India’s Schools Need the Light of Inner Discipline, Not the Militarisation of Consciousness

India’s Schools Need the Light of Inner Discipline, Not the Militarisation of Consciousness

Recent reports of the Prime Minister’s Office advising the human resource development ministry to introduce elements of military school training and ‘patriotic’ sentiments in regular schools has left me disturbed. As a teacher with sustained engagement with critical pedagogy and life-affirming education, I feel that this is yet another effort at militarisation of consciousness and equating discipline with non-reflexive obedience. A debate on the merits of such a decision should not be limited to the government or its ideology; instead, it should be about the socio-philosophical and pedagogic enquiry into the dynamics…

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Number of children expelled from English schools hits 35 a day

Number of children expelled from English schools hits 35 a day

 Eight in 10 exclusions were from secondary schools. Photograph: Vesa Moilanen/Rex Features Sally Weale and Pamela Duncan Thursday 20 July 2017 19.30 BSTFirst published on Thursday 20 July 2017 11.20 BST The number of permanent exclusions from schools in England has gone up, with the equivalent of 35 children being expelled every school day, according to government figures. Almost, 6,700 children were permanently excluded from all primary, secondary and special schools in 2015/16, meaning the rate of expulsions has risen every year since 2012/13. Of those, 1,185 were primary age children, including 475 children who were…

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The burden of education loan

The burden of education loan

With the cost of education rising, more students seem to prefer education loans. But, many are finding themselves without jobs, even after paying for expensive education. According to recent reports, the total education loan dues in the banking system had risen from Rs 48,382 crore to Rs 72,336 crore, a rise of 49.5 per cent, between March 2013 and December 2016. In comparison, non-performing assets in this segment was up 142 per cent, from Rs 2,615 crore to Rs 6,336 crore in the same period. Clearly, more and more students…

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Now Ministry of HRD to rank institutes based on ‘cleanliness’!

Now Ministry of HRD to rank institutes based on ‘cleanliness’!

In a recent notification, the Ministry of HRD (Human Resource Development) has decided to give ‘Swacchata Ranking’ to higher education institutes. Based on the overall cleanliness of a higher education institute, the rankings will be made. Ministry of HRD has mentioned that the interested colleges/institutes/universities can apply online through the AISHE (All India Survey on Higher Education) website from July 20. The last date to apply for the ranking is July 31. However, on calling AISHE, they informed PaGaLGuY that they have no information on how the ranking will work….

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Ministry of Defence recruitment 2017: Apply before July 23 for Lower Division Clerks jobs

Ministry of Defence recruitment 2017: Apply before July 23 for Lower Division Clerks jobs

Ministry of Defence Recruitment 2017: The Defence minsitry has announced the recruitment of Lower Division Clerks in various departments. Candidates who are willing to work with the organization must apply for the post within the stipulated period. Applicants may apply through the prescribed format before the last date, which has been set at July 23, 2017. All the candidates are advised to read the complete advertisement to know the various details including important dates, details of posts, eligibility criteria, educational qualification, age limit, and various other aspects. Details have been mentioned…

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Teacher recruitment scam: Accused part of Vyapam, Telangana paper leak

Teacher recruitment scam: Accused part of Vyapam, Telangana paper leak

Police deposed before a local court that the main accused Mithilesh Pandey alias Guruji and co-accused Shiv Bahadur gave them a hard time during the interrogation and did not stick to their statements. They added that both of them were involved in other major scams, including the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, the Telangana medical paper leak of 2016 and the Chit Fund scam, station house officer and incharge of the SIT, inspector Jaswinder Kaur, told the court on Wednesday. The accused in the UT teachers’ recruitment scam were produced…

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New 2018 Mercedes X-Class pick-up teased ahead of reveal later this month

New 2018 Mercedes X-Class pick-up teased ahead of reveal later this month

Mercedes is entering the pick-up truck market with a posh take on the format, and we’ll see it on 18 July Mercedes has released a teaser video for its upcoming pick-up truck – the X-Class – confirming that we’ll see the firm’s posh rival for the likes of the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 later this month. An official reveal is pencilled in for 18 July, but the teaser video gives us a tantalising glimpse at the all-new model.  It’s clear to see that the production model will closely follow the firm’s two X-Class concepts…

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PM scholarship scheme: 2600 seats filled after first round of counseling

PM scholarship scheme: 2600 seats filled after first round of counseling

Under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) for J&K students, 2628 out of 3430 seats have been filled after the first round of counseling which culminated on 6 July 2017, an official handout here said. According to the information provided by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in the professional streams including engineering, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and hotel management all the 1537 seats have been filled under the open category. “From amongst the reserved categories under professional stream, 607 seats have been filled while 686 seats are…

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Nursing, Engineering may become part of distance learning courses

Nursing, Engineering may become part of distance learning courses

With the central government making changes to its distance education norms, technical courses like Engineering and Nursing are also likely to be available through distance mode. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently notified its new norms for distance education and institutes that have technical courses might be allowed to run if they make special arrangements for practical course work for students, sources in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, said. By making special arrangements, government means giving a couple of months time to the students to visit the institution…

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Dropping out of university was the best career decision I ever made

Dropping out of university was the best career decision I ever made

I wish I could say I knew the exact moment when I decided to drop out of university. My sixth form, like many others, prioritised going to university above any other path, so with little knowledge about other options, I applied to study journalism. I thought I was going to take the usual route into the profession: a degree, perhaps a master’s or an NCTJ followed by a series of internships and finally – hopefully – a staff job. Instead, I left the course after the first year because I…

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