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

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 CIMAP sets up a DNA bank of medicinal plants to promote research

The Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Lucknow has developed a DNA bank of 128 medicinal plants, to serve a three-fold purpose of preservation, research promotion and new hybrid cultivations. With this project, the authorities are trying to support multifaceted research and the development of improved varieties at the institute. In addition to this, the bank will also fucntion as a safe repository for critical and endangered species.

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'Made in India' Covaxin gets emergency use approval for children aged 2-18 years

In a notable moment for India's vaccination program, Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN has received emergency use approval for being administered to children. As per reports, the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 has sanctioned the use of Covaxin for kids aged between 2-18. The current decision was taken after extensive deliberations, wherein the authorities studied the various parameters related to trials and vaccine usage.
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Lucknow's KGMU to launch a new app for answering queries related to Orthopaedic issues in children

In yet another innovative move by Lucknow's King George Medical University, a mobile application will soon be available for dealing with questions related to orthopaedic and trauma issues in children. Ensuring extensive accessibility, the app called 'Bal Asthi Mitra' would be available on Google Play Store for free. The Paediatric Orthopaedic Department at the institute has developed this platform, to assure primary aid for children suffering from orthopaedic issues.

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Online examinations to take lead in Uttar Pradesh with digital solutions by Wheebox

Amid the growing need for virtual avenues during the pandemic, the government of Uttar Pradesh has partnered with Wheebox, a global online assessment solutions leader, to digitise the examination process in the state. Under this scheme, pupils from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), and the Board of Technical Education Uttar Pradesh (BTE) sat for these online tests. Given the uncertain nature of the current times, this move is expected to aid students with timely assessments.

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