9-day book fest at Kakinada

For the first time in the city, a book festival on a grand scale is to be held for nine days from March 8. Vijayawada Book Festival Society (VBFS), which is known for conducting a 10-day book festival every year uninterruptedly for the last 25 years, is making arrangements for conducting the festival opposite the JNTUK. Over 100 stalls consisting of about one lakh titles of Telugu, English, Hindi and Sanskrit will be arranged at the festival.

Secretary of the VBFS Ravikindi Ramaswamy, at a press conference , said besides conducting the annual book festival in Vijayawada, the society conducted festivals Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry.



E-learning boon for slow learners

The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada will introduce e-learning in the engineering colleges under its fold to improve the quality of technical education, according to its Director (Evaluation) Dr.Ch.Sai Babu.

Holding an awareness meet at the Prakasam Engineering College at Kandukur he said the syllabus being revised by involving experts in the fields of education and industry would be adopted for the first year students from the new academic year.

Explaining the salient features of e-learning, he said students would be provided with e-content and video clippings so that the slow learners could learn at their own pace, while others could access global links to get additional information.

Online evaluation of answer-sheets would be made from current academic year to ensure transparency. Students could get by email their evaluated answer-sheets to know where they had done mistakes, he explained.

He gave appreciation letters to Narayanamma who scored 99.56 per cent and Gitasruthi, who scored 96.9 in B.Tech first year exams.

PEC Correspondent and Secretary K.Ramaiah said online evaluation would go a long way in minimising evaluation-related problems. College Director K.Srikanth also spoke.


Table tennis tourney begins

Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association secretary V. Bhaskara Ram on Friday inaugurated the South Zone Inter University Table Tennis (men and women) being organised by the Sports Council of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) in association with the Association of Indian Universities at the indoor stadium here.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bhaskara Ram said that the association was supplying sports material to schools free of cost to encourage children play table tennis. Advising the participants to focus on their performance rather than the other issues, Mr. Ram said that such events would help improve interpersonal relations and sportsmanship among the youngsters.

Top priority

Observing that table tennis had been given top most priority in the Asian countries, he said that there were more viewers for table tennis rather than cricket in the field games.

JNTUK Registrar G.V.R. Prasada Raju said that the university allocated Rs. 1 crore towards sports.


Table tennis tourney

The Sports Council of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) is conducting South Zone Inter University Table Tennis (Men and Women) from Friday. The indoor stadium of the JNTUK in Kakinada is spruced for hosting the prestigious sports event in which over 400 students from 45 universities all over the country are participating.