An important decision was taken by the Cabinet on Wednesday as it approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that the Cabinet has decided to change the name of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Ministry of Education. This new change in the course of the policy has taken place after 34 years.
The new Education Policy, which was formulated since 1986, has been prepared by reviewing and recommending the Subramanian Committee and Kasturirangan Committee. This policy was formulated by running the world’s largest consultation campaign and a quarter of a million suggestions were received for the same.
The path of radical change in education will be clear with this new policy. The level of education will be the same in all kinds of universities and 6% of the GDP will be spent on education. A National Research Foundation will be established to foster research culture and a National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) will also be established. Exchange of education at the international level will be implemented. Expansion of higher education for 50% of high school students by 2035 is sought under the new policy and as many as 3.5 crore new seats will be added to higher education institutions.
Use of technology in all aspects of education, including education planning, teaching learning, administration management and regulation, and enhancement of the Indian knowledge system by paying attention to all languages will be the main focus. E-courses will also be made available in regional languages along with virtual lab set ups. Technology and online education are also to be implemented in schools.
In the school curriculum, the new policy emphasises early childhood care and education and the 10+2 structure of school curricula is to be replaced by a 5+3+3+4 curricular structure corresponding to ages 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively.
This will bring the hither to uncovered age group of 3-6 years under school curriculum, which has been recognised globally as the crucial stage for the development of mental faculties of a child.
The new system will have 12 years of schooling with three years of Anganwadi/ pre-schooling.
Playway schools for children from 3 to 6 years and a separate curriculum for children from 6 to 9 years are to be set up. Mathematical thinking has to be developed in children and courses like fashion designing, arts and craft will also be made available. Vocational training will now start from class 6 and children will also be given internships. Education of teachers will also be changed completely and higher education curriculum will have flexibility of subjects. A Gender-Inclusion Fund will be provided for promoting equitable and inclusive education for all. This fund will be available to all states to scale effective communitybased interventions that address barriers to female & transgender children’s access to education.
Boards will reduce the importance of examinations and the pattern will be divided into two parts—objective and descriptive. Mother tongue will be compulsory till class 5 as a medium of education and there will be 3 types of report cards: the first will be the student himself, the second will be the student›s partner and the third will be the student›s teacher. Tests will be taken to assess the performance and the National Test Agency (NTA) will conduct a common entrance test for admission to universities and higher education. Books promotion and a digital library will also be worked upon.
The greatest emphasis will be laid on basic education and teachers will have to obtain training for the new education curriculum by 2023. It is mandatory for every child to have a skill when he passes school. Multiple entry and exit options in undergraduate education have also been made and like the credit scores of banks and customers, students will also have academic credit scores. MPhil courses are to be discontinued under this new policy. Except legal and medical colleges, all higher education institutions will be governed by a single regulator and common regulations will be implemented in both public and private sectors.
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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery
Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.
Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”
In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.
The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”
The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”
“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.
Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes
Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.
In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.
The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.
The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.
Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.
According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.
Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”
Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail
A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.
“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.
Maharashtra | More than 50 persons were injured after 3 bogies of a train derailed in Gondia around 2.30 am at night. A collision b/w a goods train & passenger train- Bhagat ki Kothi, due to non-receipt of signal, led to this accident. No deaths were reported.— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2022
The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.
“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.
Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.
6 people of the same family found dead in jammu
In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.
Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.
The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.
Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.
S Jaishankar on buying Russian oil: ‘duty towards the people’
The world has somewhat accepted New Delhi’s stance on buying Russian oil in light of Moscow’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, because New Delhi has not been defensive about its choice and instead has helped other nations understand the responsibility they have to their citizens.
“Once you lay it out very openly and honestly, people accept it.” Jaishankar remarked, “They may not always appreciate it, but once it is there and you are not trying to be too clever about it, you actually have laid out your interest in a very direct manner, my sense is that the world somewhat accepts that as reality,” addressing a meeting with the Indian community in Bangkok, Jaishankar remarked.
Jaishankar, who has frequent liaison with Americans, remarked, “I do see that—not just in the United States but including the US—that they know what our position is and they move on with that.”
Since Europe is buying less oil from Russia, many of India’s suppliers have switched their shipments to Europe, according to the foreign minister. “Oil prices are unreasonably high, and so are gas prices. A lot of traditional suppliers to Asia are diverting to Europe because Europe is buying less oil from Russia. It is a situation today where every country will try to get the best deal possible for its citizens to try to cushion the impact of these high energy prices. And that is exactly what we are doing,” Jaishankar said.
“We are not doing it in a defensive way. We are being very open and honest about our interests. I have a country which has a per capita income of two thousand dollars. These are not people who can afford higher energy prices. It is my obligation, my moral duty to actually ensure that I get them the best deal,” he further added.
In light of India’s continued purchase of Russian oil, questions regarding the relations between India and the US were put to the foreign minister. To participate in the 9th India-Thailand Joint Commission Meeting as both nations commemorate 75 years of the start of diplomatic relations, Jaishankar arrived in Thailand on Tuesday. Following the meeting, India and Thailand will sign their MoUs.
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