Govt sets up committee to strengthen NCC, NSS

The govt has decided to form a committee under former education secretary Anil Swarup, seeking suggestions to strengthen National Cadet Corp & National Service Scheme. The Committee will deal with issues like expansion, strengthening training infrastructure & reducing manpower deficiency. The Committee will also submit recommendations for building “synergy” between these 2 institutions.

“I Am Not Afraid Of English” campaign

The Haryana Education Department has launched ”I am not afraid of English” initiative to promote English language right from Class 1 in the state’s primary schools. The initiative is aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them to help the students to learn, read, write and speak English. To start with, a booklet containing 1,000 sentences/phrases has been prepared.

Gyan Vani an educational FM radio in Pune

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started its own FM radio network Gyan Vani with the help of All India Radio (AIR). In this programmes like primary and secondary education, adult education, technical and vocational education, higher education is been broadcasted at 105.6 MHz. The educational channel is being broadcasted in English, Hindi and other regional languages.

World Bank report on Malala Day

In a report of world bank ‘Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls’, not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 to USD 30 trillion. According to the report,132 million girls around the world below 17 are still not in school. The report was released on 12 July 2018, on the eve of United Nations Malala Day.

National Testing Agency to conduct NEET, JEE

Newly formed National Testing Agency would now conduct the national-level examinations — NET, NEET, JEE (Mains) that were organised by Central Board of Secondary Education. The National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December & JEE (Mains) twice a year, in January and April. NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

Panel drafting education policy gets extension

Union Human Resource Development Ministry has extended till August 31 the term of K Kasturirangan Committee drafting a new education policy. The panel headed by K Kasturirangan, the former ISRO chief, was supposed to submit its report by June 30. This is the third extension granted to the panel. The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.

Boost to Higher Education

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for expanding the scope of Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA). HEFA’s scope expanded to meet the rising financial requirements of educational infrastructure in the country. HEFA is a Non ­Profit, Non Banking Financing Company for mobilising extra-budgetary resources.

Dalai Lama launches ‘Happiness Curriculum’

The Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Dalai Lama launched the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in the Delhi government schools on July 2. The new initiative that focuses on holistic education would cover around eight lakh students. The curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human beings.

World Bank to aid $480 million to Rohingyas

The World Bank decided to provide $480 million in aid to Bangladesh to address the needs of Rohingya refugees. The aid would include health, education, water & sanitation and other spheres. Nearly 7 lakh Muslim Rohingya have taken shelter from violence in Myanmar in Bangladesh, making it the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp. There are nearly 40000 Rohingya refugees in India as of 2017.

Govt proposes to replace UGC

Government has unveiled draft of a bill to replace higher education regulator University Grants Commission with a Higher Education Commission. The commission will not have grant-making authority, will promote reduced inspection system & will focus on quality outcome at universities & colleges. It will be applicable to all higher education institutions established under any act of Parliament.