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covid-19

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Petition to University authority, Senate, Syndicate , TNDALU , Government Law Colleges

TNDALU, Law Colleges reopening, Students' Right to be Heard

Respected Senate, Syndicate, Minister for Law, Faculty, and Student, The TNDALU is considering to reopen on the 1st of September, which is appreciated for its motive. But it is indeed a concerning sight that this is happening with such short notice, and with no consideration for those who will have to stay in Hostels. Are these students expected to pack their luggage and travel to Chennai, without having their concerns heard? This very well seems to be undemocratic, and that too because it is happening during a pandemic. It would have been prudent if the authorities had instructed and delegated work to the Faculty to collect data regarding the number of students who have received vaccination ( either just one or both dosages ), before deciding to reopen. It is more unwise that such data is not collected even while considering the terms and conditions for reopening on September the 1st. How else, without such data, is the University expected to know the situation at the ground level? Why is the University not meeting the students at a midpoint, and instead expecting students to bend their backs just so that we could reopen on a date fixed with such hurry? Why are we to reopen, given how there are talks and studies of the eminent Third wave of Covid-19, only a few weeks from this speculated date of reopening? How are we going to accommodate the Hostellers, given how if even one person falls sick, it will lead to a huge sense of panic, causing distress to not just the students, but also their families back home? And how are the families going to trust that in the case of one student falling sick, the rest are tested properly? And in that case, are these students going to quarantine themselves for a few days until it is time for them to go for the rT-PCR test? These are just unnecessary and unwarranted, and we might as well wait to get over the third wave, and reopen in peace. In times like these, the Administration is expected to have a human to human connect with its students, to learn their views and concerns. It is particularly shocking to see how we have set a deadline without hearing out the views of those who are at risk, the students. The general brushing away of such questions saying students would not want to attend college and so they wouldnt have a rational thought before giving their views, is judgmental and uncalled for, especially from those who are Law-learned, and understand that each of us have to be granted a chance to express our thoughts. We are to consider the worst-case scenario since now is not the time to be optimistic and overly positive. And the worst-case scenario is obvious enough. Even the concept of having classes in rotation basis is a suicide. We need to look at what has happened to several schools and colleges around India, who had also reopened in similar fashion . Most of the students are willing to attend offline classes, we are just concerned about this collection of data and hostel accommadation. We hope your decision is one that is well thought out, and in favor of those concerned.    

mr. gddy
507 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Ministry of Education, Government of India, Right to Education Forum

Systemic Change in Indian Education System impacted due to COVID-19

Improving the education standard for students impacted due to COVID-19 One of the main sectors that faced a paradigm shift because of the COVID pandemic is the Education sector. We believe that the following problems hinder the education of students and especially that of primary and middle school students. This pandemic can delay our nation’s educational aspirations by decades if not handled properly. With India being one of the 135 countries in the world where the “Right to Education” law is present (meaning, the onus is on the government, not the parents, to provide education to the children) our government should take proactive measures to prevent school dropouts and to improve the quality of online education. Hence, we want you all to sign the petition so that more attention is brought to this issue and systemic changes can be brought to the Indian education system.   Government and Private Schools during COVID-19 According to Oxfam Survey conducted across five states Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, incorporating the responses of over 488 government schoolteachers: Fee Structure: Around 39 per cent of parents in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh had to pay hiked fees for the upcoming academic year. Uttar Pradesh government had asked schools not to hike fees. Around 50 per cent of parents reported having paid hiked fees. In Odisha, around 50 per cent of parents had to pay for uniforms, despite massive resistance. Teachers: Only 20 per cent of teachers of government schools were trained for delivering classes online. Of the 20 per cent of government school students who received education during the lockdown, around 75 per cent remained dependent on WhatsApp, while 38 per cent remained dependent on telephone calls with teachers for continued education. Two out of every five government schoolteachers did not have the devices required to deliver education online. Access to facilities: 80 per cent of parents said they faced challenges in online education. The most problematic issue is 23% not having any device, while 18% did not have access to the internet. In addition, 53% faced internet speed issues, and 32% found it difficult to pay for the data. Midday meals: Despite the Supreme Court’s order asking states to ensure the supply of midday meals to students of shut schools, only 65 per cent of students in all five states received meals, with over 92 per cent of children in UP saying that they were deprived of the same. Screen time: A significant paradigm shift can be seen in education because of the COVID pandemic. With most schools conducting classes online, screen time for children has become a significant issue. Even in the presence of Digital Education guidelines from MHRD, Department of School Education and Literacy that suggests a maximum screen time of 90 min per day to ensure better health, schools are said to be holding about 4 hours of classes per day, even for primary school children. Such lax implementation of MHRD guidelines by the state governments is doing more harm to the children. It increases the stress on the children and parents with additional subjects being taught online. Student-teacher ratio: India has a primary student-teacher ratio of 26.5, which is one of the highest in the world. As per OECD data, Countries like Greece and Luxembourg have a ratio of less than 10. These numbers depict the worse condition where there are insufficient teachers, and the teachers present are overburdened with having to teach a higher number of students. Experts point out that this is poor recruiting of teachers in the past years and incorrect teacher posting policy adopted by different states in the country. With the COVID pandemic, the burden on teachers has been increased multi-fold. In a UDISE+ report, Delhi has 55,486 primary teachers for 18,11,723 students, which is one of the lowest in the country. Dropout Prevention: A UN report says that at least 24 million children worldwide are expected to drop out of schools due to pandemic-related reasons. Based on our primary research (interactions with teachers), the dropout rates have increased post-pandemic. With limited access to the internet and limited resources like phones and laptops for accessing online classes, late bloomers who did not have much interest in pursuing education are beginning to drop out. This is increasing significantly among underprivileged communities where the parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The families think that online education will not be beneficial for their children, given the inefficiencies in government schools to switch to online mode. Instead, they prefer to earn some money for daily bread-winning if their children go for daily labour. They chose petrol bunk labour, food and e-commerce delivery, factory work, and any manual labour where no prior experience is required. These are primarily jobs that will not help in the long run as a career. Few students (high school level) go for part-time work and attend classes online from the workplace to continue education. Many others have switched to schools of lower levels (in terms of quality and infrastructure) to save on the fees.   Our Recommendations: 1.     The state government should strengthen the enforcement around fee hikes and penalize the schools that don’t follow the state orders. 2.     Provide laptops to teachers. Set up multiple assistance centers to help with online technical issues. 3.     Arrange an online teaching technology infrastructure within the school wherein the teachers can teach from the class itself. 4.     Home delivery of cooked meals/dry rations under the midday meal scheme. 5.     A more robust implementation of MHRD guidelines in government and private schools regarding limited screen time for children. Especially for pre-primary and primary school children as they are the most vulnerable. 6.     We recommend that the government increase the hiring of permanent teachers and adopt an efficient posting policy that would ensure a better student-teacher ratio. 7.     Government should also conduct proper audits and issue guidelines regarding the ideal student-teacher ratio. 8.     Free Internet (1 GB/Day) to students 9.     Free Joining back for dropped out students (without TC & other bureaucratic hindrances) (Already implemented by Tamil Nadu Government) 10.  Remedial Online Recorded Classes for catch-up (Maths & Science) 11.  Follow-ups for every dropped-out student (by school principal) & remedial action to be mandated 12.  White Paper by the government on the trend of dropout rates pre-and post-pandemic and Plan of Action.   References: 1.      S. (2021, June 23). Shivakaminathan. dtNext.in. https://www.dtnext.in/News/TopNews/2021/06/23063236/1302519/TC-not-mandatory-for-admissions-to-govt-schools.vpf 2.      Indicator D2. What is the student-teacher ratio and how big are classes? | Education at a Glance 2020 : OECD Indicators | OECD iLibrary. (2021). OECD Library. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/315d95e6-en/index.html?itemId=/content/component/315d95e6-en 3.      Ibrar, M. (2021, July 4). In primary, Delhi does not have enough teachers. The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/in-primary-delhi-does-not-have-enough-teachers/articleshow/84102266.cms 4.      Staff, F. P. (2020, August 10). From limiting screen time to number of classes per day, HRD ministry issues guidelines for online education. Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/from-limiting-screen-time-to-number-of-classes-per-day-hrd-ministry-issues-guidelines-for-online-education-8689841.html 5.      T. (2021, June 26). Telangana: Parents against increased screen time for online classes. The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/parents-against-increased-screen-time-for-online-classes/articleshow/83855150.cms 6.      Correspondent, S. (2020, August 4). 24 million may drop out of school due to COVID-19 impact: U.N. The Hindu. https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/covid-19-pandemic-created-largest-disruption-of-education-in-history-un/article32265660.ece 7.     Rozario, A. S. (2020, September 16). No Education for 80% Govt School Students Since Lockdown: Survey. TheQuint. https://www.thequint.com/news/education/no-online-class-for-80-government-school-students-oxfam-india-survey   Petition by 2nd-year IIM Ahmedabad Students: Hrishikesh Baviskar M Harish Kumar Ponnarasu K

Hrishikesh Baviskar
207 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Prime Minister of India, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India

Improve the Vaccine Accessibility in India

Context: India launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16. After a messy month-and-half when supplies ran dry and demand soared, the Union government took over the sourcing of 75% of the vaccines starting June 21. Eight months into it, there has been visible improvement on most fronts. Still, more needs to be done if India wants to achieve its stated target of vaccinating its entire adult population of 940 million by the end of 2021. 65% of the adult population has not received even one dose of vaccines until July 22. Even if the current vaccination rate of ~5 million people daily is maintained, the target of vaccinating the entire population by December 31 will not be met. This is also not helped by the fact that the private sector has been lagging in the COVID-19 vaccination drive. On July 20, the health ministry stated that from May 1 to July 15, 2021, around 7% of total Covid vaccinations were done in private centers. Given this reality, public health experts question the government’s insistence on continuing with a 25% quota for private hospitals. Several state governments too have asked for the private sector quota to be slashed or even stopped. Adding onto it, vaccine hesitancy and wastage have plagued the campaign in recent months. Kerala and West Bengal recorded a negative wastage of Covid-19 vaccines in contrast to Jharkhand, which reported the maximum wastage of 33.95% during May. States in the north like Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh reported 7.08%, 3.95%, and 3.91% of vaccine wastage, respectively. At the same time, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh reported 3.78%, 3.63%, 7.35%, and 15.79% of vaccine wastage, respectively. Simultaneously, a gap has begun to emerge between its major urban centers and its poorer rural districts. By mid-May, 30.3% of India’s urban population had received at least one dose of the vaccine compared to 19.2% in semi-urban areas, 15.1% in semi-rural areas, and just 12.7% in rural areas. According to an analysis carried out by Reuters, 114 of India’s least developed districts—home to a collective population of 176 million people—have administered only 23 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines so far. Our Proposition: Divert the 25% quota of vaccines reserved for private hospitals to the public hospitals and healthcare centers Improve the distribution of vaccines in Tier 3 cities and rural areas Instead of slot booking at Cowin portal, ensure walk-in for all to overcome the digital divide between Urban and Rural India Extensive capturing of the vaccination data for better planning of the future drives Please show your support and sign this petition. Petitioners: Jagath KP, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad Vishwas Maheshwari, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad Mohammad Irshad Ansari, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad References: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/six-months-into-india-s-vaccination-drive-what-is-right-and-what-is-not-101626986375355.html https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/covid-19-since-may-1-private-sector-gave-7-of-jabs-despite-25-quota/articleshow/84778026.cms https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/covid19-vaccine-wastage-jharkhand-at-top-kerala-west-bengal-in-negative-101623317224375.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/06/07/major-urban-rural-divide-mars-indias-covid-19-vaccine-rollout/?sh=7b4750352924

Mohammad Irshad Ansari
156 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Declare Blood Sugar as the fifth vital sign

The double whammy of COVID and Diabetes has been a wake up call for all of us specially during the second wave. Diabetic patients presented with severe illness and the requirement for hospitalization and risk of mortality was significantly higher in diabetic patients. We have all witnessed the sharp rise in patients presenting with steroid induced diabetes and mucormycosis. The high prevalence of diabetes, majority of them being uncontrolled and an even larger number of prediabetic and undiagnosed diabetic patients, made it worse. A group of senior scientists Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev, Dr. Anoop Misra , Dr. Banshi Saboo, Dr. S R Aravind, Dr. Akhtar Hussain, Dr. Leszek Czupryniak and Dr. Itamar Raz recommended that blood glucose levels should be considered as new vital sign. The systematic review paper published by group in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews concluded that abnormal blood glucose levels significantly increase the risk of adverse outcomes in hospitalized patients.  Research Society For Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) has launched a nationwide campaign "Defeat Diabetes" from 1st of July 2021 to create awareness among general people regarding importance of testing and monitoring blood sugar levels. A task force of 10000 doctors has been created with the aim of reaching out to 100 million people in next 100 days.  We seek your support in spreading a simple message - "Test, Track and Treat" through social media and other means available. If you are not a diabetic test your blood sugar, If you are diabetic Track your sugar levels and if your sugars are high Treat it.  Your help in sharing this petition on social media would help us reach 100 million people in next 100 days. Having these signatures we will reach out to The Director General of World Health Organization requesting him to declare blood sugar as the fifth vital sign. Kindly help out for this nobel cause by pressing the share button. 

Dr. Rakesh Parikh
4,295 supporters