New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated students who passed the Central Board of Second Education (CBSE) examinations and told the student community that success and failure are a part of life.
“(CBSE) Board exam results are out. I congratulate those who have passed the exams,” Modi said in his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
The prime minister, however, asked those not successful or scored low marks in their exams not to lose heart.
“Success and failure are a part of life. We can learn a lot from failure also,” he added.
Modi also said many people told him that his radio address before the exams was very helpful. “But, the reason for student’s success is their hard work.” (IANS)
On 12th May 2020, Indian Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation, which can be described as a morale-boosting talk.
With such eloquent talk and the promise of Rs. 20 lakh crore economic revival package, Modi Ji completed his talk, raising expectations amongst the people as to how he would proceed further to revive the economy in the coming days.
Economic revival package :
Subsequent to Modi’s talk, the Finance Minister announced a huge economic package including the statement that the Government of India would not float global tenders for value of less than Rs. 200 crore, which would mean that the government would buy products from domestic medium and small enterprises to a considerable extent.
However, the fact is that many crucial products made in India today are not of globally competitive standards at present and no buyer in India including the government can afford to buy a low-quality product, simply because they are made in India. One wonders why Finance Minister ignored this problem?
Prime Minister needs support :
The question is can Mr. Modi alone revive the economy without equal commitment and efficiency from bureaucracy, project promoters, investors, technologists and research bodies, and of course trade unions.
Today, there is a serious mindset issue amongst the investors/project promoters, bureaucrats and government officials at various levels, research and development personnel and leadership of trade unions, which necessarily have to be admitted. Their overall role and output are much below the national needs. The trade unions , whose leadership are now dominated by politicians , have become politically affiliated unions and the members of the unions play to the tune of politicians, which often are against the interest of the country as well as workmen themselves.
Need to create progressive mindset :
Prime Minister has to necessarily create mindset of progressive ideas, vision and commitment to the national cause amongst the stake holders and people in various walks of life. It is evident that in the last six years , Mr. Modi’s clean India campaign, skill development programme , make in India scheme , yoga movement, construction of millions of toilets for poor households , opening zero bank account for poor people etc. are all aimed at bringing a better mindset amongst people. Prime Minister has been trying to achieve this with partial success , which is not adequate enough.
At present, in India, the ground reality is that investors and project promoters all the time seek relief measures from the government and do not do adequately on their own to professionalise the managements , improve productivity, develop technology and achieve global competitiveness. Of course, some do but they are few and far between.
India’s overall technology development efforts are poor , though there are some isolated achievements in space science, atomic energy etc. India largely depends on overseas sources for technology inputs and equipment of modernized design that are in tune with the global standards. Indigenisation efforts, which can be ensured only by project promoters , scientists and engineers, are nowhere near the required level.
Are private entrepreneurs facing image crisis ?
In the last few months, it has been seen that several project promoters / investors in India announcing public issues and planning to take big chunk of the shares to get a better hold and ownership of the company,. They claim that they do not have the money to invest in the projects but have money to buy equity shares in their own companies !
Some private sector organisations are now loan defaulters of several crore of rupees to the banks and financing institutions and some of the promoters have succeeded in running away from the country and some trying to leave the country, so that they would not be caught for their malpractices. Because of such willful defaulters, the overall image of project promoters and business men in the country has suffered and people wonder whether the Prime Minister can depend on such project promoters and investors to revive the economy in the scale that he wants ?
Commitment level of bureaucracy :
The overall performance of the bureaucracy in India are again not measuring upto the speed and efficiency standards of the Prime Minister. A few of them have been caught for corrupt practices and many of them are really not known for efficiency and commitment. With number of bureaucrats showing disappointing performance, can Prime Minister take the country forward ?
Performance of state governments :
Most of the projects and development programmes in India are being implemented by state governments. Number of politicians running the state governments are known to be corrupt, not well educated in the nuances of administration and often indulge in appeasing people at the cost of the state, to retain their vote bank. With such weak state governments, can the Prime Minister push the country forward ?
Need efficient ministers :
While announced fiscal measures are good and Prime Minister’s motivating talk on 12th May,2020 are impressive and his goals and objectives are laudable, Prime Minister needs many intelligent, knowledgeable and committed ministers at the state and central government. How can he ensure this ?
Prime Minister Modi should move on with courage of conviction and he should reveal very strong qualities of merciless approach towards inefficient and corrupt people in the government and business as well as other sectors.
People are willing to support him in his reform measures and he has to respond without allowing political considerations to influence the decision-making process. One only hope Prime Minister will raise up to the expectations.
An Indian High School in Dubai has given its students free access to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbooks and learning resources online for the entire duration of this term amid the coronavirus pandemic,it was reported.
The school has offered to provide 100 per cent free access to CBSE textbooks and learning resources in digital form at no additional cost to all our students for the entire duration of this term, the Khaleej Times quoted the Indian High School group of schools’ CEO, Punit MK Vasu as saying on Thursday.
The term for Indian curriculum schools begins from end of March to June.
In a letter to parents, Vasu said: “This will provide significant financial relief as no costs will need to be incurred on the physical purchase of any CBSE textbooks for this entire term.
“Our students will also benefit from a digital learning app developed by an international publisher and students will have complete free access to exciting digital content including activities, assessments, videos and so much more.”
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The school will take a decision on the physical purchase of text books and the continuation of digital text books in September, depending on the prevailing health situation, explained Vasu.
He urged parents not to purchase any physical text books from third-party vendors until further notice.
“We are yet to confirm minor costs, if any, on e-text books for MoE related subjects such as Moral Education, Islamic Studies and Social Studies,” he was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times report, reiterating that the Indian High School is a not-for-profit school.
The school has also aided families directly hit by the crisis by providing “need-based admissions” to those in need. (IANS)
Tech giant Intel and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to digitally empower nealry one lakh students with Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration in India’s education system.
Initiatives include the roll-out of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) curriculum framework for grades VIII, IX and X for 22,000 schools, with the aim to empower one lakh students within 2020, the company said in a statement.
The curriculum is based on ‘Intel AI For Youth’, which is an immersive, hands-on learning programme using experiential methodologies covering both social and technological skills.
“AI has become a strategic imperative for worldwide economic growth and will continue to be one of the most crucial technologies of the future,” said Shweta Khurana, Director-Programmes, Partnerships and Policy Group at Intel India.
“Our collaboration with CBSE is a meaningful step towards enabling our youth to become digitally-empowered and effectively utilize emerging technologies such as AI to solve pressing local and global challenges,” Khurana added.
The MoU also stated that Intel along with CBSE will soon be launching a ‘National AI Olympiad’ to motivate young students to showcase their meaningful social impact solutions as evidence of achievement.
According to the company, it has been estimated that by 2030, AI, in all its applications, is predicted to contribute US$15.7 trillion to the global economy.
India’s own AI strategy identified artificial intelligence as an opportunity and solution provider for inclusive economic growth and social development.
The comprehensive programme called ‘Intel AI For Youth,’ aimed at empowering the young generation to become AI-ready.
Together with CBSE, Chip-making giant has curated an outcome-oriented AI curriculum for students of grade VIII and above.
The curriculum was piloted with eight schools, training youth to create AI projects focused on social impact in 2019, with the aim to empower 1,00,000 students with AI-readiness skills in 2020.
“Our collaboration with Intel has helped us empower the youth with AI skills in an inclusive way and we hope to take this journey ahead in a big way in the coming years,” said Biswajit Saha, Director, Skill Education and Training, CBSE. (IANS)