Weekly Update on Education

25 February 2009

Professors, principals to get performance marks
The Times of India, 18 February 2009

“BANGALORE: Performance appraisal of professors and college principals? If the University Grants Commission (UGC) has its way, for the first time, lakhs of professors and principals in the 400-odd universities across the country will face evaluation. ” More [+]

Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children's Learning
Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, February 2009

“Industry Fellow Carly Shuler draws on interviews with mobile learning experts as well as current research and industry trends to illustrate how mobile devices might be more broadly used for learning. Examining over 25 handheld learning products and research projects in the U.S. and abroad, the report highlights early evidence of how these devices can help revolutionize teaching and learning. Pockets of Potential also outlines mobile market trends and innovations, as well as key opportunities, such as mobile's ability to reach underserved populations and provide personalized learning experiences. ”More [+]

Vouchers to offset school fee hike load
The Times of India, 20 February 2009

“NEW DELHI: Parents facing the heat after a steep hike in school fee can expect some relief in future. The government is planning to introduce education vouchers for students that will enable them to go to any school with good infrastructure in city while the government foots the bill. State minister for education, Arvinder Singh Lovely, said, "We will introduce the scheme of education vouchers for students in all the private schools very soon. We had to recently hike the fees due for implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission. This scheme will benefit the parents facing the heat due to the hike.'' ”More [+]

Delhi govt plans schools with lower fees, top line infrastructure
Indianexpress, 29 February 2009

“The Delhi Government will soon open unaided schools with facilities comparable to private schools to cater to the demand for good schools for middle and upper middle class families. The schools will have lower fee structure and easy admission criteria, to provide an alternate option to parents with school going children. To be operated on the scale of a top notch private school, the school is also expected to provide a baseline data for the Government to judge private school demands for higher fee. "This will help the Government figure out how much money one really needs to run a private institution" said Government sources. ” More [+]

Delhi HC asks Delhi govt to form committees for disabled kids education
Indlawnews, 25 February 2009

“The Delhi High Court directed the Delhi Government to constitute two committees which will monitor the implementation of existing government schemes for the welfare of disabled children so as to boost their education. ” More [+]

Shikshak Samman awards for teachers
The Times of India, 23 February 2009

“The Shikshak Samman Award, launched by Tech Mahindra and Times Foundations, within the ambit of the Teach India campaign, seeks to encourage teachers. Under this scheme, outstanding teachers and principals of schools run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have been identified and awarded. Out of nearly 1,800 schools that MCD runs, about 400 schools operating in difficult circumstances were selected. Five principals and 20 teachers from these schools were chosen after a rigorous selection process, led by experienced and independent educationists. ” More [+]

Cheaper education loans for girls
The Economic Times, 23 February 2009

“NEW DELHI have decided to provide cheaper education loans to girls by extending a special interest: Government-owned banks rate discount of at least 0.5 percentage points on the card rate. " More [+]

Vouchers for poor parents a possibility: Education minister
Expressindia, 20 February 2009

“Speaking at a press conference organised by the School Choice Campaign, Lovely said: "The Delhi government will use the voucher idea soon to help poor parents cope with the increase in fees as a result of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations." The Centre for Civil Society's flagship project, the School Choice Campaign, launched India's first school voucher project in Delhi in 2007 to press the government for reforms and implement an education voucher programme.” More [+]

Beyond the bubble: Technology and the Future of Student Assessment
Education Sector Report, February 2009

“In a new Education Sector report, Chief Operating Officer Bill Tucker argues that technology has the potential to drastically improve our current assessment systems and practices, leading to significant improvements in teaching and learning in the nation's classrooms. Tucker evaluates a number of new research projects that demonstrate how information technology can both deepen and broaden assessment practices in elementary and secondary education by testing new skills and concepts and doing so more comprehensively. And, importantly, these research projects have produced assessments that reflect what cognitive research tells us about how people learn.” More [+]


Education sector gets Rs.41, 978.21 crore in interim budget

School education: Rs 28,799.21 crore

Higher education: Rs 13,179 crore

IndiaEdunews, 18 February 2009

Transition Rate from Primary to Upper Primary Level (2007-08):

Girls: 80.30
Boys: 81.89

Examination Results: Grade IV/V (2007-08):

Passed with 60% & Above Marks:

Girls: 48.67
Boys: 48.80

Elementary Education in India: Progress towards Universal Elementary Education, DISE, Flash Statistics: 2007-08



















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