Weekly Update on Education

24 December 2008

Ask schools to publish criteria, court to DoE
The Indian Express, 19 December 2008

“The Delhi High Court asked the Directorate of Education at a hearing on Thursday to instruct private, unaided and recognised schools in the city to publish their admissions criteria on their websites. The court also directed the DoE to come up with a hotline and a website where parents can file complaints.” More [+]

Nursery admissions extract their 'pound of fee' from parents
The Times of India, 22 December 2008

“Finding a nursery seat for the child doesn't necessarily put an end to the ordeal of parents. After filling the forms, sitting for interactions and finally getting selected, parents have another dilemma whether they should deposit the fees and book a seat in any school they get through first or wait for the school of their choice. The problem, parents say, is that schools ask them to pay an exorbitant amount of fees to confirm the admission of their child and if they withdraw later, they lose most of that amount.” More [+]

India behind emerging economies in Quality Education – Survey
India, 16 December 2008

“According to the ASSOCHAM Eco Pulse (AEP) Study – ‘Comparative Study of Emerging Economies on Quality of Education’, India has been ranked at the second last place among seven developing countries in terms of education quality as it score minimum points in primary, secondary, tertiary and demographic parameters as compared to other six emerging economies of the World.”More [+]

Over 4,600 students fall ill after eating mid-day meal
IANS, 22 December 2008

“The government Monday admitted that 4,620 children had fallen ill after eating mid-day-meals in the last few years, contrary to the claims that children were getting hot and hygienic food under the scheme.” More [+]

It's a progressive move
The Times of India, 20 December 2008

“If our parliamentarians pass the Right to Education Bill, introduced in the Upper House this week, no student till class VIII can be forced to repeat a year or be expelled for any reason by public or private schools. The committee that has drafted this Bill says the onus of students' learning and performance is on the school.”More [+]

Education: Confusion over court order makes SCERT seek govt guidance
Beta Saakal Times, 19 December 2008

“Implementation of syllabus for informal education at pre-primary level is awaiting governmental ‘guidance’ for the last two years as State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is confused about the applicability of a court order.” More [+]

Government moves to strengthen quality of higher education
IANS, 16 December 24, 2008

“The central government has taken a number of measures to attract young and talented people to the teaching profession to strengthen the quality of higher education in the country.”More [+]

PM: 20 new IITs, 7 IIMs, 30 Central varsities on cards
The Hindu Business Line, 20 December 2008

“The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today said that apart from the proposed eight new Indian Institutes of Technology, the Government proposed to set up another 20. Furthermore, in the “second wave of institution building”, the Government would set up 30 new Central Universities, seven Indian Institutes of Management, five Indian Institutes of Science and 10 National Institutes of Technology.” More [+]

Rajasthan board decides on e-teaching
The Times of India, 17 December 2008

“The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has decided to teach its students through e-curriculum lessons. The e-system of teaching would start from April, in the next academic session. This facility of e-curriculum would be given to every school in the state where information and communication technology has been established.”More [+]

14 years on, ‘surplus’ teachers continue to draw salaries, 16 December 2008

“Having cancelled the vocational stream in Classes XI and XII way back in the 1994, some 12,000 teachers in government-aided schools, earlier recruited for imparting vocational training, were translated into a surplus class. But, some 2,000 teachers are hanging around uselessly even 14 years later and drawing regular salaries.”More [+]

World Bank's Rs 14000-cr largess for Indian tech institutes
The Economic Times, 19 December 2008

“The technical educational institutes in the country are set for massive upgrade in infrastructure and software facilities with World Bank assisted Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) entering the second phase this year.”More [+]

City law colleges caught in unlawful act
The Times of India, 22 December 2008

“The seven self-finance law colleges associated with the Lucknow University have come under the scanner of the Bar Council of India (BCI) for flouting norms in the appointment of teachers and compromising with quality.”More [+]

In the matter of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Centre for Civil Society seeking the Court’s intervention to ensure compliance by schools of the government regulations for nursery admissions, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has passed an order today agreeing with the contentions of the petitioner.

The gist of the order is the following directions to the Directorate of Education (DoE):

1. Henceforth all schools will follow all aspects of the DoE school admission guidelines, especially the deadlines. The DoE will send a circular to schools conveying the order of the High Court within three days time.

2. All schools will publish on their websites and/ or display in their notice board the break up of the total points earned by the students who make it to the admission list.

3. The DoE will publish on their website the status of each of the complaints it receives.

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