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Hunger in India

Posted by danzinde on November 23, 2008

No matter how progressive the Indian economy is becoming, there are still highly impoverished people who need world’s attention. Can we make the changes? Yes, We can In just a click!

some sad facts about hunger in India:

  1. Hunger remains the No.1 cause of death in the world. Aids, Cancer etc. follow.
  2. There are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world.
  3. 1/3% of the world’s hungry live in India
  4. 836 million Indians survive on less than Rs. 20 (less than half-a-dollar) a day
  5. Over 200 millions Indians will sleep hungry tonight
  6. 10 million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases. Only eight percent are the victims of hunger caused by high-profile earthquakes, floods, droughts and wars
  7. India has 212 million undernourished people – only marginally below the 215 million estimated for1990–92
  8. 99% of the 1000 Adivasi households from 40 villages in the two states, who comprised the total sample, experienced chronic hunger (unable to get two square meals, or at least one square meal and one poor/partial meal, on even one day in the week prior to the survey). Almost as many (24.1 per cent) had lived in conditions of semi-starvation during the previous month
  9. Over 7000 Indians die of hunger every day
  10. Over 2.5 millions Indians die of hunger every year
  11. Despite substantial improvement in health since independence and a growth rate of 8 percent in recent years, under-nutrition remains a silent emergency in India, with almost 50 percent of Indian children underweight and more than 70 percent of the women and children with serious nutritional deficiencies as anemia.
  12. The 1998 – 99 Indian survey shows 57 percent of the children aged 0 – 3 years to be either severely or moderately stunted and/or underweight
  13. During 2006 – 2007, malnutrition contributed to seven million Indian children dying, nearly two million before the age of one
  14. 30% of newborn are of low birth weight, 56% of married women are anaemic and 79% of children age 6-35 months are anaemic
  15. The number of hungry people in India is always more than the number of people below official poverty line (while around 37% of rural households were below the poverty line in 1993-94, 80% of households suffered under nutrition)

Sources :

    UN World Food Programme
    UN World Health Organization: Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition, 2006
    UN Food and Agriculture Organization: SOFI 2006 Report
    National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (India)
    National Family Health Survey 2005 – 06 (NFHS-3) (India)
    Centre for Environment and Food Security (India)

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CFP TENCompetence Winter School ’09 Innsbrück, Austria

Posted by danzinde on November 13, 2008

TENCompetence Winter School – Call for Participation (CFP)

1-6 February 2009, Innsbruck (Austria)




The TENCompetence Winter School is considered as an intense training
and collaboration on the core topics related to the TENCompetence
project (http://www.tencompetence.org), building the European Network
for lifelong competence development.
The first two TENCompetence
Winter Schools received a positive feedback from the attendees. The
main theme of the third one will be Competence Management in Learning
Networks. The programme includes lectures and hands-on sessions from
leading experts in the field. We want to offer enough space for
interactive sessions, informal discussions, group work, and students’
presentations. Our ambition is to stimulate emergence of communities
of practice and learning networks as well as to support joint research
opportunities. PhD students and other interested people are invited to
participate and contribute to creation of an exciting learning


Personal Competence Development
Replacing Teachers with Crowds
Networks for Learning Professionals
Learning Activity Design
Simulation & Game Based Learning
Educational Theories, Concepts, Methods
Mash-Up Personal Learning Environments
Competence Development Networks
Disagreement Management
Telepresence & Streaming Media Systems
Personalized Adaptive Learning
Oranizing Project Dissemination


Albert Angehrn, INSEAD, France
Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
Dai Griffiths, University of Bolton, United Kingdom
Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Wolf Hilzensauer, Salzburg Research, Austria
Rob Koper, Open University, Netherlands
Ruud Lemmers, LogicaCMG, Netherlands
Jocelyn Manderveld, SURF Foundation, Netherlands
Ambjörn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Sandra Schaffert, Salzburg Research, Austria
Peter Scott, Open University, United Kingdom
Peter Sloep, Open University, Netherlands
Fridolin Wild, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Administration, Austria
Scott Wilson, University of Bolton, United Kingdom


Milos Kravcik, Open University, Netherlands
Christian Glahn, Open University, Netherlands
Wolfgang Greller, Open University, Netherlands
Sebastian Kelle, Open University, Netherlands
Mieke Haemers, Open University, Netherlands
Sabine Maassen, Open University, Netherlands


The winter school will take place nearby Innsbruck, an internationally
renowned winter sport centre in western Austria. The participants will
stay in the Tiroler Bildungsinstitut – Grillhof


EUR 550 (including accommodation and meals, excluding traveling
expenses). TENCompetence is not allowed to provide any grants to
external students. We encourage especially the project partners from
the PRO-LC Cluster (http://www.professional-learning-cluster.org) to
enable their members attending the event and support exchange of
knowledge among these closely related projects.


The winter school is intended for PhD students and other researchers
investigating the issues related to lifelong competence development
and technology enhanced learning. People are invited to submit
applications to milos.kravcik«at»ou.nl. The application should include a
Curriculum Vitae and an abstract describing the research objective.
The extended deadline for submissions is 16 November 2008. The school
will be limited to 40 participants.

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