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Ramdev’s suggestion to Smriti Irani: Incorporate elements of traditional ‘Gurukul’ system in modern education

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has sent a detailed proposal to Human and Resource Development (HRD) minister, Smriti Irani, to amalgamate the traditional ‘Gurukul’ system with the modern education.

According to a news report, Ramdev’s confederate, Acharya Balkrishna, met the HRD minister on 9th April and submitted the proposal on behalf of the Yoga guru.

“This is not just our view. We have done a lot of research and found that several consultations of the government with the states and other consultative bodies such as Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) have found that there is a need for an education system that is a mix of modern curriculum and Indian culture and values. We have collected all of these suggestions to make a strong case for our idea,” Balkrishna told The Economic Times.

Balkrishna added that for the proposal, Acharyakulam, the school run by Ramdev in Haridwar, has been taken as a prototype. This school educates around 400 boys and girls from class five to seven in classical subjects like Sanskrit, the Vedas and the Shastras along with the NCERT syllabus.

A few months back, Ramdev had also presented the idea to ‘Indianise’ education. He put forward an idea of starting a new national school board similar to CBSE, but with an Indian name like, ‘Bhartiya Board of Secondary Education (BBSE).’

Balkrishna told the newspaper, “The government’s attitude is positive. We had a nice meeting with the minister in which she gave us a good hearing. Now it’s just a matter of implementation.”

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CBSE Using Digital Technology For Level Playing Field in Exams

The official also debunked reports that the Board is conducting exams early this year due to general election, saying it's "completely wrong" and that early exams have nothing to do with the elections

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been using digital technology to create as much of a level playing field as possible for students who feel unduly penalised by a disproportionately difficult question paper or a stray ambiguous question, a senior official said.

The official said that the Board started using the Theory Evaluation Trend Analysis (TETRA) software – written by its own team – last year for studying the trend of marks being obtained by the students across the regions.

The software displays the live trend of average marks scored across the centres and can be used for moderation of marks in case there’s an unfair degree of ambiguity or difficulty in the question paper.

“We analyse the trend of marks being obtained by students across the regions and centres. Whenever we spot any deviation from the norm, we call up that centre and probe if there were complaints about the question paper,” a senior CBSE official told on condition of anonymity.

“We look for complaints regarding any ambiguity or difficulty in the question paper. A team then sees if and how much moderation is needed to account for these difficulties,” the official added.

Asked about previously instances of some boards spiking marks, the official emphasised that the Board has never happened as it was “unethical” and quite different from moderation, “which is done by boards across the world” and is a just way of compensating students”.

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Another official insisted that moderation is not a matter of policy for the Board and is done only when needed under pressing circumstances. This official likened the software with “CCTV camera” with the help of which the officials oversee the mammoth evaluation execise that the board exams are.

The CBSE had also used the TETRA software last year when it weathered opprobrium from all quarters after the Maths and Economics papers for class 10 and class 12, respectively were leaked.

Board officials saw the trend for both the papers and found that students from class 10 had not benefited from the Maths paper leak because the graph of their scores matched the general trend. Such was not the case with Economics paper, which was reset.

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The Board has since fortified its exam system, the official assured, but refused to divulge the details of the changes brought citing risk of their getting compromised.

The official also debunked reports that the Board is conducting exams early this year due to general election, saying it’s “completely wrong” and that early exams have nothing to do with the elections.

“We are conducting exams a little early this year at the instruction of the Delhi High Court, which had said that the schools results should coincide with the Delhi University admission. To that effect, the results also this year will be announced early in May,” the official said. (IANS)