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B.R. Ambedkar’s London house to be converted into a memorial

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

AmbedkarAfter India signed a deal worth $3.1 million to acquire the bungalow of the Dalit icon Dr. B.R. Amdebkar, the latter would become the first Indian to have an entire house dedicated to his memory in London.

The Maharashtra government will transform the house into an international study centre or to say a memorial on the Dalit leader. The 2050 sq ft property on King Henry Road was where Ambedkar lived as a PG while he was a student in the 1920s.

“This property also has the distinction of being recognised as an English Heritage since 1991 and carries a blue plaque with the words ‘Dr Bhimjirao Ramji Ambedkar 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for social justice lived here” said Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra’s minister of social justice and special assistance.

For this house, the govt. will set up a committee in order to transform it into an international tourist spot and a study centre. The property will be equipped with the entire body of Ambedkar’s works on subjects such as politics, social justice, economics, international relations and the constitution.

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“Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar’s key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit… Additionally, its five bedrooms could be used as accommodation for Indian students from Dalit backgrounds while doing post-graduate studies in the UK,” said FABO UK president Santosh Dass.

The memorial is expected to be opened to visitors by later this year or early next year.

 

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London: Midwifery Students Learning to Bring New Life with the Help of Augmented Reality Technology

Using AR headsets and lifelike models of full-term mothers, trainee midwives at Middlesex University

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Midwifery educator at Middlesex University Sarah Chitongo instructs a trainee midwife wearing an augmented reality (AR) headset in London, Britain, June 17, 2019. VOA

Midwifery students in London are learning to bring new life into the world in a radically new way with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology.

Using AR headsets and lifelike models of full-term mothers, trainee midwives at Middlesex University can take part in fully simulated births, which the university’s clinical staff hope will both hone their clinical skills and leave them better prepared to face challenges rarely seen in day-to-day practice.

AR technology offers users an interactive experience in which objects in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated information.

Midwifery educator Sarah Chitongo said the AR system allowed students to understand better the birthing process by displaying an interactive representation of a patient’s anatomy.

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Midwifery students in London are learning to bring new life into the world in a radically new way. Pixabay

“It allows you to see a visual picture of the actual anatomy itself, which is raised out of the normal body, and you can step in, walk around and have an internal view,” Chitongo told Reuters.

Chitongo cited high-risk problems such as shoulder dystocia – when a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the mother’s body – and breech births – when a baby is born bottom first – as particular rarities for midwives where AR could help prepare students to cope better and ultimately to save lives.

Chitongo believes that younger trainees will embrace the technology positively as they are of a generation that has largely grown up with computers and interactive environments.

However, her overarching aim is for midwives to become better prepared to reduce mortality rates, which are disproportionately high among ethnic minority pregnancies.

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“Currently, here in the U.K., it sits at 60% combined, compared to 9.8% in white women,” Chitongo said, adding that the issue had not been meaningfully addressed despite the trend having risen since 2011. “When you get it right, with a population where it’s actually on the worst side (of the statistics), it means you’ve got a better and safer maternity service across the U.K.” (VOA)