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July 5, 2001 - July 5, 2001

100-year-old lake damaged in rains Thursday, July 5, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Barely a fortnight after the Pratappura lake breach that inundated three villages near Asoj, another breach developed at the minor irrigation lake at Manorpura village about 40 km away from here in Savli taluka on early Wednesday.

No one was injured. The lake is over a hundred years old.

The damage occurred after incessant rains on Tuesday pushed the water level in the lake by 10 feet. Water overflowed through the 15-metre breach in the wall to low-lying areas.

The district development officer, the deputy collector, Savli mamlatdar and additional engineer and irrigation officials immediately reached the lake site. They said work on repair would be undertaken immediately.

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City's schoolchildren climb the 'e-ladder' Thursday, July 5, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: From chalks to clicks, students in city schools are increasingly getting into e-learning. Learning has become more interesting, interactive and has almost become a fad among students filling in classrooms of primary sections in various schools.

This Monday it was Utkarsh Vidyalaya's turn to click on the e-style play way learning methods. After traditional learning sessions in classroom some 500 boys and girls enrolled with the school's primary section were exposed to multimedia-aided teaching.

So mathematics and its kitty of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction sums broke loose from note books and black board to a small colourful screen, combining education with entertainment. The oceans, seas and green land mass reflected its hues through the interactive CD-ROM. Simple interesting experiments came to life in jam-packed rooms. Only these experiments were confined to a small screen.

For students and their parents who were also exposed to the multimedia method, learning had never been so colourful.

"What they learn in class rooms is recapitulated in the multimedia sessions. Students are taught subjects like science, maths, English and geography. Every day they have one period dedicated to multimedia mode of learning. In a week they have five such periods," said Utkarsh Vidyalaya English Medium in-charge Renuka Bhatnagar.

She said that the objective of introducing multimedia was to make learning more interactive and interesting. "In a way this type of learning is also a play way method of knowing your subjects. It fascinates students, it becomes more lively and holds the attention of a student for a longer time," Bhatnagar said.

She added that parents were specially invited to witness the multimedia session. "We wanted them to see how happy their children are with multimedia learning. The parents too liked the concept. We got a good feedback," Bhatnagar said. She observed that it was for the first time the school had introduced multimedia learning."This is the first time that multimedia is being implemented in a such a manner. We expect a lot of benefits to accrue to our students from this innovative method of teaching," Bhatnagar added.

"This system ensures that students get to the conceptual learning and understanding of the underlying principles rather than just resort to memorising facts," said Sachin Lathia of E-Campus, a firm that is helping Utkarsh Vidyalaya students get a hang of multimedia.

An e-campus lab has been set up in the school where students of all primary section classes spend one period everyday learning various subjects through multimedia.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Homeopathy college cries foul Thursday, July 5, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: The declaration of Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) results late last week and the sharp decrease in the success rate of the Ahmedabad Homeopathy College has its director Dr Jayesh Patel crying foul play and alleging a witch-hunt by the BJP government.

The Ahmedabad College, a self-financed institution, saw its results drop from close to 74 per cent last year to 32 per cent this year (18 per cent in second year of the course) following sweeping changes in the examination procedures and a change of guard in the examination committee at the North Gujarat University to which the college is affiliated.

North Gujarat University's BHMS examination co-ordinator, Dr Pinakin Trivedi claimed that they introduced the Central Homeopathy Council's guidelines of doing away with internal marking. On top of that, he added, they changed the examination process, introduced coded roll numbers and centralised assessment making it difficult for students to approach the assessors after the examinations.

However, Dr Patel, who is also elected member of the Central and State Homeopathy Councils, said it was not standardisation of procedures but foul play. On the other hand, he added, Trivedi is coming up with his own college and so this could be a motive to tarnish the image of other colleges.

He said Trivedi is an 'RSS man' and not even a assistant professor and despite this he was given the job of co-ordinating the examinations against the norms of the Central Council.

On the other hand he brought in about half the examination and assessment staff from non-teaching background. The North Gujarat University, on Trivedi's advise, also advertised that 30 per cent of the syllabus was to be omitted. But subsequently the questions were asked from the omitted portions.

However, senior homeopathy practitioners and faculties alleged that the college was taking large donations and fancy (Rs 35,000) annual fees.

Dr Trivedi said of the 30 internal marks they found that students were being awarded 25 to 27 marks, leaving them the task of earning only 23 to 25 marks in the external examinations out of a total 70 marks to pass the exams. Even there, the nexus was set, claimed a senior faculty and practitioner of the city.

Ahmedabad college principal Dr Mahendra Alpara was also the examination co-ordinator which explains why his college had a success rate in excess of 70 per cent, while, on the other hand, the government granted colleges in Vadodara and Anand used to have a success rate of 30 to 40 per cent.

This year all these self-financed colleges (there are five in all) have suffered due to standardisation of examination procedures, Dr Trivedi added. "We have come across cases where students with multiple attempts in the HSC examinations have beein given admissions and there are many cases where students with 35 to 40 per cent have got admissions'', he added.

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JAMNAGAR:::: Plea to popularise Ayurveda globally Thursday, July 5, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: Gujarat Ayurved University, the first of its kind in Asia, can play a pivotal role to propagate the traditional health system of Ayurveda, observed Gujarat Planning Commission vice president Suryakant Acharya on the eve of foundation day celebrations of Ayurveda College.

Inaugurating the function, he said our ancient system of Ayurveda can be taken up to global levels as the system had kindled new hope to cure many diseases. He insisted that students who get Ayurvedacharya degree from this college should popularise Ayurveda, for it was their moral duty.

Vice-chancellor PNV Kurup said Ayurved University was determined to popularise the traditional healing system at the global level for their efforts had elicited positive response world-wide.

Congress convention: The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has taken up steps to strengthen the party and has planned district level workers convention. Accordingly, such sammelan at Jamnagar scheduled for July 20 will be attended by GPCC chief Amarsinh Chaudhary. Congress leaders and party workers from district are expected. Such conventions will be held in all districts within this month, a party spokesman said.

Court boycott: The Jamnagar Bar Association has begun an indefinite strike as a protest for denying two assistant courts at Jamnagar. All its members have boycotted courts. The demand was voiced two months ago, but the high court has not given any positive response, said a member.

Weapons seized: The police detained three youths going on motorbike near the industrial estate and seized from them two country-made pistols and three cartridges.

Port projects: Ten green field port sites will be developed in the state and they include Bedi port and Poshitra port in Jamnagar district. Others include Mundra, Pipavav, Hajira, Maroli, Dholara and others. Under the new port policy Okha, Navlakhi, Bedi and Porbandar ports will be equipped with more facilities and leased out to the private sector.

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Plea to popularise Ayurveda globally Thursday, July 5, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: Gujarat Ayurved University, the first of its kind in Asia, can play a pivotal role to propagate the traditional health system of Ayurveda, observed Gujarat Planning Commission vice president Suryakant Acharya on the eve of foundation day celebrations of Ayurveda College.

Inaugurating the function, he said our ancient system of Ayurveda can be taken up to global levels as the system had kindled new hope to cure many diseases. He insisted that students who get Ayurvedacharya degree from this college should popularise Ayurveda, for it was their moral duty.

Vice-chancellor PNV Kurup said Ayurved University was determined to popularise the traditional healing system at the global level for their efforts had elicited positive response world-wide.

Congress convention: The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has taken up steps to strengthen the party and has planned district level workers convention. Accordingly, such sammelan at Jamnagar scheduled for July 20 will be attended by GPCC chief Amarsinh Chaudhary. Congress leaders and party workers from district are expected. Such conventions will be held in all districts within this month, a party spokesman said.

Court boycott: The Jamnagar Bar Association has begun an indefinite strike as a protest for denying two assistant courts at Jamnagar. All its members have boycotted courts. The demand was voiced two months ago, but the high court has not given any positive response, said a member.

Weapons seized: The police detained three youths going on motorbike near the industrial estate and seized from them two country-made pistols and three cartridges.

Port projects: Ten green field port sites will be developed in the state and they include Bedi port and Poshitra port in Jamnagar district. Others include Mundra, Pipavav, Hajira, Maroli, Dholara and others. Under the new port policy Okha, Navlakhi, Bedi and Porbandar ports will be equipped with more facilities and leased out to the private sector.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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