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The daunting digital challenge before Indian universities

Dwarika Prasad Uniyal



The coronavirus pandemic has muted celebrations in the Indian universities. News of increase in Covid-19 cases trickled around various states and by 15 March, almost all schools and colleges were closed. Semesters were half-finished, exams were pending and no one had anticipated what will follow next. Within a week India went into a lockdown and it continues to be in it. While industries have started opening up cautiously, hospitals are overflowing with new cases, and offices across metros have slowly started to bring people in. But universities continue to remain shut. Meanwhile after 15 March, public and private colleges, institutions and universities tried to adapt and adopt to a new mode of online teaching but both students and professors struggled.

Access to technology is an issue and converting physical classrooms into online was not easy as well. In addition, issues of data, network, bandwidth, physical spaces inside home added to the complexities. Though MOOCs (Massive open online courses) have been making their presence felt in the last five years and platforms like Edex, Udemy, Coursera have made huge progress but what the Covid crisis did to universities was unthinkable.

Suddenly, universities had to rethink everything. Their business and revenue models took a hit and students started evaluating the value a university gives. A large part of a university life is the physical campus experience and if that is not available to a student, a lot needs to be thought about the relevance of the universities beyond granting degrees.

Administrators, founders, professors and deans have to seriously revisit the missions and visions of their academic institutions. FLAME University had anticipated this change and made significant investment in the online mode of teaching and learning. We trained our teachers, created online content and crafted blended approaches to learning. When we had to close down our campus on 15 March, we created a digital task force. We embarked on an internal programme in which various online tools, techniques and software are being explored. This enabled our faculty to enhance student learning and provide them an enriching experience. Over the next few weeks, our team conducted several training sessions for our faculty to keep them abreast of methodologies that have emerged to engage students online. This made us ready to take 200 plus courses online and deliver without compromising on student learning experience.

We conducted our examinations online for the current academic year, by making some changes in the evaluation criteria, which allows students to demonstrate their learning without any compromise.

For public and private universities, the reality check is that online learning is here to stay. How we blend it with physical learning is a key now. In future all of us have to invest in specialised software to create multiple models of student evaluations. Universities now need a chief learning officer and a chief technology officer. We have to start collaborating with edu-tech companies to create speaking platforms. Zoom and GMeet are at best virtual meeting platforms, and not entirely suitable to mimic classrooms. We need to equip physical classrooms to live-stream and record every single lecture. We have to rethink our semester plans, timetables and academic year. We have to also go beyond academic focus and start engaging with the larger world to make the courses relevant and industry ready.

We have to start doing a massive curriculum review to integrate the new realities of a postCovid world irrespective of the domains and disciplines. Public universities have to realise funds and modernise themselves. It’s been more than 1,000 years that universities have not innovated themselves, in a real sense! It is high time we did that. VCs and deans have their task cut out to take corrective actions which otherwise would not have been possible due to officialdom, political interference and general inertia.

Regulatory authorities too have to push for educational and university reforms. A virus has now forced us to change and we must. We must revisit our courses, curriculum, their relevance, pedagogy, academic structures and technology interventions. In this new world, only those who adopt technology and adapt will survive. It will be slow painful deaths for some universities but in the end education, teachers and students will win.

The author is the Dean of FLAME School of Business.

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How do Government Websites help you to get information about your land?



As of right now, we’re able to share details on Rajasthan Apna Khata 2022. We’ll show you how to view a map of Rajasthan Farm from the comfort of your own home using an online map service. The state of Rajasthan is rather large. Jamabandi measles have been made available online by the Rajasthan government so that residents of the state may see their land records from the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about your Bhulekh UP, Rajasthan, or Rajasthan if you’re from Rajasthan, just keep checking back with us.

Rajasthan’s government has launched its own Apna Khata website to see land information. From the convenience of their own homes, residents of the state can access this website to view their Khasra Khatuni, Jamabandi, and Bhoomi Maps. Online applications for examining land records, Khet Khatauni, Jamabandi Nakal and Violence Intkaal are now available to all residents of the state, at any time. In addition, the state’s whole population may access internet data on Khet Number, Khatauni Number, and Violence Number, among other things.

The ApnaKhata raj nic in site allows Rajasthan residents to look up information on their property online. There would be no need for residents of the state to visit the Tehsil or Patwari’s office for any land-related tasks in the future. You don’t need to leave your house to verify your Bhulekh Jamabandi details.

Information regarding the land will no longer have to be obtained by making rounds of eating Patwari. People in Rajasthan state may now access and print Khata Khatauni and other land information via an internet website.

Apna Khata Rajasthan’s Positive Effects

  • Those in Rajasthan state will no longer have to visit Patwari to see if Khatauni has been checked.
  • The use of this gateway will help to cut down on unethical forms of marketing.
  • People may now sit at home and look up information on their land thanks to the implementation of this program.
  • To view a map of their property in Rajasthan Apna Khata, simply input the Khasra number or Jamabandi number.
  • People in the state will save time as a result of the implementation of this portal..

What is the e Dharti Rajasthan Portal about?

Rajasthan’s state portal E-Dharti provides individuals with access to information on their land from the comfort of their own homes. This site may be used for a variety of tasks, such as generating a Khasra number, a Bhulekh, a land map, and a farm jamabandi. is the portal’s official webpage.

A khata number is required for all citizens. Account numbers for families are known as Khata Numbers (also known as Khevat Numbers). Landowners and their total land holdings are listed in the database.

  • The Apna Khata web site allows people of Rajasthan state to view the comprehensive data oftheir land.
  • The official website of eDharti Apna Khata provides access to a variety of resources, including Khasra Map, Khatauni, and Jamabandi Nakal.
  • As an online gateway, the inhabitants of the state will save time and no longer have to visit the Patwari, saving them time and money.

What is e Sathi?

An online platform called eSathi UP, developed by the UP government, offers a variety of services, including income and caste certificates, birth and death certificates, and more.

This portal’s goal is to make it easier for the people of Uttar Pradesh who live there to access a wide variety of government services and programs. People in the state of Uttar Pradesh can use the eSathi UP portal to apply for and obtain various certifications. The Uttar Pradesh e-District Project is a mission-mode project that runs under the e-Governance Plans throughout the state of UP for the convenience of citizens. It is the state government’s goal to make the e Sathi UP site a success. The fundamental objective of e District UP is to computerize governmental services. The entire system will be automated as part of the E District UP plan.

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Why Teacher Performance Evaluations Are Important



Why Teacher Performance Evaluations Are Important

Good educational outcomes are a residue of having highly qualified and experienced teachers. The quality of a good teacher is weighed through the teacher’s evaluation. A teacher’s evaluation puts out their performance and conduct in context and compares them against a set of certain standards. 

Evaluating teachers has proved a daunting task yet crucial because it informs future decisions. The evaluation must set clear and rigorous expectations to be successful and effective. Teachers’ evaluation is also made fair by using objective data to measure the performance against some standards. 

Finally, giving evaluation feedback enables the teachers to reinforce their strong points and improve their shortcomings.

Why should teachers be evaluated? Here are a few reasons why teacher evaluation is critical in maintaining a high-quality level of education and meeting the student’s attainments.

  • Improving Teacher Quality

Today, a teacher’s evaluation focuses on instructional and student achievements. For a teacher to be termed as effective, they should have a good mastery of instructional techniques, be well experienced, collaborate with colleagues, and have participated in professional development. 

Teachers’ evaluation helps recognize great teachers who can replicate methods and styles. Good teachers must then be regarded as positive reinforcement to inspire others. Teacher evaluation helps identify teachers’ shortcomings, thus exposing the teachers that require extra training to teach effectively.

  • Improves Teacher Accountability

Teacher evaluation plays a major role in professional development, preparing programs, and building trust among administrators and colleagues. A teacher’s accountability helps the administrators and educators reach the steps necessary to improve their relationship and improve the students’ performance. For example, a teacher’s evaluation acts like a road map where the educators set tangible goals to be reached at a specified time.

  • Encourages Professional Development

Teacher’s evaluation encourages professional development because it deals with formative goals. These goals guide, improve, recognize and reinforce teaching excellence. They assist teachers in planning the educational activities and help teachers focus solely on the student’s outcome. The Adobe Education Exchange comes in handy as an educator’s resource for teachers whose students are taking on projects. This greatly helps the teachers in guiding students and planning the educational activities.

  • Encourages Greater Teacher-Student Collaboration

A teacher is expected to have the capacity to plan, lead, initiate, develop teaching and education in both general and subject-specific knowledge. This is critical because it gives the teacher the capacity to connect teaching and research. For example, when students research the science project ideas 4th grade, the teacher can guide ideas and topics best suited for the student. This kind of collaboration is greatly encouraged by teachers’ evaluations.

How effective is teacher evaluation?

Teachers’ evaluations are critical and integral to our education system. This is because it ensures that we have experienced and qualified teachers geared towards teacher-student collaboration for the greater good, that is, excellent student outcomes. Giving meanin

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School Canvas launched to provide edtech for students’ career routes

School Canvas, previously known as Parentsalarm is one of the leading ed-tech firms in the country. It is recognized as a leading ERP provider in the ed-tech space.



School Canvas, formerly known as Parents Alarm was launched recently at Eldrok India K 12 Summit 2022. Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar, Founder, School Canvas, was one of the speakers at the event where he announced the official launch of School Canvas, a one of its kind school ERP solution.

The platform has been designed and launched by rebranding Parents Alarm. Parents Alarm was earlier conceptualized with the sole aim to offer seamless educational experiences to the students. Now known as School Canvas, it is one of the leading ed-tech firms in the country. The idea behind the name was simple- just like canvas is a plain white board and offers artists a chance to paint as per their creativity and desire; the platform offers ERP software basis the module or the process the school wants to automate! Whatever the school needs (writes on the white board about their requirements) regarding their automation of specific module; they aim at catering to the requirements of the schools as well as the students and parents to ensure seamless school management.

Eldrok is one of the world’s leading business exhibitions and conference organizers specializing in conceptualizing events in the field of education. The summit was organized at Taj West End, Bengaluru on 7th January 2022. It witnessed the presence of various renowned professionals and experts from the field of education including Principals, School Directors, Founders, and Chairman from different boards like CBSE, ICSE, CAMBRIDGE, and IB Boards. Mr. Kanhaiya took this opportunity to share about the launch of its platform, it’s rebranding as well as the innovation behind the product.

Ever since its inception in 2010, the brand has gained recognition as a leading ERP provider in the ed-tech space. School Canvas is the country’s first ed-tech firm to implement the open API concept. It offers a host of services such as attendance tracking, homework notifications, as well as fee reminders. The brand also helps schools with notification/notice circulation, bus/GPS tracking, e-content, performance updates, and much more. In the first 9 years of their existence, School Canvas’ associations were limited to just schools. However, since the past two years, they have expanded their footprints into conferences and conclaves as well.

Expressing his elation on the launch of School Canvas, Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar, Founder, School Canvas, “It gives us immense joy to share that we have rebranded Parents Alarm and have officially launched School Canvas. We realized that various gaps exist in the Indian education space. We wanted to bridge this physical-digital gap in the education domain as well as revolutionize the space with digital innovations. Over the years, we developed our platform constantly and built it into the ERP software. However, we wanted to innovate it further and ensure it emerges as the go-to solution for the effective management of schools. Hence, we thought of rebranding Parents Alarm as School Canvas. We are excited to have launched it officially and are hoping it will continue disrupting the education space in the times ahead as well. “

Headquartered in Chennai, the brand has been in the market for over a decade by the name of Parents Alarm and has grown exponentially ever since. It is a one-stop ERP solution providing a smart, straightforward, and innovative school management system that allows running schools smoothly in the online space as well as communicating with parents in real-time.

School Canvas is a school management solution ensuring streamlined workflow and high-end educational experiences for the students. With its various modules of learning management, communication management, report card analysis and generation, GSP tracking as well as transportation management, online fee collection as well as payment collection; the platform is helping schools turn paperless in the truest sense! School Canvas with its innovative concept and new-age features is playing a major role in bringing parents closer to their children’s school life.

About School Canvas

Incepted in the year 2010, School Canvas is a leading ERP solution for schools enabling automation of the schools. The platform provides superior educational experiences backed by technological innovations. Headquartered in Chennai, it has a robust clientele of over 550 schools across the country. The firm strives to provide high-end school automation services to its clients with its outcome-based approach and robust digital foundation.

School Canvas formerly known as Parents Alarm launched school ERP solution recently at Eldrok India K 12 Summit 2022.

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Kids Opt For Audio Learning As It Simplifies Reading, Understanding

Audiobooks are more effective as the mind of students is focused on one voice and they can recall words and sentences; this new technique also explains concepts in easy language and helps in completing courses faster



Data availability is no longer a challenge in the digital age. A simple Google search can open gateways to knowledge and information, which was not the case a few years ago. Furthermore, data sharing has become more accessible than ever too. However, more than the quantity of data, the quality of information matters the most, especially for students preparing for competitive exams.

In the context of coaching institutes and educational institutions, quality data available is required for achieving targets. For instance, the coaching institutions preparing students for competitive exams would want to ensure that such good quality content is supplemented with other factors that help the aspirants attain their goals.

Audiobooks or audio learning methods have been introduced to simplify reading, understanding, and memorizing processes. Many students and aspirants prefer this strategy because it involves listening to books or studying material rather than reading it.

Audio-based learning is more effective as your mind is focused on one voice rather than several. You can recall the words and sentences when you hear something rather than reading it. Audio learning also aids in completing courses faster during competitive exams. It explains concepts in easy language and a consistent tone with real-life examples, keeping you involved in the learning process. As per a recent study, students who opted for audio-based learning could achieve their study goals faster.


Listening makes learning very easy to grasp and understand. All you need is concentration when you are reading or studying a subject. You can plug in your headphones to block out all distracting noises. When you use audio learning, it also makes it easier to write important topics in between. In reading, however, this is not the case. You cannot write while reading, but you can with audio learning.


When you read something, you are frequently distracted by various factors. When you do not understand a word or its pronunciation, you either look it up in a dictionary or Google it. However, the entire audio learning explains the most difficult words in easy lines and assists you in memorizing themes by ensuring that you comprehend them correctly. Also, listening does not necessitate much mental or physical effort.


As there is limited time in each day and competitive preparation necessitates extra studying time to perform better than competitors, time management is another vital aspect in an aspirant’s success. In such situations, audio learning comes in handy and provides advantage due to its passive listening facility, aspirants may continue their preparation while doing other chores like cooking, walking, exercising or even resting, thus converting their non learning time into learning time.


Audio learning, like books, is available for all disciplines. You may switch languages and teach any subject you want with a single click. Audio learning includes all study materials found in books. It can also solve Math problems with a reference pdf to follow the steps correctly. Audio learning follows a conversational format that keeps you focused on your studies.


With the advent of technology, physical books are being replaced with audio learning, which is becoming a new trend in education because it saves time, effortless to learn from and helps to keep our concentration strong without distracting us. Audiobooks offer many advantages that make them superior to books. You no longer need to carry books. Instead, you only need a device that contains all audiobooks. Such an approach could act as a boon for the aspirants preparing for competitive exams.

The Author is Co-Founder and COO, Khabri

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Neet PG Exam 2022 Postponed By 6-8 Weeks



The Union Health Ministry on Friday postponed the NEET PG exam 2022 by six to eight weeks, keeping in view the clash in dates with NEET PG 2021 counselling.

The Ministry, in its notice, said, “…lot of representations were being received from medical doctors regarding a request to delay NEET-PG 2022 examination date i.e. March 12, 2022, as published…since it is clashing with the NEET PG 2021 counselling. Also, many of the interns would not be able to participate in the PG Counselling 2022 by the month of May/June 2022.” “Keeping the facts in view, Union Health Ministry has taken the decision to postpone NEET PG 2022 by 6-8 weeks or suitably,” the notice read.

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Rephrased Content: How much is this acceptable in professional writing.



Rephrasing is the technique of rewriting a text in a new way while maintaining the original meaning. The majority of people misinterpret rephrasing and believe it merely entails rewording or rephrasing the language. Rephrasing includes modifying the sequence of words in the text, whereas rewording is a simple procedure of replacing terms with synonyms. Rephrasing in an academic environment refers to expressing someone else’s ideas or work in your own words in an essay paper.


In simple terms, paraphrasing or rephrasing is the process of putting a concept or piece of information into your own words. This method is commonly used to demonstrate your ability to present the same material in your own words, demonstrating your comprehension.

  • According to Wikipedia, paraphrasing is the repetition of a text using other terms while maintaining its original meaning.
  • The Oxford Dictionary defines paraphrasing as “changing the sentence formation of a remark published by someone else.”

When reading a novel, book, article, or report with a complicated sentence structure, it can be difficult to understand or take a long time to grasp the gist of the source. As a result, paraphrasing is necessary to transform a complex sentence into a simpler one. It makes it easier for the average reader to comprehend.

When paraphrasing, the writer researches by reading a variety of sources and texts that have similar messages. They read them, set them aside, and then compose their article or academic paper without consulting the reference texts they had previously read. One inserts their own words, message, or concept from many sources and literature.

Rephrased Content in Professional Writing 

Plagiarism is a severe threat to your writing plan. It raises your chances of falling behind in the rankings race. Your aim is to stand out among the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of other sellers and product promoters. Paraphrasing is a technique that writers can use to avoid plagiarizing content in their text without committing plagiarism. Using rephrased content is not illegal at all, but you need to show ethics by not copying its core. You just can extract an idea from the content & then put it in your own word & writing style.

For using paraphrased content, you must be careful of the following aspects: the meaning is the same in both cases. The majority of the wording has been altered. The sentences have been restructured extensively. The data is backed up with references. These are a few points that can save you from plagiarizing & slide you into a safer zone of paraphrased content.

Blogging is a popular way for professional writers to advertise their company ideas. You won’t go through this unless you develop original content that isn’t plagiarized. People are intelligent enough to recognize the original, and by doing so, you risk jeopardizing your credibility. Similarly, your competitor may file a lawsuit accusing you of stealing. Therefore, if you want to build your consumer base or produce leads, you’ll need original content.

As a result, a sentence changer spares you from these issues by completely paraphrasing your information.

When creating a blog, a paraphrasing tool saves your time and work. You can put the time and effort you put into writing a plagiarism-free blog toward creating more material. A paraphrasing tool completes the paraphrasing process in a matter of seconds. Due to the easy accessibility of sentence changes, you no longer need to invest time or physical effort in rephrasing online

It takes time to get to the bottom of the theme of improved expression. Writing a single unique blog can take several hours. However, you may utilize the tool to rephrase numerous pieces of material in a significantly shorter amount of time.

It is also best to adjust the writing structure and the text, delete unneeded portions and simplify the language to avoid plagiarism. If the writer uses the author’s direct quotation, they must use quotation marks and include a proper in-text citation with a page number; otherwise, plagiarism checkers, whether unpaid or paid, will flag it as duplicated content.

Many online plagiarism remover and paraphrasing tools are available based on complex algorithms that deliver high-quality content rephrasing to its consumers. These online paraphrase tools don’t just replace a few words with synonyms; it aims to provide you with a newer version of an existing article that includes a thorough restatement. 

Sometimes, users are not required to register or pay anything to utilize an online plagiarism checker. Its automated algorithms handle everything without the need for human intervention. So, after rewriting your content must pass your article through a plagiarism test.


Rephrasing content is a clever choice because it provides adequate proof to back the views and ideas. It is an essential component of professional writing, and research has shown that paraphrasing aids in acquiring new subjects. By combining numerous topic ideas into a single cohesive article, paraphrasing is also an excellent method for avoiding plagiarism. For professional writing in general, paraphrasing is a highly respected choice.

You can reap the benefits of content writing if and only if you improve your skills and use tools such as the rewrite tool. To get listed on top pages and generate leads as a content writer, you must develop interesting, plagiarism-free, SEO-optimized content.

By creating SEO-friendly, entertaining, and plagiarism-free blogs and reviews, you can realize your aim of reaching the pinnacle of your online business. A paraphrasing tool can be helpful in this situation.

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