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32 students to exhibit their design quotient

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BENGALURU: Imagine a cheese cube being an inspiration for comfortable shoes, microbes in bread mould being an inspiration for a stylish building and many more from day to day activities are inspiring students to step in the world of designs.
Some of the examples of best out of day to day inspiration for designs were put on display at Vismaya Gallery at Rangoli Metro Arts Centre near MG road Metro station on Friday by 32 students of DQ labs who displayed their design quotient. These students were from class 7-12. They took imagination beyond expectations by using several design techniques like animation, 3D, sketching, folding and other short quick exercises. Student exhibitors are mainly the aspiring designers in several fields like apparel designing, jewellery, shoes, bags, architecture, etc. Their concepts are being showcased through an exhibition which will highlight Animation, Game Design, Fashion Design, Architecture, Interior Space Design etc.
Aarya Bharathan, a class 8 student who took cheese as an inspiration for design said, "Nothing else could have taken my love for design to the next level than being with the creative mind. The shoes created based on cheese according me will not only be stylish but comfortable due to the dots or gaps in them."

Muskaan Aggarwal used Bread mould to design the structure of a building, said, "It's completely different concept and at the top of the building you can have extremely different view from the circular cabins."
On Saturday, one of our students Ahona Mukherjee, will be attempting to break a Guinness Book of World record for the smallest complete Chess Board. "I am super excited," she said. Ahona is also interested in Architecture design apart from being a miniature designer herself.

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Aditi Gyanesh | Jun 23, 2017, 07.02 PM IST
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BENGALURU: The gates of Subbaiah Reddy Higher Primary School in Jogupalya, Ulsoor, were finally unlocked by mayor G Padmavathi on Thursday, a week after TOI published a related report. The old building was ravaged by rain in 2006, and a new one came up subsequently. But despite the construction being over, it remained locked since 2011, due to non-payment of the contractor's dues.
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"After the newspaper highlighted the issue of students being affected due to non-payment of bills, I held a meeting with the officials concerned and asked them to clear the dues as soon as possible," said the mayor who inaugurated the school on Thursday.
However, contractor C Babu, said, "BBMP officials have told me I will be paid 50% of the dues in two days. If I don't get the money, I will get a stay from court. I have been running from pillar to post for the past seven years, have been hospitalized several times but all my efforts have drawn a blank," said the contractor who's in his 70s.
When BBMP had floated the tender for the new building, the proposed cost was Rs 46 lakh, but the amount escalated to Rs 98 lakh. Of that, Rs 36 lakh is still due, the reason why BBMP was not able to reopen the school. It has 10 classrooms for primary students along with an office, washrooms and drinking water facility.
BR Chandran, a former student of the school who had been fighting for its reopening, said, "I am on top of the world today. Finally, the school has been opened for the existing students. I hope that more students take admission here and teachers are hired as soon as possible."

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BENGALURU: After a 10-year stint in the corporate sector, Ashish Rajpal quit his job to work in education. Disillusionment with the nonprofit sector and a left-liberal upbringing inspired him to improve the quality of education in India. The idea led to the birth of XSEED in 2008, a company which is transforming the way 10 lakh children in 3,000 schools, including 296 schools in Karnataka and 100 in Bengaluru, are taught by 75,000 teachers.
The company provides a comprehensive teaching toolkit to English-medium schools. In an interview with TOI, Ashish spoke about the need to move away from rote learning and more. Excerpts:
Considering that our education system is largely based on rote learning, how disadvantaged are Indian children compared to kids elsewhere?
I once asked a professor from the University of Pennsylvania the same thing and he told me, `Indian students are great at answering questions but don't know how to ask the right ones.' We are trying to prepare children for the 21st century and make them capable of understanding, communicating and questioning. Instead of learning by rote, we want them to have a dialogue with their teachers. Children in other countries are more used to learning by doing things on their own and voicing their opinions.
You've called yourself an `elementary school in a box'. Explain We believed that the problem of access was more or less solved. We wanted to work on quality control using the existing infrastructure.We provide teacher training, textbooks, question banks for internal exams, an evaluation system as well as a curriculum. We are one of the largest school book publishers in the country and work within the structures of CBSE, ICSE and state boards. We have prepared lesson plans for teachers to tackle any topic from kindergarten to class 8. Teachers have told us how their students now ask more questions and are more confident and open-minded.
How does your company reach out to so many children?
It has been a long journey . When we went to schools in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, it was an uphill task to convince the principal that we were offering something for a reasonable one-time payment which would benefit them for years. We have 100 education coaches who have about 30 schools under them which they visit once in six weeks to give the teachers a refresher course. Our presence is most widespread in Tamil Nadu, with 2.50 lakh kids in 800 schools.
How much do you spend per student?
There is a reason why we have not expanded to higher grades. We want to focus on building a strong foundation for students. We considered there may be a clash between the learning provided in higher classes and the way students are evaluated (by boards). The programme costs us Rs750-Rs1,500 per student. In eight years, we have rebooted our model thrice to be up to date with the latest trends and teaching methods. MIT studied our company while working on social entrepreneurs.

How widespread is the initiative in other countries?

We focus on other developing countries as they face similar problems.We provide services to schools in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nepal, Bhutan and Philippines among others. The initiative has been remarkably successful in Philippines.
Have you collaborated with any state governments so far?
We tried but it is hard to engage with governments. You spend time building a rapport to get them on board but they may change their mind.Such initiatives require long-term implementation and cooperation.

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The demand for private schools may have resulted in a sharp decline in the student strength of government schools across the State, but a government school in Vijayapura district has reversed the trend, thanks to its alumni.

Set up on the day the country got its independence, the Government Higher Primary School in Hanumasagar village of Vijayapura district, which had just 60 students a few months ago, has now added 112 more to its fold. The new students left their private schools to enrol here.

This “trend reversal” is the result of an initiative by five former students who were pained over the dwindling student strength in their alma mater. “After passing out of school, five of us were serving as teachers in various government schools. When we came to know that our government school was gradually losing students to private schools, we decided to do whatever possible to break the trend,” said G.S. Jamkhandi.

Explaining the methods they adopted, he said that last summer vacation, the five of them, with the permission of the Block Education Officer, held special coaching classes in the school. “We deputed three teachers to teach mathematics, science and English. Our efforts yielded results, as the parents agreed to shift their children who were studying in private schools in three nearby villages,” he said.

Abdul Nadaf, father of Afreen Nadaf studying in standard six, said that after the teachers held meetings and training sessions, he was confident that his daughter would get better education in the government school. “I paid ₹10,000 as fee in the private school. Now, in the government school, besides quality education, I have been able to save money and there are various facilities such as mid-day meals, bicycles and free uniform,” he said. Afreen is elated too: “I was not happy in the private school. So was five of my cousins. After undergoing coaching, we decided to join this government school.”

Mathematics teacher Laksmi Hosamani said district in charge Minister M.B. Patil had assured of deputing three full-time teachers and arranging for bus service for students. He has also promised a grant of ₹10 lakh for renovation of the school and e-teaching facility.

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Bengaluru: Students of the Inventure Academy have scaled up their intervention to address the problems dogging Bengalureans on the water front, by setting out understand the quality of water they consume.
Among the earliest to zero in on the root cause of the deterioration of Varthur Lake, the second biggest waterbody of Bengaluru, two years ago during random checks of samples from 10 waterbodies of the city, the 14-member team of Class 11 and 12 students will soon begin testing samples from water consumed in households across the city.
Bengalureans can send their water samples to the school through its students and school buses and get the test findings.
"Students have gathered comprehensive data on lakes by checking samples on their own and discussing it with prominent scientists. Now, to make people aware of the need to save lakes, it's important to make them realize the quality of water they use," said Meenakshi, a teacher spearheading the Our Lakes Our Voice project.
Students are busy giving final touches to their upgraded lab under the project that is part of Inventure Changemaker Programme started in 2015. "We have covered Bellandur, Varthur, Saul Kere, Madiwala, Agara and Devarabisanahalli lakes, among others. Samples have been tested through an app Satkaro, designed by our team mate Sahiti Pingali. Wherever she goes, she tests samples from waterbodies and we compile it here," said Ekta Bhavanasi, a team member.
With Satkaro, students have not only compared lakes in Bengaluru, but also those in Canada and other countries. "As Sahithi travels for this project across the world, she checks the water through the app. We have data about lakes from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and a few countries," added Ekta.
The app has identified phosphate as the biggest threat to the city's lakes and its input into the lake has to be reduced drastically. The app has also categorized Bellandur, Devarabisanahalli , Iblur, Madiwala and Varthur among to E class waterbodies, whose water is not fit for drinking, even after it's treated in accordance with state pollution control board standards. "Water beyond B class category needs to be treated," said the students.
Students are also conducting bimonthly testing of water samples from the 10 lakes, and have gathered data for five months. The app allows anyone to adopt a lake near them and easily monitor it.
"As older persons, we have seen the lakes of Bengaluru changing from pure waterbodies to stagnant and frothing ones. The idea of engaging students with lakes is to help them know about waterbodies, their impact on people and how it can be improved," Nooraine Fazal, managing trustee and co-founder, Inventure Academy, said.
Genesis of Our Lakes Our Voice
In 2015, Inventure Academy held a two-day conference for students to gain awareness about lake issues. It was in collaboration with the American India Foundation Youth Ambassador Program, KK English School, Meghshala, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Srishti School of Art, Technology and Design and Whitefield Rising. Students first went on a trip to Varthur Lake and interacted with people living, earning and farming in its vicinity. Students continued to engage with the lake and crowdsourced information from people under the Our Lakes Our Voice project.
How Sahithi's app works
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The chemical test strips work with an automatic phone camera-based colour recognition and mapping software built by Sahithi Pingali. After taking the water sample from a lake onto a strip, the strip is put in a dark box. Once the camera is aimed at it, the app maps the contaminant and gives concentration value and shows the quality of the water.
The Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has the right to name minor planets, decided to name a planet after Sahithi for this work.

 

 
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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with Shrishti Kulkarni (third from the left in front row, wearing a brown shirt and trousers), Joel Tony (in blue jeans and white shirt, next to the minister) and other winners of a national-level science contest in New Delhi. PIB

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with Shrishti Kulkarni (third from the left in front row, wearing a brown shirt and trousers), Joel Tony (in blue jeans and white shirt, next to the minister) and other winners of a national-level science contest in New Delhi. PIB

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Two students from Bengaluru have won a national-level science contest organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed outfit Vijnana Bharati in association with Central government institutions.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar felicitated the winners — Shrishti Kulkarni, a student of Gear Innovative International School, Koramangala, and Joel Tony, a student of Inventure Academy, Whitefield - at a function here.

The minister also felicitated 12 other winners of the ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’ awards for 2016-17. Each of the winners of the contest was awarded a medal and certificate of merit.

“Physics is my favourite subject. It just fascinates me because I feel Physics has answers to every problem,” Tony, who will now be a student of Class IX, told Javadekar, when the minister asked him about his academic interests.

Tony, however, kept his cards close to his chest about future plans. “I wouldn’t mind,” he said, when Javadekar asked him if he wanted to become a physicist.

Shrishti, who has been promoted to class VIII, told the minister she aspired to become a scientist. “I have interest in Mathematics and Science,” she said.

Vigyan Bharati organised the nationwide contest in three stages in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous institution under the Centre’s department of science and technology.

A total of 1.4 lakh students from 1,472 schools, including 264 Kendriya Vidyalayas, participated in the contest. Out of them, 14 students were declared winners. The contest was held for students of Classes VI to XI.

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