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IMI, a Delhi based management school has taken a global initiative by launching the TMFES in collaboration

Global initiative by IMI
International Management Institute (IMI), a Delhi based management school has taken a global initiative by launching the Top Management Forum on Energy Security (TMFES) in collaboration with World Trade University, Canada (WTU-C) and China University of Petroleum (COP). Together they have projected that Asia is going to emerge as the largest energy centre globally in the next 18 years. A two-week, three-country global conference is being organised in New Delhi from September 4 to 7, 2007 followed by two. two-day international colloquiums and two days worth of site visits in Canada and China during 17-27 September 2007. The programme is being coordinated by Dr Sujit Chowdhury, President and CEO of World Trade University, Chilliwack, Canada, Prof Wang Ruihe, Vice President, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China and Prof C S Venkata Ratnam, Director, IMI, New Delhi. For registration and any other details, please write in to Prof. C.S. Venkataratnam, Director, International Management Institute (IMI), B-10, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi -110 016.

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UAE Education Minister Visits Kerala

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Education Minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, who arrived here Saturday on a private visit, was received by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the airport.

Chandy is reportedly very close to Nahyan and had met him in May on his visit to the UAE on the inaugural Air India Express Budget airline.

Chandy and Nahyan travelled together from the airport to a plush resort at the famous Kovalam beach, where the latter will stay.

Even though Nayhan is on a private visit, he was keen to discuss the development of education in his country, Chandy said.

He is expected to hold discussions with educationists here and with prominent educational institutions to work out likely student exchange programmes from the UAE to institutions here. I have told him that my government will extend full support to any initiatives that he would come up with, Chandy told.

He added that the minister was full of praise for the large number of Keralites who were in the UAE.

The dedication and hardworking nature of people from here came for a lot of praise, added Chandy.

Nahyan will be here for three days and will fly to Nepal from here.

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Rajasthan Tops The Quality Education Chart

The World Bank has said that in its present form, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) has failed to achieve the desired goals.

While presenting the mid-term appraisal of the 10th Five Year Plan of SSA to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, World Bank officials, interestingly, concluded that the level of knowledge of students of fifth standard is lower in Kerala, the state that claims to have 100 per cent literacy, than in Rajasthan.

Education experts from the World Bank, Lant Pritchat and Varad Panday, gave the presentation, where the Planning Commission deputy chairman Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia and members Mr Abhijit Sen and Mr Kirti S Parikh were present. HRD ministry officials also attended the meeting.

The World Bank officials said though substantial progress had been made, a lot more has to be done to get the targeted results under SSA. Outlining the gains made by SSA, the bank officials said: According to the latest joint review mission of SSA, dropouts from schools have reduced to 13 million in March 2005 from 25 million in 2003.

The number of primary and upper primary schools has also increased over this period of time and even on the front of training, learning materials and structures of academic support, the programme has made progress.

But the bank does not feel that this progress is enough. The presentation revealed that teacher absenteeism in India is substantially higher (25%) than the world average (18%) among developing countries like Zambia, Bangladesh, Peru, and Ecuador.

The presentation also revealed that corruption is creating havoc in Indian education system as it says, In the east and west of India education is among the top three corrupt sectors.

The World Bank has lamented that despite the SSA being in place for quite some time, private schools in both urban and rural areas are expanding at a faster pace.

It is, however, a universal fact that expenditure per pupil in the government sector is higher than in private schools, because of higher salary scales given to government schoolteachers, which is in the ratio of 5:1, it said.

Given the present situation, the World Bank suggested that planners give higher importance to accountability, which would weed out many of the problems plaguing the system.

They also pleaded for greater autonomy and said local responsiveness always worked better.

The bank also concluded that lower wages did not appear to reduce motivation, as, had this been the case, private schools would not have mushroomed

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To Australia From India

Efforts Are On To Attract Young, Skilled Youngsters

CHENNAI: When a country begins wooing foreign students, it often sets up unique systems to make their product more appealing to their customer. Take Australia for example.

Australia has a number of government-instituted initiatives that may be of interest to any student considering study abroad, says Raquel Shroff, manager, International Development Program (IDP), a non-profit company owned by 38 of the 39 universities in Australia.

Our government has made an effort to attract young, skilled students. Indian students fit that profile, and there are over 20,000 Indian students in Australia at any one time. As a result, programs have been created which hopefully will attract more students from India and help those who are there.

E-Visa

Indian students can now apply for their student visas using a new online process.

Students can take in all of their application documents to one of 19 registered offices in India, where officials will send the application to Australian authorities online.

This saves up to five weeks of processing time, and over Rs. 1,000 for the paper-based application.

ESOS Act

The purpose of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act is to protect the interests of people coming to Australia on student visas. It requires institutions that provide education that meets nationally consistent standards in education delivery, facilities and services.
It ensures consistency with the standard of education delivered to Australian students.

According to Shroff: Australia is the only country with a government act to protect international students.

It provides quality assurance, transparency, and tuition and financial assurance, she says.

For example, under the act, if a student enrols in a course, and the university is unable to conduct that course, the university must transfer the student to another similar course, or transfer the student to another university offering the course, or refund the fees.

The Act ensures a nationally consistent approach to provider registration and enables the Australian Government to monitor education providers. Breaches of the Act are treated very seriously and the penalties can be significant.

CRICOS

Institutions must be registered with the Australian Government with Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and meet special registration conditions enabling them to deliver courses to international students in Australia.

Both public and private institutions must meet high standards of quality and ethical practice, which take into account such issues as curriculum, qualifications of teaching staff, and facilities including specialist equipment.

Every provider that seeks to recruit, enrol or teach overseas students, or to advertise their ability to do so, must be registered on the CRICOS list.

It lists all providers registered to offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered.

To Shroff, this ensures that all universities trying to recruit overseas students are genuine and will offer a high standard of service. Other countries have no such rules.

CRUX

i E-Visa: save time and money
ii ESOS Act: Protects rights of overseas students
iii CRICOS: Registry of courses and varsities

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‘Popular Government’ Proposes Education Reform

MOSCOW: Russia`s shadow Cabinet formed by the left-leaning Patriots of Russia coalition has proposed an alternative approach to the government-backed education reform, a representative said Tuesday.

Russia`s education system has always been considered the best in the world and it used to be our national pride, but recently the situation has changed drastically, Oksana Dmitriyeva, popular minister for social care, said during a meeting of the Popular Teachers Council.

According to Dmitriyeva, state spending on education has dropped to 3.2% of the GDP and is still falling, which has left Russia trailing not only European countries, but also Latin American, Asian and even North African countries.

The situation with education employees is catastrophic, Dmitriyeva said, adding that the average teacher`s salary was only 70% of the average national salary.

Although this sphere involves highly skilled professionals, it has the lowest wages in the Russian economy after agriculture, Dmitriyeva said.

In addition, while the inflow of young specialists into education has decreased and the expansion of the paid education system has reached critical proportions, the condition of state-run schools poses a direct threat to people`s health.

Therefore, the Popular Government is insisting on an increase in spending on education, the development of infrastructure and social guarantees for students and teachers.

The shadow government has proposed doubling state spending on education in the near future, and up to 10% of GDP later.

Moreover, the Popular Teachers Council proposes returning institutions previously transferred to the control of regional authorities to federal hands and financing them from the state budget; financing state schools from the state and regional budgets on a parity basis; fully restoring tax benefits for educational institutions; maintaining the current system of benefits for university applicants; and increasing drastically stipends and bringing salaries in the sphere of education up to the average salary seen in industry

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People For Education Give Schools Mixed Grade

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Ontarios high schools werent as crowded and students had better access to textbooks last year, a new survey released Wednesday by parents suggests.

But the annual report card by People for Education said parents were forced to pay higher fees for student activities and many school libraries closed early.

It was the fifth year the group surveyed Ontarios secondary schools, asking officials to provide an inventory of school programs and staff.

Spokeswoman Annie Kidder says areas targeted for funding by the Ontario government showed an improvement. But she said the survey showed that boards are still underfunded and thats undermining many core programs.

Its a serious problem that needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed quickly, Kidder told a news conference.

While overcrowding in general subsided, more than two-thirds of high school English classes had more students than recommended by the province.

The number of schools reporting only part-time vice-presidents had doubled in five years. And 20 per cent more schools reported they had cut back on the length of time libraries are open and the number of hours they are staffed by a teacher-librarian.

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View the Monday News Conference

Monday, January 03, 2005

The regular University of Wisconsin Athletics Monday news conference will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at the media room in the Kohl Center. Speakers today include men`s hockey coach Mike Eaves, and women`s basketball coach Lisa Stone. Bo Ryan will not appear as his men`s basketball team faces Western Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

In other home events this week the men`s basketball team plays again on Wednesday with Alabama in a 6:30 p.m. game. The women`s basketball team hosts Purdue on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The men`s hockey team hosts the Badger Hockey Showdown on Friday and Saturday, both games starting at 7 p.m.

The news conference will be live video streamed on uwbadgers.com, and will also be archived under each sport`s multimedia page. A transcript of the entire news conference will be available later today on uwbadgers.com.

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ICMR International fellowships for the number six for young scientists and three for senior scientists

ICMR International fellowships
ICMR International fellowships for the year 2007-2008 number six for young scientists and three for senior scientists. Financial support is to the extent of $1800 per-month, contingency grant of Rs 10, 000 and return economy class air ticket (excursion airfare) for young scientists. $150 per-day including accommodation, subject to a maximum of $ 1800 for the entire duration and economy class air ticket (excursion fare) for senior scientists (likely to be revised).

Requirements; Indian biomedical scientists with MD/PhD with at least three years teaching/research experience for young scientists and at least 15 years teaching/research experience for senior scientists; Regular position in a recognised bio-medical/research/health institution in India; below 45 years of age for young scientists and 55 years for senior scientists. Applicant should submit a letter of acceptance from the foreign institute where he/she proposes to work along with a concrete plan of training/research work to be undertaken during the fellowship; recommendation from the head of the parent organisation/institutions.

To apply: Ten copies of the application should be submitted to The Chief, International Health Division, Indian Council of Medical Research, V Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Post Box 4911, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi! 10029.

Submission: September 30,2007 for submission.

SLUICM Philippines is inviting applications for its MD programme to class Xll

On Offer
Saint Louis University International College of Medicine (SLUICM), Philippines is inviting applications for its Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme to class Xll pass from a recognised board with English, physics, chemistry, biology or botany and zoology with a minimum aggregate of 50%, or, BSc graduates. The last date for submissions is September 30,2007.

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Major Education Reforms On Way

Bahrain`s education sector is about to see major reforms and development, according to Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi yesterday.

He said everything including the curriculum, education techniques, teacher assessments and training is in for a major overhaul.

The ministry itself will also witness changes as it tries to become better organised with strategic planning.

Dr Al Nuaimi announced the plan after receiving a final report on ways to improve education in Bahrain.

The report, prepared by the ministry in co-ordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was supervised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation`s (Unesco) International Institute for Educational Planning.

Dr Al Nuaimi said improving the quality of education is at the top of the ministry`s agenda.

To achieve this, the ministry needs a revamp in all areas that contribute to improving education in the country, he said.

This report will help us capitalise on our strengths and at the same time make amendments to our educational system to ensure it is in line with developments in other countries.

Dr Al Nuaimi said the report would help the ministry prepare better training methods for the country`s teachers.

If the ministry wants to introduce new curricula it should improve teachers` input into the process, he said.

This doesn`t come with continuous assessment and supervision.

We will read the report carefully and ensure that we work hard to achieve what`s in it as soon as possible and in the most effective way possible.

Dr Al Nuaimi thanked the UNDP for its efforts in helping the ministry prepare the report over the past few months.

Their efforts were huge and without their support and backup this report would not have seen the light so fast, he said.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative Dr Khaled Alloush highlighted co-operation between the UNDP and the ministry.

We hope this co-operation will continue and help improve and develop the education sector in Bahrain, he said.
Work on the report began in September last year and continued until May.

Sixty-five experts from the ministry and elsewhere took part preparing the report, which was approved by UNESCO the same month

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Indian Teachers Required In Afghanistan: Karzai

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai told India that he had taken up with Islamabad the issue of a trade corridor from India passing through Pakistan. So far, Pakistan has not allowed transit rights for Indian goods to reach Afghanistan.

Karzai, who is here on a working visit, briefed External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh today on his talks with Islamabad. The Afghanistan President expressed interest in getting more Indian teachers and doctors to Afghanistan. The Ministry’s spokesperson said the two sides reviewed bilateral relations during the meeting.

Karzai, who will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow, also sought Indian expertise in establishing a telemedicine project for Afghanistan, given the difficult terrain in that country. Afghan Health Minister Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimi is likely to attend an international conference on this project here in March. The Afghan President is here on a three-day visit and is leading a high-powered delegation including eight cabinet ministers.

During the 40-minute meeting, the Prime Minister briefed the Afghan President on his visit to Pakistan and discussions held here with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi.

Singh, who had recently made a brief visit to Kabul, had promised India’s continued assistance to Afghanistan in its rebuilding process, including that of its Army, and offered to train its doctors and paramedics.

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Science and Maths exhibition at Amity International School

The second annual Science and Maths exhibition titled EUREKA was held in Amity International School from July 20-21, 2007. Students from Class I to Class IX got an opportunity to display their skills and creativity. Presentations were made on real life Maths, Algebric Bx: pressions, Algebraic identities, Bhaskars Proof of Pythagoras Theorem, Exponents and science topics such as colours, food, solar system, science in the service of mankind, water, lights, plants and human physiology. Dr. Anuj Sinha, Advisor, Union Department of Science and Technology, and Dr. Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity International Schools, inaugurated the exhibition. The inauguration was followed by prize distribution ceremony for Classes II and III students for the academic session 2006-2007.

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Girl scores zero in examination

A student who scored zero points at math in the National College Entrance Exams (NCEE) failed to gain any marks in a double check. The student, surnamed Zheng, appealed to the examination board after learning her examination results. She thought it was impossible for her to receive no points as she thought every NCEE subject had basic points.

Professor Liu of South China Normal University, who was responsible for rechecking Zhengs paper, showed Zhengs answer sheet and the official mark scheme to a reporter. He said Zhengs answers were far from correct and she even failed to answer easy questions correctly. A representative from the examination board also said there were no basic points. Zero points in the paper will still be zero when converted to standard points. Standard points range from zero to 900.

The provincial examination center director said each answer sheet was evaluated by three teachers in the NCEE and it would be checked by a fourth teacher if the score was zero points or full marks. It was almost impossible for all four to make an error marking the paper. A total of 267 students in Guangdong Province alone scored zero points on the math exam.

Source : Online Resource

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China To Ask India To Recognise Its Degrees

Saturday, April 09, 2005

After Britain, the US, Australia and Canada, China has entered the foreign university market so popular in India. Promoting their brand of university education for the first time in India, 23 Chinese universities have some good deals that may profit both sides.

Already admitting hordes from East Asia for medical studies, Chinese universities now want to tap India, selling themselves as cheaper alternatives.

During Premier Wen Jiabaos visit, the issue of recognising Chinese degrees in India and vice versa is likely to be discussed, Cao Guoxing, Cao Guoxing, director-general of the ministry of education, said. Increasing Chinese government scholarships for Indian students is another issue likely to be discussed during the visit. At present, China offers 25 scholarships to Indians who mostly go to study international relations, medicine, history and literature.

For them to succeed, the Chinese degrees will have to be recognised in India. Therefore, the Chinese education department has plans to approach the Indian government on the issue.

But venturing into a vast market like India, they do not want to restrict to a few subjects. Our law, economics and business administration degrees are popular among international students. It helps students who want to establish business relations with China later on, said Zhang Xiuqin, secretary-general of China Scholarship Council. Clearly, representatives of Chinese universities visiting India are not using just prospectus and brochures to attract Indians. Their ever-booming economy is also alluring.

As they admit Indian students, they also want to establish contacts with industry. The Chinese government just signed an agreement with Infosys. The company is expected to take 1,000 interns from China. We want to encourage such cooperation, Cao Guoxing, director-general of the ministry of education, said. Although there are about 800 Indian students in China at present, a larger intake would require some formalities.

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AICTE Approves 54 New Engg. Colleges

In a new development in the field of Education, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved for 54 more engineering/technology institutions with a total sanctioned intake of 12, 000 students for the academic year 2005-06, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

Till now, there were 1, 360 engineering and technology institutions approved by the AICTE with an approved intake of 4, 45, 183 students, Minister of State for Human Resource Development MAA Fatmi said in a written reply.

According to the Minister, 50 more Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) will be opened depending upon the availability of resources. The KVs will also have to fulfill the stipulated criteria.

Fatmi also informed the House that a Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) committee on textbook regulation had studied the textbooks in Kerala and 11 other states.

The committee had observed that the books excluded the regional history, teaching of which was important for the students.

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South and Central Asian youth leaders conference organised

The Vidya Sanskar International School for Holistic Learning, Faridabad, hosted a three-day regional conference of youth leaders from South and Central Asia in collaboration with the American Centre. The conference brought together over 50 international participants from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India. Besides the 23 students from Vidya Sanskar, the 50 young leaders included high school and college students who recently visited the United States to participate in exchange programmes designed to promote democratic principles, community service, tolerance and mutual understanding.

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Part-Time Lecturers At Open University fights for rights

Furious part-time lecturers at the Open University have forced their union into a rethink over a pay settlement they believe has sold them out. They are now engaged in an acrimonious dispute to oust their branch officers.

The 7,700 part-time lecturers, known as associate lecturers, are the OUs public face throughout the UK, tutoring students and giving them phone and email support. They are typically paid 3,200 to teach a nine-month course and many have other jobs in universities or colleges.

A pay modernisation agreement negotiated with the OU by local officials of the Association of University Teachers was welcomed by full-time staff and featured in a full page advertisement placed by the union in the Times Higher Education Supplement. It described the OU as top of the class (commended).

But representatives of the associate lecturers complained the deal left them well behind the rates for the universitys 1,100 full-time academic staff.

Nevertheless branch officers pressed ahead with a ballot of part-time members. The ballot secured a majority in favour of the deal, but this has not been officially released because of a dispute over whether it was valid.

The row developed with associate lecturers calling an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the branch, which called for the ballot to be scrapped. When this was rejected they petitioned to oust the branch president, Brenda Jarvis, and fellow officers.

Sources : Online Resources

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Launch Of The United Nations Decade Of Education For Sustainable Development

Friday, March 04, 2005

UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura will launch the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) at UN headquarters in New York on March 1. The Decade encourages countries to integrate the concept of sustainable development into their education policies and into all aspects of learning. The aim is to bring about behavioural changes that will usher in a more viable and just society.

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Japan Scholarship Programme graduate degree fellowship provides support for graduate

Japan scholarship
The Asian Development Bank -Government of Japan Scholarship Programme graduate degree fellowship provides support for graduate (post-baccalaureate) studies (up to 24 months scholarship) in approved fields of study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), and for participation in educational activities at the East-West Center (EWC). Areas of study funded are architecture, business administration, economics, geography, international management-School of Business, Law (LLM degree-1 year), natural resources and environmental mangement, ocean and resource engineering, oceanography, pacific island studies, public administration, sociology, tropical plant and soil science and urban and regional planning.

Requirements: Two years work experience at the time of application; a full four year Bachelors degree at the time of application or an equivalent (three- year Bachelors degree plus a years Masters degree or a two-year Bachelors degree plus a two years Masters degree, subject to review). Minimum acceptable scores, 550 for TOEFL, and 6.0 for IELTS.GMAT scores for business administration and international management, GRE if required by Department of Study.

To apply: Printout the ADB application as well as the ADB application information and instructions, and University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) application, Complete both applications, sign and date all application pages where required, attach your support documents, and mail to the East-West Center (Award Services Office, Attn: ADB Scholarships, John A Burns Hall, Room 2066, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601,USA). Essays, CVs,and writing samples can be sent as email attachments. Applications must bear the original signature of the applicant and Letters of Reference must bear the original signature of the referee. Complete the LLM application available on the UHM application and mail it along with the completed ADB application.

Submission: November 1, 2007 (postmark deadline).

UP ‘Whizkid’ Drafted NASA Googly

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Almost the entire Indian media and Uttar Pradesh`s distinguished legislators may have been taken for a ride by a 15-year-old boy claiming to have won a prestigious international exam held by NASA to discover young international scientists.

NASA says it conducts no such exams and has never heard of Saurabh Singh, the boy who appears to have perpetuated the hoax.

Why just blame the boy? India`s media-on-steroids may well owe a mea culpa for falling all over a story without taking even the elementary step of e-mailing or phoning NASA or looking up its extensive website, to confirm its authenticity.

On its website, NASA does on even list the so-called International Scientist Discovery examination that Singh claims to have bested from among 200,000 students.

“There are organisations all over the world that have science exams and claim affiliation to NASA that we are not necessarily involved in, but I know of no such exams we conduct,” Debra Rahn, NASA`s officer for international issues said.

Rahn talked to several other offices within NASA before confirming that no one had heard of the ISD exam. She also said Sean O`Keefe, the former NASA administrator whom the boy claimed to have met, had no recollection of any such exam or event.

Despite the holes in the story, the Indian media, including television channels, rushed to the boy`s village, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, to breathlessly chronicle the story, based entirely on his version.

It was Singh who told the media that he had topped the exam previously taken by President Abdul Kalam and the late astronaut Kalpana Chawla, an account that was accepted without verification and recycled by every other newspaper and TV channel.

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