Igniting young minds

Igniting young minds

The annual “Freedom Caravan”, a programme that brings young people on college campuses together to explore ideas about individual liberty and economic prosperity through talks, working groups and discussions, which began on Wednesday will be visiting campuses all over the country up to September 13. The caravan will visit about 13 colleges in seven cities.

The caravan already had its first innings at IIT-Delhi here on Wednesday, but will continue at Delhi University’s Miranda House on Thursday and Lady Shri Ram College on Friday.

It is slated to reach Hyderabad on August 26 and IIT-Madras by August 29 before visiting Bangalore, Mangalore, Kozhikode and Kochi on September 13.

Centre for Civil Society is the event organiser and “Why is India Poor?” is the theme of this year’s caravan. The aim of the event is to challenge the common reasons cited in answer to this vital question about India’s poverty and highlight the importance of institutions and policies that support economic freedom.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will train teachers for implementation of the “Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL)” subject that has been introduced as part of course work. It has collaborated with Trinity College, London, for this purpose.

Principals of schools need to identify senior teachers of English from their schools who are eligible to take the online screening test to qualify for the training. Teachers who qualify for the screening test will be invited to the Examiner Trainers’ Workshops scheduled this year in August, September and November and in January 2014.

ASL has been introduced in all CBSE-affiliated schools for Class IX and Class XI in an effort to integrate English language in the curriculum. There is a 20 mark weightage for the ASL subject.

Aligarh Muslim University will be holding a national essay writing competition for university and college students on “Sir Syed’s Vision and Efforts Towards Education of Women”. This competition is part of the celebrations being held in honour of the 196th birth anniversary of AMU’s founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.

Entries have been invited from students currently enrolled in any university or college. The essay should be submitted on an A4 size paper in double space typed on one side. It should contain at least 10 pages and not exceed 16 pages. It should be forwarded by the head of the educational institution that the student belongs to. A soft copy is also required. Information about the vision and mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan is available on the varsity website www.amu.ac.in.

There are three cash prizes as well as a consolation prize. The prizes shall be presented on Sir Syed Day celebrations on October 17. All prize winners and their one close relative shall be provided boarding and lodging. Railway fare is also provided for the winners. The last day for submission of applications is September 25.

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