West Bengal: Make changes in new bill, teachers request Education Minister

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

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After meeting education minister Partha Chatterjee in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, a five-member team of various teachers’ organisations submitted a seven page deputation requesting to introduce changes in the new education bill that was passed recently.

However, several teachers’ organisations participated in a march to assembly that was stopped by police at Y-channel in Esplanade, and the teachers alleged police for using force.

Views of WBCUTA general secretary

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

“The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police,” Praharaj said, as reported by Indian Express

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After IIM bill, more central institutions could be granted autonomy: Javadekar

Giving autonomy to IIMs is a “milestone” Javadekar said adding that while government will continue to provide funds for the development of these institutes but “sans government controls”

In picture, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar (File Photo)

In picture, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar (File Photo)

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On the lines of the IIM Bill, more Central institutions could be given autonomy and freed from government’s “micro-management”, said Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

He also expressed hope that the proposed legislation would come in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament and would be passed soon.

A day after the cabinet gave its nod to IIM Bill, 2017 which empowers these institutes to give degrees, Javadekar in an interaction with reporters said that it gives autonomy also in establishing a system of accountability in terms of CAG audits and presenting reports to the Parliament.

Giving autonomy to IIMs is a “milestone” Javadekar said adding that while government will continue to provide funds for development of these institutes but “sans government controls”.

Views of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar:

“It is not necessary that an IIM Director should sit at the table of a ministry Joint Secretary,” Javadekar said. Javadekar had mentioned that he may not be the chairperson for IIM Bill, but someone from among Directors could be.

The IIM Bill has a provision for setting up a coordination forum, the chairperson of which would be an eminent person, chosen by the members, it is learnt.

The HRD minister said that the IIM Bill was an indication that other institutes, which excel in their field, could get more autonomy. He said it was being considered that best institutions are given maximum autonomy, those which are average get some autonomy and some regulation while a different system is there for those which are not performing too well.

Asked if the ministry planned to take the IIM Bill to the Parliament in the upcoming Budget session, Javadekar said that the government would introduce the Bill. “If the House decides they can straight away discuss, or if comes to a Standing Committee, I am still sure it will be passed soon,” he said.

He said that the mentality that government would taking care of the money, control and everything else would not work in education. “India lacks in innovation, and it comes with young minds working free and where there is no fear of failure,” the HRD minister said.

As he emphasised on the importance of giving more autonomy, Javadekar said that Modi government is a very democratic one where decisions are taken on the basis of consultations. “In this government, no letter comes from somewhere,” he said in what appeared a dig at political rivals.

Speaking about the IIM Bill, Javadekar said that there will be periodic reviews of the functioning of these institutes. Responding to question whether the IIMs would be able to set up campuses abroad, Javadekar said that would be subject to the existing norms.

On a question about reservations, he said the law of the land would apply. He also refuted questions that there were differences between the HRD ministry and PMO on the provisions of the Bill.

Asked about when the HRD ministry would announce a new panel to work on the New Education Policy, Javadekar told the reporters that they may have to wait a bit in this regard

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IIM Bill 2017: Approved by cabinet, students will now get degrees instead of diplomas

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

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The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017, granting them complete autonomy. Under the Bill, the IIMs would be declared as institutions of national importance and provided statutory powers.

After getting an approval from the law ministry, the human resource development (HRD) ministry may place the proposed draft of the Bill in the upcoming budget session of the parliament.

Till now, only 20 premier institutes give post graduate diplomas to the students.

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

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As per the sources, the Bill will grant powers to the board of governors to order a probe against an IIM director, if his institute fails to perform as per the proposed Act. A person similar to the rank of a High Court judge will conduct the investigation.

According to the proposed draft, the board must evaluate the performance of the new institute within the first three years of its set up and continue to check on a period of short intervals.

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IIM: Bill to placed in cabinet likely to give statutory powers to the institute

Based on this inquiry, the Board may even remove the director of the institute or order any other action.

In picture, IIM-Bangalore (File Photo)

In picture, IIM-Bangalore (File Photo)

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A bill to grant statutory powers to the IIMs and enable these prestigious institutes to give degrees is expected to be presented shortly to the Union Cabinet for approval.

Among the major provisions of the draft Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017, is one which grants powers to the IIM Board of Governors to get an inquiry conducted by a person not below the rank of a High Court judge against a director in case it is felt that an institute has not performed as per the provisions of the proposed Act.

Based on this inquiry, the Board may even remove the director of the institute or order any other action which would be appropriate. The director may be removed if he would not be convincing enough to prove his point, sources said.

Report in details:

It is also understood that as per the proposed draft, the Boards of Governors of IIMs would evaluate the performance of the institutes after every few years. The Prakash Javadekar-led HRD Ministry, it is understood, has got the draft vetted by the Law Ministry and it is likely to come before the Cabinet soon for its approval to take it before the Parliament.

The HRD Ministry had last year wanted to bring the Indian Institutes of Management Bill to the Parliament, but it was felt that more discussions were needed. Following consultations, the HRD Ministry had earlier decided to remove a provision which related to the President being the Visitor of the IIMs. The government has been looking to grant more autonomy to these institutes and more powers have been granted to their Governing Boards.

The ministry has also decided to lay down a clear rule on the line of succession in case the post of Director falls vacant and a regular person is yet to be appointed. It is understood that the new Bill would lay down that the senior-most faculty would then take charge.

Earlier, the draft Bill contained a provision as per which a Coordination Forum which would have the HRD Minister as its chairperson but after consultations, it was decided that a selection panel would choose an eminent person as the chairperson.

The Coordination Forum is a body which is expected to take up matters common to all the IIMs. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are autonomous institutes of management education and research and are presently registered as societies under the Indian Societies Registration Act.

The IIM Bill seeks to give degree-granting powers to these institutes, more autonomy and statutory status to the 20 IIMs and declare them as Institutions of National Importance.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Signs Bill Limiting Democratic Successor’s Powers

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory

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North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory

Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a measure limiting the powers of his soon-to-be Democratic successor, Roy Cooper, a move critics are calling an unprecedented power grab orchestrated by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

The bill McCrory signed on Friday merges the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission into one entity comprised equally of Democrats and Republicans. Previous state law would have allowed Cooper to put a majority of Democrats on the board, which sets the rules for the state’s notoriously burdensome balloting.

The measure also makes elections for appellate court judgeships partisan by requiring candidates to be listed on the ballot alongside their political party.

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Protesters packed the halls of the General Assembly Friday as lawmakers voted on another bill that would require Senate confirmation for cabinet appointments. The state Senate voted to approve that measure Friday afternoon, sending it back to the state House for final consideration.

At least 16 people were arrested Friday, according to General Assembly police.

The series of measures were introduced in a surprise move Wednesday during a special session ostensibly called by the General Assembly to consider relief for Hurricane Matthew victims. Lawmakers did indeed approve a $201 million aid package earlier in the day, but then moved onto the legislation aimed at curbing the power of Cooper, who beat Republican McCrory last month by about 10,000 votes.

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McCrory did not concede until last week — a full month after voters cast their ballots — following numerous failed attempts to lodge complaints about the election results. No evidence of widespread voting fraud ever came to light.

In his first national television interview since winning the gubernatorial contest, Cooper told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Thursday that the legislature’s action was a “partisan power grab that goes far beyond political power.”

“What they are trying to do with these process changes is to limit my ability to want to raise teacher pay, to expand Medicaid,” Cooper said. “This is why people are mad, and this is why people don’t like government because of these kind of shenanigans.”

It’s not the first time North Carolina’s legislature has used a special session to ram through controversial legislation with little to no warning or discussion. Last March, McCrory hastily signed a measure restricting bathroom access for transgender individuals that lawmakers similarly approved in one-day special session, sparking a national backlash.That legislation, HB2, led to boycotts from businesses, musicians and sports leagues

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NCTE recruitment bill for teachers passed: West Bengal

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

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The West Bengal assembly on Thursday passed the recruitment of teachers under National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms in the primary, secondary and higher secondary standards.

Tabling the The West Bengal Schools (Control and Expenditure) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the house, Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said a dozen cases had been filed in the Calcutta High Court against the government for not adhering to the NCTE norms while recruiting school teachers.

A total of 72,000 vacancies needed to be filled in teacher’s posts across the state, Chatterjee said adding, “This Bill had been tabled to safeguard the future of the applicants who had appeared for the tests and interviews.”

New changes in teacher recruitment process

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

He said that the government had written to NCTE about the nomenclature of class five, regarding whether it fell within the primary or upper-primary section.

The CPI (M) and Congress members opposed the Bill and sought a division of votes.

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“If Bharat has to revive its former glory and become one of the first ranking nations, the way ahead is only through such an educational system which will train students to understand that the end of education is character,” says West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.

In picture, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi (Image source: India TV)

In picture, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi (Image source: India TV)

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Emphasising the need for education to train students to understand that ‘the end of education is character’, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi said, “If Bharat has to revive its former glory and become one of the first ranking nations, the way ahead is only through such an educational system which will train students to understand that the end of education is character.”

On Thursday, the Governor inaugurated the 7th All India conference for Principals of Bhavan’s Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools – 2016.

Views of West Bengal Governor

  • “Educational leaders have to train the children for the vicissitudes of life. Train them that physical science is objective and can’t lead to absolute truth but spiritual science or Brahma Vidya can lead to absolute truth,” the Governor said
  • “If the spiritual mortality of Bharat is destroyed, the world will sink into utter ruin,” the Governor observed
  • Calling upon the principals of all Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Schools to enshrine the cultural, ethical and moral values in the minds of students in their schools, he said that “a good faculty is the backbone of an institution.”
  • “It is the work of the principals to guide the faculty to train the children who are the assets of the nation to serve their motherland,” he added.
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NCTE recruitment bill for teachers passed: West Bengal

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

recruitment

recruitment

  • US is most preferred destination for Indian students
  • Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system for all JEE (Mains) 2017 exam centres
  • Need to modernise educational facilities to improve results, says Telangana Deputy CM
  • New UGC norms restrain educational institutes from keeping original document of students
  • School timings changed in Noida, Ghaziabad, Lucknow due to heavy winter

The West Bengal assembly on Thursday passed the recruitment of teachers under National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms in the primary, secondary and higher secondary standards.

Tabling the The West Bengal Schools (Control and Expenditure) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the house, Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said a dozen cases had been filed in the Calcutta High Court against the government for not adhering to the NCTE norms while recruiting school teachers.

A total of 72,000 vacancies needed to be filled in teacher’s posts across the state, Chatterjee said adding, “This Bill had been tabled to safeguard the future of the applicants who had appeared for the tests and interviews.”

New changes in teacher recruitment process

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

He said that the government had written to NCTE about the nomenclature of class five, regarding whether it fell within the primary or upper-primary section.

The CPI (M) and Congress members opposed the Bill and sought a division of votes

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Bill Gross reacts to Fed decision to leave rates unchanged

Gross: How normalization is affecting markets

Gross: How normalization is affecting markets  12 Hours Ago | 02:05

Bill Gross, Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund portfolio manager, said Wednesday the Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged demonstrates the U.S. economy is on a steady, albeit slow, path toward normalization.

The bond guru, who was “hardly able to speak” after the Fed decided not to raise rates in September, said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” the question now becomes whether or not the economy can grow faster than 2 percent.

“The fact is that 1 to 2 percent real GDP growth and near 0 percent interest rates, which lowers margins for financial companies, basically doesn’t produce much in terms of earnings growth,” he said.

Gross said that, in addition to real GDP growth and inflation, the other things that matter are “structural.” He said the structural problems such as demographics, high debt levels and leverage may not make headlines, but are still factors that investors should be keeping a close eye on.

“We’re stuck in this 0 to 2 percent rut and it’s not good for financial assets, which have been overpriced for 5 to 6 years.”

Gross also said the aging of the populace and inability to replace them with younger and more productive workers is a critically important aspect of the economy going forward.

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Legendary investor Bill Miller loves stocks right now: We are holding no cash

Bill Miller

Veteran value investor Bill Miller on the markets

Veteran value investor Bill Miller on the markets  15 Hours Ago | 02:59

Legendary investor Bill Miller, who once beat the S&P 500 15 years in a row, said stocks look more attractive than bonds in the current market environment.

In an interview with CNBC’s Scott Wapner on “Halftime Report” on Monday, Miller explained that stocks will remain more attractive as long as they yield more than bonds.

“Bonds are unattractive in my view. I believe we hit a double bottom in bonds in the summertime and we’re in a benign bear market in bonds. The 35-year bull market in bonds is over, in my view,” Miller said.

The chief investment officer of LMM said his firm, which had about $2.13 billion in assets under management as of March 31, currently holds no cash. Since the financial crisis, risk consciousness has heightened, which Miller said means “opportunity is on the other side.”

“I think the caution, in terms of the real world, is warranted, but it’s already expressed in the overall market and again, the stock market is ridiculously cheap compared to bonds,” Miller said.

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