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India Education News, 30th Dec - 5th Jan 2014

by Vivek Singh | Dec 23, 2013

1. CBSE body to monitor Goa's Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation system

Dec 31. PANAJI: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is set to rope in the Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) Centre for Assessment, Evaluation and Research to monitor Goa's Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system in Class IX and X, once it is implemented in the new academic year.
The report of a Goa Board committee is pending the state government's approval for extension of the CCE system of assessment in Class IX and X.

2. Indian kids spend too much time at school?

Dec 31. MUMBAI: The average eighth grader in India spends a cumulative 130 hours more in school in an academic year than his or her peers in an OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country, reveals an analysis of global data. In other words, Indian secondary students pack in nearly 21 days of six-hour classes more than those in advanced countries.
The issue of ideal school hours is being heatedly debated ever since the Maharashtra government held up the Right to Education Act mandating that schools needed to adhere to certain minimum hours of instruction time. The act requires students from first to fifth grade to spend 200 days involving 800 instructional hours in school and those from sixth to eighth standard to receive 1,000 instructional hours over 220 days.

3. Engineering dean contradicts self in 'bogus' degrees case

Jan 1. NAGPUR: A day after the Board of Examinations (BoE) of Nagpur University gave clean chit to 'bogus' degrees to be awarded during 100th convocation, one of its members took a contrasting stand, NU officials disclosed.

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Engineering dean Ravindra Kshirsagar was the signatory to chancellor nominee Sanjay Khadakkar panel's report which concluded that it was not possible to assure that the internal/sessional marks dispatched by chairmen and secretaries of the 250 banned colleges were granted by NU approved contributory/ad hoc faculty.

4. Most government schools have lost credibility: Manish Sisodia

Jan 3. The newly-appointed education minister, Manish Sisodia, has the unenviable task of 'fixing' Delhi's education systems-lower and higher, public and private. Just a week into the job, he has met both sets of officials for status updates, set some targets and is reviewing other areas. He discusses existing provisions and roadmaps for the future with TOI. Of all the portfolios you are handling, why is education priority?
We're addressing social and governance problems. Without strengthening education, you can't do anything. What we are engaged in now is like flood relief-emergency. The ultimate solutions can come only from education. It's the government's priority.

5. IIT Kharagpur creates record, more than 1,000 students get jobs

KOLKATA: Kharagpur has set a record among all IITs with more than a thousand of its students securing cushy jobs in the first phase of campus placements, officials said today.
Around 1,010 students of the Kharagpur campus accepted job offers in the first round of placements which ended in December.
At IIT Mumbai, there were 900 offers while IIT Delhi got about 750 offers and IIT Kanpur had around 700 offers.

6. Formula on CBSE papers

NEW DELHI: 2014 brings good news for those who are bad at learning by rote. Central Board of Secondary Education is planning to load papers with all the formulas required to answer the questions.
The board is planning question paper reforms in order to make these more application-based in a bid to discourage rote learning.

7. IIT- Kanpur Successfully Organized Conference on Mathematical Modelling

A conference on Computer Simulating with Applications and Mathematical Modeling was organized by the IIT-Kanpur at its campus on 31 December 2013, with the support of Indian Society of Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (ISMMACS).
General Secretary of ISMMACS, PrawalSinhagreeted the guests and the conference was commenced by Ganesh and SaraswatiVandana.
The IIT-Kanpur Director,Indranil Manna who was also the chief guest at the event spoke about the utility of the mathematical modelling and picked details.

8. Unaided Private Schools to File Petition in HC

All the representations and meetings seeking amendment in the nursery admission guidelines framed and issued on the order of the lieutenant governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, on 18 December 2013 have failed to settle the matter. Now, a private, unaided school body is setting off to take the matter back to the court.
On 3 December the plea in high court will be filed and HC will be asked to stay the disputed order of the lieutenant governor of December 18, 2013 informed the S. K. Bhattacharya, President of Action Committee for Unaided Recognized Private Schools. This committee is an umbrella body to which most school associations belong to.

9. New Year Brought Promotion to 1500 Lecturers in J & K

The New Year 2014 has turned out to be a harbinger for the lecturers in Jammu & Kashmir as more than 1500 lecturers would get promotion to the post of senior lecturers by the Jammu and Kashmir education ministry, revealed the officials of state education ministry on 1 January 2014.
The department of School education offered promotion to total of 1,512 lecturers belonging to several disciplines, which after promotion became senior lecturers from the New Year 2014, informed the state education ministry officials.

10. Country's Technical Graduates Not 'Industry - Ready'

Union HRD minister Pallam Raju while inaugurating the new regional office of All India Council for Technical Education in Kerala on 30 December spoke that the quality of technical education must be upgraded all over the country and students must receive practical and skill training to be prepared to serve the requirements of the industries.
On the inaugural event, Pallam Raju added that though the numbers of engineering students passing each year are fairly enough, yet major chunk of those graduates do not possess 'industry-ready' skills, that are much needed to meet the demands expected by the industries and their employees. Furthermore, he spoke that the technical education sector in India is growing and developing and is one of the largest technical education sectors of the globe, yet 'the quality factor in students skills is missing'.

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