New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) As many as 56.4 per cent of the people approve the Central governments decision to cancel the Class XII board exams of CBSE and CICSE in view of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the IANS-CVoter CBSE Snap Poll.
The IANS-CVoter CBSE Snap Poll was conducted in the aftermath of the Union government's decision to cancel the Class XII board exams taken on June 1. The all-India sample size for the snap poll was 5,422 and the fieldwork was conducted on June 2.
Similarly, 56.6 per cent of those interviewed in the states said that the state board exams for Class XII should also be cancelled because of the prevailing Covid situation in the country.
Notably, while several states like Rajasthan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand have cancelled the Class XII board exams, Chhattisgarh is holding offline exams. Others, including Karnataka and Odisha, are yet to announce their final decision on the matter.
The majority of the respondents said that while career is important for the students, health risks should be avoided keeping in view of the spread of the deadly virus in the country, stating that conducting offline exams can prove fatal.
Notably, 60 per cent of those surveyed said that cancelling Class XII board exams can have adverse impact on the career of the students and to avoid such a situation, the government should opt for alternate mechanisms like digital mediums to conduct various exams.
A whopping majority of the respondents -- 76.4 per cent -- said the government should think of using digital mediums to conduct various competitive exams like IIT/JEE, NEET and for admissions to universities and colleges in a fair manner to prevent loss of a career year of the students.
However, 60 per cent of the respondents expressed concern about the digital divide in the country and said that children not having access to digital platforms, especially in the rural areas, will be in disadvantageous position.
A large number of respondents said the government should work on improving digital infrastructure in the rural areas of the country in order to face such challenges in the future.
Notably, a large number of respondents expressed concern about vaccines not being made available for the students in this age group; 63 per cent of the respondents asserted that the government should work towards getting vaccines for the students in this age at the earliest, as they are at a crucial stage of their careers.
A large number of respondents -- 46.2 per cent -- said the government had an option of postponing the exams and conduct them at a later stage after getting children in this age group fully vaccinated.
In view of the uncertain conditions brought about by the pandemic and taking into account the feedback obtained from the various stakeholders, the Centre on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class XII board exams for 2021.
After the government's decision to cancel the CBSE board exams, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) too scrapped the ISC Class XII exams for this year, saying that a scheme for evaluating the students will be announced soon.
Workshop on upcycling Fabric waste
Eco Club of Lady Irwin College, in collaboration with Ms. Rupal Jain, Ms. Vridhi Grover and Ms. Darshana Tikmani organised a workshop “Trash to Treasure” on 5th of December 2020. As we all know that textile waste is one of the root causes of pollution today as it takes many years to decompose. It is either burnt or thrown away which creates a lot of destruction in the society. Keeping this in mind, the workshop conducted, was about Upcycling of Fabric Waste and its different techniques. The event was graced by Dr. Sushma Goel, Dr. Deepali Rastogi and Mr. Rajneesh Dwevedi, the Staff Advisors of Eco Club.
Natasha Bhasin, Secretary of Eco Club moderated the session which started with Ms. Rupal Jain explaining about upcycling and different ways to upcycle waste materials then Ms. Darshana, Ms. Rupal and Ms. Vridhi showed various tips and techniques to make coasters, key chains and some amazing decorations that can be used during Christmas. Further, they also showed and taught how to make floral hangings, buntings and beautiful puffed earnings of different shapes and sizes. Everything was very attractive, upcycled and helpful at the same time. The session was fun – learning which ended with Q/A round and with the Vote of Thanks by Ms. Pavitra Khandelwal, President of Eco Club.
Day 2 orientation of Lady Irwin College, themed VIBGYOR, started with students dressed up in colors of the rainbow. The event was marked by the wise words of the director, Dr. Anupa Siddhu. Students were introduced by the first year faculty enthusiastically for their new beginning; accompanied by the speech of College President, Shivani Singh, a co-curricular session started. Firstly all the Students’ Association central members introduced themselves. The session then moved on to the society performances & introduction of 14 different societies existing in college that inspired students to groom their personalities through this platform that the college provides. Also, many students actively participated in showcasing their talents.
Students were also made familiar with the college campus via virtual college tour. The orientation booklet was also shown to students by the Cultural President, Ms. Drishti Gupta & the procedure for enrolling into different societies was told by College Treasurer, Ms. Aishwarya Nair.
Students were provided with the links to join their respective whatsapp groups that did not create any confusion to the new batch regarding the joining of classes. And the session was ended by clarifying the major doubts of the freshers, followed by a vote of thanks by the College President.
Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, witnessed the virtual orientation programme, IBTIDA, on 17th Nov 2020- 18th Nov 2020. Besides the prevailing pandemic, the college left no stones unturned in welcoming an upcoming batch of students. Day 1 was started by a lamp lighting ceremony along with University song & showcasing the college film to students & their parents.
Then orientation convenor, Dr. Mayanka Gupta gave her opening remarks. Also the director, Dr. Anupa Siddhu welcomed the entire gathering through her inspiring words regarding the working of college as well as motivated them to excel in curricular & co-curricular activities. Session 1 started with students making aware of the new LOCF syllabus & information from Undergraduate & Postgraduate Departments were given through the pre-prepared Presentations, which gave students an idea regarding the courses. Students were also made aware of the facilities, the college provides.
In Session 2, the guest of honour, Dr. Suchi Gaur & Ms. Arunima Banerjee, boosted up the confidence of the upcoming batch with the experiences they had as Irwinites. After the concluding remarks by the session chair, students were introduced to the All India Women’s Education Fund Association (AIWEFA) existing in college.
In Session 3, Students’ Association President, Ms. Shivani Singh, along with all the central members of the Association & society performances filled the event with great joy. Students were also made aware of the college campus being anti-ragging & no-smoking zone. Then lastly Orientation Convenor, Dr. Dipesh Aggarwal, ended the event with the vote of thanks along with the circulation of feedback forms.