PMO advised HRD ministry to include elements of a Sainik school in regular school
The inclusion of elements will incorporate “holistic development” of students
Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas will have Sainik school like features
July 21, 2017: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has advised the HRD Ministry to include elements of a military school in regular schools too. This will incorporate discipline, physical fitness, and patriotism in non-military schools. The PMO has suggested the inclusion of such elements in all schools for “holistic development” of students. According to a report, the meeting on Tuesday, July 18 was called out by the PMO to discuss the proposal with Senior HRD officials.
The idea of introducing military elements in schools was first introduced under the NDA government at a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (highest government advisory body on education) held in October last year. In the meeting, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of state for HRD accentuated the importance of military education for students to promote the idea of patriotism and nationalism, mentioned Indian Express report.
He further adds, if 2,000 of the 10,000 students at Nalanda University were trained in military education, they would have foiled “Bakhtiyar Khilji’s plan” to plunder and raze the institute.
Sainik Schools were established in 1961 by the then Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon with the purpose of preparing youngsters for the defense services.
The HRD ministry is exploring new ways to introduce Sainik School like features in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), which are also residential school. The PMO’s suggestion was also discussed with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
New Delhi, May 11, 2017: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to set up Aadhaar enrolment centres and has asked its affiliated schools to encourage students to enroll.
The CBSE issued a circular to its schools on Thursday saying that the schools volunteering and desirous to extend their facilities for Aadhaar enrolment centres shall have to sign separate Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CBSE or UIDAI, as the case maybe.
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Schools shall set up enrolment centres to facilitate their bona fide students, teachers, staff and their family members to enrol for Aadhar and make any updates or corrections, it said in the circular.
It further added that equipments such as computer, printer, biometric devices and other such things will have to be procured by the school themselves and should be as per the UIDAI specifications.
Schools shall be empanelled by UIDAI and paid by CBSE for successful Aadhaar generation at Rs 30 per Aadhaar enrolment based on the data provided by each school to CBSE.
Schools have been told not to charge fee for the enrolment. (IANS)
New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) held a meeting this week to discuss setting up of the country’s first Vedic Education Board, as proposed by yoga guru Baba Ramdev. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Misra met the secretaries of school and higher education in the Union HRD Ministry, S C Khuntia and V S Oberoi respectively, on Tuesday to explore the idea of setting up a national board that would allow affiliated schools to offer a blend of the traditional gurukul system and modern curriculum.
The meeting, sources said, followed a proposal by the Haridwar-based Vedic Education Research Institute run by Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogapeeth. As per this proposal, the VEB will help Indianise education by offering a mix of “archaistic education of Maharshi Dayanand”, “human education of Aurobindo”, “vedanta education of Swami Vivekananda” and modern curriculum. Its schools will also focus on teaching the Vedas, Upanishads and Gita along with Sanskrit, Hindi, regional languages and English. The VEB would have a structure similar to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), including a chairman and vice-chairman. Schools up to Class XII would be affiliated to it, as per the proposal, and the VEB would hold examinations and prescribe a curriculum for them. While the Vedic Education Research Institute also wants to run and control the board, it’s not clear if the government is open to this, and the matter will need further discussion.
The VEB would be essentially on the pattern of Acharyakulam, a school run by Ramdev in Haridwar that was inaugurated by Narendra Modi in April 2013, before he became prime minister. It has over 400 boys and girls in Classes V to VII studying Sanskrit, the Vedas and Shastras, apart from the National Council of Educational Research and Training curriculum prescribed by most boards in the country. If established, the vedic board, sources said, would benefit educational institutions such as Acharyakulam, Vidya Bharati schools (run by the RSS) and gurukuls run by the Arya Samaj, as it will allow them to sustain their model of education up to Class XII, which the CBSE currently does not permit.
Since the Modi government took over in 2014, Ramdev has repeatedly called for a vedic education board. “After yoga kranti (revolution), there is a need for shiksha kranti (revolution in education). There is a need for Bharatiyakaran and swadeshikaran (indigenisation) of education. Through a conspiracy, (Thomas Babington) Macaulay destroyed 7,32,000 gurukuls. Now our resolution is to set up, if not 7 lakh, then certainly 700 gurukulam and acharyakulam all over the nation,” he had said in Jaipur last year. A government panel on Sanskrit, headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami, too had mooted the idea of a national school board for Sanskrit and vedic studies last month, but the meeting chaired by Misra was specifically on Ramdev’s proposal. HRD Ministry spokesperson Ghanshyam Goel did not respond to questions emailed by The Sunday Express. Ramdev’s aide Acharya Balkrishna was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.