Jaipur & all other Rajasthan districts to make 'Community Outreach' compulsory in higher education

Rajasthan Government mandates social work in higher education for a holistic learning

The 'Joy of Giving' takes the higher pedestal in colleges and universities in Rajasthan, as the state government makes community outreach programmes a compulsory and credited subject in higher education. This alteration in their syllabus will introduce students to social work, instilling core values of empathy, leadership and teamwork among students, providing them with an all-rounding and holistic education system. A first in the country, this initiative of the state is a part of the government's pipelined 'Aanandam' scheme which is inspired by the Gandhian approach, inspiring students to contribute towards society.


Credit points for Social Work

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This educational approach towards wholesome development of young minds, 'Aanandam' would allow the students to decide the mode of service they wish to deliver, be it cleaning the campus or associating with some non-governmental organisation. The flexibility of the service with moreover not add to the academic burden or financial burden on the state exchequer. The programme exists in the idea of action and does not require classroom lectures. The teacher's role in the process will be limited to guidance and not require physical evaluation.

This is for the first time that any state has introduced community and outreach service as a part of their academic curriculum. This novelty has paved a way for the students to not only contribute towards society but develop a better understanding of their social construct, administrative set and duties as an educated individual. A highly interactive session like such will also assist the students in polishing their communicative skills and constructing valuable interpersonal relations with people and professionals they come in touch with this programme. All these works of community and social service will further ornate their resumes for study abroad applications, especially in colleges that observe social outreach as an academic process.

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Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, who played a key role in introducing 'Aanandam' said, "It has been felt for long that our education system is not generating happy youth. There is a need for holistic education. Therefore, 'Aanandam' is being introduced as a mandatory credited subject in the curriculums of Higher and Technical Education. It will nurture the leadership qualities among our youth by connecting them with the community and its problems. It will make them more understanding and empathetic. It will reorient the purpose of education in the long run towards real happiness."

What does the course offer?

The credit course is designed to engage students in acts of goodness like caring, sharing, giving time and energy, taking up a group project for serving the local community. This dedicated work will be journaled per day in a diary or register to maintain records. Besides encouraging students to do an individual act of goodness, which will also be recorded in the register, one community service project per semester is what has been prescribed as the subject syllabus. Each service project will win two credits for students or 50 marks would be allotted for every 4-month service. The mentors who are none other than faculty members will maintain a register to record which will be submitted to the school principal every day.

The suggestive list of the project will include:
1. Literacy programmes
2. Livelihood projects
3. Time giving activities to adopted communities like building awareness for government programmes and also holding sessions for yoga, meditation or physical exercises.
4. Activities for the restoration of art and culture.
5. Activities towards environmental awareness and appreciating cultural diversities.
6. Activities towards first-aid training and animal care.
7. Project activities like helping plant a community garden, taking up local social problems and devising solutions, attending to problems of the elderly.

The project mentors will review the project on a monthly basis and submit their report to the college nodal officer that will be compiled and shared with higher authorities on Google spreadsheets. The principal will choose the most viable project report, taking the number of beneficiaries and impact on society into consideration. This mission statement will be uploaded on the Higher and Technical Education website and college page.

Besides marks and grades, state-level awards apart from certificate/letter of appreciation will also be given by Director, College Education/Department of Higher and Technical Education, after assessment from State Level Project Assessment Committees. Separate Project Assessment Committees (PACs) will be constituted at university and state levels for this purpose.


-With Inputs from IANS

Made in Jaipur pair of gold & enamel elephants to be auctioned in Sotheby's auction, London

An invaluable lot will be up for trade in London and these pieces have made it to the Sotheby auction lot.

The Sotheby's Auction in London has indexed a long list of over 350 objects from the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten which will be exhibited as the lot. These items from the eldest daughter of Britain's last Viceroy of India would go under the hammer on March 24, where a priceless pair of Made in Jaipur gold and enamel elephants will also be up for trade. Facts suggest that these were given by Louis Mountbatten to his wife, as a present to mark their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946. The pair had become engaged at Viceroy's House in Delhi in 1922.

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Lucknow witnesses the historic unveiling of the world's largest Khadi mask on U.P. Diwas

A mask measuring 150 sq. meters was unveiled which trumped the old world record of 72.29 sq. meters.

Lucknow witnessed a string of celebrations to mark the state's foundation day, U.P. Diwas on Sunday. Among the major highlights were the launch of the world's largest mask crafted from Khadi and an innovative Khadi fashion show. The Chief Minister launched a 150 sq. metre mask developed by designer Manish Tripathi in collaboration with the Odra Foundation and Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The making of the world's largest Khadi mask

Motivated by the government's initiatives for a self-reliant India like 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' & 'Vocal for Local', Manish envisioned a mask that could make it to the Guinness Book of world records. For his endeavour, he sought help from the Khadi and Village Industries Board. He was offered 2 metre of the Khadi fabric from each of UP's 75 districts by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Board. In addition to this, his project was also aided by Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur.

The designer traveled to 10 states across the country for collecting fabric for the mask including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan. The accumulated cloth was stitched together into a mask measuring 150 sq. meters which trumped the old world record of 72.29 sq. meters. It is proposed that the raw material of the mask would be reused for producing alternative products by the self-help groups which would be later introduced in the market.

Khadi Fashion Show organised in Lucknow at the Avadh Shilpgram

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On the occasion of U.P. Diwas, Avadh Shilp gram in Lucknow witnessed an uncoventional fashion show inspired by the indigenous fabric. In a spectacle to behold, fashion models from Delhi and Mumbai sported the Khadi costumes designed by notable designers like Ritu Beri, Manish Tripathi, Rina Dhaka, Asma Hussain, Runa Banerjee. The fashion show event was graced by the Minister of Khadi & Gram Udyog.

Proud moment for Lucknow: City girl marches in the NCC contingent at the R-Day parade

A resident of Thakurganj, Khushi aspires to serve in the Indian armed forces one day.

Republic day 2021 marks a moment of immense pride and joy for Lucknow. Khushi Srivastava, from Lucknow marched in the prestigious Republic day parade at Delhi's Rajpath. She is the only girl from the city to have found a place in the 200-member contingent which is constituted of cadets from different regions of the country. Khushi, an alumnus of City Montessori School is a final year student of BSc at Lucknow's Isabella Thoburn College.

Aspirations to serve in the Indian Armed forces one day

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Reportedly, the young girl is an Under officer in the senior NCC wing of the 19 UP Girls Battalion and she cracked the four-stage selection process after meticulous training and rigorous practice. A resident of Thakurganj, Khushi aspires to serve in the Indian armed forces one day.

Girl credits all her success to her parents

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Khushi further stated that though NCC is considered a tough choice for girls, the strenuous nature of activities makes them more interesting for her. After gaining exposure at the Thal Sainik Camp last year, she decided to apply for the esteemed Republic day parade. Crediting all her success to her parents, she expressed gratitude for their consistent support.

The contingent officer of U.P. girls' battalion informed that the group from Uttar Pradesh included three from Agra, two from Bareilly and one each from Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Aligarh & Prayagraj. Uttar Pradesh's participation in the Republic day parade was also marked by the four boys selected from the state; 3 from Agra and 1 from Gorakhpur.

Indigenous products shine the brightest at Lucknow's Hunar Haat

The fair is giving its visitors a peek into the market of local products, thereby boosting the spirit of a self-reliant India.

The recently inaugurated Hunar Haat in Lucknow has managed to grab a lot of attention from the city folks, owing to the amazing artwork that's been put on display here. The most loved products at the fair, are the natively crafted items that have been designed by Indian artisans and craftsmen. In two days of the launch, the art-fair has become one of the busiest hubs in the city, flocked by visitors who are enjoying the interesting range of creative artworks.

From Pashmina Shawls to Kalamkari Sarees, a display reflecting the diversity

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As per reports, the second day of the event saw a tremendous increase in footfall. Organized under the theme of 'One District One Product', the innovative market is displaying products like the famous Chikankari from Lucknow, carpets from Bhadohi and Gorakhpur's terracotta items amongst others. Reportedly, these items are attracting greater audiences to the fair that is in town till the 4th of February.

The artworks produced under ODOP have made their maiden entry to this event organized by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. The fair is witnessing participation and products by artisans and craftsmen from across the country including a long list of states and Union territories-Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya.

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The fair presents a captivating lay of the finest artworks like Ajrakh textiles, art metalwares, appliqué, Batik, Banarasi sarees, Bagh prints, Bastar art, Bandhej, block prints, herbal products, brass metal bangles, Kota silk, wood carvings, cane and bamboo products, canvas painting, Chikankari, pashmina shawls. Additionally, the Hunar Haat in Lucknow is also showcasing handwoven textile works like Mangalgiri sarees, kalamkari, leather products, lac bangles and others.

A step towards promoting locally developed artworks

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While launching the fair on Saturday at Avadh's Shilpgram, the Chief Minister stated that the event would provide a platform for the promotion of locally developed artistic products. The event is offering its audiences a peek into the market of local products, thereby boosting the spirit of a self-reliant India.

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While the fair boasts of having something for everyone, we wish some artworks displayed here could be as desirable to our pockets as they are to our eyes! But it is not every day that one finds the best art from the different corners of the country exhibited together at one spot in Lucknow. This is why this fair counts for a must-visit. Love it or not; It is impossible that you return without losing your heart to something at this extravagant fair. If you happen to hit this place, do not forget to tag us in your clicks on Instagram.

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UP mandates liquor license for domestic storage over the prescribed limit

According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license.

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With the introduction of the revised excise policy, booze consumers need to be extra alert and careful about their liquor stocks at home. The Uttar Pradesh government has mandated the presence of a license for keeping liquor stocks above the prescribed limit within the household. As per the rules entailed in the policy, citizens would be required to have a license for purchasing, transporting and stocking liquor in excess of the authorized retail limit.

A limit of six litres per person or a single household

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According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license. If an individual wants to consume more than this, he would have to obtain a license from the Excise Department at an annual fee of ₹ 12,000. In addition to this, ₹ 51,000 would have to be deposited as security money under the specified conditions.

"The state government has set a revenue target of Rs 6,000 crore more than Rs 34,500 crore in the year 2021-22, against Rs 28,300 crore in the year 2020-21 of the Excise Department. As a result, 7.5 percent increase in annual license fees for country liquor, foreign liquor retail shops, and model shops for the year 2021-22." stated the Additional Chief Secretary of the Excise Department. He further informed that there has been no increase in the retail shop license fees of beer through the revised policy.

New policy promotes liquor production in the state

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The ADC also mentioned that the new policy encapsulates provisions that would encourage liquor production in the state. As per one of its clauses, the liquor produced in the state from the state-grown fruits will be exempted from consideration duty for the next five years.

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