NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to discontinue non-NET fellowships for MPhil and PhD students at central universities from the next academic session, triggering protests by student groups who have termed it “one of the biggest anti-student moves” of the NDA government. The All India Students Association (AISA) read in the decision a sinister move to make the public education system compliant with the impending WTO-GATS (World Trade Organisation-General Agreement on Trade in Services) under which India has made an offer to open up higher education commercially by classifying it as a tradable service. There is widespread demand for the offer toRead More →

JAIPUR: One of the many changes in textbooks of the Rajasthan secondary education board will be the removal of a chapter on iconic statesman Nelson Mandela, which will be replaced with a long chapter called ‘Tribals in Rajasthan.’ “It is strange and unfortunate that Rajasthan students have been reading chapters on Africa and poems by foreign authors while they are ignorant about our own tribals and poets. These textbooks giving undue importance to foreign authors and chapters are meaningless. The committee is thoroughly examining the books to bring forth the work of Indian authors which is closer to our motherland,” a senior committee member toldRead More →

Image captionWallington only admits girls in the sixth form A London MP says he will help a grammar school develop plans to expand into a neighbouring borough. Wallington County Grammar School in Sutton, south London, has expressed an interest in opening a site in non-selective Croydon. Chris Philp, Conservative MP for Croydon South, says he plans to write to Nicky Morgan to explore the process. Croydon Council said it already had a clear strategy to meet rising demand for school places. ‘Encouraged’ Mr Philp confirmed that he had been talking to Wallington, a boys’ school, about setting up a satellite in Croydon for some timeRead More →

HYDERABAD: The Telangana state directorate of adult education has charted out a 100-day action plan to educate over 50 lakh illiterates in the state through a training programme. The state has the second-largest number of illiterates in the age group of 15-60 years in the southern region. Mahbubnagar has the most number of illiterates among the districts, followed by Medak and Nizamabad. Mahbubnagar has the least literacy rates on all fronts, be it male, female, SCs and STs. The 66.46 per cent literacy rate in the state is much lower than the national average of 72.99 per cent. In female literacy, Mahbubnagar finished last followedRead More →

KOLKATA: For the past 33 years, this scholar from Denmark, has been scouring the rugged and difficult landscapes of Jharkhand and Jangalmahal, in search of ancient Santhali traditions. Now when the Anthropological Survey of India has decided to document the Karam festival, one of the most primeval traditions of the Santhal tribe, they are depending heavily on Peter Anderson, one of the world’s best known scholars on tribal India, who has once again come down from Copenhagen to document the change that Karam has undergone. Anderson has worked among the Santhals at Jharkhand around Dumka and then all over West Midnapur. There are variations inRead More →

Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionTeaching unions have long complained about workload leading to stress Stressed teachers are being reduced to tears and not being helped with their workload, a teachers’ leader says. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, says she has been told of one teacher crying every night at home and another being ordered not to burst into tears in the staffroom. She added that teachers are often expected to work extra hours at home. And she called on head teachers to back their staff, while ministers have pledged to reduce unnecessary workload. Dr Bousted, writing in the Times Educational Supplement, said howRead More →

In 2012 the country passed the Right to Education act which guarantees free and compulsory education for all children until the age of 14. However, some of the “facts” that have been found in textbooks around the country have given rise to speculation over what exactly passes for “education” in India. Glaring mistakes, downright lies and embellishments in textbooks are often featured in local media. A trend that is all the more worrying, given that India’s education system promotes rote learning at the cost of analytical thinking. The BBC’s Ayeshea Perera looks at five of the most outrageous excerpts from Indian textbooks that have madeRead More →

NEW DELHI: ‘Dadi Maa’, a story taught in grade VI Hindi has been judged “very long and uninteresting”, ‘Khan-pan ki badalti tasveer’ apparently “lacks succulence”; the tone of “The Old Clock Shop” from the English syllabus is “too dark and morose.” Lesson 8 from the Class VIII history textbook “contains only factual information and over emphasis and justification of colonialism which is unnecessary.” These are some of the sections that an internal committee of the Directorate of Education, Delhi, has recommended for culling from the syllabus to reduce it by 25%. The detailed plan for reduction of syllabi for classes VI to VIII has nowRead More →

Postgraduates could have the option to study online at a leading UK university from next year. The University of Exeter has announced an “international partnership” with education giant Pearson to develop online masters’ degrees. The university says they are “currently researching the potential to deliver online postgraduate degrees in a variety of subjects”. It adds: “It is intended that courses will start as early as September 2016.” Pearson, best known in the UK as an educational publisher and owner of the Edexcel exam board, already helps run similar courses in the United States at Arizona State University, which offers more than 70 degrees entirely onlineRead More →

Children in England are turning to the internet for advice on mental health instead of talking to their school nurse or GP, it is claimed. Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children do not have the confidence to go to the doctor with mental health issues. A small survey of youngsters suggests 62% have done a general internet search on issues such as depression. The government said it was promoting greater use of counsellors in schools. ‘Desperate’ Ms Longfield said: “Every child knows if they are unwell with a stomach ache or hurt their leg, they go to the doctor or school nurse. “UnfortunatelyRead More →