Legal Training to New Recruits in Delhi Police:GGSIPU

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) will be providing training to 642 newly recruited Sub-Inspectors (On Probation) of Delhi Police. It will be a 3 months training in legal education and will be conducted at Police training school, Wazirabad.

The training aims to provide basic training of legal education to sub-inspectors and will cover the following domains:

Indian Penal Code
Criminal Procedure Code
Indian Evidence Act
Constitution of India

The training will also help them in providing necessary skills to deal with general public. Judiciary members from district courts and practicing lawyers will be contributing as guest faculties during the course.

CBSE Posts Toppers’ Answer Sheets on its Website

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has posted the answer sheets of class Xth high scoring students for session 2007-2008 on its website. This step is widely appreciated by the education fraternity, as it will give help students in learning the right way to attempt the paper.

Answer sheets of the following subjects have been posted on the CBSE website:

Answer Sheet: Mathematics – Class Xth Results 2008
Answer Sheet: Social Science – Class Xth Results 2008
Answer Sheet: Science – Class Xth Results 2008

Student can easily download these answer sheets in PDF format, for thorough analysis and learning.

Gender Parity In Education:Still a Concern in India

Today India’s economy is booming and we are seen as a strong economic power in the coming years. Despite this fact, some social issues are still of concern and should be given enough importance if we have to sustain ourselves as a strong socio-economic super power. One such issue is ‘Gender Parity In Primary Education’, which needs immediate attention by State and Central Governments.

Indian School girls
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Let’s see some figures* related to gender distribution in primary and secondary education in India.

Primary Schools (Class I-V) -> Parity Index: 0.94 -> 94 girls for every 100 boys
Higher Secondary (Class IX-XII) -> Parity Index: 0.80 -> 80 girls for every 100 boys

*Source: HRD Ministry, Figures of 2005-2006

The above figures gives a clear picture of wide gap between school going girls and boys. The situation is even more worse in selective areas of the country, especially in west, North West and some parts of North India. The drop out rate of girls is most in primary education, as parents prefer to spend more on their son. Early marriage, security issues also play an important role in further aggravating the situation.

The noticeable difference in gender parity index in urban and rural areas clearly indicates that more attention is needed in rural areas, where drop out rate of girls is much higher than urban areas.

Programmes like Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) launched by government in 2004, does help the cause to some extent, but more action is needed to tackle this situation. Some State Governments are also offering free bicycles to girls to travel to school, resulting in decreased drop out rate of girls in these areas.

Unless, the whole outlook of society will not change on this issue, it would be very difficult to close the gap of gender parity index.

A Man With a Mission: Making Mathematics Learning Easy Through Math Labs

Mathematics Professor, Annaswamy Ranganath Rao is 100 years old and is one of the pioneers in popularizing the concept of Math labs in schools. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), recognized this method of teaching mathematics and made it mandatory to have Math labs in CBSE schools. Since 2006, this concept has been introduced with 80 marks from theory paper and 20 marks from the activities conducted in the Math lab.

Professor Rao introduced Math labs way back in 1974, making it easy for students to understand various Math theorems. He designed new models, gadgets to explain these concepts to students, making these concepts more understandable and at the same time a playful experience too.


First Hindi Text Book for US Students

Texas is going to be the first state in the US, introducing Hindi textbook for high school students. Today, it is the fourth largest spoken language in North America. With the emergence of India as an economic power, states are realizing the importance to learn the Hindi language. Earlier US students were reading French, Spanish and even German in their regular curriculum.

The book ‘Namaste Ji” is developed by Arun Prakash, a teacher from the Indian origin. It took 8 long years for him to develop this book. Arun has been teaching Hindi to US students from 80’s and has vast experience in teaching US students.

Student Exchange Programmes, Well Received In The Country

Student exchange programmes are gaining immense popularity. In India, a large number of schools and institutions are involved in student exchange programmes. In one such exchange programme, nine students from the neighbouring country Pakistan, reached Mumbai recently. These students were as much excited as their hosts.

The nine students came all the way from Karachi to visit a municipal school in Khar, as part of an exchange programme ‘Khoj’ between India and Pakistan.

The Pakistani students were quoted as having said that Indian students are more ambitious and committed to the education. The students who reached here also said about the similarities between the education systems in the two countries. The students were keen to know about the personal lives, life style and other cultural aspects.

Even cricket was discussed and the fan clubs and sport stars, reported one website.

This student exchange is part of a programme ‘Khoj’, an initiative to spread ‘secular education among school children’. Teesta Setalvad, Director of Khoj says in a report published by “We had started a pen pals programme between India and Pakistan in 1999. The aim is to encourage exchanges between children of two countries. We were one of the first to start such a project, which included writing letters. This visit is a step further in the project. This is their first visit and it will work best if they are able to keep in touch with each other in future.”

Students also exchanged mail addresses and promised to remain in touch with each other. Students exchange programmes have served amply in cultural diffusion and providing a broader outlook for the students.

1,600 New Colleges To Be Opened By Maharashtra Government

To clear the rush of admission seeking students, Maharashtra Government has decided to open 1,600 new colleges in the state. The announcement was made by Education Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Vasant Purke.

Opening of new divisions in existing colleges have already been decided by the state government, giving some relief to admission seekers. State Government is aiming to provide admission to every single student passing out from school, informed the Education Minister. The process of opening new colleges will be started from the current academic year, the details of which will be available later, on the government website.

Mobile Phones Banned in Madhya Pradesh Schools

State Government of Madhya Pradesh has passed an ordinance curbing the use of mobile phones in school premises by students and teachers.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, following complaints of excessive use of mobile phones by students and teachers during school sessions. The ban is supposed to spark a row of protest from teachers across the state.

Modern Teaching Aids: More Homework For Teachers

Students, especially small children almost loathe about the daily homework assigned to them. The young minds sometimes envy their own teachers as they come in the classroom, teach and leave – no homework, no tests and no assessments. That may be true but not in the coming era where teachers themselves have to prepare a lot before coming to the classroom.

The textbook and dictation age is a thing of the past. Modern teaching aids like audio and video presentations demand more preparations from the teacher. Many schools have recently added such aids and techniques in the curriculum to provide to the students an all-inclusive learning package and environment.

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In certain subjects like History and Sciences, there are many things that cannot be completely described on the blackboard or by oral recitation. One popular example is the development stages of living cells, functioning or various organs, organ systems, etc. Even though the teacher may carry a chart or draw a neat diagram on the board, but effective learning still misses out. A video presentation or short film gives the student a better learning experience as they can watch the actual phenomena and processes.

Teaching lessons are increasingly being provided on compact discs and digital video discs and the content on the same is either viewed in the class or by the student at home. The teacher has to be sure to identify the main points or emphasize on these points so that children can assimilate the knowledge.

Three cheers to our teachers who are supposed to do a little viewing of the content at home and come prepared in the morning!

Disaster Management: Educating The Masses

The day was 26th January 2001 and the country was busy preparing for the celebrations of the 51st Republic Day, when a natural disaster shook the country and devastated the Gujarat state. About 20,000 people died. On Dec 26, 2004, one of the deadliest catastrophes hit the coastal region in Asia. About 2,25,000 lives were lost as a result of the destruction by Tsunamis. In the morning hours of October 8, 2005 one more cataclysmic earthquake hit the north of Indian landmass and adjoining country Pakistan. More than 80,000 people died.

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All these events that resulted in havocs have impelled many people and representations to think about solutions and handling the crisis as it occurs, in a better way. The most talked about concept has been disaster management. Its importance got so much magnified in the past decade that hundreds of agencies were set forth to arrive at possible solutions.

Our education institutions also provided their helping hand and introduced education programmes related to disaster management. Disaster management has become quite popular, nothing less than a cliché. Its importance and growing popularity can further be estimated by its recent incorporation in the CBSE and ICSE high school syllabi. All this points out to the fact that the country is trying to educate the masses as how to handle crisis situations and save human lives.

At the moment the trailblazers in the new field are of the opinion that knowledge sharing is the best way to avert the maximum damage. By imparting knowledge to the people, who are prone to such risks or people living in areas where seismic activity and other natural disasters are more likely to hit, many lives can be saved. The same idea has been conceived the education institutions that are trying to educate the people as how to survive in those trying times. As there is no guarantee about the contingency plans, the mass mobilization and sharing of knowledge seems to be the best precaution.