Bengaluru, August 27.
The Bengaluru-based Shycocan Corporation, a company engaged in the business of manufacturing and marketing a comprehensive FDA (USA)-approved device that provides 99 percent protection from the novel Coronavirus in indoor spaces, in collaboration with EducationWorld, hosted a webinar titled: ‘Empowering Education Institutions to Reopen Safely’ on August 27.
Panelists included Dr. Joseph Emmanuel, director, CBSE; Alok Sharma, CEO, Shycocan Corporation; Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, the reputed Mumbai-based surgeon; Dr. Swati Popat Vats, president, Early Childhood Association; Dr. Ashok Pandey, director, Ahlcon Group of Schools, Delhi and Neha Kare Kanabar, founder, UNIMO — Universe of Moms.
The panelists debated the pros and cons of online education and in-class schooling, and highlighted the plight of children from low-income households dependent on free mid-day meals provided in government anganwadis and primary schools.
In this connection, Shycocan Corporation’s FDA approved plugand-play wall-mounted device that “produces hypercharge high velocity electrons that reduce infectivity and prevent air and surface-borne transmission of the Corona family of viruses can play a vital role in enabling education institutions to safely restart indoor in-person classes,” said Alok Sharma, CEO, Shycocan Corp.
RV’s TIFA initiative
Bengaluru, August 17.
RV University, Bengaluru’s School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, announced a Teen Indie Film Awards (TIFA) competition for high school (classes IX-XII) students.
Entries of short video films (3-7 minutes) in one of five thematic categories: Nature and Environment; Local History and Legends; My Hero (family, teachers, or community); Being a Teen, and Abstract Art, are invited.
“With TIFA, our School of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a unique opportunity to high school students to stimulate their creative thinking and develop the art of narration through the film medium. This contest will be a gateway into the world of cinema for talented, young individuals and help them showcase their creativity. The last date for submission is September 30,” said Prof. Y.S.R. Murthy, vice chancellor, RV University, speaking on the occasion.
ABWA expansion plan
Mumbai, August 2.
The high-ranked Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA), Mumbai, announced a major expansion of its campus in south Mumbai. Under a new infrastructure development plan, the school will add two new sections in class XI — for Cambridge ‘A’ level and IB students — and new sections in classes VIII and XI from the academic year 2022-23 onward.
Under the expansion plan, the school will construct a new building, a science lab, design studio, 12 classrooms, innovation lab and swimming pool.
“We believe every school’s infrastructure plays a significant role in the holistic and academic development of students and teachers. Investment in expanding and improving ABWA infrastructure will enhance the academic performance of our students,” said Neerja Birla, founder-chairperson of the Aditya Birla Education Trust, speaking on the occasion.
JGU presents ADVANCE
Sonipat, August 30.
In a humanitarian education initiative, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat (JGU) launched a special Advancement of Afghan Nationals in Comprehensive Education (ADVANCE) fellowships for students from Afghanistan. A total of ten fellowships will be awarded under this initiative.
The fellowships will be available from Spring (January) 2022 to Afghan students who have completed a Masters programme or M.Phil. JGU will provide residential accommodation, dining hall facility and annual health insurance coverage in addition to the fellowship, to research scholars.
“This is a modest effort of JGU to demonstrate our solidarity and commitment to the promotion of higher education opportunities for students of Afghanistan. Our aim is to support and provide higher education opportunities to Afghan nationals whose pursuit of educational goals may have been disrupted due to the ongoing crisis in the region,” says Dr. C. Raj Kumar, founding vice chancellor of JGU (estb.2009).
Sania Mirza MasterClass
Mumbai, August 4.
The Mumbai-based Leadership Boulevard Pvt. Ltd (LEAD), which has partnered with over 2,000 K-12 schools countrywide to raise teaching-learning standards, launched its second online MasterClass with tennis star Sania Mirza for over 800,000 students of its partner schools. In the online programme, Mirza exhorted students to adopt healthy lifestyles through fitness and yoga programmes to counter limited physical activity and anxiety during the pandemic era.
“The pandemic should not come in the way of pursuit of our dreams. Fitness and yoga is a great way for children to build physical and mental strength. In the present context, it is important that schools provide these opportunities to students,” said Mirza, speaking on the occasion.
Added Sumeet Mehta, co-founder of the company: “Our mission is to make holistic education accessible and affordable to every child. Where would children otherwise have a chance to attend live classes from Chetan Bhagat or Sania Mirza? LEAD brings this to them because we believe that children from small towns, if given access and opportunity, can shine as bright as students from metros.
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