Citing behavioural changes in young children and loss of foundational learning, parents in Bengaluru have demanded to reopen pre-schools. They have started an online petition pleading their case and asking authorities to consider reopening pre-schools to ensure the holistic development of the future generations.
The prolonged school closures are adversely impacting kids, not only academically but also mentally. Parents claim to have noticed behavioural issues and stress in their children. Kids are showing increased levels of anxiety, depression, and self-harm since the onset of the pandemic. In their petition, parents claim, “many pre-school children have not started school because parents see no point in bringing 3-year olds to online classes, while a very large number of children do not even have access to online devices. Little children need to run around, be free, meet their friends and have access to regular, structured learning in order to grow and develop into the citizens we hope they will be tomorrow”.
Pune school students barred from attending classes over non-payment of fees; Education minister warns of action
Students at a school in Pune who have either paid partial or no fee for this academic year were asked to return from the gates of the school. On Monday, education minister, Varsha Gaikwad through her Twitter account said that the matter will be looked into. “A detailed report of the matter will be seen. Appropriate action will be taken in this regard,” she tweeted.
Sharing the details of the incident, a parent from the school said that around 60 students from the school were asked to return home as they failed to pay the full fee. “There were teachers present at the school gate with a list of students who had paid partial or no fee. And students who had not cleared their dues were not allowed to enter the school premises,” said the parent. Meanwhile, parents from another private school in the city approached the education department on Monday, as students were denied online education after parents were unable to pay full fees.
“Despite fee reduction orders by the state government, there has been no relief for parents. Students are struggling as their online education has been stopped by schools. Education department should take some action against such schools,” said another parent.
A total of 845 children who were orphaned during the pandemic have been approved as eligible for benefits under the PM-CARES for Children scheme till now, said a senior official on Wednesday. Of the 3,915 applications received for support under the scheme, applications of 845 children have been approved. The ministry has come out with guidelines for the scheme in which responsibilities at all the levels have been fixed. Ministry of Women and Child Development shall be the nodal Ministry for execution of the scheme at the central level.
The official said that currently, a monthly stipend of Rs 2000 is being given which would be increased to Rs 4,000. “Once the cabinet decision is taken that will be revised. Between the Centre and states, apart from this corpus of 10 lakh there is additional funding available for these children,” the official said. According to the guidelines, the lump sum amount will be transferred directly in the post office account of beneficiaries upon opening and validation of the account of the beneficiaries. A pro-rata amount will be credited upfront in the account of each identified beneficiary such that the corpus for each beneficiary becomes Rs. 10 lakh at the time of attaining 18 years of age.
With Delhi University colleges witnessing a large number of admissions of students from the Kerala state board, the university has issued guidelines on inclusion of subjects from other state boards equivalent to ones taught under the CBSE in the calculation of cut-off marks. There is an equivalence committee which decides which subjects from state boards would be similar to CBSE subjects and their inclusion while calculating the cut-off score – the average of best-of-four marks. “If the committee says that a subject is not equivalent, it cannot be included in Best of Four,” said Rajeev Gupta, Chairman, Admissions at the university. Citing an example, Gupta said that CBSE has started Applied Mathematics as a subject to help students who are not well-versed with Mathematics, which means it is easier than Mathematics. “CBSE has also written that students of Applied Mathematics will not be eligible for Physics (Honours), Chemistry (Honours) and Mathematics (Honours). The Equivalence Committee considered it and found that the Applied Mathematics cannot be considered for Economics (Honours) since the course requires a difficult level of Mathematics but it can be considered for B.Com (Honours),” he said.
The committee considers factors like theory and practical component, syllabus, etc. while deciding on the equivalence. For instance, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has a subject titled Mathematics and Statistics, which according to the guidelines will be considered equivalent to CBSE Mathematics, while Nagaland Board of School Education’s Fundamentals of Business Mathematics will also be considered as the equivalent of Mathematics in CBSE.
In a relief to the plethora of young doctors pursuing higher specialisation courses, the Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that in the interest of students, it has decided to implement changes in the pattern of the NEET-Super Speciality (NEET-SS) examination from the academic year 2022-23. The government indicated that it may defer the examination for the academic year 2021-22 by a couple of months as they have to start the process all over again. The top court was hearing a batch of pleas of 41 post-graduate doctors and others who had challenged the last-minute changes made to the syllabus after the notification was issued on July 23 for the test to be held on November 13 and 14.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath, and BV Nagarathna recorded the submission of Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati and disposed of a batch of pleas of students who have challenged the Centre’s decision to implement changes in the examination pattern of NEET-Super Speciality from this year. Ms Bhati said, “In the interest of the students, who have prepared in line with the old scheme, the government in consultation with the two expert bodies (National Medical Commission and National Board of Examination) has decided that this revised scheme of NEET-SS will be implemented from 2022”.
IISc, IIT Indore, DU & Several Indian Colleges make it to the World University Rankings By Subject 2022 List
The result of Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 by Subject has been announced for Computer Science and Engineering. United Kingdom’s University of Oxford has bagged the top position for Computer Science, while Harvard University of United States tops on the list of institutes offering Engineering degree. Several Indian universities and institutions have made it to the list of THE Rankings by Subject 2022. India’s Indian Institute of Science, placed in Rank 81, is the only institution in the top 100 in the Computer Science category. In The Rankings by Subject 2022, for Computer Science, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore has been placed at 201-250 Rank while Thapar University, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), and VIT University have ranked in the 301-400 category. Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Osmania University and Punjab University are placed in the 501-600 ranks, University of Mumbai has been placed in the 601-800 bracket and Andhra University, University of Calcutta, Cochin University of Science and Technology and Pondicherry Universty have bagged 801+ ranks. Beyond 100, THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022 does not assign individual ranks but places institutions in brackets instead.
Attracting foreign students has always been a challenge for Indian institutes as the country does not figure among the top global destinations for study. To overcome this, some of the centres of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have introduced supernumerary seats in many of the courses. Recently, IIM Kozhikode announced 50 supernumerary seats for international students in three full-time MBA programmes. Shubhasis Dey, Dean (Programmes and International Relations), IIM-K said “Our classrooms have become more gender diverse in the past few years with students from various educational backgrounds. We are now targeting foreign nationals to improve cultural diversity. From rural Bihar to metro cities, students from all walks of life join the institute. But, most of the world’s current and future problems are global, which require global mindsets to devise solutions. We have also linked up with Study in India programme and reoriented the entire admission policy.”
Students wanting to join these programmes at IIM-K will not have to toil to clear CAT. Candidates with a graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline along with valid CAT/GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores will be able to apply. Dey believes that these students can bring multiple partnerships and collaboration opportunities to the institute. “The first phase of the admissions concluded on September 15 and only less than 10 foreign candidates applied for the supernumerary seats. The path is uphill; it may take a few years for the scenario to change,” he says.
In an attempt to ensure access to menstrual hygiene for adolescent girls and young women, the Andhra Pradesh government has launched a program under which branded sanitary napkins will be provided free of cost to girl students of government educational institutions.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday launched the ‘Swechha’ program to tackle the stigma attached to menstruation, prioritize female personal hygiene, and encourage a healthy dialogue of information. “One should not shy away from talking about menstruation.
We need to create more awareness among female students and educate them on safe practices,” the Chief Minister said. Under the initiative, the state government will provide quality branded sanitary napkins to female students at government educational institutions, free of cost.
Ten sanitary napkins will be given every month to about 10 lakh adolescent girls studying from 7-12 grades in all government schools and intermediate colleges across the state at a financial outlay of Rs 32 crore. A total of 120 napkins per year is allotted to every female student. Even during summer vacations, the students will be supplied with their quota before they leave school.