Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 242)

30 July 2013
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Aided institutions under ambit of RTI, rules High Court
The New Indian Express, 22 Jul 2013

Given that Tamil Nadu has a number of such aided private institutions, not just in engineering but also in other areas, whose functioning have time and again been questioned by educationists, the order clearly provides an opportunity to usher in greater transparency.

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Who Actually Paid For My Education?
Deesha .org, 07 Jan 2013

India suffers from very low literacy even compared to other developing countries. Yet one gets to hear about the tremendous impact that Indian doctors, engineers and scientists have had around the world. This conveys the impression that the Indian schooling system works. I believe that that impression is wrong and that in fact the Indian school system is inefficient and biased against the poor.

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Centralized kitchens more feasible for midday meals
The Alternative, 23 July 2013

Roties and a paste of red chillies – this is what seven-year old Kishan Lal Gameti, from the village of Jogiyon Ka Gura in Rajasthan, would have for lunch. And it isn’t as if he got to eat lunch every day.

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Education only way to take country forward: Moily
The Times of India, 29 Jul 2013

India has a window of opportunities up to year 2035, during which proportion of working population will continue to rise due to declining fertility rates, giving what is commonly known as the demographic dividend, Moily said at KIIT University here on Saturday.

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Teacher's training
The Times of India, 29 Jul 2013

Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE said, “In order to adapt to the changing scenario of education, in the era of e-learning , Olabs will help overcome the limitations faced by both teachers and students, thus making learning more effective.”

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Political interference affecting teachers' education in UP: Govt report
The Times of India, 29 Jul 2013

The ministry in its latest report, titled ‘Teacher Education in UP’, has said, “Political interference appears to be part of the functioning of DIETs (district institute for education and training), the conduct of BTC (basic teaching certificate) and the recruitment of teachers.

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PPP model schools? Worries over commercialisation
Business Times, 29 Jul 2013

The Human Resource Development Ministry’s move towards introducing model schools under public-private partnership (PPP), as announced recently, may change the face of Indian school education.

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Indian universities should focus on research: Tharoor
IANS, 26 Jul 2013

Indian universities need to focus on research as building up research and development (R&D) is one way India can maximise its economic potential, union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor said Thursday.

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New Models For Distance And Virtual Learning
Digital campus

A range of collaboration tools making use of video, voice and messaging technologies now provides the learner with instant access to their peers, their teachers, and experts in their field of study. Learners choose whether to attend in person, from their home or another location via virtual classrooms or video conference, or to catch up later by listening to a podcast or watching a video of the session – along with all the discussion, questions asked and responses given.

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Interview with Amitav Virmani: SCNC 2012

Amitav Virmani
Amitav is Country Director, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), India, a UK based Philanthropic partnership founded in 2002. He is responsible for setting up and managing the India operations for ARK and has been with the organisation since it’s inception in India in 2008. ARK is working to help transform the education system in India and provide children better life opportunities. Amitav has led the conceptualisation and implementation of several programmes in India including School Leaders capacity development, English Language teacher training, Vouchers for Access and School Quality Assessments.Click  here to watch the video.

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India
Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah)
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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation
Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah)
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