Maulana Abul Kalam Azads birthday to now be National Education Day

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has approached educational institutions and asked them to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, freedom fighter and the first education minister of India as the National Education Day. 

University Grants Commission, UGC, and Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, have asked the institutions to organise seminars, symposium, essay writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies with banners, cards and slogans of the importance of education and nation’s commitment to all aspects of education.

The CBSE sent a circular to its schools that asked them to introspect their ongoing programme such as Community Outreach, Entrepreneurial Projects, Vocational Skills, Life Skills, and Inclusive Education on the National Education Day. 

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served as the India’s first Minister of Education from 1947 to 1958. He emphasised on free and compulsory education for all under 14 and stressed on adult illiteracy.

Short term course for unemployed and school dropouts

Chennai Collector P Maheswari has mentioned that the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation will conduct a short term course for unemployed and school dropouts.
In a press release, she has mentioned: Short term course is to be conducted for unemployed boys and girls, students who could not pursue the studies and school dropouts. The course will be conducted at Guindy ITI. This course is being organized by the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation and ITI. Courses are to be conducted for the categories such as electrician (domestic), basic installation and measurement, repairing of windows and speed A/C, repairing of four wheelers, welder, cookery and cool drinks service. 

The course has begun on 1st of this month. Candidates who have studied fifth standard and above are eligible for the course. Candidates should be above 12 years. The course is conducted free of cost for three months. Rs 100 will be paid as conveyance allowance. Tamil Nadu government certificate will be issued on completion of course. For further details contact 044 22501530, 22501538, 94451 67506, 94440 18785, 98407 37173

Spoken English Tips

Spoken English Tips

The following tips helped me improve my spoken English and overcome my hesitation in the language. Hope they are useful for you too.

Don’t worry about making mistakes because you will make mistakes as a learner.

Be patient. This isn’t a one day process.

Learn certain phrases that can be used in multiple situations.

Learn how to greet someone properly.

Talk slowly and carefully. Don’t rush through your sentences.

Restrict yourself to simple sentences until you gain confidence.

Watch out for your pronunciation. Many online tools will tell you how to pronounce a word correctly. Check one of them out when you’re in doubt.

Carefully observe how proficient speakers of the language pronounce words and frame their sentences.

Ask your friends, relatives and anyone you can to point out your mistakes and correct them.

Speak to them in English only. Practice is a must.

Record yourself reading one article aloud every day. Focus on pronunciation, speed, clarity and emphasis.

Many online sites offer you the opportunity to voice chat with another user. This is an effective way to practice.

Learn at least one new word every day and use it as a part of your conversation with people. By the end of the week, you should know seven words really well.

Learn new words everyday

Read at least one article of your choice aloud every day.

Watch English movies with subtitles.

Watch English shows.

Read books and magazines.

Keep a pocket dictionary handy for any word you may need to know the meaning of.

When you hear a new word, try to find its usage and its antonyms.