With a decline in the COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, the state government on Monday permitted the reopening of schools for students of classes 1 to 5 from October 25 by strictly adhering to precautions and guidelines against the coronavirus. The government has also announced certain relaxations for international arrivals at airports while allowing certain activities like opening swimming pools with certain conditions.
An order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said “Class from 1st to 5th standards permitted to re-open from October 25, 2021, by strictly adhering to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education. Parental consent letter for physical classes is mandatory,”
It has laid down certain rules such as screening for COVID-19 symptoms on entry, 50 per cent of the capacity in a classroom, provision of hand sanitizers, physical distancing of a minimum of one metre as practically feasible, no crowding, particularly at school entry and exit, and disinfecting classrooms and restrooms daily using 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solution. Only teachers and staff who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be allowed in classes 1 to 5, it said. There shall be additional use of face shield by teachers who are over 50 years of age. “The operational guidelines on re-opening of classes I to 5 will be issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education,” it added.
The CBSE is inviting college and university students to renew their applications for the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship (CSSS). Students who are availing the benefits of the scholarship can renew it on the official scholarship website-scholarships.gov.in by November 30.
Fresh applicants can also apply for the scholarship till November 30. New applications are only accepted from students of the following state and central school boards: Assam, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland, Telangana, Maharashtra, CISCE, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Punjab, Tripura Meghalaya, Kerala and Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, CBSE, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Other state applicants, will be required to wait until further notice.
A student from a slum in a southern Odisha town has cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) this year and has secured the 367th rank in the Economical Weaker Section (EWS) category making the 18-year-old eligible for a seat in one of the IITs in the country. In the general category, the student, P Manoj Kumar’s position is 3,899, according to the JEE(A) result declared on October 15. Though Manoj, who is a resident of a slum at Prem Nagar, belongs to the other backward class category, he does not have a certificate as his family has no land right. He was helped by a private institute in the town, which provided him coaching free of cost for the last two years. It has also assured him of the much needed financial help for his admission to an IIT.
Manoj’s father Nagaraju said his son had been a student of the nearby government-run primary and high schools and had been good in academics throughout. “I am an electrician and earn on a daily basis by attending to calls from various residences for my services. Despite severe financial constraints, I always gave priority to my son’s education” he said.
Manoj’s mother had purchased an android phone for him in a monthly instalment scheme so that his online classes are not affected when the coaching center closed due to the pandemic situation. “The dues of the phone are yet to be cleared” Nagaraju said. When asked about his inspiration, Manoj pointed to his father and thanked the teachers of the coaching institute for helping him.
The CBSE date sheet 2022 for the term 1 board exam of Classes 10 and 12 are expected today. Meanwhile CBSE has tweeted an alert for a fake CBSE date sheet doing the rounds on WhatsApp and social media. Students and teachers and requested not to pay attention to the fake date sheet. The actual CBSE Term 1 date sheet for board exam 2022 is yet to be released. The tweet by the CBSE read “It has come to the notice of CBSE that a fake date sheet is being circulated on social media for the forthcoming term 1 exams in Nov 2021, to confuse students of class X and XII”, adding that “It is clarified that the board has not released any official notification in this regard till now”.
CBSE is conducting a two-term board exam from 2021-2022 onwards. Term 1 will be held in November-December while Term 2 will be held in March-April 2022. While Term 1 will be MCQ-based, Term 2 will have both subjective and objective questions.
The Union Education Ministry wants to start the implementation of a 4-year undergraduate course (FYUP) in all the universities of the country, especially in the central universities. While the UGC is in discussion with the universities, the Education Ministry has also asked the vice-chancellors of all central universities to plan the implementation of FYUP. The Education Ministry wants that the discussion should now begin on 3- and 4-year graduation and another 2-year PG in all 45 central universities of the country so that the process of implementation gets started.
The Ministry has said that this course is different from the 4-year graduation course introduced last time in 2013. This time, many central universities will be allowed to run their regular 3-year graduation programs. At the same time, this new system can also be implemented. Along with this, the option of multiple entry and exit will also be available for the students.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that this time under the new education policy, there is a 3-year degree course, a 4-year degree course in alternative, and similarly, the degree course in post-graduation is of 2 years and 1 year.