UP to get 250 New ITIs Soon

Uttar Pradesh State Government has announced plans to build 250 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) covering 638 backward blocks of Uttar Pradesh . This World Bank aided project will open new opportunities for aspiring youth of UP. Government has sanctioned about Rs. 2.5 crore for the project.

The state government has also decided to upgrade the infrastructure of existing 125 ITIs. The upgradation work will be done by private companies.

The increase in the number of ITIs in the upcoming years will help state government churn out more skilled and semi-skilled technicians for the industrial sector.

In India, central government has always stressed on vocational training and better provisions for education that imparts the required skills and training. Industrial training institutes that are established in the country have been training thousands of students every year, who are not enrolled in formal schools or institutes. The quality of education and facilities have to be improved and the true potential of vocational training is yet to be tapered.

Accreditation Body For The Schools In India

So far the primary and secondary education institutes in India have strived to stay put to their own standards. Private schools and government-aided schools have set forth their own standards regarding school governance and therefore have remained away from a universal accreditation system. However, the foremost accreditation agency of India, Quality Council of India, has started approaching the schools to get accredited.

The board, called National Accreditation Board of Education and Training, has developed the procedures for schools that seek the accreditation. Schools have to apply for the accreditation process, which is followed by the inspections and assessment by a team of professionals from the agency.

Schools are supposed to be fully prepared for the inspections as the inspection team checks even minute details. In case the school or governance is found as non-standard the school is given suggestions to act upon. If the school succeeds in plugging the loopholes and provides the best practices, the school is awarded the accreditation.

Is School Accreditation Necessary?

School accreditation is not obligatory. But by getting accredited the schools can enhance and improve the quality governance and management in the school. The accreditation provides uniform standards and also helps in identifying well managed and provided schools in India. The system is based on similar pattern as those in US, Netherlands and Australia.

The agency has a checklist and awards score to the respective schools. Some important parameters in the checklist include:

Education Quality Management
Governance and Management
Resource Management
Education Service Realization

The school accreditation, once it is awarded is applicable for four years and after that renewal is sought by the agency.

Government of India Reveals Its Programme To Universalize Secondary Education

In a move to universalize secondary education, government of India has initiated a programme along the lines of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The new programme that goes by the name Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan will work to make secondary education available, accessible and affordable to the students in the age group 15 and 16 years.

The Union HRD minister, Bandhu Tirkey has called upon CBSE, ICSE, Navodayas and government aided schools to send their details by July 20. As per the order, the head of the institutions i.e., Principals will have to send details including the foundation of the school, teaching capacity, school infrastructure, students’ performance, staff members, administrative officers, furniture and results.

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan is said to focus on imparting equality among the students throughout the country. Some comprehensive arrangements have been made under 11th five-year plan. The objectives of the detailed programme have been estimated to be completed by 2020.

Uttrakhand Gets The First Goverment Medical College

On Monday, Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri inaugurated the first Government College of Uttrakhand in Garhwal. It’s a 380 bed college, and costs around Rs. 242 crores.

The Chief Minister said, “All efforts would be made to make the college a centre of excellence. It will be mandatory for doctors graduating from the college to work for some time in the hills to fulfill the needs of the people living in the remote regions.”

Another medical college in Almora is pipelined, informed the Chief Minister while inaugurating the medical college. People have been demanding this medical college for long time, as most of the population living in remote areas do not have access to basic medical facilities. The local population have welcomed the medical college in Uttarakhand as long ago they expressed their desire to have an established medical institution in the area.

“I will consider the option of studying in my own home town following the establishment of the medical college. We also have to see as how other arrangements are going to be met”, said Amit Arya, one of the aspiring student.

CBSE Affiliation – Bye-Laws And Rules

The Bye-Laws of CBSE lay down the rules for securing affiliation with the board. The given document, whose original is released by the board, serves as the guide to the constitution of the board as well as affiliation process and rules governing the affiliations.

This excerpt gives an insight of what is provided in the CBSE schools, as there are certain standards that have to be adopted by the school that wishes to get affiliated with the board. Any trust, group of individuals or any society interested in starting a CBSE school or applying for the affiliation will find this text very useful.

The Document, Affiliation Bye-Laws contains Ten Chapters, from Chapter I to Chapter X. Each chapter is divided into rules (55 Rules in total) and the rules are further divided as clauses and sub clauses. Amendments take place from time to time.

Chapters and Rules:

Chapter I – Contains 2 rules – Rule 1 Short Titles and Definitions; and Rule 2 Definitions

Chapter II – Contains 12 Rules – Rule 3 Norms of Affiliation; Rule 4 Last Date for Submission of Applications; Rule 5 Society/Trust running the School; Rule 6 School Management Committee; Rule 7 Financial Resources; Rule 8 Physical Facilities; Rule 9 Library, Rule 10 Staff and Service Conditions; Rule 11 Fees; Rule 12 Admission of Students; Rule 13 Miscellaneous; Rule 14 Reserve Fund

Chapter III – Contains 1 Rule – Rule 15 Submission of Applications for Affiliation and Follow – up Action;

Chapter IV – Contains 1 rule – Rule 16 Autonomous Schools

Chapter V – Contains 2 Rules – Rule 17 Withdrawal of Affiliation Provisionally Affiliated Schools; Rule 18 Withdrawal of Permanent/Regular Affiliation

Chapter VI – Contains Rules 5 Rules – 19 Role/Aims of Society/Trust; Rule 20 School Managing Committee, Its Constitution, Power and Functions; Rule 21 Powers and Functions of the School Management Committee; Rule 22 Manager/Correspondent of the school-Duties, Powers and Responsibilities; Rule 23 Head of the School- Duties, Powers and Responsibilities

Chapter VII –(Service Rules For Employees) Contains 26 Rules – Rule 24 Short Title; Rule 25 Appointments; Rule 26 Medical Certificate and Character Certificate etc; Rule 27 Probation; Rule 28 Confirmation; Rule 29 Termination of Service due to Abolition of Posts etc; Rule 30 Retirement; Rule 31 Working Days and Working Hours; Rule 32 Number of Teaching periods; Rule 33 Maintenance of Record by the Teachers; Rule 34 Attendance of Employees; Rule 35 Contributory Provident Fund – Pension Scheme; Rule 36 Representations; Rule 37 Permission to add Qualifications; Rule 38 Application for Another Post; Rule 39 Private and Other Tuitions; Rule 40 Leave; Rule 41 Grant of Leave; Rule 42 Code of Conduct for employees; Rule 43 Service Books and Confidential Rolls; Rule 44 Disciplinary Procedure; Rule 45 Penalties; Rule 46 Procedure of Imposing Minor Penalty; Rule 47 Procedure for Imposing Major Penalty; Rule 48 Payment of Pay and allowances on Reinstatement; Rule 49 Disciplinary Committee

Chapter VIII – (INTERPRETATION REPEAL AND SAVING) – Contains 3 rules – Rule 50 Interpretation; Rule 51 Repeal and Saving; Rule 52 Jurisdiction to file suits

Chapter IX (Minimum Qualification for Heads and Teachers) – Contains 2 Rules – Rule 53 Minimum Qualifications for Heads and Teachers; Rule 54 The Administrative Authorities running the school may keep Higher Qualifications than the minimum if they so desire

Chapter X (Exemption from Minimum Qualifications) – Contains 1 Rule – Rule 55 Exemption from Minimum Qualifications

In addition the CBSE Bye-laws also provides for Appendices, which are:

Appendix 1 – Guidelines to Schools and Inspection Committees for Inspection for Provisional Affiliation etc.

Appendix 2 – Affiliation Fees Payable

Appendix 3 – Contract of Service

Appendix 4 – Minority Institutions

Appendix 5 – Guidelines for grant of Autonomy

Times Of India Starts Its Teach India Campaign

One of the leading and prime media organizations, Times of India, has stepped in the social domain and is trying to spread the means of education for the undereducated children in India. The media organization has started its campaign called “Teach India” with the objective to bridge the gap between those who can educate and those who need education.

Teach India will try to connect the people who have the desire and commitment to teach the children who cannot afford formal education. The media organization has liaison with a large number of civil action groups or NGOs. These groups will facilitate the educational programmes and the inputs would be provided by the media organization.

Teach India is considered as a social initiative that aims at enhancing the education provisions in the country. School dropout cases and the education status for low-income groups is one of the major issues that have slackened the growth and development. The government is also trying its best to put more number of children in the garb of education.

Any person who is interested to teach the undereducated children can contact the organisation, which will further recommend and forward the request to the nearest social action group. The action group will provide the programme details.

Benefits Of Starting A School

Non-cyclical sector: Being a necessity of life, the education industry has little fluctuations in its operations; therefore, it is not affected by downturns in the economy. For example, people will stop eating out but will not compromise on the quality of their child’s education, in case of a financial crunch.

Rapid growth: With increasing awareness of the importance of education, people are willing to pay more for quality education and this trend will get stronger as the service economy grows.

No bad debts: There is no threat of bad debts as no credit is given in this sector and all fees are received in advance.

Low operational costs: Most of the costs are variable costs. Hence, in the first few months you are not burdened with high costs like salaries. These go up as the number of children in the branch increase.

Immense satisfaction: More than the monetary returns, it is the sense of satisfaction that you have made a difference to the lives of so many children! It is a great feeling when parents come to thank you for the impact you have made in their child’s life.

Convenient working hours: The operational hours are from 8:00-2:30, thereby, giving you ample time to be with your family and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Positive environment: In education, everyone is addresses by “ma’am and sir” which is a positive and safe environment, especially for women. Unlike some other sector where you encounter all kinds of people; some of them may not be the most pleasant.

Respect in the community: One gets a lot of respect in the community, for the role one plays in the development of the children and for the contribution one makes to the society.

How To Start Your Own School

You can start different types of schools based on your investment range. The investment, in addition to the land can range from 3-4 lakhs for a playschool (also referred to as preschool/nursery school/kindergarten/Montessori) upto 20 crores for a full fledged boarding school of international standards. You can start on your own or take a franchise of a school brand.

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Playschool: The area should have at least 3-4 rooms for classrooms & activities. Playschools don’t require any affiliation but you must check with the local civic authorities whether a playschool is permitted at the location you have identified. Ideally, it should be in a decent residential location with a sizeable population in the immediate vicinity. You should also budget for cash for 6 months by which preschools normally break even.
Senior Secondary School: You should check the minimum requirements in terms of area and construction from the school board you are planning to get the affiliation from. The thumb rule for size is – the further your land is from the city- the bigger it should be to enable you to offer more facilities than what city schools may be offering in limited area. You should also budget in cash for 2 years as the break even normally happens by the third year.

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Land Requirements for CBSE Affiliation

The following are the minimum land requirements stipulated by CBSE for affiliation.

In metropolitan cities with a population exceeding 25 Lakhs, the land should not be less than one acre with adequate building and there must be an arrangement with other institution/organization for imparting physical and health education and conducting games in their grounds.

The minimum land area for the schools in NCR, Delhi is 4,000 sq. mts.

In hilly areas, the land should not be less than one acre. The norms as prescribed by the Planning Commission shall be applicable for determining the eligibility in hilly areas.

In all other places, the school must possess at least about two acres of land and a building constructed on a part of the land and proper playgrounds on the remaining land.

In case of lease, it will be accepted if it is for at least 30 years and in favour of Society/School by registered deed.

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Privatization In The Indian Education Sector

The elephant needs to go on !

India, with a population of 1.2 billion has been riding the IT & ITES boom which has been powered by skilled English speaking manpower & IT skills. Now, with shortage of skilled manpower, our country including our government is focusing on nurturing the future generations to fuel future growth. Thus, we are seeing an increasing thrust of the government to involve private players for developing the plight of education in the country.

This ease of regulations for starting an educational institution has resulted in a rapid growth of private educational institutes from preschools to universities being setup. However, quality is something that privatization alone cannot guarantee. With greater information exchange through the media and the internet, students and parents are more aware of standards & options.

Further, people are realizing the need for better quality education, the education sector is also being challenged to innovate and create more effective & efficient education systems. This market choice will ensure that only quality players will survive.

Or will an education regulatory work ? Should it be a government owned or independent ?