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Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust, Kochi

ePathshala App

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has launched a new mobile application with the concept of “learning on the go”. This app will help students to get access to all the NCERT textbooks. If a student does not possess a particular book, or requires it in the last moment, he/she can use the e-book for the same purpose. As per newspaper reports, parents would wait for the half-yearly or annual exam results to know the progress of their wards. But now through this app, one may check their wards’ progress through the same.

This app is not only for the students but also for the stake holders, teachers and parents as apart from providing all the textbooks of NCERT online which are downloadable on the smart phone, recorded videos of lectures are also available, and parents can check the learning outcomes of the students as well. Even educators can log in to get access to periodicals and teachers too can access teaching instructions.

Available through a especially developed mobile app interface on Android, IOS and windows platforms, E-pathshala is broadly divided into four segments namely, students, teachers, parents and educators. The resources are available in three languages English, Hindi and Urdu.
Principals of various schools have welcomed its launch, but also feel that there are pros and cons for every technical intervention.

The students will get access to the e-books, audio/video tutorials and they can also keep track of the books they accessed, total time spent on a certain subject/ book and can even bookmark the chapters studied. Teachers can download Teaching manuals and curricular resources are also available for the teachers.

(Info courtesy: India Today)

The ePathshala app can be downloaded at Google Play and App Store.

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Morning Prayer Song

For those who have studied in a KV this song must be by heart for sure, though they may never have knowingly tried to memorize it.

असतो मा सत् गमय…
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय…
मृत्योर्मा अमृतम् गमय

दया कर दान विद्या का हमें परमत्मा देना
दया करना हमारी आत्मा में शुद्धता देना

हमारे ध्यान में आओ प्रभू आँखों में बस जाओ
अँधेरे दिल में आ करके, परम ज्योती जगा देना

बहा दो प्रेम कि गँगा दिलों में प्रेम का सागर
हमें आपस में मिल जुलकर, प्रभू रहना सिखा देना

हमरा धर्म हो सेवा, हमरा कर्म हो सेवा
सदा इमान हो सेवा, व सेवक जन बना देना

वतन के वास्ते जीना, वतन के वास्ते मरना
वतन पर जान फ़िदा करना, प्रभू हमको सिखा देना

ओम् सहना ववतु सहनौ भुनक्तु सहवीर्यम् करवावहै
तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु, मा विद्विशावहै
ओम् शांतिः शांतिः शांतिः

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Best Quotes for the Morning Assembly

A good thought refreshes the mind and is the best way to start the day. Here is a collection of the best quotations that were presented by students in the morning assembly of our Vidyalaya. This page will be updated weekly.

  • Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will. -George Bernard Shaw
  • What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve. -Napoleon Hill
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
  • The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. -Arthur C. Clarke
  • It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. -Theodore Roosevelt
  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison
  • Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. – Margaret Thatcher
  • There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein
  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. -Bil Keane
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • The greater damage for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it it too low and we reach it. -Michelangelo
  • Do not go where the path may lead , go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller
  • Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein
  • Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa
  • We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle
  • Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. -Lao-Tze
  • What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin
  • The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. -Marcel Proust
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
  • The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  • Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Important Days of the Year

Important days in January
Jan 1 Army Medical Corps Establishment Day
Jan 8 African National Congress Foundation Day
Jan 10 World Laughter Day
Jan 9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Jan 11 Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Jan 12 National youth Day (Birth Day of Swami Vivekanand)
Jan 15 Army Day
Jan 23 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary
Jan 25 International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism Day, Indian Voter Day
Jan 26 Republic Day
Jan 28 Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
Jan 30 (Martyr’s day) Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day;World Leprosy Eradication Day
Jan 31 World Leprosy Eradication Day

Important days in February
Feb 2 World Wetlands Day
Feb 4 National Day of Srilanka
Feb 5 Kashmir Day (Organised by Pakistan)
Feb 13 Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary
Feb 14 St. Valentine’s Day
Feb 24 Central Exise Day
Feb 28 National Science Day

Important Days in March
Mar 3 National Defence Day
Mar 4 National Security Day
Mar 8 International Women’s Day
Mar 9 CISF Raising Day
Mar 12 Mauritius Day;Central Industrial Security Force Day
Mar 15 World Consumer Day
Mar 16 National Vaccination Day
Mar 21 World Forestry Day
Mar 22 World Day of Water
Mar 23 World Meterological Day
Mar 24 World TB Day
Mar 26 Bangaladesh Liberation Day

Important Days in April
April 1 Orissa Day
April 5 Natinal Meritime Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 13 Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre Day (1919)
April 14 B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day
April 18 World Heritage Day
April 22 World Earth Day
April 23 World Books Day

Important Days in May
May 1 International Labour Day, Maharashtra Day
May 3 International Energy Day
May 8 International Red Cross Day (It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross Organization Jean Henry Dunant)
May 11 National Technology Day
May 15 International Family Day
May 17 World Telecom Day
May 24 Commonwealth Day
May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Important Days in June
June 5 World Environment Day
June 8 World Oceans day
June 12 World Day Against Child Labour
June 14 World Blood Donor day
June 15 World Elder Abuse Awarness Day
June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 21 International Yoga Day
June 23 United Nations Public Service Day
June 26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 29 Statistics Day

Important Days in July
July 1 Doctor’s Day
July 4 American Independence Day
July 11 World Population Day
July 18 Mandela Day
July 26 Kargil Victory Day
July 28 World Hepatitis Day

Important Days in August
Aug 6 Hiroshima Day
Aug 9 Quit India Movement Day
Aug 12 International youth Day
Aug 14 Pakistan’s Independence Day
Aug 15 India’s Independence Day
Aug 19 World Photography Day
Aug 20 Sadbhavana Diwas
Aug 29 National Sports Day of India (Dhyanchand’s Birth Day)
Aug 30 Small Industry Day

Important Days in September
Sept 5 Teacher’s Day (Dr. Radhakrishnan’s Birth Day)
Sept 7 Forgiveness Day
Sept 8 International Literacy Day
Sept 14 Hindi day,World First Aid Day
Sept 16 World Ozone Day
Sept 21 International Day of Peace, World Alzheimer’s day
Sept 25 Social Justice Day
Sept 27 World Tourism Day

Important Days in October
Oct 1 International Day for the Elderly(UN)
Oct 2 Gandhi Jayanti, International Day of Non-Violence
Oct 3 World Nature Day, World Habitat Day
Oct 4 World Animal Day
Oct 5 World Teacher’s Day
Oct 6 World Wildlife Day, World Food Security Day
Oct 8 Indian Airforce day
Oct 9 World Postal Day
Oct 10 World Mental Health day;National Post Day
Oct 11 International Girl Child Day
Oct 12 World Sight day
Oct 13 World Calamty Control Day(UN)
Oct 14 World Standard Day
Oct 15 World White cane day(guiding the blind)
Oct 16 World Food Day
Oct 17 International poverty
Oct 20 National Solidarity Day (China attacked India on that day)
Oct 24 United Nations Day
Oct 30 World Thrift Day
Oct 31 Rastriya Ekta Diwas (Sardar Patel), National Integration Day (In memory of Indira Gandhi)

Important Days in November
Nov 7 Infant Protection day;World Cancer Awareness Day
Nov 9 Legal Service Day
Nov 10 Transport Day
Nov 14 Children’s day/ World Diabetics day
Nov 17 Guru Nanak Dev’s Birth Anniverrsary
Nov 26 Law Day
Nov 30 Flag Day

Important Days in December
Dec1 World AIDS Day
Dec 3 World Disability Day
Dec 4 Navy Day
Dec 7 Armed Force Flag Day
Dec 10 Human Rights day
Dec 11 UNICEF Day
Dec 14 National Energy Conservation Day
Dec 19 Goa’s Liberation day
Dec 23 Kisan Divas (Farmer’s Day)

Courtesy: onlinegk.com

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Calibre: A Versatile e-Book Library Management Tool


The KV Port Trust library uses Calibre, a free and open-source e-book computer software application suite, to manage its e-book collection (presently comprising 650 documents which include past question papers, textbooks, fiction and non-fiction books, encyclopedias, periodical back issues, etc.).

Calibre runs on multiple platforms, allows users to manage e-book collections as well as to create, edit, and read e-books. It supports a variety of formats (including the common Amazon Kindle and EPUB formats), e-book syncing with a variety of e-book readers, and conversion (within DRM restrictions) from different e-book and non-e-book formats.

Calibre supports many file formats and reading devices. Most e-book formats can be edited, for example, by changing the font, font size, margins, and metadata, and by adding an auto-generated table of contents. Conversion and editing are easily applied to appropriately licensed digital books, but commercially purchased e-books may need to have digital rights management (DRM) restrictions removed. Calibre does not natively support DRM removal but may permit DRM removal after the installation of plug-ins with that functionality.

Calibre allows users to sort and group e-books by metadata fields. Metadata can be pulled from many different sources (e.g., ISBNdb.com; online booksellers; and providers of free e-books and periodicals in the US and elsewhere, such as the Internet Archive, Munsey’s, and Project Gutenberg; and social networking sites for readers, such as Goodreads and LibraryThing). It is possible to search the Calibre library by various fields (such as (author, title, or keyword, though as of May 2011 full-text search had not yet been implemented.

E-books can be imported into the Calibre library, either by sideloading files manually or by wirelessly syncing an e-book reading device with the cloud storage service in which the Calibre library is backed up or with the computer on which Calibre resides. Additionally, online content-sources can be harvested and converted to e-books. This conversion is facilitated by so-called “recipes”, short programs written in a Python-based domain-specific language. E-books can then be exported to all supported reading devices via USB, Calibre’s integrated mail server, or wirelessly. Mailing e-books enables, for example, sending personal documents to the Amazon Kindle family of e-book readers and tablets.

The content of the Calibre library can be remotely accessed. This can be accomplished via a web browser, if the host computer is running and the device and host computer share the same network; in this case, pushing harvested content from content sources is supported on a regular interval (“subscription”). Additionally, if the Calibre library on the host computer is stored in a cloud service, such as Box.net, Google Drive, or Dropbox, then either the cloud service or a third-party app, such as Calibre Cloud or CalibreBox, can be used to remotely access the library.

Since version 1.15, released in December 2013, Calibre also contains an application for creating and editing e-books directly, similar to the more full-featured Sigil application, but without that application’s WYSIWYG editing mode.

At every launch, Calibre connects to Calibre-ebook.com, in order to check for updates. Several third-party developers offer apps to help calibre users manage and sync the e-books on their mobile devices with those loaded in calibre.

[Calibre info courtesy: Wikipedia]

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