The Kerala government has formed an exclusive panel to revise the criteria for granting financial assistance packages to special schools where children with intellectual disabilities studied. The decision was taken at a meeting of the managements of special schools convened by General Education Minister V Sivankutty on Wednesday. The five-member panel will be chaired by Additional Director (Public Instructions) Shinemon. While Joint Secretary (public instructions), Jayashree would be the convenor, SCERT Director R K Jayaprakash and two others would be the other panelists, as said by an official statement.
Changes, in accordance with time, would be made in the existing criteria related to various grades under which financial assistance is provided to the special schools, it said. In addition to higher officials of the department, the members of outfits like Association for Intellectually Disabled and Parents Association for Intellectually Disabled and representatives of teachers and non-teaching staff in the sector also participated in the meeting.
Delhi govt partners with Burlington English India to improve English language skills of students & teachers
The Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Burlington English, a leading global provider of English language learning solutions. Under this partnership, students will be given support to develop global competencies in the English language, thereby making them confident and future-ready.
The programme called “Innovation in Immunication” (Innovation in Communication) will focus on strengthening the schools’ efforts to develop an immersive English language learning environment by also building the capacity of the respective school teachers through digital and offline interventions. It is in line with the Delhi government’s vision to help students develop 21st century skills.
Ratnesh Jha, Chief Executive Officer, The Burlington Group of Companies, said, “It is a proud moment for us to be associated with the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi. Acquiring global competency in the English language is a necessity in today’s fast-paced world, and we believe that such a programme will deepen our commitment to providing the effective educational platform that every child deserves. At Burlington, we are committed to helping learners with the best-in-class content, delivered through the latest technologies, to ensure that the students are well prepared to become global citizens.”
As a part of this partnership, over200 students will get all-round support for developing English language communication, which will be powered by deep technology. A wide range of learning options will be provided to students of Classes 1-12 in other Delhi government schools as well, that are still not affiliated to DBSE.
In its Centenary Year, Delhi University is going to launch a unique scheme called the Competence Enhancement Scheme (CES) to fulfill the objectives of the NEP. This scheme received approval at the academic council meeting of the university on August 3, 2022. The scheme will be launched early next year (2023) as a part of the Centenary celebrations of the university. The ‘Competition Enhancement Scheme’ gives an opportunity to individuals from different fields to study at DU to enhance their knowledge and understanding of any subject being taught at Delhi University. It will also provide an opportunity for the students of other universities/institutions to study some of the DU courses. The scheme is open for courses being run at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
According to DU Vice Chancellor Professor Yogesh Singh, the purpose of this scheme is to increase efficiency of individuals by providing them with new information. He said that under this scheme, entrepreneurs will be able to increase their business by acquiring new skills/technology.
The Common University Entrance Test, CUET 2022 phase 2 exams have been postponed in Kerala due to heavy rainfall in the state. The National Testing Agency, on Wednesday released an official notice regarding the postponement of the exam.
Fresh dates for the concerned candidates will be announced later on the NTA website. Candidates are advised to check the NTA website(s) www.nta.ac.in and cuet.samarth.ac.in for the latest updates regarding the exam.
Parliament committee recommends reconsidering spending on ads under ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme
A parliamentary standing committee has recommended that the government should reconsider spending on advertisements under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme, and focus on planned expenditure allocation for sectoral interventions in education and health instead. The panel noted that out of a total of Rs. 446.72 crore released during 2016-2019 for the government’s flagship scheme, 78.91 percent was spent only on media advocacy. The Sixth Report of the Committee on Empowerment of Women (2021-22) on the action taken on the subject “Empowerment of Women through Education with Special Reference to ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Scheme” was presented in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The panel said over the last six years, through focused advocacy BBBP has been able to capture the attention of political leadership and national consciousness towards valuing the girl child. “Now, it is time to focus on other verticals by making ample financial provisions to help achieve measurable outcomes related to education and health envisaged under the scheme,” it said. Terming it as one of the most important schemes of the government to improve child sex ratio in backward regions and ensure the education of the girl children, the committee recommended that the government should, hereafter, reconsider spending on advertisements under the scheme and focus on planned expenditure allocation for sectoral interventions in education and health. The committee said according to the scheme’s guidelines, regular or quarterly meetings are to be conducted to review the progress at the district level.
The Union health ministry has issued draft guidelines, proposing annual health check-ups, a creche facility and work hours not exceeding 40 in a week, among other measures, to improve the working conditions of nurses in all healthcare institutions. It has also recommended that all healthcare establishments may, as far as possible, provide accommodation to their nursing staff within or near their premises. The draft guidelines have been released on the ministry’s website for comments from the public and the stakeholders within 30 days from the date of issuance. The document stated that the WHO Global Strategy on “Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030” calls for upholding “the personal, employment and professional rights of the health workforce, including safe and decent working environments and freedom from all kinds of discrimination, coercion and violence”. Conducive working conditions would enhance patient care and contribute significantly to the overall healthcare outcomes. A safe and healthy work environment for nurses is imperative in order to envision quality nursing care.
According to the draft guidelines, all healthcare establishments have to ensure adequate infrastructure and well-equipped work stations in all units or wards to enable efficient functioning of the nursing staff. It also makes it mandatory for all healthcare establishments to have separate washrooms and changing rooms for the nursing staff and should identify designated resting rooms for nurses working for a prolonged duration.
The Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM Rohtak) is inviting applications for its two-year Executive Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management 2022-24. IIM Rohtak is the first amongst all IIMs to have PG Diploma Programme in Sports Management. The institute invites online applications for admission to the fifth batch of two-year specialized program in Sports Management for experienced professionals, sports enthusiasts, and sports administrators.
“This programme is for industrious participants interested in working in the sports, entertainment, and related industries. Graduates of the programme will be equipped to understand the legal, regulatory, operational, financial, and branding concepts in the sports industry, nationally and globally,” the institute said.
Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent overall grade point average will be eligible to apply for the programme. Work experience in a relevant field would be an added advantage.
Interested candidates can register online on the official website, iimrohtak.ac.in, and submit a non-refundable application fee of Rs 1,000. The last date to apply online for the programme is August 10, 2022.
Law graduates who stay out of law practice for more than five years and wish to return to advocacy will be required to clear the All India Bar Examination, said the Bar Council of India to the Supreme Court. An affidavit filed in the top court stated “If a person remains in service having no connection/relationship with legal or judicial matters, then in that case, such candidate shall be required to clear the AIBE again if he/she decides to get his/her license to practice revived after remaining in the job for more than five years from the date of the publication of his/her result of AIBE.”
The apex court in April had said that a person engaged in other professions can be allowed to provisionally enroll with a bar council but has to clear the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) and upon clearing the test, will get six months to decide whether he or she would like to be an advocate or continue with the other job. The top court had said that the Bar Council of India (BCI) will have to consider whether a fresh AIBE examination needs to be conducted for those who seek to return to advocacy after getting their license suspended to take up other jobs, as they would have lost touch with the legal profession.