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HTML & CSS – The VERY Basics

Posted by drneelesh on March 28, 2009

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I have been wanting to learn a few things about CSS for a long time. HTML is something i can handle but what the *** is CSS? So i was very pleasantly surprised when i came across this simple video explaining it to me. Most video tutorials for CSS go beyond my scope of understanding, but this one was my cup of tea ( Frankly, only half my cup, but hey, IT HELPED!!)


This video is the VERY basics of what HTML and CSS is, for the absolute beginner. HTML and CSS files are, quite literally, just text files. You don’t need any special software to create them, although a nice code editor is helpful. You can create these files on any computer and use your web browser to preview them during development. You can think of HTML as the content of your website: a bunch of text and references to images wrapped in tags. CSS is the design of your website. It targets the tags you wrote in your HTML and applies the style. Keeping these two things separate is key to quality web design.

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My heart is beating..

Posted by drneelesh on March 19, 2009

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Simple animation to showcase the heart.And lovely sound effects to boot!!
But how do i download this?

more about “My heart is beating..“, posted with vodpod

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    -Distance education in Medical and paramedical sciences

    Posted by drneelesh on March 9, 2009

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    In a developing country such as India, where an optimal level of health service is a dream to many, there are far too few health workers in training and the number of training institutions is far too few. To understand the gravity of the situation, there are more than 365,000 doctors, 264,000 nurses and 350,000 allied health professionals which includes Multipurpose Health Workers, Village Health Guide, etc. Whereas, proper training facilities exist only at a few institutions like National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), State Health and Family Welfare Training Centers. With a limited number of available training institutions, it is nearly impossible to train large numbers of medical officers and paramedical workers. Nearly 47 Health and Family Training Centers (HFWTC’s) and seven Central Training Institutes (CTIS) provide health and family welfare training to all categories of health functionaries in the country. These long-duration training programs attract a limited number of clients, and hence most of the institutions also organize in-house short-term training programs which has less than the desired impact on their functionaries.

    Distance education is a relatively new concept which not only has the ability to train a large number of health care workers in a short time in a cost effective way but can also attend to skills of health care without diluting the quality.Distance teaching-learning often involves a multi-media approach to design, develop and implement independent learning programs through self-instructional materials, both in print and electronic media forms. Distance study allows self pacing for convenience and also facilitates learners having control over their learning. The various media used for distance education delivery include among others, print materials, audio and video programs, interactive multimedia content,radio and television programs, laboratory practicals, extended contact programs, and teleconferencing. Many of the required software are open source and easy to use, like Moodle.

    The following issues need to be addressed and considered for successful application of distance education programs for health professions:

    1. Since health sciences deal with life and death and are therefore are more skill-oriented (rather than more knowledge-based), it is felt that providing basic beginning or early training in the field of health may not be feasible through distance learning. Being an innovative and flexible system, and having the ability to respond to emerging training and educational needs, distance education is more appropriate for inservice training of health personnel.

    2. The academic programs have been confined to a limited area of health education and training. In order to meet the diversified and emerging needs of health workers, the programs and courses have to go beyond medical graduates to include a wide variety of need-based functional areas ranging from simple awareness programs to more complicated skill-oriented courses on epidemiology and health economics.

    3. Application of sophisticated communication technology has to be done cautiously, keeping in view clients needs, cost, media behavior and infrastructure and facilities at the receiving end. In the developing countries including India, audio and television programs seem to be more feasible and promising. Furthermore, multi-media packages need to include a large amount of hands-on and field experience.

    4. An issue to be deliberated is the provision of student support services for health workers and professionals. While compulsory counseling and extended contact increase the effectiveness of programs, these on the other hand pose problems to both providers as well as the receivers of health education. More practical-oriented courses need to have compulsory built-in face-to-face components; and work centers or practice centers at grassroots level with required instructional provisions would be more feasible than regular study centers.

    In conclusion, it is worth noting that distance education has tremendous potential for providing education and training programs to different categories of medical and paramedical personnel as a means of helping achieve the goals of HFA. In addition to the national agencies such as the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Indira Gandhi National Open University, international agencies such as WHO and UNICEF need to play increasingly prominent roles in facilitating the achievement of national and institutional targets. Proper use of ISRO provided satellite communication facilities can make distance education courses an important aspect of ongoing medical education.

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