Saturday December 15, 2018

Public views will be an essential part of new education policy: Smriti Irani


New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the new education policy would have views from the people and their voices will be articulated in the new policy when she was attending the Hindustan Times leadership summit here.

We have ensured that we have people’s views articulated in the new education policy. We have sought views from the people. We want people in villages to say what they want their kids to be taught. A policy just remains a policy till it percolates to the ground,

Students of government schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, perform better than the private schools, Irani said.

The government is working on the quality of education in all the schools across the country. In fact, over the years the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya have performed better than the students of private schools, she said.

“We need to improve the quality of education in private schools like the government schools,” she added.

Irani also said her ministry was working with the state education departments on several ways to improve the performance of the children in the schools.

Teachers should be judged by the performance of their students. The central government is working with the states on this,

Talking about various policies to improve the education in the country, Irani said the government was emphasizing on the quality of education for disabled children.

We have given new learning material to over 2,75,000 teachers to address children with disability. We have waived off the fees for them in all the major institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), she said.

Irani said: “IITs are centers of excellence, doing work silently that do not make it to headlines across the world.”

Indian institutes carry out research in regional languages, which global rankings don’t recognize.

“The global ranking was necessary for perception, but the uniqueness of Indian institutions not reflected. Our IITs are centers of excellence, doing work that doesn’t make it to headlines across the world,” Irani said.

(Inputs from IANS)


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IIT devises health monitoring venture for elderly

The venture has been co-founded by Narayan Chandra Nayak from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Chandrashekhar Sakpal, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur.

IIT Kharagpur's venture OASIS will bring the elderly population closer to the people who are willing to help them

IIT Kharagpur has come up with a social entrepreneurial venture OASIS (Old Age Support Integrated Services) to bridge the gap between the elderly population and caregivers, a statement said on Wednesday.

OASIS is a comprehensive structure that juxtaposes an information system with health monitoring.

It aims to provide 360 degree solutions to old age health monitoring through fall sensors, heart rate sensors, infrared sensors, motion sensor, radar sensor and pressure sensor integrated to a Complete Sleep Monitoring System with Android App which can be monitored remotely.

“The two-pronged strategy is designed to address both the services as well as the product aspects. The existing players are presently catering to a single aspect thus leaving behind a vacuum on the other side,” said Aurobinda Routray, lead researcher and founder of OASIS.

“Our aim is to position OASIS in such a way so as to bridge the existing gap and touch all the aspects via a single integrated system.”

The healthcare monitoring devices are available in wearable forms like pedometer or fall sensor, in thermal sensory equipment or radar equipment or an attendance system.

“These devices will be monitoring the elderly 24×7 and send health information in real-time through a cloud information system to the caregiver or family member connected for the person under monitoring,” said Anushree Basu, a research scholar at IIT Kharagpur and co-founder of OASIS.

“It will also assess the risk factor and recommend next course of action based on collected data for each individual.”

The venture has been co-founded by Narayan Chandra Nayak from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Chandrashekhar Sakpal, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur.

The information system would be linked with databases of hospitals as well as doctors.

For old age homes, the system would provide access to donors and stakeholders who would be linked to the individual beneficiary so that they get regular updates on the beneficiary’s health, activities and expenses.

The products are being tested in some old age homes and hospices in Varanasi. IANS