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Admission Begin for School Students

The Chennai Corporation on 1st June, 2011 started admission of new students in its schools.

Participating in a function organised at Chennai High School, Wall Tax Road, Mayor M.Subramanian said that Chennai Schools would remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for admission of students.

In view of the improvement in the facilities and teaching standards, students of Chennai Schools have done well in the public examinations, he added.

Over 1.03 lakh students are studying in the 281 Chennai Schools. Chennai Schools registered a pass percentage of 86.33 in SSLC and 85.33 in Higher Secondary public examination last year.

Awareness campaign

The civic body has started an awareness campaign to highlight the facilities at Chennai Schools and attract more students.

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Chennai Corporation invites Applications for Diploma Courses

Chennai Corporation is inviting applications for two diploma courses being offered at the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet.

A release said that the courses – Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) and Training Course for Nursing Assistant – are open for students of Chennai Schools run by the Corporation and the wards of the civic body employees.

Students of government schools would also be admitted depending on the availability of seats.

Those who have passed XII examination with physics, chemistry, biology and zoology as core subjects can apply for the DMLT course.

While the age limit for BC and MBC candidates is between 17 and 30, SC / ST candidates aged up to 35 may apply for the two – year course. A monthly fee of 300 would be charged.

Candidates who have passed X Standard may apply for the nursing assistant course.

A monthly fee of 75 would be charged for the one – year course. Candidates may contact the CDH office on Tiruvottiyur High Road, Tondiarpet, the release said.

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Chennai Corporation opened for Community Colleges

The Chennai Corporation opened three more community colleges in the city on Friday as part of its measures to provide skill training to underprivileged students in addition to the four existing ones.

Participating in the function, at one of the colleges in Kamarajar Nagar, Tondiarpet, Mayor M. Subramanian said two new courses had been introduced in each of these three colleges.

While the College in Tondiarpet would offer Courses in Computer Security Services and Computer Accountant Training, the one on Vathiyar Kandapillai Street, Choolai, would offer Courses in Pharma Retail and Hardware Maintenance Training.

Courses in Computer Hardware and Networking and Implementing and Maintaining Computer Network would be offered at the college at Gangapuram, T. Nagar.

About 720 students would be trained in the three colleges. The expenditure towards providing free training in the New Colleges is [rupee] 13.68 lakh.

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Reinventing Education Programme spreads its wings to six more schools

The Chennai Corporation has extended the Reinventing Education (RE) programme to cover six more Chennai Schools. The programme is being implemented in collaboration with IBM and educational services organisation EZ Vidya.

“We have already implemented the programme in 10 schools and we find that it has made a difference to our teachers’ outlook and involvement. The teachers have enhanced their skills and have performed remarkably in motivating students,” said T.N. Venkatesh, Joint Commissioner (Education), Chennai Corporation after a meeting with the collaborators on Wednesday. The programme seeks to enable teachers of government and local body schools to develop an innovative model of professional development and to improve teaching-learning practices through intense training, and classroom participation.

“It has been great working with teachers of Chennai Schools,” observes Chitra Ravi, founder and CEO of EZ Vidya. Their receptivity to new ideas, motivation and the desire to make a difference to students’ lives is seen in how they engage with issues, and translate the learning to teaching-learning practices, she adds.

P. Abdul Rasheed, Assistant Educational Officer (AEO) of Zone 5 (Kilpauk), has been part of the programme earlier. “IBM has vast experience in implementing the RE programme in different countries. In the city, they are collaborating with Chennai Corporation. There are specific teaching-learning tools to be used for classes VI to VIII. From my experience, I have seen significant changes in teachers’ attitudes,” he says.

Making concepts interesting using innovative teaching methodology, encouraging collaborative learning and holding discussions in class are part of the tools. “I see how some teachers are now better equipped to help students who lag behind academically. The students, in turn, gain confidence and are willing to work harder,” he adds.
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