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like every year, This is among the many projects and innovations,” "In Karnataka,we also have Tamils and Tamil Nadu registered vehicles Amma be warned” The lines got blurred in Karnataka Who am I A pro-Kannada activist indulging in arson on the streets of Bengaluru Or a Kannada news channel reporter on the Bengaluru-Mysuru road with arson taking place in the backdrop Or a news anchor Agitations in Karnataka File photo PTI Over the past one week Kannada news channels have delivered news on the Cauvery crisis in default sub-national jingoistic mode Almost as if the activist and the journalist signed an MoU to set Karnataka on fire together One physically the other verbally and visually The vernacular television journalist chose to wear his Kannada identity on his sleeve and his microphone During apress conference on Monday Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had pointed out that he was aware of the role played by the electronic media "Please cooperate in the interest of the state” he had said without going into specifics "As a journalist I am embarrassed” said Sugata Raju editorial director of the Asianet group that publishes the daily Kannada Prabhaand broadcasts Suvarna News a Kannada news channel "Instead of disseminating information TV channels became agent provocateurs” This over-the-top approach was similar to how national channels deal with news related to Pakistan With political shelling across the Cauvery the Pakistan-like treatment fitted into the narrative of "our" Karnataka taking on "enemy" Tamil Nadu across the ‘River of Control’ Kannada channels said they are not entirely to be blamed as Tamil Nadu media started it first On Saturday evening an engineering student from Tamil Nadu was assaulted by a group of activists of a fringe group called Yuva Karnataka The student had posted memes on Facebook ridiculing Kannada film stars for taking part in Karnataka bandh on Friday The footage went viral on social media A few Tamil channels played up the incident all day on Sunday The footage of the assault was provocative only adding to the Tamil-Kannadiga divide And as feared it ignited a reaction Late on Sunday night petrol bombs were thrown at New Woodlands hotel in Chennai and a Kannadiga driver assaulted in Rameshwaram on Monday Kannada channel editors saidon Monday morning when the Chennai and Rameshwaram incidents were being reported came the order of the Supreme court extending the period of disbursal of Cauvery water till 20 September Some of those manning the newsrooms in the 11 Kannada channels in business said it was akin to "sprinkling salt on Karnataka’s wounds” "What is happening is a natural corollary of regionalism” saidHR Ranganath chairman and managing director of Public TV "The constituency of the channels is Karnataka not pan-India the perspective obviously is different from say a national English news channel” The hoodlums who ruled the streets in north and south-west Bengaluru on Monday too were indulging in competitive arson At times like these getting two minutes of airtime is like new-found reputation and helps in the business of extortion The TV clips on their smartphones became digital proof of thuggery that were encashed later And some TV cameras in the quest for footage of "exclusive" vandalism were unfortunately more than willing to play accomplice "It is a competition between channels on who is showing more violence Every such clip of human misery and economic loss is labelled exclusive” said Hemantha Kumar senior journalist "Karnataka was being incited by rabble-rousers sitting in TV studios to defy the Supreme Court order Our fraternity has bungled I am very angry about it” he added The problem was also with wrong information being put out deliberately A little after noon on Monday many Kannada channels had started flashing that Section 144 was being imposed in Bengaluru The police clarification that it was not the case came much later but by that time the damage had been done Bengaluru was in panic What was worse was the manner in which the flash was justified A Kannada news anchor is reported to have explained it thus: "We voluntarily reported that prohibitory orders have been invoked with the intention of preventing riots in Bengaluru But the police went and clarified that they had not done so What does one make of their sense” The language used by journalists during the reportage also came in for criticism As opposed to calling them "hoodlums" and "vandals" those indulging in destruction of private property were called "activists" on vernacular media as if they were being complimented for fighting for a social cause As the day progressed more and more people tuned into news on the television but soon revulsion began to set in Pawan Kumar a filmmaker put out this status message on his Facebook page: "Turn off your televisions talk to your family sleep write a poem or count the ants STOP WATCHING NEWS” Bengaluru resident and brand communication expert Smitha Sarma Ranganathan called the media headlines on regional channels "caustic and furthering regional divides” "I tune in to a channel to get the latest update not to hear coloured perspective of news anchors” she said But even as there is condemnation for the falling standards and for restraint not being a virtue in the newsroom the fact remains that in a TRP-driven market the ‘rival channel is showing the violence footage’ becomes the yardstick to jump the traffic signal as well Faced with criticism of having fanned the violence editors pointed to the anti-Tamil riots over the same Cauvery issue in Bengaluru in 1991 in which 28 people died Where was TV then they asked The fact is that while TV channels did cross the line the damage was caused much more by WhatsApp messaging "Only a fool will think people are influenced by TV news” said Ranganath "TV is inside the home not for people on the streets At best a person watching the news may feel outraged and shout at home The hooligans on the street consume content on WhatsApp and Facebook” It is this unregulated unedited content that is delivered to your smartphone in a personalised manner that is far more dangerous Television news at least has some gatekeeping even if it has proved to be largely irresponsible in this case but WhatsApp journalism has none However in many cases it is the provocative content on TV news that comes alive in its avatar as WhatsApp forwards "On the wall TV may be a dead machine but phone gives it life The virtual privacy that is created in the manner a WhatsApp video message is delivered to an individual on his handset gives it credibility” said Raju While senior editors responsible for newsroom operations in real time either took the call to deliver news in hyperventilating mode or were too close to the events unfolding to be able to do otherwise the government also bungled in not reining them in soon enough The Karnataka police did not crack the whip and the advisory from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry only came the next day Next Thursday the ratings for TV channels would be out for this week If the most screechy and shrill channels win the TRP race in the Kannada news market balanced and unbiased journalism would have lost the battle It would also expose the hypocrisy of the viewers that while they criticise the nature of coverage a majority of them in fact choose to consume the same combative content PS: While the Kannada channels have come in for flak Hindi news channel ABP News became the butt of jokes thanks to this ticker which announced that the Cauvery crisis is a fight over water between Karnataka and Bengaluru New Delhi: In an initiative aimed at empowering women the government has proposed to set up an exclusive bank for women having branches across the country which may see merging of the Bharatiya Mahila Bank launched last year by the UPA government The initiative has been taken by Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Maneka Gandhi primarily to fulfil the financial requirements of women and ensure their empowerment Maneka Gandhi in a file photo AFP Asked to share details about the proposed bank she said its broad contours will be deliberated upon in a meeting with representatives of top banks tomorrow Gandhi said Rashtriya Mahila Kosh which was set up in 1993 to empower women and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) may be merged into the new bank to have just one institution to fulfil the funding needs of women "We will call it women’s bank There is already a women’s bank in the Finance Ministry which has not worked and we have Rashtriya Mahila Kosh which too has not worked" Gandhi told PTI in an interview The previous UPA government had set up the first all-woman bank in November last year as a step towards empowerment of women The bank was launched with a corpus of Rs 1000 crore and currently it has around 28 branches across the country The Rashtriya Mahila Kosh was set up in 1993 under the Women and Child Welfare Ministry to facilitate credit support to poor women Listing empowerment of women as a priority area Gandhi said setting up of the state-owned bank exclusively for women will be one of the priority initiatives of her Ministry to improve the plight of women across the country PTI Written by M Balakrishnan | Published: March 20 2015 1:14 am Money has always been a bad word in education — the best talent should go to teaching because it is a ‘noble’ profession Related News Evena casual observer of Indian higher technical education would notice that we face two grave challenges Our 3300-plus engineering colleges produce 12 million-plus graduates each year but not even a small fraction of the required qualified teachers And the significant investment by the government in new IITs and NITs whose mandates extends beyond teaching to research has a slow take-off primarily because of the sluggish growth of the research ecosystem Interestingly used innovatively MOOCs (massive open online courses) could significantly help address these seemingly disparate challenges MOOCs are a “revolution” in scaling quality instruction as they enable a “star” teacher to reach out to a large number of learners at different locations and with varying paces of learning They consist of a set of short-duration videos that illustrate one or more concepts which when “learnt” sequentially constitute a course To complete the two-way interaction essential for learning each course has a discussion forum which is moderated by the instructor and/ or by a group of teaching assistants Assessment is the third major component of typical classroom learning MOOC platforms are supported by a set of automated assessment tools that enable one to handle massive enrolment In its most prevalent form MOOCs are not real-time — recording is done offline and then made accessible to students — though efforts are on to provide near real time options To give the course structure material is released on a weekly schedule and assessments are synchronised to ensure continuous learning MOOCs are still not a substitute for classroom learning if there are enough qualified teachers In fact in many prestigious institutions MOOCs are being used in “flip” mode: students listen to video lectures as “homework” and class time is interactive and used for problem-solving Clearly in the Indian context this experimentation is a luxury that only a few elite institutions can afford But MOOCs form a platform that helps quality instruction reach a large number of geographically distributed students at low costs The asynchronous nature of instruction accommodates considerable “classroom” heterogeneity that arises from unequal background exposure differing speeds of analysis and absorption as well as varying time periods for which students can sustain concentration The ability to rewind and replay as well as pause to refer to the background material are game-changers Further short 12- to 15-minute videos typical for MOOCs are a real boon A scalable and instant online assessment mechanism could enhance the effectiveness of self-assessment This supplemented with peer-learning in discussion forums could significantly impact learning outcomes Now consider the large technical universities like Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) which have hundreds of affiliated engineering colleges with a unified curriculum and academic calendar We from autonomous institutions always looked down on this system as a stumbling block to the growth of quality education But today they have the financial muscle to hire the best instructors to provide quality education through MOOCs Consider the economics: a typical undergraduate programme consists of around 10 courses offered over two semesters with an enrolment of 25000-plus in each course With an annual average tuition fee of around Rs 100000 per student even 1 per cent of this amount for a course would mean Rs 25 crore for a single MOOC I can easily visualise a top MIT professor wanting to offer a course at UPTU The technology is available; only the will is needed Such a change could create a new era of “star” teachers — MOOCs are to teachers what film reels are to actors and TV to sports stars and yoga teachers Note: the real innovation is to mainstream MOOCs so that tuition fees can be tapped to attract talent This has still not happened in the US where MOOC platforms are struggling because they don’t have access to tuition-fee dollars The ministry of human resource development has been setting up a large number of IITs and other teaching-and-research institutions Their geographical spread is based on the expectation that they will act as catalysts for the development of their regions But in the absence of a vibrant research ecosystem the growth of newly recruited young faculty is severely hampered MOOC platforms provide a unique opportunity to aggregate geographically dispersed students and offer research-level courses The infrastructure — the National Knowledge Network — has already been created and only policy support is required for permitting cross-registration for pre-PhD courses and assessment by remote instructors This could promote an unprecedented new wave of research collaboration among Indian institutions Money has always been a bad word in education: the best talent should go to teaching because it is a “noble” profession This contradiction is even more obvious today when the average pay package of a graduate is a key determinant of institutional preference But not long ago money was a bad word in sports too By mainstreaming MOOCs we could change technical education Of course mindsets have to change — a vice chancellor earning Rs 80000 as her basic salary will have to award a contract of Rs 25 crore to the Sachin Tendulkar of teaching data structures The writer isprofessor IIT Delhi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shweta Hingorani | Published: February 11 2016 12:00 am Supreme Court Related News The tough stance adopted by a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the allocation of 4G spectrum to Reliance Jio in January is highly welcome The PIL had been filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) an NGO closely associated with lawyer Prashant Bhushan Quizzing the manner in which the CPIL took up PILs the court reportedly voiced its concerns on the NGO becoming a “proxy litigant” and “a front for settling corporate rivalry or personal vendetta” Bhushan sought to address these concerns by asserting the CPIL had among its founder-members legal luminaries like Fali S Nariman and that it had in place a scrutiny mechanism to verify the veracity of each complaint and the public interest involved However Nariman denied any role in vetting PILs filed by the CPIL These events have once again brought into focus the debate on the proper role of the PIL in the legal system The first PIL Hussainara Khatoon vs State of Bihar was filed in 1979 on the basis of reports highlighting the pitiable conditions of prisoners awaiting trial for long periods This case led to the immediate release of about 40000 prisoners and was the first action by public-spirited individuals entertained by the SC to protect the fundamental rights of unrelated disadvantaged and vulnerable sections Since then the jurisprudence of the PIL has been developed through the collective efforts of concerned citizens and a responsive judiciary Today it constitutes a formidable tool to protect the rights of those lacking access to justice Over the years the scope of the PIL has been expanded to include matters that might well affect the public at large (“diffuse or collective rights”) but don’t necessarily relate to the realisation of human rights of the poor disabled and marginalised Such collective rights could ordinarily have been litigated as class action or representative action under the Indian civil procedure code In fact PIL is often confused with class action overlooking the fact that the PIL is founded on constitutional provisions enabling the judiciary to depart from its traditional role of adjudication along with the concomitant checks and balances To illustrate in a PIL in contrast to a class-action suit the court may be flexible in its application of procedural law and go beyond the legal issues raised to assume new roles such as that of an ombudsman a legislator and a monitor This is because PIL is essentially meant as a remedial jurisprudence for those who can’t approach the court on account of poverty or some other disability Had the scope of the PIL been confined to serve its original purpose most of the difficulties faced by the court in checking its misuse wouldn’t have arisen The SC wouldn’t have been concerned with issues for instance of whether the CPIL was a perpetual litigant whether the PILs had been scrutinised etc Rather all that the court would have seen was whether the subject matter of the PIL at hand was one that fit the purpose for which the PIL had been conceived Of late the SC and high courts appear to be mindful of the distinction between PIL for the poor and disabled and PIL relating to diffuse or collective rights and are more cautious when entertaining the latter This is certainly a positive trend that will promote judicial restraint particularly given that in PIL cases the court is not subject to the traditional safeguards on judicial role Reiterating the judiciary’s commitment to reform Justice TS Thakur (as he then was) while delivering the Kapila Hingorani Memorial Lecture 2015 stated that the attention being given by the judiciary to PILs was not reflective of it being too ambitious or of its desire to take over governance but of the necessity of the situation Similarly Justice JS Khehar who delivered the 2016 lecture asserted that the correct standard for taking up any PIL was whether all the stakeholders agreed to the same thereby emphasising the non-adversarial and collaborative nature of the PIL It is indeed time that the PIL was reclaimed for its original constituents by limiting it to matters concerning the protection of fundamental rights of the disadvantaged and underprivileged This would help restore the legitimacy and efficacy not only of the PIL as a means of providing access to justice to the poorest of the poor but also of the judiciary as an institution The writer a lawyer is trustee Kapila and Nirmal Hingorani Foundation For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIslamabad: Political stalemate in Pakistancontinued today with Imran Khan sticking to his demand ofPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation even as talksbetween the government and protesters entered a "meaningful"phase Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Khan whileaddressing his supporters outside the Parliament said he willnot go back without forcing Premier Sharif to resign and askedhis party leaders to bring more people to the sit-in?the government, Police said during the time of the raid, Colombia and Rwanda" are listed amongst the company’s clients,we would come out with more success stories, said Aparaesh Bhattacharyadistrict secretary of All Bengal Teachers Association In the Madhyamik examination too the students from this district fared well While the state pass percentage stood at 8178 per centWest Midnapore district recorded a better pass percentage of 8369 Both in the engineering and medical sections of the JEE resultsstudents from West Midnapore have managed to get into the top ten bracket Anwesa Pal from Aprana Palli village in Satbankura has been ranked 8th in the medical merit list of the entrance examinationwhile Sushnata Mondal from Kushpata village in Ghatal has been ranked third in the engineering section Sushnata also ranked 237 in the IIT Entrance Examinationthe results of which were declared on Wednesday Even at my schoolwhich falls in the Maoist-affected area of the districtstudents have done well?500. 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