Connect with us

Education

Assam Madrassas will be converted to general schools, students won’t suffer: Himanta

Published

on

GUWAHATI: Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said since government-run madrassas will be converted to general schools, the students studying in these institutions will not suffer. The state government has decided to shut down all provincialised madrassas by November.

Himanta told media persons in Sivasagar since the madrassas will be converted into general schools affiliated to state education boards, students will be able to continue with their education. Madrassa teachers and minority student bodies in Assam have been opposing the government move, accusing the BJP-state government of trying to draw “political mileage” by closing down the madrassas ahead of the 2021 assembly polls.

“In November, we will convert the (government-run) madrassas into government general educational institutions. No one, including the teachers, will lose their jobs. Only the theological subjects will be abolished and modern subjects will be introduced. These institutions will be known as high schools or higher secondary schools and the name madrassa attached to them will be removed,” Himanta said.

The board examinations in these educational institutions will be conducted by the state education boards — the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).

From early this month, the state education department has started moving out the teachers from the madrassas under it to the general schools. In a letter to the director of secondary education dated October 7, deputy secretary to the secondary education department SN Das directed the former to submit a formal proposal regarding shifting of 148 contractual madrassa teachers to general schools.

There has been massive hue and cry since then, with opposition parties, madrassa teachers unions and minority student bodies condemning the move.

However, Himanta on Friday confirmed once again that the government will not reconsider its decision.

“The madrassas will be closed down in November because the state government will no longer spend public money to offer religious teaching. If someone says they need madrassas, then the government will also have to set up Vedic schools and impart education on the Bible as well,” he said.



Source link

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Education

Nine girls take charge as officers for a day in UP

Published

on

By

JHANSI: Nine meritorious girl students, who had topped in the board exams, were made top administrative officers of various departments in Jhansi district for a day as the Navratra festival that celebrates the nine avatars of the Mother Goddess reached its peak.

The event, held on Saturday, in Mauranipur tehsil was a part of the ongoing ‘Mission Shakti’ programme in Uttar Pradesh for empowering women.

Sunaina Mishra got the chance to serve as SDM; Nancy Gupta as circle officer; Diksha Ahirwar as tehsildar; Vanshika as agriculture officer; Kritika as education officer; Kumkum as SHO; Anjali Gupta as BDO; Aashi Gupta as CHC head and Kanchan Agarwal as EO.

All the nine girls, on Saturday morning, were brought to their respective offices from their home in official vehicles and given the opportunity to serve as officers for the day.

They discharged their official duties for the entire day under the guidance of the officers who were present to help them.

The girls passed orders and marked applications of complainants to the departments concerned with instructions.

Sunaina, who was serving as SDM , later told reporters that she was excited and thrilled to be handling the duties.

Sunaina ranked second in Class 12 and is preparing for NEET, and after her experience of serving as an SDM, she said she would now definitely appear in civil services examination after completing her MBBS.

Nancy Gupta, who was Circle officer (CO) for the day, has enrolled for B.Sc and is aiming to do doctorate.

SDM Mauranipur Ankur Srivastav, who was the brain behind the initiative, said that the ‘experiment’ was fulfilling. He said he hoped that it would make the children strive harder for their goals.



Source link

Continue Reading

Education

Bhagwat welcomes Centre’s new agri reforms, education policy

Published

on

By

NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday praised the Centre for the agriculture and labour reform bills recently passed in Parliament, and said new policies should aim to make farmers aware of the modern agriculture science.

Addressing the Sangh’s annual Vijayadashami rally here which was this time attended by only 50 ‘swayamsevaks’ due to the COVID-19 guidelines, he also welcomed the government’s new education policy.

Stressing on self-reliance, he said while designing the agricultural policy, farmers should be empowered to control their seed banks, create manure, fertilisers and pesticides on their own or procure from neighbouring areas.

“The new policies should aim to make our farmers aware of modern agricultural science and also enable them to blend that knowledge with the time-tested, contextually relevant traditional knowledge,” Bhagwat said.

The policies should be such that a farmer is able to use the research findings and sell his produce without getting trapped under the pressure of market forces and middlemen, the RSS chief said.

Incorporating these changes immediately within the present agrarian and economic system might not be possible. In that case, the policies should focus on creating a conducive environment to translate the suggested changes into reality, he said.

“Some positive steps in the direction of assimilating this swa (selfhood) in our economic, agriculture, labour, manufacturing and education policy have been taken,” he said.

He further said a new education policy formed on the basis of extensive deliberations and dialogue has been launched and the Sangh has also welcomed it.

The RSS chief also said that ‘vocal for local’ is a great start in the exploration of possibilities of ‘swadeshi’.

A policy-making process where all people and parties concerned discuss and deliberate extensively and draw consentient conclusions fosters the spirit of oneness and trust among all.

“Fortunately, we can rely on the prevailing political leadership to engender the feeling of oneness and trust with regards to matters small and big among all people,” he said.

He further said the need to decentralise agriculture and manufacturing sectors by supporting small and medium scale enterprises and creating job opportunities has drawn the attention of many intellectuals alongside the policy-makers in this time of COVID-19.

Those employed in these sectors, from small-time and seasoned entrepreneurs to farmers, are all eager to taste entrepreneurial success for the nation.

“The government will need to provide extra cover for them so they can attain world-class standards that will allow them to stand a competitive chance alongside other economic giants of the world.

“Along with the allocation of funds, its actual disbursement on the ground has to be ensured so that they can restart again after six months of the corona crisis,” he said.

Bhagwat said the consciousness that has prevailed in the aftermath of COVID-19, realisation of the true meaning of self’, spirit of oneness with all, the importance of cultural values and environmental awareness, should not be disregarded.

“We must not drop the momentum, lose sight of these indispensable values and fall back in a pattern of insensitive behaviour. Gradual and consistent practice of right conduct and responsible behaviour of an entire society alone can bring rewards,” he added.



Source link

Continue Reading

Education

15 school students among 58 new Covid-19 patients in Mizoram

Published

on

By

AIZAWL: Fifty-eight more people, including 15 students of two private schools in Aizawl, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state’s caseload to 2,447 on Sunday, a health official said.

Aizawl district reported the highest number of new cases at 44, followed by five each in Hnahthial and Kolasib, and two each in Serchhip and Khawzawl, he said.

Twenty-two new patients have travel history, while 36 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Mizoram now has 249 active coronavirus cases, while 2,198 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said.

The state has not reported any coronavirus fatality till date, the official said.

The state has so far tested 1,04,073 samples for Covid-19, including 1,121 on Saturday, he added.

The Mizoram government has decided to shut all schools, that had reopened on October 16 for students of classes 10 and 12, from Monday due to the rising number of locally transmitted coronavirus cases.



Source link

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Shares