School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad- The New Indian Express

By PTI

MUMBAI: As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in Maharashtra, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said schools will not reopen in the state before Diwali.

Maharashtra has till now reported 15,17,434 COVID-19 cases and 40,040 deaths due to the disease.

The Centre on March 16 announced closure of all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It has now allowed graded reopening of schools from October 15.

Gaikwad, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said schools have been conducting virtual classes and teachers have been taking special classes for students in some areas.

However, the challenge is to find a way to end the academic year and assess students, she said.

“While we are exploring various options, it is clear that schools will not open before Diwali,” Gaikwad said.

According to senior officials in the state education department, reopening schools

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PM Modi invites Canadian businesses to invest in education, farming, manufacturing sectors- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hard sold his government’s latest labour, education and agriculture reforms, saying they will make doing business in India easier as also give farmers the right to choose their market.

With its vibrant democracy, political stability and business-friendly policies, India offers an unparalleled investment destination for foreign investors in the field of agriculture, manufacturing and education, he said in his keynote address to the ‘Invest India 2020’ meeting through video conferencing.

The conference is being organised with a special focus on further strengthening business ties between India and Canada. The forum aims to give Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India and showcase the country as an investment destination.

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The prime minister said that India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the

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What ails higher education in India?- The New Indian Express

In a seminar on education technology, in a lighter vein I told the audience: “If I say I have leaked out papers of the Class 12 exam, people will be ready to pay me hefty charges. If I say I have the BA Economics final year exam paper from your university, nobody will be willing to pay me even the photocopying charges.” This is the value of graduate education in India. Peter Drucker once said that even for the most successful Fortune 500 companies, the strategies that work for them then will not work in the next decade. Governments pursue with diligence decades-old policies that are not even successful ones. Poorly designed policy that is efficiently implemented does further damage by creating rent-seeking stakeholders. Invariably, they take refuge under arguments that cite the rural poor. 

All-round failure: 

The most successful impact of the liberalised education policy has been the promotion

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SBIKSU holds webinar on ‘National Education Policy and decolonization of Indian mind’

A webinar on National Education Policy and De-colonization of Indian Mind was organized by Sanchi Buddhist-Indian Knowledge Studies University.

 In this seminar, Senior Professor of Philosophy Department Harisingh Gaur Sagar and Ambika Dutt Sharma expressed thier views on new education policy and said that it play an important role in keeping Indians at the roots of Indianness. They said that it is de-colonization because separation from its roots is colonization.

Professor Sharma said that this new education policy encourages learning, doing and being and this will make it possible to create independent and self-reliant citizens. He said that it paved the way for the creation of a perfect personality by adding subjects of humanities and science in the back.

Ambika Dutt Sharma said that it solves the language problem through the three-language formula. In this, mother tongue, regional language and national language have a systematic role in education and society.

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TRS working president KTR lauds role of Christians in health, education- The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: TRS working president and IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday suggested to Social Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar to constitute a Christian Advisory Committee in the State. Participating in a meeting with Christian elders here on Friday, Rama Rao lauded the role of Christians in the development of the country and the State. “I too was born in a Missionary hospital. I have studied in Missionary schools,” Rama Rao said. He added that no one could deny the role Missionaries had played in education and health sectors.

“Missionary hospitals are playing a key role even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the IT Minister said.
Rama Rao emphasised that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was a secularist. “KCR proudly announces that he was born a Hindu. At the same time, KCR always treats all other religions equally,” Rama Rao said. He said that the State government was

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