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Odisha Budget 2021-22: Education, Skill Development Get Highest Allocation

In Budget 2021-22, the Education and Skill Development received the highest allocation with around Rs 24,370 crore with a major thrust on the development of schools, colleges, and skill training institutes. The State Government allocation of such a tremendous price will be used for the education sector that will focus on conferring quality education and giving employable skills.

Samir Ranjan Dash School and Mass Education Minister stated that an allocation of 253 crores has been made under the Mo School program. This year’s allocation of money is termed as six times more than the previous fiscal. ‘Mo School’ campaign by the State Government was a huge success due to which Odisha Government has allocated Rs 7 crore for the Mo College Abhiyan which will be launched in March.

According to the official report apart from these two programs, more emphasis will also be given to Samagra Sikshya for which, Rs 3,066 crore has been allocated. This initiative will help to improve the quality of education, learning results and promote the use of technology to empower children and teachers.

For Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya the allocation has been reduced previous year around Rs 400 crore was allocated but only Rs 280 crore has been allocated.

For the mid-day meal scheme in schools at the elementary level, around Rs, 957 crores have been allocated by the state government. For Odia University at Satyabadi around Rs, 10 crores have been provided while Rs 157 crore has been allocated for the infrastructure development funds for higher education and for the provision made under RUSA remains at Rs 212 crore.

For laptop distribution among the meritorious student’s amount of Rs, 46 crores have been allocated.

Covid induces uncertainty over exams

Covid induces uncertainty over exams, adds to students’ plight

Four months after the life-threatening Covid-19 pandemic struck us, we are still wrestling with its pernicious consequences. The pandemic is wreaking havoc in every sector, putting brakes to economic growth and development.

Similarly, the pandemic has landed the country’s education system into the worst nightmare it has ever faced. Disrupting the normal academic schedule and uncertainty of examination has impacted up to a huge extent to the sector, curtailing the future endeavours of millions of students in darkness.

Schools, colleges, and varsities have been shut down since March to cut the transmission chain of the deadly virus. Taking a dip into the present situation, there is no such possibility to reopen the institutions in the coming months, which again contributes to significant mental stress and social stigma to the students, and parents.

While many institutions have started completing their courses through virtual teaching (through video conferencing) many are optimistic that the virus will wane soon, contributing to the normalcy again.

Millions of students are worried as their examination is being halted due to the pandemic. Delay in examination leads to delay in results, which again contributes to the plight of those innocent scholars who are in pursuit of attaining their higher education goals. The UGC (University Grants Commission) has issued a detailed guideline to safely conduct the exams in a phased manner before 30th September 2020.

UGC, in a letter sent out to all varsities, clarified that social distancing norms and adequate sanitation should be done while conducting exams. It also said that all furniture like desk, bench, and chairs should be properly sanitized fully after each session and each paper.

The entire examination centre, including floors, doors, and windows should be sprayed with disinfectants sprayers. The UGC also made wearing of masks compulsory around the centre premises, and the exam centre staff is advised to use fresh masks and gloves before interacting with students.

The commission also advised to provide a self- declaration of the health status of all members, staff and relevant persons who will be indulging during the exam functions, and also, they are required to undergo thermal scans.

Many universities opted for online mode of examination too which is again open book examination or promoting on the basis of the internal and practical examination marks.

Currently, the most worrisome perspective for the students is getting fully informed about the mode and pattern of the examinations they are going to face, as this is going to be a new normal for them.

The onus of each and every University here is to conduct a free and fair means of examination, leaving no fiasco behind, as every student deserves this as an educational fundamental right, and none of them should be barred or left out to do so.

Article Written By Abinash Sahu

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Analysing National Institutional Ranking Framework

Analysing National Institutional Ranking Framework

NIRF decodes the annual report card for the performance of Higher Education institutions. It was the first introduced on 29th September 2015. It estimates parameters such as teaching and learning, student and faculty strength, use of financial resources, research papers and patents, and graduation outcomes.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal revealed the rankings of higher educational institutions carried out as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework where IIT Madras topped centre’s highest education rankings in 2019.

This year ranking came days after QS World University rankings, which showed that India’s best institutions like IIT‘s and IISC have slipped the global list.

The rankings are published annually since 2016 where overall 3127 institutions applied for different categories of NIRF every year.

The basic objective is to encourage and compete against each other which simultaneously work towards their growth. In addition, these rankings help in attracting foreign students, that provides a strong stage for the ‘Study in India’ programme for the elevation of higher education in India.

With India witnessing an unprecedented elevation in a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the volume of students entering them, the quality of education is notably impacted.

Various statutory bodies such as UGC, AICTE, and MCI have made periodic regulations and inspections to improve the quality of education.

While  90% of the parameters in NIRF provided are mostly objective and are fact-based, and only 10% is based on the subjective parameter of perception by academic peers and employers.

In international rankings, Indian institutions’ low ranking is because of the high weightage given to the measure which is a subjective parameter.

With the fifth consecutive edition of these rankings,  this year ‘Dental’ category has been announced for the first time bringing the total tally to 10 subject domains.

Delhi, West Bengal, as well as Tamil Nadu, are the only three states which are able to orient their colleges in the top 20 list.

 Delhi leads with a total of 12, which is followed by Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, both having four colleges in the esteemed list.

Written By Mousami Jena

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“Harnessing Intellectual Capital”

“Harnessing Intellectual Capital”

Prof Satya Prakash Panda, Gandhi Group of Institutions

The Gandhi Group of Institutions, a sprawling educational conglomerate, is held in the highest esteem by corporate, industry and academia alike. But its reputation was not built in a jiffy. Nor are the Group’s achievements any flash in the pan. It all started from scratch by Prof Satya Prakash Panda, the venerable founder chairman of the Gandhi Group of Institutions.

Panda, himself a visionary and an inveterate academician, dared to establish his flagship institution GIET at Gunupur, the tribal hinterland of Odisha, which has acted as the growth engine for this ever neglected part of the country, leaving an example for others to follow.

Recipient of several awards for his services to the nation, Dr Panda is a humble Gandhian educationalist, philanthropist, social worker who believes and practices excellence in all facets of life.

An academician and educationist with high credentials, Dr Panda taught human resource management for 25 years. He has authored three books. His doctoral thesis concentrated on the problems that dogged coal miners in India. He is credited with the successful implementation of human resources theories at institutions, a feat that has brought him laurels galore. In his avatar as an administrator, Dr Panda is benevolent, nonetheless hugely effectively.

These qualities have ungrudgingly earned him love and applause from his students and the faculty alike. Biographical scrutiny tells Dr Panda had it all in his genes.

His father, the late Balaram Panda, was the renowned Philanthropist and social worker of Gunupur, Dr Panda stands for truth, determination, character and positivity with great love and compassion for the poor and weak.

His strong love for his area has encouraged him to be involved in developing rail and road communication in South Odisha in general and causing socio-economic development of Gunupur area.

He is the founder of Balaniketan, Gunupur, an orphanage and president of Swabalamban an NGO running an exemplary old age home at Gunupur. Ex-President of Lions club Gunupur and had been Chairman of several academic bodies of Berhampur University and Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha.

“GIET University was established in the year 1997, with a motto of providing quality education in a highly disciplined environment with international standards, along with character building of students who will be able to stand up to the challenges of the present employment market. Twenty-two years in the pioneering educational establishment & a great temple of learning, which has welcomed intellectual, cultural and social giants from the length and breadth of the Country who left indelible footprints on the sands of time making GIET University a proud alma–mater”, said Panda.

The difference between the dreamer and innovator is that a dreamer just dreams and an innovator creates his own path to realize ideas which others think as impossible. That streak of originality is the distinct quality that makes Dr Satya Prakash Panda, Chairman, Gandhi Group as the brightest star of the education horizon of Eastern India.

The founder of the legendary Gandhi Group, which has established or helped establish around two dozens of technical institutions, Dr Panda, even at 61 is still the flag bearer of the group. Dr Panda is a multifaceted personality with exceptional qualities as a person as well as scholar.

He is the man of intellectual integrity and humanism, a Gandhian, edu-entrepreneur, a human administrator, an ardent advocate, a social worker, a friend to the needy with an open mind and big heart. He has played each of his roles in life with immaculate perfection. A great inspirer and a warm personality have brought colours of the rainbow into the lives of millions.

The visionary leader has spelt out the objectives – to create a world-class institution for undergraduate and post-graduate education in engineering, management, medicine and science with an intellectually alive atmosphere of research, to create a unique technical institute for technology development in the country in which education will be totally integrated with state-of-the-art research and to create a cadre of high-calibre, internationally well-known faculty members which will be devoted to teaching as well as research and technology development activities in engineering, management and computer sciences and humanities.

Article Written By Dibyajit Sahu

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Online Classes: The New Bridge For The Education System During COVID Pandemic

Online Classes: The New Bridge For The Education System During COVID Pandemic

The education system which we all know is the most important aspect of every human life. Not only for an individual but for it helps a country a self-sustaining and volatile. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, things have been upside down as the normal lifestyle of the people across the globe has changed.

Today’s world has turned into more virtual than reality. All the institutional schools and academic centers have been shut down since March in India. This has led to affecting the educational system in India very adversely.

Due to which the educational centres have shifted to virtual platforms where online classes are conducted. This probably the alternative way or we can say the only way out to redeem the lost track of the academic courses. But how effective this way is for the students, academy and the teachers!

We are witnessing the swelling numbers of Coronavirus cases which makes us think about the future lifestyle which has been completely changed.

The Government and the private organizations are their level best to aid each other by regulating up their existing online platforms, apps, and providing training to teachers to use online mobile applications and platforms. 

Moreover, counselling, upskilling, and motivating the teachers, parents, and students are some of the important measures being taken by the administration in recent times. The government is providing various online platforms like teacher-learning material suitable for online classes.

Online Classes: The New Bridge For The Education System During COVID Pandemic

The central government launched the PM e-VIDYA platform, with 12 new DTH channels, one for each class to reach the students who want to learn. Even the teachers are conducting online classes where students are taking classes.

But this virtual world of education has also divided a bridge between students who can afford the online classes and who cannot. This digital world has split between the rural and urban and rich and poor.

Many children from the rural and poor sectors cannot afford this digital platform educational system or some don’t even know how to access the internet which is leading these children to lack education.

Teachers and students are having their own struggles while accessing these online platforms. Some due to financial problems students are not able to access the internet and are void of computers or laptops or phones. Even those students who have necessary facilities for online classes face barriers with the unavailability of physical spaces.

Even Post COVID also things won’t be as easy as it seems. Resuming the schools and colleges can have a high impact on the spread of viruses as social distancing is the utmost rule to be followed by every individual with such an alarming situation.  

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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ABVP to Start online Language Learning Class

ABVP to Start online Language Learning Class

Keeping in view the ongoing crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic, ABVP has decided to roll out online language learning classes. The classes are expected to benefit students the most. 

According to a dissertation, students from JNU are also participating in it. This endeavour is known as Bhasa Sangam, which was inaugurated on June 26. Under the program, students can learn any Indian and foreign language. 

Once the program was floated, students from across the country and abroad showed curiosity to register themselves for the program. “We got a very favourable visual response for language courses. The classes are all set to commence from Saturday,” Shivam Chaurasia, President ABVP, JNU said.

The members of ABVP who are also students of JNU said, this invention will be effective and fruitful for students who are looking forward to learning basics and International fellowships to study abroad.

The classes will be conducted through Google classroom and will be a free introductory course. JNU Bhasa Sangam program has received immense appreciations and over a thousand enrollments from India and abroad.

Around 50 language experts, teachers and research scholars would be giving lectures on the basics of various languages. It is worth noting that students, professionals and common citizens have registered for learning.

“For a student learning to speak is the basic basement to build-up career ahead. This is a huge opportunity to understand the basics of culture and diversity associated with it. This is the time to claim to lighten our Indian culture and language Globally, through Bhasa Sangam. ABVP JNU is facilitating a possibility to glorify the communication skills of students during the lockdown.”

 Article Written By JP Sahu

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In bullying teachers online, students turn moral paupers

In bullying teachers online, students turn moral paupers

The onset of the pandemic Covid-19 has brought significant changes in the lives of humans around the globe. The virus made the people resort to the changes which were unimaginable and scary in the beginning.

To everyone’s surprise, everyone understood that humans have the ability to survive through difficult times by discovering newer survival methods as a part of new normal.

While being locked in, people forged bonds with each other better than ever, there was a steep rise in mental health issues and cases of domestic violence, online bullying and harassments.

Although the economy has been hit and run over by the vehicle of corona in such a brutal way that life has started to seem hopeless, in order to keep the normal lifestyle in a run, WFH (or Work from Home) has been introduced for people to keep their basic income intact.

While, WFH has provided a safe working environment for some people, it has become a grave concern for others. Online classes aren’t a new thing in India. Various educational companies are climbing the success ladder due to their ability to reach each and every student around the nook and corner of the country through technology.

Although it is a great initiative for teachers as well as students to decrease the gap of physical distance through the same interest of a thirst for knowledge, it has become a bane for the teachers who have spent their entire lives in conventional teaching methods.

In order to survive through the pandemic and keep the education going on, the government gave the order to make online teaching classes compulsory for every student and teacher.

Therefore, all the teachers started to hoard a tripod stand, a black or a white board, chalks, markers and most importantly learnt how to use technology to their advantage.

However, it was easier said than done. In recent days, viral news has come to light where an aged teacher was abused and harassed while taking online classes. The post went viral after an Instagram account, Ted The Stoner shared a picture talking about a 55-year-old teacher’s ordeal.

The account also shared an important message on why students should not abuse teachers. The caption talked about how teachers are helpless like any of us during these changing times.

It sheds light on the teaching patterns that have changed during the pandemic. It has also created a lot of pressure on teachers. It was a thought provoking post which really made people teary eyed and forced everyone to ponder over where we have reached in the name of advanced civilization.

The basic sense of empathy, understanding and respect seems to be vanishing with the passage of time. In India, we are taught that if one wants to find God, one should look at his teacher.

Teachers are the mirror who shows us the right pathway to live our lives. Yet, in the era of social validation in the name of coolness, we have turned to notoriety which has forgotten to distinguish itself with harassments.

The youth forget that the older generation is trying to keep up with the fast pace of the world. The 55 -year -old teacher, for whom the online zoom classes were a completely new thing, had asked his daughter to teach him how it works.

When he sets up the camera, the white board and started to teach with shivering hands when the nervousness grips him, one of the students made an unknown ID and started to abuse him with various derogatory words and threatened him.

This confused him and out of embarrassment, he shouted and then ended the session. For the students, it was fun and cool, yet for the teacher and several other teachers like him, it is traumatic as they face the same ordeal in a never-ending cycle.

For us, who grew up with computers and 3G phones, it’s easier to understand and adapt to newer technologies. And still, many of us often struggle with new software and devices. But when it comes to the older generation, one that never got a formal introduction to computers and smartphones, it’s undeniably a lot more taxing.

Yet, look how unforgiving and pathetic we’ve become to harass and humiliate a teacher trying to do the best for his students! Various such cases have been reported where the lady teachers too, have been verbally abused and harassed by various students through unknown IDs.

They have commented on their bodies, looks and are given death threats as well. The entire life’s hard work that the teachers do to gain respect vanishes due to the absence of our basic moral education.

Our lack of consideration, empathy, a flawed idea of validation and aggression has made us bestial enough to harass whoever we feel doesn’t match up with our pace.

The question is, can we do something about it? Yes. We as sensible students have to make sure to be considerate towards our teachers who are teaching us online for the first time. Even if we do not like some of them, we can calmly leave the session but shouldn’t disrupt their confidence and morale for our personal issues during online classes.

We have to help our fellow classmates to understand the basic concept of kindness so that they do not do something sick in the name of fun. The institutions should adequately train and equip their teaching staffs who need help with learning new technologies and taking virtual classes. If a bit of care and concern is shown, many issues occurring during online classes will simply be out in no time and things will return to normalcy.

Article Written By Ishani Panda

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SAI International Students Secure 100% First Division in CBSE XII Results

SAI International Students Secure 100% First Division in CBSE XII Results

The result of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was declared on Monday where class XII students of SAI International schools scored with flying numbers.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder of SAI International Group informed that the students passed with 100 per cent of the first division. On behalf of all the guardians, he thanked the CBSE authorities for declaring the results in this tough situation and made it possible.

Sanskriti Pattnaik of Humanities stream scored 99.4% in the best of five subjects and scored 98.8% in English which can lead her to the State and Region topper. Richa Roy Choudhury stands as the second topper of Commerce stream with 98.6% and Ashutosh Panigrahi stands as the third topper holding with 98.4%.

From the commerce stream, Anushka and Saloni Patnaik got the second position with 98.2% and Arpita bagged the third position with 97.8%. In the Science stream, Jigyasha Sharma got second place with 98.2%, and Sohan Paikray the third place with 98%.

This year around 552 students had appeared for the final examination in which 98% of students secured more than 75% of marks and 61% of students scored more than 90%. Last year the school average was 86.8%, to which this year it increased to 90.1%.

Article Written By Dikhya Mohanty 

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Odisha Government Launches Online Admission Portal For Differently-Abled Students

Odisha Government Launches Online Admission Portal For Differently-Abled Students

The Odisha Government has launched an online admission portal which will help to make the process of admission much simplifier for the differently-abled children.

The Social Security & Empowerment of persons along with Disability Minister Ashok Chandra Panda shared the information. A portal was launched as a part of the website of the Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability.

School Students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Odisha Government has developed for procession admission to all the 103 special schools under GIA of this department for the academic session 2020-21.

Ashok Panda stated that the new initiative was executed keeping an eye on the safety issue and the interest of differently-abled students during this ongoing pandemic crisis.

 “With the help of the online admission system, both parents and students can maintain social distancing norms. A decision regarding how the schooling will be done is yet to be taken,” said Panda.

Parents/ Guardians of Children with Disabilities may apply in the portal-http://ssepd.gov.in/swp/admissionFormForSpcISchool – for admission of their children.

Article Written By Dikhya Mohanty 

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An Open Letter To UGC Addressing Concern Regarding The Conduct Of Final Semester

An Open Letter To UGC Addressing Concern Regarding The Conduct Of Final Semester

The Federation of Central Universities Teachers Association (FEDCUTA) has written an open letter to UGC chairperson D P Singh claiming that the new revised academic guidelines do not take into consideration the present scenario in the country.

Coronavirus has brought our life to a full stop, but the UGC authorities need to have the examination. Why the UGC guidelines are problematic and what are the impacts on Indian student? Millions of students can be affected and the mainstream media is not covering any of the aspects.

UGC is a statutory body that maintains the standards of higher education in India. India is now the 3rd worst-most affected nation in the world and now UGC wants final year exams to be done before 30th September 2020.

Where many states have cancels their final year exam. What should a student do, trust his state or UGC? And the guidelines are not advisories to states. The university comes under it they have to follow the guideline.

Even at the exam centre, how will the social distancing be maintained? Who will be the response if a student gets COVID positive due to the exam? Not only for students what about supervisors and other support staff?

We don’t have any tried and tested infrastructure for online exams. The mock test that happened was called the “mockery” test by the student. As BPUT, ODISHA conducts the mock test online, students face technical glitches.

Many students don’t have the proper internet access to their village or home. Should they wait for December for offline exams, which has been uncertain? Should they leave their jobs, internship, higher study? Does anyone think about the mental health of a student?

Some people argue that liquor shops are open, buses are working, and there may be the risk of getting COVID positive. Any sensible person can choose not to go out; do students have the same choice?

Nobody is asking to gift a degree for free. To evaluate their understanding and knowledge, traditional exams are not only the option. They can submit projects, assignments, etc. Travelling and going to the exam centres will make this situation even worse. Exams are not equal to credibility but it is a part of the system.

Article Written By Somanath Sahoo

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