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HC restraints govt from closing any school in Jammu and Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking suo moto cognisance of a media report on a government school being asked to shut down to make way for a parking lot here, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has restrained the state government from closing any government school, directing it to seek permission from it over any such closure.More than 200 students are currently studying in the school – Government Girls High School, City Chowk, Jammu – and the decision to make way for a parking lot had invited the wrath of parents. “Considering the Right to Education of children guaranteed under Article 21A of the Constitution of India and under Section 4 of Jammu & Kashmir School Education Act, 2002, we are restraining respondents from closing any government school, which are functioning as on date and if any school is to be closed for any valid reason(s), permission from this court be obtained”, a division bench of the court said yesterday.The judgement was delivered by a bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan.The court said, “A shocking news item has come to the notice of this court through print media today, that an existing school, Government Girls High School, City Chowk, Jammu is ordered to be closed by government, even though more than 200 students are studying, that too in middle of the academic year and the area is earmarked for using it as parking area”.”The students and their parents are in protest. The schools, which are functioning and catering to the education needs of the local residents shall not be closed. Thus, we are constrained to pass an order prohibiting the respondents from closing the Govt.Girls High School, City Chowk, Jammu and further order to continue the said school in the same premises till further orders.Students celebrate the rulingThe court also observed that the State Government is contemplating to rationalise 3000 schools in the State on the pretext of less number of students and more number of teachers working in schools. “Though, it is necessary to deploy excess teachers to needy schools, taking steps to close the schools on the ground of less number of admissions of students must be carefully considered.This order shall not preclude the education department to post surplus teachers in needy schools,” the court said.The court also said that imparting education should not be for profit. “Imparting education either by the State or by private person(s) cannot be for profiteering.Right to Education to the children upto age of 14 years is guaranteed as a fundamental right under Article 21-A of the Constitution of India.The said right was recognized by Parliament based on various pronouncements made by the Hon ble Supreme Court and in particular Unni Krishanan J.P. and others v. State of Andra Pradesh & others (1993) 1 SCC 645”, the court said.The Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act, 2002, Section 4 also mandates the Government to provide free and compulsory education for children up to the Class VIII within a period of 10 years from the date of commencement of the Act.Thus, establishment of schools and administration of the schools shall the primary concern of the State, which also includes running of schools, which are already established and functioning, it said. “It is a well settled principle that investment in education is an investment for future generation and educational institutions are treated as knowledge-centres and all welfare states must strengthen the education system for developing society,” it said.

CBSE schools to go cashless from January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Push for a digital economy, the CBSE has asked all its affiliated schools to start collecting fee through online or a cashless mode from the next quarter commencing from January next year.In a letter to the schools, CBSE secretary Joseph Emmanuel said that the benefits of cashless transactions are enormous and the CBSE has brought e-payment facilities for collection of examination fee, affiliation and various activities including payments to its examination functionaries.”The Board has been directing its affiliated schools to disburse salary to staff through bank transfers. Further, with a view to reduce cash transactions at school, all CBSE affiliated schools shall introduce fee collection from students only online or through non-cash mode from the next quarter commencing from January, 2017 onwards,” he said.The schools should also make all the payments for their various services, procurements, wages to contractual workers and other transactions cashless, Emmanuel said. The schools have also been asked to promote cashless transactions and motivate students to do the same by creating awareness among people about it.

Why can’t you but new vehicles: NGT refuses to lift diesel ban in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday refused to permit over 10-year old diesel vehicles from plying in Karnal in Haryana and asked the state government to expedite installation of CNG stations. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order on the plea of Karnal Independent Schools Association seeking permission to ply diesel vehicles over 10 years old until adequate number of CNG filling stations are set up in their city that falls in the NCR.”Why can’t you buy new vehicles? Karnal is almost Delhi and it is as thickly populated as any colony here. You run international schools, charge handsomely, why can’t you buy new vehicles. We are not going to permit diesel vehicles in Karnal, you can be rest assured,” the bench said.When the NGT asked the lawyer appearing for association to file an affidavit stating that it was ready to fit new engines in the old buses, he withdrew his petition. In its plea, the association had said that it runs around 900 buses in 77 schools which were all private and unaided CBSE schools in Karnal.”The member schools do not have substantial means and resources to immediately procure approximately 175 new diesel buses. The schools cannot purchase new CNG fitted buses as well due to lack of adequate resources and as well as due to non-availability of CNG filling stations in the area. “Many of the children who attend these schools come from far flung, rural and remote areas as well and have no means of transport besides school buses. Many of these children belong to under privileged backgrounds as well,” the plea had said.The tribunal had earlier asked Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments to mull over the possibility of installing CNG stations in NCR and consider the proposal after it was informed that there was no CNG station in Karnal and Meerut. On July 18, the green panel had directed authorities in Delhi-NCR to cancel the registration of all diesel-powered vehicles which were over 10 years old.

J&K: Fire engulfs six houses in Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive fire engulfed half-a-dozen houses in the residential area of Buchwara Dalgate in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Fire tenders were quick to douse the flames. The fire started from one of the houses and spread to others. A gas cylinder blast is said to have caused the massive fire.”The government should do something for the victims of this tragedy,” a local resident, Mushtaq Ahmad said. “Only 50 percent of the fire has been controlled,” fire officer, Ali Mohammad said.Firefighters faced difficulty reaching the house as no proper roads were there in the locality.After two days relaxation called by Hurriyat Conference leaders, the Kashmir valley was again shut down on Monday. Schools, colleges and other business establishments were also closed. In the visible effects of the recent demonetization move by the Centre, the 133 day-long shutdown was called-off by the separatist leaders two days ago. The valley had been caught in a series of protests and shutdown since security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Kashmir students take exams despite four-month school shutdown

More than 100,000 students take exams in Indian-administered Kashmir despite not being able to attend school for nearly four months.

Kashmir Valley teachers become ‘chowkidars’ to protect schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The burning of schools in the Kashmir Valley has prompted the Mehbooba Mufti regime to issue orders to teachers to keep watch at night to prevent such events.So far around 27 schools have been torched across the state. Most of these schools have been burnt during at night, and therefore, the state government has ordered schools to produce rosters, so that the employees can take turns keeping a watch on schools at night.Most schools, however, only plan to use chowkidars or non-teaching staff for this exercise, which will supervised by the teachers. “This is a slap from the government on our society. We have been promoted from teacher to chowkidar. Every teacher has to do his/her duty according to the roster. We have no hope with this government,” a resident teacher said.Private schools in the area have opposed this move. However, the all chief educational officers have advised that this is for their own good. However, heads of private institutions say they are burdened with the task of asking teachers and other staff to work nights and protect the schools. The fact that the lives of the staff are also in danger also worries them. Lady staffers have been exempted from doing night duty, which has left school administrations unhappy.

Where were your officials when attempt made to burn 2 more schools: J&K HC pulls up govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir High Court has pulled up the state officials over continuing incidents of schools being targeted in the unrest-hit Valley even as it was informed that authorities are getting help from locals in keeping vigil at these buildings.The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, told the court that six out of 11 attempts to target schools have been frustrated recently as there is overwhelming response from people towards safeguarding the schools.”Where were your officials when attempt was made to burn two more schools (on Sunday).”Compliance on papers is not enough,” a division bench comprising justices S Ramalingam and Ali Mohammad Magrey said yesterday while hearing a PIL on schools being burnt by unidentified attackers in the Valley.The bench said it was concerned about saving the schools.The High Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the incidents of burning of schools in Kashmir last month and directed the officials — Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Inspector General of Police Kashmir and Director School Education — to take steps to prevent any harm to more schools.The court had also sought a status report from them and directed them to be present in the court yesterday.The court, while rapping the Government for its failure to stop burning of schools, asked it to take effective measures for safeguarding the educational institutions.The IGP informed the court that besides schools, more than 100 government buildings have been damaged during the unrest.The Divisional Commissioner informed the court about the steps taken for safeguarding the schools, saying control rooms have been established which are in touch with the concerned police stations.The court directed these officials to make coordinated efforts to save the educational institutions from any kind of damage and to involve locals in the process in order to keep vigil on these buildings.The Divisional Commissioner said Village Level Committees, Sarpanches, Panches and Lumberdars were involved in the process of guarding the schools.The bench suggested that fire dousing equipments be made mandatory in public buildings.The court also suggested that services of contingent paid employees (temporary contract employees) of schools — with enhanced wages — can be utilised for keeping vigil on the school buildings.The Director School Education submitted that he has raised the issue of enhancement of wages for contingent paid employees with the Education Minister recently so that they can keep strong vigil on the school buildings.He has also submitted that control rooms at chief education officer and zonal education officer level have been established to safeguard the institutions.

Jammu & Kashmir unrest: ‘PM Modi ready to talk to anyone to pacify situation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shafiq Mir, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to normalise the situation in the state where more than 90 people have been killed and thousands wounded in clashes between the protestors and security forces post the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.Mir, who was part of the 30-member delegation of an apex body representing 4,000 village panchayats of the state, said the Prime Minister promised them to take all steps to pacify the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”We discussed a lot of issues related to Jammu and Kashmir in particular we focused on the present situation of the state. So far as the four month-long unrest is concerned, we discussed the issue of schools being targeted in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We also discussed the anger amongst the young generation in the state. We are very much satisfied that the Prime Minister heard us patiently and assured us to take apt steps on the issues discussed with him,” he said.”Speaking about the schools being torched and the students suffering in the area, the Prime Minister assured that doors of schools of the entire nation are open for them. The Prime Minister also said that he is ready to talk with anybody and that he is open to criticism as well,” he added.Prime Minister Modi on Saturday said that development and trust would be cornerstones of his government initiatives to pull Jammu and Kashmir out of the prolonged unrest.The Prime Minister assured the delegation that growth and development of the state was high on agenda.According to reports, another school building yesterday was gutted on the 120th day of unrest in a fire in Bandipora district of Kashmir, taking the number of schools damaged during the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 32.The Jammu and Kashmir High Court last week took suo moto cognisance of the incidents and directed the state government to ensure that the schools are protected.Expressing concern over the burning down of schools in the Kashmir Valley, the National Panthers Party (NPP) has called for the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state, claiming that an atmosphere of complete chaos exists and needs to be quelled.

MCD schools to remain closed tomorrow due to heavy smog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schools running under the three municipal corporations of Delhi have been ordered to be closed on Saturday in view of the heavy smog, the worst the national capital has faced in 17 years.”All municipal schools under the three corporations will be closed tomorrow due to the heavy smog and pollution. The order for closure is only for a day as of now. As per the situation, we may decide to close them later as well,” Leader of Opposition in SDMC, Subhash Arya said.About 10 lakh students are enrolled in the schools administered by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).”The decision was taken today at a meeting held in the wake of severe pollution Delhiites are reeling under. And, since the smog is worse during the morning, it was decided to close the schools,” said Arya, also the former Mayor of south Delhi.The national capital is facing the worst smog in 17 years, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had said on Thursday, while asking the Delhi government to issue health alerts and convey that children should stay indoors as there is a state of health emergency due to peaking air pollution.Peak level of respirable pollutants PM 2.5 and PM10 had also violated the safe limits by over 15 times at places like R K Puram. The prescribed standard of PM 2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic metre, but it touched 955 in real-time during early morning hours.Admitting that the enforcement of rules for tackling air pollution was “weak”, the Environment Ministry today asked states to “strictly” implement a host of measures, including checking spread of fly ash from Delhi’s Badarpur plant and shutting down of old brick kilns.

Delhi-NCR pollution: MCD schools to be closed on Saturday due to heavy smog

New Delhi: Schools running under the three municipal corporations of Delhi have been ordered to be closed in view of the heavy smog, the worst the national capital has faced in 17 years.

“All municipal schools under the three corporations will be closed on Saturday due to the heavy smog and pollution. The order for closure is only for a day as of now. As per the situation, we may decide to close them later as well,” Leader of Opposition in SDMC, Subhash Arya said.

New Delhi: A view of New Delhi street covered with dense smog on Friday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI11_4_2016_000040B)New Delhi: A view of New Delhi street covered with dense smog on Friday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI11_4_2016_000040B)

The national capital is facing the worst smog in 17 years. PTI

About 10 lakh students are enrolled in the schools administered by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Nouth Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

“The decision was taken on Friday at a meeting held in the wake of severe pollution Delhiites are reeling under. And, since the smog is worse during the morning, it was decided to close the schools,” said Arya, also the former Mayor of south Delhi.

The national capital is facing the worst smog in 17 years, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had said on Thursday, while asking the Delhi government to issue health alerts and convey that children should stay indoors as there is a state of health emergency due to peaking air pollution.

Peak level of respirable pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 had also violated the safe limits by over 15 times at places like RK Puram. The prescribed standard of PM 2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic metre, but it touched 955 in real-time during early morning hours.

Admitting that the enforcement of rules for tackling air pollution was “weak”, the Environment Ministry today asked states to “strictly” implement a host of measures, including checking spread of fly ash from Delhi’s Badarpur plant and shutting down of old brick kilns.

Kashmir school fire: Jammu & Kashmir govt sees separatist hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid increasing incidents of burning of schools, the state government on Monday pointed accusing fingers at separatists, saying they had started the “era of destruction” in Kashmir but were now trying to find an escape route. Education Minister Naeem Akhtar also ruled out any probe into these incidents, saying, “One does not have to research for the source of this huge conspiracy against the hapless people of Kashmir.”In a statement, he said, “burning of schools is one of the ploys to keep the fire burning (in Kashmir)… It is the same people who are promoting looting of banks, torching of shops and vehicles, stoning innocents, intimidation of citizens, who are responsible for burning the educational institutes.”Over the last few months, around 25 schools have been burnt down mysteriously across the Kashmir valley. Asserting that “no inquiry is needed to find out who is behind all this”, the minister said, “It is those people who have created this tirade against education, because they see it as a threat to their vested interests.” Akhtar said the separatists had mounted a tiger and are now trying hard to keep the conflict going.Targeting Yasin Malik, the minister said in the initial phase, the JKLF chief and others were “at the forefront of driving the shutdowns but now they have distanced themselves and thrown the ball solely in the court of (hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman) Syed Ali Shah Geelani.”Defending his decision to hold Board examinations as per schedule, the Education Minister said the government is not trying to invent or impose anything new in the academic arena of the state.”We are only trying to safeguard the career of lakhs of students, whereas separatists, with their shutdown calls, are trying to destroy their academic career,” said Akhtar, who is also government spokesman.Referring to the Malik’s statement that the burning of schools in Kashmir was a conspiracy to defame the separatist leaders, Akhtar said, “those saying that government decision to hold exams has forced students to torch the educational institutes should go for a self-introspection”.The Education Minister appealed to people from all schools of thought to keep the education conflict-neutral. “Just see Palestine or the recent happenings in Aleppo, Syria. Their schools are never shut even if there are bombings, killings and full-fledged war. They know that education is the key and in no way they can stop education. Compared to that, Kashmir is a peaceful region, except for the insecurity caused by the hartal politics being promoted through stone-pelting and intimidation,” Akhtar said.”In Kashmir too, we faced unfortunate deaths for which all of us are heartbroken and pained, but for saving the future generation, education has to go on,” he said.Taking on Yasin Malik, Akhtar said, “It is the examination time for leaders like Mohammad Yasin Malik who is now facing questions from the people over the way they are pushing Kashmiris into perpetual economic and academic disempowerment.” He also asked him to clarify whether he is with militancy or non-violence.”Malik is famous for saying that he was inspired by (Mahatma) Gandhiji when he announced ceasefire and abandoned his path to martyrdom whereas he is promoting others to do so and continues to glorify violence. Now I want to ask him whether he stands with violence or Gandhi Ji’s principles of non-violence. Has he again changed his thoughts,” Akhtar asked.Congress wants sternest punishmentCondemning the burning down of schools in Kashmir, state Congress chief G A Mir on Monday said it is an attack on the future of children and the culprits must be identified for sternest punishment.”We express disappointment over the incidents of burning down of school buildings in various parts of the valley and strongly condemn these unlawful activities, which are being performed to destroy the career of our children,” Mir said.The former Tourism Minister said it the inefficiency and incompetence of the State, which is not able to protect the infrastructure in the valley and secure the future of children from being getting ruined. He said the burning down of schools is an attack on the future of our children and the culprits must be identified sternest punishment.”The attack on schools is a ploy to damage the education system. The government must come out of the deep slumber and stop such unlawful activities,” he said.Describing burning down of schools as one of the greatest tragedies, the Congress unit chief said the government must rise to the occasion to protect education institutions, as such type of unfortunate incidents reflect the utter failure of the state government.

Parents approach HRD over school fee hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The growing number of fee hike issue every year in the city and different states have forced parents’ community to raise voice against schools. While some parents are taking help of child rights commission to get justice, some have started online petition to submit the ministry on websites like change.org.Despite the fee regulation act according to which, the schools have to decide their fees once in every two years, the schools have been increasing the fees every year, which has forced many parents to fight against it. Many parents have even approached the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR). Some parents from Pune have started an online petition to present it to the central government.A recent petition against fee hike has been put up on change.org by one parent named Makarand Gurjar from Pune, and it has got more then 200 signatures till now. The petition states that private schools are increasing their fees every year at an average rate of 10-15 per cent. The reason given by the schools on fee hike to parents are inflation and teachers’ salary. The petition states that whenever parents ask schools about PTA list and how their fee hike has been approved by PTA, the schools refuse to share those details with parents. According to the petition, private schools don’t follow any fee regulation acts. In the petition, In the petition, its has been alleged that the schools don’t listen to parents as well as the education departments. In the petition, Gurjar has urged the government to either take over private institutions or close them as they are making profits. The petition will be submitted to the Human Resource Department, Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of all states.One of the parent Prasad Tulaskar, who is fighting against fee hike issue with his child’s school management said, “The schools have started thinking of themselves as the government and whatever they say is the rule. This needs to be stopped somewhere and there should be government pressure on them. The privatization in schools needs to be stopped so that every class can afford the education, then only our country will progress. Many students fail to take education because they cannot afford it. When the situation will change where everyone can afford education, then only achche din will come.””Most of the parents don’t know whether to file a complaint or not when schools increase fees every year. According to the fee regulation act, schools are not suppose to increase fees every year but they do so and give reasons like they are private institution and government rules are not applicable on them. The government should come out with some strict rules for such schools,” said Jayant Jain, President of Forum for Fairness in Education.Recently, the deputy director of school education has also issued a circular for all schools as a reminder that they need to put up the information on their notice board about fee regulation act. According to the act, it’s mandatory for schools to form Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The schools have been asked to send details to the education department like date of PTA formation in their school, members of PTA, video shooting of the PTA should be done etc.”This is an old rule and schools know about it. But since they don’t follow the rule we have to issue this circular to remind them about the act and that they have to inform the parents about the it,” said BB Chauhan, deputy director of school education.

Indian miniatures including a set from Mughal era get £3.1 million at auction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A set of Mughal miniatures and fine paintings of the Rajasthani and Pahari Schools has raked in nearly £3.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London, more than doubling the pre-sale expectations.The auction of the Khosrovani-Diba Collection was led by an elegant depiction of Radha consoled by Krishna in a forest, an illustration of a romantic night scene from the “Lambagraon” Gita Govinda series of the private collection, which sold for £353,000 at the auction on Wednesday.”Formed over four decades, every work in the Khosrovani-Diba collection had been handpicked for its exceptional quality and this was reflected in the steep competition that propelled the outstanding success of today’s sale,” said Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s Middle East and India chairman.”Together each beautifully-preserved piece tells the story of the development of Indian painting from the technical excellence of the artists to the centuries of cultural exchange. Today’s result continues the tradition at Sotheby’s of presenting museum-quality collections of Indian miniatures,” he said.The auction was part of Sotheby’s Art of the Middle East and India week in London and was followed by Arts of the Islamic World, which brought in £4,656,125.

Bengaluru parents’ worst nightmares turn true as school drivers turn up drunk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dark cloud hangs over the children of Bengaluru as far as going to school is concerned. Callous school staff, seemingly uncaring of CCTV cameras or teachers, continue to rape children, some even as young as three. Angry parents have protested time and time again, but to no avail. Today, sending a child to school is a terror for families in the IT city.It’s not just worries of rape and molestation. Cases of errant school drivers — many of whom report drunk for duty — are leading parents to panic. Local police sources reveal that over 65 school bus drivers so far have been booked for drunk driving this year. And at least 10 cases of drunken driving by school bus drivers was reported in August and early September.Not surprisingly, such drivers have been involved in a series of accidents which have left students injured. This has ensured that a special drive has been put in place by cops, who are randomly checking drivers for alcohol.Why is this happening? Police sources explain that school drivers drink heavily at night and then head straight for duty in the morning — drunk. This menace is increasing month by month and worried cops say they are doing all they can to take action.”We have alerted the respective school managements and have also shot off a circular to schools, asking them to keep alcometers in place and check drivers during school hours.” Cops have also told school authorities to keep an eye on the number of vans, autos and other private vehicles that ferry the students.Schools though seemed to have adopted a wait and watch policy as far as the issue is concerned. When contacted, Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (KUSMA) — an institute which claims to represent over 3,500 schools, said that they had still had to take any decision. KUSMA’s general Secretary, A Marriyappa told dna that an executive body meeting was scheduled to be held on Thursday over the issue.When contacted, other schools were not willing to come on record on the matter. But what was worse was that they refused to acknowledge responsibility for checking drivers, some of whom were part of school staff.”We cannot be responsible for checking on every driver,” said one principal. Other principals went even further. “The onus is on the Regional Transport Authority to educate drivers and make them leave alcohol. That is not our job,” opined another.The lack of action by schools and other authorities have left parents angry, confused and worried. Shashank Gowda, an engineer, summed up the feelings of many parents, when he said, “We shell out thousands of rupees each month for transport facilities for our children. Why can’t the schools assure their safety? The state government too needs to step in and make the law more stringent so we can finally feel safe in sending our children to school.”Bengaluru’s School Kids: In Great DangerOctober 3: Bengaluru police booked 12 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol.September 25: Two school students and the driver injured in Chikkajala area of North Bengaluru after the school bus collided with the compound wall of Delhi Public School.September 2016: Police seized a private school van ferrying six students in the Nagarbhavi residential area of West Bengaluru. The driver was drunk.January 2015: A Class II girl student was allegedly molested by her school physical education teacher.October 2014: An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by her 63- year-old teacher.July 2014: A nursery student of Vibgyor High School was raped by two staff members.

Kashmir Valley remains curfew-free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Signs of normalcy on Tuesday started showing up in parts of Kashmir Valley, which remained by and large peaceful after days of unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.No area in Kashmir is under curfew today, but restrictions on the assembly of people are in place in many parts of the Valley as a precautionary measure, a police official said here. He said there has been a considerable improvement in the overall situation in the Valley. There was no untoward incident yesterday and the situation remained by and large peaceful during the day, the official said.However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 81st straight day today due to the separatist call for shut down. Shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport remained off the roads.There was, however, an increase in the movement of cars and auto-rickshaws in and around the city centre in the summer capital Srinagar, with some areas witnessing heavy rush of people. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also remained closed across the Valley.The separatist groups are spearheading the ongoing unrest in Kashmir and have been announcing weekly protest programmes with periodic relaxation on some days. As many as 82 persons, including two cops, have been killed and thousands of others injured in the ongoing unrest.

Mumbai terror alert: Search continues, police asks people to not spread rumours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming reports of suspects being detained as “totally false”, police on Saturday asked people not to spread “uncorroborated information” in connection with search for suspected armed persons who were spotted near the Naval base in Uran in Raigad district. The search for the “suspicious men” continued for the third day on Saturday even as local police reduced the number of personnel involved in the operation. “Uran operations are still underway and there is no success so far,” Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagarale said on Saturday.He appealed to people not to spread “uncorroborated information” about three suspects being detained by Panvel police at Gavhan village this afternoon, dubbing the reports as “totally false”. Another senior police official said the people in the photos, which were being circulated on social media, were some labourers whose identity was established by their employers.The police also withdrew a part of the additional force which was deployed in the search operation but the elite National Security Guard commandos continue being stationed in the area. Indian Navy which had sounded highest state of alert after the first report of sightings of the armed suspects, called off its search on Friday afternoon.
ALSO READ Mumbai terror alert: Indian Navy calls off operation, CM Fadnavis says information not corroboratedNormalcy seemed to be returning to the fishing town of Uran, located across the creek from Mumbai, with shops and commercial establishments opening up. Schools and colleges, shut since Friday, will also be resuming after the weekend. Some students of the Uran Education Society’s school had reported to have seen some suspicious-looking armed persons on Thursday.Western India’s biggest naval base, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, fertiliser plants, refineries, power plants and the country’s largest container port JNPT are located in the close vicinity of Uran.

Uran on high alert: Second NSG battalion deployed as officials fear another 26/11

A day after a high alert was sounded along the coast of Mumbai and adjoining areas on Thursday after a suspicious group of men were spotted near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, a second battalion of the National Security Guard (NSG) has been deployed at the site.

The Indian Navy launched combing operations in Uran on Thursday. Firstpost/Sanjay Sawant

The Indian Navy launched combing operations in Uran on Thursday. Firstpost/Sanjay Sawant

Fearing a similar situation to the 26 November, 2008 attacks in Mumbai, teams of the army, navy and air force have been deployed, as have teams of the police’s crime branch, anti-terrorism squad and Force One, said sources. Senior officials of each of these departments are also on the scene. Schools in the region have reportedly remained shut and the area is on high alert.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has returned from a US visit, will be holding a review meeting on Friday afternoon, while Maharashtra Police DGP Satish Mathur will also be submitting a report to the government by then. It is also being speculated that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will be arriving in the city late on Friday night to take stock of the situation.

Earlier on Friday, the Navi Mumbai Police had released a sketch of one of the men spotted near the naval base, and is expected to be releasing more over the course of the day.

CBSE 10th Board Result 2016 likely to be announced on cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in on May 27

According to Central Board of Secondary Education a total of 14,99,122 students area awaiting Class 10 CBSE Results 2016. The exams for CBSE Class X results 2016 were conducted in the month of March earlier this year.Results for CBSE Class 12 2016 were declared last week. Sukriti Gupta of New Delhi topped the exam which saw the overall pass percentage improve to 83.05.CBSE Board 10th Results 2016: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to declare the CBSE Class 10th (X) Board Exam Results 2016 on May 27, on cbse.nic.in and cbseresults.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):The Central Board of Secondary education was formed on Nov 3, 1952. The CBSE board conducts the Class 10 (X) and Class 12 (XII) examinations every year in the month of March. The board also conducts AIEEE entrance exam & AIPMT annually every year. The AIEEE entrance examination is for admission in engineering and architecture undergraduate courses in India & AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) entrance examination is for admission in major medical colleges in India.The CBSE exams began on March 1 and concluded on April 22. Every year, lakhs of candidates appears for the CBSE Examination. This year, 14,99,122 candidates who registered for exams conducted for CBSE Board Results 2016 will possibly get their CBSE 10th Result on Friday.For the first time ever, board will provide digital mark sheets for CBSE Board Results 2016 i.e. for CBSE Class 10th Result in DigiLocker at www.digilocker.gov.in. The credentials for this will be sent to each student via SMS on their mobile number registered with the Board for CBSE Class 10th Board Results 2016.CBSE’s official statement read: “Schools under the Delhi region are advised to collect the results from the office of the respective Zonal office after the declaration of the CBSE result. People are advised not to visit Board’s office for collection of results.” Students can follow these steps to check the CBSE 10th Results 2016 -1. On their e-mail ids registered with CBSE for CBSE X Results 20162. On the Board’s websites www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in.3. On the website www.results.nic.in

Cbseresults.nic.in & Cbse.nic.in 12th XII Results 2016: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2016 to be announced shortly

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce the result for class XII board examination shortly.The Board will announce the results for all its regions at 12 noon. The CBSE exams for CBSE 12th Result began on March 1 and concluded on April 22. This year, a total of 10,67,900 candidates registered for the CBSE Class 12th Board Results 2016 as against 10,40,368 in 2015.The schools will automatically get their entire Schools CBSE XII Results 2016 on email id’s already registered with the Board.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students can follow these steps to check the CBSE Board Results 2016 – 1. On their e-mail ids registered with CBSE for CBSE Class 12th Board Results 20162. On the Board’s websites www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in.3. On the website www.results.nic.in4. Through IVRSThe numbers are: For those in Delhi- 24300699, Other- 011-24300699The MTNL numbers are: For those in Delhi-28127030, Others- 011-281270305. Via Android mobile app – DigiResultsThe digilocker system for CBSE Board Results 2016 – “Starting this year, CBSE will also provide Class XII digital mark sheets in DigiLocker at www.digilocker.gov.in.The DigiLocker account credentials will be sent to students via SMS on their mobile number registered with CBSE,” an official statement from the Central Board of Secondary Education said about CBSE Exam Results 2016.Telecounselling after CBSE Results 2016 -The second phase of telecounselling will also commence along with the announcement of the CBSE Board Results 2016 and will continue till June 4, 2016.We wish all the students good luck!

Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in 12th XII Results 2016: CBSE Board Class 12th XII exam results 2016 to be announced today at 12 Noon

Students who from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be relieved from their anxieties as their result for class XII board examination will be out at 12.00 pm today.Candidates can check their results as per belowHow to check your result:Here is what the board said in a statement: Starting this year, CBSE will also provide Class XII digital mark sheets in DigiLocker at www.digilocker.gov.in. The DigiLocker account credentials will be sent to students via SMS on their mobile number registered with CBSE. The results will also be available via Android mobile app-DigiResults. As per previous years, the board will also be disseminating its results through IVRS also.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students can also access it on three websites-www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in.The schools will automatically get their entire Schools results on email id’s already registered with the Board.Counselling:The second phase of telecounselling will begin along with the declaration of the results and will continue till June 4, 2016.About CBSE Exams 2016:The CBSE exams began on March 1 and concluded on April 22. This year, a total of 10,67,900 candidates registered for the Class 12 exam as against 10,40,368 in 2015.HRD Minister Smriti Irani had earlier this week assured students during a Facebook chat that the result for CBSE Board exams for class X and XII will be declared “on time” before the end of this month and, as per a decision taken earlier, state boards are also expected to declare their results by May 31.”Schools under the Delhi region are advised to collect the results from the office of the respective Zonal office after declaration of the result. People are advised not to visit Board’s office for collection of results,” the statement said adding, the process of verification will be displayed on CBSE’s website shortly. Good luck to all the students.

Check jac.nic.in, jharresults.nic.in for JAC 12th Result 2016 to be declared in a while

The wait for JAC Intermediate Result 2016 would soon come to an end for students who appeared for their examinations in February and March.The class 12 results for students from arts, science, commerce stream would be announced on Friday at 3 PM.Just follow the instructions mentioned below to find the fruits of your labour.Steps to check your JAC 12th Result 20161. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘Result XII Class 2016’3. Enter your name, roll number, date of birth and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2016 will be displayed on the screen.6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.About JAC BoardThe Jharkhand Academic Council was constituted by HRD Department Government of Jharkhand on June 7, 2007.The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to time.

JAC 12th Result 2016 to be declared today on May 20: Check jac.nic.in, jharresults.nic.in

The big day is here for all the Jharkhand Board students. The Jharkhand Academic Council is going to declare the 12th Class Result 2016 today.The result is likely to be declared at 3 pm in their official website.All you have to do is visit the website and check your result.About JAC BoardThe Jharkhand Academic Council was constituted by HRD Department Government of Jharkhand on June 7, 2007.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to time.Steps to check your result1. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result XII Class 2016’3. Enter your name, roll number, date of birth and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be displayed on the screen.6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.We wish all the students good luck!

Check jharresults.nic.in, jac.nic.in: JAC 10th Result 2016 to be declared today on May 20

The big day is here for all the Jharkhand Board students. The Jharkhand Academic Council is going to declare the 10th Class Result 2016 today.The result is likely to be declared at 3 pm in their official website.All you have to do is visit the website and checl your result.About JAC BoardThe Jharkhand Academic Council was constituted by HRD Department Government of Jharkhand on June 7, 2007.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to time.Steps to check your result1. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result X Class 2016’3. Enter your name, roll number, date of birth and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be displayed on the screen.6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.We wish all the students good luck!

ICSE, ISC 2016 results declared: Girls outshine boys once again

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Friday declared results for both class XII, which saw a pass percentage of 96.46, and class X with 98.5% as girls once again outshone boys.The results have been announced two weeks earlier than previous years as the council for the first time used Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) technology, which helped in fast compilation of results.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) Examination, 2015, showed a marginal increase in pass percentages over the previous year’s results, said Gerry Arathoon, CEO of the Council.While class X registered a slight increase of 0.01%, class XII showed a 0.18% increase as compared to previous year’s result.In the class X examination this year, the top position was bagged by Abineet Parichha from Odisha who scored 99.2%.The second position has been shared by four students- Sudarshan R (Bangalore), Isha Sethi (Mumbai), Manan Manish Shah (Kandivali) and Jyotsana Srivastava (Lucknow) who scored 99%. The third position has been shared by 10 students with a score of 98.8%.In class XII, the top position has been bagged by Mumbai’s Aadyaa Maddi with 99.75%, Mumbai’s Mansi Puggal secured the second position with 99.50% while the third position was shared by Arkadeb Sengupta and Kavita Desai from Kolkata who scored 99.25%.A total of 1,68,591 students including over 75,000 girls appeared in the ICSE this year.In class XII, over 38,000 boys and 33,000 girls appeared in the examination this year. The total number of students who had appeared in class XII examination was 72, 069, Arathoon said. In terms of region-wise performance, Southern region recorded the highest pass percentage in both the classes. The pass percentage in class X stood at 99.68% and in class XII it was 99.14%.The schools abroad have recorded 100% pass percentage in both the classes.While the Class X examination was held in 63 written subjects including 22 Indian and 13 foreign languages as well as one classical language, the class XII examination was conducted in 50 written subjects including 15 Indian, 6 foreign and 1 classical language, Arathoon said.Candidates can see their results by selecting their course code (ICSE or ISC), entering their unique id and the Captcha and then clicking on the “show result” button. A print out of the result can also be taken.Students can also get their results through SMS. Student should send “ICSE” or “ISC” followed by the seven digit unique ID to 09248082883. Schools can access the results by logging into the career portal and using the principal s log-in and password.Last year, 1,58,833 appeared for the Class 10 exam and 71,141 students wrote the Class 12 exam. There were 70,624 girls and 88,209 boys who appeared for the Class 10 exam and 32,482 girls and 38,659 boys took the Class 12 papers.

Delhi fee fleece: Court panel orders Rs 300 cr refund; schools make parents wait

Despite orders of Supreme Court and the high court to make schools return excess fee collected from parents and roll back the hiked fee, successive governments in Delhi have failed to ensure both. A high court-appointed three-member committee headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh has ordered recovery of Rs 300 crore collected as excess fee from 535 private schools ever since its formation in 2011. The money stays with the schools as the governments have not been proactive. Even the present Kejriwal government has failed to get the order implemented, say activists.

The 10th interim report – the latest — of the committee mentions how reputed private schools in Delhi exploit parents in the name of various funds. Activists in the education sector feel that “exploitation and extortion of parents” would continue unless there’s a strong legislation. “It’s a form of extortion by these private schools, who exploit the parents by demanding development fund, building fund, administrative charges, besides an increased fee in the beginning of every academic session in Delhi. It runs into crores of rupees. The refund of more than Rs 300 crore has not yet been executed,” child right lawyer and activist Ashok Agarwal told Firstpost.

What the reports of Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee say

The committee has scrutinised the accounts of 1092 schools and submitted its findings and recommendations in its 10 reports from 2012 to 2016. The panel in its subsequent reports has asked 535 schools, including some of the top notch schools of Delhi, to refund excess amount taken under various heads with interest at the rate of nine percent per annum, besides the excess fee taken from parents every year.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“The building fee charged by the schools at the time of admission is clearly prohibited by law as it amounts to charging of capitation fee. The same charged by the schools ought to be refunded along with interest at nine percent per annum from the date of collection to the date of refund,” the committee says in its order.

Similarly, coming down heavily on the practice of charging development fund from students, the panel said, “The statute governing private unaided schools in Delhi did not provide for charging any development fee by the unaided recognised private schools in Delhi.”

Citing the pre-conditions laid down by Supreme Court, the committee mentioned that development fee can be charged if and only if it’s treated as a capital receipt; utilised for meeting capital expenditure for purchase, upgradation and replacement of furniture, fixtures and equipment; if the school maintains a specified earmarked development fund and the overall cap of the charge of development fee is 15 percent of the tuition fee.

A case in point

The 10th interim report that scrutinised accounts of 26 schools mentions that 18 schools run by DAV College Managing Committee (DAVCMC) in Delhi were found to be unjustifiably recovering development fees and building funds, and transferring funds to DAVCMC.

As per the panel’s order, these schools alone collected Rs 10.55 crore and Rs 10.62 crore in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively from students as development fund. The Committee has recommended special inspection of the accounts of DAVCMC along with the accounts of the respective schools to ascertain the true funds position for the purpose of implementation of recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission.

CAG’s 2010 report alarmed schools

In 2010, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report had slammed Delhi’s top elite private schools. The auditor held that 25 elite private schools had passed on the burden of implementing the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission to parents, without drawing on the cash reserves they had.

“Due to the pressure we had created in 2009 through our PIL, the CAG conducted audit of top 25 private schools in Delhi and exposed their loot. The report severely criticised the schools by revealing how they manipulated accounts to earn money, but nothing has changed over the years,” remarked Agarwal, the founder of Social Jurist, a lawyers’ collective.

What next?

It’s the responsibility of Delhi government to ensure that the order of the Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee gets executed and aggrieved parents get relief. But it has not happened yet. Only a handful of schools have followed the order and refunded the excess money.

“It’s the responsibility of the Delhi government to ensure that parents get refunds as ordered by the committee. Non-payment by the schools amounts to contempt of court. But no government has shown will to do it. Kejriwal government has been blowing its own trumpet over rollback and refund based on DDA land allotment regulation, but what about more than Rs 300 crore that the panel has asked the schools to refund? Who’ll do it?” questioned Agarwal.

Meanwhile, after submitting the interim report, Justice Anil Dev Singh has recently resigned from the committee on health ground. “The committee did what it could do by scrutinizing accounts and balance sheets of 1092 schools in five years and ordering 535 schools to refund the excess amount charged. But the implementation of orders has been absolutely poor. While the government failed to get the order implemented, the public has been smartly fooled. More than Rs 3 crore has been spent on the panel; the outcome is only a report. Now with Justice Singh having resigned from the committee, its future depends on the next appointment. Implementation should be done forcefully, with revamping of the present education system. The picture is grim,” lamented Agarwal.

The resurrection of class tests: For schools to improve, the annual filtering of students needs to be restored urgently

Last week, the Union ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) stated that it was drafting an amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which will also provide that a student must get two chances if his performance is poor in any examination before detaining him.

Such a move would finally put an end to the disastrous policy of automatic promotions mooted by the existing Act. It may be recalled that the RTE Act has been steered by the former education minister Kapil Sibal. The Act required all students to be compulsorily and automatically promoted till Standard 7; thus, the only stage when they could be detained would be at Standard 9 examinations. The automatic promotions policy was reprehensible on account of several factors.

Need for a filter

It is imperative to have in place a system that weeds out students who do not study well. Typically, not more than five percent of a total population of students would fall into this category. But when five percent of students get weeded out at each higher class level, almost 30 percent of a student population gets filtered out by the time students reach Standard 9.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

To have an examination only at Standard 9 level would require a school to detain almost 30 percent of the students in that class. That is a step that principals of most schools are unwilling to take. The number is too large. The resultant outcry would be too great. And the political pressure on school managements to condone the results of some student or the other would be almost unbearable.

Consequently, many school managements had already announced almost five years ago that they would not detain any students in Standard 9. That would put the onus of filtering out the weak students at the SSC/CBSE/ISCE board examinations. Here too, no board was willing to detain over 40 percent of the students. Thus it would promote students who should not have been promoted at all.

That in turn increases the pressure on colleges to admit students, who should not have been admitted to colleges in the first place. It leads to greater politicization of colleges on the one hand. On the other, such students vitiate the classroom atmosphere for other serious students, preventing them to learning. The Sibal doctrine talked about the right of a child to learn; it ignored the right of other children who might want to learn, but could be prevented from learning because of a few bad elements in the class. It forgot that a boisterous class is capable of frightening away some of the best teachers as well.

Without a filter in place, the entire edifice of education can crash.

When grace becomes a disgrace

Ask any teacher who has been an examiner at board or University examinations. You will learn that even after the examiner has corrected the papers, all answer sheets are sent to a local moderator, who then decides to apply the right grace marks to ensure that not too many students fail in the region. The revised mark-sheet is then sent to the district moderator, who then applies the right multiplier to ensure that the passing percentage in his territory is “acceptable”.

The same process is followed at the board level, where the marks are moderated once again. The entire process ensures that many students, some with as little as 15% marks, can get “upped” to score the minimum required 35 percent in a subject. The filters that were in existence even before the Sibal proposals were weak enough. The automatic promotions stipulation made the situation even worse.

Empower teachers

The absence of class tests, and Sibal’s recommendation that unwilling students should be persuaded to learn, may be a good concept under ideal conditions. But talk to the teachers. Most school teachers in good schools ended up begging students to complete their project assignments so that the teachers could then fill up the required forms and inform the education inspector that the students had met the qualifying norms.

The RTE in its present forms puts the onus on the teacher to put in the additional hours that might be required to ensure that all students qualify. Since no detention is allowed, the teacher must either fudge records and say that an inept student is “qualified” for promotion, or must put in additional hours, or plead with the students.
The situation had become unbearable.

Funds for special schools

True, every child is a special case. He or she must be nurtured and taken care of. That is why, the government needs to spend more to identify the special needs of each child and place him or her in the right environment which will make the child blossom.

But without the funds, or the systems which allow for such needs to be met, or such special skills to be honed, don’t expect the existing system to take on this additional responsibility as well. Special needs require special processes and structures. The Sibal approach was to dump these special needs on the present structure. As a result, both the general lot of students as well as students with special needs suffered. It was destined for disaster.

Better late than never

This could be the first sensible educational policy that is being articulated by the present HRD ministry.
In fact, this need was well articulated at a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) in August last year. Most states had expressed the need to jettison the the system of continuous and automatic promotions.

HRD minister Smriti Irani had then asked all the states to submit their views in writing. In their feedback, 13 states – including Rajasthan, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Puducherry – said they wanted the no-detention policy revoked. Some states, such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana backed the existing practice of continuous promotions till Standard 8.

The HRD ministry’s decision takes into account that if schooling is bad, it will mean bad outputs, which become bad inputs for colleges. And no college can be expected to churn out excellent students if the input is bad, or if the ‘wrong’ types of students are clubbed with the ‘right’ types. If one has to improve India’s college education, it must start with schools. And if schools need to improve, the need for annual filtering of students needs to be restored urgently.

National anthem should be sung in all private schools in Tamil Nadu: Madras HC

Chennai: The Madras High Court has made it clear that the national anthem should be sung in all private schools in Tamil Nadu during the morning assembly.

Schoolkids singing national anthem on Independence Day. GETTY IMAGES

Schoolkids singing national anthem on Independence Day. GETTY IMAGES

A bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh gave the direction on a petition seeking that singing of national anthem be made mandatory in schools.

“Private schools must follow such singing of national anthem as part of their curriculum,” the bench said disposing a PIL by N Selvathirumal, an ex-service man, seeking a direction to authorities to make it mandatory for all private schools in the state to sing the national anthem during the assembly.

The bench while recording the stand of the authorities including Union of India that national anthem ought to be sung, in its order directed Central and State Departments of Secondary Education and the Union Human Resources Department to make endeavours to verify weather national anthem was sung in all private schools in the state.

Selvathiurumal submitted that national anthem was not sung in various private schools in Tamil Nadu while it was sung in central Government Schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya and all the state government schools daily during the morning assembly.

A citizen should have adequate knowledge of the national anthem and the national flag, the petitioner submitted.

“In pursuance to a RTI reply, I was informed that the Government of India has released an advisory for all the schools that the day’s work may start with with community singing of the national anthem and adequate provisions should be made in the programmes for popularising the singing of the anthem and promoting respect for the national flag,” he said.

The CBSE submitted that “a circular was issued to schools on November 10, 2015, stating that the second descriptor out of the 10 principles entails singing of national anthem with decorum, where as the first one is to abide by constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and National Anthem in compliance of the direction given by the Hon’ble High Court of Calcutta on 22.09.2014. It is notified that the schools must strictly comply the orders”, it said.

“We would expect that keeping in mind the mandate of the Constitution of India, the respect for the National Anthem and the National Flag, the circular issued by the CBSE and other authorities, singing of the national anthem would be taking place in various institutions”, the bench said. PTI

Jat quota stir: National Crisis Management Committee asks Haryana govt to ensure water supply to Delhi

New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee has asked the Haryana government to ensure that there is no disruption of water supply to Delhi.

Delhi CM Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi CM Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday morning, called an emergency meeting to address the water supply situation in Delhi caused by the Jat quota agitations, said a Times of India report.

Kejriwal said that Delhi will have no water from Monday because agitators have blocked supply from the Munak canal in Haryana. The Delhi government has decided to close all schools and to ration out water to the residents of Delhi, barring the President, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals and fire brigades.

Barring Prez,PM,CJI,defence installations,hospis,fire brigades- water to be equally rationed amongst all. Pl save water. Schools closed tomo — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 21, 2016

The water shortage in Delhi; internet and mobile services’ suspension in Haryana and cancellation of trains in the North, are all  consequences of the Jat community’s agitation in Haryana. The Jats are demanding reservation in educational institutions and government jobs under OBC.

With inputs from PTI

Students not keen on appearing for education department’s aptitude test

Despite being compulsory, SSC students appear to be disinterested in appearing for the maiden aptitude test arranged by the state board.According to teachers organisation, most of the students are remaining absent and schools are requesting them to come and appear for the exam. However, at some places where the tests are conducted in offline mode have got a good response.The state education department introduced the aptitude test for students appearing for their SSC board exam in order to help them choose a stream for further studies. The state board declared the dates to conduct the aptitude test for schools from February 8 and wrap it up by February 25. So far, only 1.5 lakh students have appeared for the test.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uday Nare, teacher, Hansraj Morarji Public School, said: “Students are giving this test only because it is mandatory. Had this test been taken earlier, they would have shown some interest.”Echoing similar sentiments Rajesh Pandya, vice president of Teachers Democratic Front, said: “Some schools had to call their students to attend the test. Most of the students are not aware why are they giving this test. Parents are wondering how is this test going to help their children as they, too, are unaware what’s education department’s next plan for them after this test.”On the other hand, Maharashtra Permanent Unaided Schools Association (MPUSA) praised the idea of offline aptitude test. Prashant Redij, president of MPUSA, said: “We are quite happy the way offline aptitude test is being conducted in our school. They first had a very good conversation session with students where their doubts were cleared. With exam dates nearing students will definitely show less interest for this test. Hence our organization decided to request the education minister to keep this test next year much before the board exam begin.”

#PachauriHatao: Letter Kachori never wrote on being asked to go on indefinite leave

Teri Colleagues and My Friends,

I am quite used to writing smutty novels with graphic details of an old pervert’s sexual fantasies and salacious text messages to colleagues young enough to be my daughters. But, drafting a leave application for everybody’s eyes makes me feel like scratching my predator’s whiskers.

But, since resigning, proceeding on indefinite leave, returning and then going back on indefinite leave consume most of my energy, resources and intellect (MERI, for brevity) during day time, I might as well get used to the idea of writing something more than sexting.

Well, it is that time of the year again when I need to dig up a deep hole somewhere to hide from the outrage over my ability to dig up girls at an age most people should be digging up a phone directory to contact somebody to dig up their grave. All this because they have dug up more skeletons in meri dear Teri.

It’s a shame, actully. Last year, after resigning as head of International Panel of Climax Control (not that Panel on Climate headed by a man of similar tastes and temperament), I had hibernated for long to escape the world that had exploded in a bout of sexual envy because of a senior citizen’s ability to do unmentionable things to his junior colleagues.

RK Pachauri. ReutersRK Pachauri. Reuters

RK Pachauri. Reuters

I returned for two reasons. One, there was an alarming increase in complaints of harassment by the local fauna–basically anything that moves–since I ventured amidst them. And, two, I assumed that the world would have started lacerating itself with penance –note to myself: must call up Tarun Tejpal to get the next farewell missive right– for hounding and grounding a man so eager to discharge his duties towards mankind and womankind, especially the latter.

I mean, only flaccid fools will ask a man to quit just because he wears trousers in office only to keep his ankles warm, or because he knows that harass is not a single word but perks of power defined by two words?

Why don’t they get it? I have money, I have power, I am Nobel, so, why can’t I give up all these material pursuits and take up the missionary position in office?

O Tempora! O Mores! O Bill Clinton! O, all those blighted O’s.

Silly me! Just when I had taken time off my pervert pursuits and said yes to the offer of taking up a position of power, something that would have allowed a man like to be on top again, they started talking about my past. And now have to go on leave for an indefinite period.

I thought I was so clever. With the media focus having shifted from my dark deeds, my victims giving up their fight and quitting the organisation and the board of directors solidly behind me, I presumed that I will return to a hero’s welcome. Like Bill Clinton returning as a Starr to the Oval Office after being needlessly hounded for enjoying similar perks of power.

And what is this fuss about accepting degrees from me? Schools and colleges can only teach you so much. But only a self-taught man like me can prematurely articulate, yes, I mean articulate, the importance of perversion, shamelessness, hypocrisy, immorality, moral squalor, treachery, cheating, predatory instincts–in short all the qualities that turn us into beasts–in the corporate jungle.

I think the loss is all theirs. I might yet get to ogle and pounce at some other girl student at some other convocation in some other university, but these students will be permanently devoid of my quick guide to a Nobel cause.

I am tempted to say to them what all Punjabis love to…Teri …But then some might wrongly interpret that I am bequeathing the organisation to some of their relatives I may be eyeing.
Instead, I am making a quick Return to Almora, which, incidentally is the name of the unreadable porn I wrote. Guess what! I was promised the Bad Sex Fiction prize for it. And just when I was drafting my acceptance speech, they gave me something more Noble.

Anyway, to get to the climax without any more wordplay, I am proceeding on leave till further notice. I hope, in my absence, you will not do to the cause of climax control, what I always scheme of doing to those young colleagues.
And don’t go anywhere. Like the Predator– or was it Terminator?– I shall be back once the current outrage dies down and people forget that what I am hiding in my beard isn’t just a twig but a whole nest.

Nothing can destroy people like me. As long as the world has few good men and– wink, wink–lots of beautiful women, I will go on and on.

I remain, as always,
Slimy As Kachori

Nursery admissions: HC agrees to hear Delhi govt’s appeal against stay on ending management quota

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday agreed to hear AAP government’s appeal against its single judge’s order partially staying a notification scrapping management quota and some other criteria in nursery admissions in private unaided schools.

The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) has in its appeal contended that its 6 January order scrapping various admission criteria and management quota “was validly and lawfully” issued to ensure that admissions to entry-level classes like nursery are made in a “fair and reasonable” manner.

In its plea, listed before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, the DoE has said the decision was taken “without any view to interfering in the autonomy of private unaided schools”.

It has said the “objective was not to deprive private unaided schools of their autonomy, but to ensure that admission to entry level classes are made in a fair, reasonable, rational, transparent and non-exploitative manner.”

The DoE said it was “fully empowered and competent in terms of Delhi Schools Education Act and Rules framed thereunder to issue” the 6 January order.

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Terming the practice of granting admissions under management quota as being allegedly “non-transparent and opaque”, DoE has said the intention behind the notification was to “prevent maladministration”.

The single-judge by his 4 February order had stayed DoE’s 6 January order with regard to scrapping of management quota as well as 11 other admission criteria, saying it was issued “without any authority” and was in conflict with an earlier decision of the Lieutenant Governor.

The 11 criteria include those relating to the proven track record of parents, their proficiency in music or sports, their empirical achievements, the gender of the child and whether the kid was the first born or adopted.

The single-judge was of the prima facie view that the Delhi government’s 6 January order, scrapping a total of 62 criteria and management quota, was “issued without any authority” and was in “direct conflict” with the LG’s 2007 order on nursery admissions in private unaided schools.

The single-judge had also said the court was of the prima facie view “there is nothing in the 11 criteria which would show that they are unreasonable or based on whims and fancies and/or they can lead to maladministration.”

On the issue of management quota, the court had said the high court-appointed Ganguly committee and the government had done a balancing act whereby the 100 per cent discretion enjoyed by private schools in admissions was minimised, but not abolished.

“It is pertinent to mention that management quota had been recommended by expert Ganguly committee formed by a division bench and accepted and approved by the Government of Delhi in its order of 2007,” the court had said.

The government, in its appeal, has said the issue of management quota “needs to be approached differently than as recommended by the Ganguly committee” in view of the “change in time and subsequent experiences”.

The DoE has sought quashing of the 4 February order of the single judge who had observed that “promoters of a school who make investment at their own personal risk are entitled to full autonomy in administration including the right to admit students.”

“However, any alleged malpractice in utilisation of the management quota like sale of seats being actionable should be investigated and taken to its logical conclusion in accordance with law, but it cannot be a ground to abolish the quota itself. After all, vesting of discretion is not bad, but to misuse it, is illegal,” the single judge had added.

The order had come on the pleas filed by Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education For All, seeking quashing of the DoE’s 6 January order.

PTI

Deonar fire: CM Fadnavis asks Sr IPS officer to probe fire and smog

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday ordered a probe into the recent fire and smog in suburban Deonar by a panel headed by a senior IPS officer.”The CM has asked Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Lohiya to investigate the fire and subsequent smog which inconvenienced people and even led to the closure of schools in that area for a couple of days,” said a senior official in the Chief Minister’s Office.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fire at Deonar dumping ground last week had led the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shut down 74 schools run by it for two days as the smoke from the ground caused breathing trouble in the area.The schools are located in M-ward, where people complained about a foul smell arising due to the burning of garbage, a BMC official said. Schools in M-ward, including those in Chembur, Deonar, Tilak Nagar, Pestom Sagar, Shivaji Nagar, Mankhurd and Baiganwadi, were closed for two days (last Friday and Saturday).Deonar is one of the biggest dumping grounds in Mumbai and the amount of garbage that ends up there is increasing by the year, leaving people fuming and complaining.Fadnavis recently spoke to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, who informed him that the smoke at Deonar was substantially under control.”I’ve asked CP, Mumbai, to inquire into the possibility of a sabotage,” Fadnavis had earlier said after talking to the BMC chief.Mumbai Police have filed a case against three unknown persons for starting the fire at the Deonar dumping ground.Since last Thursday, a thick blanket of smog has engulfed parts of Mumbai due to various factors, including a drop in the minimum temperature, the fire at the Deonar dumping ground and high levels of particulate pollutants in the city, leading to poor air quality in the metropolis.

Deonar fire: Protests staged in Mumbai over fire and pollution in the city

Over 500 people, wearing black clothes and pollution masks, on Wednesday held a demonstration here, seeking a probe into the fire at Deonar dumping ground and resulting smog.The protesters shouted slogans condemning the ‘apathy’ on Deonar dumping ground issue. The air quality in Mumbai continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category for the sixth consecutive day since the Deonar fire broke out, a meteorological official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protesters took out a march from Deonar to Chembur naka. They carried posters highlighting the problem of uncontrolled dumping and the thick smog persisting across the eastern suburbs in the megapolis and sought an inquiry into the fire.Municipal schools in central Mumbai’s Shivaji Nagar and Deonar, which were closed for two days last week due to smog caused by a recent fire at the Deonar garbage dumping ground, reopened on Monday. Parts of Mumbai have been engulfed in a thick blanket of smog since Thursday due to the fire and other reasons, including a drop in temperature and vehicular pollution.On Friday, the fire at Deonar dumping ground led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shut down 74 schools run by it, as the smoke from the ground veiled the area causing breathing difficulties. Schools in M-ward including those in Chembur, Deonar, Tilak Nagar, Pestom Sagar, Shivaji Nagar, Mankhurd, Baiganwadi, were closed for two days last week.

Delhi High Court seeks reply from Kejriwal govt over management quota row

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought reply from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government by January 26 over the petition filed by private schools, opposing the decision to scrap management quota in schools. The High Court said that if the ruling AAP improves the conditions of the government schools then there would be no fight for admissions in private schools. The next hearing of this case will take place on January 28.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the move by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as ‘absolutely illegal, arbitrary, whimsical and unconstitutional’, the schools had argued that the government order is contrary to and violates various judgments of the Supreme Court and the High Court, and impacts the autonomy of private unaided schools to regulate their admissions.The writ petition, filed by the Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools that comprises 400 schools, has requested the court to issue a writ, order or direction quashing the government’s order and asking the government to pass further orders granting relief to them.The Delhi government had earlier scrapped management quotas for admissions to private schools, a move that offers more seats for those seeking general admission. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was important to remove the management quota, dubbing it as “the biggest scam” in India’s education system. “There will be only 25 percent reservation for economically weaker sections; the rest 75 percent will be made available to the general public. We noticed during our inspection that a few schools have made just 25 percent seats available for the general public. We are now opening 50 percent more seats for them,” said Kejriwal.”We found 62 unjust criteria, which we have declared null and void. Schools can redraft criteria of admission points and it should be just, transparent and fair. They cannot reserve seats or decide admission criteria according to their whims and fancies,” said Kejriwal.In December, the Delhi government allowed private schools to decide their own admission criteria and update the same on their websites.

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