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Students at the Flyswatter community college in Cumbria, UK, are geeting used to the arrival

Lean Fuel
Students at the Flyswatter community college in Cumbria, UK, are geeting used to the arrival of their school bus being signalled by the aroma of cooking chips. It has been a few months since their head of information technology installed a biodiesel reactor in the school barn. At 70 pence-a-litre, it is cheaper than petrol, is kinder to the environment, and coming from cooking fat, is sustainable. The dinner ladies are glad to get rid of the stuff, said Peter Lee, the brain behind the scheme.

He collects the barrels of cramy old cooking fat the kitchens used to pay 20 pence-a-litre to get rid of and takes them into the barn to begin a two-day process of pumping and draining. The resultant honey-coloured liquid can power any diesel tank.

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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British Medical Association recently launched a new guide that allows academics to compare medical schools

British Medical Association recently launched a new guide that allows academics to compare medical schools

Medical Check-Up
The British Medical Association recently launched a new guide that allows academics to compare medical schools, warts and all. The University Employment Good Practice Guide allows would-be employees to assess their prospective employer on measures ranging from research rating to childcare provision. University and college union leaders welcomed it as a way of encouraging improved employment practice, which could be applied across the sector. The guide compares employment terms and conditions, including the opportunities for sabbaticals and the provision of childcare support. It lists research assessment exercise and teaching quality ratings and ratios of full-time to part-time, male to female and clinical to non-clinical staff. All the UK medical schools are included, except those at Dundee, Brighton, and Sussex universities, which did not submit data.

Training workshop on NAAC accreditation

THE National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC} recently organised a day-long workshop for 26 heads of state-level Quality Assurance Cells (QACs) at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. The objective was to enhance awareness regarding NAACs assessment and accreditation methodology, and to draw out an action plan for QAC activities during the year 2007-08.

Ravichandra Reddy, academic consultant, NAAC, said: These training sessions are significant to the role of QACs as nodal agencies for promotional drives of various NAAC initiatives, and as partners in the assessment process.

V S Prasad, director, NAAC, stressed that during the 11th five-year plan, QACs should be established in all states, to promote awareness about NAACs new accreditation process for colleges and universities. QACs of each state must facilitate and encourage a phased accreditation of colleges. Colleges that are approaching the end of their five-year accreditation are required to apply for re-accreditation, he said.

Prasad said the QACs should also strive to establish internet facilities and encourage innovative best practices across colleges state-wide, apart from developing a database of all the states colleges.

Elaborating on the annual exercise, he said, This interaction also allows QAC heads to share experiences. They have also been asked to prepare an assessment plan for the next year.

NAAC has started identifying assessors who will travel across the country to accredit colleges and universities.

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St Andrews Scots, IP Extn holds winter carnival

St Andrews Scots, IP Extn holds winter carnival

St Andrews Scots Sr Sec School, IP Extn held a winter carnival, inaugurated by chief guest Shashi Bhushan (HOD, Edusat and vocational) CBSE along with the guest of honour J P Shourie, ex-controller of exams, NCERT, principal P L Rana and the members of the managing committee. The Bishop of St Peter’s Marthoma church Rev Father Sabu Phillip blessed the gathering. On this occasion, Indian folk and western dances, skits and a fashion show were presented. Narendra Chanchal, Qayoom Wadera and R J Mehak of ‘Dilli di mehak’ added to the excitement. Students scoring above 90% in the class X were presented cheques of Rs 10,000. Nikhil Gupta and Swati Kashyap of class X were given special awards for getting certificates from CBSE for being 0.1% successful candidates to score the highest marks in Maths (cent percent) and English (95%). Four award winning teachers were honoured. Release of school magazine and a presentation on Jesus Christ by Mr Mason of USA were also held. DPS, Rohini celebrated its sports day on Nov 19.The occasion was graced by Delhi education minister A S Lovely. Ashok Chandra, chairman, DPS Society and Pramod Grover, chairman, DPS Rohini Managing Committee presided over the function. School principal Rita Sen, gave the welcome address. The games captain led the houses in the oath taking ceremony. The children displayed drills, dances and aerobic activities. The winners of zonal, state and national level competitions were felicitated by the chief guest.

Students of Ramakrishna Sr Sec School, Vikaspuri exhibited their mathematical skills through a variety of models on Dec 23. I P Aggarwal, chairman, Triveni Educational and Social Welfare Soiety was the chief guest. He was welcomed by school principal Mamta Aggarwal. S K Bhatia, educationist; Avnish Kumar, principal, Govt Boys Sr Sec School and A P Sharma (academic advisor) judged the models. Kriti Dhiman (IV-A), Divyangna 5harma (IV-A), Princy Gupta (X-B), Pradeep Sandhu (X-B), Deekshant & Deepak (IX B), Ashish Sachdeva & Gaurav Chopra (Xll-A), Lianmuankim (Xl-A) & Roma (XI-B),Chirag & Prashant (X-B), Yash Aggarwal and Saurabh Dhooper (X-B) received first prizes in various categories.

Queen Mary’s School, Rohini celebrated its annual day on Oct 28.The Rt Rev Bishop Karam Masih, Bishop Delhi Diocese, CNI was the chief guest. S C Vats, chairman, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies and legislators Shakur Basti and Kulwant Rana were guests of honour. A show was presented by the kinder garten section.

Sumermal Jain Public School, Janakpuri
held a New Year’s celebration programme on Jan 2 which coincided with the 60th birthday of school chairman K L Jain. The highlights of the programme were songs, dances and distribution of sweets among the staff and students. The chairman announced the addition of 60 new annual scholarships in the name of his mother Indra Devi. Happy Sr School, Kirti Nagar bagged the team championship trophy in the inter-school martial arts competition held at St Michael Sr Sec School. The school won 11 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze medals. JKD grandmaster of India, S L Gihara presided over the competition. The managing director Umesh Ghai appreciated the students and martial art coach Vikas Gihara.

Venkateshwar International School celebrated its sixth annual prize distribution function on Dec 30. The chief guest Sahib Singh Verma gave away the prizes to scholars, sports persons and students. The programme commenced with him inaugurating the Ch Jeet Ram Memorial Auditorium -state of the art auditorium. Jazz, Japanese, Scottish and Arabian dances, a French song and a classical Hindi prayer song were some of the highlights. School principal Mrinalini Kaura presented the annual report. School chairman Rajpal presented a memento to the chief guest.

Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Naraina celebrated its annual day on Dec 8. The function was inaugurated by sports supervisor Gulab Singh Gahlot. All the PTA members, VKS members and Maha Singh, vice-principal, GBSS, Naraina were present on this occasion. The school magazine ‘Disha’ was launched. The students presented various cultural programmes. School principal Amarjeet Kaur Sawhney presented the school’s annual report. The guests gave away prizes to the meritorious students. School vice-principal Neena Malhotra thanked all the guests.

The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj celebrated its annual function ‘Spandan 2006’ at the Siri Fort Auditorium on Dec 24. Chief guest Barry John, director, IMAGO theatre group lit the ceremonial lamp. School principal Rita Kaul welcomed the guests and introduced the theme of the function ‘Navras’.The theme envisioned bychairman N C Jain focussed on the emotional and spiritual development of students.

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Standards for teachers, will help determine teachers’ progress up the pay scale

Teacher Standards
According to the Times Education Supplement, UK, newly published professional standards for teachers, will help determine teachers’ progress up the pay scale. Graham Holley, chief executive of the Training and Development Agency for Schools, said that the standards would help teachers make the most of their abilities and schools make the most of their staff.

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International Volunteer Day at schools

International Volunteer Day at schools

Volunteers visited various Municipal Corporation and private schools of Delhi and Jharkhand on December 5 to mark the United Nations International Volunteer Day in memory of their counterparts who worked in disasters and post-war. Students performed songs and plays. International Association for Volunteer Effort organised the programme in association with the People’s Institute for Development and Training.

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President Kalam meets CIRS students

Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore (CIRS) was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for an interaction with His Excellency, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India. This interaction was the culmination of an engagement initiated by CIRS in line with President Kalams Vision for India 2020. In November 2006, CIRS gave a vacation assignment to its students on this subject. On May 7, 32 students from Class VI to XII, accompanied by an alumni and four teachers and Principal Anurag Sangal had an enriching experience and learnt first hand as to why President Kalam has been able to inspire the young generation and specially caught the imagination of the whole country

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Launch by SRM a Master’s programme in Public Health

Launch by SRM
Chennai-based SRM University announced the launch of its School of Public Health which would offer a Master’s programme in Public Health, focussed on public health research methodologies and Biostatistics, from the 2007-08 session. The SRM School of Public He has been established under the guidance of faculty from Harvard Sell of Public Health and’ Oxford University The programme is open to graduates in any subject.

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Gift to Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

The Estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat has an- inounced a gift of S$80 million to the Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School or GMS to grow the schools bio-medical research initiatives. Graduates of the four-year GMS programme will be awarded a joint medical degree from Duke University and the NUS. This is expected to accelerate and strengthen the planned research programmes focused on medical and healthcare problems of significance to Asia. Students with a graduate or PG degree are eligible to apply for the programme. The University will consider 50 applications in July

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Educators in the UK are keen to use phones for lessons and are encouraging children

Educators in the UK are keen to use phones for lessons and are encouraging children

CELLULAR SCHOOL
Educators in the UK are keen to use phones for lessons and are encouraging children to use mobile phones in schools for educational purposes. Though it has been acknowledged that there is no credible evidence of adverse health effects from microwave pulses, government advisory groups urge parents to be cautious, as children might be more vulnerable than adults.

Yet some schools and technology developers believe the potential benefits of using mobiles for learning and social development now outweigh their risks. Futurelab, an education technology research centre, has been developing cell phone software for physics and geography lessons and hopes to introduce them to a wide range of schools.

Dibrugarh University has entered into a co-operative relationship with Vikalp trust, New Delhi

Dibrugarh University has entered into a co-operative relationship with Vikalp trust, New Delhi

MEDIA STUDIES
Dibrugarh University has entered into a co-operative relationship with Vikalp trust, New Delhi, AAT (I) Ltd, Times School of Media Studies of the Times of India group, Digidesign Inc. Sound engineering, graphics and animation, digital film-making and games design and development will be started at the University campus through this outsourced arrangement. In the course of 2007-08 the University centre will also start offering diploma and degree courses. The University has 104 affiliated colleges and will be catering to students from the Northeast who must otherwise travel to other parts of the country for such training.

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Mata Gujri Public School, Greater Kailash-I, Held Its Annual School Exhibition

Mata Gujri Public School, Greater Kailash-I, Held Its Annual School Exhibition

Mata Gujri Public School, Greater Kailash-I, held its annual school exhibition on Nov 28 and 29, inaugurated by school chairman S Amrik Singh Bhandari. The exhibition on the theme,’India a fascinating multicultural pageant’ displayed all aspects of the cultural diversity of the vast eth¬nic spectrum of the various communities in India through a variety of sym¬bolic representations including paintings, artifacts and live performance.

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TCS Delhi to host nationwide IT quiz

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will kick of the 2007 edition of TCS IT Wiz, its interschool IT Quiz in Delhi on November 15, 2007. The event will be held in Delhi for the second consecutive year, with participation from 11 visiting cities. The nation wide event is expected to reach out to more than 12,000 students across the country.

Winners will walk away with laptops and the runners up will be rewarded iPods. The six finalists will also receive gift ham pers from TCS and watches from Titan.

Through the quiz TCS strives to enhance IT awareness among students, keeping them abreast of the latest developments in the world of IT. The Delhi edition will be held on at Siri Fort Auditorium. It is open to school students studying from Class VIII to XII. Only the first 500 registered teams will be allowed to participate.

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High School Seniors Nationwide Honored for Their Civil Liberties Work

High School Seniors Nationwide Honored for Their Civil Liberties Work

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today the winners of its Youth Activist Scholarship for 2007. Eleven high school seniors from across the country will each receive a $4,000 college scholarship in recognition of their outstanding work to protect civil liberties, especially for young people.

The award was first given in 2000 to honor the efforts of graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights through some form of student activism.

In a time when our rights are being threatened and our core values undermined, it is inspiring to see young people stand up and defend our freedoms, said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. This scholarship is one way the ACLU can recognize the bravery and determination of these young men and women who will be tomorrows leaders.

More : aclu.org

Dover student tops essay contest: Takes $10,000 scholarship prize in competition

Dover student tops essay contest: Takes $10,000 scholarship prize in competition

Courtney K. Keitel, a Dover High School senior, was honored Thursday for winning first place in the seventh annual Legislative Essay Scholarship Contest.

She received a $10,000 scholarship for her essay on this years theme The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal. How true was this concept then and is it true today?

Second place went to Brandywine Highs Joshua A. Marks, who received a $7,500 scholarship.

More : newszap.com

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Adarsh Public School

Adarsh Public School

Adarsh Public School, Vikaspuri held its annual sports function ‘Mystic Rhythm’ on Dec 20 to commemorate seventy years of the school’s existence. The chief guest was Arvinder Singh Lovely, minister of education, Delhi. Mukesh Sharma, MLA and Daljeet Kaur, DDE West (B) were the guests of honour. Prizes were awarded to meritorious students. Students presented yoga, aerobics, skating, lazium and dance drama ‘global harmony’. School principal Usha Sehgal presented the school annual report. Special guests were Satpal Sethi, Municipal Councillor, H K Pandey EO Zone XVIII and Lt Gen Rakesh Puri, Dir General Quality Assurance. .

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FORE School of Management, Delhi, ranked amongst the top 10 b-schools in the country

FORE School of Management, Delhi, ranked amongst the top 10 b-schools in the country

FORE placements
FORE School of Management, Delhi, ranked amongst the top 10 b-schools in the country, witnessed a successful place¬ment season with all its students grabbing offers in the first day itself. The highest package was Rs. 12 lakhs, a jump of approximately 30 per cent over last year. Companies visiting the campus included MNCs like IBM Global Solutions, Fidelity, GE Money, Citibank, JP Morgan, Deloitte and many more.

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CRY is inviting applications for the Second CRY – National Child Rights Research Fellowships

CRY invites applications
Child Rights and You is inviting applications for the Second CRY – National Child Rights Research Fellowships. The fellowship is open to Indians aged above 18 years, preferably those who have studied in government schools, which charge no fees. Up to ten fellowships will be awarded with grants ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. one lakh.

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A recent survey suggests that mainstream schools in the UK are failing children with special educational needs

A recent survey suggests that mainstream schools in the UK are failing children with special educational needs

MAINSTREAM NOT SPECIAL
A recent survey suggests that mainstream schools in the UK are failing children with special educational needs, with nearly third of statemented children in mainstream primaries severely under-performing for their age and ability. The research, published in the Good Schools Guide – Special Educational Needs, supports the growing campaign against the closure of special schools, which are six times less likely to be judged inadequate than their main-stream counterparts but three times more likely to be shut. A third of statemented children in mainstream primaries score up to 3.5 marks less than expected in tests. But for special schools the figure is only 2%.

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