And, a day that is deemed most auspicious in Hindu religion to give in to this craving of purchasing gold is Akshaya Tritiya.
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Importance Of Akshaya Tritiya
- It is believed that Lord Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born;
- The holy river Ganga descended on earth from heaven;
- ‘Akshaya Patra,’ that ensured boundless food supply to the Pandavas, was gifted to Draupadi by Lord Krishna;
- Kuchela or Sudhama, a friend of Lord Krishna was blessed by him with abundant wealth and prosperity;
- God’s treasurer, Kubera was appointed as the guardian of wealth and property;
- Moreover, devotees from Ayodhya bought gold and jewellery to give as an offering to Jain Tirthankara Rishabhdev, all on this very day.
Why You Should Buy Gold On Akshaya Tritiya?
India is a country of “young people”. In 2020, the average Indian will be only 29 years old. We could take advantage of this demographic profile if we could turn large percentage of the Indian youth into skilled and productive workforce. Unfortunately, India does not have enough higher educational institutions to accommodate even half of this young population. When it comes to Vocational training, only 10 percent of the workforce in India is formally trained, compared to 96 percent in Korea, 80 percent in Japan and 68 percent in the United Kingdom. There are two important issues which need to be addressed. First, quantity issue; there are not enough vocational education providers. Two, the current public perception of vocational courses is problematic; such courses are often seen as a refuge for those who have failed to make a mark in mainstream education.
We have to change this perception by creating awareness about vocational education and providing career counseling at an early age in schools. In order to address educational inequities and massive workforce skill shortages, India has an ambitious goal to train 500 million of its citizens by 2022 with skills and competencies for participation in the present and future labour market. Therefore, the viable alternative to formal tertiary education is Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Community Colleges which will directly contribute to skilled workforce and the nation’s economy. We have to give due emphasis to the role of community colleges in implementing National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) through Skill India project being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). In India, graduation being stepping stone to the employment market holds no good in the present times because the latest reports of various research indicates that more than 47 per cent graduates in India are not employable for any industry role. The reason for the unemployment is their lack of English language knowledge and cognitive skills. It was felt that there is a need of substantive intervention at school and college levels for improving basic skills of students as well as renewing the focus on imparting vocational training alongside theoretical learning.
After attaining independence in 1947, India adopted the British system of education. Technical education in India comprises of three tiers -skill based technical courses offered by Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) which train skill based manpower, technical Diploma courses offered by Polytechnics which train supervisory staff and higher education undergraduate and graduate technical courses offered by Engineering courses which train managerial staff. However, this system of technical education has failed to produce the required technical manpower to our industries because there is a total mismatch between the education provided in educational institutions and the requirement of the industries. Hence, India needs alternative system of education in the form of community colleges.
How the Indian Community College system differs from other forms of vocational education in the country e.g. apprenticeship training, the plus two vocational system in schools, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Polytechnics and the Vocationalization of first-degree level education at the collegiate level. The main difference is that the Community College system focuses on the employment of the individual; aims to develop competencies and certify students simultaneously, promotes strong industry-institutional linkages by equipping students with skills that are in demand by local industries; emphasizes the teaching of life, communication and English skills; lessens the burden on higher education and is an evolving system of evaluation and assessment of personal, social, language, communication, work and creative skills. . Another purpose of Community colleges is to offer “bridge” courses to complete higher certifications, ensure employability and competency of the individual trained. The track record of Indian Community colleges is unique because they focus on three main components- i) Information (30%), ii) Attitude (40%) and iii)skills (30%).
The International Conference on ” Community Colleges as Catalyst for Change in India (4 C’s)” being organized by M.S.Panwar Community & Technical College, Solan (H.P) on May 23-24,2017 is designed to bring together people who promote and believe that the concept of the community college can bring positive outcomes to India. The concept of the Community College took root in the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century (1901). It experienced its biggest expansion during the 1960s. Over the past 116 years, the U.S. network of community colleges has grown to well over 1,000 colleges located across the country. The community college system of affordable adult education with open access and a blind eye to socioeconomic differences, race, gender, or any type of privilege has made training and adult education a reality for millions of Americans; yet it is not without its flaws. Lessons to be learned from the American system may be important to India’s economic future.
The 4C’s conference may serve as a fundamental step to continue to develop and expand the Indian Community College system. The Indian system was never meant to be a copy of the American version, but rather its own entity that acknowledges lessons learned (both positive and negative) from its American counterpart while creating a system that serves the needs of the diverse citizens of India. The 4C’s Conference provides a venue to discuss, develop and enhance the community college systems in place in all the regions of India. It is a chance to bring together policymakers, educational administrators and leasers, researchers, university faculty, industrial partners and the practiconeers of Community Colleges and other stakeholders from India as well as community college researchers from the U.S. Goals for the Conference:
Taking advantage of the alliteration of the letter “C” within the 4C’s conference, topics to be discussed and determined include:
• Catalyst- how community colleges can change lives
• Creation of a national system
• Collaborations with colleges and universities
• Cooperation with local industries on job training
• Compassion for adult students of all ages and affiliations
• Continuation of the work done so far
• Charity- as a tool of compassion for those who have had slim opportunities for training or education
early in life
• Control- governance of the community college system
• Curriculum- what skills and trainings should be included.
• Climb- how community colleges can assist students to overcome educational deficits and climb to
higher achievement levels
• Change Agent- how community colleges can enact change at the individual and national level
• Creative- How to creatively design the Indian Community Colleges to bring the most benefit to India.
• Contract – (at the end of the day).
LIST OF THE PANEL OF SPEAKERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Dr Linda Serra Hagedorn:-
Linda is an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, International Programs, Student Services, Diversity, and Community in the College of Human Sciences and Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She is a prominent researcher in the area of community college student success and international education with over 200 publications and presentations. She has worked with
universities in Vietnam and Indonesia. Currently she is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to be the American Director of the American Cultural Centers at Henan Normal University and Harbin University of Science and Technology in China.
Rev. Dr. Xavier Alphonse:-
Dr. Xavier Alphonse, S. J., is a PhD in English Literature. He is the Founder Director of Indian Center for Research and Development of Community Education (ICRDCE), Chennai, India and former Principal of Loyola College, Chennai and former Vice Principal of St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. He is an authority on College Autonomy in India. He also pioneered the formation of Community Colleges and has initiated the implementation of an alternative system of education for the poor and the downtrodden. He started the ICRDCE in 1999 as a facilitating and coordinating agency for Community Colleges in India. He has been involved in the preparation, establishment and evaluation of 214 Community Colleges in 19 States of India. • Dr. Bob Ferrentino:-
Bob Ferrentino has served as the President of Montcalm Community College since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Prior to his time at MCC, he spent 25 years in Community College education, serving both Lansing Community College and Muskegon Community College as program director and academic vice president. He taught abroad in Japan and Germany during foreign exchanges, and has been to almost all of the 50 states in the U.S. and 15 foreign countries.
Rob Spohr has served Montcalm Community College since 2003 in his roles as instructor in business, marketing and management, dean of occupational education, and vice president for academic affairs. He holds a BA in marketing from Grand Valley State University, an MS in career and technical dedication from Ferris State University, and is an EdD candidate (ABD) in community college leadership from Ferris State University. He lived in Japan for over a year, and has visited several foreign countries. He is the president of the Montcalm Economic Alliance and a general counselor, marketing specialist, and online mentor.
Bill Bishop has taught at Montcalm Community College since 2004 as an adjunct and then full-time instructor of accounting and business, and today serves as the chair of that department. He earned his BBA from Aquinas College, and MBA from Ferris State University. Bill is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants, and is co-chair of MCC’s Business and Professional Students of America.
Dr. Rhonda Bishop :-
Rhonda Bishop is Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Ferris State University. She earned her RN, MSN, and Ed.D. in Nursing from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Gary Hauck:-
Gary Hauck has served as Montcalm Community College’s dean of arts since 2008. He teaches humanities, religion, philosophy, and geography. He earned his BRE and ThB degrees from Clarks Summit University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a DMin and PhD from California Graduate School of Theology, and a PhD in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Hauck is the author of 19 books, including Organizational Transformation in Higher Education, and Exploring Humanities Around the World. He has visited all 50 U.S. states and 59 countries.
Dr.Brijender Singh Panwar:-
Brijender Singh Panwar is the founder President of the first Community College in North India-M.S.Panwar Community & Technical College,Solan (H.P). He has a Doctorate in Mass Communication and Master’s in English Literature, Journalism, Sociology and Business Administration to his credit. He worked as a mainstream journalist and Editor of a newspaper, Chief of Public Relations & Communication in leading PSU and various departments of the Government of India. He visited USA as Fulbright Scholar in 2014. During the last three years, he visited 30 Community Colleges in Michigan and Texas, USA to learn the best practices in Community Colleges.
Once the admit cards are available and you have downloaded the admit card, you are advised to check the details mentioned on the admit card carefully and in case of any discrepancy, contact NEET authorities immediately. Do not wait till the day of the exam to download your admit card, since it won't leave you with ample time to get your admit card corrected if need be.
NEET 2017 exam will be held on May 7, 2017 which leaves almost 15 days for students counting from today. The exam will be pen-paper based and students could write the paper in 8 Indian languages apart from Hindi and English. The NEET question paper will have three sections- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Biology will consist of questions from Zoology and Botany. Each section will have 45 questions, which mean that Biology will have a total of 90 questions.
Anganwadi workers slowly gathered at the Dak Bungalow crossing from 10 am and started demonstration there from 11 am . Sensing the gravity of the situation police swung into action and dispersed the agitating Anganwadi sevikas.
It took more than four hours for police to pacify the agitators and clear the blockade. The blockade immediately showed its impact as huge traffic jams were witnessed in all the roads leading to Patna Junction or Gandhi Maidan.
It may be mentioned here that Anganwadi workers were on war path for the past one month demanding revision in their wages. Thy sat on indefinite dharna at Gardanibagh and a few days ago they tried to take out a procession to Vidhan Sabha to press for their demands but police stopped them from marching ahead.
Police detained 15 sevikas but they were released in the evening. Police also have lodged FIRs against 2000 unknown persons.
Anganwadi workers demands;
- Give the status of government employees
- Include them as Class III and Class 4 employees
- Enhance salary of Sevika to 18000 and Sahayika to 12000 till giving them the status of government employees
- Fixed working hours to 8 hours
- Give additional honourarium to sevikas (Rs 7000) and Sahayika (Rs 4500) as being given by Telangana government
- Cancell Anganwadi Vikas Samiti
- Continue with Poshahar Sanchalan Samiti as was earlier
- Medical benefit, maternity leave of 180 days, medical and casual leaves.
In the short, a fox is abruptly awakened after a nightmare foreshadowing the havoc that pollution and climate change have wrought on the earth: Icebergs melt and plants turn into ashen waste. Alarmed, the fox gathers two animals friends that you might recognize from prior doodles and other Google products, to help him save the earth. Together, the creatures use less electricity, rides bikes instead of buses, phone in requests for wind turbines and solar panels, and plant greenery.
Don't let the doodle's cuteness distract you from the urgency of its message. The fox's nightmare is not some future event, it's the present. According to the World Health Organization, environmental risks currently result in the deaths of 1.7 million under the age of five each year. And studies show that ice sheets are melting at accelerating rates.
"I did a lot of research into coral bleaching for the doodle, and it surprised and saddened me that these underwater ecosystems were so fragile," says Google doodler Sophie Diao. "I also learned how everything is interconnected, so the rising temperatures in the sea
lead to all kinds of effects beyond just melting ice caps."
Instead of taking a macro approach to enacting change, Diao went smaller.
"I wanted to focus the Doodle on what an individual contributor can do for the environment," says Diao. "There's a lot of distressing news about changes to our ecosystems, but it can be hard to know how to help as just one person. That's why I wanted to create a story about individuals coming together to do something about it."
When you click past the doodle, you'll find tips for small things you can do to make a difference, as well as ways to contribute to key environmental agencies including the World Wildlife Fund, The Ocean Agency, and The Jane Goodall Institute.
In light of President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA's Earth science division, individual contributions to conservation groups may matter more than ever before.
Patna, April 19, 2017: Contractual para medical employees of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) went on indefinite strike from Wednesday demanding equal play for equal work and regularisation of their service.
The strike has badly affected the normal functioning of these two hospitals as 29 operations in NMCH and 31 operations in PMCH have been postponed.
The strike will hamper the normal functioning of the hospitals in the days to come as lab technicians, operation theater assistants, X-ray technicians, pharmacists and dressers have joined the strike.
In PMCH, nurses finally came to rescue of the penitents for dressings. However, nurses did the dressings of female patients only.
Bihar Rajya Chikitsya Evm Janswasth Karmachari Sangh general secretary Vishwanath Singh said the strike was successful.
Para Medical Employees Association president Surjeet said they have been opposing government move to start fresh appointments retrenching the old employees, who have been working for the last 10 years.
"We have struck work in 2015 also and at that time government has assured us that services of contractual employees will be regularised but nothing has been done in this regard till now", he said.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui
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