‘Curb corporal punishment in schools’, Menaka Gandhi writes to HRD ministry

After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, Maneka Gandhi has written to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in order to curb such punishments in schools.

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

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After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, the Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on the requirements to curb such punishment in schools, urging him to direct them to follow the national guidelines on the issue.

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A recent disturbing incident was reported by the media about a principal of a government school in eastern Uttar Pradesh, who punished girls for not memorising the Sanskrit shlokas and forced them to run on the playground without their skirts.

According to an official statement, Maneka has asked the HRD Ministry for widespread circulation and implementation of the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment (GECP) prepared by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

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The guidelines:

The guidelines directed by the apex body for child rights in the country recommend formation of “Special Monitoring Cells” in schools to look into cases of physical punishment or harassment of children and prepare annual audit reports on complaints of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination.

As per the Right to Education Act, an act of “physical punishment or mental harassment” inflicted on a child will attract disciplinary action.

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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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Delhi Schools Fee Hike: Schools may appeal to the SC again

In a similar manner, the bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar has also observed that these schools have to take permission from the government before hiking fees as they are on the land allotted by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

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Private schools in the national capital will have to take prior permission from the government before increasing the school fees.

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to overrule the plea brought by the committee of private unaided schools thus challenging the Delhi High Court’s ruling in the earlier event asking the private schools to comply by the government norms regarding fee hike.

The Delhi High Court had earlier mandated the private schools to take prior permission from the government before hiking their fees as these schools are located on land allotted by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and further added that schools cannot indulge in profiteering and commercialisation of education.

The High Court judgement had come after a PIL filed by an NGO which had sought that recognised private unaided schools eastablished on land allotted by DDA are directed to abide by the stipulation in the letter of allotment, which is to take prior sanction of DoE before hiking their fees.

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In a similar manner, the bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar has also observed that these schools have to take permission from the government before hiking fees as they are on the land allotted to them by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and refused to admit the plea for hearing.

“We have another chance to challenge the order of Delhi High Court that mandated government nod for fee hike.We are just discussing the possible options of moving SC again,” said S K Bhattacharya, Chairperson of Action Committee of Private Schools, which has over 1000 schools registered with it.

“It will be premature to comment on the content of the possible petition but we are working on it,” added Bhattacharya.

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The Government had last year ordered that private unaided recognised schools, built on the land allotted by DDA or other government agencies on concessional rates, shall not increase tuition fee without prior permission of the Directorate, prompting schools to take the legal recourse.

The High Court had also directed the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) to ensure compliance of the terms in letter of allotment regarding increase of fees by recognised private unaided schools on land alloted by the DDA.

It had also directed the DDA to take appropriate steps in accordance with the law against those private schools which violated the stipulation regarding fee hike in the letter of allotment.

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Instead of taking over private schools, improve public schools: Delhi High Court

Instead of taking over the private schools, government should mull over to improve public schools in such a manner that the parents will opt for public school in the near future, observed Justice Manmohan.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, identifying the poor quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, questioned the AAP government whether its bureaucrats intend to send their wards in government schools or not.

Severed with poor quality education and poor infrastructures, public schools are in no way near comparison to private schools.

“Your standards have fallen so steeply that it will take time to come up to the mark,” the court remarked adding, “Can you and me decide where the child of a parent should go to study.”

Instead of taking over the private schools, government should mull over to improve public schools in such a manner that the parents will opt for public school in the near future, observed Justice Manmohan.

“Your (Delhi government) schools are below the line. In United States of America people prefer to admit their children in public schools as the infrastructure and teachers are good. In our public schools, the teachers do not even turn up for classes. It’s not worth talking about the infrastructure,” the court said, noting that “choice of freedom for everyone, especially with regard to education, cannot be merely taken away by an order” with regard to nursery admission on the basis of the neighbourhood criterion.

What has prompted the Delhi High Court to step in?

Following the orders issued by the AAP government in the recent times asking the private schools to admit students in nursery from its neighbourhood, the private schools took the matter to the court.

The recent court’s observation came following the hearing of pleas challenging the AAP government’s recent order to private unaided schools to admit students in nursery using the neighbourhood norm.

The nursery admission guidelines have been bringing up major issues for the private schools lately.

The Delhi High Court had earlier slammed the AAP government for issuing the admission guidelines in a limited time where several parents were left confused and aggrieved.

Government’s stance for over this decision:

The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Directorate of Education (DoE), claimed that the government has been taking due initiatives to improve public schools and guidelines imposed on the private unaided schools as a part of it, so that they will be allowed to go ahead with the decision. (neighbourhood norm).

“DoE has power to regulate rules with regard to schools here and the institutes should abide by these,” informed ASG to the court adding the last date for submissions of forms for nursery admission have been extended till February 14.

However, the court has opined that such practice will invite corruption as it will prompt the parents to provide false documents during the admission process just to secure admission for their wards.

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Microsoft tries to expel Chromebooks from schools with Intune app and low-cost PCs

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For years, Apple Macs dominated the classroom. Then Chromebooks took over. Now, Microsoft is once again pushing for kids to learn via new, cheap Windows 10 PCs, managed by a new Intune application designed specifically for education.

Chromebooks aren’t much more than web browsers built on top of a bare-bones OS. That can be a drawback for businesses, who demand a rich platform for computing. In classrooms, though, the relative simplicity of the platform can be a positive, as they’re easier to manage.

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Microsoft’s Intune for Education dashboard allows classroom PCs to be quickly set up and managed, Microsoft says.

To counter that advantage, Microsoft is debuting Microsoft Intune for Education, a cloud-based version of the Intune application- and device-management service to make managing 30 or 40 laptops per classroom less of a chore. Schools can customize over 150 granular settings, assign them to a student, and apply them to hardware, apps, browsers, the start menu, Windows Defender, and more, Microsoft said in a blog post. For example, a particular student can be assigned to a specific group, and be automatically assigned the same apps as other members of the group.

Managing a few devices can be handled by just logging into the service with an Office 365 login. A separate “set up school PC” app can handle larger deployments, Microsoft said. Intune for Education will be available in preview in the coming weeks and more broadly available this spring for $30 per device, via volume licensing.

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Microsoft-powered education PCs can be locked down to a single app during test time.

Why this matters: According to a September 2016 report by FutureSource, about half of the computing devices in U.S. classrooms are Chromebooks, the inexpensive Chrome OS-powered devices manufactured by Samsung and others. Microsoft hopes to regain dominance via its partners, who are marketing inexpensive PCs that can compete on price while offering capabilities like touch and electronic inking that Chromebooks lack. Still, at least in the classrooms we’ve seen, Chromebooks seem to have a solid foothold.

Acer, JP.IK, Lenovo launch new education PCs

At the BETT conference this week in London, Microsoft said it will show off existing PCs designed for education, such as the HP Stream 11 Pro G3, starting at $189. Three others were announced as well:

Acer’s Travelmate Spin B118 convertible notebook: With four usage modes, the 11.6-inch convertible notebook can be folded back via its 360-degree hinge to approximate a tablet. The $299 notebook includes a stylus and touchscreen supporting Windows Ink, a battery good for 13 hours of work, a shock-absorbent bumper and spillproof keyboard.

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JP.IK’s TURN T201 PC: The TURN T201 is a PC designed for students aged 12 to 18, with a Microlens microscope and a thermal probe.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, N24: Lenovo has also updated its education PCs with the addition of the ThinkPad 11e, either in a traditional clamshell or Yoga form factor. The 11e’s battery supports 11 hours of battery life and comes with a stylus. The N24 does as well, plus a 11.6-inch IPS display. Lenovo offered no other details, save for its expected release in mid-2017.

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad 11e

Microsoft also added some new features to its Minecraft: Education Edition: “Global Pause,”  text-to-speech for in-game chat, an updated user interface for managing in-game settings, 256 world heights for greater building capabilities, plus complete gameplay from the first night to The End dimension, and new “Minecraft mobs” and items including igloos and polar bears.

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Telangana,to,establish,119,residential,schools,for,backward,classes

The government would not only focus on education alone but also augment school infrastructures and provide healthy and nutritious food for the poor children.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao

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In a bid to provide inclusive growth for children belonging to backward classes, the Telangana government on Thursday gave a verbal assurance that there would be as many as 119 residential schools established in the state for children belonging to backward classes.

The government would not only focus on education alone but also augment school infrastructures and provide healthy and nutritious food for the poor children.

“These schools will be established in the name of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, who made efforts continuously for the upliftment of BCs,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said in a statement in the Legislative Assembly.

It has been confirmed that the government would spend Rs 1, 05,000 to Rs 1, 25,000 on each student to provide proper infrastructure, nutritious food among others.

Education would be imparted with high standards in English medium in BC residential schools from class 5 to intermediate (plus two), he said.

“For this purpose, we have already established the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society,” he added.

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Water boards should inspect Delhi government schools on rain water harvesting, directs NGT

A bench, headed by NGT Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed CGWA and DJB to carry out joint inspection in five schools in each category to probe whether they have failed to harvest rain water or not.

NGT has directed the CGWA and DJB to inspect private and government schools on rain water harvesting

NGT has directed the CGWA and DJB to inspect private and government schools on rain water harvesting

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The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to inspect private and government schools in New Delhi, after a plea alleged that they were unable to install rain water harvesting systems (RWHS) in their premises.

A bench, headed by NGT Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed CGWA and DJB to carry out joint inspection in five schools in each category to probe whether they have failed to harvest rain water or not.

What has the bench said?

“DJB and CGWA will conduct a joint inspection of any five major government schools and five major private schools in the city and report if the rain water harvesting systems are in existence and are operational appropriately,” the bench said while allowing the petitioner to participate in the inspection.

The direction came during hearing of a plea of Mahesh Chandra Saxena, who claimed to be associated with an NGO working in the field of ground water conservation. He has claimed that government departments, educational institutions and residential societies have either not installed rain water harvesting (RWH) systems or these were non-functional.

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Haryana: Schools directed to provide information on staff

The state government has been seriously considering taking over the staff working on sanctioned and aided posts in these schools, said the spokesperson of the education department.

All private and aided schools in Haryana has been directed to submit information regarding the staff working within January 9

All private and aided schools in Haryana has been directed to submit information regarding the staff working within January 9

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All private and aided schools in Haryana has been directed to submit information regarding the staff working on sanctioned or aided posts by January 9.

While stating this in Chandigarh on Friday, a spokesman of the department said that the state government has been seriously considering taking over the staff working on sanctioned and aided posts in these schools.

More on the report:

  • A detailed format had been devised for this purpose, under which detailed description of management committee, land under management committee of the school, last two years’ annual income of school besides fee and government aid, financial statements, copy of constitution of management committee, description of school building, teachers and other staff working among other things have been sought from the school managements, he said
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GMAC admits IMT, Ghaziabad to its members of global leading business schools

The Institute Of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT) has been admitted to the membership of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Members of the Council form a network of schools that are committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of management education.

IMT Ghaziabad

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The Institute Of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT) has been admitted to the membership of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a nonprofit organisation of 220 leading business schools that are actively committed to advancing the art and science of admissions.

GMAC membership is by invitation only and at the discretion of the Council’s Board of Directors.

Members of the Council

Members of the Council form a network of schools that are committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of management education and are open to the exchange of ideas and best practices to serve the collective interests of management education worldwide.

Invited schools are required to complete a rigorous application process that addresses the school’s sustained commitments to supporting the GMAC mission by providing quality graduate management education, fair and ethical treatment of candidates and students, and serving the graduate management education community.

“IMT’s membership in the Council is important for many reasons, perhaps principally for the significant contributions their programmes make to graduate management education,” said SangeetChowfla, President and CEO of GMAC. “We are pleased to welcome this institution into our membership and look forward to exchanging ideas and best practices to help ensure that talent never goes undiscovered.”

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Commenting on the announcement, Director – IMT Ghaziabad Dr Atish Chattopadhyay, said, “We at IMT are very excited about the GMAC membership. To me, it is one of the important partnerships that will go a long way in reassuring our commitment to the quality management education in the APAC region. GMAC is a very valued partner to us and I am sure that the membership will have a positive impact on strengthening our core values of innovation, execution and social responsibility while ensuring global reach.”

Changing demands of graduate management education:

IMT Ghaziabad has pledged to share class profile and graduation data to assist in the Council’s effort to identify the size and changing demands of graduate management education and thus adding value to the membership.

Council membership:

Membership in the Council is school-based and is open to institutions that maintain a selective admissions process and offer a Master’s programme in business administration or management subjects or equivalent.

In order to support the mission of the Council, member schools are expected to use, and ideally prefer, the GMAT exam or other GMAC assessment as a part of their admissions and enrollment processes for their graduate management programs. As a member of GMAC, Institute Of Management Technology will participate in Council governance including voting on Board elections and other matters that may come before the Council.

About  GMAC:

The Graduate Management Admission Council was created in 1953 to address the issue of admissions standardisation. Nine leading business schools joined together for the purpose of creating an admissions assessment, which is known today as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Over the years and with collaboration from its expanding membership base, the Council has established itself as a provider of world-class industry research and insights and a successful and respected global professional event organizer for the graduate management education community.

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Jammu-Kashmir: Winter vacation announced for schools

According to an order issued by the School Education Department, all the government schools, including recognised private schools upto Higher Secondary level, falling in summer zone of Jammu division shall observe winter vacation from January 4 to 15.

The summer zone of Jammu division shall observe winter vacation from January 4 to 15

The summer zone of Jammu division shall observe winter vacation from January 4 to 15

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Jammu and Kashmir government has announced winter vacations in government schools, including recognised private schools up to Higher Secondary level falling in summer zone of Jammu Division.

According to an order issued by the School Education Department, all the government schools, including recognised private schools upto Higher Secondary level, falling in summer zone of Jammu division shall observe winter vacation from January 4 to 15.

The teaching and non-teaching staff along with the Head of the Institutions associated with the rehearsal of march-past and cultural events to be presented on the Republic Day 2017 shall continue to attend their duties during the winter vacation, according to the order.

“Such officials shall be provided incentive in terms of Rule 27 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979,” it said.

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