Keyword : Education

Train teachers, boost their self-esteem

The report of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) by Pratham Foundation confirms perhaps what we already knew instinctively; that through access to education is now near universal and drop

RTE has become more of schooling & emphasis on education missing

Five years of right to education act and nothing seems have changed. Education still remains a distant dream for children across the country while high drop-outs and low quality of education are ma

What has gone wrong with the Right to Education

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, followed the 86th amendment to the constitution of India, which made elementary education for children in the age group of 6-14 yea

Being a puppet of Indian education system

The first emotion of my parents, when they saw my ‘98% score in business studies’ in my 12th CBSE board exam result in 2012, was of overwhelming joy and pride. This lasted only for a mo

Muslims see sinister move in Maharashtra schools survey

Saturday (July 4) was a big day for the education department. The Maharashtra government undertook a massive survey, ostensibly to count the number of out-of-school children. The department of scho

Bask in Ira’s triumph & India’s progress in educating children of special needs

India has been celebrating uncommon success of Ira Singhal, who has topped civil services rank list. Even though she studied in normal educational institutions despite her disability, Ira can take

9apps donates Rs 10 lakh for welfare of girl child

Every drop counts and in an innovative way 9Apps, a leading third-party Android app store, has made practical use of this ancient wisdom. In a charity drive announced last month, 9Ap

Poor are getting richer, extreme poverty in world falls below 10%

Due to sustained policy interventions the world may see end of poverty in next 15 years as the number of people in extreme poverty is now less than 10% and this has happened for the first time. The

Taxpayers, citizens and the idea of university

T Mohandas Pai, a respectable corporate leader, represents a wider audience when he targets JNU students and their

Private schools reluctant to admit EWS children under RTE Act

Even after six years of implementation of the right to education (RTE) Act, children from economically weaker section are still struggling to find their seats in schools. RTE Section

Kejriwal unveils plans to revamp Delhi

Delhi would soon have a large fleet of high-end buses, laced with technology to check unsafe driving and to ensure passenger safety, to address the problem of heavy rush in the metro and scanty tra

No cure for ailing medical education

India has a gargantuan medical education system, one of the largest in the world. Its 412 medical colleges – public and now increasingly private – produce 52,215 graduate doctors and 25

AAP government takes on greedy private schools

Love them or hate them, but you just can’t ignore the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government! After scrapping 62 arbitrary quotas for admission to private unaided recognised scho

A letter to the Kota girl

Dear Beta, I am sorry for pushing you to death. In fact, I have to apologise to you for many things: • Each time you showed me your mark-sheet, I got angry and le

NEET politics

The national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET), a single window examination for entering medical schools for MBBS and BDS courses across the country, was introduced with an aim to remove the has

What to expect from the new education policy

Here are few things we expect from the draft policy that has been submitted by a five-member committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian. The committee formulated the new education

Bihar’s lost glory of education

“Political science is actually pronounced as ‘prodigal science’ and it is a subject on cookery.” This statement is not coming from a kindergarten kid who is trying to make s

New Policy draft favours granting right to education to toddlers

A five-member committee was set up last year to draft the new education policy. The committee, in the report submitted last month but yet to be made public, has recommended that pre-school educatio

No detention till Class 5, says new draft policy on education 2016

The draft for the eagerly awaited new Education Policy recommends amendments in the right to free and compulsory education Act 2009. Among its specific recommendations are:  

New education policy against politics in VC appointment, university campus

The New Education Policy draft, submitted to the HRD ministry last month, has recommended following changes in the teacher management system: The centre and state should jointly

DU first cut-off: Not 100% but still high

The first cut-off list for various colleges of Delhi University (DU) is finally out and thus starting the admission process for the session 2016-2017 The online application process b

In pictures: DU admission process underway

As the admission process for various undergraduate courses is under way in Delhi University, the college campuses are hobnobbed with students and their parents completing the formalities.

Education in India: Status check

While the government is in the process of implementing the new education policy, PRS Legislative Research has compiled data collected through various sources – district information system for

China ranks higher than India because of its investment in education, infrastructure

The recently released ninth edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) co-published by the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD, shows tha

Why winding up MCI with the NMC bill makes sense

India faces an unenviable challenge of tackling the dual burden of diseases and lack of qualified health personnel. The number of surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians per hundred thousand peop

“This campaign is owned by the people”

Odisha’s largest district, Mayurbhanj, is set to be free from child labour very soon. District magistrate Rajesh Prabhakar Patil, an IAS officer of 2005 batch, talked to Taru Bhatia about

Childhood restored

As the sky starts to turn dark, noises of children from the playground of the Bisoi government nodal upper primary school, in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, slowly fade away. The students line up t

Medical admissions: How Haryana govt is favouring pvt colleges

The Haryana government is clearly giving preference to private medical colleges by scheduling the date for the last counselling session a day before the counselling date scheduled for government co

Here`s how poll bound Punjab performs in primary education

Punjab, set for the assembly polls in 2017, presents a dismal picture of elementary education in its rural belt. A NITI Aayog sponsored study conducted by Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development St

Experiments with pedagogy

Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of education, ‘Nai Talim’ or ‘Basic Education for All’, was conceptualised in 1937 and is just a year away from completing 80 years. He bel

Gandhi very much relevant for change, says Ramachandra Guha

Is Gandhi still relevant today? Or, is it still a relevant question today? Ramachandra Guha, renowned public intellectual with a biography of Gandhi to his credit, says his political experiments ar

‘Political will can make RTE a reality’

Kiran Bhatty is the national coordinator of the Right to Education Act with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She has worked in the field of education for several year

The dilemma of ‘study hour’

Rema Devi of class 6 reaches her school in Nagayalanka block in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh (AP) at around 9 in the morning. At 7 pm she continues to be in school. Her legs ache. She has bee

Trouble with Hindu men (and women)

This is one study that should be a wake-up call for those in the government. A global demographic study carried out by Pew Research Center shows that Hindus in India have relatively low levels of e

Nursery admission blues

 On Christmas eve, I met a close friend at a party. As we greeted each other, her face looked grim. I could not figure out the reason for the unusual tension on her face. When I aske

Representation sought for budget private schools in policy making

National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) has demanded active representation of budget private schools in the policy making process. NISA members on Thursday met Anil Swarup, secr

Enrolment up, reading ability down: ASER report

The good news first. Across India, enrolment has gone up for all age groups. Now the bad news. The reading level in class VIII has declined. The Annual Status of Education Report (AS

Grads with grades that go nowhere

India has been among the fastest growing economies in the world. World Bank estimated that in the 1960s, approximately 45 percent of Indians lived below the poverty line. This figure came down to a

Five stories you must read over the weekend

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), in one of the world’s largest surveys of employment trends, found the number of women employed falling from 126.49 million (29.4 perc

Assam gets less money from centre for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

The Assam government has proposed to provide eggs twice a week to all 42.61 lakh children under the mid-day meal programme. The estimated cost will be Rs 130 crore. In order to make funds available

AIMIM to contest Pune civic polls for the first time

“Our corporator is missing,” reads a banner on a defunct lamppost in Shaniwar Peth – a densely populated area in Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra after Mumbai. Many mo

Schooling improved in India, shows HDI

India has slipped one spot in the Human Development Index 2016. India’s HDI value for 2015 is 0.624 — which put the country in the medium human development category - posi

CBSE circular upsets NISA

National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) has criticized the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for imposing a penalty of Rs 50,000 on schools for not furnishing ‘confidential inf

For healthy and mature future leaders

In a bid to educate the adolescent population of India – the largest in the world, the health ministry, in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), rolled out a na

Online learning is the way forward

Sameer Srivastava, a school topper from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, wanted to study in an IIT like any other engineering aspirant. But getting into an institution where only less than one perc

“In future, education will be either blended or fully online”

What restricts MOOCs’ acceptance despite having credits? It is just a matter of time. India has been used to the traditional way of education. Howev

IGNOU: The making of an education behemoth

There was a time in India when one had to go to a university and  be physically present to attend classes in order to earn a degree. Then came distance education, making higher educati

“Education is the only permanent measure to overcome poverty”

RS Praveen Kumar, a 1995 batch IPS officer, is also the secretary of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) – a state-owned educational institutio

Kids of the elite in sarkari school: Activist threatens to fast again

Close to two years have gone by but the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to implement the Allahabad high court’s order to make it compulsory for government officers, people’s representat

Engineering a glut

Abhishek Bhagat, of Mumbai, had finished his degree course in electrical engineering from a college listed in the top 20 private colleges of Maharashtra, and he sincerely believed the popular opini

Schools for change

Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School, Sultanpuri, emerged as one of the best performers among Delhi’s government schools in CBSE’s plus-two examinations. The  school’s pas

At JNU, all that is beautiful and “solid has melted into the air”…

Dear “Professor” Vice Chancellor,    When the clamour is made all around us, and rightly so, about the condition of growing degeneration of quality e

The wolf and the lamb

At no other moment in the history of Indian national life after Independence the dalits are as oppressed as this moment: dalits are set ablaze, slaughtered like animals on the slaughtering bench of

“Parents need to be taught that each child is special”

It has been a year since you took charge of the new ministry. What is your biggest worry as in charge of education in India? My first priority – and that reflects my

NSUI’s big win in DUSU elections

The Congress party’s student wing, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), has made a stunning comeback in the Delhi University Students’ Union election, walking away with two top

Niti Aayog calls for ‘exams on demand’

Niti Aayog has suggested holding “exams on demand” so that school students can take the tests whenever they are ready. “Under the RTE, everyone is promoted till class VIII

When BHU’s calm was shattered

The campus of the prestigious Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which completed its 100 years less than a year ago, has turned into a curfew town following an alleged sexual harassment of an undergra

Parting ways

The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) is likely to lose control over architecture colleges and institutes in the country. The proposal to transfer their reins from the MHRD to the minis

Teacher absenteeism common: Report

UNESCO’s latest report on education has put the spotlight on a host of issues, including teachers’ absenteeism.

Health vs Education

Constitutionally, health and education are seen as rights resting on an equivalent platform: both are part of the fundamental right to life under Article 21, both are vested as a duty upon the stat

Health vs Education

Constitutionally, health and education are seen as rights resting on an equivalent platform: both are part of the fundamental right to life under Article 21, both are vested as a duty upon the stat

“IT/ICT will be a significant game changer in education”

Ending an extended period of stagnation, public sector enterprise Educational Consultants of India Limited (EdCIL) doubled its turnover in 2015-16 and has maintained it for 2016-17. In conversa

Dreams of demographic dividend and reality of educational quality

Will India ever be able to achieve the dream of making best use of its demographic dividend? That question becomes relevant again with the release of the

Why are girls taking the backseat

A lot has been discussed and written over the absence of women from the Indian labour force, and how it affects the economic growth of the country. Even as it seemed the new millennium arrived with

Education not yet for all

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, an ambitious programme aimed at the universalisation of elementary education in India, has not been fully effective. Launched in 2001, it aims to provide unive

Schools for profit

The private sector in education should not be driven by the profit motive alone. Private educational institutions are necessary, but commercialisation of education must be checked. The supreme cour

Students continue protest over leak of SSC paper

Despite home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday ordering a CBI enquiry into the alleged SSC paper leak, hundreds of aspirants continue to protest outside the commission’s office in New Delhi.

Happy schooling

The curriculum at schools can be quite intimidating for students, except perhaps for the brightest. The Delhi government hopes to change that by introducing happiness as a subject to be taught at i

Don’t want to over-burden school kids: Anil Swarup

The government does not favour over-burdening the school children with newer syllabus like financial literacy at least till class 8th, as the kids are in any case over-burdened with focus on value

Knowledge and freedom

Relying on its human capital, India has fast emerged as a knowledge-based service-driven economy. Among other factors, this success has been mainly attributed to improvements in India’s highe

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