Gujarat School News

Gujarat: Students escape as part of Dahod school building collapses on holiday
The Indian Express | 14 hours ago
The Indian Express
14 hours ago

Students of a primary school in vaniya Ghati village of Sanjeli taluka in Dahod had a narrow escape when the wall and roof of a dilapidated section collapsed on Sunday (July 3), a holiday.According to local residents, parents of the students as well as villagers have been requesting the administration for the past five years to repair the building.A part of one of the school building’s dilapidated rooms collapsed Sunday, when the students were away. “The incident occurred Sunday afternoon, following heavy rain in the area. The administration had already decided to raze the dilapidated structure and construct new classrooms but the files were not cleared, despite repeated representations… I have petitioned the taluka administration but there was no action,” said headmistress of the school, Ramila Bhedi.The school, with classes 1 to 5, has been using two of the four rooms in the structure — two dilapidated rooms were vacated a few years ago. The school has students of Class 1 and 2 sitting together in one room and Class 3 and 4 sitting in a room constructed from donations made by a philanthropist. Students of Class 5 attend classes on the porch outside the room that collapsed on Sunday.Officials of the district education department said that the school renovation is in the pipeline but “measures were taken to ensure that no student is made to sit in the dilapidated section”.The official added that the administration has made arrangements for students, who refused to be transferred to farther schools, to be admitted to nearby schools as an interim solution.

Gujarat: Students escape as part of Dahod school building collapses on holiday
2013 bid a failure, AAP tries new push in MP via civic polls
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

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.

2013 bid a failure, AAP tries new push in MP via civic polls
PM Modi’s suggestion to curb proxy teachers in village schools: Photos of permanent ones in classrooms
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

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.

PM Modi’s suggestion to curb proxy teachers in village schools: Photos of permanent ones in classrooms
Gujarat: Community support brings new changes to village govt school in Sabarkantha
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

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.

Gujarat: Community support brings new changes to village govt school in Sabarkantha
NDMC to start mobile school buses for children of labourers
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

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.

NDMC to start mobile school buses for children of labourers
BJP govt in Karnataka trying to communalise school curriculum: Yashwant Sinha
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

The opposition candidate for the presidential polls, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Sunday said that the BJP government in Karnataka was attempting to communalize school curriculum in the state.Sinha, who was in Bengaluru to meet Congress MLAs to canvas support for the presidential polls on July 17, said the government in Karnataka is “attempting to communalize the minds of the young generation by introducing a new school curriculum coloured by the ruling party’s ideological agenda.’’The presidential candidate for the opposition also welcomed the statement of the Chief Justice of India that the judiciary is answerable only to the Constitution.“Indeed, I have been saying, since I filed my nomination papers on June 27, that the sole purpose behind my acceptance of the combined Opposition’s offer to be their candidate is to safeguard the Constitution and its lofty values, which are today under unprecedented threat,” Sinha said.The former Union minister said he had great regard for BJP presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu, a tribal leader, but added that the saffron party candidate must vouch to stand up for constitutional values and not remain a rubber stamp president.“In the past eight years, the ruling dispensation at the Centre has launched repeated assaults on democracy and secularism, which form the founding principles of our Republic. It has unleashed a poisonous communal propaganda to divide India’s multi-religious society,’’ he said.“Day before yesterday, the Supreme Court made a stinging indictment of Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet Mohammed, saying ‘Your loose tongue set the nation on fire.’ Regrettably, BJP supporters are trolling the Honorable Supreme Court for condemning her remarks,’’ Sinha added.“The central government has weaponized the ED, CBI, Election Commission and even the Governor’s office against Opposition parties, their leaders and their governments. In Maharashtra, it toppled the coalition government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress by facilitating the kidnapping of Shiv Sena MLAs to Gujarat and Assam, both being BJP-ruled states. The Centre has no respect for the federal structure of the Constitution. It is constantly encroaching upon the powers of states,’’ Sinha said.The opposition candidate for the presidential polls held a meeting with Congress MLAs chaired by the leader of the Congress in the state legislature and former chief minister Siddaramaiah. The Congress in Karnataka has five Rajya Sabha members, one Lok Sabha member and 69 MLAs who can vote in the presidential polls.The other opposition party in Karnataka, the Janata Dal (Secular), has announced intent to support the candidature of BJP nominee Droupadi Murmu. The JD(S) has a seat each in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha and 32 MLAs in the Karnataka legislature.

BJP govt in Karnataka trying to communalise school curriculum: Yashwant Sinha
‘Low enrollment’: School on Indo-Pak border shuts down
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

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.

‘Low enrollment’: School on Indo-Pak border shuts down
Conferring benefits of regularisation to teachers: HC drops contempt proceedings against education department
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

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.”

Conferring benefits of regularisation to teachers: HC drops contempt proceedings against education department
Manish Sisodia hits out at BJP after Gujarat team visit: ‘Came with bias, ill-motive’
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hit out at the BJP on Thursday and said that despite travelling to different parts of Delhi, the team of leaders from the Gujarat unit of the party could not find flaws in the education and health systems.The Gujarat BJP team was in the national capital for two days and went to different schools and mohalla clinics. Accompanied by leaders from the Delhi BJP, they went to a few mohalla clinics that were shut and a school where alongside a permanent building, a tin shed was also constructed.On Thursday, Sisodia said, “The BJP brought its delegation with a premeditated bias and an ill-motive. These people came down with a lens coloured with malice, with a mission to start a slander campaign against the Kejriwal Model.”He added that the delegation went to schools during the summer vacation. He also said that they went to a mohalla clinic that was shut on orders from the NGT.“When they visited the school, they got to see that the infrastructure was excellent. So these people found a storeroom where benches are kept from wall to wall. These leaders tried to portray that the said storeroom was a classroom. And that the classes were being run from the storeroom. But, their false narrative did not last for long. When they came out of the storeroom, they were flustered seeing the excellent buildings of the school,” he added.With Gujarat going to polls later this year, and AAP contesting in the state, leaders of both parties have been taking pot shots at each other. Sisodia had visited Gujarat earlier this year and had surveyed a few schools as well.

Manish Sisodia hits out at BJP after Gujarat team visit: ‘Came with bias, ill-motive’
Patrick French steps down as AU Arts and Sciences dean; cosmologist prof Raghavan to take charge
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

Five years after Professor Patrick French was appointed the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University (AU), French Thursday announced that he will step down from the role of dean, with cosmologist professor Raghavan Rangarajan taking charge as dean.Award-winning historian, biographer and political analyst, who held an additional position as professor for the public understanding of the humanities at AU, French added in his announcement that he “will be taking a writing sabbatical, and look forward to returning to a new senior role in global strategy at Ahmedabad in 2023.”His announcement stated, “From the start, my remit was to build an innovative, inclusive and collaborative School that could enable undergraduate and graduate students to reach their full academic potential. Without the encouragement of the professors, students and supporters of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad, this vision could never have been  realised.”“The School remains a work in progress, but one that is solidly grounded in intellectual rigour and a liberal vision of thinking and learning. I have no doubt that the incoming Dean of Arts and Sciences, the cosmologist Professor Raghavan Rangarajan, will do an excellent job in continuing and expanding this legacy,” he added.Professor Raghavan Rangarajan, who joined AU in January 2018, is presently a professor at the School of Arts and Sciences and dean of the undergraduate college at AU.Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceHe was on the faculty of the theoretical physics division at the Vikram Sarabhai-established Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad for over 20 years before joining AU.With his areas of research being cosmology and particle physics, Raghavan’s research has been on topics such as dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe and cosmic microwave background radiation.Often seen as an active participant in issues in Ahmedabad, prof Raghavan was recently seen in PUCL Gujarat gatherings in Ahmedabad following the arrest of human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and retired DGP RB Sreekumar.

Patrick French steps down as AU Arts and Sciences dean; cosmologist prof Raghavan to take charge
Applications of students from minority community: ‘Pending verification’, over 1,000 girls miss scholarship
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

Over a thousand girl students belonging to the minority community in Gujarat did not receive the Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship offered by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) for the academic year of 2021-’22, “pending verification” from the nodal officers of their respective districts, as per the MAEF and the Gujarat government in two separate RTI replies to a petitioner from Jamnagar. Now the period has lapsed for the scholarship.The petitioner Rashid Chaki, a teacher from Jamnagar, filed the RTI with the MAEF and the state government after some parents of the excluded children approached him for help. The Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship is for girl students in classes 9 to 12 from the minority community. Students of classes 9 and 10 receive Rs 5,000 annually as scholarship, while students of classes 11 and 12 are entitled to Rs 6,000.Chaki said that the individual status of the applications of the students on the portal said “verification pending”, leaving no option for the students to seek remedy.In its reply to Chaki, the MAEF said that it received 2.82 lakh applications from across the country through the national scholarship portal for the Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for the financial year 2021-’22, of which 4,362 are pending verification. Out of these, 1,019 applications are from Gujarat.“The Foundation received 9,150 applications from Gujarat, of which verifications for 1,019 were not completed at the level of the district nodal officer (DNO)… The foundation has made necessary follow-ups with the state governments for timely completion of the verification… Necessary follow-up has also been made with the DNOs where it was possible… The MAEF has no authority to take action against the DNOs,” said MAEF in response to queries posed by Chaki under RTI.The Director of the Developing Castes Welfare (DCW), Gujarat, also stated in the RTI reply that it received 9,150 applications for the Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship in the state, of which 5,381 were approved by the DNOs. “For the academic year 2021-22, 1,098 applications from female students of the minority community were not verified,” it said. The RTI reply does not specify the reason for pending verification or action taken.Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceAccording to Chaki, the remaining 2,671 applications out of 9,150 may have been unprocessed at the school level. “Some parents are not able to furnish all the required documents… Once the application has reached the DNO level, the officer only has to verify if the submission is complete and forward it to the foundation. Even if the DNO thinks the application is unfit, it should be rejected and not reflect as a process pending,” Chaki said.The scholarships portal of India, for instance, shows the application status of one of the students from Khambhalkiya from Devbhumi Dwarka district as “Application under process for verification with district nodal officer”. The verification details include a positive verification by the high school from where the student has applied for the scholarship as well as a verified Aadhaar. The portal also states that the application was not found to be a duplicate in the system and no scholarship amount has been processed for the applicant.Joint Director of DCW, Gujarat, Hitendra Vaghani, told this newspaper, “There are many cases from schools where the beneficiaries apply for multiple scholarship programmes… when such an application arrives at the DNO level, and it is seen that the beneficiary has received another scholarship, the application is left unprocessed… It is not rejected, technically. There is no other reason for the pending numbers.”Chaki, however, said that there are no other scholarships at the central and state level that girl students of the minority community from Class 9 to 12 can apply for. Chaki said, “The MAEF scholarships are on the National Scholarship portal. Any student can choose only one scholarship during the application and  it is not possible to avail of another scholarship… The Central scholarship does not have any conditions that the student could not avail of any other scholarship offered by the state. Genuine applications should be verified and forwarded or at least a remedy should be available. We are in the process of seeking legal opinion in this matter.”

Applications of students from minority community: ‘Pending verification’, over 1,000 girls miss scholarship
Ahmedabad: Man, minor girl die by suicide
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

AHMEDABAD: A 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl from the Baherampura area of Ahmedabad on Thursday died by suicide by jumping into Sabarmati river in Paldi. The reason behind the suicide was not known, said officers of Sabarmati police (west). A police officer said the girl was missing since Wednesday. “As she did not return to her home from school in Maninagar till 1pm on Thursday, her family members started searching for her. Later, they filed a complaint of abduction with Maninagar police also,” said a police officer. At around 12.15pm on Friday, an eight-year-old boy, who was cycling on the riverfront, saw the girl and the Karan Parmar jumping into the river after tying their hands with each other. The boy immediately rushed to Sabarmati riverfront (west) police, which was nearly 50 metre away, and informed a cop about the suicide attempt. One of the cops, who was a trained diver, rushed to the spot and tried to search for the two. Rescuers of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) reached the spot and fished out the bodies from the river. The girl’s family members reached there and identified her. The police also informed Parmar’s family. The girl’s father said, “My family was not aware of how and when he eloped with my daughter.” Another family member said, “She never told us about him. We suspect that he might have forced her to elope with him.” A police officer said that the man had cut marks on his wrist also which suggested that he might have tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrist.

Ahmedabad: Man, minor girl die by suicide
Gujarat BJP’s visit: CM Arvind Kejriwal says hope they learn From ‘Delhi Model’
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

NEW DELHI: Taking a dig at the delegation of BJP leaders from Gujarat visiting Delhi to check the "ground reality" of the Aam Aadmi Party government's modernised schools and mohalla clinics, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that Delhi could become the model for Gujarat government’s schools and health facilities. Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “BJP leaders from Gujarat have come to see the schools and mohalla clinics in Delhi. I'm hoping they take lessons from Delhi's outstanding educational and healthcare systems and implement them in Gujarat; India will only progress once we all learn from each other.” Meanwhile, at a Delhi government school on Rouse Avenue, AAP MLAs said that they had invited the Gujarat delegates through TV and social media to visit that school, which had been completely transformed in the last seven years. Atishi said they wanted the BJP visitors to gain an insight into how to transform and run world-class schools. “Students study on taat-patti in world-class schools in Gujarat. The BJP delegation should come here and see what an actual world-class school looks like,” said Atishi in the afternoon. “We picked the Rouse Avenue government school located in front of the BJP headquarters so that the visitors couldn’t evade pleading that they didn’t know where the school is. We have been waiting since 12.30pm, but they haven’t come yet.” There was no immediate reaction available from BJP on AAP’s invitation and their visit to schools and health facilities in the city. Atishi said the school earlier ran from a tin shed seven years ago, but had now been transformed into a state-of-the-art school by AAP. Parents all over Delhi want to send their children to government schools now, she claimed. The AAP MLAs said they had made proper arrangements in this school to welcome the BJP delegates and had organised an exhibition of student projects. “BJP is quite active on social media and keeps responding to our tweets, so we expect them to have received our invitation sent through Twitter and television,” said Atishi. “We are unaware of any development regarding them visiting other schools. Yesterday, they went to a mohalla clinic late in the evening when the doctors, patients and officials of the health department had left for home. We want them to visit a school where we are also present.”

Gujarat BJP’s visit: CM Arvind Kejriwal says hope they learn From ‘Delhi Model’
Ahmedabad: Trust moves High Court after dispute for control of school in Vasna
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

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: Trust moves High Court after dispute for control of school in Vasna
  • Trust moves HC after dispute for control of school in Vasna
  • Times of India

    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.

Gujarat BJP team continues Delhi yatra, spat with AAP intensifies
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

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.”

Gujarat BJP team continues Delhi yatra, spat with AAP intensifies
Manish Sisodia offers to show ‘Delhi model’ to Gujarat MLAs, wants them to return favour
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

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.

Manish Sisodia offers to show ‘Delhi model’ to Gujarat MLAs, wants them to return favour
5.72 lakh children admitted to Class 1: Vaghani
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

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.

5.72 lakh children admitted to Class 1: Vaghani
  • During 3-day Shala Praveshotsav: Over 5.72 lakh children enrolled in govt schools
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • Over 1.88 lakh children enrolled on 2nd day of Shala Praveshotsav
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • Shala Praveshotsav | Over 2 lakh students enrolled on Day 1: Education Minister
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kevalani: Gujarat government to begin school enrollment drives from June 23
  • The Indian Express

    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.

Gujarat BJP leaders reach Delhi to visit schools and find faults, AAP says will give all assistance
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

With elections in Gujarat scheduled at the end of the year, the politics has now reached the national capital.“A 17-member party delegation from Gujarat is in Delhi on a two-day visit to assess and bring to the fore the ground reality of Kejriwal’s so-called world model in several areas of Delhi,” said state BJP Vice President Virender Sachdeva.He said that the team would be visiting some schools Tuesday and some others Wednesday. Replying to this, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “it was learnt from the newspaper that the Gujarat BJP team is coming to Delhi’s school-mohalla clinic. We have made a team of 5 MLAs to welcome this team from Gujarat and show them schools and mohalla clinics,” he said.BJP spokesperson Praveen Shanker responded to Sisodia’s tweet saying that why AAP wants to decide which school BJP will visit. “Let us visit wherever we want, you want to do a conducted tour in a sanitised environment because you fear that it will expose your reality that you have built only few schools which you keep on advertising while others in a dilapidated state.”Sisodia had earlier said that the party will be contesting the Gujarat polls from all the 182 seats in the state. After its landslide victory in the recently-held Punjab Assembly election, the AAP is seeking to expand its footprint in other states.The party had made its debut in Gujarat in the 2017 Assembly polls but could not open its account. The BJP won the Gujarat Assembly polls in 2017 for the sixth straight time and is currently in power in the state.The entry of AAP has made the contest a four-way fight in Gujarat with BJP and Congress already in fray and AIMIM trying to strengthen its presence in this year’s election.AAP MLA Atishi also tweeted: “A BJP delegation from Gujarat has come to Delhi to visit our government schools and mohalla clinics. We are at AAP office to welcome him; those who want to visit school, hospital or mohalla clinic, we will take them there.”

Gujarat BJP leaders reach Delhi to visit schools and find faults, AAP says will give all assistance
BJP Delegation From Gujarat Has Come To Learn From "Delhi Model", Says AAP
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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.)

BJP Delegation From Gujarat Has Come To Learn From "Delhi Model", Says AAP
Gujrat’s teledensity drops to 95% from 100.1%
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

AHMEDABAD: With remote working moving back to offices and schools and colleges going from laptops and mobile devices to classrooms, the need for additional mobile connections declined. As people reduced additional connections month after month since July, teledensity in Gujarat dropped from 100.17% in July 2021 to 95.01% in April 2021. According to the latest telecom subscription report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of subscribers fell from 7.01 crore in July 2021 to 6.7 crore in April 2022. Industry players say the decline is because of the consistent reduction in number of mobile connections needed. "Since the pandemic began, most people bought and kept multiple connections for consistent internet connectivity because of remote working and online education. Subscriber numbers thus rose sharply as did teledensity. When educational institutes and offices reopened, additional connections began to be surrendered," said a telecom industry source. This phenomenon has been seen in all the states over these months. According to the latest data from TRAI, teledensity was 72.9% in rural Gujarat and 119.53% in urban areas as of December 31, 2021. In July, Gujarat was among eight Indian states with teledensities above 100%. Even though the state continues to be among the ten states in terms of highest teledensity, its share of subscribers went down. Telecom operators also attribute the reduction to tariff revisions and network problems. "Recently, tariff revision was announced by one telco, and most of them have raised tariffs. This impelled customers to opt out of additional connections. Some connections which were not cancelled were automatically disconnected after being unused for more than three months," said a source.

Gujrat’s teledensity drops to 95% from 100.1%