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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], October 26 (ANI/PRNewswire): JAIN Online, the e-learning arm of JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University), today successfully co-hosted Techspectations EDUCATE 2021.

The full-day summit enabled the platform to discuss the emerging possibilities and challenges transforming the Indian education sector in the new normal world. Around 20+ Industry experts in 8+ insightful sessions delved deep into the pressing issues of the education sector, due to the pandemic. The event was attended by 2000+ delegates.

The Keynote address at the Summit was delivered by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. He emphasized that NEP’s role in building an aspirational India as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie therein.

During his speech, Hon’ble Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “NEP is going to transform our education landscape as per the needs of aspirational new India. This policy has come at a time when disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality have taken solid routes into many sectors. These technologies present several opportunities for our children and teachers. NEP 2020 has a special focus on Digital education. Our government has announced National Digital Education Architecture ((NDEAR), a unifying national digital infrastructure to energize the entire education ecosystem.”

Highlighting another major reform in education technology – National Education Technology Forum (NETF), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said, “NETF will provide a platform for a free exchange of ideas in the use of technology to enhance learning, assessment, planning, administration, and several other aspects of the school as well as in higher education. The NETF will facilitate decision-making in the induction, deployment, and use of technology. It will not only provide the latest knowledge and research but also the opportunities to consult and share best practices with state governments, education institutions, and other stakeholders. We must recognize the importance of leveraging the advantage of technology while at the same time acknowledge the potential risk and dangers”.

Pradhan also emphasized that the benefits of digital infrastructure can be fully utilized when every student will have all access to digital devices. The Digital India campaign is a major initiative to bridge the digital divide in the country. “PM eVIDYA program and the Vidyanjali portal have been rolled out with the specific intention of bridging the digital divide.

Dr. CN Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka said, “Technology has become a solution in taking education to every student during the pandemic. Karnataka took the lead in adopting advanced technology and (https://online.jainuniversity.ac.in/?utm_source=pr+newswire & utm_medium=referral & utm_campaign=Techspectations+EDUCATE+summit+2021%2C+co-hosted+by+JAIN+Online) offering online education to the students. The Karnataka Government launched the first-of-its-kind comprehensive learning management system in the interest of the students.

Through this, we were able to create a lot of educational content which empowered us to develop close to 3.5 lakh classes in just one semester, supplemented by audio, visual, and best possible examples for effective learning. Further, this was supported by internet-enabled smart classrooms. Today, we have more than 8000 classrooms in the state higher education including engineering, polytechnic, and degree. We have already enabled 2500 classrooms and the remaining 5500 classrooms will be integrated within a short time. Besides this, we have provided more than 3 lakh students with tabs/laptops to ensure and encourage the concept of any time and anywhere learning. Our student-centered learning approach and performance review will improve the efficiency of our students and secure the best education.”

He further added, “We have brought in accountability, transparency, efficiency, and accessibility through our unified university and college management system initiation. We have been able to connect with all the stakeholders of the education sector in real-time, ensuring the free flow of data that helps for the holistic development of the sector. So, we continue to make ample use of technology to strengthen our education system, thereby, the National Education Policy (NEP) can be implemented to its fullest. In this direction, Karnataka is the first state to set up a Task Force for the successful implementation of NEP which was constituted in March 2020. The implementation of NEP in Karnataka was initiated in 2021 and has been welcomed by all the stakeholders. Therefore, I strongly believe that the NEP will strengthen the country to look forward to and compete with the rest of the world to be ahead.”

Speaking on his felicitation address, Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Chancellor, JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University) said, “It is a great honor to witness the magnetic presence of Hon’ble Union Minister Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan and Hon’ble State Minister Shri. CN Ashwath Narayan joined us along with top educationalists, technologists, and decision-makers who are passionate about transforming India’s educational landscape with their new innovative ideas, latest tech, and best practices, on this platform. The Indian education sector has been witnessing a paradigm shift from the traditional model of learning to the imperative mode of learning. The onset of the pandemic has driven the need for online learning, demanding educators to adapt themselves to the changing situations. India has quickly responded to the changes and adopted a new-age digitized learning mechanism. Pioneers in the tech sector and leading universities have also come up with e-learning solutions to make learning more efficient. Today, almost every student has a smartphone in his or her pocket with access to high-speed internet enabling them to innovate and create new ideas”. However, there are challenges we continue to face in the largest education system. Due to this, a large section of experts still advocates for theatrical learning, rote learning, and exam-based learning. These challenges can be addressed by implementing collaborative, approach-centric, and project-based learning in our educational institutions. Our NEP comes as the best solution to many of our problems. NEP not only advocates for innovative ways of learning but also promotes digitization in education, paving the way for new quantum and emerging technologies.”

Dr. Raj Singh, Vice-Chancellor, JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) and Mr. Tom Joseph, Director – New Initiatives, JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) chaired the panel discussion on the topic ‘Online Upskilling Challenges & Vision Beyond 2021.’

Techspectations EDUCATE is an annual summit organized by Manorama Online. It offers a holistic view of the overwhelming challenges and dynamic opportunities of online learning, which is also evolving at an exponential pace. Various stakeholders associated with the Edu-tech sector including academicians, school and college authorities, teachers & professors, students, researchers & scholars, parents, Government officials, EdTech companies, Platform developers, Tech gadget manufacturers, Internet Service Providers, Publishing Companies, Digital Start-ups, IT Professionals, Content Developers, and Animators will deliberate on the paradigm shift in the education sector triggered by the pandemic.

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Sonia Gandhi stresses the need for ‘discipline’ and ‘unity’ in Congress

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday emphasised on the need for discipline and unity, saying strengthening the organisation must override personal ambitions.


Chairing a meeting of top party leaders to evolve a strategy for assembly elections in five states early next year, she said the party must redouble its fight for the victims of the Union government’s “worst excesses”.





Gandhi also expressed concern over the party’s messages on key issues not percolating down to the grassroot cadres, and said there is lack of clarity and cohesion even among state leaders.


Former party chief Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting of party general secretaries, in-charges and Pradesh Congress presidents at the AICC headquarters here.


The leaders have also come together to chalk out a strategy for the party’s new membership drive and finalise the modalities for it. The drive is starting from November 1 and will continue till March 31 next year.


“I would like to re-emphasise the paramount need for discipline and unity. What should matter to each and every one of us is the strengthening of the organisation. This must override personal ambitions. In this lies both collective and individual success,” Sonia Gandhi said in her opening remarks.


Stressing on training programmes for party workers, the Congress chief said it should be taken up on priority.


“The fight to defend our democracy, our constitution and the Congress party’s ideology begins with being fully prepared to identify and counter false propaganda.


“We must fight the diabolical campaign of BJP/RSS ideologically. We must do so with conviction and expose their lies before the people if we are to win this battle,” she said.


Noting that AICC releases important and detailed statements almost every day on issues facing the nation, Sonia Gandhi said, “But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grass root cadres at the block and district level. There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our state-level leaders.”

Attacking the Modi government, she said it has sought to erode our institutions so it may evade accountability and has sought to undermine the core values of our constitution so it can hold itself to a lower standard.


It has questioned the very fundamentals of our democracy, she said.


“We must redouble our fight for those who are the victims of this government’s worst excesses: our farmers and farm labourers, our youth fighting for jobs and opportunities, small and medium scale businesses, our brothers, our sisters with particular focus on the deprived,” she stressed.


On the elections to five states, the Congress leader said our campaign must be founded upon concrete policies and programmes emanating from widespread discussions with all sections of society.


Assembly elections in the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are slated early next year.

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Vivo X70 Pro+ review: A versatile premium flagship in the true sense

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It hasn’t been long since Vivo launched its X60 series (review) that placed the Chinese smartphone maker at a fine spot in the cluttered smartphone market in India.


And Vivo did not take long to launch its X70 series, yet again in collaboration with lens major Zeiss.


The X70 series is geared towards content creators as imaging remains a focus here, not just that, the new series also features Vivo’s V1 imaging chip, which the company claims took almost two years to develop.


That said, Vivo’s X60 Pro and X60 Pro+ had already set the bar so high for rivals and now with a new iteration in the X series, it remains to be seen if Vivo lives up to the expectation. I took the X70 Pro+ for a spin—from photography to gaming, I put the phone to a stiff test to see what’s on offer. I’ll talk about everything this phone has to offer in this review:


Vivo X70 Pro+: Design and build quality






The very first thing one notices in the X70 Pro+ is the rear camera module that gives this phone a distinct look and premium touch. Right next to it is a reflective panel which, it seems, is only to add more element to its looks. The next thing is the smooth, fingerprint resistant matte glass finish which makes the piece all the more premium.


The overall body is pretty simple: there are three buttons on the right edge for volume and power, a USB-C and, yes, a speaker grill at the bottom.


Vivo X70 Pro+



At 213g, this phone can’t be called lightweight —it feels heavy in the pocket or while you hold it. Due to its aesthetics, the piece is a bit slippery, so one has to be really careful. I had to use the faux leather cover that comes in the package to get a slightly better grip.


The phone has stereo speakers, a USB-C at the bottom, and a SIM card tray right next to it.


Overall, the X70 Pro+ is second to none when it comes to looks, the only thing is it’s slightly heavy and large, so a bit of care is needed for everyday use.


Vivo X70 Pro+: Display


Vivo X70 Pro+








The X70 Pro+ boasts a 6.7-inch WQHD+ AMOLED curved display. The display has a Schott Xensation protection, so the phone may be able to handle accidental falls on some occasions.


Overall, the display is crisp and bright, even when uses outdoors. Vivo has done a great job with the display as watching any web series or gaming makes it worthwhile.


The display also supports HDR10+ so high-quality videos look even better. Moreover, The panel features a 120Hz refresh rate so things are pretty smooth, be it gaming or usual scrolling.


Vivo X70 Pro+



Finally, Vivo has also fixed the speaker issue as now you get stereo speaker setup, with the earpiece doubling up as the second speaker. I must say the speakers are loud and watching anything without earphones is not the problem now.


Also new is the IP68 rating which means you get good protection against dust and water.


Vivo X70 Pro+ performance


Vivo X70 Pro+



The X70 Pro+ has pretty much everything you can ask for from a flagship device — powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ processor, which is a minor upgrade to the Snapdragon 888, this phone has 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.


The FunTouch OS has improved significantly and it’s safe to say there is less clutter or any other fuss.


While the regular social media, multimedia, or any other task is a breeze for a device this powerful, the real test was if it can handle intense gaming, for that, I played Call of Duty and a few other games, and I must say, it was a smooth experience. What’s even better is the speakers are now better than what it was in X60 Pro, so you get a proper gaming feel.


Vivo X70 Pro+: Battery


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




Vivo X70 Pro+ features a 4,500mAh battery which can easily last for a day with regular social media use, calls, some gaming and a lot of photography. You can easily rely on this phone’s battery if you are usually out for long hours. The battery takes about an hour to charge fully.


The package includes a 55W charger and this phone supports 50W wireless charging for which the dock will be available soon.


Vivo X70 Pro+: Camera


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




This is where it gets even interesting as there is plenty to write about the cameras in Vivo X70 Pro+. In total, you get four rear cameras including a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with gimbal for stabilisation, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 5X optical zoom. There is a 32-megapixel camera for selfies.


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




What’s different this time is Vivo’s Imaging Chip V1 which helps the camera with accuracy and colours. All the shooters have a Zeiss T coating which reduces lens glare.


To put it simply, the cameras work brilliantly in both indoor and outdoor photography. The images are crisp, bright, full of details with impressive colour accuracy. The image quality exceeds expectations if given the right light conditions.


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




At times, images look over sharp but that’s something we have often seen in Vivo phones.


There is 5X optical Zoom up to which the images come out really well, beyond that, you get 60x digital zoom which isn’t too impressive, but good to have in scenarios where you are too far from the subject.


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




I tried night photography and while a lot depends on the light conditions, on some occasions, I was able to get good details while capturing the night sky.


Rest, outdoor photography is fun using this phone. There are several features you can try including, Astro mode, long exposure, Slo-mo, Supermoon, etc. You also get good selfies with impressive edge detection.


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




The Zeiss portrait mode will make you want to click more pictures as the background blurring is on point most of the time.


You can record 8K videos at 30 fps, 4K videos up to 60 fps, besides the usual 1080p videos. There is also a feature for high stabilisation in case you are moving while recording a video.


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample


Vivo X70 Pro+ camera sample




I had a great time recording videos on this phone. They come out really well and the phone captures the sound easily.


Overall, the cameras are powerful and capable.


Vivo X70 Pro+: Verdict


At Rs 79,999, Vivo X70 Pro+ is a complete device with several features, an amazing camera, and performance. This is truly a premium flagship and justifies its heavy price tag.


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