Know Your Heart Among Educational Films Honoured

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New Delhi, May 31 (UNI) Seasons in the Sun has been honoured as the best educational show of 2006 by a jury picked by the University Grants Commission's Consortium for Educational Communication.

''There had been some delays in selecting jury,'' said Dr T R Kem, former UGC secretary who oversaw the 19th UGC-CEC Educational Video Competition 2006 awards ceremony last evening.

Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh whose presence was scheduled did not attend.

As many as 229 entries were received for 27 awards, which include a trophy, a certificate of excellence as well as cash prizes ranging up to Rs 50,000.

Many of the winning entries appeared to reflect some of the contemporary concerns-- ecology, child labour, water scarcity, human rights and health care.

They included Today in History: December 1, Before the Last, Nightmare World of Child Labour, Water For All, Melodious Encounters, Know Your Heart: Part I, Guddo and Tales From The Margins.

The inter-university Consortium was created in pursuit of an innovation conceived by the UGC in the early 1980s-- using the powerful film medium to communicate knowledge.

It started in 1984 as a countrywide classroom and production facility at half a dozen universities. The Consortium set up in 1993 now covers 17 universities and institutions across India.

The Vikram Sarabhai Award On Education Communication, won in the past by Shyam Benegal and E V Chitnis, went this year to Prof A Balasubramanian, former Director of Educational Multimedia Research Centre at Mysore University.

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