National School of Drama celebrates culmination ceremony of series of 5 plays of Traditional Regional Theatre

National School of Drama today  celebrated the culmination ceremony of  series of 5 plays of Traditional Regional Theatre by Sri Vinayaka Natyamandali Surabhi Theatre, Hyderabad.The five plays included Mayabazar, Bhaktha Prahalada, Pathala Bhairavi, Yashoda Krishna and Srinivasa Kalyanam.

Shri. G. Kishan Reddy,  Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North East Region  and Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary IGNCA graced the occasion .

On the occasion Union Minister G.K Reddy said “I am glad that Surabhi Natak Mandali is introducing the great culture of South India to Delhi and is also fulfilling the dream of “Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat” of  Shri Narendra Modi ji “.

Shri G.K Reddy also added  “On 15 August 2022, when India will complete 75 years of its independence, on that day in every house, we all will  hoist the tricolour”

The Union Minister also urged people to come in large numbers and promote  the traditional Regional  theatre.

The Union Minister also added “India is completing 75 years of its independence this year, and is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ,therefore it is necessary that we introduce our great culture to the country and the world”.

National School of Drama  is an important cultural organization under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. With the various programs and schemes NSD is now present in all parts of India. Ministry of Culture is celebrating India’s 75th year of Independence as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav participating in this celebration with its innovative ideas and programs which not only highlights the achievements of many freedom fighters but inspire Indians to take pride in India and do more for the betterment of fellow Indians.



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School Education Ministers’ Conference kicks off in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

National School Education Ministers’ Conference commenced today in Gujarat. Union Ministers of Education and Skill Development and Education Ministers of State Governments are participating in the conference.

On the side-lines of the conference, Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan along with Education Ministers of States/UTs, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MoS Skill  Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & Information Technology; Smt. Annapurna Devi, MoS for Education; Dr. Subhas Sarkar, MoS for Education and senior officials of Ministry of Education visited Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK), Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), National Forensic Science University (NFSU) and International Automobile Centre of Excellence (iACE).

Participants visited the Vidya Samiksha Kendra in Gandhinagar with Education Ministers and representatives of various states and UTs. Speaking about VSK, Shri Pradhan said that it is a nerve-centre for technology-enabled learning in Gujarat. He also lauded VSK’s AI & data-driven approach that has given a boost to enrolments & participation, and improved learning outcomes. To achieve the goal of enhanced learning outcomes across India, Shri Pradhan encouraged the Government of Gujarat to organise workshops for sharing best practices in governance & technology-enabled learning.

Participants visited BISAG-N studios and other technical facilities and witnessed the works being done there towards improving the learning outcomes of children. The visit aimed to orient stakeholders on various aspects and role of BISAG-N in telecast of eContents and use of geo informatics in education and other sectors and bridging the digital divide.

Dr. T.P. Singh, Director General, BISAG-N, MeitY at Gandhinagar, Gujarat explained different activities undertaken by BISAG-N – supporting telecast of eContents through 51 channels including 34 channels for Ministry of Education (School, Higher and Technical) Government of India under SWAYAM Prabha and PMeVIDYA DTH TV Channels (one class, one channel).

Dr. Singh reiterated the democratic vision behind launch of 12 PMeVIDYA DTH TV channels and expansion of these channels to 200 more, for making quality eContent available to all. Dr. Singh suggested creation of eContent focusing on local languages, knowledge, various subjects, skill development, culture, environment, coaching for competitive exams etc. keeping in-line with the recommendations of National Education Policy (NEP) -2020.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan called for a collaborative approach among all stakeholders for developing quality e-content for all classes from Balvatika to Class 12, including in local languages. He also encouraged BISAG-N to use its facility for developing innovative audio-visual content to boost learning.

Participants also visited the National Forensic Sciences University. After the visit, Shri Pradhan said, it is the first, one-of-a-kind and only super-specialised forensic university in the world. A pride of Gujarat and India, the NFSU is an institution of national importance which is creating a pool of trained professionals & fulfilling the demand of cyber defence and next-gen intelligence experts, he added. Shri Pradhan called for convergence between NFSU & Ministry for Skill Development for skilling and up-skilling in digital forensics and other inter-disciplinary areas.

Later in a day, participants visited international Automobile Centre for Excellence. It Is one-of-its-kind institute in Gandhinagar catering to end-to-end skill development, training and research needs of the Indian automobile industry. Speaking on the occasion Shri Pradhan said that joint venture between Government of Gujarat and Maruti, iACE is a wonderful example of industry-academia collaboration, blended & employment-oriented learning. He suggested NCVET to evolve ways to provide degree equivalence to skill training programs conducted there.




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Catholic School Builds Community Through New Soccer Field

 St. Mary’s Catholic School now has a 50′ x 80′ soccer field on campus for students. Urban Soccer Park’s project was completed in April 2022 as part of the Westside Grounds Project, which focused on providing a new amenity on the property that did not have green space.

Students now have a field for recess, training, sports, and the ability to do it all on campus. The field has been over-turfed so they can use the surrounding areas to warm-up and play other sports. The field includes futsal goals, lights, two doors, and surrounding netting. With the addition of this field, the school will be able to provide the space to help in their mission to build character, welcome the community, and cater to each individual to help them reach their fullest potential.

The St. Mary’s Catholic School project was planned in order to help the school provide a multi-functional, safe place to play on school grounds. The campus was thus far without green space, so the school’s primary goal was to provide students with something other than concrete to play on during school activities. Another key mission is to welcome the community, which they will be able to provide for events and other groups to use.

Urban Soccer Park helped St. Mary’s Catholic School accomplish three goals:

– To upgrade their schools grounds for their kids to use for recess and activities

– Use the field as a revenue generator for the school

– Use as a new multi-functional amenity

About Urban Soccer Park:

At Urban Soccer Park, less is more. Mini-pitches grow the sport, create life-long enjoyment of the game, and develop world-class skills. Everyone at USP is a coach, an athlete, or a parent. Throughout our decades of experience, we’ve traveled the world and witnessed the undeniable proof that small-sided soccer is that secret sauce—it creates brilliant players and great footballing nations. And the beauty is that they actually require less real estate, less overhead, and less set-up time, yet provide more touches on the ball, more playing time and a deeper understanding of game concepts.

Urban Soccer Park

Michael Scotto



St. Mary's Catholic School Revamps with Soccer


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Hong Kong – First school has students vaccinated with Sinovac at Community Vaccination Centre via group booking (with photos)

First school has students vaccinated with Sinovac at Community Vaccination Centre via group booking (with photos)


     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Patrick Nip, viewed the administering of the Sinovac vaccine to some 30 students at the Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) at Kwun Chung Sports Centre this afternoon (December 3).

     Persons aged between 12 and 17 have been able to receive the Sinovac vaccine since December 2. Scientia Secondary School is the first school to have students vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine at a CVC through group booking.

     “The Sinovac vaccine offers an option for teenagers and parents. A higher vaccination rate of students will help students to resume full-day schooling and normal extra-curricular activities as soon as possible. Under the threat posed by mutant strains with high transmissibility, persons who are eligible for vaccination, including teenagers, should get vaccinated as early as possible to protect themselves,” Mr Nip said.

     Apart from making reservations for vaccination at the CVCs or the two designated clinics under the Hospital Authority through the designated website of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (, they can make a reservation for a Sinovac vaccination through private doctors or clinics enrolled in the Vaccination Programme. 

     In addition, five Student Health Service Centres of the Department of Health provide the Sinovac vaccine to students aged 12 to 17 as well as health information to parents and students. Parents can call the Student Health Service at 2856 9133 for appointment booking. 

     Persons aged 12 to 17 are required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents to get their vaccinations. The consent form can be downloaded from the designated website of the Vaccination Programme ( 

     Moreover, Mr Nip attended the launching ceremony of the COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Station and inspected the first-day operation of the mobile vaccination vehicle at Sun Chui Estate in Sha Tin this morning. A total of 486 persons got vaccinated with the BioNTech vaccine at the mobile vaccination vehicle today.

     The Mobile Vaccination Station will continue to serve members of the public, in particular the elderly, who want to receive the BioNTech vaccine at Sun Chui Estate tomorrow (December 4). 

     The service schedule of the Mobile Vaccination Station has been uploaded to the designated website of the Vaccination Programme ( For enquiries and bookings, members of the public can call 5193 0375. 

     Before making an appointment, members of the public should take note of a minimum interval of 14 days between a COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccinations (including the seasonal flu vaccine).

The Gift of the Magi at Theatre School @ North Coast Rep

 The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents the holiday play, The Gift of the Magi. Exciting and heartwarming, this new theatrical adaptation by director Phillip Korth brings to life Della and Jim’s fateful Christmas together in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

With only $1.87 to spare, Della cannot imagine a holiday without being able to afford a present for her darling Jim. She scrimps and saves every penny she can for months with this meager result and finally resolves to sacrifice her most prized possession in order to purchase the perfect gift. Meanwhile, Jim is facing the same predicament, and in a perfectly heartbreaking twist of fate they both lose the things dearest to them but in doing so discover what it truly means to give and receive gifts. Full of colorful characters, humor, joy, tears, and holiday spirit, this new adaptation illuminates O. Henry’s classic short story for a whole new generation.

Featured in the cast are (Tommy Caringella, Carmel Valley; Tommy Chambers, San Diego; Iridae Cordeau, North Park; Maggie Currier, Cardiff; Lorelei Krone, Vista; Loretta Pfaff-Carano, Clairemont; Nadiia Sas, Carmel Valley; and Lucy Zavattero, Carlsbad). Students featured on the production staff are (Neta Sanchez, Del Mar; Nadiia Sas, Carmel Valley; and Isabel White, Encinitas).

Performances are November 18th-21st with show times at 5:30pm Thursday, Friday, & Saturday and 2:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are regularly $20.00 for adults and $16.00 for seniors 65 and older, children under age 17, and active military.

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Nancy Richards

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