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International Childrens Book Day, 2008


International Childrens Book Day, 2008

Exhibition of Books by 

H.C. Andersen

01-05 April 2008 

Stories by H.C. Andersen includes the following

    Ugly Duckling
    The Swineherd
    The Emperor’s New Clothes
    The Little Sea-Maid
    The Elfin Mound
    The Wild Swans
    The Garden Of Paradise
    The Constant Tin Soldier
    The Daisy
    The Storks
    The Darning-Needle
    The Shadow
    The Red Shoes
    Little Ida’s Flowers
    The Angel
    The Flying Trunk
    The Tinder-Box
    The Buckwheat
    The Bell

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CBSE School Library Guidelines


CBSE School Library Guidelines


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CBSE Senior School Carriculum 2008 Vol.I

senior-school-carriculum-2008 vol i.pdf

CBSE Senior School Carriculum 2008 Vol.II

seniorcurriculam-2008 vol ii.pdf




CBSE Senior School Carriculum 2009 Vol.I

senior school-curriculum-2009-vol I .pdf

CBSE Senior School Carriculum 2009 Vol.II




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Sixth Central Pay Commission Report,2008


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Creative Teacher

Sculptute shows turn to be objects of luxury learning


Nocturnal excursions

Once in a bue moon you stumble into a show that represents both a departure and return to basics. V.Satheesan’s show at Delhi’s Lalit Kala Akademi came to the capital city as quietly as the rain that rustled into the chill of winter. Granite, bronze and fibre glass sculptures have been the staple of his art a dozen years earlier, but sometimes painted and sometimes unpainted.

Another staple is his deeper connotations in time, made in several variations; endlessly considered in his drawings of that reflect a thought process that come through as cerebral translations. Take for instance the Theyyam dancer, placed on a rock in a state of aesthetic ascension. “I called this Disturbed Festival, at first, says Sathesan who struggles to make a living in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

“In Kerala, very few people would think of paying money for art,” says Satheesan who works as a school teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya. This show has been brought to Delhi by Kerala’s Lalit Kala Akademi. Satheesan who did his M.F.A. at the College of Art in Delhi has a speculative, handmade, down-home quality about his creations. Each work is a variation on a volumetric theme achieved by one or two adjustments to a container of thought that is often open-ended.

His most emotive work is a pair of granite owls called Friends. “I put pepper into the granite to create blackened button-like tones for the eyes,” he says. The owls are perhaps his most brilliant evocation. As the rays of the setting winter sun spill through the glazings at Lalit Kala the evenglow spills across the ridgelines made in the granite. And you could imagine tales of yesteryear, when diurnal hunters fled to roost. The textures that are naturally created give us a sense of the cooling of forest slumbers – and you think of past tales wherein a solitary hamlet would emit the embers of a living fire.

The pair of owls actually lead to a kind of silent stir, perhaps in the subtle hints of tenebrous wood, wherein their eyelids-close between dusk and the pale tint of sliver moonshine. Magical indeed is the shading of soft-winged hunger that the works reflect, plunging us into the depths of stories that spin around the dark-eyed, taloned, creatures who wait for the shadows.

Several other works are doubled by interior thoughts but have few discrepancies. The thread of commonality weaving the show together is the conceptual frame of reference to modern day happenings, enabling Satheesan to draw out strands of thought from commonplace realities, particularly with reference to themes, materials, techniques and craftsmanship. Far removed from the crass commercialism of the markets Satheesan creates in his solitude — balancing life as a teacher and sitting down to think as an artist.

Not all the works in the show are of the same grade, but the sculptor is able to establish the avant garde status through a dominant and sound intellectual narrative that gives the austere frontality a significant realist patterning.

Then it is the Theyyam figure that literally translates sound vibrations through play of lines from curved to rigid sharpness to reflect the fluid rhythm. The rock that distills the edge of creation has about it a rare aura — one which is mature and has an efflorescence that blends religion and culture into the abacus of connectivity, clarifying an artistic journey which has witnessed a growing social and politico-cultural concern. Theyyam has a frame of reference, that seems to levitate — an aberrant moment of illusion that encapsulates tradition and the discomfort of reality.

But the main point about this piece is that it is all emphatically there to be seen. The ideas are there for the looking, which is generous, and is least predictable. Satheesan’s love of visible space and declarative structure and his exaltation of the powers of human perception — the main themes of his art — are fully evident here. And countering such high-mindedness is the fact that there is more to his work than sharp and shadowy silhouettes, including an involvement with materials and process that takes his work beyond the garden-variety run of the mill-flavoured art.

Simplicty of intent then creates an aura of cerebro-artistic professionalism. The pieces in the show gain succour by the fact that their skewed curvilinear geometries conflate the pedestal-object relationship of traditional sculpture; their linear silhouettes read almost as renditions in space, angular (and minimalist) or curving (and surrealist).

Humble and motley sculptors like Satheesan who create out of a struggle-filled reality move away from a well-worn sculptural rut, providing further proof that sculpture must be the confluence of a well-lived consciousness.

Courtesy: Uma Nair,Economic Times, 23 Feb.2008

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Quotation of the week


Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)

The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
For that were stupid and irrational;
But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues,
And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.

JOANNA BAILLIE, “Basil: A Tragedy,” The Complete Poetical Works of Joanna Baillie, vol. 1, p. 39 (1832).

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Book of the week


My Country My Life

By L.K.Advani 
‘My Country My Life’ covers all the major and minor events in the life of Advani, like his joining the RSS, trauma of Partition, meeting with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, days of the Jana Sangh, Emergency, Ayodhya, Rath Yatra, his stint in the government as Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Agra Summit, Kargil, Terrorism, Controversy surrounding Jinnah remark, and so on. The best part of the book is that Advani has taken the perspective of a participant, and not a historian, while writing it.


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Young World Quiz (March 21, 2008)



1. The actor who played Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies celebrates his birthday on this date. Name him.

2. Who was the last male player to win FIFA World Player of the Year award two years in a row?

3. We should thank Fraunhofer Gesellschaft for creating and patenting which popular music format?

4. Fill in the blank: “Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand; It’s a sign of _______ when you are at hand.”

5. To which European leader is the term ‘axis’ as used in the WWII alliance popularly attributed?

6. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is considered as an inventor/pioneer of which ‘visual’ activity?

7. If either Christopher Columbus or Vasco da Gama had ‘thalassophobia’, they would not have done what they did. What is ‘thalassophobia’ a fear of?

8. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the President of…?

9. Which animal is also called sand rat or desert rat?

10. India won the Olympic gold in men’s hockey uninterrupted from 1928 to…?

11. The legislative capital of South Africa is…?

12. In which part of the brain is the cerebrum?

13. Which type of coffee is usually served in large mug or bowl filled with coffee and steamed milk?

14. What was the nationality of the astronomer Tycho Brahe?

15. What five-lettered word is used for a vault beneath the main level of a church and normally used as a meeting or burial place?


1. Gary Oldman

2. Ronaldinho

3. MP3

4. Rain

5. Benito Mussolini

6. Photography

7. The sea

8. Republic of Maldives

9. Gerbil

10. 1956. It lost in the 1960 final

11. Capetown

12. Forebrain

13. ‘Café au lait’ (sometimes café latte also)

14. He was Danish

15. Crypt

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Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke

(Passed away on 19/03/2008)

The achievements of Arthur C. Clarke, unique among his peers, bridge the arts and sciences. His works and his authorship have ranged from scientific discovery to science fiction, from technical application to entertainment, and have made a global impact on the lives of present and future generations.Arthur C. Clarke is the son of an English farming family, born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England on December 16, 1917. In 1998, his lifetime work was recognized by H.M. The Queen when he was honored with a Knighthood – formally conferred by Prince Charles in Sri Lanka two years later.

After attending schools in his home county, Arthur Clarke moved to London in 1936 and pursued his early interest in space sciences by joining the British Interplanetary Society. He started to contribute to the BIS Bulletin and began to write science fiction.

As with so many young men at the time, World War II interrupted in 1939 and he joined the RAF, eventually becoming an officer in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment, the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials. Later, his only non-science-fiction novel, Glide Path, was based on this work. After the war, he returned to London and to the BIS, becoming its president in 1947-50 and again in 1953.

In 1945, a UK periodical magazine “Wireless World” published his landmark technical paper “Extra-terrestrial Relays” in which he first set out the principles of satellite communication with satellites in geostationary orbits – a speculation realized 25 years later. During the evolution of his discovery, he worked with scientists and engineers in the USA in the development of spacecraft and launch systems, and addressed the United Nations during their deliberations on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.Clarke’s work, which led to the global satellite systems in use today, brought him numerous honors including the 1982 Marconi International Fellowship, a gold medal of the Franklin Institute, the Vikram Sarabhai Professorship of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, the Lindbergh Award and a Fellowship of King’s College, London. Today, the geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometers above the equator is named The Clarke Orbit by the International Astronomical Union.

After leaving the RAF in 1946, he resumed his formal studies and was awarded a Fellowship at King’s College, London where he obtained first class honors in Physics and Mathematics in 1948.

In 1954, Clarke wrote to Dr. Harry Wexler, then chief of the Scientific Services Division, U.S. Weather Bureau, about satellite applications for weather forecasting. From these communications, a new branch of meteorology was born, and Dr. Wexler became the driving force in using rockets and satellites for meteorological research and operations.

At the same time, Clarke has been the author of many books, articles and papers. The first story he sold professionally was “Rescue Party”, written in March 1945 and appearing in Astounding Science in May 1946. He went on to become a prolific writer of science fiction, renowned worldwide and with more than 70 titles to his name. Among his many non-fiction works, “Profiles of the Future” (1962) looked at the probable shape of tomorrow’s world and stated his “Three Laws”.

In 1964, he started to work with the noted film producer Stanley Kubrick on a science fiction movie script. Four years later, he shared an Oscar nomination with Kubrick at the Hollywood Academy Awards for the film version of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Then, in 1985, he published a sequel, “2010: Odyssey Two” and worked with Peter Hyams on the movie version. Their work was done using a Kaypro computer and a modem, linking Arthur in Sri Lanka and Peter Hyams in Los Angeles, leading to a book “The Odyssey File – The Making of 2010.”

In television, Clarke worked alongside Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra for the CBS coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions. His thirteen-part TV series Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World in 1981 and Arthur C. Clarke’s World of strange Powers in 1984 has been screened in many countries and he has contributed to other TV series about space, such as Walter Cronkite’s Universe series in 1981.

Clarke first visited Colombo, Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) in December 1954 and has lived there since 1956 pursuing an enthusiasm for underwater exploration along that coast and on the Great Barrier Reef. In recent years, he has been largely confined to a wheelchair due to post-polio syndrome, but his output as a writer has continued undiminished.

Arthur C. Clarke passed away on 19th march 2008NOTE: the authorized biography by Neil McAleer – Arthur C. Clarke – The Authorized Biography – was published by Contemporary Books, Chicago, in 1992.


Across the Seas of Stars
Against the Fall of Night
Childhood’s End
City and the Stars
The Deep Range
Dolphin Island
Expedition to Earth
A Fall of Moondust
The Fountains of Paradise
From the Oceans, from the Stars
Ghosts from the Grand Banks
Glide Path
The Hammer of God
Imperial Earth
Islands in the Sky
The Lion of Comarre
The Lost Worlds of 2001
The Nine Billion Names of God
The Other Side of the Sky
Prelude to Mars
Prelude to Space
Reach for Tomorrow
Rendezvous with Rama
The Sands of Mars
The Sentinel
The Songs of Distant Earth
The Sentinel
Tales from the “White Hart”
Tales of Ten Worlds
2001: A Space Odyssey (With Stanley Kubrick)
2010: Odyssey Two
2061: Odyssey Three
3001: The Final Odyssey
The Wind from the SunBooks with Gentry Lee
Rama 11


Extraterrestrial Relays in Wireless World
Space Stations for Global Communications in Wireless World
Ascent to Orbit: A Scientific Autobiography
Astounding days: A Science Fictional Autobiography
Boy Beneath the Sea
The Challenge of the Sea
The Challenge of the Spaceship
The Coast of Coral
The Coming of the Space Age (edited)
The Exploration of the Moon
The Exploration of Space
The First Five Fathoms
Going into Space
How the World Was One
Indian Ocean Adventure
Indian Ocean Treasure
Interplanetary Flight
The Making of a Moon
1984: Spring
Profiles of the Future
The Promise of Space
The Reefs of Taprobane
Report on Planet Three
Science Fiction Hall of fame, III (edited)
Three for Tomorrow (edited)
Time Probe (edited)
Treasure of the Great Reef
The View from Serendip
Voice Across the Sea
Voices from the Sky

Collaborative Works

With Simon Welfare and John Fairley
     Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World
     Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers
With the Astronauts
     First on the Moon
With Robert Silverberg
     Into Space
With Chesley Bonestell
     Beyond Jupiter
With the Editors of Life
     Man and Space
With Peter Hyams
     The Odyssey FileFor more on the Author

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How to Evaluate a website?

Dear students

How can you assess the authenticity and correctness of the information given on a website?

Here are some usefull links that helps you.



Also read this article published on the website of “The sheridan Libraries” at the John Hopkins University written by Elizabeth E. Kirk

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet

The World Wide Web offers information and data from all over the world. Because so much information is available, and because that information can appear to be fairly “anonymous”, it is necessary to develop skills to evaluate what you find. When you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been evaluated by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the World Wide Web, none of this applies. There are no filters. Because anyone can write a Web page, documents of the widest range of quality, written by authors of the widest range of authority, are available on an even playing field. Excellent resources reside along side the most dubious. The Internet epitomizes the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware. This document discusses the criteria by which scholars in most fields evaluate print information, and shows how the same criteria can be used to assess information found on the Internet.

What to consider:
Publishing body
Point of view or bias
Referral to other sources
How to distinguish propaganda, misinformation and disinformation
The mechanics of determining authorship, publishing body, and currency on the Internet

Authorship is perhaps the major criterion used in evaluating information. Who wrote this? When we look for information with some type of critical value, we want to know the basis of the authority with which the author speaks. Here are some possible filters:

  • In your own field of study, the author is a well-known and well-regarded name you recognize.
  • When you find an author you do not recognize:
    • the author is mentioned in a positive fashion by another author or another person you trust as an authority;
    • you found or linked to the author’s Web/Internet document from another document you trust;
    • the Web/Internet document you are reading gives biographical information, including the author’s position, institutional affiliation and address;
    • biographical information is available by linking to another document; this enables you to judge whether the author’s credentials allow him/her to speak with authority on a given topic;
    • if none of the above, there is an address and telephone number as well as an e-mail address for the author in order to request further information on his or her work and professional background. An e- mail address alone gives you no more information than you already have.

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The publishing body also helps evaluate any kind of document you may be reading. In the print universe, this generally means that the author’s manuscript has undergone screening in order to verify that it meets the standards or aims of the organization that serves as publisher. This may include peer review. On the Internet, ask the following questions to assess the role and authority of the “publisher”, which in this case means the server (computer) where the document lives:

  • Is the name of any organization given on the document you are reading? Are there headers, footers, or a distinctive watermark that show the document to be part of an official academic or scholarly Web site? Can you contact the site Webmaster from this document?
  • If not, can you link to a page where such information is listed? Can you tell that it’s on the same server and in the same directory (by looking at the URL)?
  • Is this organization recognized in the field in which you are studying?
  • Is this organization suitable to address the topic at hand?
  • Can you ascertain the relationship of the author and the publisher/server? Was the document that you are viewing prepared as part of the author’s professional duties (and, by extension, within his/her area of expertise)? Or is the relationship of a casual or for-fee nature, telling you nothing about the author’s credentials within an institution?
  • Can you verify the identity of the server where the document resides? Internet programs such dnslookup and whois will be of help.
  • Does this Web page actually reside in an individual’s personal Internet account, rather than being part of an official Web site? This type of information resource should be approached with the greatest caution. Hints on identifying personal pages are available in
    Understanding and Decoding URLs.

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Point of view or bias reminds us that information is rarely neutral. Because data is used in selective ways to form information, it generally represents a point of view. Every writer wants to prove his point, and will use the data and information that assists him in doing so. When evaluating information found on the Internet, it is important to examine who is providing the “information” you are viewing, and what might be their point of view or bias. The popularity of the Internet makes it the perfect venue for commercial and sociopolitical publishing. These areas in particular are open to highly “interpretative” uses of data.

Read Information and its Counterfeits: Propaganda, Misinformation and Disinformation for learn more about “interpretational views” that exceed the facts.

Steps for evaluating point of view are based on authorship or affiliation:

  • First, note the URL of the document. Does this document reside on the Web server of an organization that has a clear stake in the issue at hand?
    • If you are looking at a corporate Web site, assume that the information on the corporation will present it in the most positive light.
    • If you are looking at products produced and sold by that corporation, remember: you are looking at an advertisement.
    • If you are reading about a political figure at the Web site of another political party, you are reading the opposition.
  • Does this document reside on the Web server of an organization that has a political or philosophical agenda?
    • If you are looking for scientific information on human genetics, would you trust a political organization to provide it?
    • Never assume that extremist points of view are always easy to detect. Some sites promoting these views may look educational. To learn more, read “Rising Tide: Sites Born of Hate“, New York Times, March 18, 1999. (This link will take you to the online edition of the Times; you must register, free of charge, to view the article).

Many areas of research and inquiry deal with controversial questions, and often the more controversial an issue is, the more interesting it is. When looking for information, it is always critical to remember that everyone has an opinion. Because the structure of the Internet allows for easy self publication, the variety of points of view and bias will be the widest possible.

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Referral to and/or knowledge of the literature refers to the context in which the author situates his or her work. This reveals what the author knows about his or her discipline and its practices. This allows you to evaluate the author’s scholarship or knowledge of trends in the area under discussion. The following criteria serve as a filter for all formats of information:

  • The document includes a bibliography.
  • The author alludes to or displays knowledge of related sources, with proper attribution.
  • The author displays knowledge of theories, schools of thought, or techniques usually considered appropriate in the treatment of his or her subject.
  • If the author is using a new theory or technique as a basis for research, he or she discusses the value and/or limitations of this new approach.
  • If the author’s treatment of the subject is controversial, he or she knows and acknowledges this.

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Accuracy or verifiability of details is an important part of the evaluation process, especially when you are reading the work of an unfamiliar author presented by an unfamiliar organization, or presented in a non-traditional way. Criteria for evaluating accuracy include:

  • For a research document, the data that was gathered and an explanation of the research method(s) used to gather and interpret it are included.
  • The methodology outlined in the document is appropriate to the topic and allows the study to be duplicated for purposes of verification.
  • The document relies on other sources that are listed in a bibliography or includes links to the documents themselves.
  • The document names individuals and/or sources that provided non- published data used in the preparation of the study.
  • The background information that was used can be verified for accuracy.

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Currency refers to the timeliness of information. In printed documents, the date of publication is the first indicator of currency. For some types of information, currency is not an issue: authorship or place in the historical record is more important (e.g., T. S. Eliot’s essays on tradition in literature). For many other types of data, however, currency is extremely important, as is the regularity with which the data is updated. Apply the following criteria to ascertain currency:

  • The document includes the date(s) at which the information was gathered (e.g., US Census data).
  • The document refers to clearly dated information (e.g., “Based on 1990 US Census data.”).
  • Where there is a need to add data or update it on a constant basis, the document includes information on the regularity of updates.
  • The document includes a publication date or a “last updated” date.
  • The document includes a date of copyright.
  • If no date is given in an electronic document, you can view the directory in which it resides and read the date of latest modification.

If you found information using one of the search engines available on the Internet, such as AltaVista or InfoSeek, a directory of the Internet such as Yahoo, or any of the services that rate World Wide Web pages, you need to know:

  • How the search engine decides the order in which it returns information requested. Some Internet search engines “sell” top space to advertisers who pay them to do so. Read Pay for Placement? from
  • That Internet search engines aren’t like the databases found in libraries. Library databases include subject headings, abstracts, and other evaluative information created by information professionals to make searching more accurate. In addition, library databases index more permanent and reliable information.
  • How that search engine looks for information, and how often their information is updated. An excellent source for search engine information is Search Engine Showdown, written by Greg R. Notess.

All information, whether in print or by byte, needs to be evaluated by readers for authority, appropriateness, and other personal criteria for value. If you find information that is “too good to be true”, it probably is. Never use information that you cannot verify. Establishing and learning criteria to filter information you find on the Internet is a good beginning for becoming a critical consumer of information in all forms. “Cast a cold eye” (as Yeats wrote) on everything you read. Question it. Look for other sources that can authenticate or corroborate what you find. Learn to be skeptical and then learn to trust your instincts.

© 1996 Elizabeth E. Kirk

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