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ICAR officials review progress of research project

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Two officials from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal, Haryana, visited the TNAU’s Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute (ADAC&RI) at Navalur Kuttapattu in the city to review the progress of All India Coordinated Research Project on ‘Management of Salt Affected Soils and Use of Saline Water in Agriculture.’

P. C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, and M. J. Kaledhonkar, Project Coordinator, ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project, CSSRI, reviewed the project being implemented since 1995.

They were briefed about the activities of Centre of Excellence in Sustaining Soil Health by P. Pandiyarajan, Dean, ADAC&RI.

P. Balasubramaniam, Professor and Head, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, and a team of scientists accompanied them to Mathur village, in the district to attend an interactive session with farmers.

Mr. Sharma suggested the use of salt tolerant crop varieties in salt-affected soils for enhancing crop productivity.

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Mr. Kaledhonkar explained the model for rainwater harvesting by constructing farm pond and utilisation of rainwater to save the crop at critical stages in areas of salt-affected soils and water. They also promised the farmers to supply crop varieties suited for sodic soil through AICRP centre, a press release from ADAC&RI said.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/icar-officials-review-progress-of-research-project/article19353625.ece


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Lok Sabha clears IIIT Public Private Partnership Bill 2017, can now give degrees

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The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill 2017 that seeks to allow 15 IIITs established on a PPP model to grant degrees and get statutory status.

The previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government initiated the opening of 20 IIITs with private partnership of which 15 are already operational. These engineering and tech schools were established at a cost of Rs128 crore each, with the centre contributing 50% of the amount, states 35% and private partners like industries and foundations the remaining 5%. However, these institutes have so far not been eligible to grant degrees.
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The bill also seeks to grant “institute of national importance” tag to such institutes on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology.

Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said the government will expand such institutes as they are performing well.

The bill was passed through a voice vote in the lower house.

“The grant of a formal degree in information technology, engineering or Ph.D will enhance the prospects of the graduating students in the job market and will also enable (these) institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology,” a cabinet statement had said on 15 March.

The 15 IIITs are now operating from:Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Vadodara (Gujarat), Sonipat (Haryana), Una (Himachal Pradesh), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dharwad (Karnataka), Kottayam (Kerala), Nagpur and Pune (both Maharashtra), Senapati (Manipur), Kota (Rajasthan), Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Kalyani (West Bengal).



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Student strength of third KV to go up

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The current student strength of 230 at the third Kendriya Vidyalaya in the district started last year on the premises of Golden Rock Workshop in a temporary building for levels 1 to VI is poised to expand substantially in the coming years as the decks are being cleared for establishment of a permanent campus.


Soil test is being undertaken at a 6.4 acre land near Jail Corner provided by the Railway authorities for establishing the permanent campus, according to KV sources. Suitability of the site was determined by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on the parameters of approach road, drinking water and power availability.

The proposal for a Kendriya Vidyalaya in the city limits that was pursued by a section of parents for several years received a thrust during 2011 when a senior official of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chennai Region, made a strong recommendation based on a spot study during 2011. The official had, during the visit inspected the site for the permanent campus.

The school now functions temporarily out of an old building of the Railway Mixed School in the GOC premises.

The two older Kendriya Vidyalayas at the Ordnance Factory Estate and Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project Campus are located more than 15 km away from Ponmalai.

Unlike these two schools that were started in 1966 and 1986 under the Defence sector, the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Ponmalai is under the civil sector in the district.


In fact, the branch school of KV-1 at Fort Station was the first school in the civil sector. At the time of start in 1966, the branch school functioned in the Hindi Prachar Sabha campus at Thennur. Later, when a move was made to merge it with KV-1, there was resistance from parents. It was then that a decision was taken to retain one section of the primary classes and shift it to the Fort Station premises.

However, the Railway authorities had recommended closure of the school a few years ago as the old buildings had become weak due to higher extent of vibrations caused after conversion of the meter gauge line into broad gauge line.

Much to the relief of the parents, the new KV at Ponmalai was started a year after the Fort School was closed three years back and merged with the KV-1 at Ordnance Factory Estate.


Soil test is being undertaken at a 6.4 acre land near Jail Corner provided by the Railway authorities for establishing the permanent campus

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source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/student-strength-of-third-kv-to-go-up/article19292491.ece


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Trichy corporation school gets online smart classroom

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An online smart classroom facility was inaugurated at a corporation middle school in Beema Nagar here Monday.Children are now exposed to virtual learning environment -- a web-based platform which will now enhance their learning experience."We had just 56 students in the academic year 2015-16 but the number increased to 109 in the 2016-17 academic year after we introduced a smart classroom," said headmistress D Raja Rajeswari."Parents want their children to learn new things. Private schools have such facilities, and parents get their children admitted to such schools. Once we gave them the facility, we found the numbers increasing in our school," she said.The school, being run in a building with eight classrooms, doesn't have a playground.

"Teachers were finding it difficult to keep children engaged in the class without activities since we are facing space crunch," she said."The new facility will kindle curiosity and thinking ability among children," said the headmistress who has borne the whole cost of Rs 1.83 lakh for setting up the facility.

The classroom has a smart board with a projector and speakers.

With a computer attached to the facility, internet can be used to download relevant content. Besides, children can have live streaming of classes, she said."We have tied up with a government school in Karur which has the same facility, and the classes can be live streamed using Skype.



source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/trichy-corporation-school-gets-online-smart-classroom/articleshow/59635622.cms


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Evening course

The Indian Welding Society, Southern Zone, Tiruchi, will organise an evening course on ‘Welding technology for fresh engineers’ from August 7 to 13. The course will be beneficial to third and final year B.E. students and final year diploma students. It covers various areas including welding processes, weld symbols, weld defects, basic metallurgy, and other relevant areas in welding technology. Faculty from reputed organisations will handle sessions, S. Singaravelu, honorary secretary, IWS, said in a press release. Students can contact the society office by dialling 2572988 or e-mail hqiwsindia@gmail.com andiwsindiaevents @gmail.com

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NEET coaching centres mushroom in Tiruchi

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Parents and students need to change their mindset towards the entrance test’

Institutions offering coaching for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) have mushroomed in the city despite stiff opposition from the Tamil Nadu government against the entrance test for medical admissions.

Coaching and private tuition centres have sprung up in different parts of Tiruchi offering courses that promise to prepare higher secondary school students for the crucial examination.


Costing anywhere between Rs. 15000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh, the courses are of a varying duration, from a few weeks to one year. The centres have been advertising aggressively too. Some leading higher secondary schools (State and CBSE syllabus) have tied up with coaching centres for NEET preparatory courses. But how does this all translate into results?

“NEET training is a big opportunity for coaching centres, but the quality of education is a big question mark,” R.V.S. Muralidhar, managing director, Seekers Educational Services. The 17-year-old institution trains students for competitive and scholarship examinations, and is collaborating with several CBSE and Samacheer Kalvi schools in Tiruchi for NEET as well.

“Though 46,000 students in Tamil Nadu have cleared NEET, very few people have actually got good scores, which is what matters,” said Mr. Muralidhar.

S. Sethuraman, who runs the Nivedita Career Academy in Thillai Nagar, said that the State’s objection to NEET had delayed the application process, and left Tamil Nadu’s students unprepared for the examination’s format this year. “Most parents continue to be obsessed with the final board examination results and fail to realise that a competitive examination such as NEET requires at least a year’s preparation,” Mr. Sethuraman said.

The centre’s ‘crash course’ costs Rs. 12,000, while a year-long course is pegged at Rs. 35,000. “Schools should invest more time and effort in teaching children how to attempt NEET but they prefer to see coaching centres as their rivals. Currently, schools are unfit to conduct NEET courses with their existing infrastructure,” he said. Getting trained faculty is yet another issue that needs attention, said Mr. Muralidhar of Seekers. “When schools cannot find qualified staff for their daily teaching, how do coaching centres manage to get professionally trained teachers for these courses?” he asks.

Mr. Muralidhar said that NEET would improve educational standards in the long run. “Our State Board syllabus is quite powerful on its own, but we need to train the teachers for NEET instruction separately,” he said. He advised parents and students to change their mindset towards the entrance test. “Most State board students are used to get questions ahead of the examination. So it is a presentation of lessons rather than any actual learning. A transition from this sort of spoon-feeding system has to take place soon,” said Mr. Muralidhar. “It is not fair to pamper children up to Class 10, and then suddenly subject them to highly competitive examination after school,” he said.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/neet-coaching-centres-mushroom-in-tiruchi/article19261520.ece


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