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BJP MLA slams Maharashtra govt over reopening of schools



MUMBAI: Former Maharashtra school education minister and BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Saturday criticised the state government, saying it is doing little to minimise the confusion among parents over reopening of schools from November 23.

The state government has allowed reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 depending on the COVID-19 situation in local areas.

“The role of local officials in deciding whether to open a school or not is important, but is the state government going to do anything or not? Will the government take a firm stand after holding talks with teachers, parents, officials and representatives of school staff. Students are scared over the chaos at the state level,” he told reporters.

Shelar said students are suffering due to the state government’s decision on conducting examinations and also due to delay in declaring results of various examinations.

“There is still no clue about admissions for various courses. There is no clarification on fees… Is it a state or a concentration camp?” he asked.

He alleged the state government was not holding any dialogue with teachers, parents or students.

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MPPEB Jail Prahari Admit Card 2020 released, download here




NEW DELHI: Professional Examination Board, Bhopal has released the Admit Card for Jail Prahari (Karyapalik) recruitment test 2020 on its official website –

Candidates, who have applied for the MPPEB Jail Prahari Examination 2020, can download their admit card on the official website using 13-digit application number and date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy) format.

MPPEB Jail Prahari Exam is scheduled to be held from 11 December to 24 December 2020 (except 17 December 2020) in two shifts i.e. from 7 AM to 8 AM and from 12 PM to 1 PM.

Candidates should note that the downloaded printout of the Test Admit Card is required to enter in the examination centre. Also candidates will not be allowed to enter in the exam hall after reporting time.

Along with the download MP PEB Jail Prahari Admit Card, candidates should bring original Photo-ID to enter the examiantion Centre. E-Aadhar Card will be valid only if verified by UIDAI. Candidate can enter in the Examination Hall after the Biometric Process.

After the completion of online examination, the score of the candidate will be displayed on the Computer Screen.

How to Download MPPEB Jail Prahari Admit Card 2020?

1) Log on to the MPPEB official –

2) Click on the “MPEB Jail Prahari Examination 2020” download link

3) A new page will appear on your screen, Enter your application no. and date of birth

4) Solve the question and click on ‘Search’ Button

5) Download admit card and take printout for future use.

Advisory for candidates regarding Covid-19

During Examination

1. Five A4 size sheets will be kept at each candidate’s desk for use by candidate for Rough work. If Additional sheets are required for rough work by the candidate, the same shall be made available on demand.

2. Before each shift starts (and after last shift of the candidate) Seating Area will be thoroughly sanitized – monitor keyboard, mouse, webcam, desk and the chair. Candidates can further sanitize the same with sanitizers that will be made available in the examination lab/room/hall.

3. Candidates are required to sign on the Attendance sheet after sanitizing hands with sanitizer.

After Examination

1) On completion of a shift, the candidates will be permitted to move out in an orderly manner one candidate at a time. Please wait for instructions from invigilator and do not get up from your seat until advised.

2) Candidate must drop the Admit Card and Rough Sheets in the advised boxes after displaying to the staff available next to drop box. If any candidate misses to drop Admit Card or Rough Sheets in boxes, action (which also includes disqualification from the exam) can be taken against him.

Click here to download MPPEB Jail Prahari Admit Card 2020

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Punjabi University develops announcement System at Public places for Deaf and Dumb




PATIALA: In a move to assist the deaf and mute, the researchers at Punjabi University Patiala has developed an announcement system through which any English text can be converted into equivalent ISL (Indian Sign Language) animated video on the click of the button. The announcement system can prove helpful to the deaf and dumb at public places in understanding the message at public places like Railway stations and Airports in their own ISL.

The researchers said they faced a number of challenges for the implementation of this system such as no pre-defined grammar rules for conversion of complex and compound sentences into ISL, no SIGML dictionary, even very less human videos for words to be used for the translation system.

“It was challenging to work without any funding, but it is appreciable that this software has been extending without any financial help from anywhere. This system will help in converting the study material etc into ISL on the click of the button. Now, this system will be made public on Word Disability Day”, said Prof. Goyal.

The researchers also faced a lot of difficulties in collecting the list of announcements made at railway stations and airports. They divided announcements into two parts- static and dynamic. ‘Static’ announcements are those which are standard announcements like take care of your luggage from thieves, do not take food material from unknown person etc. while the ‘Dynamic announcement is related to arrival/departure of trains, change of platform etc.

“This will also be first such Make in India software for this community”. Our PhD research scholar Gurdeep Singh is also working for developing the translation system for Punjabi text to ISL synthetic animations. Another PhD. Scholar Annu rani has developed automatic telecast of news in ISL for deaf and dumb persons which is unique in itself”, said Goyal while recalling the part of the video of “Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan” in which one deaf person is requesting some woman to tell what is being announced on the railway station as he cannot hear what is being announced.

He added, “Idea strike to our mind for such system and we converted this idea into reality. Now if the government implements this developed system on the railway stations and airports, it will be a boon for them as they would be able to understand what announcements are being made on the public places.

The announcement system has been developed by the Research Centre for Technology Development for Differently Abled Persons, Department of Computer Science Punjabi University Patiala.

This new research will be released on Thursday, on World disability day during the Cultural Evening celebration by Special Olympics Bharat Punjab Chapter. During this function Principal Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Welfare, Chandigarh and Director Sports, Punjab DPS Kharbanda will be releasing this system.

Recently, in March this year, two mobile applications – one on colour detection for blind and another on Child Assessment in Punjabi was released by the former VC of the university. Similarly, in December 2017, the Centre Coordinator Prof. Vishal Goyal and his research mate Lalit Goyal had released their Machine translation system for Simple English sentences to Synthetic animated ISL videos. Prof. Vishal said that his team of research scholars were working day and night for extending this system for complex and compound sentences.

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US colleges, varsities seek $120bn Covid-19 relief




WASHINGTON: A coalition of US colleges and universities has urged Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration to finalise negotiations on a Covid-19 relief with at least $120 billion for higher education.

As “the scope of the financial duress of students and institutions has only grown” due to the pandemic, schools face an increase in student financial need and Covid-specific costs, as well as a decline in enrollments and auxiliary revenues, Xinhua news agency quoted a letter signed by the American Council on Education and 100 other groups on Wednesday.

U. colleges and universities face “a crisis of almost unimaginable” scale, however, many states have cut their higher education budgets, according to the letter.

“Over 63 per cent of college students have experienced financial losses directly or within their families due to the pandemic,” the letter said, citing a study conducted by the American College Health Association and the Healthy Minds Network.

An estimate in April predicted a decline of 25 per cent of institutional revenues in auxiliary revenues, which covers revenue from room and board charges, conference and facility fees, event tickets, parking fees and bookstores, it added.

Enrolments have also decreased amid the pandemic, with a 13 per cent drop in freshmen across all US institutions, the letter said.

The development comes as the US is currently the worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic with the highest number of cases and fatalties, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the country’s overall caseload and death toll stood at 13,916,543 and 273,316, respectively.

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