Though the pandemic has affected our lives in innumerable ways, perhaps the most dramatic change was faced by the education sector. Education is a basic necessity as well as a fundamental right as per India’s Constitution. As the country continues to function under varying degrees of lockdown, creative solutions have been found to educate students without a break. Edtech and online learning have been adopted wholeheartedly by everyone, from the youngest of learners to the oldest.
Apart from the rise of dedicated edtech websites, apps and services, traditional institutes of education have also turned digitally proficient. Teachers and other faculty members have been taught to go digital. Lessons conducted in classrooms have been recorded and shared with students to allow an ease of attendance and viewing, while ensuring the look and feel of a real class. In fact, the idea of incorporating virtual conferences and other virtual options in the future has begun to be widely accepted.
One of the major aspects of education that has taken a turn in 2020 is the rising popularity of short online courses. Aimed at young children as well as adults at all stages of life, these short courses have proved fundamental to the lockdown experience, as everyone looks to upskill themselves and build their resumes.
One of the pioneers of short educational courses is Noida International University, located near the Yamuna Expressway Educational Hub. This university was founded with the aim to provide a platform for imparting education and contributing to the growth and development of the nation. To meet the exigencies of the pandemic, they have introduced short courses with a duration of three months each. These include focused courses like ‘Baby nursing and child care’, ‘Ambulance care’, ‘Maternity Nursing Assistant’, and many more.
There is no better time than the present to pursue these short-specialised courses. Here are five reasons why:
1. ACHIEVE A SPECIALISATION TO STAND APART
In these courses of short duration, students can focus on a specialised area of practice. This creates a variety of opportunities in different spheres of their chosen profession. Some examples include diplomas in intellectual property laws for a lawyer, or on the management of operation theatres, for someone in the medical profession. These specialised skills allow one to stand apart from their peers of the same profession.
2. GAIN PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE
These courses offer the advantage of working under the supervision of a few dedicated professionals that provide specific guidance and hand-held support. Thus, students gain much-needed practical knowledge as opposed to the bookish knowledge they attain in traditional courses of study.
3. GARNER CONFIDENCE TO START YOUR BUSINESS
Once students have studied one or more specialised skills, they gain the confidence to begin their private practice independently. In the present uncertain economic scenario, starting one’s own business is easier than finding a job elsewhere.
4. UPSKILL YOUR EXISTING RESUME
Short courses are an ideal extra academic activity that can be added to one’s resume to enhance it further and increase the chances of employability in the long run. Even simple short-term language courses go a long way in building one’s CV.
5. EXPERIMENT WITH A NEW FIELD OF EXPERTISE
A surprising but fruitful advantage of short courses is that one can pursue them from any field, regardless of what their area of study has been up till now. This is possible only because of the digitalisation of education, and we must use this factor to our benefit. Everyone from a 12th class graduate to people with multiple masters degrees, can pursue varied short courses as per interest and need.
It is said that one never stops learning, no matter what their age. The management at Noida International University is proving this adage true, by offering a variety of short-term specialised courses that aim to set a new benchmark in the Indian education system. It is time to think out of the box and reach for the stars by investing in short-term courses that are sure to take one ahead in life.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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Hrithik’s statement to be recorded in imposter case involving Kangana Ranaut
The Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) investigating Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan’s complaint against an unknown imposter is likely to call Hrithik to record his statement in the next couple of days. The crime branch is likely to issue summons to the actor and call him to record his statement as early as Friday. After his statement, CIU will also call actress Kangana Ranaut to record her statement. In 2016 Hrithik alleged that he had been receiving emails from an account that was in the name of Kangana, however, she denied the account to be hers.
On 14 December, a complaint of impersonation, lodged by Hrithik in May 2014 against “unidentified individuals”, was transferred from the Mumbai Police’s Cyber Cell to the CIU. The transfer follows a letter written by the actor’s lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani to the Mumbai Police Commissioner regarding the lack of progress in the case.
In 2014, Hrithik had filed the impersonation complaint after days of a heated exchange with Kangana. The altercation between them, who worked together in ‘Krrish 3’, had begun when Hrithik sent Kangana a legal notice after she referred to him as her “silly ex” during an interview.
Hrithik first responded on Twitter, disputing the existence of any previous romantic relationship with Kangana. He wrote that there were more chances of him having had “an affair with Pope”.
Hrithik followed this with a legal notice, demanding a public apology from her. Kangana refused to apologise, claiming that the two had been romantically involved in 2014. She sent a counter-notice to Hrithik, asking him to take his notice back or face a criminal case.
Hrithik’s legal notice alleged mental harassment by Kangana. It claimed that she had sent him 1,439 emails, to which he never responded, besides telling people in the film industry that they had been in a relationship. It suggested that whoever Kangana had been in touch with was an imposter, pretending to be Hrithik.
Kangana denied the suggestion, saying that the particular email id used for her correspondence with him had been given to her by Hrithik himself. She added that the email had been kept private so as to prevent it from having a negative impact on the divorce proceedings between Hrithik and his ex-wife Sussanne Khan.
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Sushmita Sen announced that shooting has kickstarted for the second season of her much-anticipated thriller drama series ‘Aarya’ on Thursday. The ‘Main Hoon Na’ actress took to her official social media accounts to share the news with her fans. She posted an extreme close up picture of her eyes where her luscious locks are seen covering half of her face.
Sushmita went on to compliment the post with a short note dedicated to the film and its team and wrote, “She sees a storm coming…in the mirror! #Aarya #season2 ‘your wish is our command’ I love you guys! Let’s do this @madhvaniram @officialrmfilms @disneyplushotstarvip #TeamAarya #duggadugga.” The director of the series Ram Madhvani commented on her post “Welcome back Aarya”.
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Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): The American streaming service Paramount plus, on Wednesday (local time) announced the return of the 1993 American hit sitcom ‘Frasier’ with original series star Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Dr Frasier Crane in the show.
According to People, Kelsey who has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award and ties the record for the longest-running television character for his role in ‘Frasier’ has been roped in by the makers of the show’s revival.
Excited about the project, Grammer said in a statement, “Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world.”
He added, “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane.”
The 66-year-old star has played the character since 1984 when he was introduced on the 1982 American comedy show ‘Cheers’ as Diane Chambers’ love interest. He also made special appearances in the 1990 sitcom ‘Wings’, which was produced and created by Cheers veterans.
His career took a boost after he bagged the lead role in ‘Frasier’, which ran for 11 seasons, for which he whooped 37 Emmys under his belt.
Earlier in 2019, when the makers of the show didn’t reveal an official statement about snagging the project, Grammer himself spilt out the beans about the revival of his much-loved show to fans.
People reported that the star, in an interview on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’, that airs on Fox channel told that, he had hatched the plan of making a prequel of the show. “We’re sort of on standby a little bit. Working out a couple of possible network deals that we’re circling. Frasier is sort of in a second position to that at this point. So there’s still stuff going on. But a revisit to Frasier, Frasier’s world is I think definitely going to come,” Grammer told host Graham Bensinger.
Not disclosing much about the upcoming reboot, he only told that the series will be shot in a new city and will be based on the lead character’s desire to find love. (ANI)
Jeremy Renner to star in Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Mayor Of Kingstown’
Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner has been tapped to star and executively produce Taylor Sheridan’s latest series ‘Mayor of Kingstown’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prison drama ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ was originally picked up straight to series in January 2020 at Paramount Network and will now move to streamer Paramount+.
Additionally, Antoine Fuqua has also boarded the series taking up the role of executive producer. This news was announced Wednesday (local time) during the Paramount+ investor day presentation.
Sheridan recently inked a new nine-figure overall deal with ViacomCBS that sources say includes series of additional projects for the streamer.
‘Mayor of Kingstown’ follows the McLusky family, who are power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry.
Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. Renner will play the head of the McClusky family.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ is the latest linear series to move to Paramount+ as ViacomCBS bolsters the platform with originals in a bid to draw subscribers to the platform. (ANI)
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Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift’s intellectual property management company has taken action against an immersive fantasy theme park in Pleasant Grove, Utah after it filed a lawsuit against the artist earlier this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evermore Park had sued Swift over the use of the “Evermore” trademark, which was the title of her 9th studio album released on December 11.
Now a new lawsuit filed by TAS [Taylor Alison Swift] Rights Management is focused on a different matter. The company claims Evermore Park wilfully used Swift’s songs without the proper licenses for some time before it filed its lawsuit.
Swift’s attorneys claim that more than a year before the park filed its lawsuit, TAS had been tipped off that the singer’s songs were being performed and played there without the requisite licenses.
The park has also reportedly played, without licenses, the works of Katy Perry, Abba, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Britney Spears, Green Day, Gotye, Journey, Nirvana, Semisonic, Third Eye Blind, Tom Petty, Queen, Weezer and Whitney Houston, among others, according to court papers filed by Swift’s legal team.
This legal filing comes 3 weeks after the park sued the singer, TAS and Taylor Nation LLC in federal court in Utah, accusing them of infringing the park’s name by using it as the title of her Evermore album and accompanying merchandise.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Swift has asked the court to order that the park pay damages and be permanently enjoined from playing her works. Her team has also demanded a jury trial. (ANI)
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