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To curb charging of "unreasonable" fees and levying of "hidden" costs, the CBSE has sought data from private schools about their fee structure and increase carried out in recent years.

http://www.deccanheraldepaper.com/

The move comes weeks after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) warned private schools against turning into "shops" by selling uniform and books on their premises.

"We have told the schools that they should not charge unreasonable fees. The charges should be reasonable and there should be no hidden costs as that is the more irritating part for the parents," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI in an interview.

He said the CBSE has sought data from schools about their fee structure and increase in fees.

"Many schools have sent the data, which are being analyzed. Schools which haven't sent them, have been sent reminders and penalized," he said. The minister, however, did not throw light on the penalty measures for schools found guilty of overcharging and having hidden costs in their fee structure.

Overcharging by schools and increase in fees every year have been a subject of concern, often raised by parents

posted Jun 5, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is now ready to grade schools after asking them to focus on education and avoid commercial activities. The focus will be more on quality outcome rather than infrastructure, CBSE chairman R.K. Chaturvedi said.

http://edupost.in/students/read/cbse-to-grade-schools-based-on-quality-of-education

CBSE has at least 18,000 affiliated schools, most of which are private. A government official who asked not to be named said grading schools would help parents and students. CBSE has previously said some of its affiliated schools are adopting unfair means to promote themselves without focusing on their core functions. The board has also remarked that some schools are focused only on infrastructure, without giving due attention to the teaching or learning environment.  The accreditation process for higher education suffers from lack of transparency, but the government official said that CBSE has the credibility and the track-record to grade schools.

“The ministry is streamlining the higher education accreditation process to improve quality. The CBSE coming forward to do grading (of schools) will mean a better outcome across the entire education spectrum,” the official quoted above added.

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While 12-year-olds in Bengaluru spend their free time playing games and catching up on the latest movies, a group of four young innovators has invented a portable device that can measure the air quality of a place with the click of a button.

Ignited minds - Aparna Karthik,

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/617043/young-technovators-invent-device-measure.html

AirEye is an air quality monitoring device that measures the quality of air through the sensors attached to it. It displays the pollutants in the air on a small LCD screen attached to it. The screen changes colour based on the intensity of the pollutants present in the air and rates them as good or bad.

For example, the screen turns light green if the air quality is good and turns deep red if the quality is very bad. It also stores this information in the form of a text file for future reference.

Amulya Doss, Amisha Pai, Arnav Mayur and Sreysht Prakash from the National Academy For Learning (NAFL) came up with the idea as they wanted to make a positive change by providing solutions to pressing issues.

“We wanted to do our bit for the environment. There are a lot of issues in the world such as poverty, climate change and depleting water resources. Water can be saved by conserving, but how do you save air that your breathe. Hence, we worked towards creating a device that can measure air quality that will help us reduce our pollution imprint,” Amisha said.

Arnav said: “All of us like programming. We wanted to come together and put our programming skills to conserve the environment and that is how AirEye was born. We learnt to create and assemble the device by ourselves. We have learnt Python which is a programming language and we went deeper into the subject to create this device.”

The young technovators visited the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board’s (KSPCB) office and found that it was using massive and bulky machines with filters, each costing lakhs of rupees, to measure air pollution levels in different parts of the city.

This gave the children the idea to invent a small portable device that can be carried anywhere and could accurately measure the air quality.

“The cost of making this device was around Rs 3,000. We will instal these devices across the city and connect them with GPS. We will also develop an app that will be connected to the device whereby the user can just log in to the app and know the air quality of a particular place at that point in time,” Sreysht said.

Future plans
Amulya said: “We want to set up a company in the future and create more such products that will help society. We are in talks with startup founders to help us. We are also pushing our idea to Intel and other companies, and plan to acquire a patent for the device.”

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BENGALURU: After steering some of the successful education-related endeavours in Karnataka, three eminent individuals from the state have made it to the new National Education Policy panel.  

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/three-from-karnataka-on-panel-for-new-national-education-policy/articleshow/59330946.cms

The panel, set up by the Union ministry of human resources, will be headed by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. A former chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Kasturirangan is also an honorary professor at Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research, Bengaluru and is a professor emeritus at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Former member-secretary of Karnataka State Innovation Council M K Sridhar, who was associated with the Karnataka Knowledge Commission earlier, is also on the panel. He was Professor at Canara Bank School of Management Studies at Bangalore University.

The third panel member from the state is T V Kattimani, language communication expert and vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak. He hails from Koppal district in North Karnataka. Sridhar said that efforts would be made to roll out a strong educational policy.Highlighting the need for changes in the system, Sridhar told TOI, "I am happy that I have been tasked with such an important work. The country's education system needs a lot of changes and as panel members, we will discuss these issues to come out with a strong policy."

The new panel will replace an earlier education policy committee formed by the HRD ministry under former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian a couple of years ago.Sources said inputs from the Subramanian panel report would also be utilised by the new committee.  

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While the academic year for schools in the city has begun, three schools have come under the radar of the education department for various issues and have been slapped with criminal cases in the Kumaraswamy Police Station limits.

Firdose International School in Sarakki, IQRA Public School and Rani Mother Mary School in Illyas Nagar have slapped with an FIR by the Block Education Officer who made surprise visits to these schools recently. A senior official who is handling this case in the station said, "These schools violated many rules and regulations. All three were running without licences."

The police officer added, "The schools had permission to run batches from nursery to Standard 2, but they took in students till 4th standard without the education department's permission. These schools claim they had applied for permission and it was rejected by the department as they did not meet certain criteria required for admission."

Surprisingly, the education department which is busy hunting down schools that are violating its diktats is making sure the schools follow every single rule in their rule book.

"These schools have been booked under the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 and IPC 418 and IPC 420. We have got this complaint from the BEO and we have issued a notice to the schools to come back with whatever documents they have, so we can compile a report and submit it to the education department," said the official. Since the schools have begun their classes across the city, a few are still rushing up with their admissions. The police officer said, "We have stopped all admissions for these schools this year and we are taking necessary steps to shift these students to other schools immediately."

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, N Venkatesh, Block Education Officer, South division 1, said, "These schools did not have permission to run any kind of educational activity. They were cheating parents with their own pricing. They had sent a request earlier for legitimacy, and we had rejected it on grounds of our policies and rules. Still they continue to function. That is the reason we gave a complaint in the police station and asked the school to immediately shut down."

"In all this, students should not become victims. Hence, we have formed a committee to look into alternative measures. We are admitting these students to nearby schools and we have also informed the parents about this," he added.

These surprise visits in the city will continue for a few more days, he said.

List of violators

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Instruction released a list of 15 unauthorized schools in Bengaluru south zone-3. The list comprises Reliance Public School, Crystal School, Austin Town; MES English School, Jayanagar; St. John Art Foundation, HSR layout; All New Public School, Mangammana Palya; RZ School, Bande Palya; Green Tree School, Bande Palya; Blue Bell School, Roopena Argrahara; Master Kits School, Mangammana Palya and St. Saras School

By Kumaran P

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In a latest notification, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sought 'full cooperation from its affiliated schools' in enhancing the coverage of 'Aadhaar enrolment' to implement government project 'Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchaan'. According to the notification, CBSE has partnered with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as 'Registrar' to collect demographic and biometric data from residents directly or through Enrolment Agencies.

http://edupost.in/notifications/read/cbse-to-make-affiliated-schools-aadhaar-enrolment-centres

CBSE asked the schools to setup the 'Enrolment Centre' to facilitate their bonafide students, teachers/staff and their family members only to enroll for Aadhaar as well as for corrections and / or updations.  As part of its terms and conditions, the board also asked the schools to collect demographic and biometric data of all students/ teachers/ staff and their family members as per UIDAI enrolment process.

'Schools shall only use the latest Aadhaar software provided by UIDAI for enrolment purpose and configure the same in the laptops earmarked for enrolment purpose', said the board as another condition. While the schools will not be charging any fees for the Aadhaar enrolment, CBSE will pay them Rs. 30 for every enrolment, reported PTI. The schools will also be required to adhere to all code of conducts applicable to other enrolment centres.

The move comes against the backdrop of the Central government mandating Aadhaar card for several benefits in educational institutions, including mid-day meal schemes and several fellowships.

While the government has claimed that nobody will be denied benefits for want of Aadhaar, students have been encouraged to enroll for it within a dedicated span of time.

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