Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 247)

03 Sep 2013
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Education scenario in state bleak: Report
The Times of India 28 Aug 2013

According to a survey on 'Implementation of RTE Act in Bihar', conducted in 375 schools of Bihar by State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and UNICEF, the education scenario of the state is not rosy. The survey further reveals that student classroom ratio (SCR) across schools in Bihar was 82, much higher than the all India figure of 30:1.

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AICTE invites northeast institutes to apply for grants
The Times of India, 02 Sep 2013

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has undertaken a Rs 180crore project for infrastructure development, strengthening faculty competence and improving the academic scenario of the technical institutions approved by the council in the northeast.

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Use technology to educate children: President
IANS, 02 Sep 2013

“Many bright students are prevented by geographic location or economic difficulty from seeking higher education,” said Mukherjee while delivering the fourth foundation day lecture of Central University of Orissa.

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Ignou launches online students’ services
The Times of India, 02 Sep 2013

Information on admissions, re-registration details, status of re-admission, change of elective courses, address checking, credit transfer effected, study centre opted, prospectus and application forms of various programmes is uploaded on the website.

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UGC to set up teacher education centre in state
The New Indian Express, 30 Aug 2013

The University Grants Commission has decided to set up an Inter University Teacher Education Centre in Andhra Pradesh for conducting training classes to teachers to improve the quality of teaching in higher education, UGC vice-chairman H Devaraj has said.

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1,849 schools may lose recognition
The New Indian Exppress, 30 Aug 2013

As many as 1,849 unaided schools in the state are staring at the prospect of losing recognition as the state government is taking them to task for not implementing provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year.

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Meghalaya to sponsor students to study in German varsity
The Times of India, 27 Aug 2013

"Wrapping up a weeklong visit to Germany, an official delegation led by the chief minister agreed to develop a broad plan for partnership and a structural model for institutional development in areas of common interest that would set in motion a long-term collaboration between the government of Meghalaya and Leibniz Universitat, Hannover," an official statement said.

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The ‘Fundamentals’ of the Fundamental Right to Education in India
Book of Change

India is signatory to three key international instruments that guarantee the Right to Education – Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Covenant), 1966 and the (UDHR) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989. In 2002, India joined, albeit after fifty-two years of Independence, the host of countries that provide a constitutional guarantee for free and compulsory education (FCE).

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School kids drop out due to lack of loos!

It has been noted by every economist worth his salt in this country that India’s biggest problem is its illiterate population and the only way forward is to educate the masses. Yet, municipal schools don’t have teachers or books, and shockingly now it’s been found that they don’t even have toilets. It’s no wonder kids don’t attend school. A survey conducted by the NGO Pratham has found that the dropout rate of girls is 30% higher than that of boys. “Because of the lack of hygiene facilities, there has been a high drop-out rate of students at the elementary school level, with only a small proportion moving to the secondary level. Only 12 out of 100 children reach class 10. And the drop-out rate of girls is higher by 30% than that of boys,” said Sarika Patil, field manager, Pratham, which conducted a survey of BMC schools last year. Click here to read more.

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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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