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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…

Rushing out of coronavirus lockdown is laden with risk; India would do well to study Hokkaido case

On Tuesday, India saw its largest single-day spike in both, the number of fresh coronavirus positive cases (3,875) and deaths (194).

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Tuesday also happened to be the second day of what some parts of the the media are calling 'Lockdown 3.0' — the edition of the nationwide curfew to feature the greatest degree of loosening of restrictions on citizens living in the green and orange zones thus far.

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While Tuesday's numbers represent fresh cases and deaths for just a solitary day — making for an inadequate sample size — what they do serve to do is act as an indicator of what could happen if Indians get carried away by the easing of the lockdown and rush out of their homes without a care in the world.

There are lessons to be learnt from the experience of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where it was initially believed that a timely lockdown had contained the COVID-19 threat. It may be recalled that the Hokkaido prefecture had declared its own state of emergency on 28 February — over a month before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (on 7 April) declared a state of emergency in other parts of the country.

By 19 March, however, Hokkaido — assuming the curve had been flattened and that cases were subsiding — had lifted its own curfews and life had begun returning to normal. A second wave of infections caused the imposition of another lockdown. "Now I regret it, we should not have lifted the first state of emergency," chairman of the Hokkaido Medical Association Dr Kiyoshi Nagase told TimeThe magazine also quoted Kazuto Suzuki, vice-dean of International Politics at Hokkaido University, as saying, "That's what we now know: Even if you control the first wave, you can't relax."

Before the Indian government considers further relaxations in the present lockdown, it would do well to visit the Hokkaido example.

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