Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ICT for School workshop at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on November 20, 2015

A half day Workshop on “ICT for Schools” will be conducted on Friday 20th November, 2015 [2:00 PM-5:30 PM] at Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai. The workshop will be covering presentation-cum-demo on:
  1. Online Labs
  2. eBasta - School Books to eBooks and
  3. Assessment and Monitoring Framework.
CBSE/STATE board teachers from Classes VIII, IX, X ; Subjects - Science, Maths, English are invited to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Educational Technology Unit of C-DAC Mumbai. 

Please comment or write to etu[AT]cdac[DOT]in, if you are interested, or want more information.

My younger brother Shobhit Kapoor missing. Appeal for help.

Name: Shobhit Kapoor,
Age: 33 years,

Missing from #Farrukhabad , #UttarPradesh since Nov. 9, 2015.

If any one have seen him anywhere or have any information, please call on the nos. mentioned in the image. Or comment on the post. Its a humble request. Any cooperation will be immensely helpful. Please share as much as possible.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Workshop on “ICT for Schools” on Friday 16th October, 2015 at Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai

A half day Workshop on “ICT for Schools” will be conducted on Friday 16th October, 2015 [2:00 PM-5:30 PMat Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai. The workshop will be covering presentation-cum-demo on 1) Online Labs 2) eBasta - School Books to eBooks and 3) Assessment and Monitoring Framework. CBSE/Stateboard teachers from Classes VIII, IX, X ; Subjects - Science, Maths, English are invited to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Educational Technology Unit of C-DAC Mumbai. Attached document contains more information about the workshop. 

Please write to etu@cdac.in for registration and other details.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How a rainbow works - Elocution speech by Harshi

  • A rainbow is a multi-coloured arc that appears in the sky as a result of bending and scattering of sunlight through drops of rain.
  • It occurs when it is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.
  • A rainbow cannot be approached or physically touched.
  • On ground, we only see a semi-circle or arc of rainbow, though it’s a full circle of light. 
  • However, from height such as on an airplane, it can be seen in a complete circle.
  • Due to its bow like shape and being formed mainly in rains, it is called as rainbow.
  • Sir Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow forms. He identified 7 colours that make up white light of Sun. These 7 colours are Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red (VIBGYOR).
  • All these colours are present in a rainbow in the order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo and violet.
  • Normally when sunlight travels through the air we see white light. But when it enters through a raindrop, colours separate to make a rainbow at 42 degrees from the direction opposite to the sun. Each raindrop makes its own rainbow but it takes millions of raindrops for us to see a rainbow.
  • Earth is the only planet in the solar system where rainbows are possible.
  • No two people see the same rainbow due to change in set of raindrops being seen.

How weather changes - An article by Harshi for her school's magazine

If one thing around us changes every day, it is possibly the weather. One fine day it is pleasant, another day it is rash. Some days are warmer, while some days are cooler or rainy. Ever thought why it happens. Come! Let’s discuss.
Our planet, “The Earth” revolves around “The Sun”, the only star of our solar system. The changes in weather are caused by the sun. Sun gives us light and heat. But the amount of heat received from sun is not same everywhere on the earth, as our earth is tilted on it axis. This heat is absorbed in the atmosphere of earth. Due to this, air in our atmosphere becomes warm.
Air near the equator (line which divides the earth in two equal parts) is warmest as it gets more heat than any other parts of atmosphere. On the other hand, north and south poles are cold due to being the farthest points on earth. It means air is hot on some parts of the earth, while cold on other parts. Air warmed by the sun becomes lighter and rises upwards in a warm place. Opposite to this in a cold place, air becomes dense and sinks. Hot air creates low pressure regions, while cold air creates high pressure regions. Air flows from these high pressure areas towards low pressure regions, thus creating wind or air current. This is a continuous process as the heat of the sun is continually received on earth.
Seasons in the northern and southern hemisphere differ largely due this flow of air. In a high pressure region, water vapor sinks before it can form the clouds. So, the weather is sunny. In a low pressure area, water vapor rises and forms clouds resulting in a rain.
Since the earth is tilted, hence at different times of the year, different parts of the earth surface are closer to sun in comparison to other parts. Areas close to the poles have very short summer and long winters. Similarly, areas near the equator have summer all the year. In the southern hemisphere, summer comes when this part is before the sun. While, in the northern one at the same time, winter is there.
Therefore, we can understand that all kinds of weather happen because the air around the earth blows in so many different ways, when heated by the sun.
Our country is lucky enough to have all kinds of weather like summer, winter, rain and autumn throughout the year.

Harshi Baijal

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Election commission needs to be modernized

Voting has finished. Results are 1 day away. All are waiting and guessing. Meanwhile, although election commission should be congratulated for successful conduction of largely free and fair elections. Its efforts to reach each and every corner of the country irrespective of demographic constraints are commendable. 
Yet there are certain issues related to the handling of elections. And, these issues need to be addressed if we want active and substantial participation of public in the electoral process.
During these elections, there have been many complaints of erroneous voting lists. People's name are missing, though already registered. Take the example of Mumbai and Pune. In these two cities alone, almost half a million voters are missing from the list. What about rest of the country?
People have not been added to the list despite submitting valid applications. There have also been cases of transfer of votes from one place to another, people have not found their names in the voter list of new place and their names have been removed from that of old place. I was lucky enough to cast my vote in this election after transfer, but my name was not cleared from the list of my native town.
In my view, the overall process or procedure of voter registration is not transparent and is handled in a very ad-hoc manner. Why is it so that so much errors are there in the voter list? Can we call it a true democracy, when a large chunk of voters is left out of the process. It is very much required to revamp and modernize the age-old procedures of electoral process so that they are the reflection of today, not of past. Is online vote possible?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Open House at CDAC on the occasion of National Science Day

CDAC Mumbai is organising an Open House on the occasion of National Science Day(28th February, 2014) at its Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. This Open House will not only showcase CDAC products and projects, but also include Quiz Show, Programming Competition and Much More.