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Urdu Fazil students in quandary
Feb: Education Department has bungled yet again; this
time putting hundreds of candidates appearing for the ensuing DSC-2003
into a quandary. Declaring the Urdu Fazil course as not equivalent
to Intermediate, the Commissioner of School Education has directed
the District Educational Officers not to accept applications from
those holding Urdu Fazil certificates for the posts of Secondary
Grade Teachers (Urdu medium).
has come as a shock not just to the students but also the Idara-e-Adabiyat-e-Urdu,
which conducts the Urdu Fazil course. The Commissioner, School
Education, has obviously gone by a letter issued by the Board
of Intermediate Education in October last stating that the Fazil
course is not equivalent to Intermediate. But subsequently the
Principal Secretary, Higher Education, has clarified that the
Fazil course continues to be equivalent to Intermediate. In this
context the action of the Directorate of School Education is puzzling.
representations, the Principal Secretary, Higher Education, wrote
to the Secretary, BIE, to keep in `abeyance' the decision not
to consider the Urdu Fazil course on par with Intermediate. "Allow
the equivalence for this year," the Principal Secretary clearly
instructed in a letter dated November 2003.
Idara-e-Adabiayat conducted the examination for the Fazil course
two months ago and the result was declared only recently. "Students
who successfully completed the Fazil course have a right to appear
for the DSC-2003," said Mohd. Faseeuddin, president, Urdu
school for autistic kids
Feb: Parents of six children suffering from autism, a
developmental disorder, have taken up the task of starting a first-of-its-kind
school in the state dedicated to autistic children.
is a lifelong developmental disorder that occurs during the first
three years of life, where the child fails to develop communication
and social skills. There are no schools that cater specifically
to autistic children, since they are good at something. While
some grasp languages easily, others are good at mathematics.
children are neither mentally retarded nor are they normal. So
they do not fit into regular schools or special schools,"
said K Laxmi, mother of six-year-old Harsha, an autistic child.
"They need a school where teachers can understand their disability
and educate them based on their individual capabilities,"
to explore technology use for language teaching
Participants at the 35th conference of the English Language Teachers'
Association of India will explore the possibility of using technology
to impart linguistic skills effectively to students.
The conference, to be held here on February 6 and 7, will look
at ways of adapting to the e-world, using its devices to promote
linguistic proficiency and develop soft skills. Technophobic teachers
scarcely find space to accommodate technology in their learning
scheme. However, following an orthodox, laid-back approach will
only maim their learning potential. Delivering the S. Natarajan
Endowment lecture, M.L. Tickoo, former professor of materials
production, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages,
Hyderabad, will signpost the directions language teaching is likely
to take in the country.
To provide hands-on experience to the delegates, parallel sessions
of workshops, giving them access to e-learning devices, online
resources and multimedia packages have been organised. Ten parallel
sessions will be held on both days to accommodate more than 70
presentations, ranging from Spoken English with technology to
mobilisation technology for creative writing.
English teachers can attend the conference and register themselves
at the venue, Anna University. The Director of Collegiate Education,
in a release, said leave taken by English lecturers to attend
the conference would be treated as `On Duty', on production of
a certificate of attendance. Further details can be had from 17,
Muthalamman Koil Street, West Mambalam, Chennai 600 033, on phone
(3712407) or Anna University (22203165).
method to mark answer sheets
Jan: The SSC board has decided to introduce Optical Mark
Reader (OMR) system for posting of marks during the evaluation of
examination papers to eliminate human errors. Dispensing with the
existing manual posting system, teachers from this year have to
post their marks on the OMR sheet by blackening the ovals with a
pencil. Besides, they should write down the marks secured by the
students in digits at the separate boxes provided in the sheet.
The move, according to director of government examinations
D Ravindranadham, would eliminate human errors at the time of posting
marks. During the spot valuation, many of the teachers have been
rounding off the marks on the answer sheet, which often gives room
for human errors.
The board has stipulated that the special assistants should verify
the marks posted by the assistant examiner which should later be
cross-checked and certified by the chief examiner. Further, questionwise
and pagewise totals should be shown on the front page of the answer
script in the space provided. Total marks should be written in words
and the assistant examiner would have to sign on the answer script
with the number assigned to him. They have to retotal the marks.The
board has tightened the evaluation pattern after last year's experience.
bags for the little ones
Jan: There's good news for children of classes 1 and
II from the next academic year. They will no longer have to carry
heavy school bags, nor will they be given any homework.
While the Central Board of Secondary Education has set the ball
rolling to implement this norm, school education officials in Andhra
Pradesh are trying their best to implement this 'light policy'.
"We have begun informal consultation with authorities of various
schools. Some of them have agreed with us and decided to relieve
students of classes 1 and II from the burden of carrying school
bags everyday. We expect other schools to follow suit," director
of school education, Manmohan Singh, said.
On an average, a child carries anywhere between 3 to 5 kg load of
books to school everyday. Last year, CBSE officials in a circular
to more than 6,000 Board schools, said the load of the school bag
was one of the major concerns. On an experimental basis, CBSE director
(Academics) G Subramanian asked schools to relieve the burden of
the class 1 and II students.
"We kept 50 per cent of the books in the school itself so that
children will not have to bring them everyday. From next year, we
will try to relieve them of the burden completely," Vasavi
Public School principal Krishna Mukherjee said, when contacted.
To offload the burden of the tiny tots, schools, however, will be
required to have lockers or cupboards. Many schools do not even
have enough space for classes, leave alone lockers. Moreover, some
parents reportedly insist that their children be given some homework.
robot to star at US camp
Jan: A robot built by students will educate children
at a NASA camp to be held in
California in July. The International Institute of Information Technology
(IIIT) is working on building a low-cost mobile robot for education
and research. The robot, which is being developed in collaboration
with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), will be used at the annual
Nasa-sponsored 'Robo-Camp' for
high school students in California in July 2004. "About 25
students are working on the project. However, this is not a commercial
robot, but the one being developed purely for educational purpose,"
Prof P J Narayanan, robotics coordinator at the IIIT,disclosed.
college students assured of justice
Jan: The Government will provide justice to students
of various minority colleges. This assurance was given by the Chief
Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, to a group of students who called
on him recently under the banner of Minorities Students' Organisation.
The students brought to Mr. Naidu's notice the forcible collection
of development fee by some minority colleges from MBA and MCA students.
They urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the development fee
collected last year be adjusted against the current year's tuition
fee. The Chief Minister was also told about the lack of infrastructure
facilities in the colleges.
to school with a kite in your bag
Dec: The Andhra Pradesh government has sent a directive
to district educational officers telling them to organise kite festivals
in schools during the Pongal holidays. Children are to be guided
on how to make kites,which should be flown a day or two before Sankranti,
the directive from District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) state
project director V M Manohar Prasad says.
The kite flying contests are meant for the primary and upper primary
sections. But even official guidelines find it hard to keep the
rest out of the most popular pastime at this time of the year.
Schools are being asked to involve all community elders and people's
representatives during the festival. All parents and teachers should
join in the fun fest, the directive says. Schools have to make sure
that children have enough kites to fly and there's no shortage of
threads. For this, the schools will have to stretch a shoestring
budget of Rs 200 grant sanctioned for every institution from the
funds set aside for innovative activities and community mobilisation.
On a more formal note, the directive says kites should ideally display
"useful educational messages" and Telugu alphabets. However,
the end purpose is to bring teachers, children and parents together
to have fun.
Court hauls up private medical colleges
Dec: The Andhra High Court on Friday declared the admissions
made into medical and dental courses in certain private medical
and dental colleges for the academic year 2003-04 under `B' category
as illegal and said they were in flagrant violation of rules.
A. Gopal Reddy, a judge of the court, dismissed the writ petitions
filed by private aided and unaided medical and dental colleges challenging
the action of the NTR Health University in not approving the admissions
made under "B" category which fell vacant due to the sliding
of the students into `A' category. The judge while permitting the
aggrieved students and the university to lodge a criminal complaint
against the private institutions, imposed costs of Rs. 10,000 on
the petitioner management.
It may be recalled that due to permission granted by the Medical
Council of India to two new medical colleges, students of `B' category
slided into the `A' category. The managements instead of allotting
the seats that fell vacant under `B' category as per the stipulated
rules and as per the merit of EAMCET, filled the vacancies. Challenging
the action of the health university in not recognising the admissions
under `B' category, private institutions like Narayana Dental and
Medical College in Nellore, Pinamaneni Siddarthatha Medical College
and certain other private medical and dental colleges filed the
present writ petitions.
Similarly, Shyam Subrahmanyam and certain other students approached
the court challenging the action of private institutions in not
allotting `B' category seats by the sliding method, which fell vacant.
Mr. Justice Gopal Reddy while dismissing the writs filed by the
private institutions, declared that the court could not ratify the
irregularities nor permit the institutions to perpetuate such irregularities
under the garb of the judicial process.
The Judge directed the university to constitute a mechanism wherein
a competent authority would monitor and take up the admissions which
fell vacant and which were not approved by the university. He also
directed it to consider admissions of the candidates who secured
seats as per ranking and reservation, in these institutions. He
gave liberty to the authority to take steps including counselling,
forwarding the list to the Medical Council of India and the Supreme
Court for extension of deadline, if required.
university yet to start regular courses
Dec:The Moulana Azad National Urdu University , which
was set-up as both a regular and distance education institution,
has confined its business to the latter and is yet to start regular
courses. The university came into existence in 1998 based on the
Moulana Azad National Urdu University Act. Interestingly, many think
that it is an open university because other than a diploma in education
(D.Ed.) it does not offer any other regular course.According to
the Act's guidelines, the university had to start professional and
other regular courses besides extending hostel facility within the
campus, for which it was provided with more than 200 acres of land
in Manikonda in the city outskirts.
The university is nearing its sixth year of existence, but many
of its programmes are yet to be implemented. D.Ed. is its only regular
course while some courses at the Bachelors level are run in the
distance mode. There is an allegation that founder vicechancellor
of the university Shameem Jairajpuri - whose five-year term ended
in January 2003 - had not shown any interest to take up any of its
There were plans to set up departments of Urdu, English, Hindi,
commerce, technical education, communication and journalism and
women education. But the then vicechancellor neither presented the
working papers to the academic council nor did he show any interest
in implementing them. Though the course material for some courses
including B.Ed. and journalism have been made available in Urdu,
those courses have not yet started. The material being provided
to the candidates of B.A. and B.Sc. are not of its own, but copied
from Dr BR Ambedkar Open University based on an MoU.
Instead of concentrating on regular courses, the university has
been increasing the number of study centres meant for distance education.
The university even has centres in some Gulf countries. Several
scholars and organisations have criticised the way in which the
university is being run. They allege that the university has failed
to serve the very purpose for which it was set up in the first place.The
feeling among the public is that the Centre is showing apathy towards
Urdu. They said that it should appoint more staff and start all
the regular courses as per plan.
Prof Yousuf Kamal, retired professor of Osmania University , said
that the university has not even appointed a bureau of translation,
then "how can we expect it to churn out education material
in Urdu?" Meanwhile, president of Urdu Struggle Organisation
Mohammed Fasiuddin said that the university has not only failed
to start a B.Ed. course, but has also limited the seats of D.Ed.
course to only 75. The state government announces numerous posts
for Urdu teachers but due to lack of sufficient qualified persons,
they remain vacant, he said adding that at least 300 seats should
be there in a national varsity.
award for State
Andhra Pradesh has bagged the prestigious "Bio
State of the Year" Award, institute by Biospectrum,
Bangalore-based exclusive biotech journal, for its proactive policy
initiatives to promote biotech sector and for creating world-class
infrastructure in the Genome Valley. According to a press release
issued by the Secretary, Industries, B.P. Acharya, AP was adjudged
the best in the country in terms of investments made by the Government
and the involvement of the leadership as well as officials in promoting
the biotech industry.
Mr. Acharya received the award at a function held in Bangalore,
from Dr.M.S. Swaminathan, on behalf of the State Government. Presenting
the award, the eminent scientist lauded the pro-active role played
the State Government to promote the biotech sector. He praised the
Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu's, keen interest to make the
Genome Valley the biotech hub of the country.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Acharya stated that the award would
inspire the State in its pursuit of excellence in creating a world-class
biotech cluster and provide an enabling environment for the industry
courses for SSC-fail students
Students who have failed in the SSC examination need not waste an
entire academic year any more with the Board of Intermediate (BIE)
deciding to allow such students to pursue short-term vocational
he board has designed various courses of three-, six-months and
one-year duration in agriculture, engineering and technology, business
and commerce, home science and humanities. The fee for these courses
would range from Rs 300 to Rs 350. The vocational courses are self-financing
in nature and can be offered by any junior college, higher education
minister N Md Farooq told reporters on Friday. The principals can
select the courses to offer based on local needs and employment
opportunities available. Even students who pass the SSC examination
can also take these courses. As students who drop out of the education
system are joining the ranks of the jobless having no employable
skills, these vocational courses would be quite helpful, BIE secretary
Shashank Goel said.
employment academy launched in Hyderabad
A new academy is coming up in Hyderabad with a view to providing
employment to youth on a global scale.
academy, to be launched at the Youth Employment Summit (YES) regional
forum for South and Southeast Asia, will conduct research and
identify employment opportunities in various sectors and work
towards capacity building.
The US-based Education Development Centre (EDC), the Andhra Pradesh
government, the MS Swaminathan Foundation and some others are
partners for the Academy, which will also undertake projects.
Poonam Ahluwalia, executive director of EDC that the centre had
raised $200,000 through several UN bodies.
Various groups such as the Hyderabad-based Reddy Foundation, which
is training youths for employment, have also come forward to become
partners in the Academy.
Ahluwalia said the Academy was being set up in Hyderabad as the
city had received global recognition due to several innovative
projects in different sectors.
EDC is an international, non-profit organisation with 325 projects
in 40 countries dedicated to enhancing learning, promoting health
and fostering a deeper understanding of the world. The organisation
raises $80 million every year.
The YES Campaign, launched last year at Alexandria, Egypt, is
working to build the capacity of young people to create sustainable
"It was launched in response to the enormous challenge of
youth unemployment facing most countries and affecting millions
of young people around the world," said Ahluwalia.
to London in less than two hours. It will not be wishful thinking
or remain in the realm of imagination in a few years. The Defence
Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) here is aiming just
that as it has begun work on the `biggest aeronautical challenge'
for the country. Giving flight to the imagination, all the IITs
in the country are among the 12 academic institutions working
with the DRDL to develop a hypersonic aircraft.
When the hypersonic aircraft becomes a reality, one can travel
to London, perhaps attend a meeting, and travel right back in
just a few hours. At present, a New Delhi-London flight takes
eight hours - one way. In the ambitious programme to achieve what
the United States and Russia too are competing. The IISc, Bangalore
, the Osmania University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
(JNTU) and Hyderabad Central University in the city are also working
with the DRDL.
City college belies image of Sarkari institution
Dec: The Government City College,forming a grand trio
with the neighbouring High Court and the Osmania General Hospital
standing on the banks of river Moosi in the old city, belies the
image of a Sarkari institution. It is moving with the times and
equipped itself with modern gadgets and paraphernalia on par with
the private colleges.
The magnificent edifice is a three-storied building combining the
Moghul and Hindu architecture. The ground floor has vast cellars
and houses the college office, arts and commerce departments and
physical education section.
The college has been keeping the torch of learning kindled for the
past 75 years.It was the only institution serving the teaching needs
of most of Telangana students till late 90s. It has biotechnology,
microbiology and biochemistry laboratories with the latest sophisticated
equipment besides four well-established computer laboratories in
addition to the traditional courses.
Former chief minister of Maharashtra and union minister S B Chavan,
former Lok Sabha speaker Shivaraj Patil, former Andhra Pradesh chief
minister M Chenna Reddy, Congress spokesperson S Jaipal Reddy, BJP
state unit president N Indrasena Reddy are some of the old students.
The college forms an integral part of the history of the erstwhile
Hyderabad state. Its history is associated with the awakening of
the people of Hyderabad who realising the importance of education
established the first English class in the Darul-uloom as early
as 1865, which was later, converted into a high school. As the building
of Darul-uloom was inadequate to meet the growing needs of the school,
the English school was shifted to another building of Nawab Sir
Salar Jung Bahadur and was designated as City High School .
The rapid expansion of the school necessitated the shifting of the
middle and high school sections to yet another building of Sir Salar
Jung, known as Moghul Hotel. Prasad said that the popularity gained
by the school demanded yet another spacious and permanent building
and the plans were drawn. The site found suitable for the plans
was on the banks of the Moosi river where once stood the Charmahal
palace of the Kutub Shahs, he said. When Khan Fazl Mohammed Khan
took charge as principal in 1914, he sanctioned money and the present
magnificent building came up. However, the credit for completing
its construction in 1920 goes to S M Azam himself, an old student
of the institution (later Nawab Azam Jung) who succeeded Khan Fazal
Mohammed Khan. The school moved into the present grand edifice in
girls create 'Perfect Professor'
Your search for the 'Perfect Professor' ends at the Indian School
of Business (ISB) located in Hyderabad. At ISB, they don't just
learn business. Observant girl students have even created the
'Perfect Professor', an imaginary being created with all the desirable
traits they want, ranging from looks, talent to mentoring ability.The
students made their 'Perfect Professor' public last month by listing
the ingredients that go into the making of the ideal professor.
The 'recipe' has been published in ISB's student newsletter The
Harbinger. Prof Ziv Katalan's eyes, which the students
seem to be enamoured of, forms the base of the cake. Katalan,
who teaches 'decision models and optimisation', comes from Wharton.
To this base, the students have added Prof Robert Stine's forearms
and Prof Mark Finn's calves. Stine is also from The Wharton School
while Finn, who teaches 'financial accounting in decision making',
is from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Creating the 'Perfect Professor' was an all-woman affair. Amongst
the ingredients for the 'first layer' of the cake, the students
suggest "three tumblersful of Prof Jagmohan Raju's humour,
574.098 bathtubs of Prof Huggy Rao's presence, charm and charisma,
Prof Anjani Jain's smile, a dollop of Prof Scott Ward's voice
and six pegs of Prof Waterman's extremely amazing accent''. "We
did it in good humour. There's been no negative reaction to our
attempt,'' said some students.
Nov : The Central Institute of English & Foreign
Languages is offering a part-time Certificate of Proficiency
and Diploma courses in various foreign languages from January
2004. The languages offered are Russian,
Japanese, Arabic, German and Spanish.
Application forms would be available from the Dean's office
from December 8.
activists spoil students' revelry
The national flag was allegedly torn and tied to a beer bottle
by drunken participants at Chrysalis 2003, a festival organised
by students of the Vignan Jyoti Institute of Management on the
Osmania University campus on Monday. While a 'Treasure Hunt' game
was going on in the Tagore auditorium after lunch hour, Akhil
Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists barged in and accused
the participants of insulting the national flag by tying it to
a liquor bottle and dancing with it.
Osmania University police registered a case under Section 2 of
the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971, and seized
the torn flag and the liquor bottle. But they did not arrest the
revellers and also failed to send them for a medical examination,
allegedly because one of them is the son of a senior police officer.
Kachiguda assistant commissioner of police A Venkateshwar Rao
said the youngster was perhaps one among the several hundred students
of the institute but was not involved in the incident. Vignan
Jyoti managing director Brig. (retd.) Ravindranath Chowdary told
reporters at the police station that no flag was torn by the participants.
He said the ABVP raid was a pre-planned and orchestrated one.
transfers irk Urdu Academy staff
Oct : The inter-district transfers of the staff being
carried out by the Urdu Academy of Andhra Pradesh is leading to
agitation among the staff as well as the members of the Academy's
cause of concern for the employees is that their salaries are
less than Rs 5,000 per month and it is difficult for them to sustain
if they are transferred other than their native districts. This
operation has been carried out for different departments in the
Urdu Academy.The president of the Academy Ibrahim-Bin-Abdullah
Masqati defended the move stating that only excess staff of the
academy has been shifted to the places where staff is required."We
can not pay the salaries for the work that they have not done,"
he said adding, the Academy wants to fully utilise the services
of the staff and hence they are deputed where the academy requires
is learnt that the staff whose services are transferred are approaching
the TDP leaders of their respective districts and seeking their
intervention. The staff are not provided with any other facilities
so as they can manage the cost of living and accommodation at
the new places.
told to develop savings habit
Oct : The Minister for Woman and Child Welfare, S.
Saraswathi, on Friday called upon students to take up savings
besides concentrating on studies and sports. Addressing a meeting
after inaugurating a high school building built at a cost of Rs.
10 lakhs in Bommavaram village in Obulavaripalle mandal, she said
teachers and parents besides encouraging childrenin their studies
must inculcate in them the habit of savings.
She wanted girl children too educated on par with boys. The Rajampet
MP, G. Ramaiah, assured funds for the school's development through
his MPLADs. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a dhobi ghat built
with Rs. 1 lakh in Balireddipalle village and tar road laid from
Bestavaripalle to Rallacheruvupalle at a cost of Rs. 29.70 lakhs.
The NEDCAP chairman, K. Narayanaiah Naidu, was also present. .
nutrition, sleep elude these students
Oct : For students of the Government Blind High School (GBHS)
in Darushifa, normal activities such as eating, drinking and sleeping
are major challenges because of the dearth of facilities at their
institution. Students of the GBHS, established in 1939 in Devan
Deorhi, and then shifted to Darushifa in 1974, have a lot to tell
about their daily problems.
The school lacks proper eating and drinking water facilities.
When night falls, the students problems are compounded by the
fact that there is a major shortage of bed sheets in the hostel.
The drinking water being supplied through tankers is inadequate
and in the dry season this problem becomes acute. The students
have no access to proper medical facilities. The doctor who is
supposed to attend the students every Thursday has not been seen
in the hostel for the past several years.
students fell sick they have to approach a nearby private clinic
on their own expenses. Mohammed Shakeel, a Class VIII student,
who is totally blind, said as there is no permanent cook for the
hostel, the food being cooked by others lacks quality. The curry
lacks taste and the dal is so watery, he said. Upender Reddy,
a Class X student from Suryapet, said that there hordes of mosquitoes
in the hostel. "We do not have proper bed sheets to cover
ourselves. The cold and mosquitoes force us to have sleepless
nights," he said.
Bureaucratic muddles aggravate the problem. Though both the buildings
are located in the one-acre compound, the education department
manages the school while the disabled welfare department manages
the hostel. Of the 109 students who stay in the school's hostel,
80 students are totally blind and 29 are partially blind. Students
from different districts of the state stay in the hostel that
is situated in the school's compound.
counselling likely to be delayed
Oct : Counselling for filling the existing 31,796 seats in the
283 B.Ed colleges in the State may be delayed by a few more days
with the Government deciding to file an affidavit in the High
Court tomorrow specifying the norms to be followed by private
institutions. For candidates, the uncertainty continues despite
completion of EdCET, and preparation of the statewide merit list.
The delay is also due to the non-availability of the "approved
list" of the colleges from the National Council for Teacher Education
after renewal of recognition for the year.
The Minister for School Education, M. Venkateswara Rao, said at
a press conference here. In the affidavit to be filed before the
High Court, the Government would state that it had complied with
the Supreme Court judgment by issuing a GO (No 1038 Dt. Oct. 10)
providing for allotment of 50 per cent seats in private/minority
institutions to managements without naming them as "management
quota" and fixing a common fee for all colleges, Rs 10,800 per
year. It would also seek a directive from the High Court asking
the private managements to have their own common entrance test/counselling
through two committees of judges as suggested by the Supreme Court
in its August 14 verdict.
Government would want the private managements to follow this as
an alternative if they were not prepared to fill their seats honouring
the merit lest prepared by the Government. The private managements
too are in a piquant situation. Last year, they were allotted
15 per cent seats while 85 per cent went to the Government. When
the apex court fixed the Government-management seat quotas at
50:50, the managements were happy.
in fact, approached the High Court seeking a directive to the
State Government for complying with the judgment. However, the
GO issued by the Government came as a dampener, specifying common
fee for all the colleges, government as well as private, without
giving scope for discretion. Now, it is stated, they want to revert
to last year's ratio (85:15) .
clubs for schools on the anvil
: Where are Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower?
Answers to this question would come promptly from a majority of
school students. However, ask them why is Pillalamarri famous
or where the sacred Buddhist site Amaravati stupa is in the State,
a majority of them could draw a blank. Students in schools will
no longer experience these embarrassing situations, if the plans
of the A.P.Tourism Department
to form Tourism and Culture Clubs in schools to promote the popular
tourist spots in the State apart from providing some educational
value to high school students come to fruition. "The idea is to
make the children learn, see and experience the glory of the State
and its rich tradition and culture,'' says M. Lakshmi Jyothi,
Chief Training Officer of Tourism & Hospitality Training Centre
of the Government and involved in the formation of Tourism and
As a prelude
to the exercise, the department held a meeting with principals
of prominent private schools in the city recently apprising them
of the concept. The idea is said to have generated a lot of interest
among the principals who agreed not only to form the clubs but
also spare a period every month exclusively to enlighten students
about the prominent cultural places of the State with a tourism
perspective. "We are targeting high school students as when they
enter college life in a few years they will have a fair idea about
tourism,'' Ms. Jyothi says. She says teachers from these schools
would also be trained before the formation of the clubs.
to pay Rs. 5 per year to become the member of the club apart from
the initial registration fee of Rs. 20 while the school would
contribute Rs. 2,500 per year and the Tourism Department would
chip in with Rs. 5,000. The money would be used for the club activities,
which also includes excursions to nearby prominent tourist spots.
"Most students now go to excursions now also but these would be
different where they would end up learning about the historic
importance of the place apart from enjoyment,''
avers. The club members would get a book with list of activities
to be taken up during year which include exposing them to heritage,
handicrafts, ecology, adventure tourism, cuisine, temples, religions,
history, tribal culture and so on of the State. Each activity
is followed by an exercise.
clinched on medical seats
Oct : The controversy over admissions to vacant seats in private
medical colleges has been sorted out with managements agreeing
to admit students on the basis of merit and reservation rules.
The government has also decided to approach the Supreme Court
to seek extension of date of counselling as the deadline stipulated
by the apex court ended on September 30. Further it would request
the court to waive the Rs 50,000 fine for every late admission
levied by the Medical Council of India.
The agreement came after senior health department officials met
private college representatives on Friday. After two new colleges
were started, students in the B category (25 per cent of total
seats allotted by managements on the basis of merit) became eligible
for 'A' category seats (outright merit seats). The deadlock arose
out of how the vacancies in the B category created by this "sliding
" would be filled.
A series of government orders added to the confusion. Some of
the students who got admissions are demanding that the government
should reveal the names of those officials who were behind an
order (No 488) that sought to convert unfilled seats in the B-category
into C-category seats (management quota seats).
The father of an Eamcet ranker said over 61 MBBS and 102 BDS seats
that fell vacant were "sold" by private colleges.In
a press release, the director of medical education K Sashi Prabha
said the registrar of NTR University of Health Sciences has been
instructed to furnish a report on the persons who did not take
effective follow up action after GO 574, which authorised the
competent authority to fill up vacancies, was issued.
student held on charge of stealing cell phones
Oct: The Mahankali(Hyderabad) police on Thursday caught an engineering
student, Nagari Kumar Raja, red-handed while he was walking away
with the cell phone of an unemployed person after allegedly luring
the latter with a promise of securing job in a reputed software
company. Raja confessed to have stolen 26 cell phones in a similar
fashion in Mahankali and Abids police station limits in the last
five months, the North Zone DCP, M.V. Ramachandra Raju, told a
modus operandi is to call up the jobless on their mobile phones
introducing himself as the project leader of a software firm.
He would invite unemployed youngsters for a talk at a hotel on
SP Road. Pretending that his mobile phone was not working, he
would request the victims to lend their cell phones to make a
call and walk away with the instrument. "During a journey, a gentleman
offered to sell his mobile phone to me.
I asked him for the documents, he said there was no need for any
document. Then, it struck me that I can rob and sell mobile phones
without any difficulty," Raja told reporters. Asked as to how
he got the resumes of educated youngsters, Raja said he used to
frequent Satyam i-way Internet cafes, open the D-drive section
and peruse the bio-data of jobseekers. However, some of the victims,
present at the press conference, said they have never saved their
resumes in any of the said Internet cafes.
Police Commissioner, M.V. Krishna Rao, gave away Rs. 500 reward
to each of the special police party members who laid trap and
nabbed Raju. Mr. Rao commended the work accomplished by the Inspector,
G. Someshwar Rao, and the Mahankali ACP, M. Divakar.
on inter-dt. transfer of teachers may go
Sept :The State Government is likely to lift the ban on inter-district
transfer of teachers shortly if the consensus reached at an all-party
meeting convened by the School Education Minister, M. Venkateswara
Rao, on Monday is any indication.
Participating in the meeting, members cutting across party lines
unanimously resolved to ask the Government to facilitate inter-district
transfer of teachers in accordance with the Presidential orders.
Briefing reporters later, the School Education Minister said that
the Government would work out the modalities pertaining to the
transfers shortly ensuring that the academic year of students
was not disturbed. Once the ban was lifted, first preference would
be given to spouses working in different areas followed by requests
for mutual transfer. Preference would be given to the transfer
applications of those whose spouses were posted in non-transferable
jobs in the State and Central Government departments.
But, the transfers would be restricted to the vacancies created
in the respective districts after the transfer of some of the
for women muftis opened
Sept :The first Dar-ul-Iftah (collegium of muftis from where fatwas
are issued) for women was formally inaugurated in the premises
of Jamiat-ul-Mominat on Sunday.
A panel of three mufthia (women muftis) issued the first fatwa
on a issue relating to women as part of the inaugural ceremony.
The fatwa says that in Shariah, women are permitted to wear make-up
to make themselves look beautiful. The Shariah, however, does
not allow women to use coloured contact lenses, bleaching and
removing of hair from their body, trimming of hair and wearing
the dresses of men.
The institution, located in Moghalpura, has been provided with
a library-cum-research centre, a computer lab along with Internet
connection and a chamber for the panel to meet women and discuss
their issues and problems.It has been decided that the panel will
initially take up only women-related issues. The institution also
launched its website in Urdu, www.jamiatulmominat.com
on the occasion. Anyone seeking guidance or fatwas on issues relating
to women can get in touch with the institution on its website.
private varsities `illegal'
Sept :A senior UGC official has questioned the manner in which
private universities are being registered and operated at present,
terming it `illegal.'
Reacting to reports that private universities were being promoted
by `for-profit' companies, which is prohibited in India,V.N. Rajasekharan
Pillai, UGC Vice-Chairman, told media that most of them had not
taken the mandatory UGC clearance before starting operations.
Prof. Pillai said universities could not be established by mere
`executive orders' of State Governments but required separate
legislation in Parliament or legislatures for them to be legal.
A university promoted by the `for-profit' U.S. company, Sylvan
Learning Systems has already started classes in rented premises
in the city, despite not receiving deemed university status from
the UGC. Sylvan has also been given 125 acres of land by the Government
to set up its campus. Prof. Pillai said the UGC would give its
recognition if these new degree-giving institutions conformed
to all the provisions of the current laws. But they cannot launch
academic programmes before getting this recognition, he cautioned.
mayor's wife to visit city school
: Carole J Blackshaw, wife of the London mayor, will visit the
Government Red Cross School in Chandrayangutta on Friday. She
is in the city accompanying alderman Gavyn Arthur, the Lord Mayor
of the city of London. Later, she will visit the British Library.
She will take a tour of the library and see facilities and services
offered to members. She will also meet members of the Association
of British Scholars, Web wizard master Ajay Puri and other dignitaries.
Carole Blackshaw, a qualified lawyer, is a member of the Ethics
Committee of the Human Factors Group based in Cranfield University,
which vets aviation research projects..
RTC services to women's college
8 Sept :
APSRTC has introduced four additional buses for 120 single trips
from Dilsukhnagar to Women's College in Koti with immediate effect.
This decision was taken due to the ban imposed by the police,
restricting the entry of seven-seater autos into the city limits
The buses would have 10-minute frequency between 7.30 a.m. and
9.30 a.m. for the convenience of commuters. The Regional Manager,
C. Panduranga Murthy, said that more services would be introduced
depending upon the demand.
schools' discomfiture due to transport problem
Aug 28 :
Caught unawares by the sudden crackdown of the Transport Department
on school buses in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad
, private school managements are at their wits' end even as they
took recourse to hiring APSRTC buses. While the transport authorities
vow to continue their drive against the `rickety' buses that commenced
after the ghastly accident in Karimnagar, the school managements
are crying foul against the authorities.
The school managements, however, argue that grounding their buses
could send the academic schedule haywire. "How were the fitness
certificates given all these years? Why didn't they insist on
the prescribed guidelines while issuing them? Now, after cancelling
them, we are being informed of new rules. Worried parents are
already asking if we will declare holidays,'' says a school head.
In this scenario, the private school managements are planning
to take up the issue with the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu.
files FIR against math teacher
27 Aug :
A student studying in class VIII has lodged a police complaint
against his teacher for beating him. In his complaint lodged at
Shahinayatgunj police, boy said that the blood clotted in his
fingers after he was beaten up.
The student, Navneet Mantri, 12, a student of Goodwill Public
School Hyderabad, said that his mathematics teacher Rajkishore
had beaten him with a stick on his fingers on Monday as he had
not completed his homework.Mantri, who is a resident Begum Bazar,
returned home and informed his father Kamal Kishore Mantri. He
was taken to a hospital and later a complaint was lodged with
the police. The case is under investigation.
school buses to be tested for fitness
In the backdrop of the tragedy involving a school bus which plunged
into a well killing eight children in Karimnagar on Tuesday, the
State Government has taken up a massive exercise of inspecting
each and every school bus throughout the State to test its fitness.
Transport Minister, M. Damodar Reddy, issued orders to this effect.
The vehicles were ordered to be seized if they failed the fitness
test during inspection.
A press release
of Transport Commissioner, A. Giridhar, listed the dos and don'ts
the managements of the schools ought to follow in the running
of the buses apart from ensuring they were road worthy. Among
them are that they they cannot have drivers above the age of 50
and their health and vision should be checked up every quarter
by managements at their cost.
One teacher and a parent will travel by the bus from the start
to the end points everyday by turn. They should sit in the last
rows to be able to watch the children all the time. When the appointments
of the drivers were made, it should be ensured that the drivers
were not smokers or alcoholics and had at least five years of
driving experience. The managements have to get the licence particulars
of the drivers verified with the RTAs concerned for their genuineness.
should be painted in canary yellow and inspected by the principals
and parents' committees every month for their mechanical condition.
The speed governors of the buses should be locked at 40 kmph and
the vehicles fitted with emergency brake systems. No one other
than the driver shall drive. The buses should be parked within
the school premises and the children made to board or disembark
there only. The vehicles should carry the complete list of the
children with all their particulars.
schoolchildren die as van falls into well
Eight children died and 14 others were injured when a school van
fell into a well in Desarajupalli village in Karimnagar district
on Tuesday morning. The driver of the van too lost his life in
The van was taking 25 children to a private school when it tipped
over into the open well around 8.45 am. The victims are: Akhil,
Mahender (Manoj Kumar), A. Rakesh, G. Rakesh, Swapna, M. Anup
Reddy, J. Sampath, A. Rajesh and van driver Chotemiya. They were
all residents of Desarajupalli village.
The injured students have been admitted to a hospital in Karimnagar
town. Villagers said 23 children and school supervisor Vijayender
Reddy boarded the bus at Desarajupalli as it rumbled in from Venkatraopalli.
It was just starting off for Avudaripalli, when the brakes failed
and the bus driver lost control. The vehicle fell into an open
well with a deafening sound. The supervisor rescued 14 of the
children. The rest died before villagers could join the rescue.
District collector Sumita Dawra, Andhra Pradesh minister Damodar
Reddy and other officials rushed to the spot.
Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu visited the village in the evening.
The bodies were retrieved from the well and the van was hauled
out in the afternoon. Naidu has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1
lakh to each of the nine victims and Rs 10,000 to the 14 injured
students disrupt CFT meeting
Students of Osmania University on Sunday barged into a meeting of the Congress Forum
for Telangana (CFT) and insisted that 41 Congress MLAs from the
region must resign in support of a separate Telangana.The CFT
leaders were meeting to iron out internal differences over their
separate PCC demand when about 400 students from different unions
drove up to the CFT office in 50 Tata Sumos and raised slogans
asking Congress MLAs not to succumb to party high command's pressure
tactics. CFT leader Indrakaran Reddy had a tough time in convincing
them that the Forum was discussing the strategy to be adopted
on the Telangana issue.
The students demanded that the CFT must not succumb to pressure
from the high command, as the spirit would die down if the tempo
is relaxed. Addressing the students, CFT president G Chinna Reddy
said that 'the demand for separate statehood for Telangana' was
above party and they would intensify the agitation if the high
command fails to heed their demand. Later, the students submitted
a memorandum to the CFT urging it not to buckle under pressure
and rectify the mistake of 1969.They virtually gheroaed Chinna
Meanwhile, the CFT has put on hold its demand for a separate PCC
for Telangana till November. However, the CFT leaders said, they
would continue the demand for separate Telangana. The CFT meeting,
held in the backdrop of four legislators tendering their resignation
to Congress president Sonia Gandhi demanding a separate PCC, decided
that they would abide by the decision of the high command.
reach out to HelpAge India
13 Aug :
Ankita Jain of Pre-Primary and Akshay Mehta of Class Four in Kalpa
School topped the list of highest individual collections, contributing
Rs. 2,450 each, donated to HelpAge India.
At a function In Hyderabad, a cheque for a total amount of Rs.
95,609, being the amount collected by the school, was handed over
by Kusum Gupta, the school's Director, to Amala Akkineni, who
received it on behalf of HelpAge India.
Amala Akkineni and the State In-charge of HelpAge India, Mohd.
Raza Mohammed, appreciated the gesture of the students and said
the amount collected by them would be used to perform 95 cataract
surgeries to the deserving poor in the twin cities. The students
received social service certificates and mementoes from Amala
kids tie rakhis to prisoners
13 Aug :
A festive atmosphere prevailed in the Chanchalguda Central Prison
as schoolchildren thronged the premises to tie rakhis to the inmates
on the occasion of `Raksha Bandhan' here on Tuesday.
The students of St. Ann's, Secunderabad, Trinity Public School,
SR Nagar, Sri Saraswathi Vidya Mandir, came to the prison accompanied
by their teachers and tied rakhis to the prisoners, most of them
undertrials and few convicts.
The students from various schools were let inside the imposing
gates, school-wise accompanied by jail officials. They applied
`tilak' and tied rakhis to the jail inmates who stood in a line.
The St. Ann's students of VII, VIII and IX Std., belonged to their
school's ``Social workers club.'' About 45 of them contributed
to buy rakhis, sweets and fruits for the special occasion.
The students of Trinity Public School also visited Women's Prison
and distributed rakhis and sweets to the 117 inmates there and
clothes to the children of undertrials. "The women tied those
rakhis to our boys,'' said a teacher.
scam to be probed
: The state government has ordered a fresh inquiry into the misappropriation
of post-metric scholarships disbursed during the years 1984-87.
The commissioner of enquiries has been asked to nominate an officer
to probe the whole issue.
The government order comes in the wake of a newspaper report published
on how inquiries into the earlier scandal proved futile and the
enquiry officers did little to nail the guilty. The earlier scam,
considered precursor to the present one, was incidentally committed
by a group of people, including the main accused, U Santosh Kumar,
who figured in both the cases.
The vigilance and enforcement (V&E) department, which detected
the scam in 1988, noticed that about 31 officials and staff of
the social welfare department siphoned off several lakhs of rupees
in the name of bogus students from three city colleges. Based
on the V&E findings, the government ordered an inquiry and appointed
a senior IAS officer to probe the culpability of the staff. In
the last 14 years, four inquiry officers have been changed and
none of them completed the probe citing technical and procedural
The last inquiry officer, additional director of the social welfare
department, went on medical leave in April 2002 and subsequently
retired in January this year. Thereafter, no officer had been
named to probe the scandal. Principal secretary (social welfare)
J Satyanarayana, in a report submitted to the Assembly house committee
probing the scholarship scam, has said that the matter has been
taken up with the commissioner of enquiries for nominating an
enquiry officer to probe the previous scam also.
contemplates grading in schools
While the grading pattern has almost become indispensable in most
of the premier educational institutes in assessing the students'
understanding level in higher classes, the government is exploring
the relevance of the system in school education to ease out pressure
among students and parents. A senior official in the education
department revealed that the grading system would provide greater
flexibility and suit the requirements of the institutions besides
doing away with the system of failing students in the examinations.
The department would examine the relevance of grading system in
the current academic scenario to fine tune the existing pattern
Awarding of grades in the place of marks will considerably reduce
the significance of numbers which is depending on inter and intra-examiner
variability, imperfection of tools among others, according to
NCERT director J S Rajput.
The NCERT has recently brought out a document titled Grading in
schools outlining its advantages in school education. The system
of awarding of marks is not foolproof as it had a lot of discrepancies
like sampling of objectives within the content and arbitrary time
limits for answering individual questions in testing situations,
the official said. Further, the practice of declaring pass and
fail merely based on the marks often proves traumatic for both
students and parents.
Though the grading system will remedy most of the problems in
the conventional method of evaluation, the government should make
a concerted effort to dispel the misgivings about the systems,
a spokesperson said.
schools need to be upgraded , says Minister
If private schools are touted as much better than Government schools,
how come their results do not reflect that? This was the poser
from the State School Education Minister, M. Venkateswara Rao.
Of the 45,000 students who appeared for the SSC examination in
Hyderabad district this year, only 5,000 were from the Government
schools. Yet the district achieved only 60 per cent pass and remained
low in the State while other districts registered 80 per cent
and above. This only showed that private schools had to step up
their standards, while Government schools with better qualified
teachers than those in private schools, needed better facilities,
right orientation, commitment and accountability. With facilities
in Government schools being upgraded with right ambience, there
was no reason for students of these schools to lag behind, he
felt. "We are expecting significant improvement in results this
year. In fact Government school students in the district can emerge
as toppers''. The Minister who inaugurated the 229th school building
in the district, at Banjara Hills recently, said there was no
dearth of funds as already Rs.20 crores was released for the purpose.
The remaining 880 Government schools would also be provided with
own buildings and infrastructure, he said. The new school building
was constructed with contribution from a private cargo transport
company, Gati, under the Janma Bhoomi programme. The Rs.45-lakh
upper primary school would be upgraded into Gati Government High
School. Mr.Venkateswara Rao said that of 880 Government schools
in Hyderabad district, buildings had been constructed for 229
schools during the last four years and 50 more were under progress.
Assuring permanent representation to the `Gati' in the school
education committee to have its say in the running of the school,
he also asked them to chip in with their contribution for the
maintenance of the building. The Minister said he would take it
up with the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad to allot the adjacent
site to the school for its playground.
Counselling: ECE favourite
As a subject Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) emerged
a clear favourite among the top rankers at the Engineering counselling
which started in five centres in the State simultaneously this
The top 34 rankers chose ECE and opted for university colleges.
More than 80 per cent in the top 100 preferred ECE. None of the
top 12 rankers of EAMCET-2003 attended the counselling as they
apparently chose other institutions like IITs, NITs, BITS, Pilani,
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) was the favourite
followed by the Osmania University Engineering College. Interestingly,
the best ranker (13th rank) to have taken admission this year
through counselling chose SRKR Engineering College, Bhimavaram
instead of a free seat in the university colleges.
The counselling which began two hours behind schedule due to the
dharna by student organisations was stopped for another hour after
just two admissions due to problems at Warangal where student
organisations held up counselling. However, there were no technical
Out of the 878 who were admitted, 390 chose ECE, 196 opted for
EEE, 115 preferred 120 students chose CSE while Mechanical Engineering.
Civil Engineering was opted by 14 and Chemical Engineering 15.
One student chose Pharmacy while the rest of the courses were
shared by the remaining. Interestingly, none on the first day
chose Information Technology.
The trends in favour of ECE stream were observed since last two
years with the slump in IT industry. The mood of the students
and parents was reflected when several candidates appearing for
counselling at the Hyderabad centre expressed apprehensions over
the job prospects and a rewarding career in the Information Technology
and Computer Science field.
It was the case with most other students, who after discussing
the issue with their teachers thought ECE was a safe bet as it
provided wider opportunities. Interestingly, the nearly 1,000
seats out of the 1125 seats surrendered by the private colleges
from their management quota were from CSE and IT groups.
education exam system to be reformed
The Progressive Recognised Teachers' Union, Andhra Pradesh, which
held its two-day executive meeting here on July 12, and 13 demanded
reforms in the primary education examination system and scrapping
of the District Common Examination Board. The union said awarding
of marks based on internal assessment (50) and on performance
in the written examination (50) should form part of the reforms.
Briefing presspersons later, the spokespersons said the stipulation
of pass on the basis of school attendance percentage should also
be done away with. They wanted the department to take steps for
fool- proof conduct of the examination after evolving question
papers. The executive, they stated, was of the opinion that the
standards of students could improve if a 45-day training course
on value-based education was conducted for teachers. The union
would cooperate with the Government in the conduct of the course.
Students gherao V-C
led by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) gheraoed the
Vice Chancellor, Md. Iqbal Ahmed, and the Registrar, Y.V. Ramanaiah,
of Sri Krishnadevaraya University here today on various student-related
problems. On their demand for reduction of the qualifying mark
in the RESCET-2003, authorities explained to them that any change
would invite legal complications. Authorities assured the students
that another entrance test would be conducted in December to fill
the vacant seats. The authorities agreed to release the results
of post-graduate final year results, construct a common mess,
new hostel buildings and a de-fluoridation tank.
case sent to statute bench
for engineering, agricultural and medical streams in the state
is likely to be delayed further in the light of the Supreme Court's
latest decision to admit writ petitions in order to re-examine
the issue of freedom for private unaided professional colleges
in admission procedures. The hearing will begin on July 22.The
apex court's decision will affect the counselling process as a
major chunk of engineering and medical seats are available in
private colleges. Though the SC did not direct the state government
to stop the counselling process, the government will take a final
decision after examining the judgment. Questioning the right of
the state to regulate the admission procedure in certain colleges,
a Bench of Chief Justice V N Khare and Justice S B Sinha referred
the petitions to a five judge Constitution Bench Among others,
minority institutions of Karnataka and Kerala moved the apex court
for a final decision on the issue. Though the court sometime ago
settled the issue, confusion has prevailed over the admission
procedure in hundreds of unaided minority professional educational
institutions (UMEI) across the country. The court issued notices
to all states. It said the five-judge Bench would interpret the
law laid down by it in an earlier judgment. Attorney-general Soli
J Sorabjee will assist the court in the matter
blames SSC board for flaws
SSC topper J Vamsidhar Reddy on Wednesday came down heavily on
the Board of Secondary Education for its 'irresponsible totalling'
of his class X science script. Vamshidhar Reddy, a student of
Brilliant Grammar High School, was initially awarded 575 marks
in SSC-2003 with 96 in Hindi, 98 in Special English, 96 in English,
100 in mathematics, 88 in science and 97 in social studies, besides
securing state sixth rank.
told the press that he had applied for recounting, as he was confident
that he would secure more than 95 marks in science. After recounting,
he obtained 98 marks as against 88 in science awarded to him,
which helped him share the first rank with G Vijay Kumar.Vamshidhar
Reddy observed that many students failed in the SSC examination
despite their best performances. Meanwhile, director of examinations
D Ravindranatham said the department had suspended examiner P
Sridhar of Karimnagar for his negligence as the science script
of Vamshidhar was evaluated by the teacher. The official said
the department would further tighten the evaluation pattern from
next year onwards. institute recognised by the DCI in the state.
colleges to contest govt fee
for admission into private medical and dental colleges in the
state is likely to be delayed as the Andhra Pradesh Private Medical
and Dental College Managements Association is set to challenge
the management quota and fee structure stipulated by the government
on Tuesday.This year 1,500 medical and 920 dental seats are available
in the 14 medical and 10 dental private colleges in the state.
has fixed Rs 55,000 for medical and Rs 40,000 for dental seats
for the Eamcet convener's quota. A fee of Rs 2 lakh has been fixed
for medical and Rs 1.1 lakh for dental seats to be filled by the
management on the basis of the Eamcet rank. This leaves 25 per
cent of the seats for the private colleges to sell as they like.The
association says the fee structure set by the government is not
enough for private colleges which need a revenue of Rs 16 crore
per annum to keep the classes going.
As per a
study conducted by A F Ferguson & Co in 1994, the private
colleges incurred an expenditure of Rs 3.18 lakh per student per
annum. The study was conducted at the behest of the Medical Council
of India and the Union government in accordance with a Supreme
Court judgment. An earlier study conducted by the state government
in 2001 found that the cost of imparting medical education was
Rs 3.51 lakh per student per annum.
feels that the government should leave 50 per cent the total seats
to the managements allowing them to charge a fee of Rs lakh per
annum for each seat. If these contentions of the private colleges
are not met, they would consider the option of conducting their
own admission process, as per the apex court judgment.
lands students in jail
could well be a scene out of the Hollywood blockbuster Catch Me
If You Can. Instead of attending classes on a Monday morning or
being caught watching a movie, three students were caught by the
Cyberabad police selling fake currency.In his very first attempt
at selling fake currency, 22-year-old C Vamsi was arrested near
Bairamalguda as he waited for a buyer. On being questioned by
the police, he disclosed the names of his associates, 22-year-old
G Hari Prasad, 19-year-old C Chaitanya and the kingpin, 25-year-old
L Ravinder Reddy. Prasad and Chaitanya were caught even before
they were introduced into the 'business' along with Ravinder Reddy.
Reddy has a previous criminal record and was earlier arrested
in connection with two murder cases and for possessing weapons.
The currency was printed at a unit set-up at Kukkatpally by Ravinder
Reddy with the help of his friend, Vadivelu, an adept hand at
printing fake currency. Vadivelu a native of Tamil Nadu left for
his home town last month.
A native of Khammam, Reddy was introduced to Vadivelu through
his friend, Mustafa, also from Khammam. With Vadivelu away on
some work, Reddy gave fake currency worth Rs 15,000 to the students
for circulation. But Vamsi was caught in his first attempt and
Rs 10,000 worth of fake currency in Rs 100 denomination was recovered
common in govt schools
government schools in the state will reopen after summer vacations
on Thursday. This year too, many government high schools will
struggle to obtain their basic requirements such as chalk pieces."Unfortunately,
it is the same situation as last year," an education department
official told The Times of India on Wednesday.
Every year, the state government sanctions Rs 5,000 for a government
high school for buying chalk pieces, dusters, a minimum amount
of stationery and the like. However, this amount is barely enough
to meet the needs of a school.It is only with great difficulty
that headmasters manage to pull through the year. The annual sanction
for each government high school falls in the category of a 'contingency
fund'which is a 'controlled item' says the finance department.
Only if the fund position is comfortable does this money get released,
an official explained. The fate of the primary and upper primary
government schools appears to be slightly better, as far as the
release of funds is concerned. Every year, these schools get Rs
2,000 for purchasing supplies. Interestingly, a vast chunk of
the money comes from central government schemes such as the District
Primary Education Programme and the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
results to be announced shortly
May16 : The
Eamcet results will be announced on May 17 at 7.30 am at JNTU,
Masab Tank. The minimum qualifying mark will be 48 out of the
total 160 marks, Eamcet examination convener L V A R Sarma announced.
There will in the minimum qualifying mark, the convenor said.
The government has decided that it will not change the existing
30 per cent of the total 160 marks as the qualifying mark.The
details of the results will be furnished in one compact disc.Jawaharlal
Nehru Technological University (JNTU) vice-chancellor and Eamcet
examination chairman Y Venktrami Reddy said the committee will
not delete any question both in the engineering and medical examination
papers.Sudents will be given marks for one question in the engineering
stream and four in the medical stream, he said. The students will
get marks to one question in chemistry in the engineering category
and two questions in chemistry, one each in botany and physics
in the medical category as the questions had two correct answers,
he said. Marks will be given if the student has attempted either
of the two correct choices or both.Meanwhile, the Eamcet online
counselling would begin on June 27 at Warangal, Visakhapatnam,
Hyderabad, Guntur and Vijayawada in two phases and the notification
will be released in May second weekk.
May 12: Mufti
Moulana Ashraf Ali, noted Muslim scholar, inaugurated a 10-day
All-India Islamic book fair in Hyderabad. About 5,000 books on
different aspects of Islam in seven Indian languages are on display
at the Eidgah Quddus Saheb on Miller's Road near the Cantonment
Titled "Books for Better Bond with the Creator and Humanity",
the exhibition has roped in 45 publishers, including those from
the U.K., the U.S., and Saudi Arabia. The fair is said to be of
great importance against the backdrop of the present global political
and social scenario. Books on various scientific topics discussed
in the Koran and books published in countries such as Turkey,
Egypt, and Iraq are also on display.
Organised by individuals and organisations, the fair also has
lectures on topics of Islam, quiz competition, and Qirath (recitation
of the Koran). Pavilions for career and family counselling have
also been set up.
Telugu University convocation in Hyderabad
Mar 20: The
eighth convocation of the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University will
be held on March 21 at Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad. Governor
Surjit Singh Barnala will be the chief guest and would confer
degrees and diplomas on students.
Prof C D
Narsimhaiah will deliver the convocation address. At the function,
historian and scholar Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sarma, novelist and
poet Boya Jangaiah will be conferred honorary degree of D. Litt.
vice-chancellor Prof G V Subrahmanyan will present a report on
various activities of the institution.
reforms in school education on the cards
The educational curriculum followed in different schools throughout
the State is likely to undergo significant changes from the next
academic year with the Government finally deciding to bring in
a radical transformation in the teaching and learning processes
being followed at present. Responding to the pleas by the parents,
teachers and others concerned, the Government has, at last, initiated
steps to bring in reforms in the education system to make it more
child-centred, activity-oriented and competency building one.
end, a series of workshops involving experts in subjects, eminent
educationalists and other concerned sections will be conducted
in April and May to evolve a strategy to reduce burden on students
and enabling the curriculum to be performance-oriented.
grant for biotechnology at ANGRAU
N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) has been given a grant
of Rs. 2.5 crores by the AP-Netherlands Biotechnology project
to strengthen infrastructure and teaching facilities for its post-graduate
courses in agricultural and veterinary sciences.
a press conference on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding
here I.V. Subba Rao, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, said that this grant
would help upgrade the teaching and laboratory facilities in these
courses, which have already been started by the university. These
postgraduate courses in biotechnology have been formulated in
consultation with experts drawn from many scientific and educational
institutions and from industry. They are meant to fill the emerging
gap in trained scientific manpower to take the benefits of biotechnology
to the people, said Rao.
that much more investment was needed for this course, but this
grant would act as the seed money to attract other grants. A proposal
is pending with the Department of Biotechnology of the Union Government
and Dr. Subba Rao was hopeful that funds would be released soon.
The university is planning to start a School of Biotechnology
by upgrading the current two courses and will house this in a
Rs. 1.5 crore J. Raghotham Reddy AP-Netherlands Biotechnology
building, which is yet to be constructed.
talent test organized
The AP United
Teachers' Federation and the Jana Vignana Vedika will jointly
organise a science talent test in high schools of Hyderabad district
to propagate scientific temper. The Commissioner and Director
of School Education are supporting the programme.
In a press
release, the federation has said that an objective type test will
be conducted in Telugu, English and Urdu. The following is the
schedule: February 22 (for eighth & ninth classes), February
24 (for those who stood first and second at the mandal-level),
February 26 (district-level) and February 28 (State-level quiz
said a painting competition would be organised on February 23
at the Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium for high school students
on the topic `Science for peace'.
HC asks AICTE to study all applications afresh
Dharma Rao, of the High Court has directed the All-India Council
for Technical Education (AICTE) to consider afresh all applications
made for setting up of engineering colleges in the State without
reference to the latest amendment to the AICTE regulations and
the letter of the Government, which indicated that no more engineering
colleges shall be allowed to come up.
as dealing with a batch of more than 20 writ petitions filed by
various bodies which made applications to set up new colleges
for the academic year 2003-2004. The AICTE had given a notification
in August 2002 calling for applications from bodies interested
in setting up colleges. Many societies made applications and went
ahead in constructing buildings, etc, as per rules. The Government
wrote to the AICTE on 9-11-2002. The AICTE amended Regulation
8 to this effect.
rejected the applications on the ground that the State Government
had not given the NOC. At that stage writ petitions were filed
claiming that their applications had to be considered without
the NOC from the Government. They further contended that the AICTE
could not abdicate its responsibility and accept the letter of
the State Government.
Rao said the State Government had no role to play in issuance
of letter of intent. He further said, "AICTE should have
acted diligently in consonance with provisions of Act of 1987
and independently without relying upon the State Government.''
history and the powers of the AICTE, the Judge said that "the
survey conducted under the AP Education Act cannot be a survey
contemplated under the AICTE Act.'' The Judge set aside the impugned
letter of the State Government and directed the AICTE to "consider
the applications afresh and pass appropriate orders.''
simultaneously vacated the interim orders in another writ petition
which restrained the Government and the AICTE from processing
the applications for new colleges.
for B. Ed colleges to be scrutinised on Jan. 28
Council of Teachers' Education (NCTE) has said that applications
seeking permission to open B. Ed colleges would be scrutinised
and sanctioned after the full details are provided by the applicants.
In a bid
to bring pressure on the council to accord permission, the Chief
Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had asked the Secretary, Education,
I.V. Subba Rao, to go to Bangalore and meet the NCTE Chairman,
Mr. Rao met Prof. Maheshwari on Monday and held discussions. It
is learnt that the applications of all the colleges which furnished
the required information would be scrutinised and approved at
a meeting of the Southern Regional Council of the NCTE on January
Education, is said to have impressed upon the council on the need
for permission to be accorded to the colleges. It may be recalled
that the State Government has given `No Objection Certificates'
for 203 applicants who wanted to open B.Ed colleges.
the Commissioner and Director of School Education, has in a communication
to all the managements of the proposed B. Ed colleges asked them
to be present in his office on or before January 25, for verification
of documents as required by the NCTE. The Commissioner would verify
the documents on behalf of the NCTE and send a report by January
to create question bank for online exams
Jan 22: The
online examination system introduced by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological
University (JNTU) will soon be modified and a 'moderated question
this to the newspersons, the VC Prof Y Venkatrami Reddy said,
"The move comes in the wake of complaints that there was
a lack of uniformity in the standard of question papers for each
had sometime ago introduced a system by which question papers
would be sent online to examination centres half an hour before
the commencement of a test. There would be four sets of question
papers in each subject, all of them in encrypted form.
students as well as managements of engineering colleges were not
satisfied as the question paper were not of standard. Setting
the same standards for every paper, Venkatrami Reddy said, will
now eliminate this disparity.
of experts under the director of evaluation will create a moderated
question bank, he added. As each subject has four sets of question
papers, the students complained that for one student the question
paper was tough while for another it was easy.
question papers lack uniformity and as a result the scoring pattern
of students vary," a student pursuing B.Tech. Electronics
at Nizam Institute of Engineering Technology said.
to this, Reddy said that as the online examination system was
meant to prevent cheating and leakage of questions, the overall
pass percentage could be low. The fall in the pass percentage
itself is an indication that leakage and mass-copying had been
eliminated, he reasoned.
Science Congress 2002 (Dec 28 - Dec 31)
is set for scientists in the making for an inspirational brush
with the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at the National Children's
Science Congress 2002 commencing here on Friday - 28 December
2002. Nearly 650 budding scientists from all over the country
have arrived in Mysore and are gearing up for an impromptu tete-a-tete
with Dr. Kalam, who will inaugurate the event at the Regional
Institute of Education (RIE).
formal inauguration is expected to be a routine affair, the scientists
in the making are looking forward to the "professorial role"
Dr. Kalam will mantle soon after the inauguration. It is then
that the "scientist" and the "inspirational teacher"
in Dr. Kalam are expected to emerge out of the formal attire of
President. The theme of the event is "Food Systems - Towards
Nutrition for All" and the young scientists will present
their projects. A total of 1,500 delegates are expected to participate
in the congress, which will conclude on December 31. The genesis
of the congress can be traced to an experiment in Gwalior in the
early Nineties that involved children in small scientific projects
of relevance to their immediate society. It soon gathered momentum
and became an event of national significance after 1993. It is
being organised by the National Council for Science and Technology
Communication (NCSTC) network, a registered society comprising
65 organisations working towards popularising science.
and the Department of Science and Technology of the Union Government
played a key role in promoting the congress and helped foster
scientific temper and curiosity in science and technology among
of the event itself is a laborious process and has multi-level
elimination process so that only the best projects in terms of
relevance make it to the National Science Congress.
At the district-level,
children compete with one another for a place at the State-level
congress, and a few from the State make it to the finals.
lakh students participate in the congress at all levels every
year and two or three best projects selected in the finals will
make it to the annual session of the Indian Science Congress Association
held in the first week of January.
new polytechnic courses for economically backward sections
of Technical Education is planning to introduce 10 new diploma
courses in polytechnics from the next academic year aimed at imparting
specific skills to meet specific needs in the emerging fields
of technical and engineering streams.
Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, is coordinating
with the Department in identifying the courses and the nature
of the courses are likely to be finalised when the officials of
both the institutions meet in February 2003. The NIFT, Delhi will
make a demand assessment report and present it to the Technical
areas which are likely to be touched are fashion, construction
management and architecture. "There is a heavy demand for
specified courses in these fields since they have better and instant
job opportunities and we want to extend these to the interested
sections,'' said A.R. Sukumar, Commissioner, Technical Education.
courses, which are generally offered through diplomas, have to
be encouraged since their number is not in tune with the engineers
produced in the State, Mr. Sukumar said.
for every engineering graduate there were three diploma holders,
while the ratio has now gone down to 1:03. This was mainly due
to the large number of engineering seats increased over the years,
while the diploma holders did not increase correspondingly.
courses suiting the market needs, were also not introduced as
much as they should have been. The diploma courses, Mr. Sukumar
said, are mostly sought by the economically backward sections
and people from rural areas since they have wider scope for employment
and that too in a short time.
would also keep them in view while designing the courses, he said.
"Our idea is to give a second chance to the students who
stop their higher education for certain reasons.'' Since the change
is quite fast in many fields, the Department plans to update the
curriculum every year.
students would not know precisely what the course content would
be in the second year since it would be updated according to the
market needs incorporating the latest developments in that particular
field. "Employers want readymade technicians rather than
those who learn with them''.
the potential of specified courses, Mr. Sukumar said that even
institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)
are also introducing diploma courses.
has already introduced five new diploma courses this year at the
Government Polytechnic, Masab Tank and it has received good response
from the students.
Sriramulu Telugu varsity to be shifted to Bachpalli
Telugu University is being shifted along with its administrative
building presently located at Public Gardens here to a site at
Bachpalli in Qutbullahpur mandal of Ranga Reddy district.
site has been marked for the university at the new place and initial
formalities are on for transfer of the land in university's name.
This was announced by the university Vice- Chancellor, G. V. Subrahmanyam,
while presenting a report at a function organised on the university
premises for giving away its yearly `Pratibha Puraskarams of 2001'
to 11 eminent personalities. It is learnt that the Government
is contemplating to locate City Police Commissioner's office in
the buildings to be vacated by the university.
the function were the Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, who `facilitated'
allotment of the land lying in his constituency, and the chairman
of the Press Academy, I. Venkata Rao.
who was the chief guest, lauded the efforts made by the university
in promoting the courses. He spoke of the `mini-India' village
project coming up on the outskirts of Hyderabad, which would reflect
the varied cultures of states through individual pavilions.
said no other language university in the country launched so many
departments and courses as Telugu University.
Later, the Minister felicitated the personalities and gave away
the awards which consist of a memento and cash of Rs. 10,116 each.
The awardees were: Mudivedu Prabhakara Rao (literary criticism),
G.Y. Giri (art and painting), Vedantam Parvateesam (dance), Parakala
Pattabhirama Rao (journalism), Ravi Kondala Rao (drama), `Bhajana'
Pullaiah (folklore), V. B. Saikrishna Yachendra (avadhanam), Ratnakaram
Balaraju (pandit) and G. Phanikumar (novel and story). E. Gayatyri
who were named for the award for poetry and music were not present.
big, dream creatively, Kalam tells students
came, they said they were dreaming to meet him. He did not teach
them how to dream. He simply altered the dimension of their dreams!
The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who interacted with the students
of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School Hyderabad in turn extracted
a promise from them in the end; that they would further his dream
to its logical end to make India a strong and developed nation.
"Seventyone years have passed by. As a child I dreamt. Many
others did it. On a dark night, looking at the sky, trying to
fathom the secrets of the universe was how the quest for knowledge
began in me," he told them. Would they do so?
them how Einstein could do it, the Raman Effect and the Chandrashekhar
Limit too had begun in the same way. Why was there only one Mahatma
Gandhi or one Vivekananda? For that matter why is there only one
Abdul Kalam? Can't we have more, a student asked.
"Yes, why not? Let us begin this way. How many days does
it take for the earth to go round the sun once,'' he asked. When
the students said in a chorus "365 days'', he continued "how
many orbits have I made on this planet so far.''
orbits. One of you has done 16 orbits and another 10. The sun
takes 250 million years to orbit the galaxy and its life is some
10 billion years. Unless we creatively dream and dream big, of
what use is our life, he gently led them onwards.
further, he asked them to take their dreams to their logical end.
The students had only one capital to invest and that was knowledge.
The more of it invested, the better would be the percentage of
success, he convinced them.
was simple he said, listing the steps to success. Dreams lead
to thinking, sweat it out while thinking and it leads to progress.
Persevere with the effort and you will excel. Keep working and
it is success all the way.''
did not leave it at that but made students recite the recipe to
success - "dream, dream, dream/dreams, transferring into
thoughts/thoughts result into action.'' When the students quizzed
him on his favourite poem, he asked them to join in the chorus
to say "As a young citizen of India, armed with technology,
knowledge and love for creativity, I realise that small aim is
a crime. I will work and sweat for a great vision, the vision
of transforming India into a developed nation.''
would prosper only when core areas like education, agriculture,
medicare, infrastructure, technology and industry get integrated,
he said. "And when this happens, it would become a great
country, on the earth, above the earth and below the earth,''
he concluded to the applause of the packed school.
left the venue with a wake-up call signing the visitors book with
the message "my dear children and dear teachers, my greetings
and best wishes. Thinking is indeed a great asset for the young.
Work hard and you will succeed.''