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Parents in Puttur claim that the material provided by the govt is shorter than what is promised & not sufficient to stitch uniform skirts of standard length

Should we stitch miniskirts for the school uniform? This was the question a parent posed to the school development and monitoring committee (SDMC) president of a government school in Puttur.

Parents were upset that the uniform material provided to the students was not sufficient for a full-length uniform skirts. As a result, some of the parents claimed, they were forced to buy material from outside.

Speaking to Mirror, Abubacker Siddique, SDMC president of a government school in Puttur, said, “Generally, blue material for skirts and shorts is provided to students in the beginning of the academic year. Children are not able to make use of this material as the length provided is not sufficient. One meter cloth is provided for class one students but, in more than 90 per cent of the cases, the material is less than a meter. Whereas, for higher primary class students, especially class 6 and 7, about one and a half meter cloth is to be provided.

“Even during the last academic year, parents faced similar problems. I feel many parents are not raising their voice because they feel that the government is already doing enough by providing children with milk, eggs and other benefits.

The problem is affecting boys too. Most of them wear shorts only till class four and then shift to pants. At least one and a quarter meter is required for students of class one to four and at least two to two and a half meter material is needed for students from class 6 and 7. The school has about 220 students.

Rajesh Rai, also an SDMC president from a government school in Parpunja, said, “It would be ideal if the government allowed schools to take measurements of each student by a tailor and submit the total amount of material required. The schools can arrange for a tailor who will distribute the uniform material accordingly. The material now provided is enough only for students who are thin”.

When contacted, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO, Dr MR Ravi, said he was not aware of the issue and assured to look into it with the deputy director for public instruction (DDPI). The DDPI was not available for comment but an officer at his office said they have not received any complaint in writing.


By Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 22, 2017
posted Jun 22, 2017 by anonymous

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There is just one child available for every nine adoptive parents in India waiting to take a child home

As of May 2017, there were 15,200 prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) while child care institutions (CCIs) have only 1,766 children in their care across the country. Of these, 1,279 are children with special needs, according to CARINGS, the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System.

"About 70-80 percent of PAPs want healthy normal children below the age of two years. That means around 10,000 parents want to adopt the 59 children in the age group available with child care institutions across the country. The discourse around adoptions in this country needs to change," said Avinash Kumar of Families of Joy, a non-profit consisting of a group of adoptive families.

Kumar is also a member of Child Adoption Resource Authority's (CARA) steering committee.

Of the 1,766 children currently available for adoption, only 59 are below two years of age, the most preferred age group for Indian PAPs; 339 are normal children above the age of two years, 89 are siblings and 1,279 are children with special needs.

The CARINGS data, collated by Families of Joy, says state wise figures also reflect the national trend.

With around 155 children over the age of two and around 10 below two, Orissa tops the list of states with maximum adoptable children. Maharashtra has 20 children below two and 298 above two years, while Andhra Pradesh has around two children below two years and 148 above the age of two.

"We did a process of immediate placements for hard to place children -- older children and children having minor ailments or corrective diseases. We managed to place 300 of them. Every year, only 30-35 special needs children are placed with Indian PAPs, but most such adoptions take place inter- country," CARA chairperson Deepak Kumar told PTI.
Official CARA adoption statistics show that while the number of Indian adults registered with the agency has more than doubled in under a year -- from 7,000 last July to 15,200 this May -- the number of adoptions has steadily dipped.

According to figures available on the CARA website, there were 5,964 in-country adoptions between January 2011 to March 2012 and only 3,210 from April 2016 to March 2017.

Officials explain this dip saying that adoption figures are dwindling globally because of a variety of reasons such as birth control being more widely used and there being less of a taboo against unwed mothers. Both these trends result in fewer babies being abandoned or surrendered for adoption, which in turn leads to fewer adoptions.

Explaining the fewer number of children available for adoption, Ian Anand Forber Pratt, director, Children's Emergency Relief International, says most "orphans" living in CCIs are not "orphans".

"These children have families and they continue to stay in orphanages because there is no effort to strengthen the family structure or reintegrate them with their families. If the CCI cannot send them back to their families then they should consider family based child care options, including adoption," he said


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Bengaluru: The transformation of a government school which had hardly 70 students in the rolls to a school now aspired by many is the face-changing story of Government V.K.O School at Shivajinagar.

With over 100 years of history, the school that was officially inaugurated after a revamp worth Rs 16 crore, now as applicants streaming in, even days after the start of the new academic year.

The school now has more than 1500 students. “It was totally overwhelming that 7,900 students approached us for admissions this year out of which 1,569 were admitted,” said Syed Athar Pasha, acting Principal and Administrative Advisor.

Formerly known as V.K. Obaidulla Govt Urdu School, the institution at present offers education in various mediums including English, Urdu, and Kannada. “Students from the sixth grade and above are given two options to chose from – English and Kannada. From high school level, each student can pick up Urdu or Hindi as the third language, English and Kannada being the first two respectively,” Pasha explained.

 With 42 smart class rooms, lab facilities, library, recreational rooms and dining halls spread across four floors at the campus, a visit to the school would make one relook at the stereotype of  a government school. Sixty new teachers were hired this year to the existing 24 appointed by the government.The revamp was done by I Monetary Advisory Council (IMA), the charitable wing of IMA group. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, President of the Advisory Council affirms that the council seeks to provide facilities to the needy as its primary objective since its inception.

“The school which is located at a key area in the city with a populous community residing around was not up to the standard. With demand for quality education on the rise, a complete makeover was necessary for the survival of the institution.” He also attributes the basic thought behind taking up the project to state minister R. Roshan Baig, who is also an alumnus of the school.

The school is under constant surveillance with a total of 126 CCTV installed at various points, including classrooms. The school administration has also developed a smart phone application through which parents can monitor the developments of their wards at the campus.

Nearby residents are elated with revamped school and are keen to seek admission for their wards. “It is a blessing that a school with such facilities have started working in our area. If not this year, I’ll apply earlier next year to ensure my son gets a seat here,” said Majeed Salam, a parent. The renovated institution was officially inaugurated recently by CM Siddaramaiah.

Number of Students
463 – Kindergarten
572 – Lower Primary
354 – Upper Primary
180 – High-School
1569 – Total


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All screening of films and television programmes involving children should also have a disclaimer specifying that all measures were taken to ensure that there has been no abuse, neglect or exploitation of child artistes during the entire process of the shooting

Shemin Joy, New Delhi, DH News Service,

A child artiste should not be made to work for more than five hours a day and not more than three hours without rest, latest government rules state.

The new amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules also make it mandatory for the producer of any audio-visual media production or commercial to obtain permission from the District Magistrate for involving a child in their programmes.

“No child shall be allowed to work for more than five hours in a day, and for not more than three hours without rest,” the new insertion in the rules on engaging child artistes said.

“No child shall be made to participate in any audio-visual and sports activity, including informal entertainment activity, against his will and consent,” it added.

All screening of films and television programmes involving children should also have a disclaimer specifying that all measures were taken to ensure that there has been no abuse, neglect or exploitation of child artistes during the entire process of the shooting.

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The producers should also ensure appropriate facilities for education of the child so that there is no discontinuity in his/her learning at school. “No child shall be allowed to work consecutively for more than 27 days,” it said.

Another point in the rules is the depositing of at least 20% of the income earned by the child in a fixed deposit account in a nationalised bank in the name of the child which may be credited on attaining majority.

The shows on television include reality shows, quiz and talent shows. These rules also cover the participation of a child artiste as an anchor of a show or events.

The issue of presence of child artistes in reality shows and other programmes in entertainment industry had raised a furore earlier.

In March, a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour had expressed concern that child labour is rampant in households and entertainment industry. It had then asked the government to study the situation in these sectors and take remedial steps.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had earlier come out with guidelines to regulate child participation in TV serials, reality shows and advertisements.

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Temple of the Goddess Samavva

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KALABURAGI: Government officials and members of voluntary organisations on Thursday rescued a 11-year-old-girl who had been made a Devadasi five years ago. The Kalaburagi district administration had earlier claimed that the Devadasi practice was completely eradicated.

According to the Devadasi system, girls who are made Devadasis in their early age would be sent with men who promise to look after them, once they become mature, District Children Welfare Committee members said.

On learning that preparations were being made to send the girl with a man, the team rushed to Bedsoor village and rescued Kamalavva (name changed). There is a temple of Goddess Samavva at the village where the Devadasi practice is still exists.
The rescue team questioned the temple priest Sharanappa (70), who said he had been performing Devadasi rituals for over 40 years.

Sharanappa claimed he gets possessed by Goddess Samavva every Tuesday and Friday. When the Goddess tells him to ask parents to make their daughters devadasis, he would convey the “divine suggestions”.
He told the team that many girls from Ratkal, Bedsoor, Kandgol, Kalagi and other villages had taken “Devadasi deeksha” in the last 40 years.

Kamalavva had taken Devadasi deeksha five years ago and she is now studying in Fifth Standard.
The team brought Kamalavva, her parents and the priest to Kalagi police station on Thursday. The girl would be admitted to the State Home for Girls, officials said.