Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 238)

02 July 2013
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Court stays State Institute of Educational Technology closure
The Times of India, 19 Jun 2013

The Orissa high court has stayed closure of State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), an autonomous organization to promote technology in school education. The government had notified the closure on April 29.

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Students pay bribe for Akhilesh laptops
Mail Today, 26 Jun 2013

Corruption has no limits, at least in the  hinterland of Uttar Pradesh. The flagship scheme of Akhilesh Yadav government  meant to distribute free laptops to Class XII pass students of UP Board has  turned out to be a new means of minting money for college authorities across the  state.

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More B-schools closing than new ones opening
The Times of India, 01 Jun 2013

The dawn of the  third millennium marked the golden age of professional education in India. Hundreds of new institutes came up adding thousands of seats. An equal number queued up to grab them.

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CRY Study Finds Lapses in RTE Implementation
Outlook India, 26 Jun 2013

About 11 per cent of the government schools in India do not have toilets while 20 per cent of them do not have safe drinking water, according to a survey conducted by an NGO.

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Rs 50 crore for 30 govt-aided schools under new scheme
Digital Campus, 29 Jun 2013

“This year I intend to give 50 crore under this scheme and a minimum of 30 schools will be covered under this scheme. Over a period of four years all schools will be covered,” Parrikar said

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School Finance Reforms, Tax Limits, and Student Performance: Do Reforms Level Up or Dumb Down?
Institute for Research on Poverty, Discussion Paper no. 1142-97, 10 Sep 1997

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, a majority of states substantially changed the ways in which schools were funded, either directly through court- or legislatively mandated school finance reform, or indirectly through tax and expenditure limits. To date, there have been few academic attempts to gauge the effects of these policy changes on actual outcomes of education.

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Education, Research and Innovation News from India
Swissnex India, 01 May 2013

India seeks to improve university rankings In a bid to woo more research, faculty members and foreign students to Indian universities, India is set to engage with international university ranking agencies and seek their expertise on improving the scanty presence of India’s higher education institutes in global ranking lists. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of 2012-13, there were only three Indian institutes in the top 400 and the best of them was the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur, which was at 226-250.

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Annie Koshi at SCNC 2012
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Annie Koshi

It's Time to Reflect (Part 2)

This was my first year as an instructional coach. As the only instructional coach in my district (and as the first ever instructional coach in the district), I relied heavily on my own reflective practices to help me learn and set goals for myself. Every day, I wrote down my thoughts and my experiences. Some days I wrote very little, and some days I wrote volumes. I’ve just looked through the entire document, which has added up to about 80 typed pages. It was funny and interesting to see the range of my emotions displayed in these pages: excited, optimistic, nervous, self-doubting, curious, triumphant, confused, proud, bold, timid. Click here to read more.

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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.

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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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