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Paid Awards dissuade talent, innovations

A TREND OF RECENT YEARS THAT HAS GOT currency and become commonplace in education India (now well taken over by private sector in all segments), is inception of various kinds of awards and giving them away in events sponsored directly or indirectly by those getting these awards. The plaque, trophy and photo click then becomes a big statement of achievement …

Campus Plus Sep-Oct 2014

TERI University’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Resource Management & Cleaning of Indian Rivers Despite cleaning of rivers being a major agenda for the Government, there is a significant decline in water quality – arising from growing population, increasing urbanization and industrial growth, which needs to be tackled with expertise. Against this background and with an aim to address the foremost …

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Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2014 findings out In India, 50% of the students entering any class lack the required skills; Teachers (94%) consider skill and personality development as the most critical benchmark for measuring learner success. Teachers (92%) feel that the Indian education system is highly focused on ‘exam-oriented learning’ than ‘holistic learning.’ In driving the desired ‘learner outcomes’, …

TEACHERS DAY or STUDENTS DAY?Live televised Modi’s Pathshala an instant hit, but teachers’ issues still on fringes as India celebrated yet another Teachers Day on September 5

In a welcome change Prime Minister Narendra Modi went live on national television and webcast for a good one and a half hours on September 5, the birthday of former President, philopsopher & educationist Dr Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, which is designated as the national teachers day in India, and interacted with students across the country. An estimated 9.51 crore children …

Of 100 Days, Sanskritized marques, and an all out Gender Focus

The union HRD ministry under the new government as a departure from the past has clearly set an innovative agenda with small but specific initiatives. We reproduce some of what has been said in its 100 days achievement/performance statement.   CLOSING THE GENDER GAP The Department of School Education and Literacy has supported the Ministry of Women and Child Development …

Providing separate toilets for boys & girls in a year may be a tall promise, but a worthy one

PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI IN HIS maiden Independence Day speech or ‘toilet speech’ promised separate toilets for boys and girls in all schools in a year. The promised announcement is indeed welcome. According to Unicef, “A survey among school children in India revealed that about half of the ailments found are related to unsanitary conditions and lack of personal hygiene. …

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