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Education Must Lay Foundation For A Society Grounded In Ethics: Vice President

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“There is a need to revamp our education system to improve standards and impart world-class learning,” the release quoted him as saying.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said education must lay the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in morals, ethics and value systems. He said education should make students think in an innovative way and they should come out with bright solutions to overcome challenges.

According to an official release, the Vice President also suggested, “Our education system should focus on our traditional crafts, arts and the way we preserve and protect local varieties of seeds.” Addressing the students of Dr. D Rama Naidu Vignana Institute of Rural Development and members of the Vignana Jyothi Society here, Mr. Naidu said, “We can transform our students from being job seekers to job creators by building the proper ecosystem for imparting skill-based training in every higher educational institution.”

The Vice President said an ideal educational institution must focus on making a student into a holistic individual by equipping them to face the challenges of life with equanimity and stability. He advised educational institutions to employ Counsellors to provide support and guidance to students during challenging times.

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He also lamented that none of the Indian universities figured in the top ranking global institutions. “There is a need to revamp our education system to improve standards and impart world-class learning,” the release quoted him as saying.

Highlighting the urgent need to bridge the urban and rural divide in terms of education, Mr Naidu rued rural youth had limited access to quality educational programmes. “Access to education to all levels is essential for inclusive growth,” he observed.

The Vice President called for greater synergy between the private, public and co-operative sectors in creating more avenues for skilled jobs in villages, stating it would strengthen food security and improve the living conditions of rural people.

Expressing concern over lack of focus on rural upliftment as a result of which unplanned expansion of urban slums was happening, Mr. Naidu urged policy-makers, planners and civil society to adopt a conscious and pronounced bias towards rural development. He said agriculture should be made profitable and sustainable by encouraging farmers to diversify into allied activities such as be keeping, poultry, horticulture, sericulture and dairy.

Outlining the major challenges faced by agriculture such as declining productivity, diminishing and degrading natural resources, fragmented land holdings, unprecedented climate change, the vice president said these challenges needed to be tackled on a war footing through structural changes and policy interventions from the central and state governments.

(Source – NDTV)

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Foundation Stone Laid For Central University Of Himachal Pradesh

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The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday jointly laid the foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district. Mr Javadekar said the university would open new vistas of development in the area, besides providing quality higher education.

He said the Central government would provide all possible help to ensure that the university campus is completed soon.

The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

He said the Union government was committed to provide digital boards in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Central University of Himachal Pradesh would have two campuses — Dehra and Dharamsala, both in Kangra district.

He said the first campus, to be spread over 750 hectares, would be at Jadrangal near Dharamsala. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

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Mr Thakur said about Rs. 1,300 crore would be spent on the construction of both these campuses that would be completed in three years.

He said the state was committed to provide quality education. For this, Rs.7,044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs. 7,600 crore has been made for the next fiscal.

(Source NDTV)

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Law Teachers Seek Permission To Practice In Courts

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Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

The executive committee of a consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

(NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

Also, the committee resolved that the issue would be taken up with the Bar Council of India seeking an amendment to its Rule 49 which prohibits full-time salaried employees from practicing in courts.

The committee said that not allowing law teachers to practice in the courts of law was ‘harming’ the legal system as law teachers are as important stakeholders in the system as lawyers and judges and can contribute meaningfully to the legal system, the press release said.

Besides, the committee said that as the country badly needs litigation lawyers and also needs to bridge the gap between law in books and law in action, it is necessary that the teachers should themselves go to the court along with the students.

Vice-chancellor of Nalsar varsity and president of the consortium of NLUs professor Faizan Mustafa said the executive committee resolved that in case law teachers are not permitted to practice, a non-practicing allowance of 25 percent at par with medical doctors should be paid, according to the release.

Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

(Source NDTV)

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9 Lakh Classrooms To Have Digital Blackboards By 2022: Prakash Javadekar

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He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Wednesday launched Operation Digital Blackboard, under which nine lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country will be equipped with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

“Some 60-70 years back there was an ‘Operation Blackboard‘ because that was the need of the hour then. But the country has progressed over the years, and now we need an Operation Digital Blackboard,” Mr Javadekar said during the launch.

Last year, the ministry had formed a committee under Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras to look into the need of digital blackboards in schools/colleges.

Emphasising the need for digital modes of education to improve the quality of education, Mr Javadekar said that the committee assessed a requirement for seven lakh digital blackboards in classes 9-12, and two lakh for classes in higher education institutions.

He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

(Source NDTV)

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