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23,000 schools in India don’t have roofs

When education reforms are said to be a primary focus of the central government, a HRD ministry document has revealed that nearly 23,000 government schools are running under an open sky.

To be precise, 22,762 schools including 7,827 run by local bodies have no building, while 1,757 others across the country are running from tents.

Students in Madhya Pradesh are the worst sufferers as more than 4,400 schools are running in the open. While 3,424 schools in Bihar are functioning under similar conditions, the same is the fate of over 2,200 schools in Uttar Pradesh.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are some of the states where no school is functioning in such pitiable conditions. However, in Tamil Nadu 300 schools are running in tents, the highest figure among states.

The HRD ministry also said that there are over 8,13,000 government schools in the country of which 6,61,117 havepucca brick and mortar buildings. At least 97,479 schools are partly pucca and over 30,000 schools have kuccha buildings.

“Under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, grant for major repair was given to 6,483 elementary schools during 2008-09,” the ministry document said.

Source:  Hindustan Times


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Panel endorses law to check malpractices in education

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Despite repeated request by Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal to state ministers to speak on reforms being proposed by the Centre, ministers on Monday mostly raised trivial bilateral issues. Only ministers from West Bengal, Orissa, Kerala and Meghalaya spoke on the reforms being proposed by the Centre.

Therefore, when Sibal read out issues on which there was consensus, the ministers said nothing. An objection by the West Bengal minister about accreditation of colleges has been noted in the CABE resolution. Educationist Vinod Raina’s intervention that a CABE committee be formed to look into the policy for IT in schools was included in the resolution.

CABE approved ministry’s proposal for an autonomous overarching authority for higher education and research. A task force constituted to follow up on the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research would consult states. The advisory panel also endorsed the need for a law to prevent, prohibit and punish malpractices in higher education.

The proposal for brain gain policy was also approved and so was the policy on educational tribunals.

CABE endorsed the proposal to establish a Central Madrassa Board but felt there should be a greater representation of academics, especially women, and should ensure that non-theological education would be overseen by the Board.

Source: Times of India

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Medical Council of India moves to benefit State students

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The Medical Council of India’s (MCI) plan to hold a common entrance test for all the medical colleges in the country will benefit students from Kerala in that they will get access to national-level institutions.

According to Babu Sebastian, director, State Institute of Educational Technology, such a test would give Kerala students entry to top-level national medical colleges that offer quality medical education. It would also improve the quality of future medical personnel as only those with real aptitude for a medical career would enter the profession.

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