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depending on when my work finishes. For all the latest Delhi News,947 women; and Badarpur has 1, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Ranchi | Updated: October 8, if a game is “reduced to less than 10 overs,com For all the latest Opinion News,Lee Chang-Dong’s ‘Poetry’ is truly poetic,encourage the average pupil to concentrate too rigidly on too narrow a field, Pupils assess education in terms of success in examinations. Strange that this was stated by the Mudaliar Commission in 1952 Reforms in the past have focused on the mechanics of conducting examinationsnot on the content and purposes Switching from essay type questions to objective type questions is one such The common refrain is that this has made the conduct of examinations a bureaucratic phenomenonnot a professional one With fixed answers and predetermined model answers even for questions where children have to write phrases and sentencesthe job can be done mechanicallymaking the professional capability of a teacher redundant In realityschool boards have tried to do away with all complexities of learner evaluation Objectivity in the public eye is the sole criterion The CBSE proposal to reintroduce essay type questions and reduce dependence on memorisation is a welcome step Remember that this is supposed to evaluate the learners accomplishments in 12 long years of schooling Ideallyone should profile the trajectory of each students progress This can be done only by those who teach children over the years Will the proposed change lead the public to repose their faith again in the teachers ability to be objective and professional in evaluating their students The current proposal by the CBSE must be seen in conjunction with another reform recently introduced by the board Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)giving weightage to school-based assessment by teachers What is intendedwhat is understood by the teachers and what happens in reality the three could be at variance with one another Synchronising the three cannot be done through official notifications But public examinations and admission tests have assumed so much importance that schools are under pressure to prepare the students to face them rather than focusing on personal growth Strangelythe public seems to have greater confidence in external examinations than in assessment by teachers Historicallythe imperial administration organised state-controlled examinations to project in the public mind an image of British justice and impartiality In the system of education established by themwhile Indians were included as teacherstheir role as evaluators was grossly underplayed It was considered necessary to have examinations conducted by outsiderspreferably British Have we overcome this colonial hangover Continuous undermining of the role of teachers has led to the erosion of their credibility as evaluators Public perception of poor accountability and teachers indifference has accentuated this In this contextefforts like the CCE under the Right to Education Act and the CBSEs move to include internal assessment in the board results must be recognised But will schools and teachers implement the policy sincerely and adopt credible practices This alone will decide the survival of these new initiatives Evaluationlike teachingmust be a human contract between student and teacherbetween society and the educational institution But our examination system has taken away the human face of education For the millions who fail to make the gradeschool or college is an experience they would rather forget Bringing back this human face requires many changes in the examination establishment Examination has to become a creative phenomenonnot a routine mechanical one and teachers have to regain their role as credible evaluators The writer is vice-chancellorNational University of Educational Planning and [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: April 30 2016 12:02 am Our visa framework has been a standing testament to our lack of confidence in our liberal democracy Related News The Indian government’s handling of the issue of visas to Chinese “activists” like Dolkun Isa Ray Wong and Lu Jinghua has shown our systems and strategy in poor light Let us for a moment accept the ministry of external affairs’ (MEA’s) explanation that there was a sound technical basis for revoking the visas of these individuals But visa policy and practice are seldom only about technicalities The way in which we have invoked the technicality argument has actually exposed the brittleness of our system Consider the most prosaic matter first In this day and age with investments in databases and surveillance it boggles the mind that the Indian government discovered whom it was granting the visa to what political baggage they might be carrying after the fact If Interpol notices are flagged in our systems after the visa has been granted we come out looking as either administratively incompetent or dissimulating This is particularly true in a system of visa granting where the scrutiny of Chinese or Pakistani applicants is supposedly incredibly labyrinthine and complicated If these systems allow such apparently easy slip-ups between the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the MEA as is being claimed one wonders what the backend of our process is like especially when the frontend has been made so complicated The first rule of exercising power in the international system is that your knowledge bases must prevent you from making repeated mistakes in the first place; cleaning up messes is symbolically and politically more costly No wonder few are willing to take the Indian government at its word Second our visa framework has been a standing testament to our lack of confidence in our liberal democracy It is no secret that getting conference visas is onerous It is also no secret that our own government officials used to be frustrated by the government’s capriciousness in processing conference visas and would advise applicants to get tourist visas Perhaps it is a good thing that we are moving away from this “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that prevailed But for a liberal democracy we should be ashamed of our suspicion of anything to do with ideas Consultants people who move around money lobbyists arms traders corporate business and tourists who keep their mouth shut do not go through the kind of scrutiny that people coming to “conferences” do The scandal is that Indian institutions are still required to take permission from the MHA for conferences: It is as if anyonewho deals with ideas is inherently the object of suspicion more than anyone who deals with money Admittedly a few people who get in might have nutty ideas But we should have enough confidence that open countervailing arguments will defeat them But our process of conference visas itself often costs us the goodwill of many in the world of ideas who are India’s real friends But most importantly the very technicality the MEA is rightly invoking the distinction between how tourists and businessmen are treated and how those who trade in ideas are treated exposes our paranoia This paranoia was enshrined by the Congress and continues to this day despite the fact that on issues like electronic visas this government has taken welcome steps Third and most importantly this episode has exposed the lack of a framework in our visa regime Of course sometimes countries have to respond to circumstances and granting visas can be an instrument of international diplomacy But behind it there needs to be a framework of principles that guides our policy; you cannot be entirely transactional and have credibility Whatever the technical explanations given by the government the fact is that we framed a political narrative around a new-formed machismo: We can stand up to China The government sought to politically insinuate this at any rate But it does look like we ate humble pie If we are being honest we have to admit that dealing with China is not going to be easy on a number of issues where our values clash But more seriously what does standing up to China actually mean Does it mean giving a visa to someone whom the Chinese might not like Or should it mean standing up for the values that should set us apart from China: A lack of fear in the space of ideas openness to dissidents and so forth We already lost the plot by defining “standing up to China” in the former manner The problem with short-term machismo realism is that it fails to understand the foundations of long-term power Of course we regulate the entry of people on various watchlists or those who might pose clear and imminent danger and so forth But is it a healthy policy for a liberal democracy to deny people visas for research they might do or ideas they might have How much more respect and credibility we would gain if we said we do not target people for their political positions The sad fact is that we do and this is what the world will take away from this episode The irony is that we come across as trying to compete with China by being China Surely that is not a winning strategy for India Finally if we are prepared to signal playing the short-term tough-love game with China we better be fully prepared for it First if there is a change of course have you thought through as many contingencies as possible before acting Second governments have still not understood the need for putting out credible and authoritative narratives of what they are up to The public perception is that particularly with our neighbours we now oscillate from gestures of reconciliation and then when rebuffed feel the need to show knee-jerk resistance This might be unfair to the MEA but it is hard to shake off the perception that our diplomacy is focused more on being tactical on being seen to do things than on the larger framework Perhaps there is a secret understanding this fiasco has produced But then the problem with trying to keep too many secrets is that you will always end up looking a bit too clever by half That is how we come across But finally in dealing with China the issue is not just how we deal with their power It is also whether we know what we stand for It is not clear that we do The writer is president Centre for Policy Research Delhi and contributing editor ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsGhaziabad:The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its candidates for Ghaziabad municipal body elections on Sunday and also released its manifesto promising free water slashing of house tax door-to-door pick-up of garbage and a city bus service among others Lambasting the Bharatiya Janata Party the Samajwadi Party the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress district convener Sachin Sharma said that these parties are involved in rampant corruption to siphon off huge public money from government agencies and therefore the AAP has decided to contest Representational image Reuters Twenty candidates have been finalised for Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation and 17 for Loni Modi Nagar and Khoda municipal bodies he said Citing the party manifesto Sharma said that if AAP wins power it will provide free clean water to residents and will install free water ATMs at main public places House tax will to cut to half pendency of house tax would be waived off electricity would be generated from garbage the condition of municipal schools would be improved ‘mohalla’ clinics would be established in each ward and ‘mohalla sabhas’ would be set up ward-wise he said Stressing that local development work would be undertaken only after the local mohalla sabhas’ recommendations Sharma said the payments to contractors would only be made after they clear it He promised that garbage would be picked up from door to door for free and the drains would be covered to avoid the spread of mosquitoes while adding that a local city bus service would be started to carry passengers within the city routes connecting trans-Hindon and trans-Railway Line areas Revealing "shocking" expenditures pertaining to health Sharma said that he had come to know through an RTI application that the Ghaziabad municipal corporation is incurring an expenditure of Rs 70 crore and this was spent on fogging and spraying insecticides He said that another Rs 15 crore was shown spent on maintenance of hand pumps He said if AAP comes to power the budget of income and expenditure would be made transparent By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 13 2017 6:20 pm Deepa Malik won silver medal in shot put at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 (Source: AP) Top News Paralympic silver-medalist Deepa Malik criticised the Delhi government on Tuesday for lack of felicitation after they returned back from Rio Olympics In an interview to ANI Malik said that they should be treated equally “We received a warm welcome after coming from the Rio Olympics but there is a still a disappointment in our hearts that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not met us so far Although there was no compulsion that he should have met us the question is that he felicitated athletes of able body but not paralympics athletes” she said Calling for equal rights she said that both Paralympics athletes and able bodied players are at par in every sports policy but the felicitations have been missing She said “The medal which I have bagged is also counted in mainstream sports Our ranks are also constitutionally equal If private body would have given the awards then it would not have mattered to me But if a government body announces something then I feel that we should be treated equally” “Why is there discrimination for Paralympics athletes when both are at par in every sports policy then why we have been forgotten in felicitations of our medals by Delhi Government” She also said that she put the matter in front of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and other ministers but nothing has been done on it so far “We waited for the announcement Later we all medal winners met deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia We gave a written application to him I also requested other ministers telephonically to have a meeting with Kejriwal My request is to just treat us equally” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Jaideep Ghosh | Updated: September 21 2016 5:27 pm Sourav Ganguly MS Dhoni are India’s two most successful Test captains while Virat Kohli has taken up the role with a lot of aggression Top News So we’re nearing another landmark Five hundred Test matches That is quite something given that the stalwarts running Indian cricket were on the verge of declaring Test cricket as illegal as same sex marriages not so long ago It was only the collective intelligence of revenue generation over five days that kept the white flannels alive Not only that there is now talk of making it a day-night affair The ridiculous is as frequent as the sublime in Indian cricket But cynicism aside 500 Tests is something indeed an entire manuscript of the game in its purest form which has thrown up the best players we have had the good fortune of seeing Where would we be without Test cricket We’d never have paragon of perfection in Sunil Gavaskar or of poise in Gundappa Viswanath Nor the languid class of Mohinder Amarnath or even mystery of Bhagwat Chandrasekhar The modern-day stars you’d have seen in the other formats too but still there really would be no VVS Laxman Rahul Dravid or Anil Kumble in real terms Nor a Sachin Tendulkar We would never have Virender Sehwag humming away and hammering away Nor see Harbhajan Singh or Ravichandran Ashwin creating chaos and magic We also wouldn’t shake our heads in regret at having lost leg-spinners like Narendra Hirwani and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan or ultimate left-handers like Vinod Kambli Or left wondering why Cheteshwar Pujara isn’t one of the best we have We would also shake our heads in bewilderment about how bowlers like David Johnson got even one Test match… But when we start recalling the 500 it always boils down to what we saw firsthand so a little self-promotion isn’t so out of the line I am not good with dates and there are enough sources to get them from so only one will come up January 18 1994 That was the day I made my Test debut Sri Lanka were not the most daunting of rivals those days Led by Arjuna Ranatunga they were a set of largely unfit demotivated players of great individual skill and little else WATCH FOR MORE SPORTS NEWS So when I landed at the KD Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow that chilling morning the veterans of the day were already betting on how many days the game would last Nevertheless that was my debut for a news agency As it so happened the optical cables between Lucknow and Delhi went down one day and none of the reporters could fax (yes fax) their reports through Only us lowly agency fellows managed Next morning there were bylines in three or four Delhi newspapers I was over the moon This Test may not be the most noticeable in Indian history but this was where I saw Anil Kumble first Bespectacled a little thinner with a different action but as deadly as ever Eleven wickets attested to that Sri Lanka had a thin dark off-spinner called Muttiah Muralitharan We spent four days (actually five including the rest day) trying to figure his real name By the time we did the match was over But then Kumble and I were in many dramas His 300th against England at the KSCA in what was then a pleasant and welcome Bangalore was quite the drama too The entire first day went with Kumble stuck on the 299 he had gone in with It was around the afternoon of the second day that he finally snared England No 11 Matthew Hoggard in front It quite remarkable that Kumble’s 300th is remembered much more than his other landmarks Wonder why Barring one other The 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the one and only Feroz Shah Kotla Kotla That one will always be the one I will remember After all only a fortunate few were privileged to see history being achieved And that too in a highly-publicised series bringing the old enemy home again Kotla saw Kumble retire too suddenly in the middle of the Australia series His finger injury was just too much to carry on with In the next Test at Jamtha in Nagpur we looked on as Sourav Ganguly ended his career with a duck in his final innings No one can ever take away from Ganguly’s contribution to making India the side they are now His series visits to Australia and their returns here are part of folklore for Indian cricket the kind of test by fire that made India the steely unit they are now He was at the helm for many clashes that were won or lost the common denominator being the battles that were taken to the field unlike previous Indian sides The era of Mahendra Singh Dhoni then came and Test cricket took a downward slide as priorities seemed to change all around Till such time that Dhoni too suddenly left Test cricket for other pursuits That could possibly have been the best thing that happened to the Indian Test side So when Kanpur celebrates the 500th come Thursday it would be time to step back and take stock of who all have glorified the realms of Test cricket for India and those immortals from faraway lands who have left their touch For once the dust has settled memories are the things that will make us smile For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsA professional boxing bout can last a maximum of 36 minutes For someone like Vijender singh who is still fighting 10 rounds instead of the full distance of 12 three-minute rounds it can go on for just 30 minutes But to be ready to last in the ring for that much time it takes months and months of single-minded persistence and following a routine with an armyman’s discipline With India’s Vijender Singh taking on China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali on Saturday with the Indian’s WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight belt and the Chinese pugilist’s WBO Oriental Super Middleweight belt on the line we take a closer look at how Vijender trains for a fight “All the hard work has been done over these many months Until some time ago he was doing sparring and gymming and overcame the pain barrier multiple times The time for hard work is done What we are doing now is just working smartly At this point it’s all about keeping his mind relaxed” Vijender’s trainer Lee Beard said on the sidelines of a training session in Mumbai Vijender’s strength and conditioning coach John Joyce adds: “At the moment Vijender’s focus is only on his game plan How he’s going to be in the match where he’s going to move where the punches will come from what punches he has to throw” There are two distinct phases as a boxer readies for a fight The months leading up to the fight are used to work on conditioning the body To help the boxer get in shape for a fight The next phase say a week before the fight the boxer focuses on making the weight for a fight his technique and on things like promotional activities and keeping his focus on his opponent Normally any boxer is around four to five pounds heavier than the requirement for his weightclass Vijender as of Wednesday was around four pounds heavier “Vijender’s conditioning finished last week now he’s just working on his technique for the fight” Joyce added 1000 sit-ups 1000 press-ups one-mile swims But during his conditioning phase what does an average day in Vijender’s life at his training base in Manchester look like “He wakes up by 7:30 am He then starts gym at 11 Does a weight session coupled with 1000 sit-ups 1000 press-ups These are in sets of four He’ll also do some Tabata work (Tabata training is a form of workout found in Japan involving high-intensity interval training) “He also does a lot of intense work on the treadmill before moving on to sparring and padwork (punching the pads of the trainer as he moves) That’s an average day He does all that in two-and-half hours” Joyce said “Then in the evening he goes for either a swim or run Not both on the same day as you have to rest your joints If you run too much it puts pressure on the knees ankles and hips One day you run the other day you swim “He swims one mile About 25 metres per minute And he runs about six-seven miles in an hour These are for stamina Sometimes he also gets up and goes for a run” Joyce adds that just so that a boxer’s body doesn’t get used to a routine they sometimes turn the weekly training routine upside down to “shock the system” “If you take a 12-round match each fight can go on for a maximum of 36 minutes So to train for that you run an hour You never do anything more than an hour No point running a marathon to train for a boxing match” Joyce asserted “A boxer’s muscles should not be built like a bodybuilder’s The focus is more on mental toughness” Vijender told Firstpost One of the biggest thing that Joyce has to guard against is over-training which can lead to muscle injuries “I have to make sure he doesn’t overtrain Sometimes I tell him you don’t do nothing tomorrow You get up sleep extra eat and nothing else for the day” What can also make the difference between winning and losing in boxing is how a boxer can withstand punches especially to the core “That’s what conditioning is for We do 200-300 sit-ups four times a day You have to be strong in the belly We also use a medicine ball to keep pummeling him in the ribs as he keeps his arms aloft Sparring is another way to toughen up the body When it comes to learning how to withstand punches sparring is more important than anything Sparring is the only way to simulate punches to the body” Joyce pointed out that Vijender was ‘flabby’ when he came on board nearly a year ago but over the last three bouts the Indian has become a fitter prospect “I’ve been training him for the last three fights He was not very strong and was a bit flabby before I came on board But I think that was best as he was like a blank sheet Vijender never had a conditioner before but he’s a lot stronger now You’ll see tomorrow when he knocks the guy out” Joyce said What Vijender eats (or doesn’t) “There’s a nutritionist who cooks two meals for him everyday He’s allowed to cook one meal for himself but that has to be low in calories Maybe high in carbohydrates” Joyce said The food Vijender eats also depends on what stage of the training he is in In the beginning with many months left for his next fight he’ll eat a lot of carbohydrates for the energy And then as he comes closer to the fight he needs to meet his weight (762kg) So then it becomes more about consuming proteins and using the body fat as fuel When you take more proteins your body works harder to break down the proteins and consequently you burn more calories Vijender’s biggest quandary he willingly admitted was sticking to the tough dietary requirements “I have a massive sweet tooth But I have to avoid it at all costs I also have to avoid Indian food” he said Tackling a southpaw One of the biggest aspects of a boxer’s routine this close to a fight is technique training The focus right now for Vijender is on decoding Zulpikar’s boxing style since he is a southpaw “The trick to fighting a southpaw is to move to your left You keep your foot outside the southpaw’s stance That opens up the body of the southpaw” Joyce said By: Reuters | Updated: August 23 2016 2:01 pm Pakistan dethrone India to reach No1 Test spot for the first time after the 4th Test between India and WI was washed out Top News Pakistan have long been regarded as a talented yet inconsistent side but through a combination of sheer hard work application and a little help from some inclement Caribbean weather the South Asian side sit atop the Test rankings for a first time Misbah-ul-Haq’s men thrashed hosts England at the Oval the venue of one of the country’s darkest moments in cricket earlier this month to earn a 2-2 draw in the four-Test series and prove to many that they can compete on any surface Last Wednesday Sri Lanka completed a 3-0 whitewash of table-topping Australia to allow India to go top of the ICC rankings and when four straight days of rain denied the Indians a 3-0 series win in the West Indies Pakistan were elevated to the top of the pile without bowling a ball “This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers It is a reward for something we had planned as a group a few years ago and have worked extremely hard to achieve it” Misbah told reporters of the rise to the top Unable to play at home since a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore and shorn of bowling prospect Mohammad Amir in the wake of a damaging spot-fixing scandal at the Oval in 2010 Pakistan have ploughed a lonely furrow in cricket’s wilderness Undaunted by the isolation Amir has returned after serving a five-year ban and immediately added fire to a formidable pace attack that supplemented by the guile of imposing leg-spinner Yasir Shah can run through any batting order Led by the evergreen Misbah and his able aging cohort Younus Khan their vital experience has enabled a younger generation of batsmen to shine as Pakistan have capitalised on the dust bowl pitches in their UAE surrogate home to see off all-comers In the last two years Pakistan have beaten Australia and England at home drawn with New Zealand and earned impressive away series wins in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before the 2-2 draw against the English gave the world notice of their class “For us the number one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey” Misbah added “Our long-term objective and strategy is to remain competitive continue to challenge the top sides with good cricket and once again become the most followed side like the Pakistan teams of yesteryear” While climbing to the top has been a long and arduous journey the real challenge for Pakistan is staying there and Test series in New Zealand and Australia at the end of the year will be the biggest indicator of just how far they have come For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 30 2017 9:09 pm Undertaker and Goldberg were involved in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday night (Source: WWE) Top News RandyOrton won the Royal Rumble on Sunday night but one of the most exciting moments in the 30-man match was when at the fag end of the over-the-top-rope-eliminator Undertaker and Goldberg were the only two men standing in the ring with bodies lying all around As the two legends of wrestling squared up with anticipation rising all around with Goldberg the number 28 entrant and Undertake the 29th the Phenom tried to go for a choke slam but was prevented in doing so from Rusev and Baron Corbinin the Royal Rumble match?an abstract revolving around freedom fighters and their love for freedom.
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