“It is generally accepted that schools have to collect fees commensurate to the service provided to students. Sports fee, library fee, culture fee, examination fee and others as per the calculation appropriate to the actual provisions to students have to be collected at the time of admission. However, there is great disparity of fees among the private institutions. The private school fees, in the capital city of Delhi, are governed by the Delhi Education Act and the concerned education department. However, in Manipur the school fees are supposedly charged at their own discretion. Moreover, it is doubtful whether the annual audited statements of accounts of the private schools which are due to be submitted to state education department are genuine, transparent and sincerely framed by the management. Hence, it may be assumed that non-transparency of fee structure and financial accounts in private schools has helped increase the monetary demands by pressure groups from the schools.”
Education has been highly commercialized in Manipur. Both the government agencies and the private school owners have neglected the true vision and inherent social service mission of education. Besides undermining qualitative elements in recruiting teachers, government is negligent even in the simplest task of providing text books both in time and without mistakes. Meanwhile, in the absence of government’s care and supervision in all aspects of education, the private schools are monopolizing education and turning schools into industries. Hence, it is high time for the government to adopt and implement a concrete, up-dated and suitable education policy of the state.
Text books fiasco surfaces every academic session. In principle, the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has to act as the nodal agency for preparing text books, as is done in other states of India. However, since the SCERT in Manipur is in lack of due academic creativity and since it is kept as a simple government department, the works of text book production are to be supposedly assigned to the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur. Meanwhile, obviously the Board awards the printing works to incompetent firms, thereby delaying the books production process. No doubt, there are a lot of competent firms in the state that can implement the works in time. These firms But the authorities do not allot works to them. Favoritism and corruption in the government sector have devalued their service. It is very embarrassing on the part of the state education department that the true vision and mission of education have been jeopardized due to corruption.
The Education in the state has now become a big industry. A number of private schools have emerged here and there, because of lack of qualitative teaching in government institutions. Private schools have their good sides too, as they teach subjects out of BOSEM-prescribed pattern, taking into account the needs of the grooming students. In fact, the endeavour of adding subjects like computer science, moral science and general knowledge in school curriculum of beginners out of BOSEM prescription is encouraging. Although the private schools are supposedly superior to the lots of government schools in respect of producing better and excellent students, most private schools have their inherent commercial vision thereby jeopardizing overall quality maintenance.
Private schools in Manipur are not governed by any government established rules and supervised by public authority. In matters of recruitment, service extension, termination and salary fixation for teachers, most of the private school management authorities exercise monopoly. In regard to collection of fees, there is no regularity at all. Most private institutions charge student fees at their own discretion without any basis. It is generally accepted that schools have to collect fees commensurate to the service provided to students. Sports fee, library fee, culture fee, examination fee and others as per the calculation appropriate to the actual provisions to students have to be collected at the time of admission. However, there is great disparity of fees among the private institutions. The private school fees, in the capital city of Delhi, are governed by the Delhi Education Act and the concerned education department. However, in Manipur the school fees are supposedly charged at their own discretion. Moreover, it is doubtful whether the annual audited statements of accounts of the private schools which are due to be submitted to state education department are genuine, transparent and sincerely framed by the management. Hence, it may be assumed that non-transparency of fee structure and financial accounts in private schools has helped increase the monetary demands by pressure groups from the schools.
Education in the state may be termed as purely tuition-oriented. No student is on the top ranks without private tuitions. There have emerged lots of private tutors to serve the guardians’ wishes and also to make up the inadequacy in schools. Private tuition has also been institutionalized and private tutors are paid in four digit amounts. Advertisements for private tuition centres have flooded local newspapers. The premises of reputed tutors are over-crowded with two-wheelers and four-wheelers of guardians right from early morning. Guardians do not hesitate to pay hefty thousands of rupees per course for different subjects. It has become a convention that a student seeks private tuition for all subjects – mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, arts subjects, English, Manipuri, Hindi and what not.
Earlier, private tuition was required for a few weak students and on selected subjects. Nowadays, almost all students are sent to private tuition, if the parents are affordable. One of the important features of present day school education in Manipur, besides tuition, is the bulk home tasks given to students. Guardians are made to engage most of their time, money and energy for their wards. It is, on one side, encouraging and applauded in many circles that such trend of parent-involvement is beneficial to both the guardians and the wards. However, economically and socially, we can not expect good academic outcome and dynamic personality among these students, as most of their available time are devoted to learning. Physical movements, interacting, social activities, recreation etc. are also important components for moulding good career. For the poor parents who can not afford such expenses, the private tuition is a big curse. Many poor students are desperate and demoralized.
Quality education can be brought about by a long term process with sincere involvement of students, parents, teachers, government and private administrators. At present, the use of unfair means in examination is almost successfully controlled and prevented. It is a positive outcome in the process of bringing in quality education. Thanks to certain groups for their noble initiative. However, we can not be complacent only in streamlining examination conduct. Teaching process, right from nursery stage, needs to be monitored as a long term policy.
The Manipur Education Code adopted in 1985 has become obsolete and is not suitable to the changed educational spectrum of this state. The lack of a suitable, coherent and up-to-date education policy is responsible for increasing immorality and criminality in the society. It has led to rampant corruption and nepotism in education sector. There is no control of education system and the private education institutes are rampaging at their own free will with sky rocketing fees and exploiting the unemployed educated youth with paltry salaries. There are no specific eligibility criteria for recruitment in teaching post and their commensurate service conditions. It is a deliberate policy of poisoning the younger generation and a systematic way of suppressing the poor and children of remote areas. All private schools and educational institutions need to be brought under control and the government has to fix their School fees, Admission fees, and the salaries of teachers’ etc and pay tax to the government as well. The SCERT is required to be upgraded and assigned academic exercises, by putting academic and intellectual personalities as its operators. As for instance, it is imperative to have a reputed academician as the Director of the SCERT. The students’ bodies, teachers associations, school management committees, guardians’ associations etc. need to understand the changing educational scenario of the state and push forward towards having a state education policy for grooming the future pillars of the nation.
(The writer is a free lance columnist)
Seram Neken Source: Hueiyen News Service
Bhopal: The World Bank will give Rs.250 crore assistance to Madhya Pradesh for improving higher education in the state, an official said on Friday.
World Bank has given its in-principle consent in this regard.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the functioning of the higher education department and instructed officials to complete construction of additional buildings of colleges within the scheduled time. He said action for removing encroachments from government college land should be taken on priority.
Chouhan also told his officers to give special attention to employment-oriented training programmes for youth. IANS
Beijing: The Chinese government has granted over 4.70 billion yuan (about $750 million) as compensation to secondary vocational schools for tuition fees exemptions which they offered to students.
Since 2009, students from poor families studying at secondary vocational schools and students studying agriculture-related subjects in such schools have been exempted from paying tuition fees.
The funds will be offered to secondary vocational or technical schools that have accepted students from poor families or students studying agriculture-related subjects without charging tuition,” the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday.
Approximately four million students have enjoyed tuition fees exemptions in China‘s secondary vocational schools, the ministry says. IANS
New Delhi: A law course aspirant from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category has been allowed admission to the Delhi University by the Delhi High Court, which quashed its earlier order telling her to compete with general category candidates.
The court order, made available on Saturday, came on a petition by Salma Khan, who applied for admission to first year of LL.B. course in the 2011-12 academic year.
Petitioner Salma Khan, through her counsel Sitab Ali Chaudhary, appealed before the division bench against an order of a single judge bench which earlier disposed off her petition with the direction that the university would allow her to participate in the special counseling for the vacant seats but as a general category candidate.
Allowing Salma Khan’s appeal, a bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: “We are unable to uphold the judgment directing the appellant belonging to the reserved category to compete with the unreserved category and which is contrary to the principles of reservation.”
On Oct 3, Justice Kailash Gambhir said: “Courts have consistently held that every endeavour by the university and all other institutions should be made to fill all the seats as wastage of seats is not only at the cost of the public exchequer but at the cost of depriving a number of aspiring students struggling to get admission…”
Justice Gambhir directed the university to convert 50 OBC category seats, which were vacant since the completion of the admission process, into general category seats.
The division bench said: “As far as the apprehension expressed by the counsel for the university of the order in favour of the petitioner opening the floodgates is concerned, we find that no other candidate has filed the petition as the appellant had filed before the said 50 OBC seats were directed to be converted (into general category seats) and filled up.”
“What has prevailed with us is that the Salma Khan had shown expediency and, as such, we are of the view that the order of admission of the Salma Khan would not enable any other candidate to claim parity with her,” the bench said.
“We allow the appeal and direct the university to admit Salma Khan to the LL.B. first year course,” the court said.
Counsel for Salma Khan said: “She will take admission in the coming week.”
Chaudhary said the university did not give her admission against the vacant 50 seats, despite her qualifying in the entrance test.
Justice Gambhir passed the order on a plea by a group of students seeking direction to the university to convert the vacant OBC category seats into general category seats. IANS
A Vaidyanathan, Updated: November 03, 2011 18:40 IST
New Delhi: Two lakh students are likely to need reassurance that their interests will be looked after now that their universities are on the verge of being de-recognised.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that 44 deemed or private universities which have been under scrutiny have failed to meet the government’s standards. 14 of them are in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry. They were first faulted by the Tandon Committee, which submitted its report to the government in October 2009. The committee was formed to evaluate infrastructure, faculty and other basics at the hundreds of deemed universities that have multiplied across the country, due to the lack of quality educational institutions.
The Tandon Committee had found that many of these colleges were being run as “family fiefdoms”. The government accepted this report, leading to huge protests by students in Tamil Nadu.
In January this year, the universities in question asked the Supreme Court to grant them more time to battle the Centre’s complaints against them. The government then set up a panel of experts to review the findings of the Tandon Committee. The universities have once again been found wanting.
It’s now upto the Supreme Court to decide what happens next. The case will be heard on November 22. In the past, the court has promised that students will not be penalised. In fact, the government said that their degrees would be valid, because they would be affiliated to state universities.
Deemed universities are entitled to autonomy in deciding their fees, syllabus and other matters. Many deemed universities are run by politicians and get the prized “deemed” status based on political connections rather than merit.
Read more at: NDTV
Date of Issue: September 29, 2011
Date of Issue: September 23, 2011
November 01, 2011
New Delhi: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), has approved the Annual Plan Proposal of Uttar Pradesh (2011 – 2012) with a total outlay of Rs.537 crores under which 449 new schools will be setup.
The existing 233 secondary schools will also be strengthened, which includes building additional classrooms, laboratory, Library, Laboratory
Equipment, water facility and toilet blocks.
The MHRD has also approved a total outlay of Rs.567.5 lakhs as School Grants for 1135 Government Schools and a provision of Rs.100.5 lakhs for the repair of existing 402 Government Schools.
“Capacity Building of existing teachers, principals and new teachers which includes Induction Training of 2288 teachers of 318 schools approved in 2010-11, In-service Training of 26258 Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English teachers and Leadership Training of 600 principals has been approved with an earmarked amount of Rs.462.96 lakh”, the MHRD said in a statement here.
Training of 18160 School Management and Development Committee (SMDC) Members has also been approved at an amount of Rs.108.96 lakh.
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November 01, 2011
New Delhi: The gates opened yesterday, queues started forming and the race has now begun! The race to the hallowed corridors of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), through one of the most popular entrance examinations in the country, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – IIT JEE 2012 begun on October 31, 2011 with the application forms out on sale.
Day 1 of the Online Application Process for IIT JEE
2012 saw 3,800 applicants registering themselves for the examination, to be conducted on April 8, 2012 across the country.
About 7,000 in 15 IITs are up for grabs through IIT JEE 2012, which has two modes of registration. The online mode will be active on the IIT JEE website from October 31, 2011 to December 10, 2011 and the offline mode, i.e. physical sale of application forms, will be from November 11, 2011 to December 5, 2011.
The last date for receipt of completed application forms (offline or printed copy of the Online Form) is December 15, 2011.
GB Reddy, Chairman, JEE Office said, “About 3,800 students have completed their application process on Day One. While many others have registered and not paid their application fees, their process is considered complete only when the fees is paid”.
IIT JEE 2012 will also work on a different method of qualification marks in which candidates will have to score at least 10% marks in all the three subjects and a minimum aggregate of 35% to make it to the common rank list.
A separate rank list will also be prepared for OBC and SC/ST candidates, with OBCs getting a relaxation of 10% in the minimum marks required to crack JEE 2012. Some more changes to the JEE format include allowing a candidate to circle their answers in the answer sheet using a pen instead of pencil.
The answer keys for IIT JEE 2012 will be published online at least three weeks after the examination.
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PTI | Nov 1, 2011, 11.35AM IST
NEW YORK: The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and Noida-based Amity University are among 15 institutions worldwide that have submitted bids to the city of New York to set up a science and engineering campus here under a plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drive local economic growth and create jobs.
The city received seven proposals from a total of 17 institutions.
Name of the institute selected to set up the engineering and applied sciences campus would be announced in January after an extensive selection process that will choose a project which generates the greatest benefit to the city and its taxpayers, Bloomberg said in a news conference here.
The winner of the ‘Applied Sciences NYC’ initiative will get incentives like free city land and as much as USD 100 million in capital for the project.
The consortium is proposing to set up a centre for urban science and research in downtown Brooklyn for more than 500 graduate students.
Amity University has submitted a proposal to set up a campus in Governor’s Island near here.
The other institutes that responded to the Applied Sciences ‘Request for Proposals’ include Steiner Studios, Columbia University, Cornell University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, New York Genome Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Rockefeller University, SUNY Stony Brook and Stanford University.
“Universities are always a major magnet for talent – and the world’s most dynamic companies always gravitate to places where they can find the best and the brightest,” Bloomberg said.
“Along with everything we are doing to diversify and strengthen our economy, a new applied sciences campus has the potential to be a real economic game changer that will create jobs immediately, and for generations,” he added.
Bloomberg had in July this year invited proposals from universities, institutions and consortiums to develop and operate a “new or expanded state-of-the-art” campus in the city dedicated to engineering and the applied sciences.
The proposals submitted contain plans for new facilities ranging from 400,000 square feet to over two million square feet.
The institutions propose private investments of more than $800 million in the first phases of their projects and this could be increased to $2.5 billion over the long-term.
Read More: indiatimes.com
Published On: 29 Oct 2011
Sri Krishnadevaraya University has declared the results of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) I Year Examination conducted in 2011.
Sri Krishnadevaraya University M.B.A I Year Results 2011
Sri Krishnadevaraya University declared the results of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) I Year Examination on October 28, 2011. Candidates can view their results on the Sri Krishnadevaraya University Official website:
About Sri Krishnadevaraya University:
Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantpur was founded in 1968. Initially, Sri Krishndevaraya University functioned as a unitary residential University. It was conferred the status of an affiliating University in the year 1987. Presently, it is catering to the higher educational needs of the revenue districts of Anantapur and Kurnool. The Post Graduate centre at Kurnool was brought under the jurisdiction of the University in the year 1993. In a short span of two decades of its existence, Sri Krishnadevaraya University gained recognition as a centre of academic excellence, as it is accorded a four star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
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