Times of India | 2 months ago | 27-09-2022 | 02:40 am
Panaji: The directorate of education (DHE), which had last year launched DISHTAVO — by which pre-recorded lectures could be viewed online by students anywhere in Goa — on Monday went a step further with the introduction of MANDAVI, which allows students to take entire courses in the virtual mode to complete the credit requirements of their respective university or college programme.Toward this end, DHE on Monday entered into an MoU with a body under the aegis of the Union education ministry — the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC). The CEC will make the open virtual courses developed by Goa faculty available on the central platform, SWAYAM, which can be accessed by students across the country.MANDAVI (Mentoring and Nurturing Digital and Virtual Initiatives) will begin by offering massive open online courses (MOOC) in music and in analytical chemistry.“The initiative will create a bridge between learners and advanced technology. This visionary initiative will make Goa a role model for other states,” chief minister Pramod Sawant said.MANDAVI was introduced as per the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which aims to achieve a 50% gross enrolment ratio in higher education by 2035.Director of higher education Prasad Lolayekar said MANDAVI will see mentoring, training and support extended to faculty from higher education institutions in Goa to design and develop MOOC content. “By the end of the year, DHE will offer at least five MOOCs. DHE intends to democratise educational content as it believes high-quality education should be available not to just a small group of privileged students but to everyone who is willing to learn,” he said.The tie-up with CEC will allow the courses developed by Goa faculty to be taken by students to fulfil degree requirements of their colleges and universities anywhere in India.“The idea is to facilitate seamless integration of MOOCs into the academic structure of higher education,” said Lolayekar.MOOC courses currently under development at the DHE are based on University Grants Commission curriculum and the choice-based credit system. They are proposed to be offered in credit transfer mode on the SWAYAM platform managed by CEC. Director of the CEC, Jagat Bhushan Nadda, said NEP recognises the significance of digital technology in education. “Eminent scientists and practitioners from research institutions and industries have been involved at various stages of the MOOC development process,” said the nodal officer of this initiative, Kavita Asnani.
Panaji: Fourteen years after a woman was accused of producing a forged SSCE marksheet and related documents before the passport authority in Panaji, a Panaji court has acquitted her for the offences after the prosecution “miserably failed” to prove its case.“The making of the false document is the basic ingredient of the offence of forgery. In the present case, the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the role of the accused in making a false document,” stated chief judicial magistrate, A Court, Panaji, Ram S Prabhu Dessai.The court found that the SSCE marksheet and school leaving certificate were not sent for scientific examination, and added that the investigating officer didn’t carry out any investigation in respect to the paper used for the marksheet, as well as the ink and machinery used to commit the offence.“…there is absolutely no investigation done so far as making of the false document is concerned. Although the investigating officer was aware that custodian of the blank marksheet was the director of education, the investigating officer deemed it fit not to investigate in that direction,” the court stated.The woman had allegedly produced a forged SSCE marksheet, passing certificate of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and a school leaving certificate before the passport authority to avail passport facilities through a travel agent.“It appears that the entire investigation is done by the investigating officer under the pre-supposition that the accused has forged the said documents,” the court added.From the evidence of the passport officer, the court found that the investigating officer collected documents from the passport office without conducting a panchanama.Advocate G Teles, representing the accused, submitted that the passport officer along with the travel agent are in connivance in issuing passports and that there is every possibility that the travel agent might have obtained the woman’s signatures on the form and arranged the forged documents without the knowledge of the accused by charging fees.
Panaji: The traffic cell of Goa police has instructed the directorate of education to furnish details of children’s transportation committees of all North Goa schools. Deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Siddhant Shirodkar, in a letter, appraised the director of education that as per sub-rule (2) of rule 5 of the Goa Motor Vehicles (Regulations for School Buses) Rules, 2016, every school must constitute a children’s transportation committee to look into matters pertaining to safe transportation of school children, transportation fees, identification of bus stops, etc. “You are requested to kindly furnish the information/details of the children’s transportation committee constituted by all schools of Tiswadi, Bardez, Pernem, Bicholim and Sattari alukas to this office at the earliest for further necessary action into the matter,” Shirodkar said.As per the rules, the committee has to verify the documents of vehicles transporting children, such as registration certificate, certificate of fitness, certificate of insurance, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, etc.Following a suggestion made by the Road safety council, the Education department three months ago, had asked schools to constitute school transportation committee to ensure children's safety.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
Panaji: The directorate of fisheries has appointed 33 sagar mitras and has placed them across coastal villages of Goa, said director of fisheries Shamila Monteiro. She was speaking at a live interaction on schemes pertaining to animal husbandry and fisheries.Sagar mitras have also been appointed to promote aquaculture schemes in the hinterlands of the state. “The sagar mitras provide fisheries-related training, technical knowhow and even provide help to fill up forms for the schemes,” Monteiro said.Speaking at the online event, minister of fisheries Nilkanth Harlankar said that efforts in cage culture and fish farming will ensure that Goa becomes self-sustainable in fish production. He appealed to Goans to seek assistance from scientists and technical experts in the state to make use of the fish farms or cage culture infrastructure.“There is a lot of scope for mussel farming in Goa especially when there are institutes such as the Goa University, Goa Biodiversity Board, ICAR-CCARI and NIO that are willing to assist fish farmers in breeding mussels. Similarly crab farming can also be done. There are IIT graduates and young enterprising students who are also willing to assist fish farmers,” he said.Harlankar also made his phone number available during the interaction so that people can approach him directly about the schemes.
Panaji: A person with a psychiatric disability blocked and damaged a car with a hammer on the Panaji-Mapusa highway stretch at Porvorim on Saturday afternoon, leading to a traffic snarl for almost two hours.The incident occurred at around 11.45am near the O Coqueiro signal. The bike-borne rider blocked the 4-wheeler and started damaging it. Police said the complainant Anthony Dias was proceeding from Candolim to the airport via Porvorim at the time of the incident.“When Dias reached the signal, some unknown person on a motorcycle made him stop his car. Thereafter, he started breaking the windshields, side mirrors and damaged doors, bonnet and roof with the hammer,” Porvorim police said.“Accused has a history of psychiatric disability. He has been detained and sent for medical examination,” police said. The estimated loss caused to the car is around Rs 1 lakh.