Mumbai: 25 per cent seats reserved for EWS in school admissions

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

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As the admission for the economically weaker sections began in Mumbai on February 9, 2017, over 3,000 applications have been received so far.

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Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker sections.

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

“We plan to hold the first round of lottery on February 28, three days after the last date of application,” said Prakash Charhate, deputy education officer, as reported in Hindustan Times.

Charhate further reiterated that first round of admission will be confirm in four days before the second round of seats allocation.

More on the news:

  • While 9,664 seats are available under the RTE admission last year, only 7,449 seats are available for this year
  • The numbers of schools have gone up to 334 from 317
  • The number of seats in pre-primary sections have also reduced to 1,884 from 3,359
  • Unlike in the previous years, government allowed schools to choose to reserved seats in the pre-primary level and in Class 1
  • Following this, several schools have decided Class 1 as their entry level
  • According to RTE Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker section to promote free and compulsory education
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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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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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IIT-Kharagpur to establish country’s first Quality and Reliability school

The aim for establishing the school is to improve the quality of life for the people of India as well as develop quality conscious global citizens, said Director, IIT-Kharagpur Prof P P Chakrabarti.

The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, said Director IIT-Kharagpur

The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, said Director IIT-Kharagpur

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IIT-Kharagpur will set up a school on Quality and Reliability (Q&R), a first-of-its-kind in India.

The Institute, which set the trend for engineering, management, medical technology and IPR law education in IITs in India, has now ventured in the domain of quality with an aim to improve the trinity of Process, Planet and People (3Ps) targeting Engineering, Human and Natural systems, a release said.

Views of Director, IIT-Kharagpur:

  • The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, Prof P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kharagpur, said
  • Apart from traditional Q&R areas, the School will have a holistic view on various application domains of 3Ps, he said adding, the aim for establishing the School which is to improve the quality of life for the people of India as well as to develop quality conscious global citizens
  • The school, in collaboration with other academic units in the Institute, will offer academic courses, research and mission-mode programmes in the area of Quality and Reliability, which will bring social transformation, Chakrabarti said
  • “It shall also serve as a hub of Intellectual Property in Quality. The School will be a trend-setter, as has been many of IIT-Kharagpur’s initiatives, particularly those supported by the alumni,” he said.

IIT Kharagpur will have its distinguished alumnus Dr Subir Chowdhury for driving and supporting this initiative.

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IIT-Kharagpur to establish country’s first Quality and Reliability school

The aim for establishing the school is to improve the quality of life for the people of India as well as develop quality conscious global citizens, said Director, IIT-Kharagpur Prof P P Chakrabarti.

The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, said Director IIT-Kharagpur

The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, said Director IIT-Kharagpur

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IIT-Kharagpur will set up a school on Quality and Reliability (Q&R), a first-of-its-kind in India.

The Institute, which set the trend for engineering, management, medical technology and IPR law education in IITs in India, has now ventured in the domain of quality with an aim to improve the trinity of Process, Planet and People (3Ps) targeting Engineering, Human and Natural systems, a release said.

Views of Director, IIT-Kharagpur:

  • The School will be truly interdisciplinary in which faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, Prof P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kharagpur, said
  • Apart from traditional Q&R areas, the School will have a holistic view on various application domains of 3Ps, he said adding, the aim for establishing the School which is to improve the quality of life for the people of India as well as to develop quality conscious global citizens
  • The school, in collaboration with other academic units in the Institute, will offer academic courses, research and mission-mode programmes in the area of Quality and Reliability, which will bring social transformation, Chakrabarti said
  • “It shall also serve as a hub of Intellectual Property in Quality. The School will be a trend-setter, as has been many of IIT-Kharagpur’s initiatives, particularly those supported by the alumni,” he said.
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School under serious allegations, Delhi High Court seeks response from government

Apart from receiving donation from the stake holders for admission, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given to poor students.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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Following the various irregularities and the alleged collection of donation from parents by the staff of certain government schools for smooth admission, the Delhi High Court has sought a response from the government on whether it has made any inquiry on the matter or not.

The lawyer representing Delhi government was asked by Justice Manmohan of Delhi High Court to take instructions on why the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not till date complied with the high court’s direction of August 24, 2016.

The High Court in August last year issued a direction to inquire into the allegations against a government-aided school and listed the matter for hearing on March 1.

More on the news:

  • The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Anup Kumar Das, seeking contempt action against the DoE official concerned and the chief secretary of Delhi government for not carrying out the inquiry and taking a decision within three months as was ordered by the high court in August last year
  • According to the petitioners, Arun Kashyap and M R Mahapatra, even the office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to DoE in January last year to conduct an inquiry into the allegations and give a report within 15 days, but nothing was done
  • Thereafter, they had moved a plea in the high court for directions to DoE to take action against the school and its staff and it was on this petition that the August 24, 2016 order was passed.

More allegations

Apart from the aforementioned malpractices, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given for uniform and stationery to poor students.

The school administration was also accused by the petitioners of continuing to claim from DoE the salary of a head clerk who had gone on medical leave and subsequently joined a private firm.

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Delhi: Official suspended for misrepresentation of facts about school

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered a vigilance inquiry against officers responsible for filing an affidavit and asked that the document to be withdrawn and replaced with the fresh affidavit.

In picture, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

In picture, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

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Delhi government has suspended a director-level official from the education department for alleged misrepresentation of facts in an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court in the matter of Mirambika Free Progress School.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also ordered a vigilance inquiry against officers responsible for filing the affidavit and asked that the document to be withdrawn and replaced with a fresh affidavit.

Report in details:

“The directorate of education (DoE) had wrongly stated in the affidavit that recognition to the school was given in 1988, whereas it was actually granted in 1989. The difference is crucial as Mirambika had moved from its location in Aurobindo Ashram to new premises in Ashram, near Lajpat Nagar, in December 1988,” an official order said.

The case dates back to 2015, when a group of parents approached the court after the management of Mirambika,  an alternative learning school shifted students from the building they were studying in to a hostel in Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

The management had said the move was necessary because the land on which the school building was made was, in fact, leased to the Sri Aurobindo Education Society to start a college. The DOE was asked to inspect the premises where the children were shifted, and was also asked to give its opinion in the case.

“Though two inspections were conducted earlier but after studying the original documents of the land and recognition of SAES, it came to light that there has been a serious misrepresentation of facts at the Delhi High Court by DoE via an affidavit filed on June 29, 2016,” a senior government official said.

According to the order signed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, after “carefully perusing the files related to this case it seems apparent that the inspection report and the affidavit filed by the DoE in the court are a deliberate misrepresentation of facts. It is, therefore, necessary to take strong action on this count”.

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India to build multi-ethnic school in Sri Lanka

The secondary school located in President Maithripala Sirisena’s home district Polonnaruwa will be constructed using a grant of SLR 300 million from the Indian Government

The secondary school will be constructed in President Maithripala Sirisena’s home district Polonnaruwa

The secondary school will be constructed in President Maithripala Sirisenas home district Polonnaruwa

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India and Sri Lanka have entered into collaboration to build a multi-ethnic tri-lingual school in a north central district of the island nation that would provide opportunities to Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students to learn in a multi-cultural environment.

The MoU was signed by India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi.

Where will the school be built?

The secondary school located in President Maithripala Sirisena’s home district Polonnaruwa will be constructed using a grant of SLR 300 million from the Indian government.

About the project:

The project envisages construction of class rooms, laboratories and library, as well as procurement of furniture and other equipment.

Views of Indian High Commission:

  • “The school would provide opportunities to Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students to learn in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment,” the Indian High Commission said in a statement
  • “The project would also contribute to President Maithripala Sirisena’s efforts to promote and strengthen reconciliation and unity in Sri Lanka,” it said.
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CBSE school associations to meet in Coimbatore to discuss management issues

“Despite representations for the last 25 years, the Government has not heeded to the appeal by the Association of Managements of Private Schools (AMPS) of Tamil Nadu to have a management representative in the board, so that it could help while formulating new policy or change the system,” said AMPS general secretary A T B Bose

The office bearers of CBSE Schools Associations across India will meet in Coimbatore on Saturday

The office bearers of CBSE Schools Associations across India will meet in Coimbatore on Saturday

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To discuss issues like confronting functioning of CBSE schools, including non representation of Management on the CBSE board, the office bearers of CBSE Schools Associations across India will meet in Coimbatore on Saturday

Views of AMPS general secretary

  • “Despite representations for the last 25 years, the Government has not heeded to the appeal by the Association of Managements of Private Schools (AMPS) of Tamil Nadu to have a management representative in the board, so that it could help while formulating new policy or change the system,” AMPS general secretary A T B Bose told reporters
  • Though principals of some schools were made Board members they do not have any say in policy making as the management and decisions were often taken without taking inputs from the management, he said.

More on the report:

  • AMPS was instrumental in representing the issues faced by the management in a formal and professional manner with the concerned departments, he said, adding that when the autonomy of CBSE schools was at stake, the association had found solution by approaching the judiciary
  • To discuss the issue, the office bearers representing Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, will meet, as part of two-day silver jubilee celebrations of AMPS beginning Saturday, Bose said. The deliberations will be compiled and sent to the Centre for necessary action, he said
  • The celebrations will be inaugurated by former Anna University Vice-Chancellor, E Balagurusamy, in the presence of eminent educationalists, he said. AMPS will also felicitate 11 founders of the association on the second day by Avinashilingam University for Women Chancellor, P R Krishnakumar. The former UGC Vice Chairman Dr H Devaraj will address the valedictory function, Bose said.
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Over three lakh school children in Kerala will soon come under the ICT Club, the largest students’ IT network in the country. The programme would be implemented in state run schools and a committee would be set-up with the headmaster as convener to coordinate the school level activities of the programme.

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Over three lakh school children in Kerala will soon come under the ICT Club, the largest students’ IT network in the country managed by the state owned IT@School project. The main focus of the club will be on areas such as animation, multimedia, hardware, electronics, language computing and internet and cyber safety.

This activity will get the support of  various organisations such as Google (Internet Safety), Start-up Mission (Electronics) and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing.

(Read: Delhi records rise in number of students)

About the programme

Education Minister C Ravindranath said that the programme aims at facilitating an in-depth ICT learning environment for students to provide them with an experience of group learning as well as collaborative learning, thereby improving the efficiency of ICT enabled education in schools.

“As part of General Education Protection Mission, the Hi-School Student Group programme would be strengthened and the students’ participation would be ensured in various activities,” Ravindranath said.

The programme would be implemented in state run schools and a committee would be set-up with the headmaster as convener to coordinate the school level activities of the programme.

“As many as one lakh students would be part of this programme in this academic year itself and IT@School project would develop a mechanism for these students to provide the awareness and training for other students and parents. At the next academic year, another two lakh students would be covered,” said K Anvar Sadath, Executive Director of IT@School.

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