarPradesh and Andhra Pradesh, #Schools across both the states re-opened for classes 9 to 12 from August 16th while adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Several state governments re-opened schools with strict #Covid19 protocols and limited attendance.

published on : 16th August 2021

Watch | Delhi education board signs agreement with IB to improve curriculum

 In a bid to provide international standard education to children studying in government schools, the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) set up this year by the AAP government on Wednesday signed an agreement of collaboration with the International Baccalaureate (IB) board to adopt global best practices in the field of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. 

published on : 12th August 2021

Covid-19: Schools for class 10, 12 students reopen in Delhi after 10 months

Students of Class 10 and 12 in government and private schools in #Delhi on Monday were given a rousing welcome, with all Covid safety protocols put in place, some ten months after educational institutions were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

published on : 18th January 2021

Painting trees, Odisha teacher brings children back into 'classroom' learning

Trees are the new blackboards in Pujharipali village of Bargarh district in #Odisha . Every tree in the village carries a lesson - be it alphabets, maths, science or geography - and turns into an open-air classroom anytime the kids gather around and Subash Chandra Sahu spots them.

published on : 18th December 2020

After 15 hours, female elephant rescued from open well in Tamil Nadu

After a struggle of nearly 15 hours, forest staff on Thursday rescued a wild elephant which had fallen into 60 feet deep open well near Marandahalli in Dharmapuri district. 

published on : 20th November 2020

Covid-19: 575 students, 829 teachers infected as schools reopen in Andhra Pradesh

As many as 829 teachers and 575 students, all from government high schools, have tested positive for #Covid19 in Andhra Pradesh after the schools reopened on November 2. Classes resumed for ninth and 10th and second year Intermediate students three days ago, adhering to Covid-19 norms.

published on : 6th November 2020

Unlock 5: Schools reopen with strict COVID-19 protocol in some states

Several states on Oct 19 reopened schools outside containment zones with strict #COVID19 protocols. Earlier, as part of Unlock 5 the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had released detailed guidelines for reopening schools and colleges in the country in a graded manner, starting from October 15.

published on : 19th October 2020

 Ronnie Screwvala on India's digital learning revolution during the pandemic

For all those who have been curious about why Ronnie Screwvala, the pioneer of cable television in India, spent 15 -20 years in the media industry and then moved on to co-found EdTech start-up upGrad in 2015, the entrepreneur and philanthropist let us in on the answer during a conversation with Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, and author and senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai, on TNIE’s Expressions, a series of live webcasts with people who matter. “Education, like the media, is storytelling. Because, at the end of the day, you will remember those two professors who taught you because of the way they taught you. And at the university level, you will remember the case studies. It’s all storytelling, in one form or the other,” said the 57-year-old lucidly on why upGrad clicks. Matter of growth Going on to talk about how his EdTech venture has grown by leaps and bounds owing to the lockdown, Screwvala shares, “Today, we conduct online classes for over 1,600 students at a given time and they are lively and interactive. The feedback system is much faster online. For example, if there is a student who watches one video five times, our counsellor notices it and gives them a call to check if they need help with understanding the lesson.”  He estimates that the growth their platform was expected to hit in four years will be achieved in 18 months. The deep learning courses are offered mostly for working professionals who don’t have to quit their jobs anymore if they wish to up-skill themselves. Talking about the most popular courses on upGrad, the entrepreneur says, “About two years back, it was all about Data Science and today, it still is. An MBA in Data Analytics will get one much more traction than an MBA in HR or Marketing,” He also lists Product and Digital Marketing and MBA as their most popular courses. He reveals that they will launch a soft skills platform soon, which will teach one everything from how to tackle the first day in office to office politics. “This is because often  employees tell us that the person is smart, but they can’t speak up confidently in a room. So, soft skills are an important part of learning,” he explains. Helping out rural India Talking about the non-profit organisation Swades Foundation he started in 2013 for rural empowerment, Screwvala informs that they work with 2,200 villages and have been working on reverse migration.  Initially, migrants were reluctant to go back to their villages stigmatised by the thought of being termed a failure, but today, the pandemic has erased that. “Now that they have gone back, between agriculture, entrepreneurship and animal husbandry, there is a lot to be done,” says Screwvala and the foundation is helping them with all three. 

published on : 28th July 2020

Australia loses $2.5 billion a week in coronavirus shutdown: PM Scott Morrison

The Coronavirus Shutdown has resulted in massive losses across the world.

published on : 5th May 2020

Coronavirus: Mumbai's NSCI dome made into quarantine facility with 400 beds

The 400-bed zone will also have multiple screens to ensure that those under quarantine get entertained during the isolation period.

published on : 10th April 2020
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