Kolkata: Taking strong exception to road blockades staged by college students over attendance mandate, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has asserted the government will be forced to take action if the agitators cause inconvenience to public for “personal benefit”. A large number of students from two institutes – Shibnath Shastri College and Heramba Chandra College – took to streets on Thursday and Friday to protest against the Calcutta University (CU) mandate of 60 per cent minimum attendance for appearing in examinations. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The agitators of Heramba Chandra College blocked thoroughfares in Golpark area for two consecutive days, demanding immediate relaxation of norms. The protest was also backed by students of Gurudas College and Jaipuria College, who demonstrated outside their campuses. The education minister said the government will not succumb to the pressure tactics of the students. “Under no circumstances will the administration tolerate such pressure tactics. Many people were inconvenienced as they (students) blocked the roads to get their demands fulfilled. This is unacceptable,” Chatterjee told reporters on Saturday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Earlier this year, the CU authorities had asked all affiliated colleges to ensure that only those with a minimum 60 per cent attendance would be allowed to sit for semester exams. A list of non-eligible students was recently published at Heramba Chandra College, triggering the agitation. Chatterjee pointed out that the state education department has fixed 60 per cent attendance as a criterion to sit for semester exams, even as the UGC suggested 75 per cent attendance for higher educational institutions. “Maybe the agitating students wanted to sit for exams without attending classes or studying,” he said. Heramba Chandra College Principal Nabanita Chakraborty, who met Chatterjee Saturday morning, said the authorities are planning to reduce the cut-off figure for attendance from 60 per cent to 55 per cent. Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), the students’ wing of the ruling party, also appealed to the education minister to find a “way out of the deadlock” to restore normalcy in the institutes. TMCP president Trinankur Bhattacharya, who met the minister at his residence, told reporters that the unit has sought a solution that would be acceptable to all sides. A TMCP source said the union urged Chatterjee to consider relaxation in attendance norm for this year.
Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, an initiative of The Ponty Chadha Foundation, recently received the ‘National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) 2018’ by the Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. The award was received by Shanam Chadha, Trustee – The Ponty Chadha Foundation at a function organised by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The institution got the award under the category – ‘Best Institution working for Cause of Persons with Disabilities’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfManpreet Singh Chadha, Founder Member, and Trustee, The Ponty Chadha Foundation said, “It was my father’s vision to create an environment where children with special needs could become socially and economically independent, and today I am proud that his dream project has reached this pinnacle. Working on his philosophy and vision, we strive to work towards creating a better society for the special children. I am thankful for all the support received from the Principal, teachers, parents, and well-wishers who have worked tirelessly towards the betterment of this segment.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the development, Dr Vandana Sharma, Director, and Principal, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan School said, “It’s a great pleasure for all of us to be acknowledged with this prestigious award. We have been trying very hard to achieve the highest standards of rehabilitation service for the community of differently abled. Now it’s time to celebrate the vision of our founders and take our mission forward with greater motivation. We humbly accept the award with gratitude and a sense of greater responsibility towards empowerment of children and adults with special needs every year.” Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan was founded in 1999 by Gurdeep Singh Chadha (Ponty Chadha) with a mission to educate and prepare special children to live within the community, having achieved three-fold self-dependence – physical, social and financial to the best of their abilities. The school is one of the largest private charitable rehabilitation institutions, which provides free-of-cost service to over 1000 students.
February 29, 2016 Waiting patiently for the day when you won’t have to keep track of all your passwords? Microsoft took a field trip this weekend to help further the development of an alternative.On Saturday, the tech giant set up shop at popular Seattle tourist site the Ballard Locks to get help from a handful of volunteers who lent their visages to the company’s research for Windows Hello, a year-old biometric authentication system for Windows 10.Related: 3 Biometrics Startups Heating Up the Password Security Race The tech giant created 3-D infrared scan of participants’ faces in an effort to “gather a wide variety of real-world scans to improve the accuracy of the facial recognition technology,” according to GeekWire.The people who donated five minutes and their likenesses signed a release ahead of time explaining that the 3-D scans would only be used for the company’s research. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »