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Unutilised Budgetary Funds in Education-Right to Education

Unutilised Budgetary Funds in Education The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development’s (HRD) report on the 2020-2021 demand for grants for school education submitted to the Rajya Sabha. Details: Budget allocations and expenditure: The Standing Committee has expressed concerns over the fact that the budgetary allocations have observed a 27% cut over the budgetary proposals made by the School Education Department. For

09 March, 2020

“Unnayan: Mera Mobile, Mera Vidyalaya” 

“Unnayan: Mera Mobile, Mera Vidyalaya”  Recently, the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) has launched a mobile application and plans to book a slot with the All India Radio (AIR) for the audio broadcast of study materials for government school students. The mobile application named “Unnayan: Mera Mobile, Mera Vidyalaya” has been launched for Class VI to XII of over 70,000 government-run schools. The app has been jointly de

14 April, 2020

Alternative Academic Calendar for classes 6 to 8

Alternative Academic Calendar for classes 6 to 8 Part of: GS-II- Education (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Human Resource Development Minister released Alternative Academic Calendar for the upper primary stage, Classes 6 to 8 in New Delhi. The alternative academic calendars at primary and upper primary stage have been developed by the NCERT under the guidance of the MHRD to engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19. Imp Points This Calendar provides guide

24 April, 2020 Economic Issues

UGC to suggest academic calendar

UGC to suggest academic calender Part of: GS-III- Education (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Panels set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) have submitted recommendations on the revised academic calendar and suggestions for holding examinations at a time when the country is under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission’s members are likely to discuss the recommendations via video-conferencing and issue advisory guidelines for institutions of higher education

26 April, 2020 Economic Issues

Digital Learning Resources

Context: The Class Central (a free online course aka MOOC aggregator from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc.) has released the list of best 30 online courses of 2019 out of which 6 courses are from SWAYAM. ICT in Education: About SWAYAM SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active–Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. The

28 April, 2020 Economic Issues

ITI makes low-cost aerosol box, face shields-Vocational Education in India

ITI makes low-cost aerosol box, face shields-Vocational Education in India The government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Odisha’s Berhampur has prepared low-cost ‘aerosol box’ and ‘face shields’ for the medical staff involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. At the request of the Ganjam district administration, ITI-Berhampur successfully created cost-effective ‘aerosol box’ and ‘face shields’. The market price of an &l

28 April, 2020 Economic Issues

National Test Abhyas

National Test Abhyas Context Union Human Resource Development Minister launched a AI-powered mobile app called the ‘National Test Abhyas'. About National Test Abhyas The App has been developed by NTA to enable candidates to take mock tests for upcoming exams such as JEE Main, NEET under the NTA’s purview. The app has been launched to facilitate candidates’ access to high quality mock tests in the safety and comfort of their homes since there was a demand

20 May, 2020

Swayam Prabha

Swayam Prabha The Swayam Prabha is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite. The channels cover higher education, school education and assist the students (class 11th & 12th) prepare for competitive exams. The contents are provided by IITs, UGC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS. Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), an autonomous Inter-University Centre (IUC) of UGC maintains the web portal. IN

20 May, 2020 Economic Issues

Operation Digital board

Operation Digital board The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) recently passed a resolution to take steps towards Operation Digital Board. The idea of Operation Digital Board is aimed at providing better digital education in all schools. These steps will be on the lines of Operation Blackboard of 1987, which was started with the purpose of providing minimum basic facilities to all primary schools. This will offer new opportunities and ways of teaching and learning in schools. CABE

28 May, 2020 Economic Issues

National Institutional Ranking Framework

National Institutional Ranking Framework The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched in 2015. This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology involves various parameters for ranking universities and institutions such as Teaching, Learning and Resources. Research and Professional Practices. Graduation Outcomes. Outreach and Inclusivity. Perception.

31 May, 2020 Economic Issues

CBSE to release reduced syllabus in a month

CBSE to release reduced syllabus in a month Part of: GS-III- Education  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The aim is to adapt to a shorter academic session and the loss of classroom time The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will release a cut-down syllabus within a month to adapt to a shorter academic session and the loss of classroom time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja.  “There will definitely have to be some rationali

07 June, 2020 Governance

Digital Gender Atlas

Digital Gender Atlas Digital Gender Atlas has been developed to identify the low performing geographic pockets for girls, on specific gender related education indicators. The Pockets are particularly from marginalized groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslim minorities. The Atlas is placed on the MHRD website and available and ready to use by States/Districts/Blocks education administrators. The Atlas is designed around the two broad areas of performance of girls'

11 June, 2020 Economic Issues

YUKTI 2.0

YUKTI 2.0 About YUKTI 1.0 Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” has launched a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) . It’s a unique portal and dashboard  to monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of MHRD. The portal intends to cover the different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a very holistic and comprehensive way. In the wake of COVID-19 threat, our primary aim is to keep o

24 June, 2020 Economic Issues

The problem of being over-reliant on one revenue stream

The problem of being over-reliant on one revenue stream By, Karthik Manickam is a Research Scholar at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University working on Higher Education Financing and the Privatisation of Universities Context * The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s regulations regarding student visas have thrown U.S.-based international students into turmoil. * The regulation adds a new dimension to the pandemic-riddled academic yea

10 July, 2020 Economic Issues

NISHTHA Programme

NISHTHA Programme GS-Ppaper-3 Education Recently, the National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) programme has been launched for the first time in online mode in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Imp Points Initially, the NISHTHA programme was launched in 2019 through face-to-face mode to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level in the country. Covid-19 pandemic situation and lockdown h

19 July, 2020 Economic Issues

ASPIRE Portal for Automotive Industry

ASPIRE Portal for Automotive Industry GS-PAPER-3 Economy (PT-MAINS) The International Centre of Automotive Technology (ICAT) is developing a technology platform for the automotive industry called ASPIRE - Automotive Solutions Portal for Industry, Research and Education. The Portal is expected to help in developing a strong and self-reliant automotive industry in India which is in tune with the vision of Make in India and Atmanirbhar 

20 July, 2020 Economic Issues

A long road: On National Education Policy 2020

A long road: On National Education Policy 2020 Context The National Education Policy 2020 announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development sets for itself the goal of transforming the system to meet the needs of 21st Century India. NEO,2020 In a federal system, any educational reform can be implemented only with support from the States, and the Centre has the giant task of building a consensus on the many ambitious plans. The policy, inter alia, aims to eliminate p

31 July, 2020

India Report on Digital Education, 2020

India Report on Digital Education, 2020 GS-paper-3 Education (Mains) Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched India Report on Digital Education, 2020. Recently the MHRD has been renamed as the Ministry of Education. The Report: It has been prepared by the digital education division of MHRD in consultation with education departments of the states and union territories. It elaborates the innovative methods adopted by the

31 July, 2020 Governance

NEP drops Mandarin from language list

NEP drops Mandarin from language list Context The National Education Policy (NEP) has dropped Mandarin (Chinese) from its list of foreign languages that can be taught in schools. News The language was included in the draft policy released in May 2019, but is missing from the final document approved by the Cabinet. However, Higher Education Secretary has pointed that Schools are free to offer other languages. The plan for teaching Mandarin in Indian schools and Hindi langu

02 August, 2020

A policy with many a right intention

A policy with many a right intention Context: The approval of the new National Education Policy by the Union Cabinet. News: A majority of the path-breaking proposals submitted by the K. Kasturirangan Committee, in the 2019 draft National Education Policy, have been approved while a few important proposals that figured in the draft have been ignored in the final policy. The article notes that the National Education Policy, 2020 though has several innovative and bold proposal

03 August, 2020

Books, not bullets in J&K

Books, not bullets in J&K By, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is Union Minister for Education, Government of India Context The most adversely affected during the periods of proxy war in J&K among all sections of society have been the children and youth of the region. Young minds which were supposed to be aspirational, educated, skilled and equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century were instead initiated into violence, terrorism, indoctrination and anti-nat

06 August, 2020

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 GS-PAPER-3 Education reforms (Mains) Recently, the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (soon to be called the Ministry of Education). The policy is aimed at transforming the Indian education system to meet the needs of the 21st Century. The new policy seeks rectification of poor literacy and numeracy outcomes associated with primary schools, reduction in dropout levels in mi

05 August, 2020 Economic Issues

Can the NEP aid access to universal education?

Can the NEP aid access to universal education? By, Anita Rampal, is a former Dean, Faculty of Education at Delhi University; Leena Chandran Wadia was a senior consultant in the Kasturirangan Committee Context The new National Education Policy (NEP), approved by the Union Cabinet last week, seeks to align itself with the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all in the next 20 years. The policy has brought into its ambit children in

07 August, 2020

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India to systematically rank all the major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties. More than quantity, ARIIA focuses on quality of innovations and tries to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and interna

21 August, 2020 Economic Issues

Digital India is not prepared for digital education

Digital India is not prepared for digital education Context Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the education sector is in crisis at the moment. Educational institutes are closed and most probably, they will remain closed through 2020 due to an increasing number of Covid-19 cases. This could even extend to 2021. In this situation online education has come to the rescue of the cause of education. However there are several challenges of online education and the same needs to be fixed.

03 September, 2020

How good is the New National Education Policy 2020?

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 Education and National Education Policy 2020 is important for UPSC Mains Paper II and Paper III. New Education Policy is highly important for Mains and Essay Writing for IAS Mains Examination. Recently, the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (soon to be called the Ministry of Education). The policy is aimed at transforming the Indian education system to meet the needs of the 21st Ce

22 December, 2020 Economic Issues

Monash case study: Foreign universities in India

Monash case study: Foreign universities in India One of the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020 was to allow universities in the top 100 category of the World University Rankings to operate in India. Although this recommendation has generated a lot of discussion, one major gap is the inadequate focus on the potential role and suitability of international branch campuses (IBC) in the Indian environment. An IBC is an entity owned, partly by a foreign higher education provid

22 December, 2020 Economic Issues

Coding for children

Coding for children GS Paper III - Education (PT-Mains)  Education is one of the most important topics of UPSC Examination 2021. Every year in Prelims, Mains and Essay Education is being asked. Hence it is one of the highly important topics. The New Education Policy allows students to choose coding from class 6th onwards. What is Coding? Computers have their own language called programming language which tells them what to do. Coding is the process of using a programm

25 December, 2020 Economic Issues

NEET Examination, merging with JEE (Mains)

Ease the exam pressure About NEET: The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is the qualifying test for MBBS and BDS programmes in Indian medical and dental colleges. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The NEET exam is conducted online and in 11 languages — English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Marathi, Urdu Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, and Assamese. The duration of the examination is three hours and a candi

28 December, 2020 Economic Issues

T. S. R. Subramanian Committee Report on Education

T. S. R. Subramanian Committee Report on Education The T.S.R. Subramanian committee was entrusted with preparing a new education policy for India. The major recommendations are An Indian Education Service (IES) should be established as an all India service with officers being on permanent settlement to the state governments but with the cadre controlling authority vesting with the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry. The outlay on education should be raised to at least 6% of GDP

03 January, 2021 Economic Issues

Education Reforms

Education Reforms Context: UPSC Mains GS III Education (Prelims Mains Interview) The Directorate of Education has issued a circular asking schools to follow the new ‘School Bag Policy, 2020’ released by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). According to the circular, schoolteachers should inform the students in advance about the books and notebooks to be brought to school on a particular day and frequently check their bags to ensure that they a

05 January, 2021 Economic Issues

Status of Education in India during COVID-19

Status of Education in India during COVID-19 On January 24, we celebrated the third edition of the International Day of Education, a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to honour education and its value to humanity and sustainable development. Our theme for 2021, ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’, places an emphasis on the way the pandemic has negatively affected learning outcomes for students globally and how we should innovate

25 January, 2021 Economic Issues

Too many IITs, unrealistic expectations

Too many IITs, unrealistic expectations Without question, the Indian Institutes of Technology, or the IITs, are the crown jewels of Indian higher education. They are world-renowned for the quality of their graduates and for their academic programmes in a range of fields in technology and engineering — and in the past decade, in research and innovation through research parks as well. They are among the few Indian higher education institutions that do reasonably well in the globa

20 February, 2021 Economic Issues

Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) - Danger of sinking into mediocrity

Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) - Danger of sinking into mediocrity Introduction The Indian Institutes of Technology, or the IITs are world-renowned for the quality of their graduates and for their academic programmes in a range of fields in technology and engineering — and in the past decade, in research and innovation through research parks as well. They are among the few Indian higher education institutions that do reasonably well in the global rankings. Expansio

20 February, 2021 Governance

Draft UGC Regulations

Draft UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programmes) Regulations, 2021 was put for public review. It may effectively implement the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) aspect of National Education Policy, 2020. Joint Degree programme - The curriculum shall be designed jointly by the collaborating Indian and foreign HEIs. The degree shall be awarded by both the institutions with a single Cert

05 March, 2021 Governance

Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF)-Revival of Indian Past (A boon or a bane)

Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF)-Revival of Indian Past (A boon or a bane) Introduction The latest policy document on undergraduate education presents an incomplete and ill-judged view Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) The University Grants Commission (UGC) document on Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF), 2021 for undergraduate education in history begins with the declaration: “History, as we all know, is a vital sour

30 March, 2021 Governance

IITs- How to promote quality education

IITs- How to promote quality education Introduction Excellence in education depends on the quality of mentorship; not on the size or location of campuses. To improve, faculties should be made bigger, and recruitment yardsticks should focus on quality and not quantity. Core functions The core functions of an engineering school are to: guide students along as they inquire and discover their interests in science and engineering; engage students with the interactions betw

31 March, 2021 Governance

AICTE's “Lilavati Awards” 2020

Union Minister of Education has presented the AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020 on women empowerment to the winners. About Lilavati Awards: Lilavati Award is an initiative of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It aims to recognise efforts by AICTE-approved institutions to treat women with equality and fairness. The award has got its name after the 12th-century book called “Lilavati”. The Mathematician Bhaskara II wrote this book. Objective: To create awar

13 April, 2021 Governance

HRD Minister inaugurates TechEx

04 August, 2019 Education

NISHTHA Initiative

22 August, 2019 Education

‘Paramarsh’ Scheme

18 July, 2019 Education

NEAT Scheme

21 September, 2019 Education

SEQI

30 September, 2019 Education

Shala Darpan Portal

07 November, 2019 Education

Future Skills

21 December, 2019 Education

Children’s Science Congress (CSC)

04 January, 2020 Education

#StayHomeIndiaWithBooks initiative

25 March, 2020 Education

SWAYAM PORTAL

28 March, 2020 Education

Corona Studies Series

29 March, 2020 Education

Online Teaching-Learning Process

05 April, 2020 Education

Toppers Video
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