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In Agra’s BR Ambedkar university 12800 appear for BEd exam, 20000 pass

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By Rajesh Ghosh

Agra: BR Ambedkar University in Agra came in for a shock on Saturday as the private agency contracted to prepare the BEd results brought to light gross irregularities, highlighting that while around 12800 students enrolled to take the exam they received answer sheets of more than 20000 students.

The Vice-Chancellor of the varsity Mohd Muzammil called for an immediate probe to establish the reasons behind such absurdity, according to reports.

The blame has been swiftly put on the private college affiliates. These colleges allegedly admitted more students, on paper, than they had vacancies. This is a grave inconsistency as 191 BEd colleges affiliated with the varsity had previously claimed that 40% of their seats laid vacant for the 2013-14 academic year (exams taken on 2014-15).

Recently, another incident in Bihar highlighted the dismal state of the Indian Education system, where outsiders were seen climbing a wall of an examination center to illegally assist examinees. The incident gained worldwide media coverage.

A Supreme Court verdict earlier this year ordered 600,000 students to re-appear for the pre-medical exam as a fallout of the massive Vyapam scandal.

Many other such incidents across the country have brought in the public discourse a phenomenon that seems endemic. Many reports show the growing use of technology like micro-Bluetooth devices, scanning pens, stitched buttonhole cameras and good old tactics like bribing among others.

As India’s economic growth attracts more foreign corporate investments, it must not ignore the structural infirmities of its education system.

India must not only increase its educational structures quantitatively but also qualitatively. Underemployment is a major problem in India as even graduates are unemployable as a result of their poor quality education.

India cannot afford to ignore a fundamental pillar of its society, for no country can advance into modernity without a robust educational system.

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Students Need Social Support to Exercise More: Researchers

Respondents also said that social changes like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist

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Exercising regularly can keep your brain healthy. VOA

Making exercise a stress outlet may help students attain recommended amounts of physical activity and to maintain that routine, students need social support from family and friends, said researchers including one of an Indian origin.

“Accessing internal and external sources of inspiration and resilience is an effective and sustainable model for positive change,” said Vinayak K. Nahar, Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi.

“Physicians who want to encourage their patients to get more physical activity should suggest the techniques from this study,” he added.

For the study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers surveyed 135 college students, assessing their willingness to exercise for the recommended 150 minutes per week.

Participants were asked to weigh pros, like improved energy and health, against perceived disadvantages, like being tired and not having enough time for academics or leisure.

Yoga is also a good physical exercise. Wikimedia Commons

Once convinced that more exercise would benefit them, students were asked what they needed to get started. The single most significant factor was behavioural confidence which involves visualization of future performance and external sources of confidence like an encouraging mentor.

According to the survey, respondents indicated that sustaining the weekly 150 minutes of exercise would require the support of family and friends, as well as an emotional shift, in which students would use exercise as an outlet for stressors.

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Respondents also said that social changes like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist.

“Nearly half of all adults in the US do not engage in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This basic lack of exercise is tied to myriad health problems, so it is important to address it early,” said study lead author Manoj Sharma, Professor at the Jackson State University. (IANS)