Come April, parents will no longer have to stand in long queues to purchase textbooks. They would be able to order books online from the Balbharati portal. Parents can either get textbooks from the Balbharati depots across the state or get them delivered home. Balbharati publishes Maharashtra state syllabus textbooks for classes 1 to 12. Nearly 13 crore textbooks have been published for the academic year 2016-17, said officials. Yogesh Limaye, head, Balbharati’s computer section said, “The department has been trying to digitize all procedures. We have already uploaded pdf versions of textbooks and workbooks to the official website, which people can just download. WeRead More →

The Smriti Irani-led Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has reconstituted the Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) bringing in Sanskrit scholars, a former BJP member of the Legislative Council in Karnataka, a retired IPS officer who has turned to Hinduism and religion in a big way and a scholar who is associated with an organisation that recently claimed to have put exact date of Lord Ram’s birth. The HRD ministry has approved reconstitution of the Council on February 22, 2016 nominating twelve new members to the council — four of them are Sanskrit scholars. The term of the last council expired in October 2015. ProfRead More →

Expressing concern over declining educational standards in both public and private schools, the government on Friday said there is a need to improve the quality of education to reverse the decline in enrolment. “There is a need to improve the quality of education provided in schools to arrest and reverse the decline in enrolment in government schools and improve the educational outcomes in both public and private schools,” the Economic Survey for 2015-16 tabled in Parliament by finance minister Arun Jaitley said today. Increasing investment in human capital is a key requirement to improve productivity of the population, the survey observed, adding that there isRead More →

More than 3.28 lakh students in Patna region, comprising Bihar and Jharkhand, are busy with final revisions to write Class X and XII examinations of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) commencing from March 1. Altogether 1,58,745 students, up by 15,000 compared to last year, will write Class X exams at 998 centres in the region. Of them, 52,826 are girls. While board-based exams will commence on Tuesday with non-major papers like security and dynamics retail, major paper science will be held on Wednesday and the school-based exams are scheduled March 10 onwards. The number of students who have registered for taking class XII examsRead More →

The HRD ministry on Thursday said no decision has been taken to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act and issues related to the no detention policy are being examined by a committee working on the evolution of New Education Policy (NEP). “There is no decision at present to amend the RTE Act,” HRD minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The minister, however, said during the consultations with the state governments for formulation of NEP, the issues related to no detention policy were also discussed. Irani said 18 states have so far given their views onRead More →

Recognising that Diabetic Retinopathy is likely to pose a public health challenge in India coupled with the associated complications of diabetes, the first of its kind ‘Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR Cycle I)’ was announced in Guwahati on Sunday. The course is a unique four months executive on the job PAN-India program that aims to build capacity amongst primary care physicians to address management, counselling, referral and prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy. It is designed, delivered and implemented by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), along with academic partners Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA), Chennai; Aravind Eye Care System, MaduraiRead More →

The notification for Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGLE) 2016 is out. The examination is conducted for recruitments to various posts across departments and ministries under the Government of India. There is no change in the paper pattern or the mode of conducting the test of Tier I and Tier II Examinations as compared to those of 2015. However, it is mentioned in CGL 2016 notification that the commission reserves the right to conduct the exam in computer based mode. Dates of exam : SSC CGL Tier -I : May 8m and 22, 2016 Date of exam : SSC CGL TierRead More →

The CBSE Class XII board exams kicked off on Tuesday with the paper on English. Students, who had expected a far tougher paper, were pleasantly surprised with the questions, which many said was easier than last year’s. “The paper was very easy. We did not really expect it to be this easy, as last year’s paper was quite tricky,” said B Shriram of Sherwood Convent School, Gurgaon. His friends agreed with him. While most students agreed that the grammar section was the easiest of the lot, some felt the comprehension was a bit difficult. “Before the exam, we were tensed and apprehensive as this is,Read More →

Government on Monday, announced the creation of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial capital base of Rs 1,000 crore which will leverage funds from the market and work to create infrastructure in India’s top institutions like the IITs. In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley also spoke about creating a regulatory architecture for ten public and ten private institutions to emerge as world-class teaching and research institutions. The finance minister also announced the establishment of a Digital Depository for academic certificates and also opening of 62 Navodaya Vidyalayas. Jaitley said that after universalisation of primary education throughout the country, the governmentRead More →

Good news for Bihar’s social sciences researchers for undertaking quality research in state centric development scenario. The much awaited Patna Centre of Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) would be launched here on Sunday. The Patna Centre of TISS is named as the Centre for Development Practice and Research (CDPR). This initiative is supported Takshila Educational Society TES), promoters of DPS Patna, Pune, Coimbatore and Ludhiana. TISS director from Mumbai S Parasuraman would inaugurate it here on Sunday. TES has offered to host the Centre at the senior wing of Delhi Public School Patna. The TES will provide, free of charge, infrastructural support and associatedRead More →