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Salaries of principals of uncleaned schools will not be increased: Manish Sisodia

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New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to withhold the salary increment of school principals for failing to conduct a cleaning drive in their schools despite warnings.

Deputy Chief Minister and education minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Friday said to reporters that  some 150 of the 1,000 government schools did not follow government instruction to clean their premises.

“Of these schools, some of them were very dirty. We have decided not to give increment to these principals for two years”.

“I had given all schools a deadline to clean the premises. I even asked them to hire labour to do that,” Sisodia said.

We made 225 teams, each having four people, who surveyed all the school buildings. We observed that many schools did good work, but 15-20 percent didn’t work at all. They took it casually,” he said, adding that people would have to be roped in to ensure cleanliness.

“We are developing an app through which people would be able to click the picture of garbage in schools and report to us,” said Sisodia, adding that the government had identified about 30 acres of land to build a model school village.

“This will be in northeast Delhi. About 10 schools of different streams will be built there“.

He also spoke about measures in field education like building 8,000 classrooms in the existing schools and building another 25 by next year.

Sisodia said he was thinking of adopting the European countries’ education model in Delhi schools. (Inputs from IANS)

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Good admin pressure by Delhi Dy.CM on faulty base work.
    Wrong role modelling wherein self & Delhi MLAs salary is 400% hike for wrong reasons.

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Tamil Nadu Schools make Singing Vande Mataram Mandatory

The Madras court has announced that all schools throughout Tamil Nadu must make the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory

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Students are to sing the national song twice as per the Madras High Court ruling. Wikimedia
  • Singing Vande Mataram is now mandatory in every school of Tamil Nadu after Madras high court announced its ruling
  • The students are to sing the national song twice every week
  • Given a valid reason, an individual or group may be exempted from the decision

July 29, 2017: Tamil Nadu school students are now compelled to sing Vande Mataram as per the Madras High Court’s recent ruling. The national song is to be sung twice a week.

Private as well as government schools have been instructed to comply with the ruling and confirm that it is implemented in their schools.

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The Madras Court’s ruling was the result of a petition filed by K Veeramani. Mr. Veeramani, interestingly, was unsuccessful in clearing the written test in the process of recruiting teachers because of a question related to the National song, mentioned PTI.

In an objective type question, K Veeramani selected Bengali as the original language in which national song was written. This answer was considered wrong by the board. Veeramani scored 89 while the cut off was 90. For this one mark and “wrongfully” missing the opportunity to work, he petitioned to the High Court.

And he was right. Advocate General R Muthukumarswamy agreed to K Veeramani’s claim. The National Song was originally penned in the Bengali Language.

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PTI reports Justice M V Muralidharan gave no actual reasons behind this verdict. The Justice also said that Monday and Friday should be the ideal days.

Justice M V Muralidharan’s ruling is backed by Article 226 of the constitution; The High court posses the power to pass orders within their juridicial territory upon any individual or group. The Judge also stated, “If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali or in Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in Tamil. The youth of this country are the future of tomorrow and the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.”

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Chandigarh: Students of Private and Government Schools and other Institutions adopt “Wall of Kindness” Campaign

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Chandigarh, Jan 1 , 2017: It is an act of kindness and gratitude, but veiled in anonymity. Students of private and government schools and other institutions in Chandigarh have adopted a “Wall of Kindness” campaign that was launched recently in the Union Territory with the efforts of an NGO, Yuvsatta.

“While working on our social projects, we realised that there was a segment of society which needed clothes, books and other things. Also, many people don’t know what to do with such used things which are still usable otherwise.

“So, we decided to launch this campaign — ‘Wall of Kindness’ — with school children in Chandigarh, so that the gap could be bridged,” Yuvsatta coordinator Pramod Sharma told IANS.

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The “wall” is marked on the outer facade of participating institutions, so that the givers and the takers can easily leave and pick up things. The clothes and things to be given can simply be hung on hangers or nails on the walls from where the needy can take them away.

Started just a couple of months ago, the campaign has already been adopted by hundreds of students in various schools and institutions across Chandigarh. People in some private houses have also shown initiatives on this front at a smaller level.

“The concept originated in Iran some years back. Over the years, it has been done in Pakistan, parts of China and other countries. The unique thing about this concept is that the giver and the receiver remain anonymous to each other. It has an element of kindness from the giver and gratitude from the receiver,” Sharma elaborated.

The “Wall of Kindness” has already been started by leading institutions in Chandigarh, like Carmel Convent School, Dev Samaj College of Education, St Joseph School, St Stephen’s School, Dev Samaj School and the Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 18, which is one of the biggest all-girls’ school in the region.

“This unique initiative equally respects the dignity of donor and recipient, as one doesn’t know who is giving and who is receiving and your donation reaches the deserving ones,” Prof Devi Sirohi, Chairperson, Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR), said.

Sharma pointed out that they had not expected such a good response to the campaign. “Many schools and institutions are coming forward to join the campaign,” he said.

The success of the campaign can be gauged from the fact that government school authorities want to extend it to individual classes.

“We have planned to assign a ‘Wall of Kindness Week’ for each section of the school, so that throughout the year, the students get involved in this activity to help the needy.

“This will inculcate the spirit of giving and sacrifice among the young minds. This is so very important in today’s materialistic world,” Raj Bala, Principal of the Government Girls School in Sector 18, said.

Education Department officials in Chandigarh are also encouraging the campaign.

“This is a good campaign. It becomes more significant during the winters, when many economically poor can’t afford good woollens to save themselves from the chill,” Education Department Deputy Director Chanchal Singh said.

It shows that people want to give and contribute for a better and just world, Sharma added. (IANS)

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Sanitation workers on strike for non-payment of salaries in Delhi

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New Delhi: Delhi municipal sanitation workers staged a protest against the non-payment of their salaries leading to which they dumped garbage outside Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia’s Camp office in east Delhi.

The protestors have threatened for an indefinite strike if their demands are not fulfilled at the earliest. They have demanded for an immediate release of funds of their salaries, which they say are pending for a long time.

The workers have raised slogans against the government and dumped garbage outside the office building of Sisodia’s camp in Patparganj.

“Many workers are not being paid their salary for two to three months. Despite several appeals, our demands are not considered,” said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha.

“We will call off work for an indefinite period if our demands are not met,” he added.

More than 1.5 lakh workers have gone on a three-day strike on Wednesday for non-payment of their salaries.

Apart from all this, the employees are also demanding payment of arrears, regularization of employees who are on a contract basis and also a meagre of the three corporations.

Earlier, in October 2015, the employees of East Delhi Municipal Corporation went on a strike with the similar demands.(IANS)