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UGC funds boost to women’s studies-(11-09-2012)
BERHAMPUR: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Rs46 lakh to the Women's Studies Research Centre (WSRC) of Berhampur University. While Rs36 lakh has been sanctioned for five years as recurring fund, the remaining 10 lakh has been sanctioned as non-recurring fund from this year. The centre has taken up various extension work like the problems faced by fisherwomen in coastal villages, women in politics and the issue of dowry since it was set up in 1988.Several researchers conducted research on gender and women issues and the centre is also offering M. Phil to eight students.
Odisha: Eco-Friendly Ganesh Idols are in Demand-(10-09-2012)
Jajpur: Every year over 500 idols of lord Ganesh in and around Jajpur district are immersed in the rivers and other water bodies after the Puja is over. And, that raises the environmental concerns after all the fun and frolics of the celebration. To make this year's Ganesh festival an environment-friendly one, many school authorities have placed environmental friendly Ganesh idols before the idol makers. Materials such as flowers, clothes, decorating materials made of paper and plastic should be removed before immersion of idols. Some were even unaware of the idols made of plaster of Paris. They were worried about offering puja to the idol without any colour. Lack of awareness was apparent. The idols without colour are not in demand. Majority of the public prefer attractive idols over eco-friendly ones.
Odisha-based KIIT University conferred Honorary Degrees to Afghanistan Minister, President of Hanseo-(09-09-2012)
Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley offered a new perspective of life - pursuit of happiness - to the graduating students of KIIT University at its 8th Annual Convocation on September 9. He graced ceremony as the Chief Guest. Obsession with growth has brought our environment and civilization to the brink, said Mr. Thinley in his convocation address, while emphasizing that the world is in desperate need of change. He was also conferred the Degree of D.Litt., Honoris Causa. Three other eminent personalities from India and different parts of the world were conferred degrees of D.Litt. / D.Sc. by KIIT University on the occasion. The recipients of Honorary Degrees are – Mr. Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (D.Litt.), Dr. Kee Sun Ham, President, Hanseo University, South Korea (D.Sc.) and Prof. (Dr.) Baidyanath Mishra, Eminent Economist, Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Tourism to organize beach fest at Talasari from Nov 25 to 27-(08-09-2012)
Odisha Tourism has decided to organize beach festival and boat race at Talasari beach from November 25 to 27. This was decided at high level meeting presided by Tourism Minister Maheswar Mohanty on Friday in Bhubaneswar. It should be noted that Talasari beach is 36 km s from Jaleshwar, is the nearest railway station and Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport and is 300 km from Talsari. It's also well connected to Baleswar. The serene villages and tall palm trees creates a thrilling experience on the tourists. The cashew trees sway in the breeze welcoming the visitors. In February, red and orange flowers appear on the plants. The cashew kernel hangs outside the fruit, which is also edible.One will find only sand dunes on the beach — no heckling hotelier, no screaming hawker, no bargaining tourist. There are a handful of small hotels and a Panthasala run by the Orissa government.
Odisha Assembly proceedings paralysed-(08-09-2012)
Proceedings of the Odisha Assembly was paralysed on Friday as Congress legislators stormed into the well protesting alleged police excesses during a party rally here while ruling BJD MLAs countered them. As soon as the House assembled for the day, members of the opposition Congress were on their feet alleging attack by police on party demonstrators who held a rally in a peaceful and democratic manner here yesterday. As pandemonium persisted despite appeals to restore order, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 pm, barely six minutes after commencement of question hour.
Odisha Assembly passes women reservation bill-(07-09-2012)
The bill providing 50 per cent reservation for women in urban local bodies in Odisha was passed by the state assembly on Thursday. he house had debated the Odisha Right to Public Service Bill, 2012 on Wednesday night but there was no discussion on two other bills - The Odisha Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 which provides for women's reservation and Odisha Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of Caste Certificates) Bill, 2011. All three bills were passed during the day. The bill provides for issuance and verification of caste certificates by the competent authority, he said adding it also made provision for smooth and speedy disposal of fake caste certificate cases. The Act would serve as a deterrent for use of fake caste certificate and offence in respect to it has been made cognizable and non-bailable.
Odisha bags 13 medals in East Zone Jr Athletic Meet-(06-09-2012)
On the inaugural day, Odisha proved their dominance by bagging five gold, four silver and four bronze medals and total of 13 medals in the three-day-long 24th East Zone Junior Athletic Championship at SAI Eastern Ground, Kolkata on Tuesday. Total 65 junior athletes (31 Boys & 34 Girls) are representing the State in the meet. In boys under-16 events, Prabhat Tirkey (400 metre), Jambeswar Panda (shotput), Rahul Singh (long jump), in under-16 girls, B Saini Ambika and in under-18 boys, Ashman Sahu bagged gold medal each. Other medalists: Silver medalists: Susmita Kullu (Girls-20, 3000 mtr), Manki Sundi (Boys-14,600 mtr), Sushita Kishan (Girls-18, High Jump), Akash Mishra (Boys-16, Shotput), Bronze: Samsad Ara Begum (Girls-18, 3000 mtr), Reema Mohanty (Girls-16, 400 mtr), Bonita Lakra (Girls-20, Longjump), Rama Chandra Hansda (Boys-14, 600 mtr).
Odisha: Unit 8 DAV Public School is the champion of TCS IT Wiz 2012 Bhubaneswar-(06-09-2012)
The TCS IT Wiz 2012 conducted and organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) received an overwhelming response from over 1300 students from various city schools participating in the Bhubaneswar edition of TCS IT Wiz – India’s biggest inter school IT Quiz held on Thursday, at PAL Heights, J/7, Jaydev Vihar Road, Bhubaneswar -751013. Prizes were distributed by Chief Guest Shri Madhusudan Padhi, Commisioner-Cum Secretary, Deptt. of IT, Governemnt of Odisha along with Manoj Panda, Center head, TCS Bhubaneswar. The Regional rounds of TCS IT Wiz 2012 is being held in 14 cities - Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Pune, Nagpur, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Delhi. The Regional rounds will be followed by a National Finals in December where the winning teams from the 14 cities along with the winner of the United Arab Emirates round will compete for the TCS IT Wiz National Champion title. The winners will also get an opportunity to interact with the CEO of TCS, Mr. N. Chandrasekaran over high tea. The TCS IT Wiz was open to school students studying in class 8-12. There was no entry fee. Schools were allowed to send multiple teams of two members each to participate.
Odisha: Aesthetics of Rhythm by the Maestros on second day of GKCM Award Festival-(06-09-2012)
The second day of GKCM Award Festival was a beautiful blend of traditional repertoire and innovative compositions featuring Manju Barggavee eminent Kuchipudi danseuse and internationally acclaimed stalwarts duo in percussion Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and Anindiya Chatterjee with befitting Kanjira accompaniment by Amrit from Bangalore. The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Smt. Leela Venkatram, Dance Critic, Lalitha Venkat, Dance Critic, Shri Ashok Kapur, Shri Surendra Das, Secretary, Chinta O Chetana and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra. The programme was compered by Smt. Sadhna Shrivastav.
Bhutanese Prime Minister's 4-Day visit ot Odisha from Today, Thinley will visit KIIT-KISS-(06-09-2012)
His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister, Royal Government of Bhutan will arrive here today on a four-day visit to KIIT and KISS. Security in the city has been beefed up and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Government are closely monitoring the preparations in the run up to his visit. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS had invited Mr. Thinley to KIIT and KISS during his visit to Bhutan and meeting with the Prime Minister of Bhutan last month. His visit to Odisha is a result of acceptance of this invitation. During his visit, Mr. Thinley would receive the prestigious 5th KISS Humanitarian Award 2012 at KISS campus on 8th Sept. 2012. He will grace the 8th Convocation of KIIT University as the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address to the graduating students of the University on 9th September 2012. He will also receive the Degree of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) on the occasion. Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University will preside over the ceremony. The Bhutanese Prime Minister's programme in KIIT and KISS includes special interactive sessions with tribal students of KISS and Bhutanese students of KIIT University and KiiT International School.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik honoured 67 teachers, Matric toppers-(06-09-2012)
On Teachers' Day Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik honoured 67 teachers for their contributions in the field of education. On behalf of the state government CM Patnaik also gave away the awards to 110 students who were among the top 100 scorers in the 2012 High School Certificate (HSC) exam. At a programme organised by the United Teachers’ and Employees’ Association on the occasion of Teachers’ Day CM Patnaik gave away these awards to teachers and students. 36 educationists were conferred awards for 2009 and 31 for 2010.
Congress to gherao Assembly-(06-09-2012)
Pradesh Congress Committee to gherao Assembly today. Nearly 30 thousands Congress supporters already gathered in the state capital city to participate in this protest rally. The state government has deployed 30 additional platoons of police force in the state capital to tackle Congress activists' plan to gherao Odisha assembly. The state Congress today said that the state government, in a bid to foil the Assembly gherao programme by the Congress on Thursday, has directed the district transport officials not to issue temporary route permit to buses.
President Mukherjee conferred National Award for Teacher-2011 to twelve Odia teachers-(06-09-2012)
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Award for Teacher-2011 to tweleve Odia Teacher . President Mukherjee conferred this award on the occasion of the 'Teachers Day', at a function in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 05, 2012. The National Award to Teachers, 2011 were given away to 310 teachers from across the country. For the first time 20 additional awards were given away under the category of National ICT Award for School Teachers(for the years 2010 & 2011). The Scheme of National Award to Teachers was introduced in 1958 with the object of raising the prestige of teachers and giving public recognition to teachers of outstanding merit. Under the scheme , school teachers are selected for the award on the basis of their academic efficiency, desire for improvement in education, genuine interest in and love for children, involvement in social life and reputation enjoyed in the local community. The names of the teachers for these awards are recommended in the first instance, by the District Education Officer etc. on the basis of teacher's record of work. It is further vetted by the District Committee. The recommendations of the Committee are scrutinized examined by the State Selection Committee which forwards its recommendations, in order to merit, to the State Government. The State Government in turn sends the same to the Union Government along with Character Certificate of faultless antecedents and absolute integrity duly signed by the State Education Secretary. The final selection is made by the Union Government. Each award consists of a Certificate of Merit, a Silver Medal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 25,000/- .
Odisha: Record Admission in Diploma of DET-2012-(05-09-2012)
The admission into Diploma Engineering Courses during DET-2012 has crossed the previous record as compared to the admission of DET-2011. During 2011, about 44,000 candidates had qualified the Test out of which 15,000 candidates got admission for prosecuting study in the Diploma courses, whereas during DET-2012, out of 53,000 rank holders, 18,000 candidates took admission. Similarly in 3rd semester (lateral Entry)-2011, about 13,500 candidates qualified in the Test out of which 6,500 got admission whereas during DET-2012 (Lateral Entry), about 20,000 candidates qualified in the Test out of which 9,000 candidates took admission. It is quite evident from the above statistics that the demand for Diploma Education has substantially increased. There has been a consistent rise in demand for core branches like Mechanical, Civil, Electrical Engineering as about 85 % candidates have shown keen interest for these branches, whereas, 15% candidates have opted for other branches such as IT, computer Science, Electronics etc. of Diploma courses. Almost all the seats of government institutions have been filled up.
Odisha: Computer Education introduced in SSD Department run schools-(05-09-2012)
On the eve of Teacher’s Day, the project ‘Setting up Computer Lab & Providing Computer Education in ST & SC Development Department run Schools was inaugurated at Tapoban High School near Khandagiri today morning by Minister ST & SC, Lal Bihari Himirika. The main objectives of the project is to upgrade IT infrastructure in SSD Department schools by setting up of computer lab & providing Computer Education to Std VIII-X students in the school. The Department has adopted the shared Computing model of Lab in which one server (Host PC), loaded with the required set of applications/software is shared with a minimum of 10 work stations/nodes. The major components of the project is to set up a Computer Lab in shared computing model in 86 selected High Schools, engage one computer instructor in each of the school under coverage, prepare detailed syllabus of the computer course for each of the class from Class VIII to X, ensure that each of the students under the coverage is to acquire minimum competence level, give regular feed back to OMTES regarding students learning level, submit monthly progress report to OMTES etc.
Odisha to provide jobs to at least 10 lakh unemployed youths during next five years-(05-09-2012)
The State Government would provide jobs to at least 10 lakh unemployed youths during next five years by making them skilled as the number of registered unemployed youths had reached 10.56 lakh, said Employment and Technical Education and Training Minister Pratap Keshari Deb. Deb informed the State Assembly on Tuesday that in order to coordinate efforts in order to ensure jobs to the unemployed youths, the State Government had already started the process to formulate a legislation which would be presented in the next session of the Assembly. Deb said as per the target, at least one lakh unemployed youths would be provided jobs in the Government sector while steps would be taken to ensure jobs to another one lakh youths in the private sector. He said under the scheme, the State Government had also taken steps to create employment opportunity by undertaking skill upgrade and placement-linked employability training through the State Employment Mission.
Indian sand artist wins prize in Denmark-(05-09-2012)
A sand sculpture on marine conservation created by Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the prestigious audience prize at an international sand art competition held in Copenhagen, the artist said Wednesday. Pattnaik's 20-feet high sculpture 'Save the Ocean' got as many as 23,000 votes from a total of 80,000 cast by visitors at the Copenhagen International sand sculpture championship and festival, which began May 31 in Denmark. Nine other artists from different parts of the world, including Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, Ireland, England, Germany, Ukraine and Ghana, had also participated in the competition. Pattnaik has been doing sand art for more than 20 years at the beach of his home town Puri, 57 km from here.
79 IPS posts vacant in Odisha, suicide of 15 police men in last 3 years-(03-09-2012)
Out of total 188 IPS posts in the state there are 79 IPS posts are lying vacant in the state. This was informed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state assembly today. Patnaik who holds the home portfolio said that 21 IPS officers now on central deputation and 12 IPS officers are outside state for different training program. Patnaik also informed the state assembly that 15 police personnel suicide in last three years.
Odisha Government to set up Krushi Bhawan in Bhubaneswar-(03-09-2012)
Odisha Government to set up Krushi Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. This was informed by the Agriculture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on Monday at the state Assembly. Mishra said that the state government will set up Krushi Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. All the branches of agriculture dept will be transferred to the Krushi Bhawan after its completion in the state capital.
Odisha: Anganwadi center sprouts under the shelter of a tree-(02-09-2012)
The children of an Anganwadi center at Nuadiha village under Pimpudia Gram Panchayat in Sukinda block of Jajpur district have been forced to study under the shade of a tree for the past two years. “A small thatched house of the Anganwadi center is on the verge of collapse for which we provide education to the children under a tree. Many Parents are not ready to send their wards to the center in rainy season. We close the center during rain,” said Minati Parida the teacher of the Anganwadi center. Tilotoma Mohapatra the CDPO of Sukinda block said “ The authority will build a building for the Anganwadi center soon”. Children sit on the ground to write and receive teaching from the teachers. The inconveniences and untold hardships confronting the pupils and students who study under trees are well known. Since they are not enclosed in a building, distractions and lack of concentration are the major problems facing them. Flies, mosquitoes, bees and other insects harass the children taking away their concentration. As a result of the noise and songs by the children, snakes pay them regular visits . All the 65 children sit on the ground due to lack of furniture. This situation creates health problems for the children and also affects teaching and learning process since they are all at the mercy of the weather. The teacher and the children have no option but to flee at the least threat of rain or heavy winds, said a villager.
Odisha Government to employee 1 million youths through various training-(01-09-2012)
One million youths from Odisha will be employed through various employment-based training, within five years. State government has chalked out plans to make this proposal a success. Speaking at a function organized by Odisha Employment Mission society (OEMS) and Centurion University here today, Chief Minister Naveen pattnaik said, a nation can run on the path of development only through the proper utilization of its human resource. But this is also necessary to enhance the growth rate of education and skill. By the end of 2015 in India there would be requirement of around 2.8 million skilled youths for various sectors, Pattnaik added. Chief minister stressed upon to prepare plans to fulfill these requirements. State government has given priority to provide vast employment opportunity to youths of Odisha. Youths of our state should involve themselves with several training programs carried out by OEMS, Pattnaik said. During this function 533 children trained by Gramtarang Training Institute (GTI), which is supported by Centurion University, were given offer letter by Chief minister. Among other dignitaries Employment and technical education and training Minister Pratap keshari dev, Chairman of Centurion University Muktikant Mishra and Secretary of ETET Chandra sekhar kumar participated in this function.
Odisha plans to hike reservation ratio-(01-09-2012)
The state government is considering to increase the ratio of reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in higher educational institutions from 20 to 38%, said minister for ST and SC development, minorities and backward classes, Lalbihri Himirika in the assembly on Friday. The minister said the government was also taking steps to amend the Odisha Reservation and Vacancies (ORV) Act and would send the official file to the cabinet for approval. However, he said the government instead of waiting for this amendment had already implemented reservations on contractual appointment in certain fields like for Sikhya Sahayak and Anganwadi supervisor. Replying to an adjournment motion debate, the minister said the state government was taking several steps for welfare and development of STs and SCs. He said the government under a special plan has decided to provide land to landless SCs and STs families residing in 118 tribal sub-plan blocks. Himirika said the government had also planned to create self-employment opportunities for 4 lakh students through skill upgradation and placement-linked employability training. Members cutting across party lines participated in the discussions demanded the government to take early steps to amend the ORV act for the interest of the backward community.
 
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