Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 245)

20 Aug 2013
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Shiv Nadar Foundation to sign MoU with UP government
The Economic Times, 14 Aug 2013

The Shiv Nadar Foundation which has pumped in about Rs 500 crore for establishing world class schools called Vidya Gyan for poor rural children, would be signing an Memorandum of Understanding with the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday.

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Haryana government makes online college admissions mandatory
The Economic Times, 14 Aug 2013

"Provision has been made for generation of online merit and admission lists. Seekers will be electronically notified the outcome of admission through SMS and e-mail alerts. A public grievance cell has been put in place for the benefit of students," Principal Secretary (Higher Education) S.S. Prasad said.

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Cleaning up the NEET mess
India Today, 29 Jul 2013

What has intoxicated the regulatory tendrils is the judicially recognised fact in TMA Pai (2002) that higher education has changed immeasurably into a huge public-private partnership. This has increased the regulatory empires of MCI, AICTE and the like. On the flip side it has increased their lust for power and the spoils of regulation - with private colleges (some worthy and some not) grovelling before these authorities.

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Rules to set up schools tightened for corporates
Live Mint, 13 Aug 2013

The ministry has issued a fresh qualification proposal to open 2,500 model schools in developed neighbourhoods through public-private partnerships (PPP). The government plans to spend nearly Rs.5,000 crore a year on subsidizing the cost of educating poor students and providing infrastructure grants to the companies setting up the schools.

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Over 7,000 posts for teachers vacant in MCD schools: Govt
The Times of India, 14 Aug 2013

"In MCD schools, as many as 7,068 posts of teachers of various categories are lying vacant," Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told Lok Sabha in a written reply to a query.

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UGC sets about updating varsity data on its website
IANS, 16 Aug 2013

"UGC has created a website to maintain transparency and objectivity in making available our universities' database for national and international users in the domain of higher education and information, which is available at the touch of a key," said Ved Prakash, UGC chairman.

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Globalisation impacts legal education in India
IANS, 19 Aug 2013

Today, we have to look at the market too, to understand the relationship between law and the state, Mustafa said, while delivering the Extra Mural Lecture on Globalization and Third Generation Reforms in Legal Education at Aligarh Muslim University Saturday

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Are we digging in the dirt or is there really a way out?
Tehelka .com, 01 Aug 2013

Professor R Govinda heads the one institution set up in the 1960s to map India’s trends in education with a view to using that data to turn things around. Given how unresponsive successive administrations have been to putting any real change in place, it could make a cynic of the professor. Instead, a conversation with him injected a strong jet of hope, both in what he’s trying to do on the ground now and the stories he has to tell of teachers in remote villages in India and the exemplary work they’re doing to turn the system around.

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How can ordinary citizens influence the quality of school education?

With the support of the Vijaya Development Resource Center (VDRC), 21 community schools scattered around mid-hill (inner Terai and Madhesh regions of Nawalparasi district) introduced the Community Score Card into their schools. This is a simple social accountability tool which allows parents and students to be involved in assessing school performance and establishing constructive dialogue with schools on required improvements. VDRC implemented the project in two phases starting from December in 2011 for the period of nine months. The first phase of the program started on January 2012 to April 2012 and the second phase of the program started from June 2012 to September 2012. Click here to read more.

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RTE Coalition
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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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