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IGNOU to impart degree courses online, HRD minister launches e-learning content

By: Education Desk | New Delhi |

Published: May 20, 2020 5:57:51 pm

MA Hindi, MA Gandhi and peace studies, ignou online courses, ignou admissions, ignou.ac.in, ignou new session, mhrd, ramesh pokhriyal nishank, education newsHRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank e-launches online courses for IGNOU

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has kickstarted its new session and is offering several courses through the online mode. While colleges and universities across the nation are closed, the open university has redesigned the curriculum for several courses to offer them digitally.

The new offerings by IGNOU in the digital space include MA in Hindi, MA in Gandhi and Peace Studies, BA in Tourism Studies, certificate course in Arabic, certificate in Information Technology, certificate programme in Library and Information Science. IGNOU is also offering some of its services digitally now, such as e-Gyankosh – a national digital repository, Gyanvani – an education FM radio, Gyandhara – internet audio, and contents of IGNOU’s library.

These courses were e-inaugurated by the Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal through a webinar. The courses have been designed specially to conduct classes through digital modes during and post the lockdown. “India’s student population is equal to, if not more than, the population of America. In such a scenario, the online mode of education is needed to reach out to students. We have already run initiatives like National Digital Library (NDL), Swayam, Swayam Prabha, Diksha among other platforms. We are moving fast in the direction of digital education and IGNOU has also taken a step in the same direction,” he said.

While launching the course through live interaction, the minister talked about MA in Hindi and MA in Gandhi and Peace Studies specifically. About the language course, he said, “Our government aims to strengthen the Indian language including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and other regional languages. Hindi is the connecting language, which unites different parts of the country.” He also commented that the nation needs Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings of peace and non-violence.

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Telangana not testing enough, BJP demands resignation of state health minister

The Bharatiya Janata Party has alleged that the Telangana government is not conducting enough coronavirus tests. Not only the Union Health Ministry has criticised the K Chandra Sekhar Rao-led TRS government in the state, but also a PIL has been filed in the high court on the matter.

Data accessed by India Today reveals columns left blank as the state failed to update testing numbers.

As of May 15, the Telangana government only conducted 22,842 tests, while small states like Chattisgarh and Assam more tests.

Central Health Ministry data clearly establishes, while Andhra Pradesh conducts 9,000 tests per day on average, Telangana’s total is just around 200 per day. While the all-India testing average was 1,025 per million population, the figure for Telangana is only 546.

In the border states with almost similar size of the population, Tamil Nadu has tested over 3,00,000 and Andhra Pradesh has tested over 1,75,000 cases.

Meanwhile, BJP has demanded the resignation of Telangana State Health Minister Etela Rajender accusing him of “endangering the entire population of Telangana by intentionally conducting the lowest number of tests than any other state in India, with a proportionate population.”

The opposition party has accused him of “underperformance during this massive health crisis but also willfully misled the people of the state, opposition and media by claiming the state was testing as per ICMR guidelines.”

“is department was also not reporting the test data regularly as mandated by ICMR in the daily bulletins for many weeks,” Krishnasagar Rao of BJP said.

He further alleged that the TRS government under CM KCR leadership has been manipulating Covid-19 infection rate in the state since the beginning and more so after the second week of April.

“One cannot understand the intention of the state government behind this brazen deviation in reference to public health standard protocols,” said Rao.

He said that less number of coronavirus cases and related death number provided by Telangana state government is a “complete farce and a dangerous deviation from ethical governance standards to paint an illusionary rosy picture”.

Meanwhile, the issue of less testing and lack of PPEs, N-95 Masks, gloves available for front line workers have also reached the high court.

Two Public Interest Litigations have been filed in the high court. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy has expressed surprise and questioned the government for low testing.

Speaking yo India Today Ch. Prabhakar counsel for the petitioner said “Hyderabad has a population of 1.4 crores and New York city of the USA which has reported maximum cases and deaths have a population of almost 84 lakh. There the authorities are doing extensive testing but in Hyderabad government not testing enough.”

He further said that ‘government health department has issued an order saying there should be no testing of dead bodies. It clearly means they don’t want to verify the Covid-19 as a cause of death and by this, they don’t want to also check off a deceased family putting many lives in danger’

Prabhakar further said that government by not helping migrants with food and essentials, doing door deliveries in the containment zone and by not testing enough is violating the right to life provided under the Indian constitution.

Meanwhile, the state health minister E Rajender said that Telangana is testing all the contacts including the primary, secondary, tertiary contacts which is why the yield is better.

“The number of tests to detect the positive cases is lower, which means the tests are done for the people for whom indication is there strictly as per the ICMR guidelines,” said minister denying all allegations.

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Additional 40,000 crore to be allocated under MGNREGA: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

In a major development, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced an increase of Rs 40,000 crores in allocation for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to provide employment boost. It is to be noted that budget estimate for MNREGA was Rs 61,500 crore

Addressing a press conference to announce the fifth and final tranch of 20 lakh crore economic package to fight COVID-19, Sitharaman expressed hope that the increase in MNGREGA fund allocation will help generate nearly 300 crore person-days in total. She also added that the Centre is committed to generating more employment opportunities for returning migrant workers in the monsoon season as well.

During the press conference, Sitharaman also outlined what the Centre has done in the past two months in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

The seven measures announced today were:

1. MNREGA2. Health – rural and urban, including education3. Businesses and COVID-194. Decriminalization of Companies Act5. Ease Of Doing Business6. Public Sector Enterprises7. State governments & related resources

Finance Minister also highlighted the steps taken by the Centre in the health sector in the past two months since the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, adding that “Government has committed Rs 15,000 crore for health-related measures so far for containment of COVID19 which includes Rs 50 lakh insurance per person for health professionals under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.”

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