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UG to boost post-graduate programmes this September

first_imgRegistrar of the University of Guyana (UG), Dr. Nigel Gravesande, has said the academic advancement of staff is critical in order for the institution to boost its post-graduate programmes, especially at the level of Master’s degrees.He indicated this position in a recent interview with Guyana Times, wherein he disclosed that for the upcoming semester in September 2018, there will be additional programmes at the post-graduate level.“We do have a PhD is Bio-diversity, and we have some Masters programmes in Business. We have just launched a Master’s degree programme in Social Work. We are going to be rolling out, from September, a Master’s degree programme in Psychology, (and) there is on the books a Master’s degree programme in Biology,” the senior academic functionary highlighted.According to information received, the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) is also undertaking preparations to begin a Master’s programme in ‘Visual Communication.’It was in early March that UG’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, noted that the country’s premiere institution was embarking on several measures to offer a better quality of service across the university’s campuses, faculties and departments. At that point, it was announced that the university currently has 113 programmes at various levels being offered, including certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate diplomas. However, Guyana Times was told that only 12 of those programmes are for Master’s degrees.While some are calling for UG to increase its number of post-graduate programmes, Dr. Gravesande has cautioned that the institution has to respond to the developmental needs in the formulation of such programmes.“As the enabling environment and the economic needs intensify, divisions [will] roll out more Master’s degree programmmes,” Gravesande observed.He, however, noted that for this to be realised, the university has to ensure that more members of its academic staff attain a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).“You have to ensure that there is an environment where you have credible professors at post-doctoral experience; and for those teaching in the Master’s degree programme, supervising thesis [should have] at least a PhD. So there has to be the simultaneous raising of the intellectual capital at the faculty level,” he noted.“There are a number of faculty members and administrators who are taking up scholarships, who are going on sabbatical, undertaking research leading to terminal degrees; and the university’s administration had attempted vigorously and consciously to create an enabling environment whereby these opportunities can be made available to faculty members, and encourage them to take up (those opportunities),” he added.The Registrar also said the magnitude of material for which students are going to research highlights the need for library resources to be “absolutely there”.It was on March 1 that the University secured a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)-funded project worth over $31 million (US$150,000) to complete the first phase of the brand new University of Guyana Library.It was reported that the new library will be more spacious, will have enhanced features, and will be located over the canal that lies west of the current building. The CDB said the new facilities will be environmentally resilient and social inclusive as a place of study.Professor Griffith observed that this latest improvement forms part of a grander infrastructural overhaul. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Blanc Henry made a mistake by taking Monaco job

first_imgLaurent Blanc reckons his former France teammate Thierry Henry would have been wise to turn AS Monaco downThe 41-year-old returned to his boyhood club to replace the fired Leonardo Jardim in his first managerial role.Henry had been previously linked with English Championship side Aston Villa, but chose to take charge at Monaco instead.The Arsenal and France legend has since drawn two and lost four of his six matches at Monaco.The 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions are down in 19th-place in the league table and appear set for a season-long fight for survival.“I would have turned down the situation at Monaco,” said Blanc, according to the Daily Mirror.“The situation is very dangerous for a first job. He knows Monaco well and he knows football especially well. But this does not feel good.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…The former Paris-Saint Germain coach had previously endorsed Henry’s return to Monaco last month.“He wanted to get into this job; he wanted to break into the field,” said Blanc at the time.“And he has chosen exactly the right place, a club he knows well. And it’s in the French league too, which is noteworthy.“It has been quite a while since he was last involved in football in France. He will certainly bring ideas with him.“He’s young, he’s experienced and he has a knowledge of football that will certainly help him.”Club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev gave his backing to Henry this week following their 4-0 loss to PSG.Monaco will next take a trip to Caen on November 24 for another Ligue 1 fixture.last_img read more

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Kids hours at book fair Friday

first_imgChildren can have their day out with Ekushey Book Fair celebrating Shishu Prohor (special time schedule for the children) again on Friday (9th day) from 11:00am to 1:00pm, reports UNB.The book fair will remain open from 11:00am as it is holiday and close at 9:00pm. A total of 791 books hit the book fair so far including eighth day’s 64 books.Publishers from across the country are exhibiting a huge number of books on different issues while Bangla Academy is exhibiting 141 newly printed and reprinted books.Earlier, 729 books hit the fair in the first week while number of books of short stories, novel, essay and poetry published in the first week are 87, 86, 37, and 149 respectively.A children painting competition will be held as part of the Shishu Prohor celebration with artiste Nisar Hossain inaugurating the competition.A discussion programme on Rashid Uddin, Ukil Munsi and Bari Siddiqi will be held with Suman Kumar Das presenting the keynote speech.Kamal Uddin Kabir and Siaman Zakir will discuss while Nurul Haque will preside over.Regular seminars are being arranged at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from February 2 to 28 followed by cultural events.As in recent years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organizations and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organizations.There are strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.A newly launched website and apps provide the information about the fair.Awards in different categories will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the book fair.last_img read more

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Gandhijis unpublished letter surfaces days before 150th birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: The discovery of an unpublished letter written by Mahatma Gandhi to a 24-year-old youth in Kalighat, expressing his doubts about starting a monthly magazine exclusively for the Harijans in Kolkata 85 years ago, has shed light on a new revelation before the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, which falls on October 2.Sudhir Kumar Mitra, a resident of Kalighat, wrote a letter to Gandhiji who was then at Yerwada Jail in Pune, to start a magazine exclusively devoted to Dalits. Mitra, who was 24-years-old then, had seen two Dalit women being denied entry into Kalighat Temple in 1933. Most of the people who used to reside in the areas surrounding the temple were Brahmins and they looked down upon the Dalits. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMitra, a graduate of Scottish Church College, began a movement along with some local Brahmin youths, demanding that Dalit women be allowed to enter Kalighat Temple.He wrote a letter to Gandhiji on April 10, 1933, expressing his desire to start a magazine exclusively for the untouchables and sought his blessings.On April 14, Gandhiji sent a reply to Mitra that read: “I have your letter of 10th instant. I doubt very much if a monthly magazine exclusively devoted to untouchability is called for. You would therefore forgive me for not blessing your venture in anticipation.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Gandhiji had started a weekly journal called Harijan in English on February 11, 1933, from Yerwada Jail. He also published Harijan Bandhav in Gujarati and Harijan Sevak in Hindi.However, the refusal of Gandhiji to support his cause did not dampen Mitra’s spirit. He was the key person in setting up Satyacharan Institute, a library in 1930 in Kalighat. The library is now a state government sponsored unit. Mitra’s unflinching respect for Gandhiji also continued. On February 14, 1948, just a fortnight after the assassination of Gandhiji on January 30, 1948, Mitra brought out the first biography on Gandhiji in Bengali. It was published by Sri Guru Prakashani.After 70 years, the book has been edited by Pallav Mitra, Sudhir’s son and will be published by Parul Prakashani On Monday. The reprinted version contains 12 poems on Gandhiji by Rabindranath, Kazi Nazrul, Sukanta Bhattacharya and Buddhadeb Basu among others.last_img read more