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A reflection on how India is treating its girls.

Girls are slowly finding their feet in India. Decades of fighting infanticide, discrimination and child marriages they are finally finding their voice. They are discovering what it is to attend school, make a career, and be proud and independent. Yet it will take time before they truly have the free

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Today Nindi Kumari from Delhi is 20 years old and is nicknamed the karate queen of Jahangirpuri. It is surprising to know that she started to learn Karate only 4 years ago and today in her dimly lit shanty 3 small trophies and 6 medals hold pride of place. Her parents, 2 younger brothers and a sister swell up in pride when showing it to everyone who comes to their home.

The entire cash prize won at the tournaments was spent on basic necessities while a track-suit she won with danger written on the back is reserved for special occasions. Today she is a martial arts teacher to a dozen or so girls – all children of daily-wage labourers, household help and thelawalas (hawkers). All of them are bound by the common thought that learning karate will help them protect themselves when out in the world.

While Nindi’s story or other stories that you may come across in the media may give you an understanding that things are looking up for girls in India. The reality is far harsher and completely removed from it. Even today a majority of girls in India have to put in much more just so that they can access the basic things in life – education, right to dream, some time to themselves these are just some of the luxuries for which girls are revolting every day in corners of India. However, they derive their strength from a strong belief that has taken root that they have a right to dream and that with hard work and minimal support; she can become what her heart desires.

The first hurdle the girls face is right at home, often their own family. “No government policy addresses the structural problem within the family,” says Komal Ganotra, director, policy, research, advocacy and documentation at Child Rights and You (CRY), an NGO that has been working in the area of child rights for 30 years. The girls are the most vulnerable in their adolescence, aged between 14 -18 of which there are 58.6 million according to the 2011 census of India.

Ganotra points out that they face a serious problem of personal security which impedes there mobility, ultimately limiting their access to learning resources. Sons are given preferential treatment for skill development while daughters are largely relegated to looking after siblings or entering the unorganized labour market to supplement the family income.

Then girls have to put up with spectre of early marriages. A 2014 UN report pointed out that India was only second in the world after Bangladesh in terms of the highest number of child marriages. Almost 20% of the girls marry before the age of 15.

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Under the burden of poverty and local customs, the parents resort to early marriage of the girl child. However, what they don’t foresee is the early motherhood of these adolescent girls. Every year a sizeable 4 million of these young girls will enter the threshold of becoming mothers—some will die while giving birth, others will become chronically anaemic.

Though the government is working at the grass root levels to raise awareness against the evils of child marriage it is declining at a snail’s pace of 1% per year which means it will take 50 years to be wiped off completely.

The Indian society can be very brutal and discriminating against the girl child. The proof lies in the 2,000 female foeticides that take place across the country every day. Maneka Gandhi, Union minister of women and child development, recently launched the Prime Minister’s flagship Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) mission in January 2015.

The preference for the male child has heavily skewed our child sex ratios. The ratio stands at 918 girls, aged 0-6, for every 1,000 boys and this is the lowest since 1961, reports the 2011 census. The story is worse in the 14-18 age group, where it is a mere 884 girls for every 1,000 boys.

Standing tall amidst all the gloomy statistics is the fact that if a girl manages to take birth today, she is as likely as her brother to go to school. The overall enrolment figures for girls in schools as been rising steadily. A back of the envelope calculation shows that this rise in enrolment was most dramatic for class I-VIII level and this momentum was sustained at the secondary IX-X level. Save for four Union territories and nine states, including West Bengal, Telangana and Jharkhand, this number drops for higher classes.

At this point of time, what may not be translating to a ground reality is the indomitable spirit building up in girls across the nation. Here is a case from Hutup village in Jharkhand. When American Franz Gastler organised the first football match after moving here he was surprised to see that no boys turned up, instead almost 100 eager girls did. This set the ball rolling in his mind and the idea of setting up a football academy struck him.

Yuwa, an NGO focused on empowering girls through football and education, was born. “The girls wanted to play. They were ready to wake up at 4.30am, 7 days a week, because this was the one time in their day when they got to be in a positive place; got to be somebody,” says Gastler.

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Football gave the girls what was sorely missing in their lives. Pride. The pride swelled from the fact that they could be aggressive and could play football like boys and lastly, attend school like the boys.

With growing confidence and pride they begin to question the traditional methods and messages of the society, said Gastler.

From football coaching, Yuwa opened its own girl’s school in its football programme. 86 students have enrolled in the school already. From the first football batch, Sita Oraon completed a BSc in chemistry and is preparing for exams in order to apply to universities in the US—she still plays football twice or thrice a week.

* Read the original story by Namita Bhandare on www.livemint.com

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New school timings from December 1 in Haryana

This change has been announced by the Directorate of School Education, due to the drop in the temperature.

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The school timings will be changing from December 1, as announced by the Haryana government. This change has been announced by the Directorate of School Education, due to the drop in the temperature. On Wednesday, the new winter school timings were announced – single-shift schools will take classes from 09:30 a.m. to 03:30 p.m. Whereas, for the schools with two shifts, the first shift will be from 07:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second shift will be from 12:40 p.m. to 05:15 p.m.

The Directorate of Information, Public Relations, and Language Department, Government of Haryana took to its official Twitter handle and announced the new timings for the winter session.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Kanwar Pal talked about the dual desks being purchased for the schools of Haryana. “There are 1.41 Lakh dual desks being purchased for primary, secondary, and senior secondary schools in 22 districts of the state. 65,501 desks will be made available for students of class five; 36,168 desks for classes six to eight students and 39,208 desks for the students of classes 11 and 12,” he added.

The Education Minister also said that an amount of around Rs. 95 Crore will be spent on this. These desks will be delivered by January 31, 2023, that is, by the first phase to the respective schools.

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NIOS celebrates 33rd Foundation Day

Dr. Subhas Sarkar addresses the 33rd Foundation Day Celebrations of NIOS

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Union Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar addressed the 33rd Foundation Day Celebrations of NIOS as the Chief Guest.

The function was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Education, Chairpersons of educational institutions, Heads of Departments, officers, and staff of NIOS. Prof. Naval Kishore Ambasht, former Chairman, of NIOS and Pro-Vice Chancellor, of the Central University of Haryana, Prof. Sushma Yadav graced the occasion.

Dr. Subhas Sarkar in his address appreciated the various programmes and schemes of NIOS and said that NIOS is lighting the lamp of knowledge all over the world. Talking about the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, he mentioned that today’s children will be young people in the age group of 30-40 years on the completion of 100 years of independence and will be responsible for building our nation.

He said that the Ministry of Education has entrusted NIOS with several responsibilities such as developing inclusive education resources, expanding the open and distance education system in states/UTs, translating all courses into more languages as required, creating Indian Knowledge Tradition based courses and propagating Indian culture by translating them into major foreign languages. He also praised the programmes of NIOS enrolling 10 crore adults under ‘Basic Literacy Assessment’, training of in-service teachers, Gender Green Project, and training in Yoga. He said that Indian Sign Language as a subject at the secondary level has been acknowledged on national and international platforms. He described the launch of an e-library called ‘DEEP’ by NIOS as a big step forward.

Prof. Saroj Sharma spoke about the journey of 33 years of NIOS and highlighted the special achievements. She said that NIOS is one of the two National Boards of Education under the Ministry of Education, which provides school education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) for secondary, senior secondary, and vocational education. She elaborated on the role of NIOS in the field of education, efforts being made by NIOS for the successful implementation of the New Education Policy, Virtual Open School, Digital Library (DEEP), NEPIA Project, MoU with Ministry of Defence for Agniveer Project, setting up of Mukta Kaushal Kendras and subjects offered under Indian knowledge Tradition.

It was also conveyed by her that a curriculum called ‘Aarambhika’ is being developed by NIOS for catering to the Indian Diaspora.

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A documentary based on the journey of 33 years of educational endeavours of NIOS was presented on the occasion. In this documentary, ‘All England Badminton winner Pullela Gopichand said that most of the players in his badminton academy are getting an education from NIOS.

NIOS alumni, Ms. Niranjana and Vinod Kumar Chaudhary were also felicitated on the occasion. Shri Vinod Kumar said that only due to his education in NIOS, he was able to get the credit of making the Guinness Book of World Records 10 times (8 in Typing and 2 in sports). A proud learner of NIOS, Ms. Niranjana is a successful ventriloquist. Prof. N. K. Ambasht, former Chairman, NIOS said that in this age of technology, innovations must lead to developing ‘standalone’ courses for the Indian Diaspora, to achieve the goals of the National Education Policy- 2020. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sushma Yadav said that the role of NIOS increases in the light of New Education Policy. NIOS has such potential that the institute will be able to achieve the ambitious goals of National Education Policy 2020 in the coming years.

The half-yearly magazine of NIOS ‘Pragyan’ was released by Dr. Subhas Sarkar on this occasion.

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TCS to train UP Govt Schools for the underprivileged in Computational Thinking

Under this program, TCS will also train 1,500 teachers in these schools to help them understand computers, algorithms, programming, coding, and problem-solving skills.

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Tata Consultancy Services – the country’s largest software services company will train students and teachers of 105 Jaiprakash Narayana Sarvodaya Schools and Eklavya Residential Schools in computational and logical thinking.

These schools are run by the social welfare department of Uttar Pradesh.

A memorandum of understanding for 18 months was signed between TCS and the social welfare department in the presence of Minister of State (Independent charge) Asim Arum on 21st November 2022, a government statement said.

The company, under its programme go-IT and Ignite My Future along with International Bebras Computing Challenge will train the students in logical thinking and computational thinking as a push towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the statement also said.

These schools with 35,000 students provide residential accommodation and try to impart quality education to students from underprivileged sections and tribal regions of the state.

Under this program, TCS will also train 1,500 teachers in these schools under the programme Ignite My Future in computational thinking to help them understand computers, algorithms, programming, coding, and problem-solving skills. These teachers will act as master trainers to impart training further to their colleagues and students.

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Under the go-IT program of the company, students will be taught design and logical thinking with problem-solving skills and developing codes, besides preparing them through the International training programme – Bebras Computing Challenge.

 

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Consultation on draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) at IIT Delhi

Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan participates in consultation on the draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) at IIT Delhi

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Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the stakeholders’ consultation on the draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) at IIT Delhi. The Chairperson, NCVET India, Dr. NS Kalsi, Director, IIT Delhi, Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Rakesh Ranjan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, academicians, and many other distinguished dignitaries were also present.

Speaking on occasion, Pradhan said that NEP 2020 envisages universalization of credit framework for removing barriers between knowledge, skills, and employability, establishing a credit accumulation & transfer system for all kinds of learning for ensuring seamless mobility between learning and skilling pathways.

He further said that to reap a demographic dividend we have to provide a level playing field and equal opportunities to all. This can only be achieved by recognizing, accounting, and formalizing all kinds of conventional, unconventional, and experiential knowledge repositories.

The Minister stated that NCrF will provide us with an opportunity to recognize applied aspects of knowledge and skills. It will also create new possibilities for lifelong learning & skilling. NCrF will boost per capita productivity, empower all, and lay a strong foundation for India to lead this century, he further added.

Pradhan underlined that National Credit Framework will be a key for enhancing the economic convertibility of education, bringing a vast majority of our population under the fold of formal education and skilling, achieving GER targets, and accelerating India’s march towards becoming a $5 trillion economy.

About the National Credit Framework (NCrF):

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes making education more holistic and effective by integrating higher education and vocational education. To realize the intent and objective of NEP 2020, the National Credit Framework (NCrF) has been developed by a high-level committee constituted by the Government of India.

The NCrF is a comprehensive framework that enables seamless integration of learning from academic, vocational, and experiential learning. The NCrF provides for creditisation of all learning and assignment, accumulation, storage, transfer, and redemption of credits, subject to assessment, removes distinction and establishes academic equivalence between vocational and general education; enables mobility within and between them and its operationalization through the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC).

The draft National Credit Framework is available here for comments/suggestions from all stakeholders.

The comments/suggestions may be sent to [email protected] up to 30th November 2022.

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39 Schools Awarded Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2021-22

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Minister of State, Ministry of Education Dr. Subhas Sarkar gave away the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP), 2021-22 to the National awardee schools in New Delhi today. Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State for Education was the esteemed Guest of Honour.

The third edition of the Award i.e. SVP 2021-22, saw phenomenal participation with 9.59 lakh schools registered for the awards. This number is approx. 1.5 times more than the number of schools (6.15 lakh schools) in SVP 2017-18, who participated during that year.

Out of 9.59 lakh schools, more than 8.23 lakh schools submitted their applications for SVP 2021-22. The evaluation process of 4,27,718 eligible schools was undertaken at the district and state levels, out of which 606 schools at State/UT level awards were found eligible for National level awards. The National Selection Committee for selection of schools for SVP 2021-22, in their meeting held on 10th October 2022, selected 39 schools (34 in the overall category and 5 in sub-categories) for National level awards for SVP 2021-2022, after 3rd party evaluation by UNICEF partner agency (NEERMAN).

Out of 39 selected schools, 21 schools are from rural areas and 18 are from urban areas. Further, 28 schools are government/ government aided while 11 are private schools. The awarded schools also include 2 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and one (1) Navodaya Vidyalaya and 3 Kendriya Vidyalayas. Out of 39 schools, 17 are elementary and 22 are secondary/ higher secondary schools. Cash prizes of Rs. 60,000/- to 34 schools (in the overall category) and Rs. 20,000/-, (in sub-categories) were given to the awardee schools.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sarkar asked all the schools from Districts and States to work hard in the field of swachhata in schools to compete with the performance of award-winning Schools, Districts, and States. He also stressed that schools conferred with the National award may sustain the standard and rating of cleanliness and hygiene.

In his Independence Day address to the nation on 15th August 2014, Prime Minister declared that all schools in the country should have toilets with separate toilets for girls within a period of one year as only then our daughters will not be compelled to leave schools midway.

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The Department launched Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative in 2014. Under this initiative, a record number of 4,17,796 toilets were constructed in 2,61,400 schools, including 1,90,887 girls’ toilets in one year period up to 15th August 2015. Encouraged by this stupendous success, the Department of School Education and Literacy launched the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar in 2016-17 to ensure long-term sustainability and behavioural change. The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar not only honours the schools that have taken exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene but also provides a benchmark and roadmap for schools to make further improvement

Under this Award, schools are rated on six broad parameters of (a) Water (b) Toilets (c) Handwashing with Soap (d) Operation and Maintenance (e) Behaviour Change and Capacity building, and (f) COVID-19 (Preparedness and Response). The Puraskar is given at District, State, and National levels.

Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP), 2021-22 was successfully launched by  Dr. Subhas Sarkar on 12th January 2022, which was the birthday of Swami Vivekanand and is celebrated as National Youth Day. In view of the COVID pandemic, an additional parameter – “COVID-19 preparedness and response” – was included in the Swachh Vidyalaya guidelines in 2021-22, considering its implications for the health, hygiene, and safety of the children. The methodology of the awards was evolved in consultation with UNICEF, which was the Implementation and Technical partner for the awards.

In the National award ceremony  Sanjay Kumar, OSD, Prachi Pandey, Joint Secretary, and Archana Sharma Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education were also present.

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28th edition of CBSE Sahodaya Schools Conference begins at Vadodara

The 28th National Annual Conference of Sahodaya School Complexes on the theme of Education 4.0-Reinventing
Education 2030 and beyond begins.

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The 28th National Annual Conference of Sahodaya School Complexes (2022) began on 18th November 2022. This year the conference is being held in collaboration with Gyan Sarovar Sahodaya –The Central Gujarat CBSE Schools Sahodaya Complex.

The theme of the conference is “Education 4.0: Reinventing Education for 2030 and Beyond” with the objective to sensitize school leaders and prepare them for the era of education 4.0 with the necessary changes in the design of curriculum and pedagogy.

Sub Themes

  1. Social dynamics and development of education
  2. School Leadership for futuristic schools
  3. Technology is indispensable for education
  4. Capacity Building of teachers
  5. AI in school education
  6. Creative Learning
  7. Positioning curriculum for 2030 and beyond
  8. Moving from Transactional Leadership to Transformational Leadership
  9. Building Learning Communities
  10. Schooling Vs. Education: Bridging the gap for a better India for 2030 and beyond
  11. Community School Partnership for quality education

This year’s conference is hosting the representatives of more than 200 Sahodaya School Complexes and educationists from around the world in a two-day event at Vadodara.

Principals from 800 plus CBSE affiliated schools in the country and abroad, academics, and senior officers of the Board are participating in this two-day conference which will dwell upon various themes such as Community School Partnership, Schooling versus Education, Technology for Education, Artificial Intelligence in Education, Building Learning Communities, Leadership, Creative Learning, and Capacity Building of Teachers.

The inaugural session of the conference began with the address of the Chairperson CBSE Smt. Nidhi Chhibber highlighting the roles and responsibilities of school principals and administrators in realizing the objectives of NEP 2020 and making schools future ready.

A number of publications prepared by the Board were also launched by the Chairperson, on this occasion.

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Conference Souvenir

A compilation of the probable best practices received from different schools across the country in the area of curriculum, pedagogy, capacity building of teachers, school leadership, school community partnership, and use of technology.

CBSE SQAA Portal

As per NEP 2020 recommendations, CBSE has developed a ‘School Quality Assessment and Assurance (SQAA)’ Framework based on 7 domains covering all the aspects of school functioning and can be useful as a tool for accomplishing individual and institutional excellence.

Practice Books in Science and Mathematics have been developed for Students of classes IX and X in the subjects of Mathematics and Science to strengthen the skills and competencies of students and help them apply the learned concepts in real-life situations and draw inferences.

These workbooks present a series of questions organised as themes, mapped to concepts from the curriculum of the respective class.

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The board has designed and developed Competency Focussed Practice Questions aligned to the NCERT curriculum in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science for Class X students to test conceptual understanding and application.

SAFAL Assessment Frameworks for grades 3, 5, and 8 were also launched today in the subjects of Language (English/Hindi), Mathematics, and EVS/Science. These include domains, strands, and competencies, and define learning outcomes at various proficiency levels.

PRAYOG

Pradhanacharya Yojna for Growth, has been designed in view of the important role of the Principals in the effective implementation of NEP 2020 in CBSE schools and covers various themes such as Innovative Pedagogy, Competency Focussed Education, Experiential Learning, Art integrated learning, Story Telling and Sports Integrated Learning, Systemic Reforms via initiatives such as SAFAL, HPC, SQAA, and Competency-based assessments, and other topics like Peer Education and Life Skills, Inclusive Education, Environmental Education, Pedagogy Leadership and Expectations from Principals.

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A number of Skill Modules for Class VI-VIII on Travel and Tourism, Marketing, Media, Beauty & Wellness, Design Thinking, and Innovation were also launched today along with new modules for classes IX-XII in Library and Information Science, Cost Accounting, Early Childhood Care and Education.

Hand Book on Positive Parenting – A Ready Reckoner

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The Board has always been sensitive and proactive regarding the mental health and wellness of students. Positive Parenting – A Ready Reckoner has been brought out by CBSE with the hope of adding value to the nuances of parenting and nurturing skills in a very simplistic and easy-to-follow manner. This publication by no means attempts to undermine the concerns and care of the parents already in place but may help in deepening the understanding and in building positive relationships amongst schools, parents, and students. The contents have been carefully curated post-COVID challenges and include topics such as the Mental and Emotional Wellness of Children, Parenting the Pre- teens, Gender Equality and Child Abuse Protection, Children with Special Needs, Online Learning for Parents, and more.

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National Sports Awards 2022 Announced

Sharath Kamal Achanta to receive Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2022

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Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2022 on 14th November 2022.

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 30th November 2022 (Wednesday) at 1600 hrs.

Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons, coaches, and entities:

(i)Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2022

S. No. Name of the sportsperson Discipline
1. Shri Sharath Kamal Achanta Table Tennis

(ii)Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games 2022

S. No. Name of the sportsperson Discipline
1. Ms. Seema Punia Athletics
2. Shri Eldhose Paul Athletics
3. Shri Avinash Mukund Sable Athletics
4. Shri Lakshya Sen Badminton
5. Shri Prannoy HS Badminton
6. Shri Amit Boxing
7. Ms. Nikhat Zareen Boxing
8. Ms. Bhakti Pradip Kulkarni Chess
9. Shri R Praggnanandhaa Chess
10. Ms. Deep Grace Ekka Hockey
11. Ms. Shushila Devi Judo
12. Ms. Sakshi Kumari Kabaddi
13. Ms. Nayan Moni Saikia Lawn Bowl
14. Shri Sagar Kailas Ovhalkar Mallakhamb
15. Ms. ElavenilValarivan Shooting
16. Shri Omprakash Mitharval Shooting
17. Ms. Sreeja Akula Table Tennis
18. Shri Vikas Thakur Weightlifting
19. Ms. Anshu Wrestling
20. Ms. Sarita Wrestling
21. Shri Parveen Wushu
22. Ms. Manasi Girishchandra Joshi Para-Badminton
23. Shri Tarun Dhillon Para Badminton
24. Shri Swapnil Sanjay Patil Para Swimming
25. Ms. Jerlin Anika J Deaf Badminton

(iii)Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games 2022

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A. Regular Category:

S. No. Name of the Coach (S/Shri/Ms) Discipline
1. Shri Jiwanjot Singh Teja Archery
2. Shri Mohammad Ali Qamar Boxing
3. Ms. Suma Siddharth Shirur Para Shooting
4. Shri Sujeet Maan Wrestling

B. Lifetime Category:

S.No. Name of the Coach (S/Shri/Ms) Discipline
1. Shri Dinesh Jawahar Lad Cricket
2. Shri Bimal Prafulla Ghosh Football
3. Shri Raj Singh Wrestling

(iv)Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games 2022

S. No. Name of the sportsperson Discipline
1. Ms. Ashwini Akkunji C. Athletics
2. Shri Dharamvir Singh Hockey
3. Shri B.C Suresh Kabaddi
4. Shri Nir Bahadur Gurung Para Athletics

(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2022

S. No. Category Entity recommended for RashtriyaKhel Protsahan Puruskar, 2022
1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent TransStadia Enterprises Private Limited
2. Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
3. Sports for Development Ladakh Ski & Snowboard Association

(vi)Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2022:

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

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  • ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over the period of the previous four years.
  • ‘Arjuna Award for outstanding performance in Sports and Games’ is given for good performance over a period of the previous four years and for showing qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.
  • ‘Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games’ is given to coaches for doing outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and for enabling sportspersons to excel in International events.
  • ‘Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games’ is given to honour sportspersons who have contributed to sports through their performance and who continue to contribute to the promotion of sports even after their retirement.
  • ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ is given to corporate entities (both in the private and public sector), Sports Control Boards, NGOs, including sports bodies at the State and National level, who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.

The overall top-performing university in inter-university tournaments is given the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.

This year, for the first time, applications were invited only online and sportspersons/coaches/entities were permitted to self-apply through a dedicated portal.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committee headed by Justice A. M. Khanwilkar, Retd. Judge, Supreme Court of India and consisting of eminent sportspersons, persons having experience in sports journalism, and sports administrators.

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ATL Schools across India celebrate Childrens’ Day

1.5 lakh students from 5000+ schools took part in the Atal Tinkering Labs’ unique mega tinkering activity on the occasion of Children’s day

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In a first-of-its-kind occurrence, around 1.5 lakh students from more than 5000 schools in India in the Atal Tinkering Labs programme of the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog took part in a unique mega tinkering activity on the occasion of Children’s day, on Nov 14. Several schools from the length and breadth of the country along with their students, ATL in-charges, principals, mentors, AIM team, and partners participated in the event virtually from their respective ATLs. In this event, participating students all across India built an innovation project together in one of the largest-ever global tinkering events done collectively in a single day.

With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. Recently AIM has achieved the objective of establishing more than 10,000 ATLs in schools across India with an objective to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, etc.

Ms. Deepali Upadhayay, Program Director, AIM started the event by congratulating all students on the occasion of Children’s Day and the establishment of 10000 ATLs across schools in India.  As part of the event, students learned the scientific concept behind the activity and demonstrated the steps for building the hand-held fan using equipment from the ATL. This activity aimed to develop the attitude and aptitude to experiment and tinker among young students. These students were invited to participate in a contest where they will share pictures and videos of the tinkering activity done in their schools.

ATL students across the country have been ambassadors of the tinkering movement and have used their creative energies to make better versions of the hand-held fans. They also modified it to incorporate 3D printing in it. Some students also took it to the next level by designing complex robots and drones. ATL has been a front-runner in helping with the infrastructure and technical know-how of these innovation projects in schools.

Ankush, from Aditya Vidyashram School, Puducherry, and Sufeenah from Green Valley School, Srinagar said “It was great being a part of this mega tinkering event and building the project together with other ATLs. We thank the entire AIM team for organizing this activity”.

Famous Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi also congratulated the students via a video message saying that “This scale of a tinkering activity hasn’t been done before and paves the way for acceleration of the tinkering movement in India”.

Dr. Chintan Vaishnav Mission Director AIM in his message shared his remembrances from the first time he did such a tinkering activity as a child and said that “Children in today’s age have the tools and resources which were not available earlier. This event truly exhibited the ‘spirit of making’ in taking India to greater heights”.

Click here to know more about the ATL program.

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HPS Begumpet Hosts Curtain Raiser for Centenary Celebrations

The Hyderabad Public School (HPS) Begumpet, Centenary Celebrations Commence Jan 2023. Distinguished Alumni attend the Curtain Raiser.

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  • Unveiled: The School Vision 2050 & long-term infrastructure plans
  • Over 300 distinguished alumni attended an exclusive dinner & pledged support towards making the school an educational institution of global excellence

The Hyderabad Public School Society & its Board of Governors hosted an exclusive Curtain Raiser for the HPS(B) Centenary Celebrations starting Jan 2023. This was followed by a detailed presentation on the HPS Vision & Mission 2050 and the future infrastructural plans.

The formal dinner was attended by over 300 distinguished alumni who pledged their support, promised to participate, and assist their Alma Mater with time, talent & resources. Some of the prominent Alumni present at the dinner were Mr. Ashok Gajapati Raju (Former Union Minister), Mr. Konda Vishweshwar Reddy (Former Member of Parliament), Padmashri Dr. P. Raghuram, Mr. Hari Buggana (Inv Ascent), among other honourable members consisting of prominent doctors, businessmen, lawyers, politicians, sportsmen, artists, among many others.

Video messages of commitment to active participation as well as an appeal to all other alumni to come forward and contribute towards the execution of the school’s long-term vision was made by prominent alumni such as Mr. Shantanu Narayan (CEO, Adobe), Mr. Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft), Mr. Sriram Panchu (Senior Advocate, Madras High Court), Mr. Harsha Bhogle (Commentator), Mr. Shailesh Jejurikar (COO, Procter & Gamble), Mr. Nagarjuna (Film Actor), Mr. Syed Akbaruddin (IFS Retd), Mr. Prabhu Pingali (Chairman, ICRISAT) who could not be present at the event.

Speaking at the event Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat, Principal of The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, stated “An Institution committed to a legacy of excellence like ours is a partnership among its students, faculty, alumni, administrators, donors, trustees, and more. The school needs a new impetus backed by a new approach, new thinking, and of course necessary resources as we enter the centennial year. I invite the alumni to participate and engage with the school so as to efficiently meet the audacious plans set out in Vision 2050”.

Highlighting the need for alumni to give back to their alma mater, Mr. Gusti J Noria, President, The Hyderabad Public School Society in his address emphasised that, “The culture of any organisation grows over time. With a school, the alumni are often the keepers of the culture. The success of our school can be measured, by the contribution, the alumni have made to our school, nation, and the world at large. We are all proud to say that HPS has, is, and will continue to be the torchbearer of excellence!!”

He exhorted the alumni and solicited their wholehearted participation in planning, organizing, and implementing the centenary celebrations and the long-term development plans of HPS.

About the HPS-B Centenary Celebrations

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The Centenary Celebrations that would start in January 2023, are being planned as a year-long grand celebration with multiple activities & events for students, staff, parents & alumni.

Details of the Centenary programme with the confirmed dates would be released in the public domain shortly along with a commemorative logo.

About the HPS Vision 2050

The Hyderabad Public School Society has prepared a vision and road map for the further development of its four schools — at Begumpet, Ramanthapur, Kadapa, and Warangal — over the next three decades leading up to 2050. A diverse group, comprised of proximate stakeholders of HPS, experts/leaders from the fields of education, business, science, government, law, politics, family counselling, and social work participated to help formulate the vision document.

The HPS Vision 2050 document is the result of over 1,000 person-hours of intense deliberations, discussions, and negotiations among this diverse group of 30 participants Admittedly, the HPS Vision 2050 envisages extremely audacious but achievable goals given the long history of the determined accomplishment of the Schools’ and their alumni.

For more information:

Contact Name: Naomi Hill
Number: 9063031923
Email ID: [email protected]
Website: https://hpsbegumpet.org.in

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Ladakh sets a new benchmark in education: PGI 2020-2021

The education minister lauds Ladakh for remarkable progress and for setting up a new benchmark.

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The Ministry of Education congratulated Ladakh, the newly formed United territory for remarkable progress in the Performance Grading Index 2022-2021.

Ladakh sets a new benchmark by showing immense improvement in the PGI 2020-2021 which was recently released. The Performance Grading Index 2020-2021 launched by the ministry of education provides the vision and abstract mechanism for the performance and achievement of school education. The PGI of Ladakh has gone up from Level 8 to Level 4 in 2020-21 and has improved its score by 299 points in 2020-21 as compared to 2019-20 resulting in highest ever improvement in a single year.

The PGI comprises 1000 points over 70 indicators. The 70 indicators are further grouped into two different categories: 1. Outcomes And 2. Governance Management. These are again divided into five domains, which are as follows: Learning Outcomes (LO), Access (A), Infrastructure and Facility (IF), Equity (E), and Governance Process (GP). Performance Grading Index classifies the state and union territories into 10 Grades – the highest achievable grade is Level 1 with more than 950 points. The states and union territories scoring more than 950 points out of 1000 points can achieve Level 1.

“Kudos to Ladakh for setting new benchmarks in education as it attains Level 4 with a score of 844 in the Performance Grading Index 2020 – 21. India’s youngest Union Territory is emerging as ‘one of the most promising’ UTs. Congratulations!”, shared the education minister on social media. The education minister also congratulated Ladakh for this achievement.

Over time, many other states and union territories have shown great progress in the PGI. States like Kerala, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Rajasthan, and union territory Chandigarh have shown exceptional development as compared to previous years by reaching Level 2 in the year 2020-2021. They scored 901-950 in the year 2020 – 2021 as compared to previous years. 

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