Over 125 English teachers of Delhi University have criticized the statement made by right wing teachers’ group, the National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF), over the English syllabus. The NDTF, in a statement issued last week, had said they “fully support” the changes made to the English syllabus of the fifth semester BA honours course of the university.
The group, which is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, had also demanded that the DU administration “scan” all other syllabi of the English Department in order to remove similar “demeaning” references. In their statement, they had also said that “Leftists” spread “false propaganda that many Dalit writers have been removed”. DU’s Oversight Committee (OC) had removed the works of two Dalit authors, Bama and Sukhirtharani, as well as renowned author Mahasweta Devi’s short story ”Draupadi” from the English syllabus.
“The statement in the most unspecific, unsubstantiated way accuses the entire team of syllabus makers as being driven by the ideology and politics of ‘Leftists’. We would like to point out that after our General Body Meeting, there had been an open call for the creation of committees and each and every teacher who expressed an interest was welcomed and included,” the statement by English teachers read.
The Odisha government has decided to construct the extension buildings of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) with an investment of around Rs 15-crore in Ganjam district in order to accommodate more girl students in the hostels,. Currently, 17 KGBVs are functioning in different blocks of the district and each hostel is accommodating 100 girl students of Class 6 to 8.
The government has sanctioned the construction of the extension buildings of each hostel to accommodate 100 more girl students of Class 9 and 10, said the district project coordinator of Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) Binita Senapati. The cost of each extension building was around Rs one crore, she said. “We have already floated a tender for construction of extension buildings of 15 out of 17 KGBVs in the district”, she said. The new hostel buildings are expected to be completed in a year.
Form the next academic session, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will start a new undergraduate programme — Bachelor of Design (BDes). The BDes programme will be offered by the Institute’s Department of Design. The four-year programme will have 20 seats to start with and will be open to students of all specializations (Science, Arts, Commerce etc.). Students will be admitted based on UCEED (Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design) ranks. The registration for the UCEED examination has begun at uceed.iitb.ac.in.
Speaking of the new programme launched by the Institute, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi said, “We are delighted about starting off this new Bachelor’s programme in design as this is the first time IIT Delhi would be admitting undergraduate students (BDes) from other than Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. We expect that the students who graduate with a B. Des. degree from IIT Delhi would take up leadership positions in industry, academia, government, consulting, and entrepreneurship over a period of time.”
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur is offering scholarships to 300 students from the Perambalur constituency. SRMIST’s Founder Chancellor and Perambalur Constituency Member of Parliament, Dr TR Paarivendhar announced the scholarship. Students from the Perambalur Lok Sabha segment, who wish to pursue Engineering and Technology, Science and Humanities, Agricultural Sciences, Management, Health Sciences, Hotel Management, etc. can apply. Applicants from economically weaker sections will be selected based on their performance in their respective board examinations.
“For the last two years, SRMIST had given free education to 600 students. This year too I will keep up my election promise and provide free education to 300 students from my constituency,” the minister said. These 300 students from economically weaker sections in the Perambalur constituency would be given free education at the SRM group of institutions. This scheme will only cover full tuition fees and be renewed on basis of academic performance. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, hostel facilities will not be provided.
After being postponed twice, the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Main 2021 is now expected to be announced on engineering day – September 15. While there is anticipation about the result scores among candidates there is also a demand for a ‘fair’ result and not a ‘fast’ result. A large section of students has taken to Twitter demanding a careful reevaluation of the scores, especially those who have seen a sudden rise in the score.
The demand has come in the light of the CBI investigation which reveals that at least one exam centre was compromised in the engineering entrance test. As per the investigation, a private firm allegedly took exam on behalf of students remotely. The aspirants took to Twitter to demand a re-evaluation of the exam. They have been posting the same on the social media platform using the hashtags #JEEMainScam and #scaminjee2021. Students pointed that several students spend years preparing for the engineering entrance but due to the scam, their hard work is getting wasted.
The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is not a fair or equitable method of admission since it favoured the rich and elite sections of society, the preamble of the Bill to override NEET, which was passed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday said. Admissions to medical courses are traceable to entry 25 of List III, Schedule VII of the Constitution and therefore the state is competent to regulate the same, the Statement of Objects and Reasons (SoOAR) of the Bill said speaking on the TN legislature’s competence to legislate on this subject. Students from affluent sections go abroad for higher studies after MBBS and the number of doctors serving in the state is declining, it said.
Quoting a high level committee led by Justice A K Rajan, a retired judge of the Madras High Court, the preamble said, the panel, on making a detailed study concluded that if NEET continued for a few more years, the health care system of Tamil Nadu would be very badly affected and there may not be enough doctors for postings in Primary Health Centres or state-run hospitals and that the rural and urban poor may not be able to join the medical courses. The Bill, which was introduced in the House based on the panel’s report, recommended that “the state government may undertake immediate steps to eliminate NEET from being used in admission to medical programmes at all levels by following the required legal and or legislative procedures.” From the report of the committee, it became apparent that “the NEET is not a fair or equitable method of admission since it favours the rich and elite section of the society.” Also, the standard of medical education is no way diluted or affected merely by dispensing with the common entrance examination, the preamble said.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) of India won the prestigious UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2021 for ‘enabling education of persons with disabilities through technology-enabled inclusive learning materials, with a specific focus on Indian Sign language-based content’ in an award function organized at UNESCO’s New Delhi office on July 10, 2021.
On behalf of NIOS, Professor Saroj Sharma, Chairperson of NIOS received the international Literacy prize and thanked UNESCO for recognizing the efforts and innovations of NIOS in the field of education and literacy.
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes focuses on a specific theme each year. This year, the spotlight was on inclusive distance and digital literacy learning.
The Director and Representative of UNESCO, Eric Falt, appreciated the initiative and commitment of NIOS towards learners with disabilities, acknowledging the programme’s unique feature of meeting learners’ unique educational and language needs by developing learning materials in Indian sign language.