Education - Current Affairs for May,2017

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▼ UGC anti-ragging app launched   [05-30-17]

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched an Anti-Ragging Mobile App introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) here in New Delhi.

The mobile app will help students register complaints to counter the menace of ragging.

Earlier one had to visit the website for registering a complaint of ragging and the record shows that timely action was taken which in turn had resulted in the decrease of such instances.

But still this ill has to be eliminated completely.

A majority of senior students actually help guide their juniors and properly mentor them, but in few cases ragging happens which needs to be completely eliminated from campuses.

This app will work on android system on which students can log in and register their complaints immediately. Accordingly all concerned will be informed immediately and action will start immediately.

It is a good step for protection and will give a feeling of security to students.

Actions of those involved in ragging will not be tolerated and they will not be allowed to continue their education in that institution.

They will also meet severe penalty and punishment as per the law.

▼ Senior bureaucrat Anurag Tripathy is CBSE Secretary   [05-29-17]

Senior bureaucrat Anurag Tripathy was on 25 May 2017 appointed as the Secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Tripathy will serve the post for a period of five years.

Tripathy is a 1998 batch officer of Indian Railway personnel Service (IRPS).

CBSE: Know More

  • CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools under the Union Government.
  • It affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), private schools and the other schools that have been approved by the Union Government.
  • It is responsible for conducting the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year.
  • It is also responsible for conducting JEE(Main) examination for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture.
  • It also conducts the NEET-UG (Undergraduate) examination for MBBS and BDS courses.

▼ Haryana launches e-textbook portal   [05-23-17]

Students can now download school books instantly from the e-textbook portal of the Haryana School Education Board which was launched on May 21, 2017.

Inaugurating the website, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar indicated as of now, 26 textbooks of classes IX to XII have been uploaded on the portal and these can be easily converted into audio files.

These included 11 books of class IX, nine books of class X and three books each of classes XI and XII, and the Board has also been at the forefront in implementing e-locker facility.

The initiative of the Board is an important step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India.

The portal also provides a facility to highlight certain portions of the e - textbooks making it easier for students to study.

▼ Bengali compulsory in WB schools   [05-19-17]

The West Bengal government has made the Bengali language compulsory in all schools, including private English medium schools of the State.

The announcement was made by the State’s Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee on 15 May 2017.

From now on it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in all schools. T

English medium schools affiliated to boards other than the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education will have to make Bengali an optional subject from Class I so that the students can study it either as a second or third language.

Till now, even though there were provisions for teaching language in schools, it was not mandatory to include Bengali as one of the three languages for students.

Besides Bengali, Hindi and English there are provisions for opting for languages such as Urdu, Gurmukhi, Nepali and Ol Chiki as the medium of instruction in schools of the State.

The students who select any of the other languages as their first language would need to pick up two other languages, among which one would have to be Bengali.

The decision follows a feedback that Bengali was not being offered as an option in many schools.

This decision by the Mamata Banerjee-led government comes shortly after a similar decision was taken by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)- led government in Kerala.

The Kerala government in April 2017 passed an ordinance making the teaching of Malayalam compulsory in all the state’s schools.

The government will be taking account the legal aspect on the matter as to whether it would require a separate legislation or that a state cabinet decision would be enough.

▼ Wall of Valour launched in educational institutions   [05-3-17]

Shri Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre jointly launched a campaign to have a ‘Wall of Valour’ in 1,000 educational institutions across the country.

Portraits of Param Vir Chakra (PVC) decorated soldiers will be displayed at designated places on educational campuses to instil sense of nationalism among the students.

This is part of a nationwide ‘Vidya Veerta Abhiyan’, initiated by writer and former Rajya Sabha member Shri Tarun Vijay.

Potraits of these gallant heroes were given to Vice Chancellors of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Delhi (DU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). In addition, VCs of different universities, including Arunachal Pradesh.

The representative from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi also received portraits from them.

On the occasion, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, both PVC awardees, also spoke of their experiences.

Param Vir Chakra Recipients

  • Major Somnath Sharma, 4 Kumaon, (Posthumous), 1947
  • Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane, Bombay Sappers, 1948
  • Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, 6 Rajputana Refiles, (Posthumous), 1948
  • Lance Naik Karam Singh, 1 Sikh, 1948
  • Naik Jadunath Singh, 1 Rajput, (Posthumous), 1948
  • Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, 3/1 Gorkha Rifles, (Posthumous), 1961
  • Major Shaitan Singh, 13 Kumaon, (Posthumous), 1962
  • Subedar Joginder Singh, 1 Sikh, (Posthumous), 1962
  • Major Dhan Singh Thapa, 1/8 Gorkha Rifles, 1962
  • Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, 4 Grenadiers, (Posthumous), 1965
  • Lieutenant Colonel A B Tarapore, Poona Horse, (Posthumous), 1965
  • Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, 18 Squadron, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Major Hoshiar Singh, 3 Grenadiers, 1971
  • Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Poona Horse, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Lance Naik Albert Ekka, 14 Guards, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, 8 Mahar, (Posthumous), 1987
  • Naib Subedar Bana Singh, 8 JAK LI, 1987
  • Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers, 1999
  • Captain Vikram Batra, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, (Posthumous), 1999
  • Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, 1999
  • Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 7/11 Gorkha Rifles (Posthumous), 1999

▼ Asian Universities Alliance launched by China   [05-2-17]

Continuing with its drive to take a leadership position in different aspects of Asian life, China on April 30, 2017 launched an Asian Universities Alliance with participation by universities from 15 countries.

From India, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has become a member.

The alliance, which has been put together by the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing, aims to promote exchanges of students and teaching faculties across different universities in Asia.

They will also come together to promote joint research in a range of areas.

IIT, Bombay has a collaboration with Monash University in Australia making it possible for students to access wider education opportunities and receive degrees signed by presidents of two universities.

Similar collaboration may be possible with other member universities in this Asian alliance, he said.

Alliance partners include the Peking University in Beijing, University of Tokyo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Singapore National University, and many more.

Chronology of events
The children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh were given scholarships by India at a program jointly organized by Indian High Commission and Bangladesh Muktijodha Academy on Saturday. The program was inaugurated by Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh.