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M S University hosts grand celebrations of National Sports Day

VADODARA: 13 Sep 2014
Following its tradition of celebrating the national sports day to mark the birth anniversary of world renowned hockey player Major Dhyanchand, M S University had organized three day programme to mark the national sports day recently.

MSU's department of physical education paid its tribute to the legendary figure by organizing various exhibition matches and mini marathon between August 29 and August 31.

"The true legend of Indian sports - Major Dhyanchand's contribution towards the Indian sports especially in Olympics hockey was recalled and put in the pictures for the youth of the university," director of Department of Physical Education Dr P B Thumar said.

"His (Major Dhyanchand's) convention with Nazi leader Hitler and refusing the highest post offered by Hitler in Germany was highlighted on his 109th birthday anniversary," said Thumar.

On August 29, women basketball exhibition match was organized after which another exhibition match was organized between the alumni and current volleyball women players.

At the end of the celebration, football match was arranged between 40 university football players.

On August 31, a mini marathon race was organized by the department in collaboration with the Baroda District Amateur Athletics Association. The mini marathon race which witnessed participation of over 650 citizens had ten kilometres long route covering major parts of the city.

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In Patan, TV is a teacher and motivator

AHMEDABAD: 12 Sep 2014
Class VI students of the government school in Zazam, a small village in Patan district near the Greater Rann of Kutch, pull out their mathematics textbooks. There is no teacher in class. A student checks several cables and the teacher comes alive on the wall-mounted TV. Students start their lesson on right-angled triangles.

This experiment is the brainchild of Maulik Patel (30) a cluster resource centre coordinator for the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training in Patan. Patel has employed TVs as teachers in four government schools. Here, two-thirds of primary teachers' positions are vacant leading to high dropout rates. This use of technology in education has featured in the 100 Innovations in Education project by IIM-A.

The experiment started in Zazam in January 2014, with one teacher and 35 students in classes 5-8. "The schedule of students was designed as per lectures aired on Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics, the satellite educational programmes of the Gujarat government. The TV caught the attention of students, who started returning to school," said Patel.

Eight months on, Zazam and three nearby villages —- Kilana, Vansari and Sangali — have started educating their kids through 20 TV sets. Sixteen are donated by locals and the Border Security Force. Nagabhai Patel, father of Nikita, a class V girl, says TV has helped her learn better. "The school employs methods like recording reading and singing lessons by kids which are aired on class TV."

"Patel has understood the spirit of Right to Education promising quality education to every child. This experiment can be easily replicated in schools to improve education quality," says Bhavesh Pandya, member of IIM-Ahmedabad core-team that identified the innovative practice.

PhD admission controversy: Gujarat University dean appears before fact-finding committee

AHMEDABAD: 12 Sep 2014
The dean of Gujarat University's science faculty, Nisha Shah, on Tuesday appeared before a fact-finding committee to present her point of view. Though Shah told the committee that she had not broken any rules to grant admission to some students in PhD programme, a committee member said she may be indicted for favouritism in the final report.

The committee will table its report before GU authorities on Wednesday. Before the committee, Shah tried to justify her action by saying that there were six PhD seats while only one student had cleared the entrance exam.

"Shah changed her earlier statement in Tuesday's meeting. After a student had filed a complaint against Shah in August, she had given us a written reply to our show-cause notice that she had not violated any rules while granting admission to four students in PhD. Now, we have got another complaint against her in which students have accused her of irregularities in granting fellowship in science courses," said a member of the committee.

The explanation given by Shah was not acceptable to the fact-finding committee members. Sources in the committee said: "The report will conclude that she granted admission to PhD students supported by NSUI and ABVP. Our investigations have proven that Shah had disregarded the norms and granted admission to these students arbitrarily after the notifications for PhD and MPhil entrance exams were issued by GU."

GU vice-chancellor M N Patel told TOI: "After the fact-finding committee submits its final report, we shall initiate action on the basis of its recommendations. The committee has already submitted a preliminary report to us.

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