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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

Kedarnath Temple reopens after six-month-long winter break; priests offer first prayers on behalf of Narendra Modi

The doors of Kedarnath Temple, one of the four famed Himalayan shrines, opened at 6.10 am today after a six-month-long winter break. The temple that houses the eleventh jyotirlinga was decorated in a grand way with flowers for the opening. The first puja was performed on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rituals took place in the presence of only members of the shrine’s committee and administrative officials due to coronavirus lockdown.

File image of Kedarnath temple. AFP

File image of Kedarnath temple. AFP

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted about the portals of the temple opening, writing, ""With the blessings of Baba Kedar, we will surely be able to defeat corona. This time devotees could not visit the shrine but Lord Kedar's blessings are with us."

A report in NDTV cited temple officials as saying that ten quintals of flowers were used for the decorations. The traditional opening of the gates began around 3 am, in the presence of priests, temple officials and some security personnel. However, The darshan of the deity and prayers will not be allowed because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the report added.

The Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines were opened on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on 26 April.

The prime minister last year visited Kedarnath shrine during 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He is a regular visitor to the temple. Modi had also gone to the shrine during Diwali in 2019.

He visited the temple twice in 2017, once in May after its gate had opened following a six-month winter break and again in October.

In 2019, Kedarnath Temple was thrown open to devotees on 9 May.

About Kedarnath shrine

Kedarnath shrine, built on the banks of Mandakini and the Saraswati rivers, is one among the 12 jyotirlingas and is believed to be more than 1,200 years old. The shrine is surrounded by many peaks including Kedarnath peak which is 6,940 metres high.

The temple closes on the first day of Kartik (October-November) every year.



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