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NEW DELHI: Ushering in a new phase in school education, CBSE has rolled out the roadmap for starting the continuous and comprehensive evaluation

(CCE) process in its schools across the country from next month.

The students who are now in Class IX will be the first to be evaluated for their scholastic as well as co-scholastic performance from next month, resulting in grades instead of marks.

This batch will be the first to be free from the stress of Class X Boards in 2010-11.

In a circular dated September 20, the Board has released a schedule and set of guidelines for schools to switch over to CCE and conduct formative and summative assessment of Class IX students in their second term, starting from October this year to March 2010. The Board is likely to start training the teachers for CCE from next month.

Aiming at “holistic assessment of a learner”, as announced earlier, the Board has decided to break a session into two terms with two formative and one summative assessment in each term. The weightage of these two assessments in a year will be 40% and 60%, respectively. However, for the current year, Class IX students will only have two formative assessments through quizzes, discussions, project work and practicals.

Significantly, the circular stressed that CCE “will motivate learning in a friendly environment rather than in a fearful situation…It is highly recommended that the school should not restrict the formative assessment to only a paper-pencil test. There are other means of testing such as quizzes, conversations, interviews, oral testing, visual testing, projects, practicals and assignments.” This will level the field for many students who are otherwise intelligent and keen learners but do not do so well in written tests.

One summative assessment will be done in March 2010 and the students will be evaluated on a nine-point grading system to pass for Class X. The questions for this assessment will be provided for every subject by the Board on its website. The curriculum will remain the same.

The students can also take an optional aptitude test at the end of Class IX and another at the end of Class X to choose the subjects for the next class. Those going in for vocational courses after Class X or switching over to any other board will, however, be required to take the Board exam in writing or online.

By introducing this system, CBSE also expects to do away with the general practice of finishing the syllabus before time to be followed by the pre-Boards and study leave. “Now there will be greater focus on learning rather than teaching to test,” the circular stressed.

The Board, however, is not leaving successful execution of these plans entirely to the schools. CBSE has planned rigorous training sessions for teachers all over the country from next month. It has been conducting meetings with the stakeholders in this regard across the country.

A member of the committee working on developing the CCE framework said, “The training modules for teachers are ready and we are going to start extensive training sessions of six to eight hours for teachers from next month. The first training session is likely to kick off in Delhi in the first week of October.” The Board may bring in other educational agencies also to train the teachers.

The training sessions will be attended by the heads of schools and two teacher representatives. They will in turn train the other teachers and counsel the parents. “Principals and trained teachers will thereafter interact with parents during parent-teacher meetings to create awareness regarding the Board’s scheme and address their concerns,” the circular stated. The Board will also release a

“Teacher’s Manual on School Based Assessment” in a couple of weeks which will be posted on the CBSE website too.
To help parents and teachers with the nitty-gritty of the new system, CBSE has also planned to put frequently asked questions on its website and the stakeholders can also write to the CBSE chairperson with their queries on CCE.

source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

IND0363B.JPGNEW DELHI: Ushering in a new phase in school education, CBSE has rolled out the roadmap for starting the continuous and comprehensive evaluation

(CCE) process in its schools across the country from next month.

The students who are now in Class IX will be the first to be evaluated for their scholastic as well as co-scholastic performance from next month, resulting in grades instead of marks.

This batch will be the first to be free from the stress of Class X Boards in 2010-11.

In a circular dated September 20, the Board has released a schedule and set of guidelines for schools to switch over to CCE and conduct formative and summative assessment of Class IX students in their second term, starting from October this year to March 2010. The Board is likely to start training the teachers for CCE from next month.

Aiming at “holistic assessment of a learner”, as announced earlier, the Board has decided to break a session into two terms with two formative and one summative assessment in each term. The weightage of these two assessments in a year will be 40% and 60%, respectively. However, for the current year, Class IX students will only have two formative assessments through quizzes, discussions, project work and practicals.

Significantly, the circular stressed that CCE “will motivate learning in a friendly environment rather than in a fearful situation…It is highly recommended that the school should not restrict the formative assessment to only a paper-pencil test. There are other means of testing such as quizzes, conversations, interviews, oral testing, visual testing, projects, practicals and assignments.” This will level the field for many students who are otherwise intelligent and keen learners but do not do so well in written tests.

One summative assessment will be done in March 2010 and the students will be evaluated on a nine-point grading system to pass for Class X. The questions for this assessment will be provided for every subject by the Board on its website. The curriculum will remain the same.

The students can also take an optional aptitude test at the end of Class IX and another at the end of Class X to choose the subjects for the next class. Those going in for vocational courses after Class X or switching over to any other board will, however, be required to take the Board exam in writing or online.

By introducing this system, CBSE also expects to do away with the general practice of finishing the syllabus before time to be followed by the pre-Boards and study leave. “Now there will be greater focus on learning rather than teaching to test,” the circular stressed.

The Board, however, is not leaving successful execution of these plans entirely to the schools. CBSE has planned rigorous training sessions for teachers all over the country from next month. It has been conducting meetings with the stakeholders in this regard across the country.

A member of the committee working on developing the CCE framework said, “The training modules for teachers are ready and we are going to start extensive training sessions of six to eight hours for teachers from next month. The first training session is likely to kick off in Delhi in the first week of October.” The Board may bring in other educational agencies also to train the teachers.

The training sessions will be attended by the heads of schools and two teacher representatives. They will in turn train the other teachers and counsel the parents. “Principals and trained teachers will thereafter interact with parents during parent-teacher meetings to create awareness regarding the Board’s scheme and address their concerns,” the circular stated. The Board will also release a

“Teacher’s Manual on School Based Assessment” in a couple of weeks which will be posted on the CBSE website too.
To help parents and teachers with the nitty-gritty of the new system, CBSE has also planned to put frequently asked questions on its website and the stakeholders can also write to the CBSE chairperson with their queries on CCE.

source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Id-ul-Fitr.jpg Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the national capital today with the sighting of the moon.

“The moon was sighted last night and Id will be celebrated today,” a spokesperson of Fatehpuri Masjid said quoting the Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mohd Mukarram Ahmed.

Id-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan, which commenced on August 21.

source :- http://indiatoday.intoday.in

Westcott5bNEW DELHI: In November 2008, three Indian students figured among the toppers in the Cambridge International Examinations, an international board for school education that has presence in 156 countries. Proving that the performance was no flash in the pan, as many as seven Indian students have topped individual subjects of the global test for CIE’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Class X) and Advance Subsidiary (Class XI) levels.

The results for the tests held in June 2009 were declared last Friday and Indian students topped in combined science, art and design, business studies, Hindi and English exams. As many as 230 schools in India are affiliated to CIE.

Prominent among the achievers was a Delhi boy, Karan Handa of British School, who topped in Art and Design in the IGCSE exam. Director of British School, Graham Ranger, told TOI, “It is amazing that we have one of the world toppers in Karan Handa. He is also the India topper in Computer Studies. To be a global topper of an exam of CIE’s magnitude is a real achievement. As a student, Handa has won many awards in the school.”

Indian students have been consistently doing well in the exam. While globally 33% of students get grade A (80% and above) and above, 38% of Indian students managed to get the top grade this year. “The number of students receiving numerous A and A* grades in their examinations in India has risen year-on-year from 34% in 2007 to 38% in 2009. Indian students now rank 5% above the rest of the world in their performance,” said Ian Chambers, regional manager for South Asia, CIE.

IGCSE is the equivalent of Class X boards in India, while the AS level corresponds to Class XI. Level A is equivalent to Class XII exams, in which the cumulative scores of AS and A levels are counted.

In the November 2008 session, Alokik Mishra of Choithram International, Indore topped in Accounting, Neil Surendra Satra of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai topped in Mathematics (without coursework) and Ajay Ravindran of Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, who also topped in Mathematics at the AS level.

Said Neil Surendra Satra, the Maths topper, “The CIE curriculum is very good as it focuses on critical thinking, problem solving and application skills, and not on rote learning. Now, I would do my IB diploma and then go to the US, maybe to Harvard or MIT for computer studies.”

A happy Sathish Jayarajan, principal of Mallya Aditi International School, said: “We have two world toppers in Sejal Pachisia and Ajay Ravindran. While Ravindran is still with us doing his A-level, Pachisia is pursuing engineering at Princeton University in the US. Pachisia was also involved in varied activities such as rowing and young enterprise.”

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Airlines FairsMUMBAI: Last week, Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal called his protesting pilots ‘‘terrorists’’ and they in turn were unperturbed by
the airline’s $8 million losses per day thanks to their agitation. But now it’s bonhomie again.

‘‘We have reached an amicable settlement on all issues,’’ said executive director of Jet Airways, Saroj Datta at 2.20 am on Sunday formally announcing the end of their strike that lasted for five days.

‘‘There was some misunderstanding in the family, but now the love has come back. We are the same loving family again,’’ said Capt Girish Kaushik, president of the National Aviators Guild (NAG). Capt Sam Thomas, one of the dismissed pilots, read out an MoU signed by the two parties. It included the airline’s demand of forming a consultative committee with five members from the airline — its chief executive officer, two representatives from flight operations department — and five from the pilots’ side.

The second important clause was status of National Aviators Guild, the pilots’ union. It was decided that the registrar of trade unions will review his earlier order — to register NAG — and with this the matter would stand concluded.

Hours later, on Sunday morning in a press conference, the Jet top brass read out Goyal’s statement to his employees. ‘‘The past few days, when we have stumbled, have been the most challenging our Jet Airways has ever faced in our 16-year old history…..,’’ it read. ‘‘Let us get back to where we were headed — the No.1 slot in the world. From Sunday, the 13th of September, let us write a new chapter in our proud history.’’

Last week, Jet’s ticket bookings fell from 23,000 a day to 7,500. ‘‘Bookings are coming back at a ferocious pace,’’ said Sudheer Raghavan, chief commercial officer, Jet Airways, on the sidelines of the press conference.

The airline has also thrown flyers a bait by offering a ‘‘50% discount on total fare (economy class)’’ on all domestic flights across Jet Airways and Jet Konnect for travel valid up to September 18.

Raghavan expects flight operations to be normal by Monday or latest by Tuesday morning. On Monday, the airline pilots and management are scheduled to meet the regional labour commissioner, the conciliation officer for the dispute. He will be informed that ‘‘on the personal intervention of the chairman the four pilots whose services had been terminated shall be restored back to service with immediate effect’’.

The stand-off has proved costly for the airline — a loss of over Rs 200 crore ($40 million). A grim executive director Saroj Dutta revealed to mediapersons on Sunday afternoon that on an average the airlines is patronized by nearly 24,000 passengers daily across its network spanning domestic and international sectors.

‘‘On an average, our daily revenues are in the range of $8 million (Rs 40 crore), so you can calculate how much we stand to lose for the past five days,’’ he said.

However, he pointed out that there were minor savings on certain variables, like aircraft turbine fuel (ATF) since the flights did not operate.

Moreover, during the past five days, the airline made attempts to transfer nearly 60% of the passengers to other airlines and a small number even to its sister airline, JetLite.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

facebook-wm-2Facebook Lite is poised to be a game-changer for the social networking dynamo, considering how it brings Facebook not only to low-bandwidth users but also attracts potential Facebook users who don’t want all the main platform’s bells and whistles. The only question to Facebook now is, why’d it take so long to, well, let there be Lite?

Facebook Lite, which went live on Thursday in both the U.S. and India has been in beta test for about a month. In mid-August, Facebook mistakenly sent out what its representatives said were too many invitations to test the service, which in look and feel is a bit like Facebook’s mobile version and limits functions to comments, writing on users’ walls, looking at photos and confirming friend requests.

At the time of its leak, we thought it strange that Facebook wouldn’t be forthcoming with a version that opens it up to so many untapped customers, and our opinion hasn’t changed. Why would Facebook wait on Lite when so many of its social networking competitors — including, yes, Twitter — are growing based on the no-frills ease-of-use of their platforms?

It’s hard to say who’s “winning” the social networking wars, as much as how to “win” them. Sure, Facebook trampled over once-mighty rivals like MySpace and both Facebook and Twitter have posted impressive growth. To be sure, Facebook Lite will only accelerate that growth, as it’ll theoretically attract curious users who don’t already use Facebook on a daily basis or have yet to dabble on the social network.

The takeaway, however, is versatility: give users as many options as possible, while keeping them on a single platform. Facebook’s certainly demonstrated as much, if this year’s redesigns, its recent acquisition of FriendFeed, and now Facebook Lite are any indication.

And it’s worth noting, of course, that Facebook users can also tag friends’ updates using the “@” symbol — another tweak that broadens the social network’s appeal and gives it a counterpoint to (or, in this case, an exact copy of) attractive Twitter features.

“Friends you tag in your status updates will receive a notification and a Wall post linking them to your post,” wrote Facebook engineer Tom Occhino on the Facebook Blog Thursday.

Staying ahead in social networking seems to mean having all bases covered — is there a Twitter or MySpace trick out there that Facebook has yet to try, to? Drop a note in the ChannelWeb Connect community and let us know.

Source:http://www.crn.com

HTC has launched its second Android OS-based smartphone, the HTC Hero, in India. This handset will come loaded with intuitive HTC Sense user interface. The phone was first launched in June at an HTC event in London. Airtel customers are offered 100MB free data transfer for six months and pack of Airtel apps like Portfolio Manager, Hello Tune Manager, Weather Channel, Mobshare, In-Mobile search and City Search.
Most importantly, HTC Hero will have Android Market preinstalled. It comes with the support for Google apps like Gmail as well as Google Maps which isn’t offered in Airtel exclusive HTC Magic handset. HTC will offer Hero for Rs. 31,990 in India but for Rs. 34,600 in Maharashtra; blame it on the 12.5 percent VAT rates in the city.

HTC Hero has 3.2-inch HVGA (320×280) TFT-LCD touchscreen that will add to HTC’s new intuitive mobile interface dubbed HTC Sense. Well, as we noted earlier, HTC sense is the same Android UI that was dubbed as Donut/Rosie when it leaked. Hero packs Qualcomm 528MHz MSM7200A processor with 512MB ROM and 228MB RAM, all together promising a zippier UI navigating experience. Hero supports Adobe Flash which will aid the users for easy mobile web browsing and enjoy Flash-based multimedia content.

The best part is that HTC will integrate HTC Sense UI to the portfolio of its phones and hence, HTC Magic customers can expect new Sense update for their handsets too. HTC will also push firmware updates for Hero since many users had reported lagging and speed issues.

HTC Sense UI boasts of three major features – gesture control, widgets support and integration of different apps in single view. Gesture control offers features like the phone can be turned over to put into silence mode. Slew of widgets for social networks and productivity can be set to the homescreen – like Nokia and Samsung smartphones now allow. Single view of contact specific interaction is enabled by integrating the history of calls, SMS, and mails with the respective contact photos and Twitter/Facebook updates.

Boasting a 5 megapixel camera, Hero also has a built-in internal GPS antenna which can be used in future for geo-tagging the pictures clicked. HTC has added digital compass and accelerometer in Hero just like Apple had digital compass along with Accelerometer in iPhone 3GS.

Unlike in HTC Magic, music fanatics can hook up any headphones with 3.5mm audio jack in Hero and store more music on media card in microSD memory expansion slot. HTC assures a battery life of 7.8 hours with a 1350mAh lithium-ion battery.

Technical Specifications of HTC Hero:

Processor: 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A –
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Operating System: Android
Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz – Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Device Control: Trackball with Enter button
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
Data connection interface: HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio slot: 3.5 mm audio port
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Special Features: G-sensor, Digital Compass,
Audio supported formats: MP3, AAC (AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media” Audio 9
Video supported formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media Video 9
Dimensions (LxWxT): 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm (4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces) with battery
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1350 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 470 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 750 hours for WCDMA
Up to 440 hours for GSM

HTC has smartly priced Hero lower than the iPhone 3G model and offers a number of features that puts the phone head-to-head with it.

Source:
http://www.techtree.com

Jet-Airways_4New Delhi: It is bad news if you are flying Jet Airways on Tuesday. Jet Airways said some of its pilots are striking by calling in sick, forcing the airline to cancel flights.

The pilots “resorted to a simulated strike by reporting sick,” the carrier said in a statement. “This organised activity is a planned sabotage of operations that will damage the airline’s operations.”

Jet Airways said some flights may have to be combined or cancelled. The company will provide updated information using its website and call centre.

640 of Jet Airways pilots, affiliated to the National Aviators Guild, have gone on a mass sick leave, to protest the sacking of two senior colleagues.

The Guild opted for mass sick leave and not strike fearing action from the Regional Labour Commissioner, who deem any strike as illegal.

As many as 235 flights of Jet Airways, both domestic and international, and 130 flights of Jet Konnect are likely to be grounded. Pilots outside India are likely to fly back to their base and then report sick. But the management says it is in a conciliation process with the pilots.

In the statement released Jet Airways said: “Jet Airways is taking all steps to minimise the inconvenience to its guests. We will try to accommodate our guests on alternate flights.”

Those travelling by Jet can expect updates via SMS. The airline is also offering affected passengers a full refund or the option of rebooking on another date at no extra cost.

One of the first causalities of this strike was BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar. “I was flying to Mumbai and they told me that the flight is cancelled and they will give me another flight. Let me find out.”

However, there were many passengers who were angry at the way the airline was handling the matter.

“They said the flight was on time. So I came to the airport at 4am. But there’s no one to help us, no one to say if flight will take off or not,” a disgruntled passenger said.

Another passenger said, “No arrangements, they’re just shuttling us from airline to airline. Everyone’s saying everything is sold out.”

Sourcehttp://ibnlive.in.com


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