Missing School, Missing Meals

Source: Times of India Relevance: Covid-19 and its impact on the education sector Synopsis: The education sector in India is under pressure from pandemic-related issues, as identified by a parliamentary committee on Education. Let’s have a brief look at issues in the education sector of India. Context: Recently, the Parliamentary committee on education prepared a… Continue reading Missing School, Missing Meals

Geological Survey of India Mobile App

Source: PIB What is the News? Geological Survey of India (GSI) has decided to upgrade its mobile application to add new features as part of its efforts to create more awareness about its activities among the public. About GSI App: GSI Mobile app was launched in 2020. The app is divided into various sections where… Continue reading Geological Survey of India Mobile App

Back to basics

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Focus on inclusive and quality education. Synopsis: It is important for India to work on ways to strengthen foundational education for children Impact of the pandemic on children’s education Pandemic & lockdowns have had a serious impact on the education system. There have been: Cases of alarming drop-out rates from school Migration… Continue reading Back to basics

Atal Innovation Mission in collaboration with Dassault Systemes launch Student Entrepreneurship Program 3.0

Source: PIB What is the News? Atal Innovation Mission(AIM),NITI Aayog in collaboration with Dassault Systemes  has launched the third series of the ‘Student Entrepreneurship Program’ (SEP 3.0)  About Student Entrepreneurship Program(SEP 3.0): Launched by: Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) in collaboration with Dassault Systemes Target Group: Young Innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). Aim: To push school… Continue reading Atal Innovation Mission in collaboration with Dassault Systemes launch Student Entrepreneurship Program 3.0

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launches TAPAS

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has launched an online portal named TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services). About TAPAS Portal: Developed by: National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. What is it? It is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform… Continue reading Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launches TAPAS

Medical Educational regulation 2021: Building Consent

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Concerns of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on draft Postgraduate Medical Educational regulation 2021 & demand of withdrawing that bill Synopsis: According to the new regulation, there shall be common Counseling for admission to all medical educational institutions including Post Graduate “Broad Specialty courses” on the basis of merit list of “National… Continue reading Medical Educational regulation 2021: Building Consent

RTE Act exemptions hurting minority kids, says NCPCR study

Source: TOI What is the News? National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has released a report titled  “Impact of Exemption under Article 15 (5) with regards to Article 21A of the Constitution of India on Education of Children in Minority Communities”. Objective: to assess the impact of exemption of minority educational institutions from… Continue reading RTE Act exemptions hurting minority kids, says NCPCR study

Centre ropes in NCAER to help expand vocational education in CBSE schools

Source: Livemint What is the News: Even as the national skill mission failed to expand vocational education in schools, the Union education ministry has recently tied up with the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) will help CBSE schools to expand vocational education & to make skilling… Continue reading Centre ropes in NCAER to help expand vocational education in CBSE schools

The many hurdles for students

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the challenges faced by Indian students abroad and provides suggestions. Synopsis: Indian students studying overseas and those looking to go abroad face many COVID-related challenges Indian students in abroad: Students from China and India accounted for 47% of all active foreign students in the U.S. in 2020 Indian students… Continue reading The many hurdles for students

India’s schoolchildren need their childhood back

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the need to reopen schools and recommendations to open them. Synopsis: India needs to stop asking whether schools are safe and start acknowledging that in-person school is essential Introduction: Malls, bars, restaurants, and some offices are open, but schools have been closed for 16 months and counting. But schools… Continue reading India’s schoolchildren need their childhood back

Why are government schools not the first choice?

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the challenges faced by government schools and suggest remedies to them. Synopsis Improving the infrastructure of government schools will make them more attractive. Introduction Recently, The Patna High Court has recently asked for data on how many IAS and IPS officers have enrolled their wards in government schools. Advantages… Continue reading Why are government schools not the first choice?

A language ladder for an education roadblock

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the advantages, challenges, and suggestions in promoting learning in the mother tongue. Synopsis Learning in the mother tongue has to be promoted in India. Introduction: Recently, 14 engineering colleges across eight States decided to offer courses in regional languages in select branches from the new academic year. Similarly, the… Continue reading A language ladder for an education roadblock

Cabinet approves continuation of Samagra Shiksha Scheme for School Education

Source: PIB  What is the News? Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for the continuation of the revised Samagra Shiksha Scheme for a period of five years, i.e. from 2021-22 to 2025-26. About Samagra Shiksha Scheme: Samagra Shiksha is an Integrated Scheme for School Education. It has been launched throughout the country… Continue reading Cabinet approves continuation of Samagra Shiksha Scheme for School Education

One year of National Education Policy – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The launch of the National Education Policy 2020 marked remarkable progress in the area of education and learning. India has completed one year into the National Education Policy. The pandemic has slowed the progress of NEP. The NEP is essentially about learning through observation, listening, exploring, experimenting, and asking questions. All of these are… Continue reading One year of National Education Policy – Explained, pointwise

What India@75 needs: Education and skills, rather than freebies

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: This article explains the India’s improvements in poverty reduction, literacy and food security since independence and suggestions to improve further. Synopsis: India’s improvement in poverty reduction, literacy and food security since independence is impressive but a lot more needs to be done. About India’s Independence: India started its journey as… Continue reading What India@75 needs: Education and skills, rather than freebies

Long overdue

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the evolution of All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme in India. Synopsis: OBC reservation in All India Quota medical seats puts an end to a discriminatory policy. Introduction Recently, the Centre decided to extend its 27% reservation for ‘other backward classes’ to all seats under the All India Quota… Continue reading Long overdue

The vision of the National Education Policy must be served by its implementation

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: National Education Policy (NEP) has to learn from public policy challenges for transforming education in India. Synopsis: To successfully implement the National Education Policy (NEP), India needs to learn from public policy challenges About the National Education Policy: On July 29 last year, the Government of India (GoI) announced the National Education… Continue reading The vision of the National Education Policy must be served by its implementation

A pandemic-optimized plan for kids to resume their education

Source: Livemint Relevance: To improve education, reopening the schools is the way forward. Synopsis:  India’s hard-won educational gains could be lost if India still did not reopen schools. Introduction Schools must reopen and our children must return to education. Some systematic state efforts and voluntary initiatives by teachers for in-person engagement, including mohalla classes, have been… Continue reading A pandemic-optimized plan for kids to resume their education

The direction that the NCF needs to take

Source: The Hindu Relevance: National Curriculum Framework has to include democratic principles. Synopsis: Shaping a National Curriculum Framework using only the National Education Policy will be shortsighted. About the National Curriculum Framework: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has tasked the State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) to develop four State… Continue reading The direction that the NCF needs to take

Bringing skills and education closer

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Skill development and education need to be integrated to provide better results. Synopsis: Skill development is a multi-dimensional problem. But the linking skilling and education is one of the crucial ones. The situation of skill development in India: Over 70 percent of India’s workforce is concentrated in firms with less than 20… Continue reading Bringing skills and education closer

The crisis ahead, from learning loss to resumption

Source: The Hindu Relevance – School education needs drastic reforms to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on education. Synopsis: If school education revert to business as usual, India has to be prepared to confront a disaster in educational outcomes Introduction Schools have been closed for 16 months now, with no clarity on or a timeline for their… Continue reading The crisis ahead, from learning loss to resumption

E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

Source: Times of India Introduction: The gap in learning outcomes has been acknowledged across the world. World Bank data indicate nearly 220 million students have faced the brunt of the pandemic’s impact on education. Education technology solution provider TeamLease Edtech surveyed over 700 students and officials from 75 Indian universities to assess the learning gap… Continue reading E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

The future of learning in India is ed-tech

Source: Indian Express Relevance: How technology can help India achieve its long-term policy objective of access to education? Synopsis: Pandemic has shown us that traditional model of education delivery is not sufficient. Integration of technology with education offers a resilient alternative. Why India is well positioned to integrate technology with education? India is well-poised to… Continue reading The future of learning in India is ed-tech

How much can a four-year-old really learn from a smartphone?

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Addressing issues arising out of COVID’s impact on primary education Synopsis: Alleviating the impact of COVID on India’s primary education sector involves bringing back the dropouts, addressing the learning deficit and an increased requirement of manpower. How can India resolve COVID-induced problems in primary education? Bringing back the dropouts: Whenever schools… Continue reading How much can a four-year-old really learn from a smartphone?

Surveys on learning losses by month end, panel told

Context: Recently the House panel on education discusses COVID-19 impact on education and syllabus reforms.  About the discussions:   Surveys:  A survey of Classes 8-12 in centrally run schools last August showed that 80-90% of students were dependent on mobiles rather than laptops for digital schooling. Around 30% of students were affected by electricity supply disruptions.   States… Continue reading Surveys on learning losses by month end, panel told

National Forensic Science University Bill 2020

Introduced: Lok Sabha (23rd March 2020) Passed: Lok Sabha (20th Sept 2020) Passed: Rajya Sabha (22nd Sept 2020) Present status: Received assent on 28th Sept 2020 & converted to Act. About National Forensic Science University Bill, 2020 Ministry: Home Affairs Aim:  It establishes National Forensic Science University as an institute of national importance. The proposed… Continue reading National Forensic Science University Bill 2020

Quality issues in higher education system in India

Source: The Indian Express Syllabus: GS-2- Education Context: Delhi University’s high cut-offs in admissions is not a reflection of standards as there is no connection between one’s intellectual ability and performance in examinations. Comment on the current education system. Rote learning and exaggerated marks point out the lack of pedagogic imagination and show a highly… Continue reading Quality issues in higher education system in India

24 million may drop out of school due to COVID-19 impact: U.N.

News: United Nations(UN) has released a report titled “Policy Brief: Education During Covid-19 and Beyond”. Facts: Key Takeaways: Around 24 million children and youth (from pre-primary to tertiary) could drop out or not have access to school due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact. Additional Facts: Save Our Children: It is a campaign launched by… Continue reading 24 million may drop out of school due to COVID-19 impact: U.N.

Union Budget 2020:Education and Skill Development

News:The Budget 2020 was presented at the Parliament under three themes. One of the themes is Aspirational India.The Education and Skills is a subtheme under Aspirational India. Facts: Key takeaways in the Education Sector and Skill Development: Under Study in India Programme,IND-SAT exam will be conducted in African and Asian countries for foreign candidates who… Continue reading Union Budget 2020:Education and Skill Development

Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India NSS 75TH Round (JULY 2017- JUNE 2018)

News: The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation conducted a survey on Household Social Consumption: Education as part of 75th round of National Sample Survey (NSS). Facts: Key takeaways from the Survey Literacy Rate: The literacy rate among persons of age 7 years and above was 77.7%. It was 73.5% in… Continue reading Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India NSS 75TH Round (JULY 2017- JUNE 2018)

Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)

News:Union Human Resource Minister has chaired the Special Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education(CABE). Facts: About CABE: The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments in the field of education.  It is the oldest and the most important advisory body of the… Continue reading Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)

Union HRD Minister releases Deeksharambh

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development has released UGC Guide to Student Induction Programme called “Deeksharambh”. The Programme aims to engage with the new students as soon as they come into the institution before regular classes start.The programme will be implemented by University Grants Commission(UGC). The programme will help new students (a)adjust and feel… Continue reading Union HRD Minister releases Deeksharambh

Panel calls for upgrading e-learning platform to virtual university

A panel of experts has recommended upgrading Union human resource development(HRD) ministry’s free e-learning Swayam platform to a virtual university to meet growing demand for quality education. The proposal is part of the ministry’s five-year vision plan called Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme(EQUIP). The panel has also proposed reconstituting Swayam into a separate autonomous… Continue reading Panel calls for upgrading e-learning platform to virtual university

Centre releases action plan on higher education

The Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Human Resource Development has finalized and released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP) Key Focus of the EQUIP includes a) to improve access to higher education, especially for underserved communities; b) improve the gross enrolment ration; c) improve teaching and learning… Continue reading Centre releases action plan on higher education

Scholarship for Minorities: Central Govt

The Centre has announced scholarships for five crore students from minority communities in the next five years. Bridge courses will be provided to girls in eminent institutions of the country to bridge education and employment With an aim to modernise Madrassas, Madrassa teachers will be given training in English, Hindi, Maths, Computer, etc. Focus on… Continue reading Scholarship for Minorities: Central Govt

Explained: How higher education can be flexible

With a view to a) revamp the higher education system in India, b) create world-class multidisciplinary higher education institutions across the country, and c) increase Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to at least 50% by 2035; the Draft National Education Policy (NEP) has put forward  arrange of recommendations. The draft policy has advocated breaking the “rigid… Continue reading Explained: How higher education can be flexible

Explained: Government wish list for schools

The Draft National Educational Policy 2019, has put forward a number of recommendations for strengthening the school education system in India. 2.       It has recommended to expand the ambit of the Right to Education Act to include early childhood education and secondary education i.e. from the age 3 to 18 years. Currently, the RTE Act… Continue reading Explained: Government wish list for schools

Govt to spend Rs 2,000 crore, make 2 lakh classrooms digital

The Human Resources Development Ministry has launched ‘Operation Digital Board’ (ODB). The programme aims at converting a class room into a digital class room, in addition, to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students. The digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools… Continue reading Govt to spend Rs 2,000 crore, make 2 lakh classrooms digital

First career portal for students launched in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Government, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched Rajiv Gandhi Career Portal to provide employment-oriented education to students from classes 9 to 12 The career portal, a first of its kind in India, aims to provide information to secondary and higher secondary students on a) entrance examinations, b) scholarships, c)… Continue reading First career portal for students launched in Rajasthan

Literacy levels in rural India suffer due to migration, finds UNESCO study

Literacy levels in rural India suffer due to migration, finds UNESCO study News: The new 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, entitled ‘Building bridges not walls’, draws attention to the impact of internal migration on education, highlighting the steps India has taken to address it, and the challenges that remain. Important Facts: About… Continue reading Literacy levels in rural India suffer due to migration, finds UNESCO study