The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to make an entry in Madhya Pradesh in the coming local body elections and has fielded candidates in 14 of the 16 municipal corporations. It has promised the electorate free electricity and water, and corruption-free municipal corporations committed to resolving civic issues.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a road show in support of the party’s Singrauli mayoral candidate Rani Agarwal on Saturday. In his address, the AAP convener said, “We will solve all the issues of the municipality, including roads, electricity, water, and employment with the support of the people of Singrauli. Both the BJP and the Congress are peas of the same pod. They both only care about amassing wealth when in power. The AAP doesn’t believe in gobbling up funds, we put money in the common man’s pockets.”दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री माननीय @ArvindKejriwal जी से मुलाकात हुई। मध्यप्रदेश के निकाय चुनाव के विषय पर सकारात्मक चर्चा हुई। केंद्रीय नेतृत्व के सहयोग से हम निश्चित ही निकाय चुनाव में सकारात्मक परिणाम लाएंगे।@AamAadmiParty @AapKaGopalRai @Mukeshgoelaap @AAPMPOfficial pic.twitter.com/xQWKHk0BO6— Rani Agrawal (@AAPRaniAgrawal) May 25, 2022Referring to his government’s welfare schemes in Delhi, Kejriwal promised to replicate it in Madhya Pradesh by giving free electricity, free education, and free water, and developing the education system,“We will change Singrauli in the next five years if voted to power,” he told the voters. “If I cannot walk the talk, I won’t show my face in the next election seeking votes.”In the coming days, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, and Delhi MLA Atishi Singh are scheduled to visit Madhya Pradesh to campaign for the party’s candidates.The AAP made its debut in Madhya Pradesh in 2013 but failed to make any impact in the state’s politics. Now, looking to expand its footprint nationally — after Punjab and Goa, the party is eyeing states such as Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Assam — it has decided to enter the poll fray in Madhya Pradesh.AAP state president Pankaj Singh told The Indian Express that the party started off with two membership drives — Mission “Buniyad”, followed by Mission “Vistar” — to consolidate its presence in the state and has more than 2.5 lakh workers across the state. At present, the party claims to be in a good position in Singrauli. Its mayoral candidate Rani Agarwal grabbed attention in the 2018 Assembly polls by finishing third on the party ticket with a 21.59 per cent vote share. She was marginally behind the BJP’s Ram Lallu Vaishy who won the seat with 24.63 per cent votes while the Congress’s Renu Sahu finished second with 22.13 per cent votes.Poll promisesOn June 26, the AAP released its poll manifesto called the “Seva Vachan Patra”. Congress youth leader Akash Hunka joined the party on the occasion. “We extend a warm welcome to Hunka and his colleagues into the party. There are many leaders both from the BJP and the Congress who are keen to join the AAP as they feel frustrated in their respective parties with little scope to work for people’s welfare. If their ideology is compatible with ours, they’re most welcome,” said Pankaj Singh.The AAP state chief explained that in every ward won by the party it would ensure free water, a library, and a mohalla (neighbourhood) clinic. Singh said 22,000 education institutions were shut down in 2018 and at least 42,000 schools did not have drinking water facilities as either handpumps or taps were not functioning. He alleged that only the schools run by BJP leaders and workers were thriving in the state. The AAP leader also announced that cleaning workers on contract would be made permanent municipal employees if the AAP got elected.The local body polls are being held in the backdrop of a heated debate between the Congress and BJP over reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Along with the AAP, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) are in the fray for seven mayoral seats, a handful of councillor posts, and one panchayat.
AHMEDABAD: As many as 1,655 students of Class 12 (general stream) from two centres, 38km apart in Dahod, chose one essay of the two in their Gujarati exam — “Vasant no Vaibhav” (the glory of spring). This raised eyebrows and ultimately it was determined that mass copying had occurred at the two centres where all students wrote stereotypical answers and the essay from a guidebook. It is learnt that their parents had provided the answers from the guidebook. Sources in the state education department said that mass copying had occurred in Pipero and Dasa in Dahod. “The assessors found that too many students had written the same answers and all of them seemed to have even attempted to answer the questions in the same pattern,” said a source in the education department. “This issue was brought to the examination reform committee which analyzed the papers and found that 1,655 students were involved in the mass copying case.” The committee checked CCTV footage, took the statements of the examination-room observers, and questioned the students too, but did not find any clue for a long time. Last week, the committee again called the students and grilled them. This time, some students told the members of the committee that their parents had helped them write the answers. “Some observers of the two examination centres might have been involved in the mass copying case,” the source said. “But the state government is yet to initiate any action against the guilty.” This mass copying incident is similar to the ones involving the Jam Kandorna centre in Rajkot where irregularities had surfaced in 2010 and 2011. About 2,100 students’ results were withheld as they were found to be involved in cheating.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged the issue of proxy teachers in village schools at a recent conference, suggesting that states try to curb the occurrence by placing photographs of permanent teachers in classrooms, it is learnt.He also suggested campus recruitment drives in teacher training institutes and getting private schools to adopt schools in remote areas during the national conference of chief secretaries, held in Dharamshala on June 16-17, The Indian Express has learnt.The PMO is learnt to have directed the Education Ministry to ensure that the action plan formulated by him is implemented “quickly” to improve the country’s pupil-teacher ratio (PTR), which, in states like Bihar and Jharkhand, remain below the standards set by the Right to Education Act, 2009.At the conference in Dharamshala, the implementation of the National Education Policy-2020 was one of the key items on the agenda.On school education, the PM made broadly 20 suggestions at the conference, where top officials of the Education Ministry were also present, a source said. “He began his remarks by referring to the issue of proxy teachers, especially in village schools. He suggested that placing photographs of teachers in every classroom, which some states like Rajasthan have experimented with, can be replicated elsewhere,” an official said.In 2018, a World Bank report on India had highlighted the problem of proxy teachers, where teachers employed by the government illegally send others to teach on their behalf. It is a major issue in the Northeast, particularly in Nagaland, according to Education Ministry officials.In 2018, a World Bank report on India had highlighted the problem of proxy teachers, where teachers employed by the government illegally send others to teach on their behalf. It is a major issue in the Northeast, particularly in Nagaland, according to Education Ministry officials.In teacher recruitment, the PM suggested that states and Union Territories explore the model followed by government as well as private companies in carrying out hiring of final year engineering graduates from campuses across the country. “The PM strongly suggested that campus recruitment drives can be done in teachers training institutes as well,” the official said, seeking anonymity.According to the RTE Act, at the primary level, there should be at least one teacher per 30 students, while the ratio should be 35:1 at the upper primary level. But the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) report 2020-21 shows many states are yet to achieve the desired levels.For instance, in Bihar, the PTR at the primary level is 57:1 and 60:1 at the higher secondary level; 30:1 and 55:1 in Jharkhand. Education is in the concurrent list of the Constitution and the recruitment of school teachers comes under the purview of states and UTs.In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Centre had said in August 2021 that Bihar has 66 per cent government schools with an adverse PTR, followed by Jharkhand (52 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (37 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (35.51 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (33.56 per cent).To improve the standards of school education in remote areas, the PM also suggested officially implementing the practice of private schools adopting schools in remote areas by following a CSR model. “The PM said that the idea is to launch student and teacher exchange programmes under the model to enhance exposure,” the official said.Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceThe PM also pitched a similar exchange programme model for anganwadis and schools located close to each other to prepare pre-school students for formal schooling. Another highlight of the PM’s action plan is to do away with single teacher schools in the country, this official added.According to a UNESCO report released in 2021, there are nearly 1.2 lakh single-teacher schools in the country, of which an overwhelming 89 per cent are in rural areas.“States with a high percentage of single-teacher schools include Arunachal Pradesh (18.22 per cent), Goa (16.08 per cent), Telangana (15.71 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (14.4 per cent), Jharkhand (13.81 per cent), Uttarakhand (13.64 per cent), Madhya Pradesh ( 13.08 per cent), Rajasthan (10.08 per cent),” the UNESCO report states.
From less than 50 per cent in Class 10 and over 100 students enrolled outside the village to private schools commuting a distance of as much as 100 kilometre, Kubadharol High School did a turn around to over 93 per cent result and not a single student from the village seeking secondary education outside the village.With the community resolution passed in 2017, Kubadharol, a small village in Sabarkantha district’s Vadali taluka, not only provided infrastructure to the village school but also decided that no parent will send their children outside the village for studies.“Until 2017-18, over 100 children from the village would go to private schools as far as Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. The same year, the school’s Class 10 result was less than 50 per cent,” Kubadharol Yuvak Mandal chairman Ravindra K Patel said.“The same year, villagers got together, arranged for infrastructure in the school like computers and projectors while the Ahmedabad-based Dr K R Shroff Foundation helped the school with their teachers for Class 9 and 10. We held meetings with parents and passed a resolution that no child would leave the village for secondary education,” Patel added.The Yuvak Mandal is managing the high school—Class 9 and 10 of the Kubadharol grant-in-aid high school attached to the government primary school.Ravindra is one such parent whose son Chaitanya cleared Class 10 from the village with 87 per cent in 2020 while his daughter Nishtha, studying in Class 9, has achieved the first position in the National Merit cum Means Scholarship (NMMS) exam.Convincing parents was not easy initially, says Hiteshbhai Patel, the Prinicpal of Kubadharol High School. “We held repeated meetings with all the parents and convinced them that with the infrastructure facilities like digital aids and teachers available at the school, it is at par with any other private school to which they are sending their children,” Patel said.“It was tough initially but gradually as the results started improving, parents had faith in us and things got better. In 2020 SSC exam, 36 students had appeared in board exam, out of which, 78 per cent could clear. This year in the Class 10 exam, 30 students had appeared, out of which, 28 students could clear Class 10 with a pass percentage of over 93 per cent while 3 students have scored more than 90 per cent” he added.Vasubhai Patel, father of Kavya, who secured 94 per cent in 2022 Class 10 Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board results, said, “Because there were no teachers in secondary school, students were forced to move out of village for Class 9 and 10. But after Kubadharol school got support from the foundation with Math, Science and English teachers for Class 9 and 10 students and the infrastructure improved, we decided to not send our children outside the village and we are happy that we took this decision.”“Dr K R Shroff Foundation started working with Kubadharol school in 2012. At that point of time, children of farm labours and from economically weak background were studying in government primary schools and majority of the village children were studying in private schools in Vadali. Gradually, the school result and student attendance improved due to committed and dedicated effort made by Dr K R Shroff Foundation teachers,” says Uday Desai, president Dr K R Shroff Foundation.This also saw the increase in enrollment at the school. From an enrollment in the higher school (Class 9 and 10) to 52 in the year 2017, it is 76 in the year 2022-23.
Inspired by Gujarat’s ‘school on wheels’ initiative, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is considering starting mobile schooling buses where children of labourers as well as homeless children can study and learn.NDMC vice-chairperson Satish Upadhyay said, “It is a great initiative started by Gujarat and we are planning to implement the same here. Although, if compared to Delhi, Gujarat is a big state. While in Delhi, if you notice in the New Delhi area there is a school every kilometre – be it an NDMC or Delhi government school. One school is there near every cluster. So, on a pilot basis we will start here.”Upadhyay said as the New Delhi area, which falls under its jurisdiction, is small, they will start the mobile bus school on a pilot basis and assess the result. Before implementing it, a feasibility survey will be conducted across the New Delhi and Lutyens’ areas to identify the number of such children.“A bus will be redesigned into a classroom with chalkboard, desks, lights, fans etc… As our area is very small, we are planning to start the initiative for dropouts, the homeless, street children who are most often seen begging at traffic signals or seen playing below the flyover. The mobile school can also be very useful to teach children of labourers at construction sites,” said Upadhyay, a BJP leader.Upadhyay will also write a letter in this regard to the NDMC’s education department to explore the idea and make a proper plan.Some NDMC officials said the council is already discussing the initiative and is planning to get in touch with the Gujarat education department for ideas.Upadhyay said that they will use the bus as a day school for children and may use it as a night school too, to provide education for labourers and construction workers.The ‘school on wheels’ buses in Gujarat, started in 2018, are solar powered and come with a green board, writing desks, PVC flooring, fans, drinking water facility and a TV.
AHMEDABAD: The departmental exams for recruitment in Class 3 positions in the education department will be conducted on August 6 and 7. Gujarat State Examination Board in its schedule said that the employees who want to take this exam will have to apply online before July 11. The statement said that there will be four question papers each with 100-mark weightage. The minimum passing mark is 50. This examination is for the positions of assistant education supervisor, assistant teachers, gram panchayat and district-level assistant education supervisors and training supervisors among others. Sources said that the examinations are likely to be conducted in Ahmedabad or in Gandhinagar.
AHMEDABAD: About 15,896 students have applied for admissions in bachelors of arts courses in colleges affliated to Gujarat University as on June 29. The university started the registrations from June 21. A statement from the university said that there are 17,884 seats available in the 41 GU affiliated colleges in urban and rural areas. The statement added that registrations are still open for students who have taken Class XII exams of CBSE and ICSE boards and are awaiting their results. The university expects around 2,000 more applications from students from other boards. Students who have registered themselves for admissions will have to verify their applications by July 3 and make corrections if any.
Alpa Chaudhary, the head teacher of the government primary school in the Kuldharvas locality on the Indo-Pakistan international border near Khavda in Kutch, dialled the parents of 65 students of the school and other elders in the village to come for a parents’ meeting. At the meeting, the head teacher informed them that she and fellow teacher Dhaval Patel will no longer be able to teach the children at the two-storey building of Kuldharvas primary school from Thursday as the government has decided to merge the school with one in the neighbouring Hussainivandh.A week of apprehension of the residents of the Kuldharvas became a reality Thursday with the formal shutdown of the school.“This was not an easy announcement to make. No one likes shutting the doors of a school to students. But then, I am a government servant and have to follow orders. The government has decided to merge the Kuldharvas school with Hussainvandh school and so, I had to inform the residents of Kuldharvas,” 30-year-old Chaudhary, whose maiden posting after being selected a teacher by the state government was in the Kuldharvas school five years ago, told The Indian Express over the phone.The announcement came two weeks after Kutch district primary education officer (DPEO), JP Prajapati, issued a formal order directing the merger of government primary schools in Kuldharvas opened in 2005 and Bhuranivandh opened in 2008 in Dhrobana village with the Hussainivandh school.Kutch district panchayat president Parul Kara and the DPEO could not be reached for comments. Kutch district development officer Bhavya Verma said he would seek details of the decision.But the DPEO order dated June 16 refers to a meeting of the district education committee of Kutch district panchayat on January 13 this year. The committee, at the meeting, had directed the taluka primary education officers (TPEOs) of the district to submit opinion-cum-proposals for merging schools having less number of students with other schools located within a radius of one kilometre. Accordingly, the TPEO of Bhuj submitted a proposal on March 24 this year. On June 6, the district education committee adopted the merger resolution based on the proposal.“With an objective of making quality education available to children and also to tide over the shortage of teachers, it is hereby ordered that Bhuranivandh Primary School (Grade 1 to 5) and Kuldharvas Primary School (Grade 1 to 8) be merged with Hussainivandh Primary School,” Prajapati wrote in his order.Kuldharvas, one of the three localities or vandhs of Nana Dinara, has a population of around 300. The school there has 65 students with the highest number of 12 in grade 7 and the lowest, 4, in grade 2. Grade 4 and 5 have 11 and 12 students respectively while the other classes have less than 10 students each.On the other hand, the Hussainivandh government school has around 150 students. There is a government primary school in Bhuranivandh–Dhrobana village’s third main locality–but it has only around 25 students enrolled this year.Despite the DPEO’s order on June 16, the parents of Kuldharvas had opposed the merger order and continued to send their children to the same school. “But finally, I had to tell them today that now this school is being merged with Hussainivandh and that I will have to give school leaving certificates to students compulsorily,” the head teacher said, adding, “It will take around four-five days for transferring students of Kuldharvas school to Hussainivandh school.”Since the merger order became public around 10 days ago, Kuldharvas residents have been making frantic efforts to save the school in their locality. Led by Meraj Sama, the former member of Dhrobana Group Village panchayat and whose younger brother Gafar is the chairman of the school management committee of Kuldharvas school, they have made representations to the DPEO, the state education department as well as to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) but to no avail.“Had our school had only a few students, we wouldn’t have protested. But there are 65 students enrolled and yet the school is being closed. It’s sad to lose an important government service in this manner,” Meraj said.Hussainivandh is a neighbourhood of Muslims who earn their livelihoods by farming, cattle-herding and taking up casual jobs, among others, for a chemical company near Khavda.The Kuldharvas school was set up in 2005. But Hussainivandh school is older than that and around 500 metres away from the Kuldharvas across a stream. “Our fear is, the Kuldharvas school will be crowded and education of our children will be affected due to that. I also worry some children might drop out as ours is a locality of labourers and parents may not have time every day to go drop children to Hussainivandh,” Meraj further said.Incidentally, the state government has been trying to merge schools having less number of students with nearby schools with greater enrollment numbers with an aim to provide a competitive learning atmosphere and to pool in teachers. While the lower primary section is merged if a bigger school is available within a radius of one kilometre, the upper primary section is merged if another bigger school is available within a radius of three kilometres.However, the move has been facing stiff resistance from teachers, forcing the government to change tack. It, instead, announced in 2020 that it will develop 50 per cent of primary and secondary schools run by the state into schools of excellence and that those deemed unviable will be closed down. There are around 34,000 government primary schools in the state.With the closure of the Kuldharvas campus, Chaudhary and Patel will shift to the Hussainivandh school, at least temporarily. “I have not received any formal order of my transfer from Kuldharvas school. But the DPEO order means I and Patel are deemed transferred to Hussainivandh,” she said.
A division bench of the Gujarat High Court Thursday dropped contempt proceedings against the state education department over conferring benefits of regularisation to teachers of non grant-in-aid schools. The court also reserved the liberty to the complainants to revive the proceedings if the HC’s earlier order directing to confer benefits is not complied with by the state education department. Four contempt petitions were filed by 12 aggrieved teachers who were deprived of the benefits despite the court’s December 2021 order, alleging “wilful disobedience”. The HC, in its order of December 2021, had directed the state authorities to extend benefits of absorption/regularisation within a period of two months to teachers appointed by schools in higher secondary sections during its non grant-in-aid status which subsequently acquired grant-in-aid status.An affidavit filed by the state education department under secretary MK Parmar on June 30 before the court, submitted that it is in the process of appealing against the Gujarat HC order of December 2021 but in the interim, by way of an order of the education department dated June 29, it has complied with the December 2021 order. Upon the court’s query to the state on how the said education department’s order of June 29 can be construed as compliance, the state’s assistant government pleader submitted that “it is only an ‘in-principle approval’ given and now an order would be passed extending the benefits to the petitioners today (Thursday).”The state’s counsel further informed the bench that “the consequential benefits which will flow from the (education department’s) order would be extended to the petitioners… within 10 days from today.”Meanwhile, the education department’s affidavit stated that the department was “unable to comply” with the order on time “due to technical as well as administrative reasons”. Following the education department’s justification on non-compliance of the court’s order, Chief Justice Aravind Kumar remarked, “Every drop of the hat you have to create an obstacle.”
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court issued notices to the Ahmedabad District Education Officer (DEO), V R Shah Smruti Adarsh Education Trust and its trustees over a petition filed by Nirman Foundation Education Trust. Nirman Foundation has urged the HC to direct the DEO to take control of the school by taking original documents and handing them over to it or to any other school. This is because the VR Shah Smruti Adarsh Primary School did not close even after it was promised after its management decided to hand over control to Nirman Foundation in 2014. The school’s name was changed to Nirman Primary School, Vasna, the petitioner trust submitted. In its petition, Nirman Foundation submitted that the campus was sublet to it, and various disputes were pending before different courts and forums about the property. In 2014, it was promised that the VR Shah school would be shut down, but the school continued operations. In October 2020, the director of primary education passed an order for the closure of the school and ordered DEO to take possession and control of the original records of the school and hand them over to any other school. The petitioner trust and its trustees further submitted that they have twice made representations before the DEO to take control of records of the school, but the authority did not act and this has brought them before the court. Justice V D Nanavati on Tuesday issued notices and posted further hearing on July 21.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court issued notices to the Ahmedabad District Education Officer (DEO), V R Shah Smruti Adarsh Education Trust and its trustees over a petition filed by Nirman Foundation Education Trust.Nirman Foundation has urged the HC to direct the DEO to take control of the school by taking original documents and handing them over to it or to any other school.This is because the VR Shah Smruti Adarsh Primary School did not close even after it was promised after its management decided to hand over control to Nirman Foundation in 2014. The school’s name was changed to Nirman Primary School, Vasna, the petitioner trust submitted.In its petition, Nirman Foundation submitted that the campus was sublet to it, and various disputes were pending before different courts and forums about the property.In 2014, it was promised that the VR Shah school would be shut down, but the school continued operations. In October 2020, the director of primary education passed an order for the closure of the school and ordered DEO to take possession and control of the original records of the school and hand them over to any other school.The petitioner trust and its trustees further submitted that they have twice made representations before the DEO to take control of records of the school, but the authority did not act and this has brought them before the court.Justice V D Nanavati on Tuesday issued notices and posted further hearing on July 21.
A delegation of BJP leaders from Gujarat along with BJP MP Manoj Tiwari visited two mohalla clinics that were not operational and a school in Northeast Delhi on Wednesday, the second day of their visit.Referring to the condition of a mohalla clinic in Zero Pushta in Soniya Vihar, Tiwari said, “This mohalla clinic is listed on their website, but on the ground, only the structure exists.”The team visited another mohalla clinic in Chauhan Patti soon after. “There is no doctor inside, no medicine, nothing,” said Jyoti Pandya, former mayor of Vadodara.With elections in Gujarat scheduled towards the end of this year, politics from the state has reached the national capital. A 17-member BJP delegation from Gujarat is in Delhi on a two-day visit to “assess the ground reality” of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s mohalla clinics and schools.The leaders’ next destination was Sarvodaya Bal Balika Vidyalaya in Khajuri Khas, where they shot videos of a portion that allegedly was run in a tin shed. Tiwari said, “It is so hot here. One cannot stand for a long time, how can they teach small children inside the shed? Even the building is rickety with cracks,” he said, adding, “The Delhi government has two-three schools which they keep showing in advertisements, but in reality, the condition of several schools and mohalla clinics are like we have shown.”A teacher at the school, however, said that this portion is only used when the turnout is high. “Classes, from Nursery to 12th, are run in two shifts in the school. The strength of children reaches up to 5,800. There are pukka structures and those are used for studies. The school has more than 70 rooms for conducting classes,” she said. “However, the condition of classes and staff rooms can be improved,” she added.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨The delegation later went to meet Union Minister for health and family welfare Mansukh Mandaviya. A press conference was also scheduled later in the day but was cancelled. Gujarat BJP media convenor Yagnesh Dave said that the team would hold a press briefing in Gujarat.Meanwhile, AAP MLA Atishi, along with a group of MLAs, went to one of the Delhi government’s model schools on Wednesday afternoon where they claimed that they had invited the delegation from Gujarat. Atishi stated that they had invited them to Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Rouse Avenue to show them the ‘Delhi education model’.“We had invited them to come to see our school. We heard that they had gone to a mohalla clinic last evening, but there was no one to receive and show them around. We are ready to welcome them with bouquets, tea and snacks, and to show them around. We chose this school because it’s right next to the BJP national headquarters, and it would be easy for them to find,” said Atishi.“We wanted to present a complete picture of the educational revolution brought by the Kejriwal government in Delhi to the BJP delegation. We are well aware of the pitiable condition of government schools in Gujarat. This also got covered as front-page news in the leading newspapers of Gujarat. The students have no choice but to study on Taat-patti in those schools which are categorised as world-class smart schools by the Gujarat government. This school in which we are present today was run in a tin shed seven years ago without cleanliness. If the BJP delegation shows up today, we will describe the entire journey of transforming dilapidated schools into actual world-class schools,” she said.In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “Several senior leaders of BJP’s Gujarat unit have come to Delhi to see mohalla clinics and schools. I hope they will improve things in Gujarat after seeing the wonderful education and health services here. India will progress only if we learn from each other.”
NEW DELHI: A day after BJP’s Delhi state vice-president Virender Sachdeva said a 17-member delegation of party leaders from Gujarat will assess the “ground reality” of government schools, hospitals and mohalla clinics in the capital, deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Tuesday formed a team of five AAP MLAs to accompany them. Sisodia, who also holds the education and health portfolios, said AAP MLAs Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Sanjeev Jha, Kuldeep Kumar and Gulab Singh will take the Gujarat BJP leaders to any school, hospital and mohalla clinic of their choice. “The same MLAs will visit Gujarat next week to see the schools and hospitals there. I am sure the Gujarat government will also welcome them and show the schools and hospitals they want to see,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets. Assembly elections in Gujarat are scheduled to take place later this year. On Tuesday, the BJP delegation, including BJP MLAs and Speaker of the Gujarat legislative assembly, arrived in the capital. Addressing a press conference, Atishi said she and other MLAs were present at the party headquarters near ITO and were “eager” to welcome the Gujarat BJP delegation. “They can come here and tell us whichever school, mohalla clinic or hospital they want to visit, we’ll happily take them there,” she added. She said considering the “dilapidated” condition of schools and hospitals in Gujarat, it was “pertinent” for the delegation to “learn from Delhi”. “About 6,000 schools in Gujarat have shut down in the past two years while Delhi’s education revolution is being discussed and lauded throughout the world. This seems to have compelled BJP leaders to come and learn from here,” she said. Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta, however, said whenever a foreign delegation comes to see the city’s education system, the Kejriwal government shows it three-four buildings whose walls have just been painted. “To say there has been a revolution in the education sector is an exaggeration. The AAP leaders are nervous because on earlier occasions they have patted their own back about the so-called model by showing it to pre-arranged people,” Gupta said and also challenged Sisodia to an “open debate” on Delhi’s education system.
Gandhinagar: As many as 5.72 lakh children were admitted in Class 1 during the three-day Shala Praveshotsav, the annual drive to enrol students in government-run schools in Gujarat, state education minister Jitu Vaghani said on Tuesday.The 17th edition of Shala Praveshotsav was launched by chief minister Bhupendra Patel on June 23 from a government-run primary school in Banaskantha’s Vadgam taluka. In all, 2.80 lakh girls and 2.91 lakh boys were enrolled in Class 1 in the presence of dignitaries across the state, the minister said.Gujarat’s gross enrolment ratio has gone up to nearly 100%, the minister said. “The enrolment drive covered 30,880 government-run primary schools in the state. During the drive, 2.30 lakh children, including 1.12 lakh girls, were also admitted in anganwadis and kindergartens across the state,” Vaghani told reporters in Gandhinagar. Money and items, totalling Rs 28.53 crore in value, have been donated for the drive, he said.In Kashipura village of Banaskantha district, a local resident gifted a piece of land worth Rs 10 lakh for education, the minister said.“As many as 494 classrooms, built at a cost of Rs 25.93 crore, were inaugurated during the drive. Transportation facility for students in 2,364 schools was also launched as part of the programme,” he said.
Around 5.72 lakh children were admitted in Class 1, achieving 100 per cent enrolment, while over 2.30 lakh were enrolled in anganwadi centres during the three-day Shala Praveshotsav, said Education Minister Jitu Vaghani on Tuesday.At a press conference in Ahmedabad, Vaghani said, “During the 17th three-day Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav campaign, more than 45 lakh students from Class 2 to 8 accompanied by one crore citizens came together to celebrate enrolment… in over 30,000 government primary schools. Over 5.72 lakh students have been enrolled in Class 1 (2,80,478 girls and 2,91,912 boys)… Another 2,30,732 children in anganwadi centres have been enrolled. With the initiative which is carried out only in Gujarat, 100 per cent enrollment has been achieved.”Also, transportation facility was started in 2364 schools while 494 new classrooms built at a cost of Rs 26 crore were inaugurated during the drive.“Donations of Rs 2.54 crore in cash and Rs 26 crore worth in kind, thus a total of Rs 28.53 crore was received during these three days. In Banaskantha’s Kashipura land worth Rs 10 lakh was donated for school,” he added.As a result of the vision of the then CM Narendra Modi and initiative of Kanya Kelavani Mahotsav, the enrolment ratio of children in the state reached 100 per cent, the Minister added.
On the second day of the three-day enrollment drive, Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, held after a gap of two years, another 1,88,650 students were enrolled in Class 1 across 32,000 government primary schools in the state Friday.With 2,00,399 children enrolled on the first day, a total of 3,83,567 children were admitted to government schools in the state. This includes more than 1.80 lakh girls while 77,996 children were enrolled in anganwadi centres in two days.According to Education Minister Jitu Vaghani, 17,677 officials and elected representatives visited 10,024 schools across 7,662 villages on the second day. Aiming at 100 per cent enrollment, 20,624 government primary schools have been covered in 15,794 villages. The remaining nearly 10,000 schools would be covered Saturday, the last day.The 1.88 lakh students enrolled Friday include 89,857 girls and 93,311 boys. It also includes 587 physicallychallenged children–343 boys and 244 girls.“Today Rs 70 lakh has been donated in cash and another Rs 9.24 crore in kind as a donation from the communities. Thus, financial assistance of over Rs 19 crore was received in two days. Also, 327 classrooms built at a cost of Rs 12 crore have been inaugurated in government primary schools in two days,” a government release stated quoting Vaghani.A total of 1,60,825 children–82,829 boys and 77,996 girls–have been enrolled in anganwadi centres.The state government’s campaign to further strengthen the education sector was getting a good response from the people and for the second day in a row, the citizens gave uninterrupted public support, the minister stated.
More than two lakh students were enrolled in government primary schools across the state on Day 1 of Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, said Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani Thursday. The number is in addition to more than 84,000 children–43,748 boys and 40,988 girls–who were enrolled in various Anganwadi centres.A total of 19,182 officers visited 10,600 schools across 8,132 villages on the first day of the enrollment drive, stated the state government in an official release.“Nearly 10,000 schools were covered on Day One by 3,500 officials. A similar number would be covered on days two and three. With each official covering three schools, the plan is to cover the entire 32,000 by the end of three days,” said a senior education official.A total of 2,00,399 children were enrolled in Class 1, Vaghani stated in a release. As per the information shared by him, 1,01,606 boys and 98,793 girls were enrolled in Class 1. Also, 657 children–409 boys and 248 girls–who are physically challenged were also enrolled.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨The development of education this government has been able to achieve is the difference between the concept of education 20 years ago and today, the education minister said during his visits to Aasjol, Ruppura and Rantej schools in Becharaji taluka of Mehsana district. “Can you imagine an entire village gathering at the school to welcome Class 1 students 20 years back,” he said.Through Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, where the schools have been able to connect with the society, the government looks to bring radical changes in the society via education, the minister added.Gujarat has taken the lead in the country with the state government setting aside Rs 500 crore to promote student innovation and ideas under the Student Startup and Innovation Policy 2.0, he emphasised during his visits.“The government has taken special care to provide basic and infrastructural facilities in the villages. In the past 20 years, there have been many radical changes in the development of the state. The government is working hard to keep the villages of the state alive” the minister said highlighting schemes such as Sujalam Sufalam for farmers and Ayushyaman Bharat Card for the health security of the residents of the state. “Further, up-gradation of 20,000 schools from the School of Excellence is being done at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore,” he said.The minister stated that Rs 87.93 lakh was donated and items worth Rs 8.97 crore were received through community participation and donation. Thus, total financial support of Rs 9.85 crore was received from the society.He also added that 141 new classrooms, constructed at a cost of Rs 8.46 crore, were inaugurated on the first day and transport facilities have been started in 823 schools across the state.This year, the state government has gone ahead and compared the numbers with that of 1990-91 when it claimed the drop-out rate was 64.48 per cent compared to the 3.7 per cent in 2020-21. The gross enrolment ratio, which was 95.65 in 2004-05, has increased to 99.02 in 2020-21.The government has claimed it has achieved over 99 per cent enrollment since 2015-16 and attributed this to schemes like Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Mahotsav. This year, the state government expects to achieve the 100 per cent enrollment target as it is being verified with the birth records in the Civil Registration System (CRS) records.The drive, where ministers, IAS, IPS, IFS and Class I officers visit government primary schools across the state, was launched in 2003 by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to achieve 100 per cent student enrolment and to promote girls’ education.
THE 17th edition of Gujarat government’s school enrollment drives, Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, are scheduled to begin on June 23.The three-day enrolment campaign is being held after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic.While Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will visit the Memadpura Government Primary School in Vadgam taluka of Banaskantha district on June 23, 84 IAS, 24 IPS and 15 IFS officers along with 356 Class -I officers would visit 32,013 government primary schools across the state for the enrollment drive, said Education Minister Jitu Vaghani during a briefing on Monday.This year Vice Chancellors of universities will also be roped in for Praveshotsav drive. The CM presided over a meeting with members of the Cabinet, office bearers and senior officials ahead of the enrolment drive.New initiatives as part of the enrollment drive, that was launched by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2003 aiming at 100 per cent student enrolment in government schools, will also be reviewed.Under the new initiatives launched by the education department during Covid-19 pandemic including samaydaan by teachers to cover up learning loss among children, 100 per cent attendance of teachers and students, availability of basic facilities at schools, results of unit tests and semester exams and online and offline initiatives undertaken by the department during pandemic will be reviewed.As per the schedule shared by the state education department, on June 24, across the state from 4-5 pm taluka level review would be conducted in the presence of officials from the state government.Official numbers said that in 1990-91 the drop-out rate was 64.48 per cent which was reduced to 3.7 per cent in 2020-21 and the gross enrolment ratio in 2004-05 was 95.65 which increased to 99.02 in 2020-21, Vaghani added.
Ahmedabad: Continuing the war of words in the run up to the Gujarat assembly polls scheduled this year, a team of BJP leaders is in Delhi to look into what they termed as “fake Delhi model of governance”. Claiming that BJP delegation had come to Delhi to learn how people can be provided with good healthcare and education, AAP said on Tuesday that its team will also visit Gujarat next week to take stock of the kind of facilities being provided by the BJP state government. AAP leader Manish Sisodia tweeted on Tuesday, saying that a team of five AAP leaders has been assigned the task to ensure the Gujarat team is treated well. “They are free to visit any school and any mohalla clinic of their choice. Our team will also visit Gujarat next week,” he tweeted. Earlier, Sisodia and Gujarat education minister Jitu Vaghani had sparred over the quality of education in the state. tnn
Ahmedabad-based Gujarat State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank Ltd, popularly known as Kheti Bank, Tuesday declared a 20 per cent dividend–the highest yet in its 70-year history. It also amended its rules to provide gold and education loans to farmers.“For the first time in the history of Kheti Bank, we announced a dividend of 20 per cent. The 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was called after four years. We could not call the meeting earlier due to the absence of the custodian. The meeting falls under the purview of the custodian,” Dollarrai Kotecha, chairman of the bank, said on the sidelines of the AGM. The dividend declared by the bank has never been above 12 per cent.In the financial year 2021-22, Kheti Bank clocked a net profit of Rs 29.29 crore, more than double the Rs 11.5 croreclocked in 2020-21. During the AGM held Tuesday, the bank also amended some of its rules and provided more credit to its three lakh members, who are mostly farmers.Under the changed rules, a farmer-member can avail 85 per cent of the valuation of the gold in his possession as a loan. Members have also been allowed to loan up to Rs 20 lakh if any of his kin is planning to travel overseas for studies. Similarly, a farmer could get a loan of up to Rs 10 lakh for building a house or purchasing a car or motorcycle. Under the changed rules, loans from the bank have also been made available for marriages and for incurable diseases within the family.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨“We have always wanted to give gold loans. But we did not have the supporting infrastructure needed for this. Now, we will begin from six to seven locations,” K B Upadhyay, managing director of Kheti Bank, told The Indian Express. The bank will also be giving out education loans and credit for purchase of house, car or for marriage for the first time. “We will be asking for gold or property to be mortgaged against such loans,” said Upadhyay, a retired IAS official.The bank disbursed total loans worth Rs 158.28 crore during the financial year 2021-22. Officials from the bank said it disburses loans for more than 300 activities under the farm and non-farm sectors.
AAP MLA Atishi claimed government schools in Gujarat are in bad state.New Delhi: A delegation of the Gujarat BJP arrived in Delhi on Tuesday to look into what it called the "fake" Delhi model of governance, with the AAP claiming that they had come to learn how people there can also be provided with good schools and hospitals.Addressing a joint press conference, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs Atishi and Sanjeev Jha welcomed the Gujarat BJP delegation and extended an open invitation to them to visit the party headquarters, promising that they will take the delegation members to any of the Delhi government schools, mohalla clinics and hospital that they wished to see.Mr Jha said that a delegation of the AAP will visit Gujarat next week from Delhi to see the state government-run schools and hospitals there, and urged the state unit of the BJP to host the delegation in the same manner.A Delhi BJP leader had said on Monday, "The Gujarat BJP delegation, during its two-day visit, will see how a false and publicity-based Delhi Model is being propagated by Kejriwal ahead of the elections in Gujarat." The BJP delegation's visit to the national capital comes in the run-up to the assembly polls in Gujarat later this.Buoyed by its stupendous victory in the Punjab assembly polls earlier this year, the AAP is gearing up to contest all assembly seats in Gujarat in the upcoming elections, projecting itself as an alternative to both the ruling BJP and the Congress in the state and highlighting Arvind Kejrwal's Delhi model of governance."We welcome the Gujarat BJP delegation on the behalf of the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal government. The Delhi chief minister has asked some of us (MLAs) to welcome the delegation," Atishi told the press conference."We want to tell the Gujarat BJP delegation through media that we are here in the party office. You come here and tell us which school, mohalla clinic, hospital you want to see. We will definitely take you there. We are happy that you have come," she added.The Kalkaji MLA claimed that the government schools in Gujarat are in a very bad shape."While more than 6,000 schools in Gujarat have been closed in last two years, the government schools in the state are short of more than 19,000 classrooms as per data presented by the state education minister in the assembly, " she said.At the press conference, she also showed some pictures, saying, "we can see in these sample pictures the condition of schools in Gujarat -- walls broken, toilets are dirty." These are "some of the pictures" which are also available in public domain, she added."Perhaps because of the prevailing condition of the government schools in Gujarat, a delegation of the party's state unit had to come to Delhi, which has very good government schools," Atishi said.She said the "revolution" brought in the education sector in Delhi by the Arvind Kejriwal government is today being discussed all over the world."The BJP leaders have come to see Delhi government schools, mohalla clinics and hospitals so that they can learn how they were improved, so that Gujarat can also get good government schools and hospitals," Atishi added."I hope and appeal that we will also be hosted in the same manner when we visit Gujarat...give us the names of the schools and hospitals that we can visit in Gujarat and show them to us," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"It's good that education and health are becoming an issue and a subject of debate. This will take the country on the path of progress," he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Good morning,In an interim relief for the Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, the Supreme Court extended the deadline set by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to reply to notices on pleas seeking their disqualification from the Assembly. The apex court said they had time until 5.30 pm on July 12 to send their replies and fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing.The political crisis in Maharashtra has given rise to the question of whether the Shiv Sena rebels can avoid disqualification under the anti-defection law. With the rebel camp claiming they have the support of at least 39 MLAs, we explain the 2/3rd rule in anti-defection law.At a time when Sanjay Raut has been trying to rally the Shiv Sena MLAs and cadre behind Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to the Sena MP in a case related to irregularities in a chawl redevelopment project at Mumbai’s Goregaon.Facing rebellion within his party, Thackeray took away the portfolios of rebel ministers camping in Assam’s Guwahati and allocated them to other cabinet colleagues.Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena’s rebel group led by Eknath Shinde is learnt to be strategising to approach the Governor, informing him of their decision to withdraw support from the MVA, and thereby, prompting a floor test.The Supreme Court, while dismissing appeals against the clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gujarat riots case, said the matter is being pursued to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design” and said “all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”. Yet it was the Supreme Court which, through hearings and orders over the years, called for “fair and impartial investigation” into the riots cases. Two cases — of the Best Bakery and Bilkis Bano — were moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra. Here’s what Supreme Court once said and did.Is lack of clarity on policy and progressive clamping down on cryptocurrencies forcing Indian entrepreneurs and developers in the Web 3.0 to leave the country in search of greener pastures? With the UAE and Singapore actively promoting the ecosystem, co-founders of India’s cryptocurrency exchanges have been relocating with families to these destinations in the last couple of years.A cyber unit of Delhi Police arrested Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-checking website AltNews, on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiments following a complaint by a social media user who referred to a tweet from 2018. Police sources said the complainant in the case goes by the Twitter name Hanuman Bhakt.India, along with G7 countries and four invited countries, signed the ‘2022 Resilient Democracies Statement’ in which they committed to “guarding the freedom, independence and diversity of civil society actors” and “protecting the freedom of expression and opinion online and offline”.In an attempt to increase participation of women in the gig economy, the NITI Aayog has proposed fiscal incentives like tax breaks or startup grants for companies with about one-third of their workforce as women and people with disabilities (PwDs). Key points in its report include:🔴A survey conducted across urban centres of India revealed that women are more likely to take up platform jobs after their education and marriage.🔴 Female labour force participation in India has remained low, oscillating between 16 per cent to 23 per cent in the last few years.🔴 Platform companies offer flexibility and choice of labour to all workers in general, and women in particular, empowering them to monetise their idle assets when and where they want.🔴 It also recommended that businesses have a higher share of women managers and supervisors in the organisation to ensure that communication to workers does not perpetuate gender stereotypes.Another report, released by the Ministry of Education, states that as India entered the pandemic year, students in around 61 per cent districts of the country had very little exposure to digital learning due to limited availability of computers, Internet facilities and teachers trained to handle technological tools in schools.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan questioned the Congress’ “silence” over the arrest of retired DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat Police a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to the state government, then led by Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. “The Congress could have organised at least a nominal protest,” he said.Aditi Mutatkar, a former international shuttler, remembers getting awkward when boys at her academy didn’t know why she came for badminton training, wearing dark shorts a few days of the month. Now, with a myriad voices raising questions about Wimbledon’s pedantic white-only clothing rule, unrelenting even for women players on their periods, sport is in for a serious sartorial reckoning of its age-old traditions.Delhi confidential: With the digital push targeting the youth ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections finding success, a new mission — New India For Young India — is already launched in poll-bound Gujarat, with Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar visiting universities to tell students about the government’s programmes and schemes. The programme is to create a buzz about new opportunities such as space and start-ups.In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss how the sanctions against Russia have fared and why AAP lost the recent bypolls in Punjab. We also delve into the companies looking to invest in Congress-ruled Rajasthan, and what it says about our economy.Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad and Sonal Gupta
The Chhota Udepur district administration, which completed the annual enrollment drive of 11,000 students to Class 1 during the three-day Shala Praveshotsav that ended Saturday, has decided to request the district Panchayat for a grant after several new students were handed out books in polypropylene bags as the schools were not able to find ‘donors’. For several students, polypropylene bags replaced school bags in the aftermath of a state government decision to stop procurement of school bags to be distributed among children during the Praveshotsav.On Saturday, about 20 students, wearing welcome caps made of chart paper, who were enrolling in Class 1 of the primary school in Chisadiya village received their books in a ‘cloth bag’ (polypropylene).In another primary school in Dhandhora, seven students enrolling in Class 1 were handed out school bags purchased by the teachers.When The Indian Express visited the school Saturday, Principal Babu Rathwa said, “We did not receive any school bags from the administration this time. But we are aware that the children are excited to receive their bags and books as it is a motivation to come to school… This village has three primary schools so the number of students is less–only seven. We have a total of 131 children from Classes 1 to 8. So, the teachers decided to buy seven school bags for the new children. They were happy to receive the bags.”In many other schools, donors provided essential school items, including school bags, shoes, and so on.In Gabhadia primary school belonging to the Singla cluster, District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dharmendra Sharma welcomed 11 children to Class 1 and handed out school bags, along with books and snacks.Principal Kailash Patel told the Indian Express, “We had donors, who provided us with the school bags. This year, the administration did not call us for collecting the bags and we had been told that we would have to look for donors as part of the new initiative. It is good in a way as donors do come forward but it can be uncertain at times. We got lucky else the children would have been disappointed.”While the education department earlier made purchases of school bags, it has now discontinued the system. Instead, each district administration is expected to oversee that the donations from willing organisations are effectively distributed across the schools.Vinod Rao, Secretary, Primary and Secondary Education, told the Indian Express, “The reason why the government decided to discontinue procurement of school bags from 2019 onwards, was to encourage public participation in the process of education. The response has been overwhelming…”“We do provide school uniforms and books but the district education departments are expected to coordinate the distribution of the donations of other items across schools. Apart from that, there is also a special grant available (to the district panchayats) from which purchases can be made. This is a direction to all district education departments of the state,” he added.District Primary Education Officer, Imran Soni, of Chhota Udepur said that 85 per cent of the schools that witnessed the Shala Praveshotsav received the school bags for the new students while those that were left out will soon be given the bags.Soni said, “For two years in 2020 and 2021, the Shala Praveshotsav was not held due to Covid-19. This year, we were not intimated if the Praveshotsav will take place. The budget for the purchase of school items is a matter of the District Panchayat (DP). So, when the DP budget was presented, we had not presented the proposal for the procurement of bags and other school items to be given as part of Shala Praveshotsav…”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“The intimation for the event came only ten days in advance. When we realised that about 15 percent of the schools — especially those located remotely — did not have donors for essential items like school bags, we took up the matter with the District Development Officer and we have already begun the process of sending the proposal to the DP for grant of budget to purchase the items,” she added.Soni added that in the course of a few weeks, the district administration will procure school bags and hand them out to the students who are yet to receive them, should no other donors come forward.Chhota Udepur district had stroked a major controversy in 2017 when school bags distributed during the Praveshotsav had revealed images of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav under the stickers of the BJP government in Gujarat. The bags had been recalled and the contractor issued notice.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel said that arrangements will be made to ensure that not a single child is excluded from getting an education by adopting the approach of 'Bhiksha Nahi Shiksha' for the poor children begging at traffic signals. The state government is committed to starting signal school wherever required in the state. The government has made efforts to bring even the child of the last men into the mainstream of education, said the chief minister. Patel enrolled Gujarat signal school students at Pandit Deendayal Auditorium in Ahmedabad under Shala Praveshotsav. A joint venture of Gujarat State Legal Services Authority and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Municipal School Board recently 139 children were enrolled in the municipal primary schools today. Educational kits were handed over to 10 children of Signal School and 2 children were given school enrolment letter. The state government has made extensive arrangements to ensure that education reaches not only the children begging at the cross roads or signal, but also the children of the nomadic caste as well as the Agarias community. About 40 schools on wheels in Agaria area and School and hostel facilities in housings of nomadic people are been provided. The CM added that in two days more than 3.83 lakh students got enrolled in Std-1 and more than 1.88 lakh girls got admission to the school. While 78,000 children have got admission in Anganwadi. Talking about the overall success of the Shala Praveshotsav the CM said that the dropout ratio has dropped from 37.22% to 3.39% in the last 20 years. Signal School project was started last year by the Gujarat High Court and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation with the objective of imparting school education to the begging children seen on the streets of Ahmedabad city. Under which such children are initially taught through the bridge course and then are enrolled to the nearest school. 139 such children of the city were enrolled to the school by the CM while 110 new children were nominated for Signal School.
The Labour, Skill Development and Employment Department of the Gujarat government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BBZ Arnsberg, Germany, to enhance the level of quality in technical, vocational education and training institutions.Aiming to enhance the performance of such institutions and creating better job opportunities for their students, the two parties will carry out knowledge sharing, joint workshops, exchange of students and faculty, as well as exchange of ideas for curriculum development.Principal Secretary Labour, Skill Development and Employment, Anju Sharma, who attended the MoU signing in Germany, said, “Focusing on dual vocational, education and training system, which is very effectively working in Germany, this MoU will help bring in training expertise and best practices with the collaboration of industries to Gujarat.”
World Bank has approved three loans totalling USD 562 million (about Rs 4,393.70 crore) to fund an education project in Gujarat, a social protection programme in Tamil Nadu and a project to help recovery in the fisheries sector post the pandemic, the multilateral funding agency said on Thursday.The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved additional financing of USD 250 million for Outcomes for Accelerated Learning (GOAL), a programme which aims to improve education results for children across the state of Gujarat, it said in a release.The financing towards GOAL will benefit an additional 3,000 schools that have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.Besides, the board of executive directors of the World Bank approved a USD 150 million funding to support the recovery of India’s fisheries sector and a USD 162 million for the RIGHTS project to strengthen the social protection systems and capability of the State of Tamil Nadu to promote inclusion, accessibility, and opportunities for persons with disabilities.In 2020-21, the fisheries sector saw losses of about USD 5.5 billion and fish production fell almost 40 per cent in one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the multilateral funding agency.GOAL project financing complements the original loan of USD 500 million, which was approved in March 2021. It is in line with the Bank’s Rapid Response Framework that seeks to reach every child and retain them in schools, assess learning levels regularly, prioritize teaching the fundamentals and increase catch-up learning, World Bank said.It also aims to develop psychosocial health for students and teachers.“This additional financing will scale-up the coverage of the original programme from a total of 9,000 to 12,000 schools, while also supporting new efforts to test the efficacy of the program’s interventions,” said Shabnam Sinha,Lead Education Specialist and Task Team Leader for the project.Under the USD 150 million loan to support the recovery of India’s fisheries sector, World Bank said it currently employs about 12 million people directly and another 13 million through associated activities.The Fisheries Sector Covid-19 Recovery Project will complement the Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, which aims to transform the sector in a sustainable manner by introducing modern practices, improving access to finance and making it more climate-resilient.Incentives for larger private investment in the fisheries sector in India have been limited, mainly due to lack of access to financing or credit, and perceptions that the sector is high-risk.The project will help microenterprises access working capital by connecting them with government schemes that provide financial support to farmers such as the Kisan Credit Card and the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Limited (MUDRA).
World Bank has approved three loans totalling $562 million for IndiaNew Delhi: World Bank has approved three loans totalling $562 million to fund an education project in Gujarat, a social protection programme in Tamil Nadu and a project to help recovery in the fisheries sector post the pandemic, the multilateral funding agency said on Thursday.The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved additional financing of $250 million for Outcomes for Accelerated Learning (GOAL), a programme which aims to improve education results for children across the state of Gujarat, it said in a release.The financing towards GOAL will benefit an additional 3,000 schools that have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.Besides, the board of executive directors of the World Bank approved a $150 million funding to support the recovery of India's fisheries sector and a $162 million for the RIGHTS project to strengthen the social protection systems and capability of Tamil Nadu to promote inclusion, accessibility, and opportunities for persons with disabilities.In 2020-21, the fisheries sector saw losses of about $5.5 billion and fish production fell almost 40 per cent in one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the multilateral funding agency.GOAL project financing complements the original loan of $500 million, which was approved in March 2021. It is in line with the Bank's Rapid Response Framework that seeks to reach every child and retain them in schools, assess learning levels regularly, prioritize teaching the fundamentals and increase catch-up learning, World Bank said.It also aims to develop psychosocial health for students and teachers.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"This additional financing will scale-up the coverage of the original programme from a total of 9,000 to 12,000 schools, while also supporting new efforts to test the efficacy of the program's interventions," said Shabnam Sinha, Lead Education Specialist and Task Team Leader for the project.Under the $150 million loan to support the recovery of India's fisheries sector, World Bank said it currently employs about 12 million people directly and another 13 million through associated activities.
The first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) laboratory in Gujarat was set up in Adarsh Primary School at Telav village of Sanand taluka of Ahmedabad. According to the Directorate of Information, “STEM laboratory project is a project-based, hands-on learning solution that enables students to use their knowledge. It is a mini science centre which is benefiting children from surrounding schools.”The laboratory has been set up with the help of two voluntary organisations Yuva Unstoppable and Curio O Box. “It took 15-20 days to build up the lab. Around two months back the lab was set up. It has 35-40 table tops equipped with experimental equipment. It allows 4-5 students at one such table,” said Utsav Patel, from Yuva Unstoppable.“STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths laboratory is provided by us to various schools. It is in tandem with the New Education Policy (NEP) of the government,” said Kushal Thakkar, the founder of Curio O Box. Principal of Adarsh Primary School Vijaybhai Patel said the initiatve was made possible with the help of Mukesh N Patel, the District Primary Education Officer, Ahmedabad“The lab was set up before the summer vacation. It’s been just a week that we have reopened the school and it is yetto become fully functional,” said Vijayabhai Patel.
Parents should visit schools occasionally to check how education of their children was going on, Minister of State for Transport, Civil Aviation, Tourism and Pilgrimage Development, Arvind Raiyani, said Thursday, while while formally welcoming newly-enrolled students at a school in Kuvadva village on the outskirts of Rajkot as part ofShala Praveshotsav, even as 105 children shifted from private schools to a government school in the city.Addressing parents at Kuvadva Taluka Shala, a primary school run by the state government, Raiyani appealed to parents to be informed about the education their children are getting in schools.“Parents remain concerned about (the education) of their sons and daughters. They should visit school (where their children are enrolled) and check what the kids are learning, what they are being taught,” an official release said, quoting Raiyani.The minister also stressed the importance of educating the girl child while calling on teachers to inspire children from rural areas and become their guides.Meanwhile, 105 children who were studying in private schools in the city have shifted to School No.32 run by the Nagar Prathmik Shikshan Samiti or municipal school board functioning under the aegis of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC). As many as 61 new enrollments, including 32 boys and 29 girls were recorded in grade 1 in this school where Deputy Mayor Darshita Shah and District Collector Arun Mahesh Babu welcomed students formally, the release added.
The sari veil covered her face as Meenaba Zala, the first elected woman sarpanch of Rantej village in North Gujarat’s Mehsana district, stood on stage. She was tasked to hand over a souvenir — a framed picture of Bahuchar Mata, the deity after which the taluka Becharaji gets its name — to state Education Minister Jitu Vaghani.Meenaba got on to the stage from a bunch of women, all in similar veils, from her village who were sitting on the floor on one side while the men from the village sat on plastic chairs. What happened next was unprecedented.To the surprise of Meenaba and the scores of villagers at the event, the minister insisted that she removed her veil before he accepted the souvenir as part of his felicitation. “If the elders allow, I would request Meenaba to come out of this riwaaz (tradition),” Vaghani said in front of villagers who had gathered at the school for the launch of the annual Shala Praveshotsav (school enrolment) and Kanya Kelavani (bringing up of girls)–the state government initiatives to ensure maximum enrolment of children, especially girls, in primary schools and arrest the drop-out rate.Soon came a voice of opposition when a man from the crowd said, “Saheb, ame darbar chhiye (Sir, we are Rajputs).” “What does caste have to do with this? Darbar, Patel, Vaniya or Brahmin… see how happy the women are and the blessings they will give you,” the minister was quick to respond. “Maan maryaada (respect and modesty) is alright but when you are a Sarpanch you have to come out of these traditions. Let the village decide. Look around, where the world has reached… by doing this (removing veil) we do not lose our maan maryaada. Follow everything but at home. I do not say this riwaaz is bad but we have to change as per the time and come out of this so that we can move forward,” Vaghani said insisting that all other women in the crowd reveal their faces.Eventually, one of the village elders, who was also on the stage, agreed with Vaghani. Following the cue, Meenaba reluctantly pulled back a part of her saree and revealed her face. An extra chair was also arranged for her on the stage, albeit in a corner. “The minister is right. We should keep our ghunghat at home and need to come out of this (tradition). We are anyway behind our veils at home but we need to move forward with time,” Meenaba, who defeated four male candidates to get elected six months ago, later told The Indian Express.A mother of two–a 10-year-old son and a two-and-half-year-old daughter–Meenaba hails from Ahmedabad. “I really wanted to join the police force but could not as my brother was strict. So, I was made to drop out of college in the first year of B.Com” she said.On the villagers’ resistance to the minister’s suggestion, Meenaba said, “There is resistance from elders because they lack education. But things are changing slowly. Now, girls are getting educated. Look at my brother only… his daughter is now in the police force.”More than 60 per cent of the village, which has 3,200 residents, is from the Zala community. As per Census 2011, Rantej has a male population of around 1,650 as against 1,552 females. It has a literacy rate of 71.59 per cent, including 80.99 per cent literate males and 61.66 per cent literate females. Becharaji taluka is still weighed down by patriarchy as most of the women in the villages have to still cover their faces with a long veil using their sarees. Incidentally, during the enrolment drive at the Ruppura government primary school in the same taluka, the village elders made a demand before Vaghani–to include Classes 9 and 10 in the school. “…because in our community, we do not allow girls to move out, even for education,” a member of village school management committee told the minister.“It becomes a problem for the family and community when a girl gets into an affair. So, girls are not allowed to travel to other villages or cities even for education. This is still prevalent in this community. They have to go as far as 8 kms for higher education. Girls here do not study after Class 8. My daughter dropped out one year ago, after Class 8,” the the school management committee Chairman Manoharsinh M Zala told The Indian Express.As per Census 2011, Ruppura has a total population of around 2,900, including 1,410 males and 1,453 females. The literacy rate is at 49.67 per cent with that of males at 65.18 per cent and females at 34.62 per cent.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said on Thursday that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state had done well in education, health and security—the three basic factors that he said were required to make progress in any field.Patel was addressing a gathering after launching the 17th edition of Kanya Kelavani & Shala Praveshotsav, the annual school enrolment drive, at Memadpur in Banaskantha district’s Vadgam tehsil.“Three factors can be listed as the basic requirements for progress in any field–education, health and security. With an aim to make Gujarat a growth engine and strengthen the foundation of education in the state, Narendrabhai (Modi) started Kanya Kelavani & Shala Praveshotsav in 2003. If the foundation of education is strong, we can make progress in each and every field,” the chief minister said.In Banaskantha district, more than 15,000 children were enrolled in Class 1 under the drive. According to district primary education officer Sanjay Parmar, “A total 71 eligible children were enrolled in Class 1 by the CM at two government primary schools (one each for boys and girls) in Memadpur village. Thirty-five children (in the age group of 3-5) were enrolled in the Anganwadi of Memadpur.”The chief minister said education was necessary for making better use of technology and that because of the state government’s efforts, the dropout rate had fallen significantly, adding that the government had made available the best facilities for engineering and medical education.Patel then referred to the state government’s Covid-19 response. “During the Covid pandemic, we have seen that even big countries felt exhausted. But under the guidance of Narendrabhai and his slogan ‘Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas, Sauno Vishwas and Sauno Prayas’, we have given free vaccination to each and every person. And to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry, arrangements were made for free ration. (Modi) attempted to get us out of the pandemic and today we have come out (of the pandemic),” he said.Patel also talked about the government’s Ayushman card initiative, under which an eligible person can get medical benefits worth up to Rs 5 lakh for any ailment.Talking about security, the chief minister said, “We all know that security is also equally necessary…Earlier, before going to Ahmedabad, people here would first get it checked if everything is fine there. Many elders must have seen that two decades back. (But) the young ones, who are 20-22 years old, do not even know what unrest is.”“Today, under the instructions of Narendrabhai, police are doing very good work. Along with that, we also know that they did a very good job of assisting us during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Patel said.Minister of State for Education Kirtisinh Vaghela, who is the MLA for Kankrej in the district, and a number of local BJP leaders were present on the occasion besides district collector Anand Patel and superintendent of police Akshayraj Makwana.The Vadgam Assembly constituency, under which the Memadpur village falls, is represented by independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, who has pledged support to the Opposition Congress.
GANDHINAGAR: Consul general of Canada in Mumbai, Diedrah Kelly, paid a courtesy visit to chief minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. The CM and the consul general discussed potential Canada-Gujarat partnerships, in the fields of education and green technology. Kelly said Canada has focused on opportunities in sectors such as automotive, clean tech and renewable energy, education, infrastructure, life sciences and has started a trade commissioner service office in Ahmedabad. Kelly said special focus is on Gujarat students seeking to study in Canada. Patel said that Gift City offers opportunities for Canadian financial institutions. He invited Canadian institutions to invest in Gift City. tnn