Weekly Update on Education

12 October 2010

2 Education board employees in net
Indian Express, October 11 2010

Examination scam : Arrest of more employees not ruled out

Skeletons have finally started to tumble out of the Himachal Board of School Education’s closet, with the arrest of two junior employees allegedly involved in the examination scam, in which many students were found to have cleared exams without appearing for it.

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Accreditation mandatory for college
Times of India, October 11 2010

n a renewed effort, the state government has directed the institutions of higher education to apply for accreditation or re-accreditation to the national rating agencies concerned. Deputy secretary to higher and technical (H&T) education department, R G Jadhav, on October 8 issued a government resolution (GR) setting a time-bound programme for all private aided and unaided institutions to seek assessment and accreditation (A&A) from the rating agencies.

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Free education for medal winners: Sibal
Aarti Dhar, The Hindu, October 9 2010

With a view to promoting sports, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry on Friday announced free education for students who win medals for India in the ongoing Commonwealth Games. It has also asked the University Grants Commission and the Central Board of School Education to formulate schemes of financial incentives to support talented sportspersons and strengthen the sports infrastructure in educational institutions, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told journalists here.

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Citing India and China, Obama condemns plan to cut education aid
The Hindu, October 6, 2010

Weeks ahead of his trip to India, U.S. President Barack Obama has said America is in fight for future with countries like India and China who are spending massively on education, while his country has been cutting its budget on the sector. “Think about it. China isn’t slashing education by 20 per cent right now. India is not slashing education by 20 per cent. We are in a fight for the future — a fight that depends on education,” Mr. Obama said in his remarks at a White House Summit on Community Colleges.

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In Sanskritis, 25% seats for poor
Akshaya Mukul, Time of India, October 7, 2010

According to the HRD ministry, the new set of Sanskriti schools across the country being planned by the department of personnel & training (DoPT) will have to give 25% reservation to children of economically weaker sections as per the Right to Education Act. Earlier, DoPT had sought the opinion of the HRD ministry on the proposed Sanskriti schools. The ministry has urged DoPT to spell out if Sanskriti schools are specified category schools like Navodayas or Kendriya Vidyalayas.

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Again, kids in line of Maoist fire
Supriya Sharma, Times of India, October 11, 2010

A day after a school was caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, another school held its peace, as a gunfight raged in its vicinity on the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border. On Saturday, personnel of the special task force of Chhattisgarh police engaged in a four-hour gunbattle with a Maoist military company near Sakra, 7km from the Orissa border, in Mahasamund district, said the police.

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We want good grades
Nripendra Misra, Financial Express, October 08, 2010

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 is one of the most ambitious and commendable pieces of legislation piloted by the present government. Amartya Sen observed that the imposing tower of misery that rests in the heart of India has its foundation in the absence of education. Caste conflicts, religious tensions and precarious economic conditions, all centre on this simple fact. According to Sen, the Right to Education offers a much awaited social recognition of the centrality of literacy as a basic human capability.

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Many distance learning courses not recognised: AICTE
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times, October 09, 2010

Several courses offered by popular distance education institutions like Sikkim Manipal University and Punjab Technical University are unapproved, India’s apex technical education regulator has warned students. The All India Council for Technical Education has warned students across India to avoid these courses because degrees earned at the end of these programmes will be unrecognised. The AICTE member secretary has issued a public advisory recently, council member secretary D.K. Paliwal confirmed.

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Research Paper

Human Resources in Science and Technology in India and the International Mobility of Highly Skilled Indians
Binod Khadria, OECD

This paper provides estimates of the stocks and flows of human resources in science and technology (HRST) in India, and their breakdown by education and occupation. Furthermore, the paper provides estimates of the number of highly skilled people moving to India and out of India during the 1990s, mainly to the United States. This part of the study also includes a brief, critical overview of Indian concerns on policy matters pertaining to various forms of migration of highly skilled professionals.

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Primary school entrance age

No. of countries
4 yrs
5 yrs
6 yrs
7 yrs
8 yrs

Source: UIS Data Centre, May 2010




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