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Hrushikesh Senapaty joins as NCERT Director

Hrushikesh Senapaty joins as NCERT Director
The book, social science textbook for Class VII, also has a comic strip titled ‘The cost of cure’ where a parallel has been drawn between a public and private hospital to highlight the differences.

NEW DELHI: Professor Hrushikesh Senapaty has joined as director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on Monday. Prior to this appointment he was heading Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhopal (a constituent unit of NCERT), as its principal.

Senapaty is an alumnus of BJB College Bhubaneswar and Devi Ahilya Bai University, Indore. He joined Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal in 1997 as associate professor in education. Subsequently, he also worked with Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar as professor and then came back to Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal as its principal in 2012.

His area of specialization has been teacher education and information and communications technology in education (ICTE). He is an UNESCO expert on ICTE from India. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, training, research and extension activities. In addition to many areas concerning school education, he has also worked on integration of ICT into Constructivist Theory of Learning to bring a paradigm shift in the Teacher Education practices. As an UNESCO expert he has visited many countries especially for working on the area of ICTE.

The position of director of NCERT has been lying vacant for over a year after Pravin Sinclair was unceremoniously ousted last year. In a meeting of the search-cum-selection committee on August 24 headed by Md. Akhtar Siddiqui names of Senapaty and Anil Shukla were shortlisted.

The search committee consisted of G C Tripathi, vice-chancellor, Banaras Hindu University, I K Bhat, director, NIT, Jaipur, Shyama Chona, former principal, DPS, RK Puram and M K Sridhar, professor, Canara Bank School of Management Studies (CBSMS) and member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

The immediate task before Senapaty will be to accelerate the process of consultation on the proposed New Education Policy. NCERT has been tasked to take forward few crucial components of the NEP. He will also have to take a stock of the review of text books as well as formulate the new curriculum framework. The last curriculum framework was devised in 2005 for a decade.

New UK visa for Indian students?

New UK visa for Indian students?
Indian students in London were the third largest revenue generator for the city having contributed a whopping £130 million in 2014.

LONDON: UK may soon introduce a first-of-its-kind visa only for Indian students which will allow them to work for two years after passing out of a British university.

In what is great news for Indian students planning to study in the UK, London’s charismatic mayor Boris Johnson, who is pitted to be prime minister David Cameron’s successor will propose to the government on Tuesday the introduction of a Commonwealth work visa.

It will first be rolled out first in India and will allow Indian students going to UK to live and work in UK for two years after finishing their degree irrespective of what their salary is.

Johnson who feels that UK needs stronger visa relationship with its Commonwealth partners will say “This would be with India, in the first instance, but could be extended to other Commonwealth countries, if successful.

The second proposal to be floated by Johnson will be a special work visa for graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for up to two years. Although not restricted to nationality, this would be attractive to Indian students for whom STEM degrees are popular.

“It would also help to meet a critical skills shortage in the UK in areas such as life sciences, engineering and technology,” Johnson will say.

Indian students in London were the third largest revenue generator for the city having contributed a whopping £130 million in 2014. Johnson’s recent analysis had found that Indian students paid 56 million pounds in fees and nearly 74 million pounds in living costs – the money creating and supporting 1643 jobs.

But visa changes and the scrapping of the Post Study Work Visa in 2012 which gave non-EU students the right to remain in the UK for two years after graduation has resulted in a massive dip in Indian students going to British universities to study. Johnson recently found that there has been a major fall in Indian students to UK – from 10% of all international students in London in 2010 to around 4% in 2014. Indian students coming to London and the rest of the UK have approximately halved over the last five years. In 2009/10 London welcomed 9,925 Indian students which fell to 4,790 in 2013/14.

This is the reason why Johnson will meet top representatives from London’s world famous universities at City Hall on Tuesday and put forward to the government two policy options on work opportunities following graduation which would be attractive to students from India.

Johnson said “London is indisputably the education capital of the world with more top performing universities than any other city globally. However, current restrictions on overseas students are putting off the brightest Indian minds from coming to study in the capital and it is crazy that we should be losing India’s top talent and global leaders of the future to countries like Australia and the United States. I hope we can work with London’s universities and government to address this and make sure the capital remains the leading destination for international students”.

Professor David Gann, vice-president of Imperial College said “Indian students contribute immeasurably to the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of London. When they come to the capital, great things happen – for the UK, India and the world. Almost every day I meet innovative Indian students who are helping solve global challenges and create new opportunities: from antibiotic resistance and climate change to fintech and personalised medicine. We should be clear: London’s world-class universities’ doors are wide open to India’s brightest students”.

Professor David Sadler, vice principal (International) of Queen Mary University of London added “Either of the policy options set out by the Mayor, if adopted, would be a step in the right direction to begin to address the decline in Indian students enrolling at many of London’s universities. In offering students an opportunity to gain some relevant work experience in the UK post-graduation, they would help enable us to remain attractive to prospective students and their parents in the face of ever increasing competition for the brightest students globally”.

London attracts 100,000 international students every year, more than any other city in the world. These students contribute £3bn to the capital’s economy and help to support 37,000 jobs according to research from the Mayor’s promotional agency London and Partners.

Estimates say that by 2024, one in every three outbound higher education students across the globe is expected to be from India and China. By 2024, it is expected that there will be 3.85 million outbound mobile higher education students globally. India and China will contribute 35% of global growth during this period. Indian students will be the second highest chunk with 3.76 lakh of them travelling to enrol in foreign universities.

Delhi govt plans major changes in education policy, to introduce bill in winter session

NEW DELHI: The chief and deputy chief ministers of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, held a meeting with the press to tell them about the various education bills — new and amendments — to be tabled in the forthcoming Legislative Assembly session.

Here’s the low-down: the government is indeed planning to drop Section 10(1) of the Delhi School Education Act and Rules (1973) that requires private schools to pay teachers on par with government ones; DSEAR is being amended to give power to the government to decide nursery admission guidelines, to “stop screening” — defined, mainly, as personal interviews — and making collection of capitation fees punishable with fines; but the admission-related amendment will not do away with nursery admission criteria and will likely be implemented only in the next round; a bill will be tabled to re-instate detention in schools; and the state’s fee regulation bill will practically replicate the structure and functions of the High Court-appointed Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee.

“The admission process was plagued by problems. We are now defining capitation fees and a penalty has been prescribed for whoever takes capitation fees directly or indirectly,” said Kejriwal.

Secretary, education Punya Salila Srivastava added that the penalty for that will be a fine Rs 5 lakh or 10 times the amount charges, whichever is higher. “If a child is subjected to screening procedure, the fine imposed will be Rs. 5 lakh for the first contravention and Rs. 10 lakh for each of the subsequent ones,” she said. The amendment will confer upon the government the right to decided guidelines and makes the point on screening and donations more forcefully. On what criteria will be selected, the government “has to apply more mind.” There is a possibility there won’t be any change in the forthcoming session. The ministers also said that the EWS admission process will be moved online.

The government is indeed planning to present a bill reinstating detention in primary school — as the Rajasthan government tried — though the class from which it’ll be allowed hasn’t been decided yet. The rationale for the decision to overturn what even the CM concedes was “a good initiative”, is, as Sisodia said, “Without teachers training, without changing syllabus, the comprehensive continuous evaluation that was to replace detention hasn’t be implemented properly. As a result there was no assessment. If we have the year-end exam, at least we’ll know if kids are studying.”

For the record, the responsibility for implementing the CCE in its schools — and ensuring the requisite support system such as a healthy pupil-teacher ratio, adequate classrooms and schools that are all separate provisions of the Right to Education Act — was with the government. By pushing for NDP, activists like Khagesh Jha argued, the government is essentially relieving itself of that responsibility.

In fact, government’s stated reason for attempting to do away with certain provisions in state and central acts is, essentially that they couldn’t be fully implemented. This is the reason for doing away with Section 10 (1) of the DSEAR. The government seems to believe the public have an inherent right to start fee-charging schools that violate laws from the start. Apparently, managements of these schools are being “forced into corruption” by the law. Kejriwal argues that retaining Section 10 (1) — that protected salaries of private school teachers and was also consistently violated — is being dropped altogether to keep about 700 schools from shutting. This will be welcomed by budget private school associations — R C Jain of the Delhi State Public School Management Association has long demanded it — particularly because the safeguards to ensure teachers are paid is being left out of the bill. “Teachers will have to be paid minimum wages for skilled labour — so those being paid Rs. 3,000-4,000 will now get Rs. 12-13,000 — and we’ll introduce provision through rules or notifications that’ll require schools to pay a certain percentage of their income as salaries . They will not have to sign against amounts they are not being paid,” he says adding that the percentage will be in the region of 45%-60%. However, all of this will be specified in separate notifications such that they “can be tweaked” from time to time. Jha points out that as per the Supreme Court, “the teacher is not a workman.” “How can they be covered by minimum wage laws?” he asks.

The piece of legislation conceived to protect parents and teachers, apparently is the Delhi Schools Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill. As Sisodia and Kejriwal describe it, it is near-identical in function to the Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee. It will be headed by a retired judge, supported by a battery of chartered accountants and will have the mandate, essentially, to study the books of schools to ensure there’s no “farzi” (fake) spending. “We are not telling private schools what to spend on — world class cricket stadium, world-class football stadium, air-conditioner in every classroom. But the committee can study how they are spending and if they are found cheating, it’ll will have the power to fix fees for next year and demand refunds,” says Kejriwal. What a parent who doesn’t want to pay for a new world-class football stadium does isn’t clear. On the plus side, the government is legitimizing a form of public or social audit of financial records as well. Returns filed by schools and all their financial details including fees charged and salaries paid will now be posted online. “The janta can check details on the website and come to us if some data isn’t correct,” says Kejriwal. So far, only a portion of this information could be obtained and that too through an RTI inquiry.

The Anil Dev Singh Committee had looked into fee increase on the pretext of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and found over 500 schools who’d raised fees without paying teachers. It had recommended fee refund for all of these and the HC, upholding this, had directed DoE to collect. Practically no schools has paid up. The new committee on fees instituted by the government may have had the same outcome but for a very timely and important amendment to the DSEAR.

Practically the only part to be retained from the first amendment drafts from June this year, the forthcoming one will give the DoE far more teeth. A “graded” system of penalties has been worked out for school management for violating provisions of the DSEAR and the highest penalty is imprisonment of three years and a fine of Rs. 2 lakh, extendable to five. The director can even suspend admission in school. Till now, the only weapon the DoE wielded was withdrawal of recognition. “But that’s an extreme punishment, like a Brahmastra, that affects kids and teachers as well,” says Kejriwal.

CHSE revises plus two syllabus in Odisha

CHSE revises plus two syllabus in Odisha
BHUBANESWAR: The academic council committee of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) approved new syllabus for plus two courses in the line of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) here on Tuesday. The new course will be implemented from 2016-17 academic session, official sources said.

“The new syllabi is aimed to help Odia students fare better in various competitive and national level entrance exams like JEE, CAT, MAT, XAT and other competitive jobs,” said CHSE chairman Basudev Chhatoi. “The new syllabi was prepared by syllabus committees on different subjects comprised of senior plus two teachers and subject experts from across the state,” he added.

The new syllabus focused on objective pattern questions as in CBSE syllabi while the examination pattern will also be changed accordingly, a senior officer said.

The decision of revision of syllabus in plus two level was taken following an enquiry by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) about how many students from the state qualified the JEE (Main) and JEE (advance) in 2013-14. The CAG also sought information about the number of students from the state took admission in premier institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT), the officer added.

“A fact finding team formed by the higher education department to study the poor performance of state board students in competitive exams suggested a series of amendments including revision of syllabus,” said a senior officer.

CHSE completed the process of revising the syllabus in October and submitted it for review of the academic council committee, Chhatoi added.

Of the total of 46, 096 students from Odisha who appeared the JEE Mains only 3,202 students had qualified for the JEE Advanced. Only 1364 (15%) students from CBSE and 130 (12%) from ICSE and 1688 (4.7%) from CHSE had cleared the JEE (Main). Only 6.95 percent students from Odisha were able to make it to JEE (Advanced).

Project Asha to meet needs of children with learning disability

MANIPAL: Department of occupational therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences and department of community medicine, KMC, Manipal University, Manipal along with Lions and Lioness Clubs, Manipal will initiate a project called ‘Asha” in Udupi district to create awareness about children with learning disability. The project will involve awareness programmes, teacher education, and screening with the aim to facilitate early intervention.

The project will commence with a street play titled “Enable and Empower all Children” by students of department of occupational therapy and distribution of brochures at public places in Udupi such as Ajjarkad Park, Malpe Beach, Krishna Mutt and Venugopal Temple on November 21 and 22 and also at government schools in Udayavar. Sridhar Shenava, Lions district governor will inaugurate the programme on November 20 at Shirdi Sai Baba Hall.

These programmes also mark the occasion of International Disability Day (December 3) and World Occupational Therapy day (October 27). In India, around 10% of children have learning disability. Children with learning disability face significant problems at school. Teachers and parents are often unable to understand the child’s difficulties and may think of them as dull, mischievous, and difficult to manage, and often end up ignoring their needs.

Other children also are hesitant to play with them. Over the years, this attitude of neglect affects the child’s career prospects as some drop out of school, and many others struggle with repeated attempts etc. Even more it affects the child’s self-esteem and confidence. Early identification and treatment can help these children reach their maximum potential and take up suitable careers. The general public too is by and large not aware of learning disabilities.

A year on, government brings German back to Kendriya Vidyalayas

A year on, government brings German back to Kendriya Vidyalayas
Students attend class at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Delhi.

NEW DELHI: German will now be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas as an additional language, as the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a joint declaration of intent between the HRD ministry and the federal foreign office of Germany in this regard.

An official statement released in Delhi said an “expost approval” has been given to the `Joint Declaration of Intent’ on promotion of German as an additional foreign language in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in conformity with the National Education Policy of India and promotion of teaching of modern Indian languages in Germany.

“The Joint Declaration of Intent will help to intensify existing bilateral cooperation between India and Germany and to further advance relations between the two countries in the field of education in accordance with the laws, policies and regulations in force in the two countries,” it added. German was earlier being taught in KVs but last year the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD minister Smriti Irani, had in its meeting on October 27 decided to discontinue the teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit. The decision had led to much furore and controversy.

Earlier, this year on October 5, a Joint Declaration of Intent had been signed regarding the promotion of German as a foreign language in India and promotion of modern Indian languages in Germany .

Why should you prepare for IAS on a TABLET?

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The program also offers comprehensive study materialalong with 500+ hours of video lectures (preloaded on the tablet, which can be accessed in both offline and online mode) by India’s best IAS experts.Through this module, an aspirant can regularly tested and evaluate on his/her performance with the help of subject wise and all India test series.

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The Traditional Indian Attire

Saree is a piece of cloth that is not stitched. Saree is draped in style around the body of a woman. Many people also refer to saree as sari. Saris are very traditional. Across the country there are a variety of different styles in which a saree is worn which gives different images of a woman. When you wear a saree it is generally draped around your waist. After that one end remains free. This free end of the saree is taken over and across your shoulder.effextechIn India marriages are extremely lavish. The moment you talk about marriage people start think of luxury as well lavishness. Marriages in India are filled with heavy sarees, a lot of jewellery and also a lot of expenses. It is one of the most popular ways to show off your grandeur. Nothing can go off like red sarisduring the wedding season. Indian marriages are mostly filled with a lot of heavy stuff. As such most people in Indian weddings prefer to wear heavy embroidered outfits. If you are one of them and love the heaviness and richness of these outfits then you can choose to go for the bridal sari. They are available in a variety of different colors and nowadays the white saris have quite caught up with the range.

If you have been to an Indian wedding then you will know that the saris that are worn in these weddings are the most beautiful and the most colorful pieces of artwork. If you are the bride all eyes will be on you. That is primarily the reason why the bridal sari that you are wearing should be unique. The sari should be such that it stands out from everyone else’s at the wedding. Yet to choose such a sari when you have tons of pretty and beautiful saris all around is an extremely daunting and time consuming job. Yet once you have mastered the art you are going to realize that all the toil and time was totally worth all the praises that you receive on your special day.

Red saris and white saris have become more popular after the famous ‘Dola Re’ song from Devdas where Madhuri Dixit and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan wear gorgeous red and white saris and make the entire dance floor go mad. All those saris are designer saris that have been embellished with sequins and zaris to give them that magnificent look.

CBazaar has an amazing collection of bridal Saris as well as salwars. So if you are someone who likes the bridal sari yet someone in the family likes the bridal salwar you can easily shop your choice of attire from CBazaar. All the Bridal Saris and Lehengas are heavily embellished with sequins, crystals, stones and rich and colorful embroidery work. This ensures that you look your best as well as feel comfortable on your special day.

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