Prakash Javadekar: Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools to reduce school bag burden

At an event organised by the CBSE, Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools.

Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools

Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools

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At an event organised by the CBSE, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the HRD ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools. He also gave the Green Schools Awards, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment, among others to a school in Punjab’s Moga, a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Hebbal in Karnataka, and a sports school from Sonipat, Haryana.

Children from various schools were present at the event.

“I am going to reduce the weight of school bags… Carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried,” he said.

While CBSE has directed its schools that students upto class 2 should not bring school bags and the restricted the number of books carried till class 8, the HRD ministry is looking at these aspects to make the norms more effective, broad based as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.

Other changes expected

Javadekar added that another change he plans to make is regarding project work assigned to school children. He said that most of the time parents have to pitch in to complete the projects assigned to their wards.

Referring to an instance in his family, Javadekar said he once saw his granddaughter working on project-work at home with the help of her mother. When asked what was happening, he was told that without the assistance of adults, the teacher would not mark a ‘star’ for the assignment.

“…But the real education is where the child learns even if he makes a mistake. The seniors can guide though…The parents too need to be educated,” he said.

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Tata-Mistry saga: Sebi finds no violations, mulls stricter norms

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NEW DELHI: Amid the Tata-Mistry battle, Sebi feels that the board of a company can continue to seek expertise of a ‘Chairman Emeritus’ even after the person has left the company, though the regulator appears to be in favour of stricter norms for removal of independent directors.

Ever since the boardroom battle erupted at the conglomerate after removal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman in October last year and subsequent allegations by him, including about ‘interference’ by Ratan Tata, Sebi has been keeping a close watch on the developments related to the group.

The markets regulator has carried out a detailed scrutiny of any possible breach of securities laws, including about corporate governance and insider trading norms, a senior official said.

However, no serious breach of the existing provisions has been found so far and any violation that may come to light would be dealt with accordingly, the official added.

At the same time, the regulator is of the view that the Tata-Mistry episode has shown that further tightening of rules may be required for removal of an independent director.

This stance, which will be shared with the Corporate Affairs Ministry, has emerged since the norms for re-appointment of independent directors are much stricter already.

Sources said that Sebi apprised its board in the last meeting about the developments regarding Tata-Mistry case, including the allegations of irregularities in removal of independent directors and on sharing of sensitive information with Chairman Emeritus.

It was felt that when a person is appointed Chairman Emeritus, the company’s board can discuss with the person various issues relating to corporate performance, mergers and acquisitions, divestments and other important details to benefit from the person’s experience.

According to Sebi, communication of unpublished price sensitive information can be done for “legitimate purposes, performance of duties or discharge of legal obligations”.

Under Sebi (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, communication of unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) is permitted if it is in furtherance of legitimate purposes, performance of duties or discharge of legal obligations.

With respect to independent directors, the view is that special resolution should be passed for their removal as is the case for their re-appointment.

A special resolution requires approval of at least 75 per cent of shareholders while only 50 per cent is needed in the case of an ordinary resolution.

Sources said a decision in this regard would be taken after discussions with the Corporate Affairs Ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act

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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

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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”

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
  • CBSE to appoint principals in private schools
  • 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
  • Vice-chancellors across North India enter discussion for greater autonomy in universities

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”

New UGC norms restrain educational institutes from keeping original document of students

In a bid to lessen student’s burden, the commission issued a directives to ensure no higher education institutes shall nag students for submission of their original documents such as mark sheets, school leaving certificates and other related documents during the admission process.

UGC

UGC

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The Union Grants Commission (UGC) in the recent times has put a new measure to restrain educational institutions from profiteering and other extremities faced by the students especially during the admission season, remittance of fees and refunds.

It comes before the commission notice that numerous students are tormented during the verification of documents.

In a bid to lessen the students’ burden, the commission issued a directive to ensure no higher education institutes shall nag students for submission of their original documents such as mark sheets, school leaving certificates and other related documents during the admission process.

Any institutes found not meeting the norms shall liable for punitive action, read the norms.

New rules

  • The new rules enforce the institutes to verify student’s documents while submitting the admission forms and duly return them after verification
  • The institutes are advised to kept only the attested copies of the documents
  • According to the new rules, the commission laid out that no applicants shall be mandated to buy prospectus
  • The institutes are allowed to charge fees in advance only for a specific semester the students has decided to engage in academic activities
  • “Collecting advance fees for the entire program of study or for more than one semester or year in which a student is enrolled is strictly prohibited as it restricts the student from exercising other options of enrolment elsewhere,” the norms read, as reported by The Indian Express
  • A four-tier system shall be followed by the institutes for refund of fees if the students who had enrolled for a programme wishes to withdraw
  • The institutes are allowed to deduct not more than 10 per cent of the fees in case the students fails to render notification for withdrawal 15 days before the formally-notified last date of admission
  • As per UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012, it is mandatory for all institutes to constitute ‘Grievance Redressal Committee’ to address the complaints duly
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CBSE directs school to adhere to norms, disclose fee structure online

CBSE directs school to adhere to norms, disclose fee structure online

Following the complaints filed by parent to make the academic system transparent for all, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recently given direction to all the schools to put all the information on their official websites.

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Recently, the CBSE has sent an office memorandum to all its affiliated schools across the nation.

Important dates of the notice:

  • Parents will soon be able to know the facilities that schools are offering
  • As per reports, this notice has been issued mainly to address the issue of fee as the board had received complaints from parents that a number of schools were charging exorbitant fees
  • Also, the notice points out that the affiliation bye-laws of the board specifies that “fees charged should be commensurate with the facilities provided by the institution”
  • Now, all the schools need to upload the data on their websites by October 31
  • ‘The information will be helpful to parents and students to know about the facilities available in the schools,’ as stated in a recent HT report

Meanwhile, in June this year, the board had issued an advisory asking its affiliated schools not to charge exorbitant fees from students.

Commenting on this, the parents said that not many school had followed it.

Further, speaking about on this memorandum, a senior official said, “This is a mandatory disclosure and the circular has been sent to all the principals to follow it strictly. The information will be uploaded periodically on half-yearly basis.”

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Not only this, the board has asked schools to strictly adhere to the relevant bye-laws of the board and ensure proper functioning of the school management.

source”cnbc”