Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 237)

25 June 2013

Lokayukta orders probe into wealthy cornering RTE seats
The Times of India, 19 Jun 2013

The right to primary education is a fundamental right under Article 21(A) of the Constitution. The apex court in the judgment of the Unnikrishnan v/s State of Andhra Pradesh in 1993 itself declared that free and compulsory primary education to children up to the age of 14 years is a fundamental right.

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Incentive scheme to attract private investment in medical education
The Indian Express, 18 Jun 2013

In a major step towards attracting private investment in the medical education sector across Uttar Pradesh, the state cabinet on Monday approved a special “incentive scheme”.

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13-year-old from Bihar cracks IIT entrance exam
Digital Campus, 24 Jun 2013

Satyam Kumar, a Bihar farmer’s son who is just 13-years old, has cleared the fiercely competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for which 150,000 candidates had appeared this year.

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Foreign universities will have to be non-profit making entities
Digital Campus, 22 Jun 2013

After long deliberation, University Grants Commission and HRD ministry have formalized the rules for establishment of campuses of foreign universities/educational institutions in India.

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Problems with school education in India
India Education Review

Indian Education industry is a $90bn opportunity; Government’s outlay is the 3rd largest on education after US and China. We have more than 2 lac recognized middle and senior basic schools and more than 6,50,000 primary and junior basic schools in India. The allocation per child has increased from ~$390 in 2010 to ~$800(é213%) in ’12.

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Nursery schools need recognition too: HC
Digital Campus, 21 Jun 2013

As per law, every educational institution, including a pre-primary school, should obtain recognition. If a plea that no recognition is required for nursery schools is accepted, there would be several such schools without any kind of control, the Madras High Court has said.

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The Challenges for India’s Education System
Marie Lall, Chatham House

This paper, the first in an occasional series on India’s education system, places the current issues facing education in India in a historical context. Since Independence, successive Indian governments have had to address a number of key challenges with regard to education policy, which has always formed a crucial part of its development agenda.

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Jay Panda at SCNC 2012

B J PandaThe point I'm trying to make is, don't appeal to politicians' sense of doing the right thing. Appeal to politicians' sense of how it pays for them. Events like this are important; and what is even more important is to take this message right down to the voters to demand. It's only when voters start demanding that politicians start listening.  I mean, some politicians will come and listen to us here, and say the right things and go away. But they will not focus on it, unless it matters to them; and it matters to them when it matters to voters. So the more awareness campaigns that we can have to get rural voters particularly, to demand better, I think we're going to get results.Click here to watch the video.

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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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