Agartala, Dec 12 (IANS) The Left Front government in Tripura Wednesday announced free education to poor students, covering the entire period of school education, up to class 12.
The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, of the central government offers free education only up to Class 8.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said that starting from the next academic session, beginning January, students belonging to BPL (below poverty line) families would get free text books and other facilities up to class 12.
“The decision was taken aiming at universalisation of education, and to achieve 100 percent literacy from the existing 90 percent,” Sarkar told reporters, adding that poor students would be charged no fees.
He said: “Up to Class eight, all students are now getting free school textbooks and various other facilities. Currently, poor students up to Class 10 have been getting free school textbooks and other facilities.”
According to the chief minister, there are 44,000 students belonging to BPL families now studying in Tripura. If one were to include students up to Class 12, the number would increase by several thousand in the next academic year.
“Though the central government had promised to universalise education in the country within 10 years of India’s Independence, the declaration has still remained unfulfilled,” Sarkar said.
He said the Left Front government in Tripura is probably the only state government in the country which has been providing free education to all, covering the whole of school-level education.
The Tripura council of ministers, at a meeting here Tuesday, also decided to increase the emoluments of the teachers working in the Islamic madrasas.
According to School Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty, the Left Front government has been spending more than 20 percent of its total annual budget on the education sector, while the central government’s funding in this sector was less than 10 percent.
In Tripura, there are about 800,000 students studying in 4,600 schools.
Haridwar, Dec 9 (IANS) Students have a moral duty to do social service after completing education before they take up a career, President Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday.
This will develop a sense of duty towards the society among students and will help in their personality development, the president told a gathering on the occasion of the Devsanskriti University’s convocation.
He praised the university for being social service oriented and for endeavouring to impart moral education along with high levels of academic excellence.
The president gave away 77 doctorate degrees and 32 gold medals to the students. He conferred degrees on 1,370 students.
Writer Narendra Kohali and Marco Fereni, the European pioneer of holistic medicine, were given honorary doctorates.
Describing the university as a modern incarnation of Shanti Niketan, Chancellor Pranav Pandya underscored its efforts to promote self-reliance among students.
He also unveiled the university’s plan to establish rural health centres and a research and development centre.
Also present on the occasion were Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Quarashi and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.
Haridwar, Dec 9 (IANS) Highlighting that the growth of education in the country is one of the key factors responsible for India’s resilience, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday called for value-based education.
Speaking at the fourth Annual Convocation Ceremony of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya at Haridwar, Mukherjee said that education adds value to a person and value-based education equips us to contribute in a meaningful way to society.
“Striving for spiritual development along with academic excellence is the right approach to regain lost values and traditions in this age,” he said.
The president said it is the growth of education in India that is key to India’s resilience.
“Therefore, it is indisputable that education through which the country builds intellectual capital is of singular importance to any individual, society or nation,” he said.
The president said that at the macro level, education nurtures nation building and at the micro level it fosters character building.
He stated that he had a great faith in the philosophy and culture of Indian civilization and believed that the road to progress should be strengthened by harmonizing such values.
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Private security guards are to be deployed at the gates of over 500 civic agency-run primary schools in Delhi to tackle rising incidences of harassment and molestation of girl students, an official has said.
“We have planned to deploy private security guards, from government-approved agencies, in primary schools by the next academic year after several cases of molestation came to our notice,” Manish Gupta, commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, told IANS.
The guards would be deployed at the 548 primary schools – till Class 6 – in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) territory. The girls are between the ages five to 13 and too young to tackle roadside molesters.
“The deployment will be done in phases, and will cover every school which falls under the area of SDMC,” he said.
The yearly cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.1 crore, the official said.
“We have received several complaints from parents of girls regarding molestation taking place outside the school premises, due to which they stopped sending their child to school,” Gupta said.
“We are taking this step in order to draw the girl students back to school,” he added.
“Men loiter outside schools in order to molest and harass the girls… some even follow them… This makes the girls afraid of going to school,” said the mother of a 12-year-old girl who lives in Delhi’s Khanpur area. Many of the civic agency-run schools are located in crowded poor neighbourhoods.
If the project is successful, it would be replicated in all the schools falling under the three municipal corporations – the other two being East and North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the official added.
“The security guards will be hired from private security agencies on contract basis,” he said.
“They will keep an eye on the girls entering and leaving the school. If required, they will also escort the girls to their houses,” added Gupta.
Satish Upadhyay, chairperson of the SDMC’s education committee, welcomed the move.
“We want to ensure fool proof security for the girl students. The security guards will be hired from government approved security agencies,” Upadhyay told IANS.
The details of the project are to be worked out, he added.
Delhi has 18,000 municipal-run schools with over 10 lakh students, both boys and girls. The 548 schools in South MCD have around five lakh students.
In 2010, the MCD had decided to install CCTV cameras in and outside school premises in order to tackle harassment of students. The CCTV cameras were installed in some schools at the time.
Agartala, Dec 9 (IANS) Tripura will soon be an ‘educational hub’ for the northeastern states and neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, with the setting up of several technical, medical and educational institutions, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Sunday.
“Tripura has achieved the remarkable distinction of being the only capital city in the northeastern region to have two medical colleges,” Sarkar said.
He said: “The state government has taken up an ambitious plan to set up more technical institutions and degree colleges in each sub-divisions. The educational facilities available in Tripura do not exist in other states.”
While addressing an inaugural function of a school here, he said Tripura University has been upgraded into a Central University.
“Under its ambitious plan, the state government has set up a 240-seat Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) and ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) in each block and sub-division.”
According to the chief minister, the state government has decided to set up three more professional colleges — dental, ayurvedic and homeopathic — under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The Ayurvedic college will be established at Udaipur, the homeopathic college at Kailasahar in northern Tripura and the dental college in Agartala.
“Besides, one each of agricultural, veterinary and fishery colleges are functioning in the state.”
Sarkar said: “Private institutions are also being encouraged to supplement government efforts for setting up higher educational institutions in this northeastern state.”
“Students from neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, are attracted with this increasing number of educational institutions in the bordering state,” he stated.
Addressing the function, state Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said that when the state became a full-fledged state in 1972, the literacy rate was 31 percent while now it had risen to 90 percent.
“Within the next one year, Tripura would achieve 100 percent literacy,” Chakraborty said, adding that the Left Front government has been spending more than 20 percent of its total annual budget in the education sector, while the central government’s funding in this sector was less than 10 percent.
Tripura will set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Bodhjungnagar, one of the northeastern region’s biggest industrial zones, a state official said.
“State-owned ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation), NEEPCO (Northeastern Electric Power Corporation) and six private industrial houses from West Bengal have expressed willingness to be a partner of the Tripura IIIT,” said higher education department secretary Kishore Ambuly.
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Journalism graduates specialising in law, literature, political science and history would get an opportunity to work as interns in the press wing of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
A press release from Rashtrapati Bhawan said that interested candidates may send their application in the prescribed format available on http://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or to the deputy press secretary, press section, Rashtrapati Bhawan, latest by Dec 26.
Scanned copies of signed applications may also be sent to email@example.com or by fax at 011-23010252.
Chandigarh, Dec 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana Saturday as the chief guest for its golden jubilee convocation.
The convocation will be attended by Punjuab Governor and university chancellor Shivraj Patil, state Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari.
The chancellor will confer the degrees of doctor of science (honoris causa) on Manmohan Singh and Prakash Singh Badal. The prime minister will also speak on agriculture.
Security has been beefed up in Ludhiana and a special cavalcade of vehicles, including a BMW 7-series, in which Manmohan Singh would travel, have reached the city. Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos have been deployed in the city.
This will be the second high-profile visit to the university campus in the last 10 days.
President Pranab Mukherjee visited the campus Nov 27 and addressed the faculty and students. He had said a rethink was needed on agriculture to ensure food security of the country.
PAU is known for pioneering work in agriculture, especially wheat and paddy crops, to herald the Green Revolution in 1960s to make the country self-sufficient in the production of food grains.
Patna, Dec 7 (IANS) The Patna High Court Friday cancelled the appointment of six vice chancellors (VCs) and four pro-vice chancellors (Pro-VCs) of seven universities in Bihar over alleged illegalities in their appointments.
The court gave the order while hearing a public interest litigation that alleged illegalities in the appointments made by Devanand Konwar, the Bihar governor and chancellor of the universities, without consulting the state government, a government official said.
The official said the court cancelled appointments of Patna University vice chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh, B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University vice chancellor Bimal Kumar, Jay Prakash University vice chancellor Ram Binod Singh, B.N. Mandal University vice chancellor Arun Kumar, Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University vice chancellor Arvind Kumar Pandey and Maulana Majharul Haque Arabic and Persian University vice chancellor Samshu Zoha.
It also cancelled the appointments of pro-vice chancellors of B.N. Mandal University, Patna University, Veer Kuer Singh University and Maulana Majharul Haque Arabic and Persian University.
Earlier, the accountant general indicted Devanand Konwar in his capacity as chancellor of universities for appointments of the six vice chancellors and four pro-vice chancellors without consultations with the government.
The accountant general, in a report, said the governor or his secretariat held no consultations with the government as prescribed under rule 10(2) of the Bihar State University Act, 1976, before going ahead with “irregular” appointment of the six vice chancellors.
Appointment of the six vice chancellors was also not in inconsonance with University Grants Commission Regulations 2010 and provisions incorporated in the respective universities act through amendment as no search committee was constituted nor any panel of the names recommended, the report said.
Panaji, Dec 5 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday that he would love to do a doctorate in Physics if life gives him another opportunity.
“If I was given an opportunity again in my life to select a course probably I would select a Ph.D. in Physics,” Parrikar said.
Parrikar, who is India’s first IIT-educated chief minister, was speaking at the fag end of INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research), a programme organised by the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography to popularise science in the state.
The chief minister said that India needed nationwide awakening to revitalise the manner in which professional education is conducted.Parrikar, a graduate in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai and a self-confessed lover of science, also said that quality education in basic sciences was imperative for India.
“There is a need for the nation to create a pool of talent in pure sciences,” said Parrikar, who’s is also Goa’s education minister.
Kolkata, Dec 5 (IANS) The opposition Left Front Wednesday charged the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal with vitiating the educational environment and distorting the learning system in the state.
“The environment in schools and colleges for the last one-and-half years is not at all conducive for education. Fear psychosis has gripped parents sending their children to schools as they are worried over the vitiated atmosphere there,” state Left Front chairman Biman Bose said at an event of teachers’ associations here.
“During the Left Front’s rule the government had tried to maintain a healthy environment at educational institutions, from universities to schools, and was successful. In the current dispensation the atmosphere is again getting vitiated,” Bose said at a rally organised by the All Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association.
For the past few months, the state saw incidents when a group of students attacked a college and its principal, while another college principal fainted during a siege by student unions.
Bose also accused Mamata Banerjee’s government of emulating the Congress-led UPA government’s policy to privatise the education sector.
“UPA-II government is taking several steps to privatise the education sector, from varsities to schools. And the Trinamool Congress government here is also trying to privatise the sector in the state,” he added.
Haridwar, Dec 5 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will visit this Hindu holy town Sunday to attend the convocation of the Dev Sanskriti university.
According to the university, the president will award degrees to 1,370 students and honour 32 with gold medals. He would confer doctorate degrees on 77 researchers.
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna will be present on the occasion, said pro vice chancellor Chinmay Pandya.
The Haridwar-based university was established in 2002 with a view to impart progressive education with a special thrust on moral and cultural values of the Vedas, Pandya said.
The university has memorandums of understanding with seven countries to impart Vedic education.
Shimla, Dec 4 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court has partly stayed its own judgment which asked the state to phase out the teachers appointed under the HP Primary Assistant Teacher Scheme of 2003, said a statement Tuesday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol said action for phasing out the primary assistant teachers, as decided by a single judge, would be deferred for the time being, said the high court statement.
However, the court directed the government not to regularise any unqualified primary assistant teachers as junior basic teacher (JBT).
The court directed the state’s education secretary and the director, elementary education to clarify that how many vacancies were available in the state since 2009 in JBT and how many vacancies have been filled.