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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India’s first floating elementary school in Manipur to render education to homeless

The school has been opened at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO – People Resources Development Association (PRDA).

In picture, Loktak floating elementary school ( Image source- .facebook.com/vishwanath.waikhom)

In picture, Loktak floating elementary school ( Image source- .facebook.com/vishwanath.waikhom)

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The largest freshwater lake in the country, Loktak lake has now become home to the first of its kind loktak floating elementary school.

Situated about 50 km from Imphal, the school has been inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur.

Loktak lake: ‘Lifeline of Manipur’

The Loktak Lake is referred as the “lifeline of Manipur” as it is highly productive and many lives depend on the lake for endurance. The lake is also an Important Bird Area as it’s a potential breeding site for waterfowl and is a staging site for migratory birds.

This ancient lake serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. It is also a source of livelihood for the rural fisherman who lives in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs”.

School aims to provide education to dropout students and illiterate adults

Now, the Loktak Lake has added another feather to its cap by supporting the first of its kind floating elementary school. The school was recently inaugurated at the Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur. It aims to provide education to dropout students, who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.

The school has been opened under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO – People Resources Development Association (PRDA). The school will not only cater to the need of the children but to illiterate adults as well, and will accommodate 25 students and two teachers from the community.

The honorarium of the volunteers will be sanctioned by the PRDA, under the project called ‘Empowering vulnerable local communities for sustainable development’, which is funded by Action Aid India.

Views of a local

“As most of us are uneducated and mostly depend upon on fishing as a meagre source of income, we are unable to send our children to school to another place. So, looking at the current scenario, we decided to set up a primary school here initiated by All Loktak Lake Fishermen’s Union in collaboration with People Resources Development Association,” said Oinam Rajen Singh, a local.

“Once the programme is successful and provides quality education to students, we will expand our project and increase the classes as well. Based on India govt. drive on free education to all, we will increase the class up to 8th standard so that opportunities are also given to the drop-out students,” he added.

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IIM A starts off first of its kind online education course

The programme is being offered through an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform.

IIM A starts off first of its kind online education course

IIM A starts off first of its kind online education course

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In a bid to give more opportunities to students willing to pursue distant courses, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad lunches online education programmes of two year duration.

This programme is being offered with tie up with Hughes Global Education.

Course details:

  • The programme will be available in more than 85 classrooms in over 50 cities
  • The total duration of the programme is two years
  • As per reports, it is a Post Graduate Management (e-PGP) course
  • The course that is being offered is satellite-based education technology for distance learning.
  • According to official report, the total cost of the programme is Rs 17 lakh
  • The main targets of this course are working executives and entrepreneurs
  • The programme is being offered through an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform

Furthermore, the course is slated to begin from June this year and IIM-A is on the lookout for junior, mid and senior level working professionals and entrepreneurs to enroll for the programme.

Eligibility criteria for the course:

  • In order to apply for this course, candidates must possess a graduate degree from a recognised institute/university with minimum 50 per cent
  • Also, candidates should posses a valid GMAT, CAT or other similar online admission test score

IIM-A is the first of its kind to offer a two-year management course through distance learning.

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  • While speaking about this course, IIM-A faculty member Biju Varkkey said, “The programme will be intense and vigorous.”
  • “The first year will be focused on the core subjects of management, while, in the second year, electives will be offered,” he added

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In a shock to many, there were 20 candidates who scored overall 100 percentile in the exam and surprisingly all of them are male engineers.

 – With inputs from PTI

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No education, no election: NCPCR

Candidates whose children are above the age of 14 may not necessarily require producing any of such prove.

Panchayat Election

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In what appear as a bold and ideal move, the apex body for child rights has urged all state government across the country to halt candidates from contesting election to local bodies and panchayati raj if the candidates did not send their children to schools.

As per National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) recommendation, no candidates would be allowed to contest for election if they fail to produce legit prove of their children between the ages of 6-14 attending schools regularly.

Candidates whose children are above the age of 14 may not necessarily require to producing any of such prove.

More on the news:

  • Acknowledging the urgency of child’s education, Priyank Kanoongo, Member- RTE and Education, NCPCR, pointed out that the commission has appealed the state government to make amendments in electoral rules
  • “We have appealed to state governments to make amendments in electoral rules for local body elections and panchayati raj institutions and say that anyone who wants to fight elections will need to produce a certificate from his child’s school to prove that his/her ward is enrolled there and is attending the school regularly. “If a person fails to do this, then he/she should not be eligible to fight in an election,” said Priyank Kanoongo
  • While some NCPCR officials termed the suggestion as a ‘new milestone’ in spreading awareness, Kanoongo added that such regulation will draw politician’s attention towards the state of schools in his state
  • The suggestion is also a part of recommendations prepared by NCPCR on “re-engagement of out-of-school children and prevention of drop-outs”, which were tabled before a sub-committee of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • While many activist termed the suggestion violating the principle of universal suffrage, Kanoongo denied of such and said that there are no such debate about NCPCR’s move
  • “We are not talking about those who were denied education in the past either because of caste or poverty but about today’s children who have a right to free and compulsory education. If you are opposed to this right, then you are opposed to the Constitution as well,” remarked Kanoongo.
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MP education department introduces new examination norms for Classes 5 and 8

While the students will now take examinations in their respective schools, principals will be deputed to other schools as a chief examination officer of that particular centre.

Examnination

Examnination

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In a bid to lessen the loads for students studying in classes 5 and 8 in government schools, the Madhya Pradesh school education department has decided to call off the practice where students take examinations at external centres.

While the students will now take examinations in their respective schools, principals will be deputed to other schools as a chief examination officer of that particular centre.

More on the news:

  • The education department have issued circulars to all district education officers (DEOs), district project coordinators (DPCs) including school principals
  • “Yes, new guidelines have been issued for primary and middle school examinations. Letters have been sent to all the concerned authorities,” said Akshay Singh Rathore, DPC Indore while speaking with the Hindustan Times
  • It is speculated that DEOs will monitor the examination as nodal officer in their respective districts
  • Rathore added that the DEOs will head a committee which will monitor whole examination process
  • The circular also read that the answer sheets are meant to be sent to other schools for evaluation.
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West Bengal: Only 1.5 per cent of state population using government libraries, says Education Minister

The minister said the state government was making all efforts to turn people back towards books and libraries, besides trying to get the present generation hooked to reading.

Image credit: twoapplesaday

Image credit: twoapplesaday

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Only 1.5 per cent of West Bengal’s population uses the state’s 2,480 government libraries that boast a collection of over 1.80 crore books, said education minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Thursday.

The minister said the state government was making all efforts to turn people back towards books and libraries, besides trying to get the present generation hooked to reading.

More on the news:

  • Speaking at a press meet here, Chowdhury said from now on all state government libraries would have separate corners for women and children. “All libraries will have to be cleaned at least once a year,” he said
  • Stating that from January 2017, North Bengal would also have an advisory committee on libraries like South Bengal, Chowdhury said the state government has sent a proposal to the British Deputy High Commission so that the state could tie-up with the British Library for the purpose of teaching English to children and youths
  • “The proposal for Kolkata has already been accepted,” the minister said
  • Chowdhury said he has instructed that state government libraries should have books on agriculture, journals and magazines which provide information related to jobs, books on cooking and books for children
  • “Sixty five libraries in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar have no toilets and 90 libraries have no drinking water facility. I have asked all DMs to take proper initiatives,” the minister added.
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MP education department introduces new examination norms for Classes 5 and 8

While the students will now take examinations in their respective schools, principals will be deputed to other schools as a chief examination officer of that particular centre.

Examnination

Examnination

  • West Bengal: Only 1.5 per cent of state population using government libraries, says Education Minister
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  • IITs urged HRD ministry to review fees exemption policy for economically weaker section
  • Bihar School Examination Board shows signs of successful clean-up in the system post scam
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In a bid to lessen the loads for students studying in classes 5 and 8 in government schools, the Madhya Pradesh school education department has decided to call off the practice where students take examinations at external centres.

While the students will now take examinations in their respective schools, principals will be deputed to other schools as a chief examination officer of that particular centre.

More on the news:

  • The education department have issued circulars to all district education officers (DEOs), district project coordinators (DPCs) including school principals
  • “Yes, new guidelines have been issued for primary and middle school examinations. Letters have been sent to all the concerned authorities,” said Akshay Singh Rathore, DPC Indore while speaking with the Hindustan Times
  • It is speculated that DEOs will monitor the examination as nodal officer in their respective districts
  • Rathore added that the DEOs will head a committee which will monitor whole examination process
  • The circular also read that the answer sheets are meant to be sent to other schools for evaluation.
  • source”cnbc”

West Bengal: Only 1.5 per cent of state population using government libraries, says Education Minister

The minister said the state government was making all efforts to turn people back towards books and libraries, besides trying to get the present generation hooked to reading.

Image credit: twoapplesaday

Image credit: twoapplesaday

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Only 1.5 per cent of West Bengal’s population uses the state’s 2,480 government libraries that boast a collection of over 1.80 crore books, said education minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Thursday.

The minister said the state government was making all efforts to turn people back towards books and libraries, besides trying to get the present generation hooked to reading.

More on the news:

  • Speaking at a press meet here, Chowdhury said from now on all state government libraries would have separate corners for women and children. “All libraries will have to be cleaned at least once a year,” he said
  • Stating that from January 2017, North Bengal would also have an advisory committee on libraries like South Bengal, Chowdhury said the state government has sent a proposal to the British Deputy High Commission so that the state could tie-up with the British Library for the purpose of teaching English to children and youths
  • “The proposal for Kolkata has already been accepted,” the minister said
  • Chowdhury said he has instructed that state government libraries should have books on agriculture, journals and magazines which provide information related to jobs, books on cooking and books for children
  • “Sixty five libraries in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar have no toilets and 90 libraries have no drinking water facility. I have asked all DMs to take proper initiatives,” the minister added.
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Major push in tribal’s education: Odisha

It is reported that the ashram schools will now be upgraded to high schools and high schools to higher secondary schools by academic year 2018-19.

Tribal education

Tribal education

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In a major push to tribal education in Odisha, the state government has decided to improve the prevailing schools by upgrading them with a mission to increase the number of students’ intake in tribal schools.

It is reported that the ashrams schools will now be upgraded to high schools and high schools to higher secondary schools by academic year 2018-19.

The incumbent chief minister Naveen Patniak at the inaugural function of Saragi Phul festival in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday said that education is the only way to address the inequality.

“Education is the only medium to bridge the gap of inequality. The upgradation of schools will benefit around 1,200 to 1,500 tribal students in availing higher secondary education,” said the minister.

More on the news:

  • At the function, the minister pointed out that there are, at present, 8, 000 tribal children studying in private-run English-medium schools across the cities and numerous district under the Anwesha scheme
  • More than 2, 000 tribal students, coming from across the state, participated in the three-day children festival, Saragi Phul, displaying skills and talents
  • The minister also ensured that of the 1, 760 schools, 21 ashrams schools and 65 high schools will be upgraded to high schools and higher secondary schools besides providing with Plus III classes
  • Under the Anwesha scheme, 250 hostels will be set up to accommodate children studying in elite schools
  • The minister said that where there are 1, 000 tribal students staying in two hostels in Bhubneshwar, three more hostels will be set up in Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur
  • Schools will be provided with vocational training programmes to hone the drop outs and make them more employable. “The department is also planning to introduce vocational training programme for school dropouts to increase their employability. Things are in the planning stage now,” said department secretary Surendra Kumar, as reported by TOI.
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‘Signal schools’ to be launched by the Maharashtra government: Underprivileged street kids to get education

In order to provide proper education to the underprivileged street children, the Maharashtra government has planned to launch ‘signal schools’. There are plans to form a committee also which will suggest measures to tackle the issue.

Representative Image

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In order to provide proper education to the underprivileged street children who are unable to get the same due to poor socio-economic background, the Maharashtra government has planned to launch ‘signal schools’.

According to a TOI report, it was with the help of Thane based NGO ‘Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth’ that the Thane Municipal Corporation started the signal school initiative with its main objective to educate street children. Most of them are begging on the street or hawking petty things on signals. There are plans to form a committee also which will suggest measures to tackle the issue.

Set up on June 15, the classrooms have been set up in a remodelled container near Teen Haath Naka in Thane. The school currently caters to 22 children of four families, originally from Osmanabad, Beed and Satara. Here the volunteers teach with the help of audio visual system. A small library also exists and children are also been provided with meal and uniform.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured that the government will seek information in reserved plot issue and will take necessary steps. About signal school CM said, “We will study the Thane signal school concept and will consider it to implement in other cities.”

BJP MLA Amit Satam raised the issue through starred questions in the legislative assembly.

“Will the state government formulate the policy to provide education of street children and instruct BMC to construct 8 night shelter for them as soon as possible?” While referring the 2011 census, Satam pointed out that in Mumbai 60,000 people are staying on street with most of them are children.

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