CBSE reduces syllabus by for classes IX to XII over covid crisis

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July 7, 2020

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rationalised the syllabus for classes IX to XII for the academic year 2020-21 by up to 30 per cent to make up for academic loss caused due to COVID-19, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Tuesday.

"Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of classes IX to XII.

"To aid the decision, a few weeks back I also invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of syllabus for students and I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response," Nishank tweeted.

"Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts," he added.

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January 10,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 10: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Sunday met Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to discuss the state's political scenario and finalise the BJP's candidates for the upcoming by-polls in the state as he arrived in the national capital on a day-long visit.

Before he left for Delhi earlier in the day, Yediyurappa had hinted the much-awaited cabinet rejig in the state might also come up for discussion during his meeting.

After landing in Delhi, the CM told reporters, "I am going to discuss the political situation in Karnataka."

"Recently, we won the gram panchayat elections in a very big way. Within a month, we are going to face two parliamentary and an assembly by-polls. We have to finalise the candidates. We will discuss all these issues with Amit Shah and other important leaders," he added.

The BJP leader said while his appointment with the home minister is confirmed, he will also try to meet JP Nadda, the party's national president.

Asked about the steps taken to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the chief minister said, "In Karnataka, the COVID-19 situation is under control. We are taking all precautions."

Earlier before leaving the Bangalore Airport, he hinted that the cabinet expansion may also come up for discussion during his meeting with the party high command.

"I don't know. I will discuss all the issues," he told reporters at the airport when asked if a cabinet rejig is likely this week.

The cabinet expansion in the state has been on the cards for over a year now, but it could not take place, giving some anxious moments to ministerial aspirants and also leading to dissatisfaction.

Among those in the ministerial race are MLAs Umesh Katti, Munirathna, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, M P Renukacharya, Aravind Limbavali and S R Vishwanath. Three MLCs -- C P Yogeshwar, MTB Nagaraj and R Shankar -- are too aspiring for a ministerial berth.

Another MLC, A H Vishwanath, too was in the race but his hopes dashed when the Karnataka High Court on November 30 barred him from becoming a minister until at least May this year.

The state can have a total of 34 ministers and it has 27 now.

By-polls are scheduled for Maski and Basavakalyan assembly segments, and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency.

While Maski fell vacant due to the resignation of sitting Congress MLA Pratap Gouda Patil in 2019, the by-polls to Basavakalyan and Belagavi seats have been necessitated by the deaths of their representatives B Narayan Rao and Suresh Angadi, respectively, due to coronavirus.

"I will discuss all other issues with the party high command and wish to return in the night," the chief minister said before he departed. 
 

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January 12,2021

Panaji, Jan 12: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, who was seriously injured after his car hit a tree in Ankola in Karnataka on Monday night, is now stable and under observation, said Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

"His condition was a bit critical, but he is very much stable now. There is no risk to his life. He is under stable and under observation. He will have to undergo two minor operations. He has suffered two fractures," Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday and asked him to ensure the best medical treatment for Naik. Naik's wife and an aide, who were travelling with him, succumbed to their injuries.

After he was administered first-aid at a local hospital in Ankola, Naik was rushed to the Goa Medical College, the state' apex health facility late on Monday night.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too spoke to Sawant and offered any assistance required, including air-lifting the minister, who is an MP from North Goa.

Singh tweeted, "I am shocked and extremely saddened by the news of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik being injured in a road accident. I spoke to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. The state government is ensuring best treatment for Shripadji. I pray for the speedy recovery of Shripadji."

According to Sawant, the Union Defence Minister had also offered the services of an air ambulance for shifting him to the national capital for treatment.

"The Defence Minister has assured that he will send across an air ambulance if required. The PM has just sought a follow up from me. According to doctors who are treating him, there is no need to airlift him," Sawant also said.

After talking to the PM and the Union Defence Minister, the Goa CM had directed the doctors of the medical college to ensure best treatment for the minister.

Naik was travelling by car along with his wife and an aide in the north Kannada district as part of a private visit when his car overturned near Yallapura.

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January 1,2021

Mysuru, Jan 1: Karnataka government has declared that the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) to be the sole university to offer courses through distance mode in the state.

Welcoming the decision of the government to make distance education the sole preserve of KSOU, Vice Chancellor Prof. Vidyashankar, on Friday said, though it was approved in the cabinet last week, the relating Act was passed now after the governor's approval.

"After amending the KSOU Act, now are on the mission of 'educating everyone everywhere'. KSOU's dream of putting more emphasis on quality education is now become a reality. Governor Vajubhai Wala, CM Yeddyurappa and DyCM Dr Ashwath Naraayna were among those behind the dream", the VC said.

Ten new courses, including BSc, BBA, BCA, BScIT, MSc IT, MSc Botany, Zoology, MSc Food Science and Nutrition will be launched this January, he said.

Prof. Vidyashankar explained that KSOU has initiated 8 courses including MCom, MBA, MA, MSc IT, MSc Computer Science through online.

KSOU has successfully completed 25 years. Against this backdrop, several projects have been launched during the silver festival. The first step was to drive the creation of alumni. Facebook Page, Web site is planning to bring the old students under one platform.

A number of people who read at KSOU have graced the top post. Similarly, influential politicians are also students of KSOU. All of them are supported by OpenView. "The aim of the university is to implement the university-led system in our students," he said.

It is also thought of forming a high-level committee and introducing new programs. The 24x7 library is intended to be open to students who attend training to attend competitive exams. We are also in the process of constructing a residential building. It is a matter of pride that the Competitive Testing Center under the leadership of Jainahalli Satyanarayana Gowda is doing well. Prof. Vidyashankar appreciated that the number of students who had previously been only 200 has now crossed the 1100 mark.

"We have all the privileges needed to start a new course. UGC has given permission for the commencement of the course," he said.

UGC's appreciation of physical features, KSOU has been quite digital in the last one and a half years, computerized access process, online classes, KSOU Student App. He also explained that the promotion of professors is in line with traditional universities.

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