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Uma Kannan Founder Principal, Sri Venkateswara Group of Schools, Ambattur expressed how pedagogies and new strategies can upskill and reskill the students

image 2024 05 28T11 48 30 617Z ArdorComm Media Group Uma Kannan Founder Principal, Sri Venkateswara Group of Schools, Ambattur expressed how pedagogies and new strategies can upskill and reskill the students

“The New Normal refers to machine learning, artificial intelligence, and a technologically driven society” said Uma Kannan Could you please highlight some of the initiatives of your institution and give us more light on what your institution is doing? In each and every institution, we take up the growth of the student to bring out the awesome holistic children within the students and through the teachers. The pedagogies, introduction of new strategies to upskill and reskill the students’ energy as well as the faculty’s energy, are crucial. Only then can they produce very good social beings to develop the nation. We are doing a lot of service through seminars and conferences. Would you like to throw some light on the education policy and any initiatives your institution is doing in this regard? Recently, in 2020, the central government adopted a new educational policy and framework. One aspect of that is the 21st-century learning skills, another is the sustainable developmental goals, and the third is design thinking. We incorporate all these with the teachers through some orientation programs to upskill their energy, and then we transform that into the classroom. Any takeaways from today’s forum? Definitely. I learned how to parent the child. Parenting is very necessary with all biological modulations. We need to transparently open up the biological changes to the students. Kudos to Manjula and Chandan for bringing in this transparency. Teachers are the second parents, and we need to instruct the parents to be the first educators, giving all this transparently to the children to bring in a good social being. What does the phrase “New Normal” mean to you? The New Normal refers to machine learning, artificial intelligence, and a technologically driven society. We need to incorporate this into the educational curriculum. However, we should not forget the traditional way of teaching, as it provides an aesthetic approach and emotional well-being for the child and the adult. Any message for ArdorComm Media Group? ArdorComm, you are keeping the summits in very reputed cities like Delhi, which are educational hubs. I want this to extend to all corners of the country, even the villages. Your service should be extended to smaller cities and towns. Thank you. It was a pleasure having you at this forum. Thank you so much. Thank you, Chandan. All the best.

Tripura Government to Implement E-Attendance System in Government Schools

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In an effort to enhance the quality of education and monitor the performance of teachers and students, the Tripura government has announced plans to introduce an e-attendance system in all 4,912 government schools. The move, to be implemented under the Vidya Samiksha Kendra initiative, aims to bring transparency to the academic system and improve the overall functioning of schools. The digital attendance system will cover both teachers and students, with the entire process expected to be completed within a two-year timeframe. Initially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat in 2022, the Vidya Samiksha Kendra initiative is designed to enhance educational outcomes by leveraging technology and providing real-time monitoring of educational initiatives. Following the implementation of the e-attendance system, a geo-tagging feature will also be introduced to facilitate online access to essential school-related information. Once the e-attendance system is fully operational, monitoring of teacher and school performance will be conducted by the Chief Minister, relevant ministers, and senior officials. Training sessions for headmasters and other stakeholders are already underway to familiarize them with the new digital system. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha, who oversees the Education Department, recently inaugurated the state’s first Vidya Samiksha Kendra in Agartala. This center aims to digitize educational data, provide real-time visibility into educational initiatives, and support decision-making through data analysis and AI. With over 37,000 teachers and nearly 700,000 students enrolled across various levels of school education, the introduction of the e-attendance system is expected to significantly improve accountability and transparency in Tripura’s education sector.  

Government Advisory May Impact Sales of Health Food Drinks, Including Bournvita

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The recent advisory issued by the Centre to e-commerce platforms, directing them to remove the label of ‘health drinks’ from certain popular brands like Bournvita, could have a significant impact on the sales of health food drinks in India. Market experts suggest that this move might affect the broader category, which has already been experiencing a slowdown due to high input costs. The advisory, issued by the commerce and industry ministry’s department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT), highlighted the lack of standards and definition of ‘health drinks’ under India’s food laws. It follows a notice by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) earlier in April, urging e-commerce platforms to ensure appropriate categorization of products sold under the health and energy drinks category. While health food drinks in India have been marketed primarily as malt-based milk drinks offering some nutritional benefits, companies use various tags to promote their products. However, the term ‘health drink’ lacks a standardized definition under the FSSAI rules or regulations. Market experts anticipate that this advisory could lead to a temporary slowdown in the stocking of such brands, particularly in tier-I markets. However, companies may focus on expanding their presence in tier-II and rural markets to mitigate the impact. Analysts believe that while the advisory might affect sales in the short term, consumers generally purchase these products based on their preferred brands rather than the category label. Additionally, sales volumes in this category have already been sluggish due to price hikes. Overall, the move aims to address concerns related to high sugar content and misleading health claims, particularly those targeting children. It underscores the need for regulatory measures to ensure consumer safety and transparency in product labeling and marketing. Despite the potential impact on sales, companies are yet to respond to queries regarding the advisory, reflecting the evolving dynamics in the health food drinks market and the regulatory landscape.

Path to Good Governance and Security: The Role of Inclusive Welfare Programs

Blog on Governance ArdorComm Media Group Path to Good Governance and Security: The Role of Inclusive Welfare Programs

In India’s journey towards 2047, the symbiotic relationship between good governance, security, and inclusive welfare programs emerges as a critical pathway to address multifaceted challenges and foster societal well-being. A recent survey conducted by Primus Partners underscores the pivotal role of inclusive welfare initiatives in realizing the objectives of good governance and security, offering insights into India’s evolving landscape and aspirations. Challenges and Needs: The survey highlights that a significant portion of the population, approximately 58 percent, continues to grapple with fundamental needs such as education, shelter, healthcare, and employment. Despite past efforts, existing welfare programs face uncertainty in effectively addressing these challenges, necessitating a paradigm shift towards holistic solutions that bridge past achievements with future aspirations. Importance of Good Governance: Kautilya’s ancient wisdom resonates with contemporary notions of good governance, emphasizing the centrality of people’s happiness to the ruler’s well-being. Good governance, characterized by transparency, accountability, and participatory decision-making, serves as the bedrock for progress and security. It fosters social cohesion, economic growth, and stability, laying the groundwork for inclusive development. Inclusivity and Social Welfare: The concept of inclusivity emerges as a cornerstone of India’s progress, with 21 percent of survey respondents underscoring its significance. Inclusive policies, women empowerment, gender equality, and wealth disparity reduction are identified as critical factors contributing to social well-being. Drawing inspiration from nations like Sweden and Norway, India seeks to emulate the transformative impact of robust welfare programs on societal cohesion and security. Success Stories and Learnings: Initiatives like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) exemplify India’s strides towards inclusive governance and poverty alleviation. By leveraging technology and innovative financing mechanisms, India aims to streamline welfare delivery, mitigate corruption, and enhance transparency. The cooperative federalism model and participative decision-making are pivotal for effective implementation and citizen-centric governance. Future Directions: As India navigates its path towards Viksit Bharat, strengthening last-mile delivery mechanisms, data privacy safeguards, and capacity-building initiatives remain imperative. The establishment of robust frameworks to combat corruption, coupled with transparent public institutions, will shape India’s inclusive growth trajectory. By fostering a culture of innovation, education, and civic engagement, India endeavors to realize the aspirations of all its citizens on the road to 2047. Inclusive welfare programs serve as catalysts for good governance and security, offering a holistic framework to address socio-economic disparities and enhance societal resilience. Through strategic investments, policy reforms, and collaborative efforts, India charts a course towards a prosperous and equitable future, anchored in the principles of inclusivity, transparency, and citizen-centric governance. With a steadfast commitment to Kautilya’s vision of the ruler’s happiness intertwined with the people’s welfare, India embarks on a transformative journey towards 2047, where inclusive welfare programs serve as the cornerstone of a vibrant and secure society. As the nation embraces the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, the convergence of good governance, security, and inclusive welfare promises to unlock the full potential of India’s diverse and dynamic populace, paving the way for a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.  

PM Modi Claims BJP Govt Generated 1.5 Times More Jobs Than Predecessor

News on government 2 ArdorComm Media Group PM Modi Claims BJP Govt Generated 1.5 Times More Jobs Than Predecessor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that his government has created 1.5 times more employment opportunities in its tenure compared to the preceding administration’s 10 years. Speaking at a Rozgar Mela program where over one lakh youngsters received recruitment letters for government jobs via video conference, Modi criticized the former government for prolonged recruitment processes, which he argued fostered corruption. Modi highlighted his government’s commitment to transparency and expeditious recruitment procedures, aiming to provide equal opportunities for all based on merit and hard work. He emphasized the belief among young Indians that they can secure positions within the government system through talent and dedication. The prime minister pointed to initiatives such as the rooftop solar power scheme for one crore homes and substantial investments in infrastructure as significant contributors to job creation. India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem, with over 1.25 lakh startups, was also lauded by Modi for generating employment across the country, even in smaller cities. Additionally, Modi outlined government support for startups, including tax rebates and a Rs 1 lakh crore fund for research and innovation, aiming to further stimulate job growth. Critiquing previous administrations for neglecting the railway sector and failing to meet public expectations, Modi underscored ongoing transformations in the industry. He inaugurated the phase I foundation stone of the integrated complex “Karmayogi Bhavan,” aimed at fostering collaboration and synergy among various components of ‘Mission Karmayogi.’ The newly recruited individuals will join various ministries and departments, marking a step forward in the government’s efforts to address unemployment and promote inclusive growth.  

Uttar Pradesh Government Issues Guidelines for Education Service Selection Commission

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The recruitment process for teachers and instructors in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has issued a comprehensive notification outlining the rules for the Uttar Pradesh Education Service Selection Commission (UPESSC). According to an official release, the guidelines stipulate that candidates invited for interviews, following the written examination, must be awarded a minimum of 40% marks. However, the maximum marks permissible for the interview stage are capped at 90%. The UPESSC will oversee the recruitment of instructors in basic, secondary, and higher education, as well as vocational education, and teachers in aided minority colleges across the state. The Examination Committee will determine the number of candidates to be interviewed in a day and the overall number of boards to be conducted daily, based on the needs of the recruitment process. Moreover, the number of candidates called for interviews will range from 3 to 5 times the number of vacancies, as deemed appropriate by the Commission. For positions requiring interviews, a merit list will be released by combining the marks obtained in the written examination and the interview. In cases where only a written exam is conducted, a merit list will be prepared based on the written exam marks alone. In instances where candidates have equal merits, preference will be given to the marks obtained in the written exam, followed by interview scores. If parity persists, eligibility percentages such as JRF, NET, PhD, and postgraduate scores will be considered. Additionally, in the event of identical scores across all criteria, priority will be given to the candidate with higher age. The release also outlines a meticulous process for candidate replacements, should the initially selected candidate be unable to assume the post. The selected candidate, upon explaining the reasons for non-acceptance, will submit their application to the Director, who will then recommend an adjustment to the Commission. The Commission will subsequently hold the institution or appointing authority accountable for any discrepancies in the requisition process. This move by the Uttar Pradesh government is anticipated to bring transparency and efficiency to the teacher and instructor recruitment process, ensuring that the most qualified and suitable candidates are selected for these crucial roles in the education sector.