Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jaffna varsity keen on tie up with Indian institutions

The University of Jaffna is keen on building links with the Indian universities to strengthen the educational and cultural relationship between India and Sri Lanka, according to its Vice-Chancellor Vasanthi Arasaratnam.

Spreading the light of education

The Government College for Women (GCW) in Kolar is one of the premier institutions imparting education to girls. It has completed three decades of service in spreading the light of education in the lives of girls, particularly those from rural areas and poor families.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Care for the family

Care for the family

While the demand for specialists may have triggered a rush among medicine students to pursue niche specializations, experts in the healthcare industry are realizing the importance of primary care physicians. This has given rise to institutes offering a specialization in family medicine. The two-year, part-time Master's in Family Medicine, conducted by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore and the Indian Christian Medical and Dental Association, is aimed at providing a model to improve primary healthcare in India. 

It is designed to help general practitioners in undeserved and rural com in undeserved and rural communities acquire the skills to become expert family medicine doctors who refer less and resolve more. Delivered through the blended-learning format, it covers modules in family medicine, reflective practice and principles of general practice and evidence for rural family medicine in based medicine for rural family medicine in rural settings.

Distance learning MBA

Distance learning MBA

With India emerging as a major destination for `health tourists', numerous two to five-star general and specialist hospitals are mushrooming across the country.This has led to a rise in demand for professional health administrators who can efficiently manage hospitals and healthcare institutions. 

India's healthcare sector is estimated to touch $160 billion by 2017 due to factors such as rapid growth in good healthcare services, growth in incomes and greater health awareness. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Extension of last date without late fee for RR for BCA, MCA, PGDWGS, MAWGS, PGDIS, DBPOFA and MAGD programmes upto 31st October, 2015

Extension of last date without late fee for RR for BCA, MCA, PGDWGS, MAWGS, PGDIS, DBPOFA and MAGD programmes upto 31st October, 2015

Dear Sir/ Madam,

The matter for extension of last date for receipt of RR forms from the students  who took admission to BCA, MCA, PGDWGS, MAWGS, PGDIS, DBPOFA and MAGD in the July, 2015 session was placed before the Vice-Chancellor.

The Vice-Chancellor has been pleased to approve the extension of last date for receipt of RR forms from the students  who took admission to BCA, MCA, PGDWGS, MAWGS, PGDIS, DBPOFA and MAGD in the July, 2015 session, upto 31st October, 2015. The other dates for receipt of RR forms with late fee will remain unchanged.

Open learning must support global ethics and development

Open learning must support global ethics and development

A “tricky world with pervasive war and tragedy” is nevertheless one that “could see the golden age of open learning”. This was the prophetic view of Barney Pityana, a keynote speaker at the Presidents’ Summit of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, or ICDE, held in South Africa last week.

Education expansion can balance access with equality

Education expansion can balance access with equality

There was no role for higher education in the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, the eight ambitious United Nations’ targets for solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, due to expire at the end of 2015. But universities will be expected to be bigger players this time around, according to academics gathered at a recent conference in Barcelona.

In the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, education is a stand-alone goal and higher education does get a mention.

Awards for excellence in open, distance and e-learning

The African Virtual University, Nigerian higher education leader Olugbemiro Jegede and Russian academic Irina Smirnova were awarded major global awards related to open, distance and e-learning by the International Council for Open and Distance Education on Friday.

Friday, October 23, 2015

WB to announce 2-yr diploma course in family medicine from UK

LONDON: Bengal is going all out to bring back a dying breed of doctors — family physicians.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will announce a two-year-diploma course in family medicine to create an army of family physicians for the state.

Banerjee will arrive in London for her three day maiden visit to UK on Sunday night with a 60-member-strong delegation from government, arts and industry.

On Monday, the state's principal secretary of health Malay Kumar De will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to roll out the course.

CBSE to celebrate National Education Day on November 11

CHANDIGARH: The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to commemorate the birth anniversary of legendary freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on November 11 by recalling his contribution to the cause of education. The day will be celebrated as National Education Day (NED) of India.

Delhi govt to launch 2-year homoeopathy pharmacy diploma course

The Delhi government is all set to launch a two-year diploma course in homoeopathy pharmacy which will enable aspiring pharmacists in this field to take up jobs in government hospitals as well as operate state-run dispensaries in the national capital. 

"The Board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine under the Health Department of Delhi government is going to introduce 'Diploma in Homoeopathic Pharmacy Course' as per provisions of Delhi Homoeopathic Act, 1956. 

"Such a course is a landmark and milestone in the development of science of homoeopathy. It is a historic addition for homoeopathy in Delhi and India," the board' s chairman K K Juneja said, adding that the course was notified in an official gazette by Delhi government. 

The eligibility criterion for the course, also called homoeopathy compounder course, has been fixed as intermediate pass in science stream. It will provide theoretical and practical training. 

"Those completing Diploma in Homoeopathic Pharmacy will have job opportunities in government sector like homoeopathic medical colleges and hospitals, Delhi government dispensaries, private homoeopathic clinics etc. They can also open their own homoeopathic pharmacy or chemist shops," Juneja added.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Are teachers a dying community

It is time we gave our teachers their due, to ensure that they remain passionate about their profession.

Competent, sincere and dedicated teachers are a rarity and are definitely a dying community today. Gone are the days when teachers felt that each student was their sole responsibility and it was in their hands to shape them into good citizens. Parents as well as grandparents worked along with teachers in instilling strong values.
Changing scenario

Online Admission Open for January 2016 Session

Please visit the following link for Online Admission in IGNOU January 2016 Session

Last Date without late fees is 30th November 2015

IGNOU- Admission Open for January 2016 Session

Students cry foul as UGC scraps non-NET grants

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to discontinue non-NET fellowships for MPhil and PhD students at central universities from the next academic session, triggering protests by student groups who have termed it "one of the biggest anti-student moves" of the NDA government. 

The All India Students Association (AISA) read in the decision a sinister move to make the public education system compliant with the impending WTO-GATS (World Trade Organisation-General Agreement on Trade in Services) under which India has made an offer to open up higher education commercially by classifying it as a tradable service. There is widespread demand for the offer to be revoked. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Haryana to launch learning enhancement programme in 3,222 schools

GURGAON: The state government's massive initiative - Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) - which was prepared in collaboration with Boston consultancy group to substantially enhance quality of education in government schools will become operational in 3,222 primary schools from Monday. 

Giving out the details, Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that under the LEP, 18,000 government primary school teachers have been trained over the last one month as part of Haryana's Quality Improvement Program. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Workshop on teaching beginners functional Arabic : Issues and Challenges

F No: IG/SOFL/D28/2015/
Dated: 8th October, 2015

 Workshop on teaching beginners functional Arabic : Issues and Challenges.

 Arabic language and literature form part of syllabi at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in some of our universities. Many of these universities have full fledged departments of Arabic where competent and experienced teachers are involved in the process of teaching. However, teaching Arabic to beginners continues to remain quite challenging for many of us. Similarly, learning how to learn the Arabic language is also another area which needs our immediate attention.

The main objective of the Workshop is to bring together teachers and learners of Arabic in Delhi on a single platform for exploring the best practices and seeking the ways and means for removing the shortcomings in Teaching and Learning Arabic to beginners. For this purpose, special arrangement would be made to ensure the participation of 30 selected Arabic learners enrolled in Universities of Delhi, Like JNU, Jamia, DU and IGNOU.
Keeping in mind the above objective, SOFL plans to hold two day workshop on 17th and 18th October (Saturday and Sunday) 2015.

Following are the sub themes of the workshop:
v  Learning how to learn Basic Arabic.
v  Learning how to teach Basic Arabic.
v  Discussion on teaching functional Arabic in ODL.
v  Discussion on the feedback of learners from different universities.
v  Discussion on the feedback of the teachers from different universities.
v   Evolving and testing the model lesson/Unit for Diploma in Functional Arabic.

             Dr. Mohammad Saleem
Assistant Professor (Arabic)