Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 232)

21 May 2013

Studying in the US: “It’s a carpe diem moment”
The Independent, 13 March 2013

Studying in the US is becoming more popular with British students as the steep rise in tuition fees at UK universities continues to encourage them to consider all their options. According to the UK-US Fulbright Commission, an agency of the US embassy that helps British students find higher education courses in the US, a record 9,186 students from the UK studied at a US higher education institution in 2011-12. That’s a 2.7 per cent increase on the 8,947 students of 2010-11.

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160 working school days in Manipur, Bihar has 253
Times of India, 16 May 2013

NEW DELHI: If you thought a class V or IX student was at the same learning level across the country, think again. An NCERT study reveals that only half the states have adopted the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), which has resulted in variations in number of working days, time allotted for teaching subjects like mathematics and science and evaluation of learning levels.

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Suspended Lucknow University courses may be revived
Times of India, 16 May 2013

LUCKNOW: Lucknow University may revive courses suspended last year on account of less number of students opting for them. In a meeting held under the chairmanship of A K Sengupta with deans of all faculties as its members, the university will review the 67 courses suspended last year.

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Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand fare best in maths classes: Study
Times of India, 16 May 2013

NEW DELHI: Students of Class IX and X in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand seem to be making the most of their Mathematics lessons as a NCERT study found nine classes are allocated for the subject per week in these states in comparison to just four in Odisha.

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US Says ‘India’ is the most Important Partner in Asia for Higher Edu’n
One India Education, 13 May 2013

US describes ‘INDIA’ as its most important partner in Asia based on the growing convergence in interests and outlook has brought about unprecedented cooperation on issues ranging from regional and global security to counter-terrorism.”President Obama has called partnership with India a ‘defining partnership for the 21st century,’” recalled Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake during a talk at Boston University’s India Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts, Friday.

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Educating the Muslim girl child – in a Mughal-era structure
India Forum, 14 May 2013

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Functioning in a Mughal-era structure near Jama Masjid in the capital’s old quarters is the Balak Mata Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia, one of India’s oldest universities. The centre, located in Matia Mahal, provides education and vocational training to deprived Muslim girls and women.

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Students relieved after SC verdict
India-Forum, 13 May 2013

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) It was a sigh of relief for thousands of students as the Supreme Court Monday cleared the decks for admissions to under-graduate and post-graduate medical and dental courses for 2013 in state government and private colleges.

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Consider disabled students’ grievances, HC tells DU
India-Forum, 15 May 2013

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Empowered Committee of Delhi University (DU) to take into consideration the grievances of disabled students before implementing the four-year undergraduate programme with multiple degrees.

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Revive higher education in India: President
The Hill Post, 15 May 2013

Lumani (Nagaland), May 15 (IANS) India lacks quality academic institutions and there is a need to revive higher educational institutions, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Wednesday.

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Of Education and Democracy in India: Preeti Chauhan
By Sunalini Kumar

Now that the cat is out of the bag and the four year undergraduate programme(FYUP) is being criticized and thereby being discussed threadbare by some of the leading scholars of the country, one needs to also think of its relationship with the current state of democracy in India. The manner in which FYUP is being pushed through crushes the very idea of a university and with it the ideals and ideas of democracy. Even if one assumes and believes that the “Academic Congress” held last year in the University gave a go ahead to change the existing three year undergraduate programme to FYUP and frame courses accordingly, then also the way the University administration has functioned goes against the very values that the University of Delhi or for that matter any university is supposed to promote. Click here to read more.

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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)
A comprehensive analysis on reservation in private schools under the Right to Education Act, providing a seven-step model for 25% implementation.

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