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Social impact at a grass root level

CAMPUS: Managing time, building teams, and being sensitive to global issues is an integral part of learning and development for students at undergraduate level. UNIGLOW, conducted a day-long workshop on Thursday, for the B.Com students of St Joseph’s Collegeon these aspects.

Mr Ramkumar SP, Director, UNIGLOW aims at involving studentsat the grass-root level social impact projects, and link them with UN’s goals of sustainable development. He also plans toinvolve students in certain small projects of the UN and help them develop critical thinking abilities.

Speaking to The Beacon, Mr Ramkumar said, “I have an eight-week plan for the students which they will follow and execute. By the end of it, they will be able to manage time and learn the dynamics of team work.”

He further stated,“This plan will sensitise them to social and global issues.”

Daniel Aaron,I B.Com said, “The activities that he (Ramkumar) is conducting are interesting and challenging because we have to come up with problems and also come up with solutions to those problems.”

UNIGLOW has been an official partner of the UN since 2014. It conductssuch workshops across the country and are targeted at undergraduate students.

– Reevan

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Experts debate trends in online education

CAMPUS: The Bangalore Science Forum organised a seminar on “online education-trends and challenges” atNational College on August 26.

Dr Chandrashekar Ramnathan, faculty and AssociateDean(academics), International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore presented the two perspectives to understand the concepts in online education: Learner perspective and educator perspective.

Speaking about the importance of online education he said, “E-book is the milestone or big shift of online education trend. It grabs the attention of learners, itgives feel of exact print book and it is very accessible to learner. Now they also provide clicking options to make learners interact with them and get feedback quickly.”

He further stated, “Online education has made education limitless. Where thereis a constant flow of information, there is no end to learning. Animations have also made learning livelier.”

Like everything else,the online medium also has certain flaws, he said. “Though it helps in learning, it does not serve the purpose of helping a person obtain a valid degree.It also negates the importance of examinations.

“Online education can give visual picture, but it fails to give smell and taste of practical exposure such as for biology and chemistry,” He added.

Speaking to The Beacon, Chandrashekar Ramnathan said, “Online education is here to stay. Learners benefitmore than educators.”

Mr Swamy,Lecturer in Physics, National College, opined, “This seminar will give more information about online trends and also about science and technology.”

– Veda

Jains take protest march; oppose HC order

Protesting against the judgement of the Rajasthan High Court (HC) over the Sallekhana(fast unto death) ritual, Jains from all over Karnataka organised a silent march in Bangalore on Thursday

The march was organised from the Adinatha Jain temple,Chickpet, to Freedom Park. People from Jain community all overKarnataka, took time off their working schedule to extend their support for the protest.

Chickpet,known for its busy atmosphere, worea deserted look on Thursday morningas all the Jain businesses pulled down the shutters.Mr Sajjan Raj Mehtha, Co-ordinator of the protest said, “All the disciples of Lord Mahaveer,in one voice, are opposing the ban on Santhara.This is the only practice that highlightsthe importance of death.Santhara is taken with joy unlike suicide, which is taken with pain.”

He added that lawyers from the Jain communitywill file a petition with the Supreme Court within a week, and expect the ban to be revoked.

Over 500 people participated in the protest. Many more were expected to join the protest later in the day.

Speaking about the misconceptions against Santhara, Mr Sunil Sankhle,anotherCo-ordinator said, “Santhara is never forced on people. It is only opted when a person is affected with an incurable illness.”

After the protest, the co-ordinators met the Governor of Karnataka, V R Vala and submitted the memorandum expressing their disagreement with the HC order.

– Srimathi

Scrub typhus: a new treat to Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Scrub typhus is very similar to dengue, but it isn’t caused by mosquitoes. It is caused by mites found in Bengaluru’s green garden and lawns.

It affects people of all ages including children. If untreated for more than ten days, it could cause severe complications like formation of edema in the lungs, brain encephalitis, renal failure or even heart problems and may eventually lead to death. The recommended treatment regimen for scrub typhus is doxycycline. There are also alternative regimens like tetracycline, rifampicin and roxithromycin for this disease.

Scrub typhus may show itself initially as a viral fever. “In people who are already suffering from complications like diabetes, the symptoms may be more severe like heart problems,” says Dr Arun, a homeopathy practitioner.

Rarely are patients diagnosed by rashes, as it is extremely difficult to spot a mosquitoe bite mark on the patient’s body, says Dr Pretesh Kiran, consultant physician. “Scrub typhus is not a virus or a bacteria, but a microorganism. That makes it react to an antibiotic, making Scrub typhus treatable,” he added.

Hence, early diagnosis and treatment are essential in order to reduce the mortality and complications associated with the disease.

– Tina

Master class at CKP

Renowned water colour artist, Chandranath Acharya conducted a session for the students and art enthusiasts at Chitrakala Parishath on Wednesday.

Mr Acharya, whose paintings have been exhibited in many places around the world in the past four decades, spent the day with students and art enthusiasts. He painted for four hours at the venue.

Speaking about Mr Acharya’s artistic talent, Anil Kumar, senior faculty at Chitrakala Parishath said, “He has magic in his hands. It was an honour to have him here.”

The students were so excited to try their hands at new techniques he taught. Divya Charan, a student said, “He explained everything in simple words and swift strokes of his brush.”

Born in Puttur, Karnataka, Mr Acharya completeddiploma in painting and drawing in 1973, and post diploma in graphics in 1981 from Santi Niketan, West Bengal.

– Pritam