COVID-19: Update on an Evolving Pandemic

COVID-19: Update on an Evolving Pandemic

Image courtsey of Wkipedia for illustration purpose only By - Debasis Biswas, Prashant Khare, Shashwati Nema Deptt of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal COVID-19 & SARS-CoV-2 The Coronaviruses (CoV) are so called because of the characteristic fringe of crown-like projections on the surface of these viruses (Latin word corona meaning crown or halo).Members of this large familypredominantly infect a wide range of animals and birds and are classified into alpha, beta, gamma, & delta groups on the basis of genetic homology. Of them, the viruses in the first 2 groups are derived from bats and the other 2 are of avian origin. Before the ongoing epidemic, human infections have resulted from only 6 members of this large family; all of which belong to the alpha and beta groups. Among them, barring SARS-CoV(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus) (which emerged in 2002-3) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) (which emerged in 2012-13), human affliction has been limited to mild respiratory illness without any serious consequence. Since the coronaviruses infecting humans are all of animal origin, they...
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WANT CHILDREN TO BE CREATIVE? LET THEM PLAY

WANT CHILDREN TO BE CREATIVE? LET THEM PLAY

Introduction           Creativity is making imaginative and new ideas into reality. In general, creativity requires commitment and passion for the work. With the help of creativity, kids get more ingenuity and out of the box thinking. Children could learn about the world with the help of imaginative and creative play. Great opportunities are possible only if kids participate creatively. Parents could make their children play with dough, creating recipes by mixing mud and water, working with art materials, splashing in puddles, etc., Every parent expects their children to be more creative in everything that they do. The ability to be visionary and insightful or to create something from personal feelings and experiences can reflect the child emotionally. How important is creativity?        Creativity brings your inner thoughts and make you very self-expressive which results in showcasing your uniqueness to the world. Creativity also develops the child both mentally and physically by providing certain opportunities for trying out advanced ideas, new ways of thinking and solving the problem. Indulging the kids in the creative activities helps them to stand...
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7 Fun Experiments to Try at the Chemistry Lab

7 Fun Experiments to Try at the Chemistry Lab

Most people are fairly divided on science: either you love it, or you hate it. If you belong to the latter camp, it is probably because science classes may seem too technical and boring. However, that is a great misperception. If you know what to do, scientific experiments can be fun—even magical! With the right scientific equipment and know-how, you can take up a number of interesting projects. In the chemistry lab, you can make gooey slime, invisible ink, and glittering crystals! Here are 7 simple and fun experiments to try out at the chemistry lab! 1. Layered Drink You must have seen beautiful drinks with distinctly separate layers and colors. Gravity-defying and magical as these drinks may look, they are actually based on simple scientific manipulation. This type of drink is based on the principles of density: the denser a liquid, the more it will sink. Effectively, you can layer one type of drink on another. All you need is: two-four different...
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7 Best Ways to Keep Students Involved in Learning

7 Best Ways to Keep Students Involved in Learning

The joy of learning is something that anyone at any stage of their lives can experience because the journey of learning never ends. Nonetheless, the word “learning” reminds us of school, and the period of schooling is perhaps the most significant time in any individual’s life. It is important for teachers to represent learning as a fun and enriching process to students and admittedly, that is a tough job. The following tips or ideas are those that teachers can utilize to add flavor to their lessons, increase the enthusiasm and most importantly, leave a lasting impression on students that learning is fun!   IDEA #1: UNDERSTAND YOUR STUDENTS   Recognizing whether your students are in the right frame of mind to absorb information (by simply studying their facial expressions and body language) during lessons, is an art itself. It is difficult for students to continuously absorb information (back to back for different subjects), process them and let’s not forget that this happens for the...
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What to Expect from an Interview: The Most Common Interview Questions You Should Expect

What to Expect from an Interview: The Most Common Interview Questions You Should Expect

Whether you’re a recent graduate from university or college looking for your first job or you’ve been without work for a while and you’re looking to get back into the workplace. No matter your situation, it can be tough getting onto the career ladder. No matter how confident or un-confident you might be, carrying out the right preparation and research prior to an interview can give your success rate a huge boost and even land you the job. What is a Job Interview? Job Interview – Noun – A formal meeting in which an applicant is asked questions to determine their suitability for a particular job. The idea of a job interview is to allow your potential employer to ask you questions about your career, personality, and life in order to learn more about you, and ultimately decide whether they believe you to be a good fit for the job. There are three main types of a job interview, and you can expect...
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How to Motivate Your Students

How to Motivate Your Students

Every teacher has those days where the students seem to be on a different planet… you know what we mean. Those days when a normal tone of voice goes unheard, when the students just refuse to pay attention and continue with banter and chatter while you desperately try to get their attention and try to motivate your students.   Then there’s the students themselves. Some of them simply aren’t interested in learning, others have problems paying attention, and yet others are disorganized and might perform poorly despite trying their best. It is important for a teacher to maintain control of the class while encouraging students to improve their skills and achieve better academic performance. Here are some ways to motivate your students in a constructive manner. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivational Factors Motivation is both intrinsic and extrinsic. Environmental factors, the teacher’s personality and preferred teaching method, the classroom environment, the child’s home environment and other students in the class are all external factors that...
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How to do the job of a Scrutinizer

How to do the job of a Scrutinizer

Dear viewers: Please check out the points How to do the job of a Scrutinizer   Those who will be the Scrutinizers please comply with the guidelines stated below.   The guidelines stated below   To scrutinize each and every assessed answer script thoroughly. To check if mark has been awarded to each part of an answer and the total of all such part-marks has been compounded. To check the over marking. To check the marks in answer script and corresponding marks in mark sheet. To check if caging has been done properly. To check if the examiner has put his/her signature at the front page of the script. All the correction works in the marks sheet should be done with green ink.  Then please put your initial juxtapose to the examiner’s initial writing RECHECKED or RC whichever is conducive to you. To scrutinize any unassessed answer and immediately bring to the notice to the examiner. Any misspelled words not underlined.  Underline with green ink Should...
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