Weekly Update on Education

10 August 2010

HRD ministry to get Rs. 2.31 lakh crore to implement RTE Act: Pranab
The Hindu, August 8, 2010

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the Human Resource Development Ministry would be allocated Rs. 2.31 lakh crore over the next three years to set up infrastructure for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act. “The Human Resource Development Minister has said that Rs. 2,31,000 crore will be required for implementing RTE in the next three years for setting up schools, appointment of teachers and building of infrastructure. I said that the money will be provided,” Mr. Mukherjee said at a seminar here.

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Foreign degrees, right here?
C. Jayanthi, The Hindu, August 8, 2010

Dreaming of acquiring a foreign degree right here in India, and not spending thousands of dollars travelling overseas? You might have your way soon. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, has recently introduced the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010, in Parliament in order to allow foreign universities to operate in the country. He said: “I do not expect Harvard and Stanford universities to set up shop here (but others will).”

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RTE wins, 874 children get school entry
Indian Express, August 6, 2010

Four months after the Right to Education (RTE) Act came into force, guaranteeing every child up to 14 years of age free and compulsory education, the Delhi High Court on Thursday delivered its first landmark ruling by according the relief to 874 children, 350 of them differently abled. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw allowed the petition of advocate Ashok Aggarwal of NGO Social Jurist and directed the Delhi government and its schools to admit these children, mostly belonging to lower strata of the society, preferably in schools located in their neighbourhood and in accordance with the RTE Act provisions without delay.

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Senator to Review Accreditation of For-Profit Colleges
New York Times, August 4, 2010

As part of the expanding Congressional scrutiny of for-profit colleges, Senator Tom Harkin announced at a hearing on Wednesday that he plans to examine their accreditation process. The hearing featured a report by theGovernment Accountability Office, whose investigators found deceptive practices or fraud atthe 15 for-profit colleges they visited, including two University of Phoenix campuses, two Kaplan Colleges, and a Corinthian Colleges institution.

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Muslim organisations planning to set up education board
Daily News & Analysis, August 8, 2010

In a bid to improve the standard of education and to provide better educational opportunities to their youth, Muslim organisations in the country have taken an initiative to set up a separate board on the lines on ISC and CBSE. "It has been decided to set up a Muslim Education Board on the lines of ISC and CBSE boards which will give affiliation to religious and non-religious educational institutions in the country," member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali told PTI.

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India has a long way to go in education: PM
Sify Finance, August 3, 2010

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said India has a 'long way to go' in spreading literacy, adding that paucity of funds will not be allowed to hamper the spread of education in the country.
'We still have a very long way to go (in spreading education),' Manmohan Singh said, referring to 'significant gains' India has made in the field. 'According to UNESCO's Global Monitoring Report 2006, out of 771 million illiterates in the world, 268 million are estimated to be residing in our country, which accounts for nearly one-third of the world's non-literates,' he said.

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Learning through engaging methods
Mahalakshmi, The Financial Express, August 9, 2010

Children are growing up in a world continuously besieged by visual stimuli coming from devices such as television, videos and more recently, laptops, cameras, smartphones and a plethora of touchscreen devices. Although this exposure is marred by complaints from parents and adults in general, the fact is that adoption of video technologies is becoming a necessary teaching methodology to raise academic standards of students. In India too, where the utilisation of technology to improve the existing methodologies in the education ecosystem is still minimal, the academic community is realising the value of IT to explain complex concepts to their students.

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Shortage of 1.2 million teachers in India: Kapil Sibal
The Times of India, August 5, 2010

There is a shortage of 1.2 million teachers in India and states must speed up the recruitment process to bridge the gap, human resource development minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday."We have a shortage of 1.2 million teachers. In some states there is an enormous backlog from last several years. In Bihar about 100,696 posts are vacant," Sibal told the Rajya Sabha during question hour.

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Research Paper
The progress of school education in India

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

ABSTRACT: This paper provides an overview of school education in India. First, it places India’s educational achievements in international perspective, particularly against countries with which it is now increasingly compared, especially China. Second, the paper examines schooling access in terms of enrolment and school attendance rates, and schooling quality in terms of literacy rates, learning achievement levels, school resources, and teacher inputs. Third, the paper investigates the role of private schooling in India, examining the extent of growth of private schooling and surveying evidence on the relative effectiveness and unit costs of private and public schools. Last, the paper discusses some major public education initiatives. The concluding section suggests a future research agenda and appeals for rigorous evaluation of the impacts and costs of the numerous existing educational interventions, in order to learn about their relative cost-effectiveness for evidence-based policy-making.

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Picture of the Month

The Druk Pema school just outside Leh town, featured in the film 3 Idiots, was washed away after two cloudbursts led to flash floods and mudslides in the region

RTE Coalition

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2010 Fisher International Memorial Award

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