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Vice President lauds 14 engineering colleges for offering courses in regional languages


Lauding the move of 14 engineering colleges across eight States to offer courses in regional languages, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged more educational institutions, particularly those imparting technical and professional studies to follow suit.

He affirmed that providing courses in the regional languages will serve as a boon to the students. Expressing his fervent desire, Mr Naidu said, "It is my desire to see the day when all vocational and professional courses like engineering, medicine and law are taught in mother languages."

In a Facebook post titled 'Engineering courses in mother language—A step in the right direction', posted in 11 Indian languages today, the Vice President expressed his happiness over the decision of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to permit B. Tech programmes in 11 native languages—Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi and Odia. He also welcomed the decision of 14 engineering colleges across eight states for offering regional languages in select branches from the new academic year. He said, "I strongly believe that it is a step in the right direction."

Referring to the benefits of learning in the mother tongue, the Vice President said it enhances one's grasping and comprehension levels. "To understand a subject in another language, one has to first learn and master that language, which needs a lot of effort. However, this is not the case while learning in one's mother tongue," he added.

Citing a UN report that one language in the world becomes extinct every two weeks, Mr Naidu expressed his concern that 196 Indian languages in India are endangered. He said, "There is a need for adopting a multipronged approach to protect our native languages and promote learning in the mother tongue."  Mr Naidu called upon people to learn as many languages as they can. He said that proficiency in different languages would provide an edge in today's interconnected world. "With every language we learn, we deepen our connection with another culture," he added.


Union Education Minister makes important statement


Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually addressed students, teachers and stakeholders regarding Board Examinations yesterday.

While speaking about the decision to cancel the class 12 CBSE Board Exam in his address, Mr Pokhriyal stated that CBSE has already issued comprehensive guidelines on assessment and evaluation for the Class 12th Board examinations.

He assured that those students who are not satisfied with the assessment will be provided with an option to take the exams, whenever the situation becomes conducive, in August.

The Minister reiterated that safety, health and the future of the students are the top priorities of the government.


CBSE submits evaluation criteria for Class 12 before Apex Court


The CBSE today submitted its evaluation criteria for awarding grades/marks for Class XII exams before Supreme Court.

For class X and XI, marks in the best of 3 from 5 papers in term exams will be considered. For Class XII, marks obtained in unit, term and practicals will be considered.

The CBSE told the Supreme Court, which is hearing the matter of the Class 12 Board exam that the decision of Class XII results will be taken on the basis of performance in Class 10 (30 per cent weightage), Class 11 (30 per cent weightage) and Class 12 (40 per cent weightage).

The Court had given the Board time of two weeks to devise the objective criteria on the basis of which the final marks will be given to Class 12 students.


Telangana Govt cancels Class 12 exam, details inside


The Telangana Government has decided to cancel the Class XII exam for the academic year 2020-21.

The Government has informed that the results will be declared on the basis of pre-determined objective criteria.

The Government has also informed that the Secretary, Board of Intermediate Examination has been directed to issue orders for promoting all Class XI students to Class XII.


Female enrolment in Higher Education shows rise of 18.2 per cent from 2016 to 2020


Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal yesterday announced the release of the report of All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20, which provides key performance indicators on the current status of Higher education in the country. 

Key features of All India Survey on Higher Education Report 2019-20

1. Total Enrolment in Higher Education stands at 3.85 crore in 2019-20 as compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19, registering a growth of 11.36 lakh (3.04 per cent). Total enrolment was 3.42 crore in 2014-15.

2. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), the percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in Higher Education, in 2019-20 is 27.1 per cent against 26.3 per cent in 2018-19 and 24.3 per cent in 2014-2015.

3. Gender Parity Index (GPI) in Higher Education in 2019-20 is 1.01 against 1.00 in 2018-19 indicating an improvement in the relative access to higher education for females of eligible age group compared to males.

4. Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Higher Education in 2019-20 is 26.

5. Status of Institutions in 2019-20: Universities: 1,043 (2 per cent); Colleges: 42,343 (77 per cent) and stand-alone institutions: 11,779 (21 per cent).

6. As many as 3.38 crore Students have enrolled in programmes at under-graduate and post-graduate level. Out of these, nearly 85 per cent of the students (2.85 crore) were enrolled in the six major disciplines such as Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering and Technology, Medical Science and IT and Computer.

7. The number of students pursuing PhD in 2019-20 is 2.03 lakh against 1.17 lakh in 2014-15.

8. The Total Number of Teachers stands at 15,03,156 comprising 57.5 per cent male and 42.5 per cent female.


Maharashtra Govt cancels Class 12 exams


Maharashtra Government has decided to cancel the Std XIIth exams of the state board.

Announcing the same, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said, "Our stand was always clear that given the pandemic situation, health and mental well-being of our children MUST be everybody's priority."

"The past year has been tough. Our students have had to adjust to a lot. But they have overcome all odds. A big thank you to all our teachers who have strived harder to educate students. As we move forward towards the next academic year, here's wishing everyone all the very best," the Minister stated.

"As we move ahead, I'd once again request the Centre to VACCINATE all teachers & examination staff on priority before we conduct offline board exams in future. Maharashtra has demanded that all examination staff be treated as "Frontline Workers". Stay safe, Stay Healthy," Ms Gaikwad added.


Validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test qualifying certificate extended from 7 years to lifetime


Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that Government has decided to extend the validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test qualifying certificate from 7 years to lifetime with retrospective effect from 2011.

The respective State Governments and UTs will take necessary action to revalidate/issue fresh TET certificates to those candidates whose period of 7 years has already elapsed, he added.

Mr Pokhriyal said this will be a positive step in increasing the employment opportunities for candidates aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.


CBSE structuring criteria for Class 12 evaluation


Putting to rest the anxiety among students, parents and teachers, CBSE informed today that it is in the process of structuring the criteria for Class 12 evaluation.

Informing the same, CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi stated, "We will put it in public domain once it is completed. Parents, teachers, principals and students need to wait for it a bit. Also, request all not to panic."

The decision to cancel the CBSE Class 12 examination was taken yesterday after a high-level meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue.


YUVA programme launched for Mentoring Young Authors


The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education has launched YUVA - Prime Minister's Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors, an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors (below 30 years of age) in order to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.

YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors), which was launched yesterday, is in tune with PM's vision to encourage young writers to write about India's freedom struggle. 

"This will also prepare a category of thought leaders that will decide the course of the future," said PM.

YUVA is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to bring to the fore the perspectives of the young generation of writers on themes like Unsung Heroes, Freedom Fighters, Unknown and Forgotten Places and their role in National Movement, and other related themes in an innovative and creative manner. This scheme will thus help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote Indian heritage, culture and knowledge system.

The National Book Trust, India under the Ministry of Education as the Implementing Agency will ensure phase-wise execution of the Scheme under well-defined stages of mentorship.


Government to Provide Monetary Aid through DBT under Mid Day Meal Scheme


Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 Crore students (118 Million Students) through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost component of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme, to all eligible children, as a special welfare measure.

This will give a fillip to the Midday Meal programme. This is in addition to the Government of India's announcement of distribution of free-of-cost food grains of 5 Kg per person per month to nearly 80 Crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).

This decision will help safeguard the nutritional levels of children and aid in protecting their immunity during the challenging times of the COVID pandemic.

The Central Government will provide additional funds of about Rs 1,200 crore to State Governments and UT Administrations for this purpose. This one-time special welfare measure of the Union Government will benefit about 11.8 crore children studying in class I to VIII in the 11.20 lakh Government and Government aided schools across the country.