CBSE to organize science expo

BHOPAL: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is set to organize a regional and national-level science exhibition. The exhibition is for students from classes sixth to eleventh and students can apply till October 20.

Aim of this exhibition is to give a chance to students and teachers to display innovative ideas through a common platform. Models that can benefit society through science will be given priority. Two entries per school are allowed by CBSE for project or model section. Models will be judged based on creativity, technical skill, workmanship, craftsmanship, utility for society, portability, durability, low cost. There will be different percentages set for several parameters.

Road show: Travel agents from Pune were in the city to be a part of a road show organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. The show spread awareness about upcoming ‘Simhasta 2016’. It will take place from April 22 to May 21, 2016.

South Korea to control history textbooks used in schools

The leadership of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, including its chief, Moon Jae-in (C), stages a demonstration in Seoul, South Korea, 12 October 2015, to express opposition to the government's move to reintroduce a single state history textbook for secondary school students
Image captionOpposition politicians have protested against the plans. The placards read: “Objection to history textbooks that distort history”

South Korea’s government has announced controversial plans to control the history textbooks used in secondary schools.

Currently, secondary schools can choose from textbooks published by eight different publishing companies.

However, the government says that from 2017, all secondary schools must only use history textbooks issued by the state.

The move has sparked fierce criticism from academics and opposition parties.

The government has argued that current history textbooks are too left-leaning and encourage anti-American and pro-North Korea feelings, the BBC’s Kevin Kim in Seoul reports.

‘Distorting history’

The new textbook, which will be called The Correct Textbook of History, will be written by a government-appointed panel of history teachers and academics.

Opposition politicians and some academics have protested against the move, accusing the government of “distorting history”.

A student group also held a rally on Saturday, telling the Korea Times: “Such a textbook will allow the government to interfere with the interpretation and teaching of history… This infringes on the independence and political neutrality of education guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Hwang Woo-yea, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, said in September that the government-issued textbooks would be “neutral” and that the change was necessary because “students and their parents are discontented with the current textbooks”, Yonhap news agency reported.

History is a frequently contested issue in East Asia – often fuelling territorial disputes and diplomatic rifts in the region, including in China and Japan, our correspondent says.

SKMU headquarter set to become wi-fi enabled

DUMKA: The Sido Kanho Murmu University (SKMU) headquarter is set to be equipped with a wi-fi facility with financial assistance from the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The SKMU syndicate, in its meeting on Friday, which was presided over by vice chancellor Qamar Ahsan approved the administration’s proposal of introducing a wi-fi facility in its Dighi headquarter.

The UGC, as part of the 12th five year plan, has allocated funds to SKMU for the purpose. The syndicate also approved the proposal of introducing postgraduate teaching of Sanskrit in S P College Dumka.

Bringing financial relief to eight teachers of BSK College in Barharwa, the SKMU syndicate approved the fixation of their salary as per the fifth pay commission scale. They are currently getting salary on the basis of the fourth pay commission though their colleagues are availing themselves of the benefit of the sixth pay commission.