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.


Policy to be implemented soon for 20 world-class universities: Prakash Javadekar

Addressing the Youth Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017, Javadekar said “We have finalised guidelines and soon will implement the policy to set up 20 world class universities in India, ten from private and ten from public institutions

HRD minister Prakash Javadek at Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 (Image source:

HRD minister Prakash Javadek at Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 (Image source:

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Government would soon implement a policy for establishing 20 world-class universities in the country, ten each in private and public sector, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

Views of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar:

  • Addressing the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017, Javadekar said “We have finalised guidelines and soon will implement the policy to set up 20 world class universities in India, ten from private and ten from public institutions.”
  • India had a legacy of having world-class universities like Vikramshila and Nalanda universities, which were razed down by invaders, for they understood that the power of the country lay in its education, Javadekar said
  • “Earlier, we had the best universities – Nalanda, Takshashila and Vikramsila. In those days, almost all the ten world class universities were from India. This was destroyed by invaders because they knew the power of India lay in education,” he said
  • Javadekar also said the cabinet has approved the creation of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to give a major push for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions
  • The HEFA would be jointly promoted by an identified promoter and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) with an authorised capital of Rs 2,000 crore. “The Government equity would be Rs 1,000 crore,” he added
  • HEFA would leverage the equity to raise up to Rs 20,000 crore for funding projects for infrastructure and development of world class labs in professional institutions
  • He also said the government will be launching Global Research Interactive Network programme, which will provide scholarship and opportunity to students to work with reputed foreign laboratories and enjoy the liberty of returning to India to continue with research
  • The Minister said the government was facilitating students to go abroad for a term and work in best of the laboratories. Good education was key to any country’s sustainable progress and the government was launching several initiatives to reverse the brain drain, he stressed.
  • source”cnbc”

India lost out by ‘keeping women as slaves’: Says Prakash Javadekar

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign to give a fresh impetus to girls: Prakash Javadekar to Jamia students

While initiating many proposals and scheme in the field of education since day one of joining, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has stunned each and every one.

While addressing a gathering at a recent event in Jamia Millia Islamia, said India had lost out by “keeping women as slaves.”

On Wednesday, the minister went to the varsity to inaugurate girls’ hostel. As per reports, the new hostel is named Begum Hazrat Mahal Hostel, which can accommodate 400 students in total. The minister also promised students and faculty member there that he would return soon to do more interaction.

What did Javadekar said in favor of women?

  • While speaking to Indian Express, the minister said, “By keeping women as slaves, or as a commodity for several years, the country lost out on enormous potential as today, we see women not only participating but excelling in various fields.”
  • He also said that the central government in the recent times has stated that it has stood firmly by the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign to give a fresh impetus to girls’ education
  • The minister added, “When a boy studies, only he studies. But when a girl studies, the entire family studies.”

Further, he also mentioned that India demonstrated the motto of unity in diversity.

“I visit all religious places because I believe all religions teach the same things – brotherhood, non-violence, truth and how to be a good human being.

“The purpose of education is not only to impart knowledge from various disciplines but also shaping students into good human beings, which Jamia does,” he added.


Inventor of $1 microscope Manu Prakash wins prestigious ‘genius grant’ fellowship

In picture, Manu Prakash (Image source: Official website of MacArthur Foundation)

An Indian-origin scientist has won the prestigious MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellowship for his low-cost paper microscope, that he built last year which costs less than USD 1.

IIT alumni Manu Prakash was among the 12 people who won USD 625,000 award this year. He is an assistant professor of bio engineering at Stanford University in the United States.


  • Low-cost paper microscope, Foldscope which costs less than USD 1, is designed from a single sheet of paper and also contains lenses and electronics. It has been widely appreciated from all over the world and helps in promoting practical education in the rural area
  • This young scientist also stunned the world last year by making a computer clock, using tiny water droplets that move in a precise direction and distance when the magnetic field is rotated which holds that droplets of water.
In picture, Manu Prakash (Image source: Official website of MacArthur Foundation)


  • Prestigious ‘genius grant’ fellowship award in 2016
  • Brilliant 10
  • TR35
  • Pew Scholar, Pew Foundation
  • Lemelson MIT Student Finalist Award in 2008
  • MIT Ideas Sustainability Prize in 2003


  •  Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Field of Study: Applied Physics (MAS) in 2008
  •  M.S, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Field of Study: Applied Physics (MAS) in 2004
  •  B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Field of Study: Computer Science and Engineering in 2002.

About Professor Subhash Khot- the prestigious ‘genius grant’ fellowship winner 2016

In picture: Subhash Khot (Image source: Official website of MacArthur Foundation)


Another IITian, Professor Subhash Khot, also won this prestigious award. He is a computer scientist at New York University and was graduated from IIT-Bombay in 1999.

MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellowship:

The fellowships are awarded to persons with exceptional creativity in their work. T


Prakash Javadekar launches ‘Sarthi’ at three Rajasthan centers on International Literacy Day

Union HRD miinister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated Sarthi at three centers, Churu, Chaksu and Udaipur in Rajasthan on International Literacy Day

On International Literacy Day, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated “Sarthi” at three centers, Churu, Chaksu and Udaipur in Rajasthan.

The program is likely to help the youth to get latest information on career opportunities and courses across the country.

Around 500 students in Churu, directly communicated with the minister as well as counsellors present at three locations.

This was the first time, HRD minister interacted with students: Read to know the minister’s reply

  • This was the first time, the minister interacted with students on the topic of higher education and career opportunities. He was joined by eminent educational and career counsellors
  • One student wanted the minister’s views on the “controversy related to high scoring by some state boards, like Tamil Nadu”, referring to students from the state getting admissions into the prestigious colleges of Delhi University
  • Replying to a student’s question, the minister said that the government is looking at instances such as these and was hoping to bring about some form of uniformity. “Don’t you think CBSE and state boards need a uniform syllabus,” he said.
  • “Since education is generally regarded as a slow-moving sphere of social policy, why has the ministry not been more pro-active?” in the reply, the minister said, “We are working towards bringing both qualitative and quantitative changes in education system.”

Vice President of Future Society makes some remarkable points:

  • “This initiative will help rural youth to join universities and will provide them a platform and a proper path to build carrier,” said, Future Society vice president Sushil Sharma
  • “Our effort will be to replicate this experiment on a larger scale both at the state and the national level.” he added.

View of Labour and Employment Minister of Rajasthan:

This project will certainly help in promoting the ‘Make in India and Skill India initiatives’, said Rajasthan Labour and Employment Minister Surender Pal Singh.

“Employment is a big problem for both rural and urban youth in the country. The reason for this is not only lack of opportunities but also lack of proper information. Sarthi hopes to bridge that gap,” a statement said.


‘Teachers should be answerable and accountable’ says Prakash Javadekar

Teachers should be answerable and accountable says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar+

With Prime Minster taking the decision of shifting Smriti Irani to Textile Ministry under the recent cabinet reshuffle, the new Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar, recently at a college event, said that “accountability” will be introduced for the teachers in the education system.

(READ: Students should rebel, need to challenge status quo to innovate: Prakash Javadekar)

This decision has come after seeing on the vital role played by teachers in change of education.

Details of the programme:

  • After holding the office of HRD, Javadekar felicitated educationists during a function held at Ferguson College, Pune
  • Moreover, he addressed not only former director general of CSIR Dr Raghunath Mashelkar but also noted writer and retired professor of Marathi D M Mirasdar and others at the event.

(Read: ‘Education is not a subject of party politics’, says new HRD minister Prakash Javadekar)

What did Javadekar say regarding the role of teachers?

  • During the programme he said, teachers should motivate the candidates to achieve their goals and educate them about life skills and technical skills
  • “There are issues and there are challenges, however we have to work as a team to address the issues in education field to improve the quality of education system and in this process, teachers have to play a crucial role in the transformation of education system”
  • “I know there are issues with teachers’ training, there are issues with quality of education, but teachers are the ones who can give the right solution, so I appeal all the teachers to work positively”
  • “Teachers will be appreciated for their good work and we will use accountability for teachers in the education system as teachers should be answerable and accountable”

(Read: Smriti Irani: Here’s a look at her journey from HRD to Textile ministry) 

Further views on education from the new HRD minister:

  • The minister said the new education policy of India has to be “student-centric”
  • Moreover, he said that education is not a subject for “party politics” and that he was open to suggestions from everyone
  • “I will build upon the several good initiatives taken up by Smriti Irani. I accept this new responsibility humbly and I will talk to our earlier minister Murli Manohar Joshi”
  • “Education gives meaning to life, it gives value to life. Therefore, to make education meaningful is the real challenge. Poor parents do a lot of hard work to educate their wards. So, to provide quality education is our aim and we will be able to do it,” the minister, while formally taking charge on July 7, told reporters.

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