E-learning in Odisha schools soon

Bhubaneswar, Sept 16: The state government has geared up to make e-learning an integral part of high school curriculum under the e-Vidyalaya programme, which was launched by chief minister Naveen Patnaik in February just before the last general elections.

At a recent meeting chaired by development commissioner A P Padhi, it was decided that information and communication technology (ICT) laboratories in 4,000 government-run and aided schools, which have been included for ICT@school scheme in the first phase, will be ready by September 30. These schools have to make ICT lab as part of their academic calendars and time tables, a senior government officer said.

The school and mass education department will identify schools that don’t have enough space for ICT lab so that construction would be taken up on priority under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the central sponsored scheme for secondary education. Power and broadband internet connection would be ensured to these schools with the help of energy department and BSNL.

A teacher from each high school, preferably from science or
mathematics background, will be identified and trained to man the ICT lab equipped with high-end integrated computer, projector, interactive board and audio-visual facilities. The government would work out on a suitable incentive structure for such teachers so that a sense of ownership comes to the teacher concerned. E-content prepared by Odisha Knowledge Corporation Limited (OKCL) has prepared e-content for Class VIII and IX students, which will be used in these labs.

Odisha CM Confers Kalinga Samman to Dr H. P. Mishra, felicitates Prof. Li

Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated eminent scientist and UNESCO Kalinga Prize winner for the year 2013 at a function at Institute of Physics organized by Kalinga Foundation Trust. He also conferred Kalinga Samman Award to Dr. Hara Prasanna Mishra, an eminent scientist and technocrat, for popularization of Science in Odisha.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “I am delighted to be here today amongst all of you to felicitate Prof. Xiangyi Li, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize Winner for popularisation of science for the year -2013, and presentation of “Kalinga Samman-2013″.

In the year 1951, under the banner of Kalinga Foundation Trust, Biju Babu laid the foundation stone through UNESCO, Paris and instituted Kalinga Prize for Popularisation of Science. You will be glad to know that till now, 67 eminent scientists & science popularizers have received this coveted award from 24 Countries of the World, informed CM.

It is a matter of great pride for all of us that since the Year 2010, Kalinga Foundation Trust, Bhubaneswar has been presenting Kalinga Samman for ‘Popularization of Science Amongst the Common Man’ to leading scientific & technological persons of the state who have contributed immensely for the growth of science & technology & popularization of science in Odisha. I am glad to confer Kalinga Samman-2013 to eminent metallurgist Dr. Hara Prasanna Mishra for popularization of science on Odisha. So far, five outstanding personalities of the State have been awarded with this distinction, including Dr. Hara Prasanna Mishra. This award is considered as the highest award in the State for popularization of science. I take the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Mishra.

Prof. Xyangyi Li, in his address, recalled the great civilizations of ancient India and China. He said that scientific spirit is the only way forward to future.

Engine trial on Delang-Sakhigopal rail track

Bhubaneswar : The doubling of Railway line between Delang and Puri is going on at full speed. As a part of this priority project, the trial run by Railway Diesel Engine has been completed on 15th Sept-14 and the trial run has been found to be successful.

As per procedure, the line has to be inspected by the commissioner of Railway Safety before it is opened for train operations. This inspection by Commissioner of Railway Safety is slated for
October-2014. It may be noted that Ministry of Railways is laying a lot of emphasis on completion of the doubling upto Puri before Nabakalebar-2015.

General Manger, E.Co. Railway, Sri Rajiv Vishnoi has congratulated the team from Construction of East Coast Railway and also advised them to finish the other works under progress as per targets laid down.

The trial run was conducted in the presence of Sri R.P. Diwakar, Chief Administrative Officer and supervised by Sri Sankarshan Nayak, Chief Engineers and Sri Sudhir Parida, Dy. Chief Engineer.

CCTV in Bhubneswar Rly. Station

Bhubaneswar : In a bid to boost security arrangements, General Manager, East Coast Railway Shri Rajiv Vishnoi inspected Bhubaneswar Railway Station this morning and reviewed the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Surveillance System, installed at various places of the Station.
Altogether, 32 IP-based surveillance cameras have been installed at vantage points i.e. all the Platforms, Entrance & Exit points and circulating areas of Bhubaneswar Station premises. The access to the footage of the surveillance cameras has also been extended to Passenger Reservation System (PRS) Counters, Booking Office, concourse, 2nd Class Waiting Hall and FOBs etc. to keep a vigil on various suspicious activities for safety of passengers and
safeguarding Railway properties.
The feeds from these cameras reach the Centralised Control Room of the station where the Railway Protection Force personnel monitor the visuals Round the Clock.
Apart from recording and playback facility, the video data can be stored for 30 days. Of the 32 cameras, 13 of the cameras are moveable and remaining 19 are fixed cameras including Dome Camera.
This Surveillance System will help the Security personnel to track the miscreants from the Platform and circulating areas of the Station and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have already started netting the miscreants.
To minimise inconvenience to passengers and to avoid rush at Entry & Exit points, crowd management can be easily handled out due to installation of the CCTV Surveillance System. Apart from this, the cleanliness of the Station premises will also be monitored.
Cleanliness of Platforms and circulating areas including Railway track at Station areas are being chased up for making the station clean and hygienic.
Shri S. H. Safdar, Chief Signal & Telecom Engineer, Shri S. K. Mishra , Chief Security Commissioner of East Coast Railway including Shri S. K. Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Khurda Road and Dr. A. K. Patnaik, Chief Health Director were also present during the
commissioning of CCTV Surveillance System at Bhubaneswar Railway Station

Five strategic objectives promoting human rights during 2015 – 2020 finalized by APF

New Delhi : The Asia Pacific Forum (APF), today, on the day 2 of its 19th Annual General Meeting of the representatives of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of 21 countries, adopted the agenda of the strategic objectives for the next five years w.e.f. 2015 to 2020. According to this, human rights relating to gender equality, peace and security, business, priority groups, especially – children, women, people with disabilities, older persons, mass movement of people (asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, internally and externally displaced persons), will remain in focus as strategic objectives. These will remain as actionable points for the APF and its Member NHRIs in their functioning.

Some of the related strategic objectives which were also decided, included, Building Capacity of Member NHRIs through training and dialogue; Advising Member Governments and Civil Society in the region on the functioning of National Human Rights Institutions; Exchanging information and experiences by building cooperation and developing professional human rights networks to encourage peer to peer learning; Engaging regionally and internationally to promote Member NHRIs’ participation and views to share their expertise with others at different Forums including UN Bodies, ASEAN, Arab League, Pacific Island Forum, ANNI, SAARC, etc.; and Promoting gender equality and mainstreaming gender across all the work of the APF.

During the discussions, it was also emphasized that every NHRI Member of APF should have proper communication strategies in place to build awareness about its activities and interventions within its respective country and internationally through the APF network. This was essential for the promotion and protection of human rights and sharing of varied experiences while handling issues related to them through digital stories and other such modern means of communication which are easy and cost-effective to circulate. The need for establishing a Focal Point for Communication was also emphasized in each NHRI.

Tomorrow, on the last day of the Annual General Meeting of the APF, ‘APF Action Plan on Women and Girls’ Human Rights’ will be discussed to know how the NHRIs were promoting and protecting their rights and what was further needed to be done.

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