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Many bridges to cross for children in Krishnagiri

In the village of Mundrampatti, in Krishnagiri district, a couple of 17-year-olds are preparing to lobby their village panchayat leader. When I meet them it’s almost 8 pm on a Wednesday and the two teens are consulting with the trainers from the Child Friendly Village project of the district administration and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). N Priya and R Renugopal want their panchayat leader to take up on an urgent footing the need to improve bus services to their village.

Priya has just completed her class XII but has dropped out of higher education. From her village – a couple of kilometres from the state Highway at Mittapally – Priya will have to travel either to Krishnagiri or to Thiruvannamalai. Daughter of agricultural workers, Priya says her parents cannot afford to admit her to private colleges nearby. But with just two bus services, one each early morning and late evening – Priya cannot attend the affordable government colleges either at Hosur, Krishnagiri or Thiruvannamalai. Read More >>

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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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Salem region emerging as hub of professional education in State

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Despite recession blues, the Salem region consisting of Namakkal and other districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, is emerging as the hub of professional education in Tamil Nadu with a host of new engineering and arts and science colleges being added to the existing list.

A couple of years ago, Salem district had 39 higher education institutions such as engineering colleges, arts and science and polytechnic colleges, besides Government Medical College, Government Engineering College, private-managed Vinayaka Mission University and Salem Periyar University.

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The State’s higher education department also runs four Government Arts Colleges.

But for the last two years, the list has grown to 55 with the opening of 10 new engineering colleges, two arts and science colleges, three management institutes and a polytechnic college, besides a constituent college of Periyar University in Mettur.

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An ‘educational’ experience

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I come from a tiny village called Irudayakulam in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from Chennai. I studied in three different schools – St Xavier’s Middle School, Sacred Heart Middle School, Irudayakulam, and St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Vikiramasingapuram. I completed my Bachelor’s in English Literature from St John’s College, Palayamkottai, Bachelor’s in education from St Xavier’s College of Education and Master’s in English Literature from Manonmanium Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

For two years, I worked for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging at Trichy and I was a member of an organisation called Brothers of the Sacred Heart in India. I came to Belgium in September 2003 to do a Master’s in Educational Studies at Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (KUL), one of the top universities in Belgium. The main reason was that the tuition fee was affordable in Belgium as compared to the US, which was the other option that I was considering.

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New steps to take modern education to villages

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Divya is an engineering graduate from one of the most prestigious institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and is all set to embark on what will be a successful career in the aerospace industry.

Yet, however, she believes her transition period from college to work can be put to better use than being spent holidaying, watching films and catching up with friends. A chance glance at a newspaper advertisement led her to check on an offer that she thinks will bring immense meaning to an otherwise-chartered career: an offer to take modern education to Tamil Nadu’s remotest villages.

Divya is not alone in this quest, and teams up with Anoop, a graduate from Hindustan College of Engineering.

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TN announces school education schemes worth Rs 862.30 crore

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Tamil Nadu Government today announced a series of measures proposed to be implemented at a cost of Rs862.30 crore on school education front during 2009-10. Replying to demands of school education in the assembly, minister for School Education, Thangam Thennarasu, said, ” The cost will incur important activities such as civil works, grants, enrolling out-of-school children, inclusive education for the disabled, in-service training, innovative activities and community training,” “Enhancing Kasthurba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme would also be included in this proposal,” he added.

He said 66,896 out-of-school children would be enrolled and mainstreamed through various interventions such as residential and non-residential bridge courses, summer camps and special residential bridge courses. He also informed that around 1.18 lakh disabled children would be covered under inclusive education for disabled scheme. “Assistive devices will be supplied to 19,477 chidren. As many as 45,495 teachers and special teachers will be trained,” he added.

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