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Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 7th 2020

  • National Education Policy 2020
  1. Computer science, agriculture be made part of NEP-2020: Rajasthan Governor

Key points:

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, acronymed ”STEM”, have been included in the policy to make it a multidisciplinary education.
  2. Speaking at the ”Governors” virtual conference on the ”Role of NEP in Transforming Higher Education”, Mishra suggested that agriculture and computer be included in the policy, making it ”STEAM-C”, which will make higher education more employment oriented, according to a release.
  3. Mishra said if the states are able to implement the policy in a successful manner, the new education system will bring India at par with the leading countries of the world and convert the challenges of the present into opportunities.

(Outlook, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • J&K LG for empowering youth through NEP

Key points:

  1. Observing that NEP-2020 could be effectively implemented if institutions were given freedom to redefine teaching positions as per need, Jammu and Kashmir LG, Manoj Sinha on Monday advocated for empowering youth through the Policy.
  2. The Lt Governor observed that the new Education Policy is strengthening the vision of our Prime Minister -‘teach to transform, learn to leave and educate to empower’.
  3. During his address, the Lt Governor observed that our priorities guide all policies and our policy decisions guide our destiny.

(Greater Jammu, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • New Education Policy will prepare Indian youth for new challenges in ever evolving sphere of Employment & Jobs: PM Modi

Key points:

  1. The PM said that suggestions of more than 2 lakh people from across the country were amalgamated in the New Education Policy.
  2. The PM asserted that Education policy is the key to fulfil the nation’s aspirations and called for minimal government intervention and influence in its implementation.
  3. The PM said, the policy paves the way for opening campuses of best international institutions in India so that youth from common families can also join them.
  4. The PM said, India has been a ancient centre of learning and the new policy will help in making it a hub of knowledge economy in the 21st century.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • President Ramnath Kovind asks states to organise virtual sessions to implement NEP

Key points:

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind while addressing the conference said the New Education Policy gives top priority to provide basic literacy and numeracy to all children at primary school level by the year 2025.
  2. He said, the Policy has been formulated after an unprecedented and lengthy process of consultations including over two lakh suggestions received from about 675 districts.
  3. The President asked Governors to organise theme-based virtual sessions in their States to implement the New National Education Policy.
  4. He said the feedback from these sessions can be sent to the Education Ministry for further considerations and utilisation at National level.
  5. Mr. Kovind urged States and Union Territories to fill the vacant seats of Vice Chancellors and Teachers for effective implementation of the new policy at higher education level.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. राममंदिर संग पर्यटकों के लिए बनेगा एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर, मूर्तिकला को मिलेगी खास तवज्जो

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर निर्माण के साथ प्रदेश सरकार यहां पर्यटकों के लिए एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर बनाने की तैयारी में है।
  2. इसमें यहां की खासियत को ब्रांड बनाया जाएगा। खासकर सांस्कृतिक, पौराणिक व कृषि आधारित वस्तुओं को लघु उद्योगों से जोड़ने की तैयारी है। 
  3. हुनरमंदों को सरकार कम ब्याज दर पर लोन भी दिलाएगी। इसके लिए पूरा प्रस्ताव तैयार हो रहा है।
  4. इसका फायदा यह होगा कि स्थानीय हुनरमंदों को रोजगार तो मिलेगा ही साथ में पर्यटक अयोध्या की स्थानीय वस्तुओं से रूबरू भी हो सकेंगे।

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram temple construction committee chairman Nripendra Mishra’s visit to Ayodhya begins today

Key points:

  1. Nripendra Misra, the chairman of Ram Mandir construction committee, will visit Ayodhya on Monday to review preparations for the construction of the shrine.
  2. Misra along with the members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust will inspect the Ram Janmabhoomi campus and will meet engineers of the Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the construction company that has been awarded the contract of the project.
  3. During his two-day visit, Misra will also discuss the temple’s layout plan with architects Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura – the sons of Chandrakant Sompura, the main architect of the Ram Mandir. The Sompuras are expected to reach Ayodhya from Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

(HT, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir after removing 370
  1. J&K UT Govt evacuates about 4,06,528 residents stranded in other parts of country

Key points:

  1. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the UT administration has received 138 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different states and UTs with 1,21,496 passengers while about 2,85,032 persons from other states and UTs including 934 from abroad have been evacuated through Lakhanpur via road till date.
  2. Besides, about 2364 stranded passengers have entered the UT through Lakhanpur during the last 24 hours while 1053 passengers reached Jammu today in 117th Delhi COVID special train.
  3. So far, 117 trains reached Jammu with 1,05,800 stranded passengers while 15,696 passengers reached Udhampur in 21 special trains belonging to different districts of the UT.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Fruits & vegetables in J&K covered under ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, what could be termed as a shot in arm for farmers of J&K, the Centre has brought majority of fruits and vegetables grown in Jammu under a fresh initiative of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  2. Almost all fruits and vegetables in J&K are covered under the ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme.
  3. The announcement of new initiative is aimed at to support farmers of Fruits and Vegetables under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in order to prevent distress sales, Price stabilization interventions under Central Sector Scheme- “Operation Greens” which has been extended from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits and vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on pilot basis.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Advisor to J&K LG Farooq Khan listens to grievances & demands of several deputations & individuals

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to LG, Farooq Khan today met several deputations and individuals and listened to their grievances and demands at Banquet Hall Canal Road, Jammu.
  2. As many as 88 deputations and individuals met the Advisor during the weekly public hearing camp and projected a number of issues seeking immediate redress for their concerns.
  3. Several deputations of Sarpanches from various areas of Jammu district raised different developmental issues like road connectivity, water supply issuance of BPL ration cards and other issues.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. कोरोना से जंग: पंजाब में इस साल रिटायर्ड नहीं होंगे डॉक्टर्स, संक्रमण के बढ़ते मामलों को देखते हुए सीएम ने सभी का सेवा काल बढ़ाया; वीक एंड लॉकडाउन जारी रहेगा

Key points:

  1. पंजाब में कोरोना महामारी आए दिन खौफनाक होती जा रही है। इसी के चलते सोमवार को प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह ने 25 विधायकों के साथ हालात से निपटने के इंतजामों को लेकर समीक्षा बैठक की|
  2.  बैठक में हुई चर्चा के बाद सूबे के व्यापारियों को वीक एंड लॉकडाउन यानी शनिवार और रविवार को कोई राहत नहीं दी गई है।
  3. इस दौरान कोरोना पॉजिटिव पाए जाने वाले मरीजों की सूची गोपनीय रखने का भी ऐलान किया गया है।
  4. दूसरी ओर डीजीपी को निर्देश दिए कि महामारी संबंधी लोगों में अफवाहें फैलाने या झूठा प्रचार करने वाले वेब चैनलों पर कड़ी कार्रवाई की जाए।
  5. साथ ही कोविड के मामलों और इसके कारण होने वाली मौतों की बढ़ती संख्या के मद्देनजर पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने सोमवार को 60 वर्ष से कम आयु के सभी रिटायर्ड हो रहे डॉक्टरों और माहिरों को तीन महीने का विस्तार देने का ऐलान किया है।
  6. मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने मुख्य सचिव को कोविड के मामलों की बढ़ रही संख्या को देखते हुए टेक्नीशियनों और लैब सहायकों की भर्ती की प्रक्रिया तेज करने के लिए भी कहा।

(Bhaskar, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Punjab govt to give 50,000 COVID care kits to patients

Key points:

  1. Punjab CM on Monday said his government will give 50,000 COVID care kits free of cost to patients in hospitals and home isolation to ensure their better treatment.
  2. At kit, costing Rs 1,700 each, includes an oximeter, digital thermometer, face masks and necessary medication.
  3. A spokesperson said the specially designed kits will also include a steamer, hand sanitiser besides 60 ‘giloy’ tablets, thirty Vitamin C and four Vitamin D3 tablets.

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. दौड़ने लगी लखनऊ मेट्रो, स्टेशनों पर आधे गेट बंद, मास्क होने पर ही मिल रही एंट्री

Key points:

  1. उत्तर प्रदेश की राजधानी लखनऊ में भी मेट्रो फिर से पटरी पर दौड़ने लगी है।
  2. लखनऊ मेट्रो सेवाएं आज सुबह 7 बजे से फिर से शुरू हो गई। लखनऊ मेट्रो के संचालन को लेकर स्टेशनों और ट्रेनों के अंदर व्यवस्था बदली हुई है।
  3. रेडलाइन पर सभी स्टेशनों के आधे गेट बंद हैं, केवल दो गेट से ही प्रवेश और निकासी की व्यवस्था की गई है।
  4. ट्रेन में यात्रा के लिए एक सीट छोड़कर बैठने की व्यवस्था की गई है। 
  5. यात्रा के समय यात्री को मास्क पहनना अनिवार्य है, मास्क पहनकर नहीं आने पर मेट्रो स्टेशन पर शुल्क देकर यात्री को पहले मास्क खरीदना होगा, फिर उसे एंट्री मिलेगी। 

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. Ahmedabad metro train service resumes

Key points:

  1. To ensure social distancing, a maximum of 90 passengers are being allowed to travel per trip between Vastral and Apparel Market stations, a stretch of 6.5 kms that was made operational in March last year, officials said.
  2. Some of them feel that travelling in a metro train is a better and safer option than availing other public transport services like buses or Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. Metro services in different cities including Delhi resume after gap of over five months

Key points:

  1. Metro services resumed Monday morning in different cities across the country after a gap of more than five months. These cities are Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar Mishra said that passengers will have to follow preventive measures against COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing and wearing face mask.
  3. AIR correspondent reports that in the first stage, Delhi Metro resumed services in a graded manner today, with elaborate measures for crowd management ensuring hygiene to check the spread of COVID-19.
  4. The Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli and HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon was the first one to be opened.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Bihar
  1. Bihar govt to impose total shutdown in containment zones till Sept 30

Key points:

  1. In a bid to contain the further spread of COVID-19, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has decided to impose total shutdown in containment zones till September 30.
  2. The state government will abide by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for ‘unlock 4’.
  3. Last week, the Centre had issued guidelines for the fourth phase of ‘unlock’, allowing more activities outside the containment zones.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Madhya Pradesh
  1. MP govt to add 3600 oxygen beds, 564 ICU beds added for Coronavirus treatment till Oct 31

Key points:

  1. This will increase such beds to 11 thousand 710 and 2 thousand 488 respectively.
  2. It was also decided that patients can voluntarily pay bills, fully or partially, at designated hospitals which are treating free of cost at the moment.
  3. Mr. Sarang informed that command control centres with ambulances and doctors were being established in every district to monitor the health of 40 percent of the patients living in home isolation in Madhya Pradesh.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

Collective efforts of local villagers give fresh life to closed govt schools in Telangana

They are giving life to closed schools, bringing back the old grandeur of those shut down government schools. With the initiatives of local villagers and help of donors, these schools are getting better day by day.

Colorful campaign flyers, multi-storeyed buildings, children in uniform attires of tie, belt, shoes, school buses – this is the general picture of corporate private schools. On the other hand, we find morose government schools – schools with no teachers; if there are teachers, no proper building; when school has both building and teachers, parents not willing to send their children to these schools, due to poor standards. If someone comes forward and admits their children in these schools, they are struck with a doubt whether their children would finally get some decent education or not. Parents were full of anxiety that their children might fall behind in the race with the English medium students. Bearing this financial burden, many parents ending up sending their children to private schools, thus resulting perilous for government schools.

In these kind of depressed situations, some schools are generating hopes. With the cooperation of peoples’ representatives and active participation of local villagers, few government schools are heading towards their old grandeur. Closed schools are being reopened. With little support, government schools are proving themselves to stand up against the campaign of private, corporate schools. Eenadu correspondent witnessed this change of environment in several districts of Telengana during his tour across the state.

Majority of parents send their children to private schools believing that children will get good education only in private schools with English medium. To meet the expensive tuition fee, transportation and other fees in these schools, parents relying on loans from outside. Finally, these things leading to closure of government schools due to insufficient number of students. This pathetic situations slowly forced parents to rethink on why not to support available government village schools, instead of spending most of the earning on private schools. This consciousness was quite visible more in villages away from towns and urban cities.

Eenadu daily correspondent during his tour of Karimnagar and Jagityala districts witnessed this awareness and efforts of villagers and local representatives to protecting and reviving government schools in their villages. Such incidents were also came into light from districts of Warangal, Khammam, Rangareddy etc.

What are they doing?

  • Re-opening of schools that were shut down for last several years
  • Discussing with parents who send their children to private schools and explaining to them about schools.
  • Started teaching in English medium
  • Restored elementary grade classes, children of 3 years and above are being admitted into LKG.
  • Arranging transportation services through auto-rickshaws and minivans for children coming from nearby villages

The classroom studies ends by 4pm, but teachers are engaging children for additional hour with sports and cultural activities. By this, students reaching their homes , just after their parents return from work in farms and other places.

Seeking donations from locals and well settled village families living away or in abroad, for chairs, desks, projectors to enable digital teaching methods, English medium textbooks, toys etc. They are also taking help from these donors to setup drinking water, build water tanks, taps.

Government appoints staff based on the number of children in school. To avoid the shortage of teacher’s villagers also hired some volunteers and meeting their expenses through personal donations.

They are asking parents to take a pledge of not to send their kids to private schools and prefer to government schools.  With these actions, govt teachers are too willing to imparting quality education.

Lively schools

Nirmala Primary School, of Devaruppala mandal in Janagama district, was about to be closed due to enrolment of 28 students only. Sensing the danger village sarpanch Edama Indira Narasimha Reddy along with teachers visited every family and convinced parents and began English medium classes. In addition to existing two teachers, villagers have also arranged two more education volunteers at the cost of Rs.3,500/- per month. They have appointed maids and helpers as well.

Singarajupally Primary school was running with only 18 students and it was also in similar straits. Sarpanch Yadagiri and others visited the then exemplary elementary school running at Ontimmidipally village of Ainavolu mandal and thought to revive their government school with the money they are spending on private schools. As a result all 45 students of the village joined English medium government school in their village itself. Two more volunteers were added and their salary expenses were taken care by parents.

This picture with children in uniform dress, ties and shoes is of the government school of Ontimamidipally village of Ainavolu mandal of urban Warangal district. This school was shutdown 6 years back because of no students to attend it. With the inspiration from Ralegaon village of Anna Hazare, villagers have contributed their hand from every home and together took up development activities of the school. With their personal donations, they have employed education volunteers and as a result, the school is flourishing now with 370 students.

Education with all Facilities

High school of Kambalapally village of Mahaboobabad district has been remade into a look-alike of a corporate school. Dr. Kalvakoori Chandrasekhar donated water purifying plant. Former student, Dr. Venkataramulu gifted modern digital projector. Another old student, late film music director, Chakri presented a micro projector. Just like private corporate schools, children of this school too come in school uniform, tie, belt and shoes. Mostly they were arranged by donors. Now every classroom is furnished with fans and sitting desks.

Bonakallu Primary School of Khammam district has strength of over 200 students. Computer education is being imparted here. Starting from this year, the medium of education has become English. Village sarpanch, Chava Venkateswara Rao personally sponsoring 6 months’ salary of recently hired volunteer. Villagers too came forward and contributing Rs. 3,000/- towards two more volunteers. Former students association president, Dr. Gongoora Venkateswarlu along with other donors have spent Rs. 2 lakhs and built a cultural auditorium for the school. Over the past three years, villagers donated more than Rs.1 lakh for the school anniversary program.

The High school of Narayanpur in Gangadharam mandal of Karimnagar district was closed in 2011. MPTC member Baavu Mallesam, with the inspiration from former sarpanch Mallareddy, convinced villagers and they collectively spent over Rs. 40,000 to clean up the surroundings of the school. By this, the school got reopened in last year. Now, there are over 90 students from pre-elementary to 5th grade. They arranged auto-rickshaw for transportation of children from nearby villages. The transportation charges are being borne by parents.

Digital Teaching

Digital teaching classes started 2 years ago in Nancharla of Pegadapally mandal of Jagityala district. Former students donated a projector to the school. Students started watching stories and other sports along with regular school curriculum. Locals of nearby villages Dheekonda, Ramulaplly where schools were shut down were also convinced to send their children. They arranged auto-rickshaws for children. Now school is running with 275 students, compared to last year strength of 92. All classes are taught in English medium. NRI Siddhinki Tirupati donated baby chairs for students.

40 to 200

In 2016, there were only 40 students in Charla Patel Guda Elementary school of Ibraheempatnam mandal of Rangareddy district. Sarpanch Ganesh and villagers decided to send their children to local school only. As a result strength of the school increased to 205. As there were only 4 teachers, they employed 6 more education volunteers. Their wages are being borne by sarpanch,cooperative society chairman Hanumanta Reddy and members of the school welfare committee. They have also setup library, drinking water facilities and desks with their own funding.

Source : VSK Telangana