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Smriti-Irani-621x414New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announced on Monday that soon a mobile application would be launched to enable the students download all the NCERT textbooks for free.

“On July 17, under the banner of NCERT, we will unveil a mobile app which will enable students to download all NCERT books from Class one to 12 for free,” she said.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Rashtriya Yoga Shikshak Sammelan at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Irani also launched the syllabus and course material for Class 6 to 10 students, prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and training module for teacher education programme prepared by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).

The two-day conference on ‘Yoga – Principles and Practice in our education system’ will discuss topics like yoga for holistic development, yoga for the needs of special children, yoga and stress management, yoga in curriculum and best practices in yoga teaching.

(IANS)

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App to Reveal Your Daily Smart Phone Use

Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

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Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

Install and see how much time you are spending on the phone or which apps or games you are hooked to.

Scientists at University of Bonn, Germany, have developed Menthal that runs on Android 4.0 – or newer – version.

“If you would like to go on a digital diet, we would provide you with the scales,” said Alexander Markowetz, junior professor for computer science at University of Bonn.

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“Menthal would provide reliable data for the first time. This app can show us in detail what someone’s average cellphone consumption per day looks like,” added Markowetz.

The researchers used Menthal to examine the phone behaviour of 50 students over a period of six weeks.

A quarter of them used their phones for more than two hours a day.

On average, participants activated their phones more than 80 times a day – every 12 minutes on average.

“Some of the results were shocking,” commented Christian Montag.

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What’s App alone took up 15 percent of the time while facebook nine percent.

Games accounted for 13 percent, with some subjects gaming for several hours a day, said the study to be published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

“We would like to know how much cellphone use is normal, and where ‘too much’ starts,” Montag added.

This potential new addiction is not an officially recognised disease but we know that using a cellphone can result in symptoms resembling an addiction, he pointed out.

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“Outright withdrawal symptoms can actually occur when cellphones cannot be used,” he warned.

Next on the agenda is to measure the severity and the progress of depression using cellphone data.

“We suspect that during a depressive phase, cellphone use will change in a measurable way,” said researchers.

Patients would then make fewer phone calls and venture outside less frequently – a change in behaviour that smartphones can also record through built-in GPS.

A psychiatrist might then be able to use patients’ cell phones as a diagnostic tool and, if necessary, intervene accordingly early on, the research said.

The new app is available as a free download from Google’s Playstore. (IANS)

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