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Final year students of Rajasthan varsities & colleges to sit for offline exams in July-Aug!

As per reports, the results of these examinations will be announced by the end of September.

In view of the UGC guidelines, the Supreme Court's decision and the suggestions of the departmental committees, the Rajasthan administration has issued directives for university and college examinations. As per reports, the exams for the last-year or end-semester UG and PG students will be conducted in the last week of July or the first week of August. Subsequently, the results will be announced by the end of September, as stated by reports.

Offline exams for 2nd-year pupils to be held later as the situation improves

Reportedly, the Higher Education Minister in Rajasthan Cabinet asserted that the average of the scores obtained in grades 10 and 12 will be considered for promoting first-year UG students. Further, the second-year students will start attending online classes for the third year but their exams will be conducted once the situation improves. The students will be evaluated through objective/descriptive assessments and the results will be declared by December 31, 2021.

As per reports, online exams can be conducted for the courses which have a low count of students and inadequate resources for organising offline tests. Reportedly, the minister affirmed that all COVID protocols will be followed at the examination centres, in alignment with the orders. Adding to this, pupils and staff of universities and colleges will be inoculated on priority. If an infected person fails to appear for the exam, he/she will be given an alternate opportunity in the future.

Question papers to have amplified choices for the facility of the students

As per reports, it is expected that the time frame for the examinations will be reduced from 3 hours to 1.5 hours. Further, a 50% proportionate system of alternatives will be available in the question paper. As per reports, the examinations centres will also be increased based on the need and availability of resources. Reportedly, the Higher Education Minister affirmed that all instructions issued by UGC in the future will be incorporated in the current plan, as and when they are released.

Walk-in vaccination system implemented across Lucknow!

A five-day campaign aimed at boosting the existing vaccination drive has also been scheduled from November 28 to December 2

Augmenting the ongoing vaccination drive in the city, the District Magistrate of Lucknow has now scraped the mandatory registration required before taking the vaccine against COVID. With the implementation of the walk-in vaccination system, the residents of Lucknow can now directly head to the vaccination centres and take the first or second jab without having to make a prior booking. The decision to do away with this prerequisite registration was taken by the DM in a meeting on Friday.

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Passengers from South Africa to be put under quarantine at Mumbai Airport due to Omicron scare

If the arriving passengers test COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing

Amid the rising concerns of the new COVID variant Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has directed to increase testing and screening of all international travellers. In continuation to this, a special set of airport guidelines have been put in place for those arriving from South Africa, the epicentre of the said mutation. Reportedly, such passengers will have to undergo testing and quarantine at the Mumbai International Airport. If found COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing, the Mumbai Mayor informed.

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New guidelines issued in Rajasthan to curtail surge in active COVID cases

Students are now allowed to choose from offline & online class options

In a bid to curb the rising tally of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, the government issued fresh protocols on Friday. As per the new guidelines, all educational institutes are required to give options of both online as well as offline classes, allowing students to choose from any of the modes as per their convenience. Even those students who agree to attend offline classes will require written permission from their parents or guardians for the same.

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Lucknow's KGMU conducts more than 1000 corneal transplants in 10 months!

The ophthalmology department of King George's Medical University has completed double the amount of transplants as compared to last year

One of Lucknow's most prominent medical centres, the King George's Medical University (KGMU) has crossed the 1000-mark in corneal transplant this year. Despite facing challenges due to the ongoing COVID crisis, the eye bank of KGMU, run under the ophthalmology department has conducted 1,035 transplants in the last ten months. With this, the doctors successfully managed to provide eyesight to over 1,000 visually-impaired people.

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Mumbai schools plan graded reopening for classes 5-7 & 1-4

BMC to take the final decision regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai

Ahead of the state's formal notification regarding the reopening of all schools in Maharashtra for classes 1 to 7 from December 1, school authorities in Mumbai are planning to bring only secondary classes to campuses, as of now. As per reports, a staggered reopening of schools is being favoured across the city. Initially, only classes 5-7 will return to school. Lower grades will be welcomed once these classes settle. Noteworthily, BMC has the final authority to take a call regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai. The civic body will take a decision only after the Education Department releases its official circular, read reports.

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Eat Right Carnival to kickstart from December 5 at Lucknow's Gomti Riverfront!

Powered by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, this week-long carnival is scheduled to conclude on December 11, 2021

With the 'Eat Right Carnival' scheduled to start from December 5 at Gomti Riverfront, the citizens of Lucknow now have a chance to learn about safe and healthy food diets while tasting the diverse range of food from Uttar Pradesh. Apart from stalls offering various delicacies, this carnival will also house kiosks selling various One District One Product (ODOP). Reportedly, this week-long celebration of food will conclude on December 11.

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COVID alert sounded in Uttar Pradesh over new Botswana variant

The Union Ministry of Health has tagged the new coronavirus variant as major threat to public health

The state of Uttar Pradesh has raised a COVID alert amid the rising concerns of a newly identified Botswana variant. As of now, no cases of this strain have been reported in the state in specific or the nation at large. However, this has moved the health authorities to amplify screening at all international bases, to prevent the infection invasion scenario.

In this direction, the UP Health Department has also increased testing of international travellers, especially for those coming from the affected regions of Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong.

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