The launching of ‘Operation Digital Board’ across 15 lakh classrooms in the country in the next four years will change the face of education in the country, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar.Speaking at the third edition of Excellence in Education conclave organised by The Hindu group in association with Blue Star here on Thursday, Mr. Javadekar said, “We get valuable inputs from such events to raise the educational standards in the country. The media is not just a loudspeaker but has to critically examine government programmes and come up with new suggestions so that the country is benefitted and enriched.” In his special message delivered via video link, Mr. Javadekar mentioned the initiatives undertaken by the NDA government to harness the digital revolution. “Our government has taken benefit of the digital revolution to educate 15 lakh teachers and making education available online and offline. Education policy today is based on accessibility, accountability, affordability and equity,” he said.He said that the HRD Ministry had unveiled initiatives like SWAYAM and the National Digital Library (NLD) to revolutionise the structure of education in the country.He further said that the granting of complete autonomy to IIMs was a major step towards ensuring excellence in education. The concept of research parks and Atal innovation centres was a major step towards fostering entrepreneurship, he added.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said The Hindu conclave was “a breakthrough” for thinking about the education system not only in Maharashtra, but in the entire country.“Our educational system still languishes in the industrial revolution era. The conclave will help in providing inputs on how the curriculum can be adapted to today’s digital educational epoch,” Mr. Tawde said.He further remarked on the need to mull about the emotional and spiritual quotients and not merely the intelligence quotient in education.In his keynote address, Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki noted that the three critical issues were digitalisation in 21st century schools, excellence in education and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.“While phrases like ‘Technology is a great leveller’ sounds good to the ears, in reality, a lot needs to be done towards improving digital connectivity in the State’s — and India’s — rural hinterland,” Mr. Solanki said.Observing that while education offered by some establishments was expensive, he questioned whether an ‘Ivy League’ education truly guaranteed quality education or imbibed the right values in moulding children’s characters.“It is necessary to introspect in this digital age if a wealthy education is the sole guarantor of quality? For there is an amazing hunger for education among children in the rural areas as opposed to their privileged urban counterparts. We also have to ask hard questions as to how effective is the vocational training being imparted to students in institutes across the State,” he said.Fondly recalling his eager wait for The Hindu during his days as a civil services aspirant, Mr. Solanki said Pune was an apt place to host the conclave as it had a number of excellent institutions with a 200-year academic pedigree.Commenting on the yeoman service rendered by The Hindu in upholding journalistic values and maintaining literary standards, B. Thiagarajan, Joint Managing-Director, Blue Star, said the conclave symbolised a marriage of two iconic brands in fostering education and an entrepreneurial spirit through knowledge.“For educationists as well as the student fraternity, The Hindu is indelibly associated with high-quality English writing and a judicious choice of informative articles. Likewise, a commitment to providing quality vocational training constitutes a significant part of Blue Star’s CSR initiatives,” said Mr. Thiagarajan.
Two special police teams headed by the deputy commissioner of police, Zone I and Zone II respectively, have been formed to look into mob lynching and violence in Navi Mumbai under a Supreme Court order.The State government issued a Government Resolution (GR) to form a special squad exclusively to handle mob violence. “The main intention is to mainatin peace, law and order in the city. The team will conduct meetings at the most sensitive areas of the zone like villages in Uran, Nhava Sheva and Panvel taluka, and be in touch with the police patil in these areas. They will spread awareness on maintaining law and order and impart knowledge of sections that could land those involved in mob lynching or violence behind bars,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Ashok Dudhe said.The eight-member team will keep a watch on various organisations in the areas in their jurisdiction. “The team will first look into any untoward incident. Anyone found inciting violence or hatred which could lead to mob violence will also be booked as per the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code,” Sudhakar Pathare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, said. Each team will have an assistant commissioner of police, one police inspector, two assistant police inspectors and four staff. “They will book anyone found spreading rumours or fake news that could incite a mob,” Mr. Dudhe said.Police are hopeful that mobs will be controlled better during a protest. On July 25, during the Maratha morcha, a huge rasta roko staged at Kalamboli on Sion-Panvel highway had blocked the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for close to six hours. The Sion Panvel highway too was blocked at various places from Vashi to Kalamboli. At Koparkhairane, around 100 vehicles were damaged, a police chowky and seven vehicles were burnt and a 19-year-old protestor was killed. “In the event of such protests, this team will play a major role in conducting meetings beforehand and educating people that violence will lead to severe action against them,” Mr. Pathare said. The team will also inform people that when an accused is caught, he should be handed over to police, instead of mobs taking the law into their hands.
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On June 27, 1980, one of the most flamboyant cricketers of the generation was born — Kevin Pietersen. The South Africa-born former England captain turns 37 today.The England run-machine turned up for the Three-Lions after failing to break into his country’s national teams due to political reasons. Coming to England after signing a Kolpak, Pietersen took the cricket world by storm since his debut for England back in November 28, 2004 against Zimbabwe at Harare.With 8,181 runs from 104 Test matches at an average of 47.28, he is fifth in the list of all-time run-getters in Tests for England. He is also fifth in the list of most run-getters in ODI — slamming 4,422 runs from 134 ODIs. Pietersen is third highest run-scorer in T20Is for England behind Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales, with 1176 runs from 37 T20Is.In 2013, he became England’s all-time highest run-scorer across all formats and was all set to reach greater heights but his off-field antics somehow overshadowed his on-field abilities. His splendor and influence on the pitch was more often than not overshadowed by his colourful nature off it. And after nine years of sheer entertainment, including a sensational comeback after being dropped in 2012, his England career came to a premature in 2014. He last represented England in the Ashes of 2014 in Sydney.Since then he has committed himself to T20 cricket and has been playing franchise based leagues around the world.So, what led to the sad ending to one of England’s finest batsman?OUTSPOKEN NATUREPietersen has always been attention seeking and vocal. He has never been friends with the English media and the right-hander never held back from taking jibes or speaking his mind. Back in 2008, he was appointed as the captain of the national team but that lasted only five months. His relationship with a the coach — Peter Moores was not good and after the reports of the rift becoming public during the India tour back in 2008, he was trading on troubled waters. He was forced to resign after the turn of the year and Moores soon followed suit.advertisementHis relationship with the ECB didn’t get better after that.But his abilities couldn’t be questioned. He was still the best player in the team and he played a pivotal role in England’s Ashes victory in Australia after 24 years in 2010-11. Following that, he scored 533 runs from four matches as England whitewashed India in the four-match series back home.Reuters PhotoHe suffered from injuries in the middle and also couldn’t play the World Cup in 2011 due to hernia. He was becoming more of a superstar in the team than a reliable player.PROBLEM WITH STRAUSSBut, another dispute came up in May 2012. He wanted to play in the Indian Premier League for a while longer but he was denied that chance by the ECB. He announced his retirement from the shorter formats of the game.In the summer, he played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.Later in the year, he starred with the bat for the visitors against India, scoring 338 runs from four matches as they beat India 2-1.He was now well on the way to achieving greatness.RETURN TO TEST CRICKETHe had a decent outing in the Test series against New Zealand next but an injury forced him to miss the return leg of the series.He made a comeback in 2013 against New Zealand. However, a knee injury forced him to miss the return series in May. After that Pietersen had a good outing in the Ashes against Australia at home but in the return leg in Australia he put up a bad show and England were whitewashed. He finished with 294 runs but he again fell out with the coach and team management and was dropped again.Reuters PhotoSince then KP has not represented England in any of the formats.EXPLSOIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHYHe took jibes at everyone in the line of his sight there and it was most probably the end of his international career. He went to say that Andy Flower was ‘sour’ and ‘horrendous’ to work with. He also expressed his disappointment with Alastair Cook in the way he handled Pietersen’s exit. KP also called England wicket-keeper a ‘bad influence’ and exposed England’s bad dressing room culture.advertisementWhile all this finished the chances of him representing England again, he kept saying that he wants to play for them again. Most recently when Cook announced his decision to step down as the captain after England’s horrendous India tour, he tweeted jokingly — one would say — ‘#BringBackKP’. This shows his love for the game and his desire he has to represent the Three Lions again.#BringBackKP- KP (@KP24) February 6, 2017His attitude and larger than life attitude might have had a negative influence in the English cricket but one has to believe that he was one of the most stylish and influencing cricketers of his times.