Weekly Update on Education

25 January 2011

New IITs hit by poor infrastructure: Sibal
Economic Times, January 18, 2011

The eight new IITs that were permitted to set up in 2008 do not have the necessary infrastructure and are not up to the mark making it difficult for the country’s prestigious institutions to retain faculty, said Kapil Sibal , Minister for HRD, Science and Technology and Telecom here today.

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Free education for EWS children upto class XII in Delhi
The Economic Times, January 20, 2011

Delhi Government has decided to provide free education up to class XII to children belonging to economically weaker section in the city though the Right to education Act makes it obligatory to offer free education only upto class VIII.

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Kapil Sibal Moots Institutional Framework between NCERT and SCERTs
Indian Express, January 10, 2011

Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, has mooted that an institution framework be set up constituting of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs). This framework, could include the CBSE, COBSE and NCTE as invitees, and would be a mechanism for coordination, for continuous flow of information and for dialogue, the focus being on improving quality of education throughout the country, the Minister added. He also underlined that the effort of the educational administrators and curriculum developers should be to maximize standards rather than settling for minimum standards. He was speaking at a meeting of Central and State Regulatory Institutions for School Education, here today.

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Sweden’s school voucher system is a model for America
The Daily Caller, January 23, 2011

n 1993, Sweden introduced a system of school choice and vouchers, inspired by the ideas of American economists Milton and Rose Friedman. Even though the system was just as controversial then as any U.S. voucher proposal, the right to chose your school and bring the funding with you is today considered a natural right for families and is widely accepted by all political parties.

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GoM on suggesting ways to strengthen vocational education
Zee News, January 20, 2011

A group of state education Ministers will be constituted to suggest ways for strengthening vocational education at all levels and develop a broad consensus on the contours of the proposed National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF). The decision was taken at a meeting here to discuss policy reforms on vocational education and put in place a framework for the purpose.

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Parents eye school brands
Times of India, January 24, 2011

Concern over age criteria for admission in certain UT schools had created a storm last week when parents of young children got worked up. It also showed that there was a tremendous brand consciousness among the parents for certain schools in the city.

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A proper regulatory mechanism is needed for international schools in Bangalore
DNA, January 24, 2011

Sandwiched between the tall dazzle of Wipro’s steel-and-glass offices on Sarjapur Road in Bangalore, and its chairman Azim Hasham Premji’s tucked-away-from-prying-eyes expansive private residence, stands a modest two-storeyed building. Against the backdrop of thick woods, surrounded by falling leaves, the diminutive building paints a rather dreamy picture. The style is exposed brick, tile and green-blue glass. A small sign at the gate announces the Azim Premji Foundation. This is the operational headquarters of Azim Premji University, India’s very first education university—a grand, not-for-profit institution whose ambition is to revolutionise India’s education system.

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TeamLease to set up vocational education university in Gujarat
Mint, January 18, 2011

Staffing company TeamLease Services Pvt. Ltd announced on Monday it is setting up a vocational education university in Gujarat to help plug an increasing skill gap in India’s labour force.This comes after the Union government recently announced its intention to set up a national vocational education framework to cater to millions of students who cannot, or do not, take up higher education.

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Research Paper
Does Performance Related Pay for Teachers Improve Student Achievement? Some Evidence from India

ABSTRACT: In this paper data from a school survey in India is used to ask if there is evidence for the payment of performance related pay and whether such pay structures do impact on student achievement. It is shown that – after controlling for student ability, parental background and the resources available – private schools get significantly better academic results by relating pay to achievement; government schools do not. We discuss possible interpretations of this result.

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Book of the Month

Depending on what statistics you use, US schools lose up to 30% of new teachers in the first three years, up to 50% in the first five. Some clearly should not have been teachers in the first place. But others bring the passion, knowledge and, at least potentially, the skill we need for all of our students.
Some of those we lose early in their career are already great teachers, others are potentially so. The reasons that cost us these teachers also cost us those later
in their careers, who all recognize are great.This book can help us begin to address the problem.

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Student First! Magazine

The second issue of Student First! Magazine is out. The theme for this issue is Public Private Partnerships in Education.

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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

Through this document the Centre for Civil Society seeks to highlight the lacunae in the current framework for 25% reservation for weaker and disadvantaged groups in unaided private schools and seeks to provide inputs on effective implementation of the same.

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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. Log on to for more information.

101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid To Ask

A Children's Book for Adults to Learn from is an easy guide to knowing your police. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) believes that only when we know that we can speak up with confidence, and it is only when we speak out against wrong, that things will change. The book is brought out in this hope - that people knowing all about their police and their own rights - will use this knowledge to demand the better police service that we all deserve. This has been published in various languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Telegu, Gujarati and Marathi in India. To know more about these books or for a copy email [email protected].



400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
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