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Ragging, in all forms, needs to be eliminated from campuses: Prakash Javadekar

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Criticizing ragging in all its forms, Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that it is important to eliminate ragging from campuses. To support the same cause, an anti-ragging app has been launched by University Grants Commission (UGC) which will help students and make it easier for them to register their complaints against ragging. Talking about the same Prakash Javadekar said "physical and mental torture of a new student won't be tolerated by the government and the new app will work as a handy tool for any student who goes through such experience".

https://www.brainbuxa.com/education-news/ragging-in-all-forms-needs-to-be-eliminated-from-campuses-prakash-javadekar-6499

He also promised that immediate action will be taken by the government on any complaint received through the app.
 "It is a good step for protection and will give a feeling of security to students," he said. He also cautioned the students who indulge themselves in ragging and said that if found they will not be allowed to continue their education any further in the institution.

"At the same time they will meet severe penalty and punishment as per the law," he said.
At the same time he hoped that seniors will help their juniors and act as responsible mentors for them and guide them in the right direction.
 


 

posted May 31, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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Textbooks should not be used as “ideological battleground” between the Left and the Right and should only be children-centric, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has conveyed to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, made the observations at a crucial meeting of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), chaired by Javadekar.

Content review of textbooks, implementation of learning outcomes, adequate supply of textbooks and recruitment of non-academic staff were among the items on agenda of the 54th General Council meeting of NCERT.

The meeting was attended by several state education ministers and officials.

“Successive governments have used education as an ideological battlefield, that is used to force certain narratives on children. Education must not be a platform for any political point-scoring,” Sisodia said.

“Textbooks must not be used as an ideological battleground between the Left and the Right. They must be designed to suit the needs of the children,” he added.

The comments by Sisodia come against the backdrop of concerns raised by various quarters about quality of content in NCERT textbooks.

Maintaining that NCERT textbooks are “confusing, incompetent and text-overloaded”, Sisodia also presented an analysis of the certain books by the council which has been prepared by a team of Delhi government school teachers.

NCERT had last month invited suggestions and feedback from states and union territories regarding any factual errors in textbooks and required changes in content/concept presentation.

The deadline for the same is June 30 following which the council will decided on incorporation of changes.

Officials from the Uttar Pradesh education department expressed the state’s interest in making NCERT textbooks mandatory.

According to NCERT officials, various states raised the issue of limited availability of NCERT textbooks and the trigger for giving a platform to private publishers.

The HRD Ministry will next month be conducting a review meeting with NCERT officials to address the issue of availability of textbooks.

http://indianexpress.com/article/education/textbooks-shouldnt-be-ideological-battleground-manish-sisodia-to-prakash-javadekar-4724957/

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              SHOWING THE WAY: Mallesh D Harivan gives his students a lesson in plant life during a class in Gadag recently

Photo Source: Times Of India

By- Basavaraj.Kattimani@timesgroup.com

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Hubballi:

When Mallesh D Harivan, a teacher, joined the Government Lower Primary School in Adavisomapur, a remote tribal hamlet in Gadag, in 2003, there were only 68 students on the rolls. The school — a Class 1 to Class 5 institution — consisted of just two classrooms and Harivan was determined to increase the number of students on roll as well as to improve the facilities in the school.

Harivan had spent five years teaching in Savanur before moving to Adavisomapur and that experience came in handy. Now, the school has 103 students on its rolls and Harivan had added three more classrooms. The government has recognized his efforts and will confer the best teacher award on him at a ceremony in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

“In this tanda (hamlet), parents of students migrate to other places in search of jobs,” Harivan, 49, told TOI. “Their children would accompany them. With the help of other teachers, I began visiting each house in the tanda to persuade parents to send their wards to school. The response was slow, but steady.”

With the numbers increasing, Harivan decided to expand. He collected Rs 3.5 lakh in donations from friends and acquaintances and built three classrooms. To promote extra-curricular activity, he started a ‘no-bag day’ on every Saturday. Every two weeks, students are taken to the library to encourage them to read.

“Now that I’m in-charge of this school, I will also teach Kannada in very unique way,” Harivan said.

Shankar Hugar, senior lecturer, District Institute of Education and Training, Gadag, said, “Thanks to Harivan’s hard work, many dropouts have re-joined school. Together with government funds, he also collected donations people around to help poor students get notebooks and shoes. He has brought innovative teaching methods to this small school.”

He pays for classroom activities

For the past 13 years, CS Sathish, a teacher at Government Lower Primary School, Mullur, Kodagu, sets aside a portion of his salary every month for what he calls “classroom activities”. He believes his students will learn what they are taught far more quickly through this initiative. He has created a number of science modules on solar energy for example. Recipient of the district-level best teacher award last year, Satish’s teaching career began in Bagalkot. “I teach all subjects,” he said. “Every month, I save some money for classroom activities. I believe in using creative modules to help students learn whatever I teach quickly.”

Awards for teachers

The state government will present 20 primary school, 10 high school and a special high school teacher with Best Teacher awards for the year 2018-19 during Teachers’ Day celebrations at the Banquet Hall, Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will present the awards.

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Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.

Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/619203/kids-do-not-drink-cows.html

Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.


Researchers from St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that for each daily cup of non-cow's milk they drank, children were 0.4 centimetres shorter than average height for their age and for each daily cup of cow's milk they drank, children were 0.2 centimetres taller than average.

This height difference is similar to the difference between major percentile lines on the World Health Organisation growth chart, said Jonathon Maguire, pediatrician at St Michael's Hospital.

This means drinking three cups of non-cow's milk per day might move a child to the 15th from the 50th percentile for height, and vice versa, compared with other children their age, he said.


Researchers also found that children who drank a combination of cow's milk and non-cow's milk daily were shorter than average.

"This finding suggests adding some cow's milk to a child's diet did not reverse the association between non-cow's milk consumption and lower height," Maguire said.

Height is an important indicator of children's overall health and development, researchers said.

Many parents are choosing non-cow's milk for their children, which may have lower nutritional content, Maguire said.

Researchers examined about 5,034 children between the ages of 24-72 months. Of those studied, 13 per cent drank non-cow's milk daily, and 92 per cent drank cow's milk daily.

While the majority of children studied drank cow's milk daily, the number who drank non-cow's milk daily suggests its popularity has increased in recent years, possibly due to perceived health benefits, researchers said.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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In a search for solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing people around the world, the second day of the Unite Conference in Rotterdam looked to build bridges from schools to politicians to policies.                               The world and its multitude of problems may appear overwhelming at first glance, but the mood at Education International (EI)’s Unite for Quality Education and Leadership Conference in The Netherlands’ Education City 2017 could be summed up into one word: action.

http://edupost.in/students/read/from-the-classroom-to-the-world-and-back-educators-take-on-a-global-perspec

That was the message conveyed by speakers and ideas stemming from discussions during day two of the three-day event. The tone of the day was set with the powerful and memorable words of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The champion of children’s rights, and long-time friend of EI, Satyarthi brought current political and social issues to the fore.  

“Before so many walls are constructed around and inside of us, let's unite the world through bridges of compassion,” he said. “Teachers can lead with conscience, courage and compassion to help build a child-friendly world.”                                                                                                                                                                       The Nobel Laureate announced his new 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign, which was fully endorsed and supported by EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. The initiative seeks to see that the world’s 100 million child labourers are set free. Of Satyarthi van Leeuwen said that “his story is one of vocational perseverance, dedication to his values and plain and simple hard work.”

His words were also appropriate on day when the troubling trend of post truth was discussed in the context of education, and how teachers can work to counter the reality of false facts. And the theme of compassion and human connection was also relevant as the contentious issue of standardised testing was put to the debate floor. Steffen Handel of the Norwegian EI affiliate UEN exchanged his views with the OECD’s Yuri Belfali.

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Here is a really cool development!

According to this piece by Tanu Kulkarni, in The Hindu (full story with original link below) parents of school going kids in Bengaluru are finally feeling the urge to splurge on 'learning Kannada. If you have been in Bangalore you have certainly heard the now famous, 'kannad gottilla' catch all phrase, that simply is the ultimate excuse for most people who will claim their passage on the basis of not knowing the language. But not any more if the state government decides to have its say.

Again we dont know for sure if this is a pure election gimmick by the state government angling for votes or a genuine attempt to breathe some life into one of the most fascinating ancient languages and culture vehicles of India: Kannada. 
Read on for more.

Why Parents in Bengaluru are in mad rush to learn Kannada

Unexpected fallout of the State government’s move to make language a compulsory subject in school 
After years of going about life without knowing Kannada, parents in Bengaluru are now scrambling to learn the local language and its script. From joining ...

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