Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 234)

04 June 2013

Entrepreneur seeks to offer quality education at fraction of cost
The New York Times, 27 May 2013

London: When Sunny Varkey was 4 years old, his parents left him in the care of family members in his native India while they “went to seek green pastures” teaching English as a second language in Dubai in the late 1950s, in what was then a sleepy British protectorate on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf.

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From newspaper vendor to IIM student
Maya Sharma, NDTV, 15 May 2013

Bangalore: From delivering newspapers to being accepted at the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata – young Bangalorean Shiva Kumar’s story is one of determination and self-belief.

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Reform political, educational system to build healthy India
The Pioneer Beta, 28 May 2013

Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb on Sunday underlined the need for an immediate reform in political order and educational system to build a healthy society and nation imbued with moral and spiritual values.

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CBSE Class 12 results: girls outshine boys
NDTV, 27 May 2013

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today declared the results of Class 12. The pass percentage was 82.10 per cent, up from last year’s 80.19 per cent.

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CORE Education and Technologies is bringing global education systems to Indian education
Education News, 21 May 2013

While Indian students were coming up trumps in tests, excelling in classes, and generally wowing the western world, there was one Indian company trying to make western students in the US and UK better as well by improving their education systems. Sanjeev Mansotra had been working in the family business of mining and iron ore trading since he was 17. It was in 2003 that he got the opportunity to buy out a young software company that was creating software for offshore clients.

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New measures build on progress protecting childhood
Education News, 28 May 2013

The government announces that more DVDs are to carry an age rating, more is to be done on online age ratings and WiFi will be family friendly. Age ratings will be given to a range of video content that is currently exempt – such as some music and sports DVDs – so that those unsuitable for younger children will have to carry a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) age rating in future.

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Checklist for education loans
Education News, June 3, 2013

Interest rates vary across banks, so survey many institutions before you zero in on one. It’s that time of the year when students gear up for admissions to colleges and universities. Getting a seat at an institution of your choice may be the first priority, but being able to fund that education is equally important. Education loans are an option you can consider.

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Indian education system: Study for money's sake

The moment our brain takes some sort of a senile shape, our parents get on with a tedious struggle of making us mug up the alphabets. The entire world changes around us. Every human creature who was coochi-cooing us till yesterday starts lecturing us. Our gifts change from toys to books, stationery etc. We have officially entered the age of education.

This drastic change is quite a huge problem. We were learning right from the moment we were born but all of a sudden we now must start “studying”. Studying so that we can earn money. It’s like a business deal. A small investment for life-long returns. Click here to read more

Would EWS parents be able to select a good school for their children under the 25% reservation under the RTE?

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RTE Coalition
To initiate and continue the discussion amongst concerned groups and individuals on the issue of right of education and monitor the implementation
of the RTE Act, an RTE Coalition has been formed. Join the coalition to make universal elementary education a reality in India.

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India
Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah)
A study of the role that skill vouchers can play in catalysing demand for quality skill development services. This study examines global experiences with skill vouchers and draws lessons for India from these experiences.

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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation
Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah)
A comprehensive analysis on reservation in private schools under the Right to Education Act, providing a seven-step model for 25% implementation.

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School Vouchers for Girls
400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
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