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« on: November 29, 2015, 11:25:51 AM »
Over a dozen states want the Centre to amend the Right to Education Act and revoke its no-detention policy for students of Classes I to VIII

Sources said that the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has got a response from 14 states in the matter till now and barring Karnataka, all the others have favoured revoking the no-detention policy.

It is learnt that the states are in favour of revoking the policy as they feel, such a move will encourage the students to learn more.

There has been a view among some states that because of the no-detention policy, students tend to not take their exams seriously, and later it becomes difficult for them in Classes IX and X.

Earlier in a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) several states had discussed the issue after which the HRD Ministry had sought their views.

Among the 13 states which are learnt to be against the no detention policy are Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan, UP and Uttarakhand, a source said.

The no-detention policy, a key component of the RTE Act, was enforced on April 1, 2010 with an aim to ensure that every child between the age of 6 and 14 studies in school.

The idea behind the policy was to minimize the number of students who drop out of the schooling system because of failure and are too embarrassed or de-motivated to repeat a year

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90 percent of Indian universities have outdated curriculum

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Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao believes that 90 per cent of the universities and higher educational institutions in the country have outdated curriculum, keeping them from making into the top institutes of the world.

"90 percent of the universities in our country have outdated curriculum. We talk about increasing funds, increasing infrastructure but there is no improvement in the content we are teaching in our hi-tech classrooms,"Rao said on November 4 during the ongoing Visitor's Conference at the RashtrapatiBhawan.

"One of the major reasons behind why Indian institutions don't make it to the top 100 universities in the world. There are lot of Indian students abroad who want to study in our country and come back but there are no quality colleges to offer them the same kind of environment and education," he said.

Maintaining that Indian institutions need to improve, Rao, who is currently serving as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the prime minister, also asserted that the talent search in the country is "marginal".

"Talent search in our country has always been marginal. We teach our students what Newton and Faraday did but there is no mechanism to look out for similar talent in interiors of the country," he said.

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 12:11:06 PM »
Government panel suggests regulatory body for coaching institutions

A government-appointed panel constituted to review the current Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) system for admission into the IITs, has floated the idea of creating a regulatory body for coaching institutions to ensure that such learning centres maintain best practices and charge regulated fees.

In its report submitted to the HRD ministry, the Committee of Eminent Persons headed by Ashok Misra deliberated on reducing the effect of coaching institutions in engineering entrance examinations and observed that coaching is a very lucrative industry.

The committee felt that the coaching industry has revenues of approximately Rs 24,000 crore per year but it also seems to fill a void created by the absence of good teaching in schools and does it effectively enough to make good money.

"It is not always mindless profit, indeed at least some of the coaching institutions offer 'scholarships' for bright students who can't afford them otherwise," the committee has said in its report.

It, however, added there still are several objections to this aspect as purpose of education is refinement of the mind not passing an entrance examination, and also 'all work and no play' makes a plus-12 grade student a dull individual with less involvement in activities other than studies.

In its deliberations, the committee members also felt that students are forced to waste a lot time commuting in order to avail the benefits of coaching institutions.

While emphasising on the need to improve the standard of school education so that the need for coaching becomes redundant, the panel also suggested that it would be helpful if there is a regulatory body for the coaching institutions.

As an example, an All-India Council for Coaching for Entrance Examinations (AICCEE) maybe established with the demand that coaching institutes are well-equipped and maintain healthy and best practices as well as charge regulated fees, the panel said in its report.

"It is recognised that the dependence on and the perceived need for coaching can be reduced only over a period of time.

However, we must work towards it, the panel said.

It also suggested that an online portal be set up for students to take mock tests while preparing for the JEE. The corporates and the government can use the services of good schools as well as good coaching themselves to set up online coaching classes with interactivity, the report added.

The HRD ministry has sought suggestions on the JEE system by November 30.

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New education policy will benefit students, parents: Minister

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The new education policy would help bring about many positive changes in the education system in the country and would equally benefit both students and their parents, the union government said on Monday.

"Initiatives like e-pathshala and 'Saaransh' will help the students and parents," union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said in the Lok Sabha while replying to questions on the proposed new education policy of the Narendra Modi government.

The minister said students would be empowered through the new education policy, and added that she was yet to receive inputs though she had sent out a letter to all members of the Lok Sabha on the issue.

"...under the e-pathshala programme, books will be made available online free of cost. These will be available on mobile phones also," she told the house.

Under another initiative, 'Saaransh', parents would be directly involved in the educational activities of their children and could get in touch with teachers directly through it, she said.

The Lok Sabha proceedings for the day began with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan leading the house in paying homage to the victims of earthquakes, terror attacks and other tragedies across the world.

Underlining India's stand against all kinds of terror acts, Mahajan said India stood with France and the world against any terror activities.

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Nikesh Arora wants to transform education                 

[size=14ptNikesh Arora, president of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank, a big investor in Indian startups, has said his long term inspiration is to be able to change the education system in India. "Hopefully, I would be able to do it without running into too much bureaucracy or friction," he told Bloomberg in an interview last week. He also indicated he would give a substantial amount of money to charity if he succeeded in his plan to double or triple the value of SoftBank. SoftBank has been bruised in recent times with the losses at the US telecom firm Sprint, majority-owned by Softbank, and the precipitous drop in market capitalization of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, where Softbank is the largest shareholder.
Arora, who left Google as its sales and business development head after a decade at the search firm, said he had no problem in taking risks as long as he could protect his family. "I'm very relaxed. I'm here (in SoftBank) for at least the next ten years," he told Bloomberg. At the time he was joining SoftBank, chairman Masayoshi Son had noted that people's risk appetite tended to decline over time. Arora decided to show Son his risk appetite remained strong and went on to buy $483 million worth of SoftBank shares in what was then the largest insider stock purchase in Japan in over 12 years.


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New Education Policy to come up next year, will bring positive changes in the system: Smriti Irani

                                                                                                                                                           Amidst the government's initiative to seek suggestions from teachers, parents and educationists on new education policy, Smriti Irani has said that it would help bring about positive changes in the education system in the country that would equally benefit both, the students and their parents. "Initiatives like e-pathshala and 'Saaransh' will help the students and parents", Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani said in the Lok Sabha, while replying to questions on the proposed new education policy of the Narendra Modi government.

According to IANS, the minister said that the students would be empowered through the new education policy, and added that she is yet to receive inputs though she has sent letters to all the members of the Lok Sabha on the issue.

"Under the e-pathshala programme, books will be made available online, free of cost. These will be available on mobile phones also", she told the house. Under the initiative namely, 'Saaransh', parents would be directly involved in the activities of their children in school and can get in touch with teachers directly through it and learn about their child's development", she said.

Irani has also said in the Lok Sabha that the government would come up with the new education policy next year. According to PTI, HRD Minister, Smriti Irani said that the proposed new education policy would "fructify next year", amid a series of questions on the involement of stakeholders from the grassroot level to frame the new policy.  "The government has undertaken an unprecedented collaborated, multi-stakeholder and multi-pronged consultation process for formulating the new education policy. (The consultation process) included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations," she said during the question hour

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CAT 2015: Changes in paper pattern receive mixed reactions

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015, which took place on November 29 with 2.19 lakh students appearing for it, surprised aspirants. According to newspaper reports, the changes made in CAT were received with mixed reactions and aspirants found the section of 'logical reasoning (LR) and data interpretation (DI)' tough. There were lesser MCQ questions which lead to difficulty in the questions and made it time consuming. However, some questions in the 'descriptive section were fill in the blank' types.

This year, the number of aspirants appearing for the test was high. Moreover, more than 80 trans-genders were also registered to appear for the test. Some changes were made in the paper pattern to provide an 'even' field to candidates from different streams. The test was concluded on November 29 in two sessions successfully, though there were technical glitches at some centres.

The new pattern was made to have a better assessment of data interpretation. Unlike last year, there were three sections instead of two, namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). Last year, the data interpretation was the part of Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning was the part of Verbal and Reading Comprehension. Moreover, the duration of examination has also been changed and increased to 180 minutes from 170 minutes. The candidates were given 60 minutes to answer each section and a basic onscreen calculator.

CAT was criticised for being skewed towards candidates from the engineering background, and hence, the changes were made to provide an even field to candidates coming from different streams.



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