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UP girl students barred from hockey, cricket, football

UP Basic Education Minister Dr Ahmed Hasan told reporters that he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and ensure that the girl students are not discriminated against in any manner.

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Delhi High Court says school buses cannot be forced to ply during odd even rule

The odd even scheme is just a day away, but the schools in the national capital have raised concerns over how the school buses that have been procured by the Delhi government to aid their initiative will be used. With the lack of clarity still prevailing, the Delhi High Court observed that the Delhi government cannot coerce, compel or otherwise force private, unaided and recognised schools to provide their buses during the 15-day period whilst the scheme is on.In order to successfully implement the odd even scheme to combat pollution for a trial period of two weeks, the Delhi government announced 4,000 ‘general’ buses would ply the streets of which around 2,000 would be procured from schools. According to a notice issued by the Department of Education (DoE) dated December 18, the Delhi government not only declared a two-week holiday during this period, but also announced the requisitioning of school buses to augment the DTC fleet.A circular issued by transport minister Gopal Rai on December 21, requested the schools to register their buses at the nearest DDE with copies of the Contract of Carriage, Insurance and Fitness Certificates. According to the same circular, failure to comply with the directions would be dealt with seriously.A few schools objected to this forcible closure and the government’s demand to use the buses as well. “This commandeering of the school buses is in complete violation of Article 14, 19 and 21 read with Article 300A of the Constitution,” says advocate Pramod Gupta. The lawyer represented the petitioners Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools that comprises around 400 private and unaided schools. The school authorities were also concerned about the school buses being used for purposes other than ferrying students, teachers and other school staff which would be in violation of the terms and conditions of the insurance policies taken out on the vehicles concerned.”The RTE is there to regulate school education and matters of education for children. It cannot be used to direct school buses — properties of autonomous bodies — to the DTDC for the implementation of a government scheme,” Gupta further argued. Recognizing the matter, Judge Hima Kohli who presided over the bench questioned the petitioner which school was forced or coerced to which there was no answer. Taking cognizance of the matter she further directed the government not to coerce, force or compel the schools to provide buses.Responding to the allegations, standing council for the Delhi Government Rahul Mehra stated that so far 1,700 school buses have registered on a voluntary basis. With around 400 school apparently not willing to part with their fleet – the number of buses may figure more than 1,000 – it is difficult to quantify how this will affect the number of buses that will actually ply on the streets during the coming two weeks.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Universities demand autonomy before accountability

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The tussle between the universities and human resource development ministry over autonomy of the university system is not new.

As the government plans to fix accountability for universities in the New Education Policy (NEP), central and state level universities demand more autonomy for the universities before fixing accountability. In the North zone vice chancellors meet called by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in Delhi, academicians also raised concern over the rapid and unplanned expansion in the higher education sector.The tussle between the universities and human resource development ministry over autonomy of the university system is not new. The universities hold the opinion that their autonomy should not be compromised in the quest for NEP. Making a reference to the government’s decision of introducing common syllabus across universities and painting them with the same brush, eminent legal scholar and former Delhi University VC Professor Upendra Baxi said, “Treating all universities as same violates the plural and the diverse character of the university system.” Baxi’s whose fight with the government over universities autonomy goes back to the time when late Arjun Singh was the HRD minister also added that if the government wants to make the universities accountable, it has to stop interfering with their autonomy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting that was attended by 70 VCs from central and state universities also raised concern over HRD ministry’s pace of expansion and making announcement for establishing new universities. It is expected by 2030 every one in four student will be a graduate from India. “We are not against expansion of higher education. But it has to be well thought and above political influences. Government has been making announcements and opening new universities. But these universities are lacking basic facilities,” said professor Ranbir Singh, vice chancellor of National Law University. Singh is also the president of the AIU.Singh also added that government’s endeavour to open universities at remote locations has been a failure since good teaching faculty does not want to relocate to these places. “Any teacher would want to relocate to a place where his children get a good school, his family gets adequate health care facilities and there is a smart lifestyle attached to the city,” says Singh.To link academia to industry, the house also proposed setting up a University-Industry Council. Absence of adequate sharing and coordination between the university and industry leads to shelving of the important research work.This was the fourth of the five regional meetings of the AIU to discuss the challenges of higher education. The association will submit its report to the HRD ministry after the fifth conference scheduled in Mumbai early next year.

Teacher worships Asaram in school, suspended

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The 74-year-old ‘godman’ was in Jodhpur jail since August, 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl

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A government school teacher in Barmer district has been suspended for allegedly “worshipping” a self-styled ‘godman’ Asaram in the school.The accused teacher Magaram, posted with government primary school in Dholader village in Barmer, used to keep a portrait of Asaram in school assembly and recited ‘Asaram Chalisa’. He also used to ask school students to recite the Chalisa instead of prayer.”During my Barmer visit on Thursday, some teachers complained to me about it. It was verified by the headmaster following which he was suspended yesterday,” Elementary Education Secretary K L Meena told PTI today.Meena said other teachers had objected to the “practice” but he did not stop “praying” Asaram. The 74-year-old ‘godman’ was in Jodhpur jail since August, 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Vyapam scam: Madhya Pradesh HC grants bail to former minister Laxmikant Sharma

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Sharma, a former Technical Education Minister, who has been lodged in Bhopal jail since June 2014, is likely to walk free tomorrow after the prison authorities complete the legal formalities for his release.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday granted bail to former state minister Laxmikant Sharma, an accused in the 2012 scam of police constable recruitment examination, conducted by Vyapam (MP Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal).Sharma, a former Technical Education Minister, who has been lodged in Bhopal jail since June 2014, is likely to walk free tomorrow after the prison authorities complete the legal formalities for his release.A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi granted bail to Sharma after his counsel told the court that other accused in the police constable recruitment test conducted by Vyapam in 2012 had got bail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counsel Anil Khare, Bhaskar Pandey and Praveen Verma said that their client was not the kingpin of the case. Sharma has only been accused of mediating in the case, they argued. CBI, the prosecution agency in Vypam scam, opposed the former minister’s bail stating that if he was released, he would influence the ongoing probe in the massive racket. The bench, after hearing the defence and the prosecution, directed that Sharma should be released on bail after he furnishes a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh.Earlier, the high court had granted bail to Sharma in some other scam relating to recruitment tests which were conducted by Vyapam.

Check out bseh.org.in for Class 10 and Class 12 Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) 2015 results

The results of HBSE (Board of School Education, Haryana) results in 2015 were announced on Thursday. Results of Class 10th (Senior Examination) and Class 12th (Senior Secondary Examination) can be checked on the website bseh.org.in or indiaresults.com. Here’s a comprehensive step-by-step guide for students to check their results: 1) Visit bseh.org.in or indiaresults.com2) Clock on ‘Senior Secondary Examination Result Oct 2015, for Class 12 results and ‘Secondary Examination Result Oct 2015’ for HBSE class 10 result3) Enter your roll number, and check your results. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You can also call on the toll free number 1800 180 4171 or Whatsapp on 8571867627. The Board of School Education Haryana (HBSE), Bhiwani came into existence in 1969. It started with a staff of 100 officials allocated from Punjab University and conducted the first examination of matriculation level (10th Class) in 1970. The Board adopted 10+2 pattern of education and conducted XII class examination under the new scheme with effect from 1987. Presently, it has the strength of more than 800 officials/officers and is examining 10 lakh + (one million +) candidates in examinations conducted by the Board. The Board of School Education Haryana has introduced the semester system of education from academic year 2006-2007, and claims to be the first Board in India to do so.

Manmad all keen on welcoming its Danish bahu

Born and having studied till 10th standard in Manmad, Rahul like many other teenagers had not found his direction and had failed in English in SSC. “It was teachers’ guidance that changed my perspective. I realised that I had to study and went to the University of Pune to complete my post graduation in Education (Med),” he said.

Rahul Alinje and Cecilia Peterson

Marriages are made in heaven, aver Rahul Alinje from Manmad and Cicelia Peterson from Denmark. And the entire town of Manmad is readying itself to celebrate the occasion – when a son of its soil will tie the knot with a former football player from Denmark. Says excited yet exhausted Rahul, a professor of Social entrepreneurship with Aarhus University and a yoga guru in Denmark, “We both wanted a quite family marriage but now the whole town seems to be a part of it.” Rahul had met Cecilia at his yoga class where she was his student.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Born and having studied till 10th standard in Manmad, Rahul like many other teenagers had not found his direction and had failed in English in SSC. “It was teachers’ guidance that changed my perspective. I realised that I had to study and went to the University of Pune to complete my post graduation in Education (Med),” he said. While studying at the university, Rahul came to know of various scholarships for higher studies and applied for some in Europe. At that time he was also working at the Shri Swami Samarth College of Education and Research, at Gauripada in Kalyan. He had presented a research paper for his scholarship titled ‘Teachers’ education policy – a comparative study of teachers in India and London’. The Sweedish government selected Rahul for a scholarship, which took him to Denmark. With an interest and education in yoga, Rahul also started taking classes in yoga at Aarhus. This is where he met Cecilia Peterson, the former football player for Denmark and now a teacher. “We found we had many commonalities as much as differences,” states Rahul. Cecilia is somewhat aware of Indian culture as her father Del Paterson has spent some time in India for his film. “My understanding of the Danish culture was helped by Cecilia. She made me see things from a different perspective,” said Rahul. When two years ago they decided to spent the rest of their lives together, the acceptance of their families was important for them. “Cecilia’s family had no problem in accepting me well as I was there in Denmark. To acquaint with my family, Cecilia came over to Manmad two years ago,” states Rahul. Cecilia is busy shopping for her wedding on December 20. Cecilia will come across as a Maharashtrian bride, wearing a saree and ornaments. “The marriage will be according to Buddhist traditions but with complete Maharashtrian flavor,” said Rahul with an excited Cecilia by his side.

India ranks 130 among 188 countries in Human Development Index in latest UNDP report

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Delhi schools may remain shut for 15 days from Jan 1

We have received a proposal to shut schools between January 1 and 15. We are considering the proposal and if needed, government will announce holiday for all schools, Sisodia said.

The AAP government is contemplating shutting the city’s schools for 15 days from January 1 even they would be rolling out their ambitious odd-even vehicle scheme. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that government has received a proposal to close schools from January 1 to January 15. He said that children are most affected due to rising pollution and government will make a policy of odd-even formula considering them. “We have received a proposal to shut schools between January 1 and 15. We are considering the proposal and if needed, government will announce holiday for all schools,” Sisodia said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government officials said that there is a winter holiday in all government and private schools from December last week to the first week of January every year. If the Education Department declares holidays for 15 days between January 1 and 15, students’ studies will not be affected, he claimed. “Principals and teachers have to conduct a drive to make the students aware about the sudden increase in pollution level. 26 lakh students are studying in schools and the policy of odd-even formula will be made with their involvement,” Sisodia said.

Odd-even rule: Schools in Delhi may be shut down from January 1-15, says Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that children are most affected due to rising pollution and government will make a policy of odd-even formula with their involvement.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia
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Delhi government is contemplating shutting the city’s schools for 15 days from January 1 during the trial period of odd-even vehicle formula. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that government has received a proposal to close schools from January 1 to January 15 and if needed, they will announce holidays. He said that children are most affected due to rising pollution and government will make a policy of odd-even formula with their involvement.”We have received a proposal to shut schools (between January 1 and 15). We are considering the proposal and if needed, government will announce holiday for all schools,” Sisodia said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior government official said that there is a winter holiday in all government and private schools from December last week to the first week of January every year. If the Education Department declares holidays for 15 days between January 1 and 15, students’ studies will not be affected, he claimed.”Principals and teachers have to conduct a drive to make the students aware about the sudden increase in pollution level. Children are the biggest stakeholder as 26 lakh students are studying in schools and the policy of odd-even formula will be made with their involvement,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.Sisodia also said that people are affected due to rising pollution but children are the most affected and “we all are concerned about this.” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held a high-level meeting on Thursday with all his cabinet ministers, concerned departments and agencies to make a strategy for implementing the odd-even scheme.

Mistaking education for intelligence: Why the SC order barring illiterates from contesting polls is jarring

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Maharashtra government puts up all 529 tribal schools for corporate adoption

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The Maharashtra government plans to rope in the private sector for running all the 529 tribal residential schools (ashram shalas). The move follows the government’s realisation that it won’t be able to run them well – even after spending Rs 1,200 crore annually. Nearly 2 lakh scheduled tribe children study in these schools – mostly in Thane, Palghar, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.The situation in these schools is so bad that the tribal development department itself has been sending a large number of tribal kids to private schools, citing “better integration”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state has already sounded out over 60 corporate houses, including Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Group, Tata, Coal India and Piramal Group, at a meeting presided over by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on December 3.At the meeting, the department requested corporate houses to adopt these schools under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The move is aimed at improving the conditions of these ailing schools and making them RTE (Right to Education)-compliant.A presentation on the schools’ deficiencies was made at the meeting by tribal secretary Rajagopal Devara. Confirming the development, Devara told dna: “We received an overwhelming response from most corporate houses. The department would soon finalise the allotment of schools.”A recent government survey of tribal residential schools had revealed their pathetic condition. The outcome of the survey has embarrassed the tribal department so much that it is yet to make the findings public.The government has made it clear to the business houses that it is not financial help that it is looking for. “We are seeking their managerial skills to run the schools in a better way by identifying the requirements and the right approach in addressing the gaps and making them RTE-compliant,” said Devara.The corporate houses are expected to help set up hostels, toilets, bathrooms, sports facilities, computer rooms, labs, libraries and kitchens. Teaching-learning material, life skill trainings, career counselling and vocational training are other areas.The business houses were told that they can adopt as many schools as they want. The 491 hostels for ST students are also equally sick. “Even aided ashram schools, which cater to 2.5 lakh kids, are in a bad shape and the government must close them down”, said a teacher from a Thane tribal school.10.1% population in Maharashtra falls under the ST category – the second-largest in the country. MP has 14.7%.Figure this out (2015-16)Tribal residential schools: 529Boy students: 97,476Girl students: 94,085Total: 1.91 lakh

Senior TMC leader asks party workers to show ‘restrain’ ahead of Assembly elections

Chatterjee, the Education minister, said while during the Left Front regime 32 colleges had come up in the state in the over three-decade long period, 30 colleges were established during the four and half year period of TMC government.

Partha Chatterjee

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Trinamool Congress (TMC) Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee on Saturday asked party activists to be restrained and be prepared to face the big challenge in the crucial time, ahead of assembly elections.”In our effort to reach out to people, everyone should be united. We must take everyone along us. We should not put the party in embarrassing situation,” Chatterjee told party workers here in South 24 Parganas district.He asked TMC workers not to bring out ‘jatha’ (rally) the same day of the CPI(M) procession “in the respective locality and rather bring it out the next day and thus not give them the chance.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chatterjee, the Education minister, said while during the Left Front reg ime 32 colleges had come up in the state in the over three-decade long period, 30 colleges were established during the four and half year period of TMC government. Even these included one for women, he added.Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said while CPI(M) and Congress were having alliances, TMC will never go for any track with those who were responsible for the Nandigram ‘killings’ and Singur attack.Abhisek Banerjee, the national President of All India Trinamool Youth Congress, said by the name of taking ‘jathas’ CPI(M) was aiming to capture villages.State President of TMC Subrata Bakshi said people knew the party whose leader went on a fast for 26 days on Singur issue, will always remain on their side. “We had held 109 administrative meetings in four years time,” Bakshi said. The leaders were addressing a party workers’ meeting in Canning.

Maharashtra govt does a U-turn; opens door for proposals on new colleges

Lifts ban on them from coming academic year on mounting pressure from managements

Maharashtra has opened the doors again to new higher education institutions. Six months ago, the government had imposed a blanket ban on them, citing “a huge number of vacant seats” in existing colleges and “falling standard of education”. But the government recently promulgated an ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, recently, allowing state universities to accept proposals till December 31 for setting up new colleges in 2016-17. Sources say the government’s change of heart amounts to bowing to the pressure of college managements.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Universities can approve proposals till the end of this year even in the absence of a perspective plan, extending the October 31 deadline as mandated under the Act. Earlier, the government has directed universities to hold up their perspective plans till broader guidelines are issued on the basis of a brand new “comprehensive higher education policy” for the entire state as per the suggestions of the Narendra Jadhav commitee. The comprehensive plan for the state is not yet ready though the Jadhav committee has submitted its report to the government a month ago. dna had reported about the recommendations of the committee. The government holds the final say in approving new educational institutions in the state, approved by govt-run universities. The ban on new institutions has sparked off an uproar among aspiring college managements, with some of them even seeking legal remedies. The ban also invited criticism from academicians and other stakeholders who called it arbitrary. Even minister of state for higher and technical education- Ravindra Waikar, a Shiv Sena leader, was unhappy with the ban decision. Last year, Mumbai university alone received around 70 applications for new colleges. However, the government issued a resolution in April 2015 stating that no new permissions will be granted for 2015-16.

My statement blown out of proportion, claims suspended BJP MLA OP Sharma

Sharma has already stands suspended for the entire winter session of the Delhi assembly for his remarks against Lamba, while the matter was referred to the house ethics committee on Thursday.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba

A high drama ensued at the Delhi assembly on Friday with AAP legislator Alka Lamba and five other party legislators walking out demanding fast-tracking of the house ethics committee’s decision on BJP lawmaker OP Sharma. Speaking to dna, Lamba said Sharma’s membership of the assembly should be revoked. “He has called me goondi (thug) on several occasions during the session, but the tipping point for was when he questioned my character,”Lamba said, adding that justice should be delivered in this session itself.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sharma has already stands suspended for the entire winter session of the Delhi assembly for his remarks against Lamba, while the matter was referred to the house ethics committee on Thursday. “He is calling me his sister and on the back foot now, but have not apologised to me. I’m not willing to forgive him,”Lamba said. She further alleged that instead of taking action against Sharma, leader of opposition Vijendra has brought a stop work proposal. “Surprisingly, the BJP MLAs had blamed us for hindering work in the assembly,”Lamba said.However, Sharma said the entire episode in the assembly has been scripted by AAP as part of their preparations for the Punjab assembly elections.The issue of drug abuse is prevalent in Punjab. He says a discussion on the deaths of homeless people’s death was underway at the assembly. “It was on police record that the deaths were due to cold, while Lamba claimed they were a result of drug addiction. She claims to be working for homeless drug addicts late nights, to which I merely reiterated. That particular statement was taken out of context and blown out of proportion,”said Sharma.Asked to explain his ‘goondi’comments, Sharma said they were based on clear CCTV footages on how she bullied the shopkeepers during an anti-drug drive in August this year.The winter session was to end on Saturday, but has now been extended till December 4. 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi assembly are under AAP, while there are just three BJP legislators. Meanwhile, amidst the chaos, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2015, was tabled in the house, of which a no detention policy for students up to class VIII is a highlight.

AAP govt brings Bill to scrap ‘no-detention’ policy in schools

The tabling of the Bill comes a week after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia introduced two other legislations relating to reforms in the education sector, mainly aimed at reining in private schools by doing away with donations and screening process for nursery admissions.

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Delhi government on Friday tabled a Bill seeking to do away with the no-detention policy till Class VIII by amending relevant sections of the Right to Education Act, which it said are “prohibiting” quality education in schools.The tabling of the Bill comes a week after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia introduced two other legislations relating to reforms in the education sector, mainly aimed at reining in private schools by doing away with donations and screening process for nursery admissions. Tabling the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2015, Sisodia cited statistics of children failing in classes VI, VII and VIII.However, they could not be detained due to the said provision of RTE.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The clause, “Provided that if a child has not achieved class appropriate learning level in a class, he may be held back in that class” is sought to be added to Section of the principle Act. “No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education,” it says. The deputy CM also called for systemic overhaul of the teachers’ training programme saying the six months or two years course were not sufficient for them. “Teachers build human beings unlike engineers or doctors who focus on say body parts or machines. “Going by the implications of the policy one feels that it needs to be reviewed. The policy is good but was introduced without preparation which is damaging it. Our government is focusing on preparation before implementing it,” he said.14, 18 and 25 per cent Delhi government school students of class VI failed in 2011-12, 12-13 and 13-14, respectively. In class VII, 14, 16 and 24 per cent and in class IX, 12, 13 and 21 in the corresponding years, Sisodia said. The RTE came into force in 2010, thus limiting the government’s role to detain them in spite of the students’ faring badly. The amendments to Section 8 and 16 of the Act seek to undo that.

Use of DPS name, logo by franchisees under Delhi HC scanner

They have alleged that DPSS generates around Rs 30-35 crore annually from its franchisee schools, in India and abroad, by charging lakhs as annual maintenance fees.

The Delhi High Court has sought responses of the city government and CBSE on a PIL alleging that societies like Delhi Public School Society were indulging in commercialisation of education by allowing their franchisee schools to use their name and logo for huge sums of money. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the Delhi government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and sought their replies on the plea by some persons claiming to be alumni of schools run by DPSS. The court has listed the matter for further hearing on January 8, 2016.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioners, Harshpal Singh Sawhney and Rupesh Bhadoria, who claim to be alumni of schools run by DPSS, as well as Sunil Roy, who claims his children study in one of the schools run by the society, have alleged that DPSS was “trading” in its brand name and logo to “generate revenue and extract monetary gains”. Advocate Anil Airi, appearing for the petitioners, argued that this practice amounts to “commercialisation of education” and was a violation of CBSE rules and affiliation bye-laws. The petition, filed through advocate Imtiaz Ahmed, has sought an inquiry into “nature of agreements and transactions between educational societies and franchisee schools and to take appropriate action against them”. The petitioners have sought quashing of “the illegal joint venture agreements and memorandum of understandings entered into by respondent 5 (DPSS) and other similarly placed societies pertaining to granting of/operation of franchisee schools.”They have alleged that DPSS generates around Rs 30-35 crore annually from its franchisee schools, in India and abroad, by charging lakhs as annual maintenance fees. Apart from that, the society at the time of entering into an agreement with a franchisee also charges around Rs 25 lakh for use of its brand name and logo, the petition has claimed.

Indian higher education crisis: More Indians go abroad to study, and fewer international students come to India

Even as reports last week suggested that the number of Indian student going to the US had increased by 30 percent, the inflow of foreign students to India has declined sharply, according to government data.

According to a report by The Times of India, data from the Union Ministry of Home affairs shows that the number of students coming to India from US, Germany, France, South Korea, Australia, China and Singapore had dropped by 73 percent from 13,961 in 2013 to 3,737 in 2014.

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The report also indicates that the number hadn’t just dropped for countries better placed than India, but even from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and African nations fewer people are turning to India for higher education.

Adding to this is a report in DNA which suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s bonhomie with Barack Obama had seen a huge surge in students from India studying in the US.

According to the report Indian students going to the United States had risen by 29.4 percent within a year, compared to the six percent previous year following three years of consistent decline. There are, as of now, 1.33 lakh Indians studying in universities across the United States.

In fact, it is not just to the US, more and more Indian students are looking to go abroad for higher education. According to a government report, India saw a huge jump in internationally mobile students with only 39,626 students in foreign countries in 1995 to 1,89,472 students going abroad in 2012.

While the US has remained the top destination abroad to go for higher education, the government date shows that UK replaced Australia in 2012 as the second most coveted destination for getting a higher education.

Though the Modi-Obama bonhomie and more students going to the US is well and good, the fact that lesser students are coming to India and more students are going abroad raises several questions about the quality of education in our country.

Hindustan Times in a report points out, “a part of the reason may have to do with perceptions of insecurity, owing to the attacks on women that inhibit parents from sending their children to the subcontinent.”

Another problem faced by those coming from other countries is racial discrimination. South Sudanese students had complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the issue at Pune’s Symbiosis International University in September. Singh had hence appealed, “From this platform, I want to appeal to all Indian students in Pune as well as in other parts of the country not to discriminate anyone and consider every one as brother. It is very unfortunate if any such incident takes place in our country.”

The Hindustan Times also pointed out that declining level of education because of shortages of capable faculty and lack of government efforts is also a reason why fewer students are coming to India for higher education. This, may also be one of the reasons why more and more students are going out of India for their higher education, apart from may be a more prosperous middle class and easily available education loans.

However, another reason for Indian students going abroad may be better scope and opportunity. As pointed out by Philip G Altbach in a report in The Hindu in 2014, “Not only are overseas programmes and departments more prestigious, they also have far better facilities, laboratories and a more favourable culture of research. Top faculty members are often more accessible and it is easier to become affiliated with a laboratory or institute. Academic politics exists everywhere, and Indians may suffer from occasional discrimination abroad, but overall academic conditions are likely to be better than at home.”

With numbers projecting a pretty bleak picture of the Indian education system, the quickest solution could be government hiring better faculty members in universities, setting up more universities, labs and research centers across the country.

Here’s how you can help Tamil Nadu’s first transgender engineering student

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The story of Grace Banu is nothing short of inspirational. Banu happens to be Tamil Nadu’s first transgender student to have bagged an engineering seat in the state’s premier college. She had filed a petition in the Madras High Court to demand that Tamil Nadu State Public Commission allow transgender persons to appear for the entrance exam.The petition was just one of Banu’s fights for transgender rights. She had to face and fight discrimination several times in her life.After she came out as a transgender in 2008, she was disowned by her family but was embraced by the transgender community. She even finished her education in Computer Sciences and secured a job in a software company Chennai in 2011. However, Banu had to quit working after she faced discrimination at her workplace.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But that did not stop her. She began afresh and pursued an engineering course. She passed the entrance exam for the college but could not take admission being a transgender applicant.She finally got admitted to a private college, Sri Krishna College in Arrokonam. She is now a third-year student of the college’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) department.Banu has overcome many a hurdles to come so far and become a beacon of hope for not just the third gender, but everyone who faces systemic discrimination.Despite having come so far, she is now facing financial hurdles and is finding it difficult to continue her education. She has spent her savings and Rs 70,000 that she borrowed from friends, says a News Minute report. But she needs money for her university exam fees and for food, travel and rent. “I do not have money to survive for the next one and a half years of my college. I would like to get a monthly stipend to cover my expenses. My family does not support me any manner. I can’t lead a life of dignity without raising some money,” she told the publication.While her friends and supporters are pitching in, Banu still needs a helping hand to complete her education. Sinthu Govindaswamy, a business consultant, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Banu.Banu has campaigned for making the society more inclusive. Will people now rally in her hour of need?Here is how you can help Banu and make a difference in her life

Returning an award will not solve any problem: Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor Khan has disapproved of the trend of writers and filmmakers returning their awards to protest “growing intolerance in the country” and advised them to instead address the issues bothering them.

“Returning an award would not solve any problem. We should learn to address the issue (of intolerance) rather that getting it upon ourselves. It is not a personal issue, it is the issue of entire nation,” she said in a press meet today.

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The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star said she was inspired by the firm stand taken by youths on issues facing the country. “I haven’t returned any awards. But whatever is going on (in the country), the retaliation of youths (over different issues) that is what really inspired me,” the 35-year-old said when asked to comment on filmmakers returning awards to protest “rising intolerance” under the present Government.

Kareena was in Raipur to take part in a series of programmes based on children organised by Unicef, School Education and Women and Child Development Departments of Chhattisgarh Government. The popular star is Unicef India’s “celebrity advocate” for education. She also appreciated the efforts of Unicef and State Government to promote education among children, especially those residing in the remote areas of Chhattisgarh.

Earlier, addressing a programme held to mark the culmination of Child Right Convention Week, Kareena stressed on improving the standard of education and simultaneously increasing enrolment of students in schools. “Though enrolment of students in schools has increased significantly, quality education is still an issue of concern. Ensuring quality education to every child is one of the major challenges before us.”

Quality education and advanced learning techniques in a school can collectively ensure progress of a child to attain a better future, she added. Kareena also advocated for facilities like separate toilets for girls in schools, availability of clean drinking water for students and improving access to schools.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Raman Singh launched a mobile mobile-cum web-based application `CG Edutrack’ jointly developed by Unicef and School Education Department.

The application will help in monitoring the presence of teachers and students in Government-run schools.

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Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s selfie with Kareena Kapoor Khan draws Congress’ flak

CM Singh who was the chief guest in the programme was caught on camera taking selfie with Kareena while sitting on the stage.

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Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday drew severe flak from the Congress over taking selfie with Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan during a programme here.The main opposition Congress accused the Chief Minister of being insensitive towards the incidents of farmers’ suicide in the state and engaged in taking pictures with a Bollywood star.Kareena, who is the UNICEF India celebrity advocate, was a special guest in a programme based on child rights at the state capital Raipur jointly organised by Unicef and state’s School Education and Women and Child Development Departments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CM Singh who was the chief guest in the programme was caught on camera taking selfie with Kareena while sitting on the stage.”More than a dozen farmers, distressed with drought situation (in the current Kharif crop season), have so far committed suicide in the state. Instead of expressing concern for them, CM was busy in taking selfie with a film star,” state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said.He further questioned CM, what he wanted to prove by taking selfie with Kareena Kapoor.Meanwhile, a senior administrative official pointed out that the CM usually clicks pictures with children and guests during his programmes and today also he did the same.As many as 31 meritorious girl students and 5 teachers from 36 schools were felicitated with “Chhattisgarh Ratna” in the programme.

Women graduates the lowest in Gujarat at only 9.5% households

The state of Gujarat has the lowest women graduates in the country revealed the 2011 census data. According to a report on TOI only 9.5% households in Gujarat have women graduates.

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The state of Gujarat has the lowest women graduates in the country revealed the 2011 census data. According to a report on TOI only 9.5% households in Gujarat have women graduates. This equals to only 10.90 lakh households with women graduates of the 1.14 crore households surveyed in total in Gujarat. The national average is higher at 9.75% of 22.46 crore households across the country.Also read: Census 2011 shows 116% rise in female graduates in India <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even men in Gujarat have a lower percentage of literacy rate in comparison to the national average. The state has only 13.42% households with men graduates than when compared to the national average of 14.8%.The census data shows that teenagers in only 32.5% households in Gujarat have studied up to class 12 or have enrolled for higher education. The report cites that the reason for this is the level of education for women is poor among rural stretches of Gujarat since not many women were taking up education in the past.However, the trend is now changing as a result of increased awareness, the report says. Another reason for the lower number of households with women graduates is the lack of academic infrastructure in the state. In addition, some of the families in rural areas are still unwilling to send their daughters to urban areas for further studies.

Check www.jkbose.co.in for JK Bose 10th class Bi-annual (Kashmir Division) Result 2015

Candidates need to keep their roll number handy.

Long wait of candidates are finally over. Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JK Bose) has released the result for 10th Class Bi-annual results of Kashmir Division.The exam results have been declared on Wednesday. The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education also known as JKSBSE or JK SBOSE conducts the exam for students in the state. It conducts class 10, class 12 exam and also for some certification courses. It was founded way back in 1975. Candidates need to log on to the website www.jkbose.co.in . They will need their roll number to access the result. The result can be saved for further reference. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Chennai: Schools to remain shut for another two days due to waterlogging

Schools and colleges in the city are to remain shut on Wednesday as well.

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Many schools in Chennai city and the suburbs are still waterlogged, though there wasn’t much rain on Tuesday. Nearly 200 to 300 schools will remain shut in the city and suburbs for another two days as a result. Schools and colleges in the city are to remain shut on Wednesday as well.A report in Deccan Chronicle quotes A Anitha, Chief Education Officer saying that schools in Villivakkam, Saidapet, Tondiarpet, Vadapalani, Virugambakkam, T Nagar, Egmore, Chetpet, Nungambakam, Amenjikarai, Koyembedu, Adyar and Besant Nagar, are water logged. She added that out of the 1000 schools, about 200 to 300 were waterlogged and flooded. Students can’t enter the school and thus they have decided to remain shut. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur district administration has also declared a holiday for schools on Wednesday after speaking to the meteorological department. This was a precautionary measure they took. The regional met department has said there may be heavy showers in the city on Wednesday.Schools are now expected to cut down on the Christmas holidays to make up for the leaves now.

Kerala Khap Panchayat? Education Minister doesn’t want boys & girls to share seats

I have no idea if boys and girls are sitting intermingled in any college in the state,” he told media personnel.

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In remarks that have triggered a controversy, Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said he was not in favour of boys and girls sitting next to each other in college campuses. However, he said he had nothing against students sitting in separate chairs together in the class. “I have no idea if boys and girls are sitting intermingled in any college in the state,” he told media personnel.”I have nothing against students sitting in separate chairs,” he said, adding he had not received any complaints from Farooq College where the management had suspended a student for allegedly defying its directive not to share seats with girls in the campus. Dinu K, a first year student of the college, had been suspended last month for being part of a group of boys and girls who sat next to each other on a bench in the classroom in their campus, going against the management’s diktat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students were asked to bring their parents and tender written apologies for ‘defying disciplinary rules’. Though all the others complied, Dinu refused to do so saying he had not committed any crime, following which he was suspended. He moved the Kerala High Court which stayed his suspension. An aided college lecturer in Malappuram was dismissed from service recently for allegedly supporting through a Facebook comment the students of Farooq College who are protesting against the gender discrimination. While the lecturer, C P Muhammed Shafeeq, guest lecturer of English department of Sullamusalam Science college, Areekode, claimed he had been suspended for supporting Dinu, the college management said it was for “obscene” language used in the post. Meanwhile, various students unions, including Kerala Students Union and All India Students Federation have threatened to go on agitation if the minister does not withdraw his statement.

Hyderabad tragedy: School principal arrested after four-year-old crushed to death in lift

Hyderabad: A four-year-old girl was on Tuesday crushed to death as her head got stuck in the door of the elevator at a private school in Dilsukhnagar area following which the school principal and teacher were arrested.

The victim, a nursery student, was identified as Syeda Xainab Fatima and the incident that took place at about 9.15 AM sparked protests by her shocked family members and outraged public.

“School principal Shalini and teacher Saroja were arrested on charge of negligence in connection with the incident,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) A Ravinder told PTI.

Based on a complaint filed by the parents of the girl, a case under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC and relevant sections of the Juvenile Justice Act was registered against the school management and the principal and teacher have been so far arrested, the DCP said.

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The mishap occurred when Zaina along with seven other students and a teacher got into the elevator at the ground floor of the school to go to the third floor.

“The students were jostling for space and pulling each other’s bags inside the lift. In the midst of this, Zaina’s hand got stuck in the grilled doors of the elevator. As someone had pressed the button for the above floors, the elevator started moving and Zaina’s hand and head were pressed between the elevator and the first floor concrete roof,” Malakpet inspector A Ganga Reddy said.

Horror-struck children and the teacher ran out of the lift as soon as it halted and it took more than half an hour to remove the body of the child from the elevator, police said.

“Further investigations in the case are underway. Stringent action will be taken against those, who committed the mistake,” he said.

The District Education Officer has been summoned by the police and he will be examined whether the school management had got the necessary permission (to run the school), the DCP said.

Malakpet police station Inspector A Ganga Reddy said efforts are on to nab Satish, the Zonal in-charge of the private school management, who is absconding.

Earlier, the family members of the deceased and other local residents gathered in front of the school and held a protest demanding stern action against its management.

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Hyderabad: 3-year-old crushed to death in school lift, case filed against management

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In a tragic incident, a three-year-old girl was on Tuesday crushed to death in the lift of a private school where she was studying in Dilsukhnagar area, sparking protests by her shocked family members and outraged public.A case under IPC section for causing death by negligence has been registered against the school management, the police said.The deceased has been identified as Syeda Xainab Fatima, a nursery student.Following this, the school principal and the child’s teacher have been arrested.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the preliminary inquiry, the incident occurred at around 9:15 am when a school teacher along with few students was going from ground floor to the third floor of the school. “The girl’s head got stuck on the lower side of the grilled lift and she was crushed to death,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) A Ravinder said.”We will further investigate the matter and what are the lapses, that also will be brought on record. A thorough inquiry is underway to determine on how the incident occurred, whose mistake it is, whether that of management or the teacher accompanying the students. Stringent action will be taken against those who committed the mistake,” he said.The school has been closed for now. The District Education Officer has been summoned by the police. It will be examined whether the school management had got the necessary permission (to run the school), the DCP said.”It is a sad incident…Definitely arrests will follow…We are verifying…There is no question of leaving anybody (responsible for the incident),” he said. “We are further inquiring into it. Now we have received a complaint and based on it, a case under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC has been registered against the school management,” Malakpet police station Inspector A Ganga Reddy said.The principal of the school has been questioned. No one has been arrested so far, the Inspector said, adding, “We will take stern action as per the law.” Earlier, the family members of the deceased and other local residents gathered in front of the school and held a protest demanding stern action against its management.

Caste assertion, clashes in Tamil Nadu forcing Dravidian parties to recalibrate their politics

M Subbaiah wears a forlorn look on his face. All of 36 years of age, married and with a child, he is now a farmer, despite having a Diploma in Engineering. The problem, says Subbaiah, has nothing to do with his credentials or skills. The problem is that he hails from a village called Gopalasamudram, about 25 kilometres from the bustling Tirunelveli town in southern Tamil Nadu.

“I was working as a tower supervisor in a telecom company earning Rs 25,000 a month,” explained Subbaiah. “In 2013, after the incident, my manager called me and asked casually where I was from. I told him my home was in Gopalasamudram. He then told me the company was laying off people and sacked me. I found out later that I was the only one that got sacked. It is all due to the bad name our village has now got,” he rued.

Since 2013, Gopalasamudram has seen bloodshed – an eye for an eye, one murder to avenge another. This has pitted the formidable Backward Class caste, the Thevars, against the Scheduled Caste Pallars in this village of 15,000.

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In 2013, a row began over celebrations of Thevar Jayanthi (a festival marking the birthday of Muthuramalinga Thevar, an eminent leader belonging to the Thevar caste) in a private school where children of both castes studied. The headmistress of the Pannai Venkatarama Iyer High School (PVI School) in Gopalasamudram organised Thevar Jayanthi celebrations in the school and handed a chocolate and a new pencil to all students. Dalit students took affront and refused to take these gifts. They were beaten and bruised for their stand. Anger over caste snowballed over the next few months, culminating in the murder of 21-year-old Dharmaraj on the banks of the Tamirabharani river that flows quietly behind the village. One year later, the Dalits struck back, hacking 21-year-old Karthi to death in the marketplace in 2014. Tensions are barely under the surface now but neither side feels like the victor.

“There are so many young boys of marriageable age in Gopalasamudram,” said Subbaiah, a member of the Thevar caste. “Now no one wants to give brides in marriage to our boys. They tell us openly that we are trouble makers and murderers. It is shameful,” he added.

Tucked away in a corner of the village is the area where the Scheduled Caste population has resided for decades. These people, numerically equal to the “upper caste” Thevars, belong to the Pallar sub-section of Dalits and are known as Devendrakula Vellalars.

In this area, 14-year-old Muthu Palpandi, silent and with big solemn eyes, follows his mother to the fields. Muthu has not been to school in a year. This too is a fallout of the caste related violence in the village.

“We want to give our children good education so that they at least don’t end up like us,” said a plaintive Velankanni Palpandi, Muthu’s mother. “Please help us reopen the school. We don’t want our children to suffer a fate like ours,” said the 36-year-old agricultural landless labourer as she headed out to the paddy fields.

The mood in Gopalasamudram is grim. Since the incident in 2013, all 130 Pallar students dropped out of the PVI School. With the help of NGOs and with their own contributions, the Pallars of Gopalasamudram managed to raise Rs 8 lakhs to build a school within their own area. Teachers were brought in and these 130 students managed to continue their education for a year. Funds dried up subsequently and the district administration refused permission to allow the school to run. One whole academic year has now gone by with these Pallar children running amok with little to do but play.

“We want a school now, we are desperate,” said S Jayakumar, a 47-year-old resident of the Pallar part of Gopalasamudram. “As a result of this clash, everyone here has understood the importance of education. The only way to get rid of this scourge of caste is to educate everyone. That awareness has come to our people,” he said.

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In the photo: Velankanni Palpandi (in orange saree) with other women in the Dalit area of Gopalasamudram say their kids have missed out on one academic year. Check out other photos of the series here.

While the Pallars have lost out on education, the Thevars have lost jobs and prospective brides for their young men. Other castes in the village include Chettiars, Brahmins, Nadars, Pillais and Konars (Yadavs). Many of these residents, although not directly involved in the clash, have suffered due to it. A number of long time residents have moved out of the village fearing a reprisal of 2013. Many others have sent their children to boarding schools far from home so that their studies may not be interrupted. Most villagers agree that the caste related violence has destroyed much more than peace in Gopalasamudram.

While the two murders were of residents of Gopalasamudram itself, the violence had a cascading effect on villages surrounding Gopalasamudram. In 2014, another Pallar man was hacked to death while traveling by bus in the neighbouring Kothankulam village. A spate of almost copycat murders followed, at least six such killings according to Dalit activists, as caste became a talking point once again. Rifts deepened along caste lines in neighbouring villages, say activists in the area.

“In Suthamani village, about a kilometer from here, 20 Thevar boys moved out of the government school so that they did not have to study with Pallar boys,” said Rajavel Paramasivan, a social activist in Gopalasamudram. “They moved to a private school just because of this issue in our village,” he said.

Tamil Nadu stands second in the country currently in terms of caste clashes, pipped only by Maharashtra, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau. 211 caste related riots have taken place in the state in 2014. The southern districts of the state record more violence and caste related murders and honour killings than the other regions of the state. Dalit experts say that this is likely due to the fact that the Pallars who abound in the southern districts are largely a land-owning community and therefore more aware and willing to fight for their rights.

John Pandian, leader of Dalit political party Tamilaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK or Tamil People’s Progressive Party) says that despite caste related murders and riots reducing in numbers in Tirunelveli district in the past 10 years, the reasons behind such murders are much more mundane.

“Feelings of caste have increased across the state,” said Pandian. “The problem is that there are not enough industries here. There is no way for all castes to work together. If they all work together in the same factory, there will be no issues. Our youth are unemployed in the villages,” he said.

Subbaiah and Jayakumar of Gopalasamudram, on either side of the caste divide, agree. “Our youth have nothing to do, they are educated but unemployed,” said Subbaiah, of the Thevar caste. “They go around in groups, get drunk and then pick fights. Even a small remark or a glance can turn into an issue and ends in murder,” he said.

Pallar resident Jayakumar says that unemployed Pallar youth too consume liquor and speak of caste amongst themselves as an identity and therefore situations get out of hand. “There is no proper education for our boys, no access to higher studies for any of the youngsters here, be it Thevar or Pallar,” he said. “Without education and jobs, they sit under trees and discuss small issues and blow them out of proportion. Only education can resolve this caste issue,” he said.

A ray of hope though finds its way in the maturity of some decisions taken by middle aged members of both castes in Gopalasamudram. A peace committee comprising all castes in the village, formed in the aftermath of the two murders, came up with some positive resolutions. One resolution was to push for a government school in the village where all students would study together. The second was that no caste-affiliated political parties would be allowed to come in and campaign in the village. The third was that no flags would be raised anywhere in the village which symbolised a caste. The flagpoles of Gopalasamudram until today stand bereft of yellow, red or green, an indication of the sanity that its people are trying desperately to keep.

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In the next edition of Tamil Nadu’s Caste Chronicles:

Firstpost finds out how caste is taking on a newer, more aggressive form in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, as a resurgent Dalit takes on the aggressive Thevar, the all powerful Nadar and the other so-called higher castes. We also delve into how caste identity has become crucial for Tamilians down south.

The author tweets @sandhyaravishan

Andhra Pradesh Intermediate Exam Time Table 2016 Released

Telangana is conducting the exams separately and hence they will announce the dates separately.

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The Board of Intermediate Education Andhra Pradesh has finally announced the exam dates for those doing their Intermediate. Both the first and second year exams were announced on November 14. The exams will be conducted in March 2016 for both years. The exam time table has been attached below. Telangana is conducting the exams separately and hence they will announce the dates separately. All the exam centres will be given when the exam hall tickets are being issued to students. .In case you want more information and want to download the time table for AP inter exam 2016, log on onto their official site www.bieap.gov.in.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Debt trap: India’s brick kilns engage slave labour

The working hours in kilns are arduous and the principle of 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week is not followed.

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The UK observed anti-slavery day on October 18. This year’s observance was marked against the practice of modern slavery which still persists in UK. India, too, should dedicate a day against all its traditional and modern slavery like practices. India has the largest number of slaves in the world and India’s brick kilns engage slave labour (Walk Free Report). Contrary to popular perception, slavery is still prevalent and exists in various modern forms and names such as forced labour, bonded labour, child labour, debt bondage and human trafficking among others. According to Global Slavery Index (GSI) 2013, more than 29 million people worldwide are captives of slavery. GSI estimates that India is home anywhere between 13,300,000 and 14,700,000 enslaved workers though India doesn’t have any official data on the same.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per J John’s estimates in Labour File, brick kilns employ more than 5% of 472.9 million workers in India (NSSO 2011-12). An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 brick kilns function in India (Labour File, 2014) and the way the sector operates, promote bonded labour and debt bondage. Workers engaged in kilns are not paid a monthly wage instead; payments are made on per brick production. The Piece-Rate Wage (PRW) method is not commensurate to the value of labour input and is barely sufficient for subsistence living. Due to low wages and poverty, most workers take a loan from employers/ owners. Once the loan is taken, workers lose control over their conditions of employment and usually have no idea until the end of the season how much they are entitled to receive, or if they still owe the loan and are servicing their debt. There is also an interest component to loan disbursed, which inflates the debt rate. The loan/advance contract, oriented toward kiln owners’ profit, restricts workers’ mobility forcing them to continue working in the kiln.Under PRW, the labour management is designed in a way that production is seasonal, nevertheless continuous and the structure of advance and postponement of wages is such that workers’ economic mobility is impaired. PRW is exploitative and discriminatory in nature; no wages are paid to workers for the day when work is temporarily halted due to harsh weather conditions and bricks aren’t produced. No wages are given during days of rest or during sickness. The labour that goes before moulding of bricks, ie, carrying soil, mixing, kneading it etc, is not counted in the PRW method.The working hours in kilns are arduous and the principle of 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week is not followed. No wages are paid during non-production months. Brick kilns follow ‘family labour’ norm in payments in which women are not recognised as workers and are denied separate wages. The sector is afflicted by child labour.Debt bondage or bonded labour has been identified as an institution or practice similar to slavery (Labour File, 2014). International legal instruments such as ILO Forced Labour Convention 1930, the UN Slavery Convention 1926 and UN Supplementary Convention 1956 recognise bonded labour as a form of slavery.In 1976, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) (BLSA) Act was promulgated in India to free workers from debt bondage. BLSA Act draws heavily from Article 26 of the Constitution. However, the Act’s implementation has proved ineffective. Kilns are in the schedule of the Minimum Wages Act 1948 and various state governments publish the minimum wages of brick-kiln workers. However, a survey by Centre for Education and Communication in Punjab revealed that PRW declared by the government does not tally with what workers actually receive. The survey also identified a glaring gap between the PRW and the declared Minimum Wage Rate (MWR) where income differentials between the two is substantial in all categories of work from unskilled to highly skilled. Considering the abusive nature of piece-rate wage, it remains to be seen if the government considers abolishing it and introducing monthly wage method instead, to free the kilns of bonded labour.
The author is manager, research and communications, Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi.

Four months after suicide, failed student declared class topper

Distraught after being declared failed in his favourite subject, a 17-year-old electronics engineering student had committed suicide but four months on a re-evaluation has found that he not only passed the subject but topped his class.

Distraught after being declared failed in his favourite subject, a 17-year-old electronics engineering student had committed suicide but four months on a re-evaluation has found that he not only passed the subject but topped his class.The “callous” evaluation process has left the parents of Mohammad Adnan Hilal numbed, who feel that it is not a case of suicide but “murder” as their son actually secured 48 marks in Physics and not 28 as declared earlier.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the re-evaluation, Hilal, a first semester student of electronic engineering at Government Polytechnic College in Srinagar, secured around 70% aggregate marks in the first semester of the course, making him the class topper.However, it took authorities four long months to realise Hilal’s correct score.In Jammu and Kashmir, 33 out of 100 is the minimum marks required to pass an examination.Declared failed in Physics, a subject his family and friends claim he had mastery over, Adnan committed suicide in June soon after he checked his results on Internet. He jumped into River Jhelum and his body was fished out four days later.Adnan’s father, Hilal Ahmad Gilkar says his son’s death was not a suicide but a “murder” as he was forced to take the extreme step by the callousness of some people in the system.”It is a murder and people responsible for it need to be identified and acted against as per the service rules of the government,” said Gilkar as tears rolled down his eyes.Shattered by the loss of his son, Gilkar, recalls how his son had told him that he had answered all the questions in the Physics paper with ease.”When Adnan returned in the evening on the day of his examination, he informed me that he did well in Physics paper.”He told me there was no continuation sheet at the examination center so he had to write the rest of the answers on another answer sheet. He was confident that he had done well,” Gilkar, a guest faculty at Institute of Management and Public Administration (IMPA) here, said.After the death of his son, Gilkar applied for re-evaluation of his son’s Physics answer paper and was pushed further into grief as Adnan was declared pass in the paper The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of Technical Education (JKSBOTE), while admitting it as a “mistake”, said, “Such things happen in other universities as well”.

IISc breaks into list of top 100 universities for engineering and technology

Asian universities occupied six positions in the Top 30 this year, with Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India all improving their representation, while Singapore and Hong Kong maintained theirs.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore broke India’s poor ranking spell by making a debut in the world’s top 100 universities for engineering and technology.IISc made its entry at 99th spot in a list that remains dominated by US institutions with Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the top three positions in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering & Technology’. “This year’s stand out success story has to be India, making its debut in this prestigious engineering and technology ranking, which represents the top few per cent of world universities for these subject disciplines.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Whether you look at high tech sectors such as IT or aerospace engineering or more traditional fields such as steelmaking, India’s engineering and technology prowess is highly visible the world over in the shape of companies based in India or run by people born in India, such as Google and Microsoft, Infosys and Wipro or Tata and Mittal,” said Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor.THE has singled out the year as one of Asian progress, with the US holding 31 positions down from 34 last year while Asia holds 25 positions in the Top 100, up from 18 last year. Asian universities occupied six positions in the Top 30 this year, with Japan, China, Kora, Taiwan and India all improving their representation, while Singapore and Hong Kong maintained theirs.

Only 4.5 per cent population of India is graduate or above: Census data

New Delhi: Only 4.5 per cent of the population in the country is educated upto the level of graduate or above while a majority of 32.6 per cent population is not even educated upto the primary school level.

According to the census data for 2011 on literacy, workers and educational levels, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, literate population who are presently attending any educational institution in the country, below primary occupies the major share of 32.6 per cent.

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It was followed by primary (25.2 per cent), middle (15.7 per cent), matric (11.1 per cent), higher secondary (8.6 per cent) and Graduate and above (4.5 per cent).

During the decade 2001-11, improvement is observed at middle and above educational levels and decline in percentage share at lower levels (below-primary and primary).

The improvements at higher educational levels are indication of educational advancement in the country during the decade 2001-11.

The data on workers by five categories of literates namely literate but below matric/secondary, matric/secondary but below graduate, technical diploma or certificate not equal to degree, graduate and above other than technical degree and technical degree or diploma equal to degree or post-graduate degree have also been released.

The data that distributes the population, main workers, marginal workers, non-workers, marginal and non-workers seeking/available for work by literacy status and educational levels separately for total, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes population is also released.

The data reveals that during the decade 2001-2011, there is an overall improvement in literacy status and educational levels of various types of workers and non-workers among total and SC/ST population.

Census 2011 has further exhibited that out of about 55.5 million Marginal workers seeking/available for work in India, the majority of 21.9 million (39.4 per cent) are illiterates followed by 20.9 million (37.6 per cent) literates but below matric/secondary and 8.0 million (14.5 per cent) matric/ secondary but below graduate.

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Karnataka: Students quit school due to Dalit woman’s appointment as cook

The parents of the 18 students in the school have allowed them to study there on the condition that she not cook the mid-day meal that is served.

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She was appointed as the head cook at the Government Higher Primary School in Kagganahalli village in Kolar. However, Radhamma, a Scheduled Caste, is holding on to her job in the school because she agreed not to cook the food. A report in The Indian Express states that many students have left the school since she was appointed as head cook in the school. There were apparently 118 students but when she joined the school in February 2014, a 100 students left. The parents of the 18 students in the school have allowed them to study there on the condition that she not cook the mid-day meal that is served. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report quotes Mulbagal Block Education Officer N Devaraj as saying that they have decided to stop the mid-day meal scheme in the village as a result. He is quoted as saying, “Despite the efforts of elected representatives, IAS officers and others in the region, villagers refuse to send their children to the school. We cannot understand their behaviour.”The school headmaster has been quoted as saying that ‘village politics’ was the reason the school was in this situation. The students who have left the school have joined the government schools in the neighbouring villages. Meanwhile, Radhamma has stated to the daily that the students left the school only due to pressure from upper caste groups. The report quotes upper caste members who say they are angry at a Dalit women being appointed to cook the meals.

Tamil Nadu: Six-year old’s shoulder dislocated due to corporal punishment

A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.

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A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.A report in The New Indian Express states that V Devi, daughter of Mariammal, didn’t turn up for class on Monday as she was unwell. When she went to school on Tuesday her class teacher, Babu, allegedly twisted her arm asking why she was absent. She’s said to have been the crying the whole day in unbearable pain. The girl’s mother found her crying at home and took her to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital the next day as her shoulder was swollen. The young girl was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder joint.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mariammal told the media that the teacher also hit the child on her head. The police are investigating. The daily reports that G Renganathan, district elementary educational officer has said that the assistant elementary educational officer, Budalur, has conducted an inquiry into the incident. It has now been reported to the Director of School Education. They would take action against the teacher.

90% Indian universities have outdated curriculum: CNR Rao

Rao also called for eliminating the bureaucratic hassles in the education system.

Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao believes that 90% of the universities and higher educational institutions in the country have an outdated curriculum, keeping them from making into the top institutes of the world.”90% of the universities in our country have an outdated curriculum. We talk about increasing funds, increasing infrastructure but there is no improvement in the content we are teaching in our hi-tech classrooms,” Rao said on Wednesday during the ongoing Visitor’s Conference at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.”One of the major reasons behind why Indian institutions don’t make it to the top 100 universities in the world. There are a lot of Indian students abroad who want to study in our country and come back, but there are no quality colleges to offer them the same kind of environment and education,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maintaining that Indian institutions need to improve, Rao, who is currently serving as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, also asserted that the talent search in the country is “marginal”.”Talent search in our country has always been marginal. We teach our students what Newton and Faraday did, but there is no mechanism to look out for similar talent in interiors of the country,” he said.Rao also called for eliminating the bureaucratic hassles in the education system.”You want to introduce a course, institute a fellowship, establish an exchange programme, utilise the already allocated funds… there are so many laws, too many bureaucratic rooms.I think that process should be simplified,” he said.Heads of 114 institutions where President Pranab Mukherjee is the Visitor are participating in the three-day Visitors’ Conference which started on Thursday.The subjects that will be deliberated upon during the conference include creating inter-linkages of Industry-Academia, interfacing with ranking agencies, providing impetus to research and innovation in educational eco-system, establishing international networks and workforce sustainability, among others.Also addressing the conference were Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and renowned geneticist MS Swaminathan.”Though the introduction of Right to Education (RTE) has contributed to a significant progress in the sector but the lack of three things – inclusion, quality and equity, are still roadblocks in ensuring progress at the ground level,” Satyarthi said.Swaminathan, known as ‘Indian Father of Green Revolution’, called for developing courses in “Sustainability Science” in all the institutions.

Kerala: Education Department instructs schools not to expel students

Expelling a minor for being involved in a crime is considered illegal.

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The Kerala Education Department has instructed all schools not to expel any student even if he or she is convicted of a crime.A report in Malayala Manorama states that the department issues a circular after it saw that many schools were expelling students stating that they were involved in a crime. Under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, no one can take criminal proceedings against a minor even if he or she has convicted a crime. Since expelling a minor for being involved in a crime is considered illegal, the education department has sent out a circular on this. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

JNTUK B.Tech 1-2 (R13, R10) Regular/Supplementary Results 2015: Check jntukresults.edu.in

The supplementary examinations are written by candidates who did not qualify in the regular examination.

Jawaharlal Technological University Kakinada is likely to declare the B.Tech 1-2 R13, R10 Regular/Supply results. The exam was conducted in the month of July 2015. A large number of candidates appeared for the examination. Students have to enter their registration number or roll number to download the result. Candidates can check the results from the official website jntukresults.edu.in.Candidates can also check their results here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The supplementary examinations are written by candidates who did not qualify in the regular examination. All the students who have written the exam can check the results now.To check your result, follow these steps:* Visit JNTUK Official Page, jntuk.edu.in or click the below link.* Search for the Results Tab and click on it.* Enter your roll number without mistakes.* Click on the Submit Button.* TECH 1st and 2nd semester results with marks will appear on screenJawaharlal Technological University Kakinada was established in 1946 as The College of Engineering, Vizagpatnam. The college is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for its B.Tech and M.Tech degrees. Its graduate and post-graduate courses are recognised by The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University of Pune.

Despite being in power it is not our govt, rues Shiv Sena

Sanjay Raut said that those (BJP) controlling portfolios like Revenue, Home, Finance, Agriculture, Education, Social Justice are running the government.

Sanjay Raut was speaking to media on Monday evening after paying a visit to the family of 16-year old Swati Pitale, who committed suicide due to extreme poverty at a village in Latur.
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In what could further widen the chasm between allies Shiv Sena and BJP, Sena leader Sanjay Raut rued that though his party is in power, the government is not theirs and they are not part of the decision-making process. He also hit out at Devendra Fadnavis following the alleged suicide by a Latur girl over poverty, saying the Chief Minister should have a hold over the administration.Raut was speaking to media on Monday evening after paying a visit to the family of 16-year old Swati Pitale, who committed suicide due to extreme poverty at a village in Latur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This is the party’s stand. Sanjay Raut and the party are no different. This is very disturbing. This (the suicide) is not something that makes seem a progressive Maharashtra in good light,” the Sena leader said.”We are in the government, but the government is not ours. Several important portfolios that are involved in the decision making process for the state are not with the Sena,” he rued.However, justifying the party being part of the government despite being sidelined, he said, “We fought against Congress and NCP, and because we did not want either of the parties to get another chance (to form the government). We are trying to save the government.”Raut said that those (BJP) controlling portfolios like Revenue, Home, Finance, Agriculture, Education, Social Justice are running the government.”If the previous government was doing good work, they would not have been voted out of power. We feel that this government needs to be saved. What is important is that how are the masses taking in whatever is happening. Work can be done in a far better way. Sena has the most experience of running the state,” he said.”The CM should have a hold over the administration, whether he has or not can only be answered by him or his ministers,” he said.A confident Raut also said that if elections were to happen now, the Sena would get a complete majority.”The CM will be from the Sena and we won’t require any outside help. People are now waiting for Vidhan Sabha election, so that they can vote for the Sena,” he said.

Maharashtra: SSC students from drough-hit areas exempted from exam fees

The board has also decided to refund the examination fee paid by HSC students belonging to drought-hit areas, MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane told dna.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to waive the SSC examination fees for students living in drought-affected villages. In a circular dated October 23, the principals of the schools in the state have been asked to collect details about such students and exempt them from paying examination fees this year. The board has also decided to refund the examination fee paid by HSC students belonging to drought-hit areas, MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane told dna. He said the board could not waive the fees of HSC students at the collection stage as their forms were filled much earlier.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mhamane said it is not necessary that the students being exempted from fee payment should be studying in the drought hit area itself. They can be from the schools outside their village also. But they should be residents of drought-hit villages.

Huge leap: Govt unlocks cockpits of IAF fighter jets for women pilots

New Delhi: Women members of the Indian Air Force today broke another grass ceiling with the government approving induction of female fighter pilots, the first time when women would be in combat role in the country’s armed forces.

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The first women fighter pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, the defence ministry said in a statement.

The news first came in with the Ministry of Defence spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeting out:

“This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in armed forces of developed nations,” the ministry said.

It said that the performance of women, inducted into transport and helicopter streams of the IAF, has been “praiseworthy” and at par with their male colleagues.

“Inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles as well,” the ministry said.

As per the plan, the first women pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy.

After successful completion of ab-initio training, they would be commissioned in the fighter stream in June 2016.

Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.

Presently, the Indian Army is inducting women into the Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation (Air Traffic Control), Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps, Intelligence Corps, Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate Generals Branches/Cadres.

The Indian Navy is inducting women in the Judge Advocate Generals, Logistics, Observer, Air Traffic Controller, Naval Constructor and Education branches/cadres.

However, it has moved a proposal to induct women as pilots for its fleet of surveillance aircraft.

With this decision to open up induction of women in the fighter stream, women have become eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF.

The IAF is presently inducting women in the Transport and Helicopter stream of the flying branch, Navigation, Aeronautical Engineering, Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education and Meteorology branches.

The Ministry of Defence has also taken up a comprehensive review pertaining to induction of women in Armed Forces, both in short service commission and permanent commission, and once finalised, more branches would be opened up for induction of women to give them the space which they deserve in the Armed Forces of the country, the statement said.

The air force currently has about 1,500 women on its rolls of which 94 are pilots and 14 navigators.

The move is in sync with global trends and will help IAF overcome shortage of officers in the fighter aircraft stream.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had been batting for increased role of women in the armed forces but had said that it will take some time.

“It has to be done in a phase-wise manner. It won’t happen immediately,” Parrikar had said on 12 October, adding that the final notification on inducting women as fighter aircraft pilots would also take sometime.

He also cited that the United Arab Emirates Air Force has women fighter-plane pilots who had carried out strikes on ISIS targets.

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Watch: Ahmedabad civil hospital staff members play Garba inside ICU ward

Earlier on Monday, the Finance, Medical Education and Health and Family Welfare Minister of Gujarat, Nitinbhai Patel inaugurated the new dialysis centre in the hospital. Soon after his visit, the hospital staff started playing Garba with loud music, disturbing the patients present inside the ward.

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With Navratri enthusiasm in full swing, the staff members of Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, were seen playing Garba inside the ICU ward, in front of ailing patients, regional news channel TV9 reported on Monday.Earlier in the day, the Finance, Medical Education and Health and Family Welfare Minister of Gujarat, Nitinbhai Patel, had inaugurated the new dialysis centre in the hospital. Soon after his visit, the hospital staff started playing Garba with loud music, disturbing the patients present inside the ward.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICU ward where even the mobile phones are prohibited as per the hospital rules, the staff was playing loud music to celebrate the opening of new centre.A video of the incident has gone viral; it shows staff members playing garba in front of old ailing patients. As per TV9 reports, the administration wasn’t aware of the proceedings, and went on to shut the loud music as soon as the matter was brought to its notice. The reports also bring to light the sheer negligence of hygiene in the ICU ward, which is of utmost importance — the hospital staff is seen dancing with shoes and slippers.

Delhi Government directs schools to issue swine flu advisory

The circular also mandates the schools to display the lists of facilities, including hospitals and laboratories, where treatment for the H1N1 Influenza Virus is available.
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Delhi Government has directed the heads of schools in the national capital to issue swine flu advisory and display public notices about the respiratory disease on their noticeboards.”All heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools are directed to display the message, enclosed as ‘Public Notice’, on noticeboards to enlighten students regarding the symptoms of swine flu and precautions to be taken,” a circular issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) said.”During morning assembly, children should be made aware of the ‘dos and dont’s’ with respect to the H1N1 virus. They should be encouraged to practice personal hygiene. Lastly, children with flu symptoms should be advised to stay at home until they are completely cured,” it added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The circular also mandates the schools to display the lists of facilities, including hospitals and laboratories, where treatment for the H1N1 Influenza Virus is available.”For students of Class I to VIII, competitions like slogan writing, poster making and debate etc may be organized at school-level to create awareness about the swine flu H1N1 and importance of hand washing,” the circular further said.Meanwhile, the Delhi government has decided to double the number of hospitals beds to step up preparedness against swine flu, which experts say will see a rise as temperature takes a dip. Two people have succumbed to the disease in the national capital this season.Swine flu had assumed epidemic proportions last season and continued till mid-April this year afflicting over 4,259 people and claiming 12 lives in the city.

Soon Madhya Pradesh students will be given option to take engineering exams in Hindi

Bhopal: After deciding to make available medical syllabus books in Hindi, the Madhya Pradesh Technical Education Department has decided to conduct examination of engineering papers too in Hindi.

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The MP Technical Education Department has decided to make papers of engineering in Hindi along with English in technical colleges affiliated to the state’s Rajiv Gandhi
Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) from next session, a Public Relations Department official said today.

“Students can write the papers either in English or Hindi as per their choice. This was stated by Higher and Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta at a meeting of
officers of private universities on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at RGPV here yesterday,” the official said.

Gupta said the implementation of CBCS in all private universities should be considered and that the government and private universities should share their best practices.
He also launched e-thesis/dissertation submission system and directed to upload on website old research papers.

RGPV vice-chancellor Piyush Trivedi informed that through CBCS, students will be free to choose courses as per their talent and academic capacities.

CBCS maintains coordination of courses with liberalisation and globalisation. It provides mobility to students to continue their studies in any institution throughout the world by transferring their credits.

Besides offering choice of courses to students, CBCS also gives autonomy to institutions in selection of courses.They would be free to continue old pattern also.

Students of all categories will benefit from this system ensuring open learning atmosphere on the choice of students, he added.

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UPPSC chairman sacked after Allahabad High Court declares appointment illegal

The court passed the order after hearing a clutch of petitions against the controversial UPPSC chief who faced several charges of corruption and misuse of official position.

In a major embarrassment for the state government, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday quashed the appointment of UP Public Service Commission chairman Anil Yadav saying his appointment to the prestigious post was illegal, that he did not possess the requisite qualifications and that the appointment process had been manipulated to appoint him. He has been sacked.The court passed the order after hearing a clutch of petitions against the controversial UPPSC chief who faced several charges of corruption and misuse of official position.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is not the first time that the Akhilesh regime has ended up with egg on its face over illegal appointments. Earlier, a chairman and members of two Education Services Selection Boards were removed in a similarly unseemly manner by the court after allegations that they were undeserving and had misused their position were substantiated.The latest order is the biggest legal setback for the state government as the UPPSC is a highly prestigious organisation which conducts exams for the appointment of Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officers. Anil Yadav has had a chequered past littered with several criminal cases and has even been charged under the Gangster Act.His two-year tenure has been mired in controversies. He has been accused of manipulating the PCS examination process to ensure success of candidates of a particular backward caste, apparently at the orders of his political masters.The allegations against Yadav included the fact that he was appointed without consideration of any of the 82 candidates who had applied for the post. The court said the state government had appointed Yadav in an “arbitrary” and “illegal” manner.The Allahabad High Court had recently struck down the appointment of Sanil Kumar as Chairman of the UP Secondary Education Services Selection Board. The state government had appointed Kumar to the post after his predecessor Aneeta Yadav and two other Board members were “restrained from functioning” by a court order dated July 6as they did not possess the requisite qualifications. Earlier, the Board’s acting chairman Asharam Yadav, had been found guilty of selecting teachers without any legal authority.Ramvir Yadav, chairman, Higher Education Services Selection Board, was also removed on court orders. Its member Rudal Yadav faces a similar court case. The petition against them states that they were holding interviews for selection of principals when they were not qualified to be a principal themselves.Similarly, the Subordinate Services Selection Commission and the UP Co-operative Institutional Services Board are also headed by Yadavs hand-picked by the state government.

Bihar polls record 57% in first phase

Women polled higher than men. Women turn out was 59.5% in comparison to men who polled 54.5%

A polling officer puts an ink mark on a voter’s finger at a polling station in Begusarai on Monday. Women voter turnout was 59.5%

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In the first phase of high stake elections for 49 assembly seats, Bihar polled a historic 57% votes, up almost 7 per cent than 2010 assembly elections for the corresponding seats.In comparison, the polling percentage was 50.85% in 2010 assembly elections and 55% in last year’s Lok Sabha elections in which BJP emerged as the single largest party with 22 seats.Election Commission has attributed Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme and over 99% coverage of voter slip distribution as the reason for record voter turnout.”The large deployment of central armed police forces and their presence on every polling station is also one of the reasons why people came out to vote without fear,” said deputy election commissioner, Umesh Sinha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The election commission had deployed over 63,000 polling officials and over 55,000 CAPFs personnel in 14,413 polling stations of which 2,255 were in LWE affected areas.While it remains difficult to predict in whose benefit the substantial increase in voting percentage would translate, the BJP camp was upbeat after a video showing senior minister of Nitish government, Awadhesh Prasad Kushwaha, accepting Rs four lakh as bribe went viral.Though Nitish Kumar asked Kushwaha to resign as soon as the sting went viral and is set to withdraw his candidature from Pipra constituency, the incident has left the BJP camp upbeat.BJP claims that the alleged act of Kushwaha, accepting Rs 4 lakh as an advance bribe from a Bombay-based firm for favours to be repaid later has changed the electoral discourse in the state in their favour and its impact will be seen in remaining phases also.But many observers claim the video expose will not have much impact on the ground as Biharis have become immune to such allegations and counter during elections and do not take such things on face value.They say women who polled higher than the men can be a major deciding factor. Women voters polled 59.5% in comparison to men who polled 54.5%.While both Nitish and Modi can claim to have captured women’s imagination for votes, Nitish’s claim has more strong basis as he started several schemes to benefit women including linking 1.5 crore women with Self Help groups (SHGs) in July this year, besides giving bicycles for class IX girl students programme that increased girls admission from 44 to 56 per cent during one year of operation.For BJP, women say a reason to vote for them because of Modi’s major emphasis on toilet for women that he related to their honour.BJP also scored an advantage by being allowed by the election commission to hold Modi’s rally in Jehanabad and Bhabua amid strong protests of opposition parties.The grand alliance on Sunday had petitioned the Election Commission (EC), seeking a ban on live telecast of Modi’s election rallies on days of polling saying it was a clear violation of Section 126 of the Representation of People’s Act (RPA), 1951 that prohibits displaying to the public any election matter by any means — television or other apparatus — during the 48 hours that end with the conclusion of the poll in a constituency.A BJP delegation met the EC on Monday evening to counter grand alliance’s claim.

Double foundation for Bihar varsity – first Meira Kumar, then Smriti Irani

“I had reminded her (Irani) at the IIM Bodh Gaya function that the foundation stone you are going to lay has already been laid by Meira Kumar,” said Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi. But she went ahead anyway, the Janata Dal leader said.

Some projects never get off the ground and some get twice lucky. Like the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) in poll-bound Bihar’s Gaya town that has seen two foundation ceremonies in 17 months – first by then Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar in February 2014 and again by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani who insisted on a second round during a recent visit.Irani was at Bodh Gaya on August 31 to inaugurate the academic session of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Gaya after which she laid the foundation stone of the university. Apparently intended to send a political message ahead of the state elections, this was just days before the model code of conduct came into force – and despite being told that Meira Kumar had already done so the previous year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I had reminded her (Irani) at the IIM Bodh Gaya function that the foundation stone you are going to lay has already been laid by Meira Kumar,” said Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi. But she went ahead anyway, the Janata Dal leader said.”She told me that the foundation stone had been laid by the previous government but no work has been done so far. I hope that now things will move at a faster pace,” Shahi told dna. Interestingly, both Meira Kumar, who was and continues to be the chancellor of the university, and Shahi were not invited for the function.”I attended the function when Meira Kumar laid the foundation stone. Probably that is why I was not invited to attend the ‘re-laying’ ceremony,” Shahi said.”I got to know about it only on the day it was happening,” the former speaker told dna. According to Vice Chancellor Harish Chand Rathore, Irani and Meira Kumar laid the foundation stones of two different parts of the building. “Meira Kumar had laid the foundation for the main campus. But a university campus has several buildings. Irani laid the foundation stone for seven buildings as part of phase two,” he said.But this explanation failed to impress many. Shahi said Irani’s move was a desperate attempt of the BJP to gain some poll mileage. “All this is just pre- poll gimmick. The BJP has nothing to offer to the people of Bihar,” he said. Whatever the explanation now, the university will now have two plaques – one by Meira Kumar and another by Smriti Irani – he said, taking a jibe at the HRD minister.

West Bengal: Civic poll marred by violence, over 70% cast votes

Rubbishing opposition allegations that ruling Trinamool Congress had used outsiders to unleash violence in Bidhannagar and Asansol, senior party leader and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said “The opposition parties have tried to create violence during the elections.

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Sporadic violence and assaults on journalists on Saturday marred elections to two municipal corporations in West Bengal as over 70 per cent people cast their votes.”The voter turnout till 5 pm in Bidhanngar and Asansol was 71%. We have received complaints of violence, rigging and malpractices from both places. We are looking into those complaints and will decide the course of action,” State Election Commissioner S R Upadhaya told PTI. The election to Bally under Howrah Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad passed off peacefully, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rubbishing opposition allegations that ruling Trinamool Congress had used outsiders to unleash violence in Bidhannagar and Asansol, senior party leader and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said “The opposition parties have tried to create violence during the elections. As the ruling party why should we create violence? We want to categorically state that in Bengal rule of the law has been established under Mamata Banerjee.”As ruling party we will never want any breach of peace,” Chatterjee, also TMC secretary general, said and accused CPI(M) of trying to create disturbance during the polls.He said it is the duty of the State Election Commission to see that the elections are conducted peacefully. Several journalists of various media houses were assaulted while covering the elections in the Bidhannagar.Asked about it, Chatterjee condemned it and said “We feel that whoever has done this is wrong. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inquired into the incident. Those responsible for the attacks would be identified and the administration will deal with them.”Also Read: West Bengal municipality election: Widespread violence marks Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation pollsChatterjee while replying to a query on “outsiders” being brought by TMC to unleash violence, said “It is the job of the SEC to see who is an outsider and who is not. It is SEC who conducts the election,” S R Upadhaya when asked said, “The SEC has to work with the state machinery and the resources available from the state government.” Left Front chairman Biman Bose described the civic polls in Bidhannagaar and Asansol as “mere farce” and alleging massive rigging there demanded re-polling at some wards. Also Read: West Bengal Municipality Elections: Journalists attacked by mob led by TMC leaderPolice said a few motorcycles were burnt during a clash between supporters of two political parties at VIP Road during the polling. Senior CPI-M leader Gautam Deb announced that the Left Front has called a 12-hour bandh at Rajarhat-Bidhannagar area on Monday in protest against the alleged malpractices and violence. Alleging that the hoodlums belonged to ruling party and were aided by the administration and police, Bose said “We condemn this act where democracy has been attacked and the democratic rights of the people have been snatched in the name of elections.”He said besides the bandh, Left Front would hold rallies and demonstrations across the state on Monday in protest against the alleged rigging at several wards. West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury too condemned the violence during today’s poll and alleged that “TMC has turned the election in Bengal into a farce”.BJP and the Left Front workers staged a sit-in outside the SEC office against the alleged malpractices and violence during the polls. SEC officials and state police said there were reports of bombs being hurled at Jamuria in Asansol and Bidhanagar and people being stopped from the casting their votes.”We are taking stock of the situation,” they said. The polls are a precursor to next year’s assembly polls in Bengal when arch rivals Trinamool Congress and Left Front will be pitted against each other. Votes for the civic polls will be counted on October seven. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Press Club has strongly condemned the attack on journalists during the municipal elections and has demanded strict action against the culprits.”We note with immense concern that many of our fellow journalists and photo-journalists were either attacked or roughed up allegedly by ruling party members or hoodlums when they were discharging their duties during today’s election in Salt Lake, Rajarhat, as also in Bally and Asansol,” a statement from the Press Club said.”Mere words of condemnation are no single solution to such persistent acts of cowardice by the hoodlums, patronised by political parties. We demand strict action by the police authorities, including arrest of the guilty and exemplary punishment to them as an immediate measure,” the statement added.

CBSE UGC-NET 2015 exam results declared on cbseresults.nic.in

CBSE has also released final answer keys for Paper I, II and III on the official website of CBSE NET.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) examination results on Tuesday over the official website. The exams were held in June 2015.CBSE has also released final answer keys for Paper I, II and III on the official website of CBSE NET. The purpose behind this test is to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. Many students across the country attended the exams.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBSE conducted NET in 84 subjects at 89 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor.The NET exam is conducted twice a year. CBSE also announced the next UGC-NET exam will be conducted on December 27, 2015. Online applications for this exam will begin from October 1 and the last date to apply will be November 1.Follow these steps to access the results:-Visit the website provided below-Enter your roll number and birth date in the given fields and submit-Candidates can also take a print out of the resultsCheck your results here: cbseresults.nic.in

Dinanath Batra slams criticism against Haryana government over charges of saffronisation

Batra, who is on a panel formed by the Haryana government to bring in qualitative changes in the education system, also suggested that saffron should be made the “national colour” and claimed Rama and Krishna are part of the country’s history and not just religious texts.

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Dismissing criticism against Haryana government for deciding to include his books on “Moral Science” in the school curriculum, RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra on Sunday said if telling students about culture and history is “saffronisation”, the country should move faster in that direction.Batra, who is on a panel formed by the Haryana government to bring in qualitative changes in the education system, also suggested that saffron should be made the “national colour” and claimed Rama and Krishna are part of the country’s history and not just religious texts. “If telling our young generation about India’s culture, examples and stories of sacrifice made in history is saffronisation, I would say we are moving a bit slow towards it and very fast I would like to see the entire country saffronised,” he told reporters on sidelines of an event here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Batra said the “safrronisation” charge being levelled against the state’s BJP government was uncalled for and it is important for students to know about their culture and values which will help them channelise their energy.”The controversy over the books is uncalled for. Universities today are making zero contribution to the country’s prosperity. The students are young but their energy is not being channelised to some useful and productive social or national work,” he said. Batra, further said the six textbooks written by him start with the “Saraswati Vandana” ? a mantra recited for knowledge and wisdom and have essays, couplets, stories and poems to instil “Indian values” and “nationalism” in students.”Swami Vivekananda says renunciation and service are the twin ideals of our country so this colour is of an idea of sacrifice..It is a symbol of India’s culture. If I am asked what can be our national colour, I would say saffron..Let others not believe so,” he added.Some books by Batra, convener of the RSS-backed Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, are already mandatory in schools affiliated to the Gujarat Board. He said Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had asked him to write textbooks for students on moral education, which are likely to be introduced in schools in the state from next academic session.”The education minister had told me to write books on moral education for students from class 7 to 10. I have written those books, my work is over. Now experts from SCERT will go through them and if they find anything which should not be included they are free to remove it,” he said. “Rama and Krishna are part of history and not just religious texts. They are part of our culture. The books will contain lessons on moral education, character building, respect for Indian culture and values, good conduct and manners, respect for duties and importance of discipline in life,” he added.Asserting that even UNESCO has advocated routing education through culture, Batra said values and concepts will make the students responsible citizens. “Even UNESCO has said education of individual and country should be routed through its culture and wedded it to its growth. Education should have two aims, telling students about the cultural heritage as well as encouraging them to work towards country’s prosperity,” he said.”These values and concepts should be ingrained in the students to make them responsible citizens who respect their culture and promote such values,” he added. Previously embroiled in controversies for advocating compulsory teaching of Sanskrit and Bhagvad Gita in schools, Batra said “saffron” is symbolic of India’s culture.

Maharashtra board exam for Class IX students to include framing Whatsapp, text messages

The change was announced by the state board’s monthly magazine in its latest edition on September 17.

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State board students of class IX can now be asked to construct a leave message or condolence message on Whatsapp and text messages for their examinations. According to reports, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education’s new paper pattern design for students will include a component where there will be one question related to composing text messages for mobile phones.The change was announced by the state board’s monthly magazine in its latest edition on September 17. Although the details of the new design has not been set out clearly yet but most teachers have welcomed the inclusion of the component. A lot of schools, however, have not received the circular stating the new changes yet. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior teacher from Hansraj Morarji Public School, Uday Nare said, “Since it is introduced for Class IX, there are chances of it being carried forward in Class X too. All the new policies are first implemented in Class IX and then in Class X. It is good for students to learn how to frame formal messages on SMS or Whatsapp, but we have not trained students for the October exam,” a leading daily reported.

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UGC’s distance education degrees valid for central jobs

All distance education degrees, diplomas and certificates including technical education degrees and diplomas awarded through distance education mode by the universities with the approval of University Grants Commission (UGC) would be valid for central government jobs.

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All distance education degrees, diplomas and certificates including technical education degrees and diplomas awarded through distance education mode by the universities with the approval of University Grants Commission (UGC) would be valid for central government jobs.The Ministry of Human Resources and Development has notified the rule in the gazette recently. The notification was necessitated due to several changes in the distance education sector. Earlier, the approval of all distance courses needed approval of the Distance Education Council.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Distance Education Council which worked under the Indira Gandhi National Open University and worked as the distance education regulator was scrapped two years back and the whole gamut of distance education was shifted to UGC, the apex body of higher education.”The central government hereby notifies that all the degrees/diplomas/certificates including technical education degrees and diplomas awarded through open and distance learning mode of education by the universities established by an Act of Parliament or state legislature, institutions deemed to be universities under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 and Institution of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognised for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the central government provided they have been approved by the UGC,” reads the gazette, dated 10 June 2015.

Scamsters, babus with itchy palms get an escape route: Proof of demand of bribe to be adduced

In 1996, P. Satyanarayanamurthy, assistant director, commiserate of Technical Education, Hyderabad was caught with his pants down— with Rs 500 that he took from S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, owner of Rama Typewriting Institute, Kurnool for extension of license.

The bribe giver fortunately did not give it post 2013 as according to the new amendment, it makes the giver of the bribe including corporates, liable for punishment under the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988, that targets the public servants.

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Be that as it may, had he been alive he would have had the mortification of seeing the corrupt official being acquitted by the Supreme Court on the ground that the prosecution did not adduce any evidence that he demanded the bribe.

The Supreme Court has set store by sections 7 and 13 of the Act according to which, it requires the prosecution to prove that bribe was demanded in the first place.

In other words, mere unearthing of the illegal money or assets is not sufficient to nail an official with an itchy palm– it has to be proved by the prosecution that the accused demanded the bribe. This renders presumption of mens rea by section 20 not so helpful. Under section 20, it is presumed that the public servant took illegal gratifications with a view to facilitating the bending or circumventing of the law unless the accused proves otherwise through cogent evidence.

This is a big relief for the prosecution but the new requirement read in by the Apex Court would pour cold water on its enthusiasm, nay the very sustainability of the charge of corruption because first it has to discharge a very onerous responsibility– finding the evidence for demand of bribes.

The Supreme Court, it is respectfully submitted, ought to have read down section 7 and 13 so as to make them subservient to the overarching objective of the Act– to shift the onus of proving innocence on the accused. Normally, the prosecution has to prove mens rea but the Parliament in its wisdom thought corruption the scourge of our politics and administration cannot be fought with normal laws and jurisprudence.

Scamsters and bureaucrats with itchy palms would laugh up their sleeves at this huge relief conferred by the Apex Court. They may be caught with their pants down. Disproportionate assets relative to their known sources of income may be found.

Yet they might smugly defy and escape conviction because they might have taken care not to leave any tell tale marks of demand of illegal gratifications.

Indeed no corrupt person offers his head on the chopping block by doing so. His demand for bribes is always through innuendos and complicity on the part of favor seekers. Yes, the speed money, hush money etc is negotiated but away from the public glare, in clandestine hideouts where the interlocutor is frisked to make sure he is not carrying a spycam.

The government must forthwith move the Supreme Court with a curative petition praying for harmonious interpretation of section 20 and sections 7 and 13 so that the objective of the law is furthered and taken forward instead of being frustrated which the reading in of an impossible condition—proof of demand—amounts to.

In fact the Act should give up its fixation about disproportionate assets relative to the accused person’s known sources of income. Why should the prevention of corruption law take it upon itself the onerous and impossible task of finding the ill-gotten assets given the fact that the institution of benami always frustrates such efforts?

Is it not enough if the dishonorable intent of the public servant is there for all to see? The Supreme Court, it is respectfully submitted, has muddied the waters further by stipulating a near impossible condition—proof of demand of bribe or illegal gratification.

If mens rea can be presumed, so can the demand be. The chastened tribe of public servants now fears tell-tale mediums like emails and cell phones. In the event, the Supreme Court should have been alive to the reality that no one signs his own death warrant.

Odisha: Dalit students allegedly denied Ganesh puja rights, case registered

“We have registered a case. The incident is being investigated. Legal action would accordingly be initiated,” Kendrapara Superintendent of police Nitinjeet Singh said.

A case has been registered by police under Scheduled Caste and Tribe (Atrocity Prevention) Act, 1973 following complaint that dalit students were allegedly denied of their rights to offer prayer to Lord Ganesha in a government run school in Kendrapara district.Around 25 dalit children studying in Andara Upper Primary School under Pattamundai police station limits were allegedly disallowed to break coconut shells and offer prayer to Lord Ganesha while upper caste students were allowed to do so during Ganesha Chaturthi on Thursday.”We have registered a case. The incident is being investigated. Legal action would accordingly be initiated,” Kendrapara Superintendent of police Nitinjeet Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A separate probe by Schools and Mass Education department has also been ordered into the incident, sources said.”The administration has taken serious view of the incident. Directives have been served on the School and Mass education department authorities to conduct an unbiased inquiry into the reported denial of puja rights to dalit children,” Kendrapara Collector Debraj Senapati said.Rabindra Nath Sethi, a rights activist, sought for immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.Promotion of caste bias in government-run educational institutions is in bad taste, he said.District Education Officer Sangram Sahu said, “An inquiry has been ordered into alleged caste discrimination. On the basis of inquiry findings, due action will be taken against those found guilty.”

Draft education policy may be announced by December: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani presided over the North East Zonal Consultative Meeting in Agartala with the Education ministers and Education secretaries and other officials of the region.
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Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti on Friday said the draft national education policy will be announced ‘hopefully’ by December.”For the first time, a collaborative effort has been taken from the grass root level to formulate the national education policy. We are talking to teachers, students, district magistrates and other sections of the society to formulate the policy. Hopefully, the first draft would be published in December,” Irani said. She presided over the North East Zonal Consultative Meeting here with the Education ministers and Education secretaries and other officials of the region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, Education ministers of only Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim were present in the meeting, though representatives of all the states were at the meeting.During her visit to National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, on Friday, she said a special meeting of the NITs of the North East would be convened soon to discuss their problems and opportunities for improvements. She also directed authorities of NIT Agartala to invite at least one foreign academician in the institute for delivering lectures at least for 15 daysAsking the institute to furnish a list of foreign academicians, who may be invited, to the ministry, Irani said, “The cost of travels of the academicians would be borne by the ministry and the lectures would be video recorded for future use by the students,” she added. She also stressed on the need for student exchange with other NITs of the country for benefit of the students.The HRD minister also met the Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

Allahabad High Court order renders 1.76 lakh teachers jobless in UP

The Allahabad High Court on Saturday ticked off as many as 1.76 lakh shiksha mitras who had been given the post of assistant teacher, allegedly in violation of all rules and regulations. It was a historical occasion for the Allahabad High Court which opened on a Saturday for the judgment to be delivered.

The Allahabad High Court on Saturday ticked off as many as 1.76 lakh shiksha mitras who had been given the post of assistant teacher, allegedly in violation of all rules and regulations. It was a historical occasion for the Allahabad High Court which opened on a Saturday for the judgment to be delivered.The order has dealt a major setback to the state government. The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) could face a severe backlash from the aggrieved teachers in the 2017 Assembly elections.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shiksha mitras were appointed under a 1999 scheme of the state government as a quick-fix method to take care of the huge shortage of teachers at the basic education level, especially in the rural areas. The SP government had sought to grab political mileage by giving the shiksha mitras government jobs as assistant teachers.However, the decision was challenged in the High Court by teachers who had passed the teachers’ eligibility test (TET), prescribed by the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE) as a mandatory qualification. There were very few among the shiksha mitras who had this qualification.The Allahabad High Court had upheld this argument and ruled in favour of the TET-passed teachers. But, the state government took the matter to the Supreme Court, which in turn asked the High Court to settle the matter.A three-judge full bench headed by the Chief Justice DY Chandrachud delivered the judgment in this vexatious matter on Saturday, bringing the long-standing controversy to an end.The High Court made it clear that the ‘shiksha mitras’ did not have the requisite qualification and thus could not be absorbed in government service as regular teachers.Another crucial argument which sealed the fate of ‘shiksha mitras’ was that the state government had unilaterally amended NCTE rules and also the Right to Education Act to grant them regular employment. The court ruled that only the Centre could amend the provisions of central acts and rules. Who are shiksha mitras? The shiksha mitras were appointed in villages by a committee under the district Magistrate (DM) from among residents of the area on the basis of merit without any competitive exam or interview. Their appointment is contractual and they were paid Rs 2,250 honorarium per month. The SP government soon after coming to power in 2012 decided to absorb the shiksha mitras as regular teachers. In 2014, 58,800 of them got appointed in regular service. The next year, about 73,000 were similarly absorbed. But before the rest of them could get government jobs, TET-qualified teachers took the matter to the court.

PM Modi regrets inconvenience caused to citizens in Chandigarh, promises enquiry

All government and private schools were on Thursday ordered to be closed today by authorities in Chandigarh in the wake of Modi’s visit to the city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday regretted the inconvenience caused to citizens in Chandigarh during his visit, especially shutting of schools, and said a probe will be ordered to fix responsibility.Modi said the inconvenience faced by the citizens was “totally avoidable.”All government and private schools were on Thursday ordered to be closed today by authorities in Chandigarh in the wake of Modi’s visit to the city. During his brief visit, Modi inaugurated the state-of-the-art new civil air terminal building, addressed the 34th Convocation of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and a public rally.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The inconvenience caused to citizens in Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools due to my visit is regretted. It was totally avoidable. “An inquiry will be held & responsibility will be fixed for the inconvenience caused to the people of Chandigarh,” Modi said in two tweets.

PGIMER convocation: PM Modi stresses on holistic, preventive healthcare

The Prime Minister said that there was consciousness among the people about holistic and preventive healthcare.

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Emphasising the need for holistic and preventive healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that time has come to think about wellness rather than illness.”The time has passed for (only) addressing (the issue of) illness, (rather) time has come to address wellness…. We will have to move ahead with a comprehensive thought, in which we should address wellness and well-being and not only illness,” he said. Modi was addressing students at the 34th convocation of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. The Prime Minister said that there was consciousness among the people about holistic and preventive healthcare. The world is asking for something more from medical science, he said, noting, “It has begun to think about good health than depending on (the use of) medicines.” “There is a big change coming in the society as it wants freedom from medicines. A person does not want side effects (of medicines), he wants to prevent himself from illness,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi said that practicising yoga was a step towards the preventive and holistic healthcare and wellness. The policies and strategies of the health sector are being made keeping in mind such issues, he said. The Prime Minister also asked doctors to accept their responsibility towards the society which has a role in helping them to become specialists.”I want to tell you that today you are accepting a big responsibility of your life. You are associated with such a field where you not only decide about your life but also take a decision of accepting the responsibility of the society,” Modi said at the convocation. “Whenever you face any problem in taking any decision in your life then you think for a while about the poor who have played a role in your life that whether you are doing right or wrong….Then decision will follow automatically and if such kind of decision-making process remains, the country will never face problems,” he said.Modi told the students that the poor and downtrodden sections of the society have played role in achieving their aim to become doctors. “Today, there will be many people among you who will be having their visas ready or some may have filed visa applications. But this is our country. Today, whatever we are today is because something must have been come from the poor and then given to us and then we have reached this stage.”Whatever decision you take in your life, you must think about whether that decision was in the interest of poor. In making you a doctor, the ward boy also had a role, the tea seller, who served you tea late at night, also had a role….,” he said. Modi, who is visiting Chandigarh city for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister, gave away gold medals to doctors who completed their post-graduate degrees at PGIMER.

NCP alleges Vinod Tawde’s pressure behind marksheet RTI plea rejection

“It is believed that Tawde did not clear his 12th standard and hence an RTI query was made to clear doubts about about his 10th and 12th standard education,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged.

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Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education rejected an RTI plea about Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde’s mark sheet and board certificate due to Tawde’s pressure, NCP on Wednesday alleged.NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik in Mumbai claimed that the minister declared his education qualification as “BE (Electronics)” from a bogus institute called Dnayeshwar Vidyapeeth. “It is believed that Tawde did not clear his 12th standard and hence an RTI query was made to clear doubts about about his 10th and 12th standard education,” Malik alleged.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Public Information Officer and Joint Secretary Ranjana Chaskar of the Mumbai Board, in her reply to the RTI query by activist Anil Galgali, stated that the mark sheet cannot be given to any “third person”.Galgali appealed against the same, but Divisional Secretary C Y Chandekar also rejected his RTI plea stating the same reason. A written notice under Section 11(1) of the RTI Act has to be served along with a fresh application, and the roll number of the person, his year of passing and full address needs to be provided, Galgali was told.Later, he sought information if Tawde had cleared or failed his 10th and 12th standard examinations, but “got no response”. Nawab Malik demanded that Tawde himself should declare his 10th standard and 12th standard mark sheets, if he had nothing to hide.

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