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Monday, 13 July 2020

Academic, administrative meeting

Rohtak: In this era of post-truth world, media students must learn to sift out real news from misinformation and disinformation. Media education must take cognisance of the changing scenario, and prepare students for the new media world order. It was stated by a noted media academician author Prof M Shafey Kidwai (AMU, Aligarh) during an online academic and administrative meeting organised by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU). He talked about the social and societal aspects of journalism and emphasised the need to do studies on media literature inter-relationships too. "Journalism and literature can play an important role in societal transformation," he added. Prof Gopal Singh, BBA University, Agra, called for training of students for digital empowerment, especially in digital teaching-learning mode. He suggested initiation of media literacy and mobile journalism training programmes.

Skill training programme

Faridabad: In order to impart skill training to economically weaker students to make them self-reliant, the Community College of Skill Development (CCSD) of JC Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad, has signed an MoU with Prayas Social Welfare Society, an NGO working for imparting free education to underprivileged children belonging to economically weaker section of the society. Revealing it, a spokesperson of the university said the agreement would facilitate those students who were pursuing skill development courses at training centre at Prayas Society to further take advantage of skill courses being offered by the CCSD. Describing this collaboration as a part of the university's community service initiatives, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dinesh Kumar said it was a part of the move towards making various sections of the society skilled and able so that they could become independent in terms of employment or work. "The university is committed to impart qualitative skill education to the students so as to enable them to face challenges of the competition," he said adding that there was a need to conduct more training and collaborative programmes for skill development of marginalised people, especially women in rural areas.

'Use fertilisers for higher yield'

Hisar: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor KP Singh said due to deficiency of essential nutrients, plant yield decreases therefore fertilisers and manure must be used to replenish the deficiency of any element in the soil. "While determining the amount of fertilisers required, it is necessary to take into account the fertility of the soil and the amount of nutrients absorbed by the crop," he said. He said farmers plant orchards of fruit-bearing plants but due to lack of information they fail to get good yield. Therefore, it is important to check the soil before planting orchards so that it can be determined whether the soil is right for planting the orchard or not, he said. "Tests to detect the composition and nature of the soil such as alkalinity and salinity should be get done, and if the soil is not favourable for sowing, improvements can be made accordingly," he said. He advised farmers that if there is a difference in the soil of the field, then the soil sample should be taken from different fields. He said farmers should not take samples from areas where chemicals or fertilisers have been recently used. Also, do not allow samples to come in contact with manure, ash, or dung and do not place samples on fertiliser bags. He said samples should be air-dried in shade. Many farmers heat the samples or dry them in the sun, which is incorrect, he added.

Vet varsity board of management meets

Hisar: To ensure better hygiene at poultry farms across the state, Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora has directed Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS) in Hisar to devise a robust mechanism to redress the problem of flies arising due to poultry farms. The Chief Secretary gave these instructions while presiding over the 26th meeting of the Board of Management, LUVAS, through videoconferencing. She said to redress the problem of flies, a WhatsApp group should be created for poultry farmers so that information related to poultry could be made available from time to time to the farmers. It was also decided at the meeting that the instructions issued by the government to the LUVAS should be incorporated in the statutes of the LUVAS for ensuring transparency in the working of the university. It was informed at the meeting that the LUVAS had already created a helpline number (93000-00857) which caters to the need of farmers and provides advise/services regarding animal health management, feeding, telemedicine, preliminary treatment of animals, poultry etc. by expert scientists of the university. She was also informed that services of expert, scientists were also being made available to the farmers during training and animal health camps were being organised from time to time at various Haryana Pashu Vigyan Kendras. The meeting was attended by Finance and Planning Departments Additional Chief Secretary TVSN Prasad and Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department Principal Secretary Raja Sekhar Vundru, LUVAS Vice-Chancellor Gurdial Singh and ICAR Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences) BN Tripathi, and others.

Ban misleading posts: Schools

Yamunanagar: The Yamunangar District Public Schools' Association and the Haryana Schools' Welfare Association on Sunday gave a representation to Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar, Superintendent of Police Kamaldeep Goyal and District Education Officer Namita against mis-representation of facts about monthly tuition fee on social media. The representation was handed over by educationists MS Sawhney, SP Baveja, Sushil Jaiswal, Dr MK Sehgal, Ram Niwas Garg, Sube Singh Panjeta, Usha Sharma, Sanjay Kamboj, Vikram Luthra and Varun Sharma at Mini-Secretariat here. Dr MK Sehgal, media in charge of Yamunanagar District Public Schools Association, said the teachers at all schools were continuously imparting education to students through online education system. He said they had been requesting the parents/students to deposit the tuition fee every month till the lockdown period was over. He further said some people were misleading public that private schools could not charge monthly tuition fee and were putting Facebook posts and videos on social media. "Such type of posts on social media has troubled genuine persons as well as has been tarnishing the image of schools in the eyes of the public. Therefore, such unnecessary posts and videos should be banned in the interest of natural justice," said Dr Sehgal.

from The Tribune

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