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Centre’s new education policy framing process not transparent: Ambarish Rai

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Kolkata: The central government’s process of formulating India’s new education policy is not “transparent” and “inclusive”, according to activist Ambarish Rai.

Rai, national convenor of the Right to Education Forum, a network of 10,000 grassroot organizations working in 18 states, said: “We appreciate the initiative to revamp the education policy but we do not support the way it is being done. The process is not transparent.”

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani recently said the new education policy will be formulated in consultation with the states.

While the government launched the exhaustive exercise earlier this year for holding consultations aimed at the drafting a new national education policy and invited suggestions and discussions towards that end, Rai said consultations are yet to take place.

“They want to draft it by December but where are the consultations and meetings at the ground level? The centre should consider all stakeholders and not just a few selected people. The method is not inclusive,” Rai said.

Further, Rai said the terms and conditions of the new framework have not been presented clearly to the citizens.

He was speaking at a workshop on Saturday with representatives from 12 NGOs working with the youth in Kolkata demanding the implementation of RTE in West Bengal.

Organised by NGO SPAN, the ‘Youth Stand for RTE – solidarity building workshop’ was designed to bring in the voice of youth to raise awareness on RTE implementation in the state.

(IANS)

 

 

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HRD Ministry to Ban word ‘SEX’ from Sex Education at School level to avoid offending People

The HRD Ministry has asked to avoid the use of the words 'sex' and 'sexual' in the document for the Sex Education Programme

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October 26, 2016: The Narendra Modi Government has decided to discard the usage of the word ‘sex’ from the sex education programme at the school level and HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has forced a panel of experts to condense it into one sentence. They said, that words like ‘sex’ or ‘sexual’ could not be allowed and the section had to be condensed into just one sentence.”

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HRD has also asked to abandon the use of words such as ‘sex’ and ‘sexual’ in the document for framing the policy on sex education for the students and said that the mention of the word ‘sex’ in the document might offend people, mentioned mensxp.com report.

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According to the Telegraph, when Smriti Irani had headed the HRD Ministry, the original draft which was given out in May used the word ‘sex’ twice.

Later it was reported that the expert panel has been asked to reduce the recommendations on adolescent education and asked not to use phrases like “sexual health needs,” as the word ‘sex’ is a taboo in India and instead of taking a step ahead and working forward to eradicate this, to the surprise, the government says, the mention of this word in the document might not be liked by people and offend them.

On the other side, experts have requested and urged upon a more explicit form of education where sex is talked about freely which will help solve the existing issues in this part of our lives.

According to the reports, the half a page in the draft earlier mainly advocated more thorough and explained lessons against unprotected sex but the Ministry raised objections on this as well during the last round of discussions.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

 

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Anticipated implementation of ‘three-language formula’ to open gates for Sanskrit learners

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Chennai: The Ministry of Human Resource Development, around three months ago, constituted a 13-member expert committee, with former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami as its head. The core agenda of committee was to suggest measures to integrate the study of Sanskrit with subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Law.

The committee suggested setting up of an independent Sanskrit cell in country’s premier institutions while making a ‘three-language formula’ mandatory for all schools.

Tabled by the committee on 4 February, the report according to Gopalaswami contains suggestions which if implemented, would open up avenues for students, who want to pursue Sanskrit.

The final decision on implementing the suggestions is expected to be taken by HRD Minister Smriti Irani shortly.

Clarifying contrary reports which announced the committee’s decision to make Sanskrit a mandatory subject, Gopalaswami clarified in an interaction with reporters that it is not true since nobody is forcing them to opt for the ancient language.

“All we have said is that there should be an option made available for students so that those wishing to learn Sanskrit can opt for it,” he asserted.

Under the two-language policy, Gopalaswami feels students who desire to learn Sanskrit are faced with the dilemma of choice. He said, “This is because they are forced to learn English and the native language (mother tongue), meaning even if they want to learn Sanskrit, they are not able to.”

Gopalaswami told about the flexibility of the three-language policy under which students can choose among a plethora of languages. He said, “In the report, we have made it clear that the option must be made available for eight scheduled languages and the students can, in turn, decide the three languages they wish to opt for.”

He stated about the abundance of information pertaining to medicine, architecture, science and technology available in Sanskrit, which could only be understood if the language is learnt first.

If you close your eyes, it doesn’t mean that light is non-existent. All the knowledge in Sanskrit texts has been existing for ages and there is a dire need to comprehend them and use them for the collective welfare of the nation,” he said, reiterating, “The suggestions are only for those with an inclination to learn Sanskrit and there is no compulsion on anyone to opt for the language against one’s choice.”

Since a huge amount of informational material is available in Sanskrit, Gopalaswami believes that implementation of the report will bring a positive impact in the educational system, beneficial for the common welfare of the people.

“Otherwise, somebody else will do it and you will start running behind,” he added.

Stating the report’s purpose, Gopalaswami further said that establishing a Sanskrit cell in premier institutions of the country, including the IITs and IIMs, is a significant step in opening up a platform for those willing to research in the ancient language. (Inputs from newstodaynet.com)

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Centre accepts Jharkhand’s proposal to set up Sanskrit Univ in Deoghar

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Ranchi: The state’s proposal to set up a Sanskrit University was complied with by the Centre today. The University is planned to be established in the Deoghar district of Jharkhand.

An official release said that the approval aroused during a successful meeting held in New Delhi between Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.

Raghubar Das, an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party who has served as the member of the legislative assembly for five times, was sworn in as the 6th chief minister of Jharkhand state in December 2014.

The release further said that the Ministry also assured to help improve the education level in the state. The meeting also witnessed Neera Yadav, the Jharkhand education minister, present there.

Formerly a part of Bihar, Jharkhand is the 28th state of India since the year 2000. Apart from being a hub of industrial activities; the state boasts itself of being an education destination too, attracting students from across the country to get admissions in their programs from a plethora of disciplines.

However, Jharkhand has an inadequate educational infrastructure with the increase in population aggravating the situation. It has been noted that the Government has been unable to provide books since 2001 in this ‘Naxalite-Maoist’ hit state. (Inputs from Agencies)