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Year End Review 2019 – Department of School Education

In pursuance Prime Minister’s vision for ‘Transforming India’, Ministry of Human Resource Development took a leap forward in transforming education sector with the motto of “सबकोशिक्षा, अच्छीशिक्षा ”(Education for All, Quality Education).

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In pursuance  Prime Minister's vision for ‘Transforming India’, Ministry of Human Resource Development took a leap forward in transforming education sector with the motto of सबकोशिक्षा, अच्छीशिक्षा(Education for All, Quality Education).

In the year of 2019 Dr K. Kasturirangan Committee submitted the Draft National Education Policy to Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. The Government of India had initiated the process of formulating a New Education Policy to meet the changing dynamics of the requirements of the population with regard to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry. MHRD has launched Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Program (DHRUV) to identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge and also launched NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme. Beside this, MHRD launched several new schemes in Higher Education Department to boost research & Innovation culture in the country. Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has finalized and released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP). SWAYAM 2.0, Deeksharambh andPARAMARSHare other major schemes of Department of Higher Education launched in 2019.

In the year of 2019, Ministry of HRD has actively participated in various nationwide campaigns like Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB), Fit India Campaign, 70th anniversary of Constitution Day, 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi among others. In order to preserve environment some campaigns have been initiated by MHRD. Save water and One Student One Tree are major successful campaigns of MHRD.

Major Achievements of Department of School Education & Literacy :

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NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement :

A National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme called NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement has been launched on 21st August, 2019. This integrated programme aims to build the capacities of around 42 lakh teachers and Heads of Schools, faculty members of SCERTs and DIETs and Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators.

This training programme has been included as one of the two transformative ideas from Department for the 100 days programme of the Government. The initiative is first of its kind wherein standardized training modules are developed at national level for all States and UTs. However, States and UTs can contextualize the training modules and use their own material and resource persons also, keeping in view the core topics and expected outcomes of NISHTHA.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu gave the DHRUV batches to all the 60 students selected under DHRUV programmehave been broadly chosen from classes 9 to 12, from all schools including government and private.

 The students will both shine through their achievements and light a path for others to follow.

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Union HRD Minister launches Integrated Online junction for School Education ‘Shagun’ :

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched one of world’s largest Integrated Online Junction for – School Education ‘Shagun’ in New Delhi on 28th August 2019. School Education Shagun (URL: htpp://shagun.govt.in/) is an over-arching initiative to improve school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities of the Department of School Education and Literacy in the Government of India and all States and Union Territories.

1200 KendriyaVidyalayas, 600 NavodayaVidyalayas, 18000 other CBSE affiliated schools, 30 SCERTs, 19000 organisations affiliated with NTCE among others are integrated with Shagun. Report cards of 15 lakh schools all over the country will be available on the newly created junction. The portal seeks to connect approximately 92 lakh teachers and 26 crore students.The website provides a very robust feedback mechanism. Common people can directly give their feedback about schools which will further increase the public participation and will ensure accountability and transparency.

President presents National Awards to 46 teachers from across the country for their exceptional contribution :

The purpose of National Awards to Teachers is to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honor those teachers who through their commitment and industry have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.

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This year the online self nomination process followed by 3 tier selection process at District, State and National level has been completed. The Independent National Jury recommended name of 46 teachers. The award carries a Silver Medal, Certificate and Rs. 50,000/- as award money.

PM interacts with students, teachers and parents at “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0” :

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, interacted with students, teachers and parents, as part of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on 29th January 2019. The interaction, which lasted for over ninety minutes, saw students, teachers and parents relax, laugh, and repeatedly applaud the Prime Minister’s observations, which included a touch of humour and wit.Students from across the country, and also Indian students residing abroad, participated in the event.

National Workshop of HRD Ministry on Social Media Outreach & Communication :

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the 'Social Media Outreach & Communication: National Workshop on Management and Best Practices'organised by Ministry of HRD for various educational institutions and organisations in New Delhi on 27th December.Nearly 200 Social Media Champions from various Centrally funded educational institutions participated in the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to bring the social media communication and outreach of various institutions under one umbrella and to open a channel for day to day communication and dialogue with these institutions.

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Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) :

To ensure quality, credibility and timely availability of information from all the schools in the country, the revamped UDISE + has been launched by the Department. The GIS based mapping portal gives information about location of more than 15 lakh schools in the country along with some salient highlights. The Data Analytics portal gives percent information about the aggregate position of the school.

Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA) 2.0 :

Diksha Portal was launched in 2017 for providing digital platform to teachers giving them an opportunity to learn and train themselves and connect with teacher community. This initiative has been taken forward to enhance coverage and improve the quality of e-content for teachers…All States and UTs and also KVs and NVs have been asked to involve proactively in curating contents for DIKSHA. NCERT, CBSE  are also actively involved in taking the DIKSHA initiative forward. Till date, more than 67000 of content pieces have been hosted on DIKSHA and more than 10.5 crore scans have been affected.

Performance Grading Index (PGI) :

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To objectively evaluate the performance of the school education system in the States/UTs, MHRD has designed a 70 indicators based matrix called Performance Grading Index (PGI) to grade the States and UTs.

Operation Digital Board (ODB) :

The aim is to provide by March 2023, two smart classrooms for every Secondary/Senior Secondary schools  in1,01,967 Government and 42,917 Aided schools in all States/UTs and 1704 KVs and NVs making a total of 1,46,588 schools. One-time amount of Rs.2.40 lakhs  will be required to procure hardware, including accessories and a recurring cost of  Rs.3.00 lakhs (for 5 years) for electricity charges, internet connection etc. The total budgetary requirement will be Rs. 8782.55 crore (Rs. 5671.50 crore  required by the DoSEL, MHRD and rest  Rs. 3111.05 crore by States) spread over a period from April 2020-21 to March 2026-27. Broad features of this project have been finalized and draft EFC note will soon be uploaded as per prescribed procedure (after ‘in principal’ approval of D/o Expenditure). 

Scheme for Financial Assistance for Appointment of Language Teachers (ALT) :

The Centrally Sponsored restructured scheme of ‘Appointment of Language Teachers (ALT) Scheme’ has been launched for the remaining period of current FY 2019-20 i.e. from October, 2019 to March, 2020 for appointment and training of Hindi teachers in North Eastern States and the Urdu Teachers in States/UTs. A proposal is being prepared to extend this scheme.

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Mid-Day Meal (MDM) :

The National Programme of Mid-Day Meal in Schools, popularly known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, is an on-going Centrally-Sponsored Scheme which covers all school children studying in Classes I-VIII of Government, Government-Aided, Special Training Centres including Madarsas and Maqtabs supported under Samagra Shiksha. During 2018-19, 11.98 crore children studying in 11.34 lakh institutions have been enrolled under the Scheme. A total of 24.95 lakh cook-cum-helpers have been engaged by the States/UTs under Mid-Day Meal Scheme and more than 90% are women. Out of 24.95 lakh cooks, 21% SCs, 15% STs, 42% OBCs and 7% are from Minorities.

** Releases as on date i.e. 23.12.2019

School Nutrition Gardens (SNG) :

A guideline on School Nutrition Gardens has been issued to all states and UTs. It is a place where herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown in the school premises for use in preparation of Mid-Day Meal.

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Samagra Shiksha :

First time introduction of Library Grant and promotion of reading :

  • The Central Government has launched the Integrated scheme for school education named as SamagraShikshaw.e.f 2018-19. Under the Samagra Shiksha, for the first time, Library grant at school level has been introduced.
  • States/UTs have also been advised to  set up Readers’ Club in schools in a phased manner with the help of National Centre for Children’s Literature (NCCL), is a wing of National Book Trust (NBT) to promote the habit of reading.
  • In the year 2019-20, an outlay of Rs. 71164.78 lakh has been approved under library grant for 1009357 schools of different categories.

Sports and Physical Education :

  • In the year 2019-20, an outlay of Rs. 800.40 crore has been approved under sports grant for 1002558 government schools of different categories.
  • The fresh guidelines for sports and physical education are being prepared.
  • NCERT organized Yoga Olympiad across the country at various levels, schools from states and UTs, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools participated in the Yoga Olympiad, culminating in the National Yoga Olympiad on 18th to 20th June, 2019 at NCERT, New Delhi.
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made Health and Physical Education compulsory in all classes from I-XII. It has been advised to schools that Health and Physical Education includes three areas i.e. Health Education, Physical Education and Yoga and all three areas are essential to achieve holistic health (physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual).

Kasturba Gandhi BalikaVidyalaya :

  • There are Four Types of KGBVs under Samagra Shiksha which are as under:
  • Type-I: Existing KGBVs for classes VI to VIII.
  • Type-II: KGBVs for classes VI to X.
  • Type-III: KGBVs for classes VI to XII.
  • Type-IV: Existing Girls’Hostel for IX to XII.
  • Under Samagra Shiksha, total 5930 KGBVs have been sanctioned in the country out of which 4881 KGBVs are operational enrolling 6.18 lakh girls as on 30.09.2019.
  • In the year 2019-20, Rs. 424750.05 lakh has been sanctioned for all KGBVs in the country.

Safety and Security of School Children :

  • The Department of School Education and Literacy has issued a letter on 18.10.2019 to all States and UTs for display of ‘School Safety Pledge’ on a board or painted on wall at prominent places in all Schools.  Under Samagra Shiksha, a provision of Rs. 500/- per school has been made in this regard. This Department is framing the guidelines for safety and security of school children. In this regard, consultations have been held with various stakeholders including students, teachers, Counsellors, Principals and School Managements.

Self Defence Training for Girls :

  • Self defence training is being imparted to girls of class VI to XII belonging to Government Schools under Samagra Shiksha. Fund for this purpose is provided for three months @ Rs. 3000/- per school per month.
  • Self defence training is also being given in Kasturba Gandhi BalikaVidyalayas.
  • Under Samagra Shiksha, an amount of Rs. 15346.257 lakh has been estimated for 180160 Elementary Schools and Rs. 6656.358 lakh has been estimated for 81800 Secondary Schools for self defence training for the year 2019-20.

Equity :

  • Bridging gender and social category gaps at all levels of school education is one of the major objectives of Samagra Shiksha. The Scheme attempts to  reach  out  to  girls,  and  children  belonging  to  SC,  ST,  Minority  communities  and transgender.
  • State specific interventions: Special state specific projects for varied interventions under equity are emphasized for enhancing access, retention and quality by promoting enrolment drives, retention and motivation camps, gender sensitization modules etc.
  • State specific projects for varied interventions are sanctioned by the Project Approval Board as per the Annual Work Plans proposed by the State/UT concerned.  A total of Rs. 21486.35 lakh at elementary level and Rs. 16083.22869 lakh at secondary level have been approved for various State specific projects for the year 2019-20.

National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) :

  • Scholarship to the 34493 students involving an amount of Rs. 40.71 crore has been sanctioned.
  • Approx 1,33,460 successful application have been received on NSP.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) :

  • Incentive amount of Rs. 8.56 crore to the 28547 beneficiaries girls have been sanctioned.

PARTICIPATION IN NATIONWIDE INITIATIVES :

1. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) :

  • HRD Ministry is the nodal ministry for this flagship campaign of Government of India.An illustrative list of suggested activities has been drawn up by the Department of School Education & Literacy. The Department has shared detailed guidelines including calendar of activities with all the States and UTs and concerned organizations for carrying out all the activities in all the schools.          
  • These activities include Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Utsav, Talking Hour in morning assembly for news and information on partnering State, Student’s State Project Notebook, learning of alphabets and of folk songs, translation of proverbs and 100 sentences of partnering State, inclusion of few pages in course book in the language of partnering State, Know your Partnering State, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat School Report, Themed Display Board and Wall Magazine, State Day celebration of partnering States, Cultural Competition on partnering State, Essay competition, Drama (on culture, history & tradition), Optional Classes on language of partnering State, Literary Fest, Pledge on Important National Campaigns in the language of partnering State and Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat annual report.
  • The schools are to organize these activities as per the calendar shared by the Department or in coordination with partnering States/UTs, keeping in view the academic calendar. The schools are required to maintain a report on activities conducted under “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” in the form of quarterly and annual school report. The State/UTs have been  requested to upload/send action taken report, videos and photographs of the activities at [email protected].

2. Fit India Campaign :

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  • The Fit India Movement was launched by the Prime Minister on 29th August, 2019 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
  • Department of School Education and Literacy in co-ordination with Department of Sports, organised the Fitness Pledge on 29th August, 2019 in States and UTs, KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan (KVS), NavodayaVidyalayas Samiti (NVS), Central Board of Secondary Education.  Nearly, thirteen lakh schools and eleven crore students all over the country took the fitness pledge.
  • Further, guidelines on Fit India Plogging Run prepared by Department of Sports were issued by Department of School Education and Literacy to States, UTs, KVS, NVS and CBSE to organize Fit India Plogging Run on 2nd October, 2019. Awareness on ‘No to Single Use Plastic’ and Collection of plastic garbage from homes, streets and open spaces was the main focus of the event.
  • Department of Sports has prepared a ranking system of Fit India Schools to make Fit India a people’s movement. This department has written to all Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, School Education Department of States/UTs regarding “Fit India Movement-Fit India School” and to attain Fit India 3 or 5 Star.
  • Following the recommendations of  the reviewing Committee  of Fit India Movement , the school education department has advised the States and UTs to organise daily fitness classes in all schools and all sports facilities available in States and UTs should be made available to the school students.

3. Constitution Day :

  • Celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2019 and yearlong activities are to be organised in all schools up to the 26th November, 2020.  Accordingly, a calendar of activities was prepared and States and UTs were advised to carry out the following activities:
  1. Pledge taking ceremony to mark the occasion by reading of the Preamble to the constitution in a special assembly in the school
  2. Debates, essay competitions, cultural programs, quiz competitions, seminars and lectures etc. may be held at State, District and school levels.
  3. State level essay, debate and quiz competitions on fundamental duties and themes related to constitution may be organized across the State, the winners at State level may be suitably rewarded.
  4. Reading of Preamble and Fundamental Duties.
  5. Organizing Mock Parliament.
  6. Public messages on Fundamental Duties for dissemination among students and staff during the celebrations.  Brochures, pamphlets and e-posters on Fundamental Duties may be prepared in Hindi, English and regional languages and distributed in schools among students.
  7. Effective utilization of Government/Organisation websites and MyGov platform to encourage citizen centric activities on the prescribed theme. Students may be encouraged to participate in online quiz/ Olympiad competitions being organized by MyGov.
  8. Invite eminent personalities from different walks of life to disseminate the message of Fundamental Duties.
  9. Talks by eminent lawyers and legal scholars on Fundamental Duties and related themes may be organised in schools.

About 9.63 lakh schools and 10.96 crore students participated in the reading of Preamble and other activities across the country on 26th November, 2019.

4. 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi :

  • 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is being commemorated for a period of two years from 2nd October, 2018 to 2nd October, 2020 throughout the nation as well as at international level. The Department of School Education & Literacy is conducting nationwide activities for the same. The following activities have been completed by Dept. of School Education & Literacy:
  • CBSE organised Expression Series on Mahatma Gandhi from 19th August to 3rd September, 2019. Approximately 4.5 lakh students participated across the country. 4314 shortlisted entries were uploaded by schools on CBSE Expression Series App out of which 18 selected as best entries. The Expression Series was based on the life, vision and philosophy of the father of the nation. The series was meant to provide a creative outlet to children and provide them with a platform to express themselves on various themes. The winners of the series were felicitated by HRM on 1st October, 2019 in the programme organized to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • A large National Level Function was organised on lst October, 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), New Delhi
  • Swachh Bharat Diwas (Shramdan: Plastic Waste Collection) was organized on 2nd October 2019 and 6,70,33,153 students of 7,73,050 schools participated in Shramdaan for Plastic Waste Collection on 2nd October 2019.
  • Intensive programmes and activities on Mahatma Gandhi were organized in schools  during the week from 23rd September, 2019 to 2nd October, 2019.

Kala Utsav :

  •  Kala Utsav is an initiative of the Department of School Education & Literacy to recognize the importance of aesthetics and artistic experiences for school students, which play a major role in creating awareness of India’s rich cultural heritage and its vibrant diversity. The National level Kala Utsav  is scheduled to be held at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh form 2nd -5th January, 2020. Competitions will be held in the four themes of Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance and Painting at District and State levels and the winning teams thereafter will participate at the national level competition. The Students of Classes IX to XII of any Government, Government –aided and Private schools may participate in Kala Utsav. A total of 38 teams (36 State/UTs +KVS+NVS) are likely to participate at the National level.

Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEMU :

  •  Project Approval Meeting of the SPQEM was held on 16th September,2019 wherein Rs. 8788.00 lakh for General States and UTs with Legislature has been approved. Whereas an amount of Rs. 950.00 lakh and 2.00 lakh were approved for NER states and UTs without Legislature respectively.
  •  Till date, Rs. 5912.808 lakh has been released to States under SPQEM. File of Rs.806.10 lakh has been processed/under submission.

Infrastructure Development of Private Aided/Unaided Minority Institutes (IDMI) :

  •  Project Approval Meeting of the IDMI was held on 27th November, 2019 wherein Rs. 2000.00 lakh for General States and Rs. 250 lakh for NER States have been approved.
  •  An amount of Rs. 303.63 lakh under IDMI scheme has been processed to release.

Snapshot of Coverage of Children with Special Needs -CwSN (2019-20) :

  • More than 20 lakh CWSN enrolled in schools or receiving home based education.
  • Rs. 136375.31 lakh estimated for various interventions of Inclusive Education for CWSN for the year 2019-20.
  • Braille textbooks are being provided to 40,311 children with visual impairment at elementary level (class I to VIII) with an estimated outlay of Rs. 123.25 lakh.
  • Large print books are being provided to 91,254 children with low vision at elementary level (class I to VIII) with an estimated outlay ofRs.289.00 lakh.
  • Outlay of Rs. 619.09 lakh has been estimated for in-service training of 26,817 special educators.
  • 5.96 lakh girls with special needs receiving stipend through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
  • More than 2.32 lakh CWSN using aids and appliances through scheme/s like ADIP etc.
  • Total outlay of Rs. 1911.05 lakh has been estimated for conducting 17,734 sports events and exposure visits thus promoting social inclusion.
  • Approximately 64.24% of schools at elementary level and 58.28% at secondary level are equipped with ramps with handrails and approximately 19.59% of schools at elementary level and 24.40% at secondary level have disabled friendly toilets (DFT) to enhance retention of CWSN in regular schools.
  • An outlay of Rs. 1995.93 lakh has been estimated for 58,392 assistive devices, equipmentsand teaching learning materials (TLM).
  • Engagement of 28,285 resource persons and special educators have been estimated to cater to the diverse & unique needs of CWSN from elementary to higher secondary level.

Initiatives by autonomous organizations for CwSN :

  • Books in Accessible Format on e-Pathshala Portal for CwSN has been developed by NCERT, the ePathshala mobile app supports Text to Speech to help children with visual impairment.
  • Audio books have been developed by NCERT, in which textbooks are presented in audio form, to help the visually challenged learners
  • NCERT has developed Tactile Map Books with 25 maps and diagrams, with Braille and English text to encourage collaborative learning. 
  • CBSE’s provision for CwSN: Exemptions/ Concessions Rules Applicable for Both Class X & XII Board Exam Facility of Scribe and compensatory time: Candidates with disabilities as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 are permitted to use a Scribe or allowed Compensatory time etc.

CONSTRUCTION OF JNV BUILDINGS :

  • As per 100 days action plan,  newly constructed building of 10 JNVs i.e. Kanshiram Nagar(UP), Malkangiri-II (Odisha), Sitapur-II (UP), Dang (Gujarat), Navsari (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha), Palwal (Haryana), Bhandara (Maharashtra), Jhabua-II (MP), Ahemdabad (Gujarat) were inaugurated.
  • As a part of 100 days agenda foundation laying done in respect of 10  JNVs and construction work begun viz. SefaiJala (Tripura), South Tripura (Tripura), South West Khasi Hills (Meghalaya), Jalpaiguri (W.B.) Kalaburgi-I (Karnataka) & Kolar (Karnataka) Jhabua (MP) &Mahisagar (Gujarat).
  • · Construction of additional dormitory has been completed in JNV Srikakulam, JNV Vishakhapatnam, JNV Vijayanagaram, JNV Kodagu & JNV Mandya.
  • · Infrastructure for implementation of Rooftop grid connected Solar power has been completed on 176 sites. Generation of power has also been started on 12 sites. On other JNVs, net metering is awaited.

RECRUITMENT :

  •  Process for engagement of 01 male and 01 female counsellor in all functional JNVs has been completed. Recruitment for filling up 2370 posts advertised on 9th July, 2019 is at advance stage of completion.
  • Offers of appointment to 218 PGTs have been issued. Joining status is awaited.

It eliminates the prevailing manual system of service processes followed in the organization & to improve access to real-time data for decision support and to enhance efficiency and transparency of school operations, development of “ShaalaDarpan” project is has been developed with the help of C-DAC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.           

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE of NVS Students :

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ADMISSION IN IITS, NITS AND MEDICAL COLLEGES OF NVS STUDENTS : 2019

JEE

 

NEET

Appeared in JEE Main

11733

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Appeared in NEET

16156

Qualified in JEE Main

4451

 

Qualified in NEET

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12654

Qualified in JEE Advanced -First list

966

     

TREE PLANTATION :

All field units of NVS have been instructed to implement “One Student One Tree Campaign”. It aims at involving school students in raising plant nurseries to bring them closer to natural environment, help them understand the natural processes of germination and feel the joy of watching saplings grow. Students are involved in activities right from sowing the seed to transplanting, watering, weeding etc. so that students can learn the process also. More than 2.40 lakhs saplings were planted by the of students  of JNVs in 2019-20.

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SHAALA DARPAN :

ShaalaDarpan portal of NVS has been launched on 06.11.2019 at National Museum Auditorium, New Delhi by Shri Sanjay Dhotre,  Minister of State for HRD.

Digital initiatives :

Process of application for the Class VI examination has been made online leading to better access for the rural population to the application process. Faceless admission process has resulted in more transparency and least corruption.

  1. Process of transfer has been made online which has resulted in increased transparency and timely completion of the process.
  2. Recruitment process has been made online and faceless till appointment. The appointment letters are also downloaded by candidates using their login password.

Achievements-2019

  1. Inauguration of new constructed school buildings: 17 newly constructed school buildings of KendriyaVidyalayas were inaugurated .
  2. Foundation Stone laying of school buildings : Minister of HRD has laid the foundation stone of 7 school buildings of KendriyaVidyalayas.
  3. Opening of New KendriyaVidyalayas :  During last 6 months 25 KendriyaVidyalayas have been opened.
  4. Filling up of vacancies:The details of posting of staff in the last 6 months in various KendriyaVidyalyaas / Regional Offices / KVS (Hqrs.)  are as under  :

S.No.

Name of Post

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Pay level

No. of offer of appointment issued

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PRT

06

3000

  1.  

TGT (English, Hindi, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Sanskrit)

07

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3473

  1.  

Assistant Section Officer

06

31

  1.  

Senior Secretariat Assistant

04

218

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Junior Secretariat Assistant

02

684

  1.  

Steno. Grade II

04

37

Total

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7443

 

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CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (CBSE)

Achievement-2019

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CBSE has taken up several initiatives like formation of Hubs of Learning programme, training school teaches, process of recruitment of teachers, a new Vidya-Daanprogramme, preparation of students for PISA 2021, celebration of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi, AryabhatGanit Challenge , handbooks on Artificial Intelligence for school children, and participation in national Campaigns like Fit India, Swachchtha, EBSB among others.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TEACHER EDUCATION :

Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) :

NCTE has invited applications form the institutions seeking recognition for 4-year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP). The institutions have submitted online applications which will be processed as per the provisions stipulated in the relevant Regulations.  Applications were invited between 03.06.2019 and 31.07.2019.

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Launching of online Performance Appraisal Report system (PAR) :

One of the conditions of recognition by NCTE is to direct the filing of a Performance Appraisal Report annually, which includes annual statement of accounts duly audited by a Chartered Accountant

The Online Performance Appraisal Report (PAR) system was formally launched on 23rd September 2019 and all recognized TEIs are required to fill up data on various regulatory parameters.

Launching of Online Teacher-Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) :

Some prospective employers prior to employing a person as a teacher require verification of recognition status from NCTE regarding degree/diploma/certificate in teacher education. In this regard, the NCTE has launched Online Teacher-Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) to facilitate candidates who have passed out of teacher education programmes from NCTE recognized institution (s).  This programme was launched on 26.07.2019.

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Silver Jubilee Celebrations :

The NCTE in its Silver Jubilee year organized an International Conference with the theme “Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global on 17th and 18th August, 2019. The Conference highlighted the achievements of the Indian education system and facilitated dissemination of quality global practices in teacher education.

The NCTE intends to engage its resources towards launching “Project Lighthouse” by identifying 700 institutions, approximately one in each district of the country in the first phase. The partner Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) will be selected by NCTE through a transparent procedure and they shall be academically and administratively supported and mentored for running an emblematic 2-year B.Ed. programme from the academic session 2020-21 onwards. This programme is expected to prepare 70,000 exemplar teachers in the year 2020-22. The selection of the 700 TEIs shall be done for 5 consecutive years after which 3,500 model TEIs will be capacitated to prepare a total of 3,50,000 quality teachers trained at international levels of competence. The TEIs so selected will be supported with several specific interventions like a centralized entrance examination for admission of students, a revised and up-to-date curriculum, capacity building of the teacher educators, etc. It is also envisioned to arrange for international placement of some selected student-teachers of these TEIs.

  • Instituting “Best Teacher Educator Award” to be given to 20 exemplary teacher-educators every year.

The NCTE has initiated a programme for awarding 20 meritorious teacher educators every year.  The first instalment of awards will be given in 2020.

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Ministry of Education Launches Tobacco-Free Educational Institutions Campaign

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The Ministry of Education has rolled out a nationwide campaign to create Tobacco-Free Educational Institutions (ToFEI). Recognising the severe health impacts of tobacco, which causes around 1.35 million deaths annually in India, the initiative aims to protect school students from tobacco exposure.

Aligned with the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), the campaign includes the implementation of the Tobacco Free Educational Institution Guidelines by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The Department of School Education & Literacy has developed a “ToFEI Implementation Manual,” launched on World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31st May 2024.

The Secretary of the Department of School Education & Literacy issued an advisory to all States and Union Territories to comply with the ToFEI guidelines. The advisory includes activities such as displaying ‘Tobacco Free Area’ signage, organising awareness programs, nominating ‘Tobacco Monitors,’ and ensuring no tobacco evidence within 100 yards of educational institutions.

The campaign also emphasizes the role of civil society in spreading de-addiction awareness through various means such as street plays, video films, and NGO talks. Schools are encouraged to engage with the School Management Committee, National Social Service, and Vidyanjali-School Volunteer Initiative to promote tobacco prevention.

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For more information, refer to the ToFEI Manual.

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NIIT Foundation and UNICEF YuWaah Empower 5,000 Women and Girls through Data Literacy Training Programme

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NIIT Foundation, in collaboration with YuWaah (Generation Unlimited in India) at UNICEF, has launched a digital literacy training initiative aimed at empowering over 5,000 young women. This programme, delivered through UNICEF’s Passport 2 Earning (P2E) portal, focuses on skilling and employment pathways for young women from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and marginalised backgrounds.

The P2E programme is expanding in three districts in Odisha and two districts in Jharkhand, providing placement opportunities upon course completion. Sapna Moudgil, Director of NIIT Foundation, highlighted the importance of digital and data literacy, stating that it is predicted to be one of the most in-demand skills by 2030. She emphasised the programme’s role in overcoming societal and geographical barriers to create an inclusive learning environment.

Dhuwarakha Sriram, Chief of YuWaah at UNICEF, noted the critical need to equip young women from less privileged backgrounds with relevant skills for workforce entry. The partnership aims to enable 300 million young people by 2030, fostering financial independence and contributing to the country’s economic growth.

YuWaah is a multi-stakeholder platform formed by UNICEF and partners to prepare young people for productive work and active citizenship. By 2030, YuWaah in India aims to:

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  • Build pathways to socio-economic opportunities for 100 million young people.
  • Facilitate 200 million young people in gaining relevant skills.
  • Partner with 300 million young people as change-makers.

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Goa to Introduce Uniforms in Government Colleges

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The Goa government has announced the introduction of uniforms for students in government and government-aided colleges from the next academic year. This initiative aims to “foster a sense of belonging” and “bridge socio-economic disparities” among students.

All principals of government and government-aided colleges under the Directorate of Higher Education are directed to implement the wearing of uniforms in their respective colleges for students enrolled under NEP (National Education Policy) programmes from the beginning of the semester of the academic year 2024-25.

A circular from the Directorate of Higher Education outlined several benefits of this directive, including creating an inclusive atmosphere, reducing distractions related to clothing choices, and preparing students for a professional environment. “It shall positively impact the educational environment in colleges. It shall foster a sense of belonging among students and can lead to a reduction in distractions related to clothing choices. It shall bridge gaps in the perceived socio-economic disparities among students by standardising attire, create an inclusive atmosphere where all students feel equal, irrespective of their background. It shall prepare students for a professional atmosphere, instilling a sense of responsibility and self-discipline,” said the circular.

The specific uniform designs will be determined by individual colleges, though the cost of uniforms is not covered under the assistance pattern.

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PeakMind Report: 47% of Delhi/NCR Students Battle Sleep Problems Amid Growing Mental Health Concerns

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Delhi, June 17, 2024: PeakMind, a leading mental wellness platform, has unveiled a comprehensive survey highlighting significant mental health challenges faced by students in the Delhi/NCR region. The survey, conducted among over 10,000 students nationwide, revealed that 28% of the respondents were from Delhi/NCR, providing valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by students in this area.

The survey identified several pressing mental health issues. Among the respondents, 36% reported excessive worrying or overthinking, 38% admitted to becoming easily annoyed and irritable, and 33% expressed experiencing little interest and pleasure in doing things. Additionally, 39% revealed feeling bad about themselves, and the most prevalent issue, affecting nearly half of the students, was sleep disturbances, with 47% indicating they were either unable to sleep or sleeping excessively.

Charu Lavania, Lead Psychologist at PeakMind, stated, “The mental health of students is a pressing concern, characterized by a myriad of challenges ranging from academic pressure to social and personal stressors. Anxiety, depression, and burnout are increasingly prevalent, impacting academic performance and overall well-being. The transition to adulthood coupled with societal expectations exacerbates these issues, often leading to feelings of isolation and inadequacy.”

Neeraj Kumar, Founder & CEO of PeakMind, commented on the findings, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted mental health interventions and support systems for students. He highlighted the alarming percentages of students experiencing anxiety, irritability, lack of interest, self-esteem issues, and sleep disturbances, calling for immediate action from educational institutions, parents, and mental health professionals. Kumar stated, “Implementing targeted interventions, providing access to counselling services, and raising awareness about mental health are crucial steps to effectively address and support the mental well-being of students.”

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Kumar further stressed the importance of community involvement, stating, “Creating a supportive environment for students requires collaboration between educators, parents, and mental health professionals. Our goal is to empower students with the tools they need to thrive, both academically and personally. PeakMind invites educational institutions, policymakers, and mental health advocates to join hands in addressing these critical issues and supporting the mental well-being of students.”

PeakMind, grounded in expert-led research, is India’s digital platform exclusively dedicated to making students happy and successful. Utilizing advanced AI and chatbot systems, the platform enhances accessibility to professional support while ensuring complete privacy and deep personalization for greater efficacy. From identifying at-risk students to guiding daily journeys and teaching essential psychological skills for success, it aims to addresses the entire spectrum of mental health and well-being needs.

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UGC Unveils Flexible Curriculum and Credit Framework for PG Programmes

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced a revamped curriculum and credit framework for postgraduate programmes, aligning with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. This new framework offers flexibility and mobility by allowing Indian universities to admit students twice a year and enabling students to opt out after the first year of a two-year programme. The framework is designed to cater to the evolving educational needs, providing diverse options such as one-year and two-year PG programmes, PG diplomas, and integrated five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s programmes.

UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar emphasized that this initiative aims to provide students with more freedom and choice in their academic paths. “The framework, with no discipline-specific entry requirements, outlines the credits and academic structure for both one-year and two-year PG programmes. Flexibility and mobility are its key features,” Kumar stated.

The key aspects of the new PG curriculum framework include the ability to change disciplines, options for students to choose courses based on their interests, and flexible learning modes (offline, online, hybrid, and ODL). The framework also introduces the Academic Bank of Credits to facilitate mobility, credit transfer, and multiple entry and exit points in academic programmes.

Eligibility for PG programmes will be based on the completion of relevant undergraduate majors or minors, with admission criteria involving performance in UG courses or entrance examinations.

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This progressive move is expected to enhance student enrolment, reduce wait times, and align Indian higher education with global standards, fostering better international collaborations and student exchanges.

You can access the official circular here.

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Ministry of Education Takes Initiatives for Menstrual Hygiene of Students During Board Examinations

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The Department of School Education & Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, has introduced a series of proactive measures to support female students during the 10th and 12th Board Examinations. Recognizing the challenges posed by limited access to sanitary products and menstrual hygiene facilities, DoSEL has issued guidelines to ensure the health, dignity, and academic success of girls across all schools, including Central Board of Secondary Education, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.

Key initiatives include providing free sanitary pads at all examination centres to ensure girls have access to essential hygiene products during exams. Additionally, female students will be permitted to take necessary restroom breaks to address menstrual needs, alleviating discomfort and promoting focus during exams.

To further support menstrual hygiene management, educational programs will be implemented to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene among students, teachers, and staff. This initiative aims to reduce stigma and foster a more understanding and supportive school environment.

By addressing menstrual hygiene concerns during exams, DoSEL emphasizes the importance of treating female students with dignity and respect, empowering them to confidently participate in examinations and achieve their academic potential.

 

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The NEET Debacle: Understanding the Issue and Looking Ahead

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has recently found itself at the centre of a significant controversy concerning the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate) 2024. This examination, pivotal for aspiring medical students, has been marred by issues surrounding the awarding of grace marks to 1,563 candidates due to a loss of examination time. The Supreme Court has since intervened, and the situation has evolved rapidly. Here, we dissect the events that led to this debacle and explore the steps being taken to address it.

The Emergence of the Controversy

The NTA conducted the NEET UG 2024 across 571 cities, including 14 international locations, on May 5. This year’s results, announced earlier this month, revealed an unprecedented 67 candidates achieving a perfect score of 720/720. This exceptional performance raised eyebrows and led to scrutiny over the fairness of the examination process.

Concerns were specifically raised regarding the grace marks awarded to 1,563 candidates who experienced a loss of exam time. This decision led to petitions being filed with the Supreme Court, demanding the cancellation of the results and questioning the integrity of the examination process.

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The Committee’s Formation and Findings

In response to the uproar, the Ministry of Education and the NTA constituted a special four-member committee. This committee included a former UPSC chairman, a member from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), a representative from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and another UPSC member. The committee’s task was to review the circumstances under which grace marks were awarded and to recommend a course of action.

Supreme Court’s Intervention

The Supreme Court, upon hearing the petitions, was informed by the NTA that the grace marks awarded to the 1,563 candidates would be cancelled. Instead, these candidates would be given the option to retake the examination on June 23. Those opting not to retake the exam would have their results based on the actual marks they scored without the grace marks.

The Decision to Retest

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The NTA’s decision, as presented to the Supreme Court, means that the scorecards issued on June 4 for the affected students will be withdrawn. These students will now receive their actual scores, sans compensatory marks. For those who choose to retake the exam, their new scores will replace the original ones. The results of the retest are expected to be announced before June 30, ensuring the counselling process scheduled to begin on July 6 remains unaffected.

Key Dates and Processes

  • Retest Date: June 23, 2024
  • Result Declaration: Before June 30, 2024
  • Counselling Begins: July 6, 2024

Details of the Controversy

The NEET UG 2024 saw around 39 lakh candidates register, with approximately 24 lakh of these for the Class 10 exams. The affected examination centres included locations in Chhattisgarh (Balod and Dantewada), Meghalaya, Surat, Haryana’s Bahadurgarh, and Chandigarh. The decision to award grace marks was based on a normalisation formula derived from a 2018 Supreme Court judgment related to a similar incident in the CLAT exam. This formula adjusted candidates’ scores based on time lost and their answering efficiency.

The controversy over the awarding of grace marks arose from concerns that it led to an inflated performance, questioning the examination’s fairness. The committee, in its meetings, proposed that the scorecards of the affected candidates be cancelled and a retest offered to ensure transparency and maintain the examination’s integrity.

Government and Court Responses

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Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has come out in support of the NTA, asserting that there is no evidence of a paper leak and that allegations of corruption are unfounded. He described the NTA as a credible body and urged that the process be allowed to proceed without further disruptions.

The Supreme Court, for its part, has been keen to ensure that the retesting process is conducted smoothly and that the counselling and admissions processes are not delayed. It emphasised the importance of maintaining the timeline for counselling and admissions to avoid further complications for the candidates.

The Way Forward

The NEET UG 2024 controversy highlights the challenges in administering large-scale examinations and the importance of maintaining transparency and fairness. The NTA’s decision to retest the affected candidates is a significant step towards restoring trust in the examination process.

Candidates now have the option to either accept their original scores, minus the grace marks, or retake the examination. This approach aims to balance fairness with practicality, ensuring that students are given a fair chance while maintaining the integrity of the examination process.

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As the situation unfolds, the focus will remain on ensuring that the retest is conducted smoothly and that all stakeholders are kept informed. The lessons learned from this incident will hopefully lead to improved processes and greater transparency in future examinations.

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UGC Allows Indian Universities to Offer Admissions Twice a Year

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In a significant policy shift, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved biannual admissions for Indian universities and higher education institutions, starting from the next academic year. Admissions will now be available in January/February and July/August, providing more opportunities for students who miss the initial cycle due to various reasons.

UGC Chairman Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar explained that this move will reduce wait times for enrollment, increase student motivation, and enhance employment opportunities by allowing industries to conduct campus recruitment twice a year.

Previously, biannual admissions were permitted for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Online modes, which saw nearly half a million additional students enrolling. Encouraged by this success, the UGC extended the policy to regular mode programmes. However, adopting biannual admissions is not mandatory, and institutions must amend their regulations to accommodate this system.

As per the information furnished by the HEls on the UGC DEB portal, in addition to a total of 19,73,056 students were enrolled in July 2022 and an additional 4,28,854 students joined in January 2023 in ODL and online programs.

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This change aligns Indian universities with global practices, potentially improving international collaborations and student exchanges. It is expected to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio and contribute to making India a ‘Global Study Destination’ as envisioned in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

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Chandigarh to Launch First-of-its-Kind Health Education Centre

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The Chandigarh Health Education Centre (CHEC) will be established at the Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 22, by December 1. This initiative, a collaboration between the UT administration and the Chandigarh Rotary Club, aims to provide comprehensive health education to approximately 1.5 lakh government school students annually. The centre will focus on general health, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse prevention, and social and emotional health.

Rotary Club will contribute ₹1 crore worth of exhibits, including high-tech holographic models. The project, initially proposed in 2017, is inspired by the McMillan Centre in the USA. It includes six teaching rooms and an auditorium, with a ₹50 lakh central government grant for this year and a potential ₹1.2 crore for next year.

UT Director of School Education, Harsuhinderpal Singh Brar, emphasised the centre’s role in creating a cycle of learning, where children educate their families, and teachers share knowledge with peers. The curriculum, developed by the education department in consultation with health services and Rotary Club, will ensure continuous learning.

The UT engineering department will oversee the centre’s construction at ₹71 lakh, with the finance department funding the salaries of 28 employees at ₹1.04 crore per year. No admission fees will be charged to students.

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CBSE Issues Advisory After Detecting Variations in Student Marks Across 500 Schools

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an advisory to affiliated schools following the detection of significant discrepancies between theory and practical marks in various subjects among over 50 percent of students. This advisory, aimed at ensuring fairness and accuracy in assessments, is part of CBSE’s efforts to enhance the quality of education within its affiliated institutions.

The CBSE’s findings were based on data collected using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) tools. The board’s official notice revealed that these discrepancies were identified in approximately 500 affiliated schools, highlighting the need for more meticulous assessment during practical examinations.

“This variance highlights a need for meticulous assessment during practical examinations in schools. Consequently, the Board has issued an advisory to such schools to review their internal assessment procedures,” stated CBSE Secretary Himanshu Gupta, as reported by PTI.

CBSE’s goal is to establish a more robust and reliable system to ensure the authenticity of the evaluation process, thereby significantly contributing to the students’ educational experience. “This advisory serves as a reminder to prioritise fairness and accuracy in assessing practical examinations, thereby enhancing the quality of education imparted in CBSE-affiliated institutions,” Gupta added.

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In the latest examination results, at least 87.98% of students cleared the Class XII exams, with the pass percentage rising by 0.65% compared to the previous year. Girls outperformed boys by a margin of over 6.40%, with over 91% of girls passing the exam, while the pass rate for boys stood at 85.12%.

In Class X, a total of 22,38,827 candidates appeared for the exams, out of which 20,95,467 passed, resulting in a pass percentage of 93.60%.

Currently, the CBSE has opened the List of Candidate (LOC) registration window for schools to apply for the Compartment Exam 2024 on the Pariksha Sangam portal (parikshasangam.cbse.gov.in/ps/). Schools must submit the LOC information by June 15, 2024.

(With inputs from ANI)

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