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A moment to trust the teacher

A moment to trust the teacher By, Krishna Kumar is a former Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Introduction A public examination in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic is hard to imagine. That is what the government of Tamil Nadu has decided. It will conduct the Grade X board examination from June 15. Special arrangements made by Tamil Nadu government: # These include sparse seating to meet the medical requirement of physical di

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Context Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank  interacted with Heads of more than 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions across the country today through Webinar hosted by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru. The Minister addressed and Interacted with a Galaxy of Academicians comprising participation from Vice Chancellors / Registrars / Professors / IQAC heads / Principal

Online Yoga Quiz Competition

Online Yoga Quiz Competition Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has undertaken multi-dimensional initiatives to promote integration of Yoga in school curriculum. NCERT has developed textual materials on Yoga for Healthy Living for Upper Primary to Secondary Stages and also has been organising Yoga Olympiad since 2016. Due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic, it is difficult to organise Yoga Olympiad this

The pandemic imposes a steep learning curve (Online Education)

The pandemic imposes a steep learning curve Sujin Babu is a research scholar in the Department of History, Madras Christian College, Chennai. Ram Ramaswamy is Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT-Delhi. The views expressed are personal Flaws in Online education # Across the world, education has been drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most instruction has moved online; across the country, schools, colleges, universities and research establishments have been shut w

Streaming for reading

Streaming for reading By, Brij Kothari is on the faculty of IIM-Ahmedabad and the founder of PlanetRead Revolutionary potential # A national implementation of SLS (Same Language Subtitling) on existing general entertainment content (GEC) on TV and streaming platforms, also known as Over-The-Top (OTT), would revolutionise reading literacy in India, in addition to having massive national impact in two other domains, that of media access among Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) people and of l

Invisible loads, arbitrary deletions

Invisible loads, arbitrary deletions shubashree.desikan@thehindu.co.in Context * The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced a reduction in the curriculum for the year 2020-2021 for Classes IX to XII. * This is a measure they have adopted in view of the reduced number of class hours available this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. * The CBSE circular says that the move has been finalised by the respective Course Committees with the approval of the Curriculum C

Nurturing citizens in social studies

Nurturing citizens in social studies By, Hamid Ansari is the former Vice-President of India, 2007-2017 Context - The decision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to exclude certain subjects from the list of topics of study in the social science curriculum for Classes 9 to 12 with the objective of reducing by 30% the “load” while retaining “core concepts”. - The stated rationale of the move is the disruption caused by COVID-19 to the academic

University examination guidelines that score low

University examination guidelines that score low By, Faizan Mustafa is Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law. Sughosh Joshi is a student at NALSAR. The views expressed are personal Context -   The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) guidelines of July 6, 2020 on conducting final-year examinations for university students have created a storm. -   Delhi University students have termed the decision arbitrary and discriminatory, and have challenged it in

Transforming higher education

Transforming higher education Context: - The article evaluates the condition of higher education in India and suggests possible reforms for the higher educational sector in India. - The requirement for social distancing during the pandemic has led to educational institutes remaining closed despite the phased unlocking in India. There has been a sense of heightened anxiousness and urgency to find solutions to tide over the pandemic-induced crisis in the education sector. - Much of the

An education policy that is sweeping in its vision

An education policy that is sweeping in its vision By, Bhaskar Ramamurthi is Director, IIT Madras Context The National Education Policy 2020 is the fourth major policy initiative in education since Independence. Sweeping in vision Based on two committee reports and extensive nationwide consultations, NEP 2020 is sweeping in its vision and seeks to address the entire gamut of education from preschool to doctoral studies, and from professional degrees to vocational training

Privatisation via graded autonomy

Privatisation via graded autonomy By, Maya John is an Assistant Professor at Delhi University Context The Indian Cabinet approved the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, despite vehement opposition to several of its provisions that were earlier circulated as a draft policy document. Concerns Among these provisions is the phasing out of the system of affiliated colleges and the grant of greater autonomy in academic, administrative and financial matters to premium college

Technology as an enabler

Technology as an enabler Context: The integration of technology in the teaching-learning process for enhancing teaching-learning outcomes is an important policy prescription of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The NEP emphasises the vital linkage between education and technology. An autonomous body called National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) will be entrusted with the task of advising institutions on the use of technology, capacity building, providing directions for

Re-imagining education in an India at 100

Re-imagining education in an India at 100 Context: In the backdrop of the recently announced National Education Policy (NEP), the article discusses critical design principles for the transformation of the educational sector in India. Aspects of autonomy in the NEP 2020: Greater autonomy for the educational institutes would entail greater leeway for the institutes in terms of regulations imposed by regulators like (UGC and AICTE) in these following four key dimensions:


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