Smriti Irani invites suggestions on new education policy

NEW DELHI: HRD minister Smriti Irani today invited suggestions from teachers and students of CBSE schools on the new national education policy, the draft of which is expected to be prepared by the year end.

download (7)Presenting the CBSE awards to teachers ahead of the national teacher’s day celebrations on September 5, the minister also favoured introduction of three new award categories including a category that recognises a teacher’s achievement in promoting education in rural areas.

“CBSE should also be involved in drafting the new national education policy and should ask the students and teachers about their views, the inputs of which should be collected by November 15,” she said at the award function.

The new education policy seeks to involve stakeholders from cross sections of the society including the teachers and students, the consultation process of which has began from January this year.

Hailing the achievements of the teachers who were felicitated at the event, she asked CBSE to constitute three award categories, felicitating teachers who promote performing arts, who venture beyond the classrooms and promote innovation and those who promote teaching in rural areas.

Thirty-four teachers from across the country and abroad were conferred the CBSE award for their innovations in classroom teaching.

The selection of the awardees is based on the academic efficiency and desire for improvement, genuine interest and reputation in the community, love for children, perseverance and commitment towards the field of education.

Sixteen mentors were also awarded for collaboration and handholding through regular visits to clusters of schools for promoting quality.

The Mentors awards recognise principals who go an extra mile in their endeavour to promote excellence.

Mentors are selected on the basis of their training experience, professional guidance, positive role-modelling, collaboration with mentee schools and initiating innovative practices.

These awards consist of a Merit certificate, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

The process of selection is both rigorous and transparent.

 

Source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Smriti-Irani-invites-suggestions-on-new-education-policy/articleshow/48790573.cms

 

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India’s teachers think pupils need more industry experience, survey finds

Teachers from various parts of the country have voiced their opinions on the current state of India’s learning environment through the ‘Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015’.

Most academicians feel that the restructuring of the curriculum is the need of the hour. The survey, fielded in July-August 2015, represents the views of 5,387 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 527 cities and towns in India.

As many as 75 per cent of the teachers feel that the curriculum should be restructured in a way that includes industry exposure.

The Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015 found that many educators believe students are not adequately prepared for employment. (Picture for representation)
The Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015 found that many educators believe students are not adequately prepared for employment. (Picture for representation)

Around 57 per cent of the teachers believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment.

“Indian government has shown the intent to build greater industry-academia partnership by proposing a consultative theme in the National Education Policy framework. We are glad that the teachers have not only collectively validated this idea of industry-academia collaboration but offered a specific solution of curriculum restructuring,” Deepak Mehrotra, managing director of Pearson India, said.

Moreover, high costs and lack of infrastructure and maintenance pose the biggest hurdles to technology adoption in educational institutions.

As many as 52 per cent of the respondents believed that India’s education assessment framework  lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education.

“Assessments play an important role in giving teachers and parents the right benchmark for personalised learning and better learning outcome. In the new education policy, teachers expect a more robust assessment framework.” added Mehrotra.

 

Source :- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3220257/India-s-teachers-think-pupils-need-industry-experience-survey-finds.html

 

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Muslims want education, jobs and development

BHAGALPUR: The tone and tenor of minority community members present in good number at the PM Narendra Modi’s rally was different. They talked about education, enhancing technical skill, employment opportunities and development in Bihar.

At the same time, they didn’t feel comfortable talking about infamous 1989 Bhagalpur riots after nearly 26 years. They, instead, dismissed the riots as a non-issue which the political parties should not raise to bully any community. Communal harmony and peaceful coexistence with state’s development was the buzz word for them, now.

They were seen discussing ‘vikas, vishwash, vichar aur pradesh mey kaisi sarkar (development, trust, understanding and what kind of government in the state needed). TOI talked to a cross-section of the minorities to elicit their points of view vis-a-vis assembly election in the state.

Md Manjoor Ali, a Bhagalpur local, said “aman-chaain aur vikas hi mudda hai aur hum log bacchon ko acchi shiksha dena chahte hain (communal harmony and development are the issues and we want good education for our children)”.

MBA graduate Syed Zeejah Hussain, who works in a private company and is a social activist, said development is very important for every section of the society, including minorities. Communal feeling fades away with education and development. It is a heartwarming situation that every politician now talks about development, he added.

Dr Imtiyazur Rehman, a leading neurosurgeon, said 1989 riots memories have faded away and new generation has come up. “We all want development and education. We want quality education for our children, he said.

Md Arif said earlier people used to vote on different counts, but now the focus is on development, employment, electricity, roads, law and order, etc. It is for sure that developmental issues are on the forefront and other issues have taken a back seat, echoed Hasnain Ali.

Md Jumman, an old man sitting at the meeting ground, said, “Hum gareeb hain kya bolen, lekin tarakki hogi, aman chain hoga toh sabka bhala hoga. Abhi tak toh sirf log bewakoof banatey aaye hain.”

 

Source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Muslims-want-education-jobs-and-development/articleshow/48764841.cms

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KSOU Still Dragging Its Feet on Recognition Proposal

BENGALURU:The board of management of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is meeting on Monday amidst uncertainty among thousands of candidates about the validity of its degrees.

The varsity was derecognised on July 16 after it failed to send a proposal to the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the prescribed format to renew its recognition. The UGC first issued a notice to the university, but since it found the KSOU response unsatisfactory, it slapped a second notice on August 17.

“It is requested that the university may submit an affidavit on a non-judicial stamp paper” stating that “the university has closed its franchisee with private establishments and study centres outside the territorial jurisdiction of Karnataka,” the notice reads.

UGC has also demanded that the varsity affirm in the said affidavit that it has also discontinued its franchisee/private collaboration to offer its open and distance learning (ODL) programmes even within Karnataka. The steps to continue the recognition of ODL programmes of KSOU will be taken only after the affidavits are received by the UGC, the notice said.

When contacted, M G Krishnan, KSOU vice-chancellor, played down the UGC notice. He said all required documents have already been submitted, and “they have only sought some clarifications.”

He said he had submitted the application for recognition to UGC in Delhi on July 16. “UGC authorities have convened a meeting on August 27 regarding the issue. I am hopeful that the issue will be sorted out on that day.”

 

Source:- http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/KSOU-Still-Dragging-Its-Feet-on-Recognition-Proposal/2015/08/24/article2990505.ece

 

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