Tuesday, 22 July 2014

LPU Campus Visit - A Hit among Distance Students

LPU Campus visit and the opportunity to interact directly with university officials is a hit among LPU Distance Education students as around 150 of them from Patran and Shahkot visited the campus on 19th July, 2014 and got oriented about various endeavors of the university in the field of higher and distance education.

Students interacted with officials of Directorate of Distance Education, got motivated to put their best and honest efforts in their career pursuits and shared their feedback on various technology enhanced features adopted by the university to facilitate their self learning.

Many of the visiting students also displayed their creative abilities when they presented their self composed musical and literary compositions. Students were taken around on the guided trip of the campus which made them note and appreciate many engineering and architectural marvels of LPU.

On his maiden visit to LPU, Harjinder Singh a B.A student was of the view that this one day visit to LPU campus has resulted into lots of learning and he was fascinated to see the 40 feet robot made of cars. B.A. students, Kiranjeet Kaur - a state level throwball player and Dalbir singh - a Kabbadi state player, were happy to know that LPU DE students get equal opportunities to participate in various national and international events at LPU. Shama, a B.Com student and Dilbagh Singh, an MBA student who is also an amateur rap singer, have also expressed their desire to make use of the extensive opportunities being extended to them.

Considering the affordability, accessibility and value added services being offered by LPU Distance Education programmes, this technology driven mode of the university is drawing the students from rural and urban areas alike.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

LPU DE students from Moga & Baghapurana visited university campus

More than 100 students from Moga and Baghapurana, studying in various Distance Education programs of Lovely Professional University, visited the university campus on 12th July 2014 and interacted with university officials. The initiative by the university is one of its own kinds as it gives opportunity to DE students to have a first-hand experience of vibrant campus life of India's largest university. While their interaction with university officials, students were made aware about the various privileges LPU DE students are entitled to. These privileges include 24x7 access to award winning online Learning Management System - LPU e-Connect to facilitate them to view their profile, personalised messages, fee details, study material, assignments, schemes, syllabi,  date sheet, result and more. LPU DE students also get opportunities at par with regular students to participate in various national/ international academic, sports, cultural and placement activities.
In the recent past LPU DE students have proved their mettle as around 450 LPU DE students got placed in various placement drives conducted specially by the university for its DE students. LPU DE students also won 6 medals including one gold medal in annual sports meet of the university. Representing the state of Karnataka, DE students bagged 3rd position in annual national level mega event of the university - One India.

UGC Distance Education Bureau, in its recent communication to university, has also continued the recognition accorded to University to offer Distance education Programs.

Elaborating the vision of the university, Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal said that LPU is constantly striving to contribute towards enhancing the Gross Enrollment Ratio of India in higher education by providing flexible, affordable and dependable system of education, and  its DE programs intend to serve this purpose by adopting wider dimensions of student centric and affordable learning approach.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

11 July - World Population Day 2014

2014 Theme: Investing in Young People
11 July marks World Population Day, an annual event observed to raise awareness of global population issues.
Established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, it was inspired by the interest in Five Billion Day on 11 July 1987 – approximately the date when the world's population reached five billion.
This year, the theme is "Investing in Young People."
As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day. 

Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.

UN Secretary-General’s Message for 2014

The world today has its largest generation of youth in history – 1.8 billion young people, mostly in developing countries – with enormous potential to help tackle the major challenges facing humanity. But too many are denied their rightful opportunities to get a quality education, find decent work, and participate in the political life of their societies. World Population Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to help young people unleash progress across society.
Action is urgently needed. Too many young people lack resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. I am particularly concerned about adolescent girls who may face discrimination, sexual violence, early marriage and unwanted pregnancies. And even among those young people fortunate enough to receive university degrees, many find themselves without employment or stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs.
The solution lies in investments in health, education, training and employment for young people as they undergo the critical transition to adulthood. This will improve prospects for their lives and our common future.
Young people themselves are speaking out.  Earlier this year, more than 1,000 youth organizations endorsed a Global Youth Call, welcomed by 40 countries, which recommends youth-focused goals and targets in the post-2015 development vision.
Next year marks the deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals, shaping the successor agenda, and adopting a meaningful legal agreement on climate change. Youth have a major role in all these processes. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action on Youth. Its practical guidelines for national action and international support remain relevant today. In particular, to fully carry out this Programme of Action, governments must respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all youth and respond effectively to any violations.
On this World Population Day, I call on all with influence to prioritize youth in development plans, strengthen partnerships with youth-led organizations, and involve young people in all decisions that affect them. By empowering today’s youth, we will lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future for generations to come.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for World Population Day 
11 July 2014
Facts about the global population
  • As of 1 January 2014, the world's population was estimated to be 7,137,661,030, and increases by 2.3 people every second.
  • The total number of people who have ever lived has been estimated by the Population Bureau to be around 108 billion.
  • The world population is estimated to have reached one billion in 1804, with two, three and four billion in 1927, 1960 and 1974 respectively.
  • These figures mean that about one fifteenth of all the people who have ever lived are alive today.
  • Vatican City (800) and Nauru (9,378) are the states with the lowest populations.
  • 30% of the world's population generally eat with chopsticks.
  • China, India, USA, Indonesia, Pakistan and Brazil account for half the world's people. More than one in three people are Chinese or Indian.
What are the risks of overpopulation?
Food: Every day, 25,000 people die of malnutrition and hunger-related diseases, of which around 18,000 are under the age of five. Food production and distribution is stretched as the population increases to an unsustainable level.
Water shortages: One billion people across the globe lack access to sufficient water for consumption, sanitation and agriculture, as aquifers are depleted faster than they can be replenished and glaciers melt.
Oil and gas: There is a finite amount of fossil fuels and it is being used up at an incredible rate. The concept "Peak Oil" means that in the future, perhaps between 2015 and 2020, world oil production will max out and then start to decline.
Air quality: Childhood asthma rates have risen in the past two decades, as the population grows and the number of factories and cars increase. Those in undeveloped countries are also at risks, where people depend on burning wood and dung for cooking and heat.
Ozone Layer: Chemicals from human industries, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), destroy ozone. Some of the most dangerous CFCs have been banned in many countries, but their long-lasting nature means they continue to deplete the ozone layer. Currently, the layer is being destroyed at a rate of about 4% per decade.
Overcrowding: Tightly-packed housing or the sharing of a home between too many people can lead to problems with hygiene, violence, congestion, unemployment, air pollution, social problems and tension. There is an increased risk of the spread of infectious diseases.
Conflicts and Wars: Some of the most brutal and persistent conflicts and wars of the past decades have been driven by overpopulation and disputes over resources. The 1994 Rwandan genocide, the mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by members of the Hutu majority, was partly influenced by environmental factors to do with overpopulation - such as land pressure and unsustainable agricultural practices.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Punjabi Article on Online Learning by LPU DE Student

    Contributed By:   
  Mr. Upinder Pal Singh  
LPU DE Student 
 Programme: B.A.
   Reg. No.: 21300985154