WATER IS MAJOR ISSUE
BERHAMPUR,24/06/19: Even after three years of its functioning, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) is running from a transit campus here amid inadequate facilities.
the Central Government had set up the seventh IISER of the country in Berhampur in 2016.The premier institute has been functioning from a Government ITI here since 2016.
Though the state government had allotted 200-acre land at Laudigaon village under Kanishi tehsil,under construction work failed to take off due to non-availability of water at the proposed site.
Notably the proposed institute comes under the constituency of MLA Gopalpur.
As groundwater level depleted drastically at the site, arranging water for construction work will be highly expensive.
Even the proposed site is nearer to the sea and the authorities concerned have not obtained the necessary clearance from Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).
According to the information the institute requires around 25,000 litres of water daily for drinking as well as research purpose.In order to the issues, a meeting was convened where IISER authorities apprised Ganjam Collector Vijay Amrita Kulange of the problems at Chhatrapur recently.
It was revealed that last year, IISER had sought two more floors from the ITI, which, however, refused.Later, the ITI authorities agreed, but demanded Rs 95 lakh from IISER to shift the equipment from these two floors.
However, the issue remained unresolved as the IISER authorities agreed to pay only Rs 65 lakh as per estimation of the CPWD.
The Collector directed the Executive Engineer of PHEO to initiate necessary measures to provide adequate water to both transit and permanent campuses.
The IISER authorities also proposed to construct three approach roads from the NH to its new campus immediately. The Collector said work on the approach roads will begin after sanction of funds.
He also assured that he will urge the state government to sanction Rs11 crore for supplying power to IISER from Narendrapur GRID, also directed the ADM to monitor progress.
Rayagada,22/06/19:In the recently conducted HSC examination, the performance of Rayagada district is far from satisfaction as a result of which the district is reduced to 25th rank in the state of Odisha. It is presumed that this state of affairs is due to sheer negligence of the teaching staff. Some also attribute the cause to be infrastructure and staff deficit. The foundation of education is the primary education, which is not seriously taken by the system. At this juncture, to strengthen the Govt’s primary schooling, corporate like JK Paper Mills Ltd of Jaykay Pur have come forward for infrastructure development.
Recently, a New Project Upper Primary School building was constructed at Badachandili by JK Paper Mills and handed over to Education Department of Rayagada. The building was inaugurated by Sri P K Behera, Collector & District Magistrate, Raygada in presence of Smt Anasthesia Kerketa, DPC, Rayagada, Sri Rajendra Majhi, BDO, Rayagada, Sri P Ramulu, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Rayagada, Sri P Gouri Shankar, Zilla Parshad Member, Rayagada, Smt. Suai Pedenti, Sarpanch, Chandili GP. The School is provided with all kind of facilities like meeting Hall, Computer Room to facilitate smart class and a unique Hostel.
The dignitaries applauded the pro-people activities of JK Paper Mills towards the development of the peripheral villages .Mr P K Suri, Executive Vice President narrated about JKPM’s social responsibility & attention for the growth of education in the surrounding villages. He appealed the locals to come forward for the development of the new School.
The Collector Behera advised the students not only to perform well in education but also to be physically fit & healthy. He assured to help for betterment of the School as much as possible from his end.
“JK’s effort in making the primary education smart and qualitative is certainly appreciable. They also need to look into the staff deficit and chip in till the Govt fills up the gap. A few other initiatives like this should be taken up by JK to set a model before the slowly denigrating education in Rayagada. Other corporate must follow JK’s model and replicate this process in their periphery”, said Professor Rama Chandra Pattanaik, a well known educationist of the region.
Inaugurated by Shri Bikram Keshari Arukha, Minister of Forest & Environment, Parliamentary Affairs Government of Odisha.
Bhanjanagar School is the 16th‘Adarsha Vidyalaya’ (Model School) handed over by Tata Steel to the district authorities as per the MoU signed by the company in 2016 with Odisha Government
Bhanjanagar,19/06/19:The Adarsha Vidyalaya (Model School) at Malaspadar, Bhanjanagarin Ganjam district was inaugurated today by Shri Bikram Keshari Arukha, Minister of Forest & Environment, Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Odisha.Spread across 25000 sq feet area, the school has been built by Tata Steel at a cost of nearly Rs 4.5 crore with modern amenities.
Present on the occasion were Shri Jitendra Keshari Arukh, Vice-Chairman, Bhanjanagar Block, Mr. Sanatan Panda, District Education Officer, Ganjam, Mr. Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Vice President (Marketing and Business Development), TSSEZL, Mr. Debashis Jena, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and Mr. Sanjeev Jha, Executive Director, JUSCO.
Commending Tata Steel for the initiative Shri Arukha said: “I am hopeful that these Adarsh Vidyalayas would usher a new beginning for educational growth of interior areas of the state by bringing quality education and infrastructure to the rural students and the society”.
Mr. Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Vice President (Marketing and Business Development), TSSEZL said that Tata Steel believes in the philosophy of inclusive growth of its communities. We are committed in our efforts to construct 30 Adarsha Vidyalayas in Odisha, with an aim for providing quality infrastructure to the interior parts of the state and be part of the overall growth of the society. The Company has handed over 16 schools including the present one to the government authorities. Rest will be completed in time.
The schools equipped with almost all modern facilities and infrastructure including a dedicated computer room, furnished library, advanced laboratories, staff room, principal’s chamber, prayer and assembly point and separate washrooms for girls and boys on each floor, etc.
In order to make quality infrastructure available to students in far-flung areas in the state, in 2016, Tata Steel had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Odisha to construct 30 Adarsha Vidyalayas (Model Schools) at an estimated cost of Rs 136 crore across the state. This initiative by the steel major is part of the Government of Odisha’s grand plan of setting up Adarsha Vidyalaya (Model Schools) in each block in the state. Earlier fifteen model schools at Danagadi, Korei, Dasarathpur, Jamadhar, Dharmasala, Baranga, Kamakhyanagar, Nayagarh, Jagannathprasad, Aska, Buguda, Sundargarh Sadar, Bonaigarh, Hatadih,and Ghasipura, built by Tata Steel, were handed over to the state government.
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Bhubaneswar,17/06/19:17th June- The Draft New Education Policy 2019 includes some long-awaited shift in the education sector many of which were long-standing demands of the civil society and are highly welcome. However, there are some inclusions which needs to be reconsidered before it is finalized, told civil society leaders while discussing in a consultative workshop on Draft National Education Policy 2019, herein Bhubaneswar.
Sustainability Foundation, a state level non-profit organized this workshop in collaboration with National Coalition for Education to come out with key points of recommendations on the policy as the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is seeking inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 from citizens by June 30.
“We welcome the policy as it talks about inclusion of both early childhood education and secondary education under RTE, doubling the budgetary allocation for education, strengthening decentralized mechanisms of teacher management and support and a possible come back of the no-detention policy which was scrapped by the BJP led NDA Government.
However, our demand on Common School System is long standing and justified. The Education Commission of India in its report in 1964-66 recommended the establishment of a Common School System for all children irrespective of their class, caste, religious or linguistic background. However, this has no place in the policy. Secondly, the policy specifically promotes private schools in the name of quality education whereas there is no evidence to prove that private schools deliver quality education. We hope that our feedbacks are taken into consideration for the better future of children ofour country,"said Mr Naba Kisore Pujari Chairman of Sustainability Foundation Policy exports on education from International NGOs and Odisha RTE Forum and members of grassroots level NGOs from 15 districts participated in the workshop and placed various loopholes of the policy based on the education rights of the children.
Dr Subhashree Das, Trustee Sustainability Foundation, Dr Prashant Kumar Acharya, Dr Smarita Pradhan, Secretary of Sikshasandhan Mr Anil Pradhan, Mr Santosh Kumar Patra, Educationist and Co-convener of Odisha RTE Forum Mr. Smruti Ranjan Jena, Principal of BJEM School Ms. Kshanika Das and many other prominent leaders from the Civil society attended the workshop.
The prepared points of recommendations which will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
KEY POINTS OF RECOMMENDATION ON DRAFT NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2019 FROM CSOS:
Proper allotment of time slot should be provided for a brief explanatory review
Role priorities of different committees should be clear
Some ambiguities between government and private bodies give space for common school system
Categories like child labour
Orphan children and other needs to be included
No priority on unrepresentative groups in policy
For inclusive educative a different curriculum pedagogy may be developed
PTR norms to be redefined
Patternship with CSO’s is an welcoming idea which may be involved as per the specialization
Inclusive Education is more of a socio-personal issue. Hence mindset of people, beliefs and attitude need to be addressed.
Target to achieve inclusive education as mentioned in policy 2030 may be addressed urgently and immediately.
Extension of RTE downward and uopward is an welcoming idea but refining infrastructure, selection of teachers, teachers’ capability, teacher’s training may be specified in the plan of Action.
Need clarity on assessment of at Foundation state of learning
Clarity on merging process of preschool and school need to specify
Mother parents to be included in SMC along with Educationist with their role clarity
Mother tongue based multi lingual education to be must atleast upto middle stage
Like English, Sanskrit may be introduce from middle level
Rural technology and traditional technology to be included from the very beginning of the education process
Digital learning may be used with availability of all supportive infrastructure and human capability
Subject wise teacher to be insured from middle state of education
Education from Foundation stage to be planed for vocation
Vocation education to start from secondary stage
Clear plan of Action of vocational education to draw
Concept with role, responsibility and accountability on School Complex
Clarity on including Anganwadi in School Complex to be made clear
Role, functioning, structure and accountability of State Regulatory Authority and relationship /linkage between central regulatory authority
National policy on Research to be framed.
Koraput,18/06/19:The Central University of Odisha organized a two days workshop on “Skill Development and Officer Management” for its non-teaching employees on 17-18 June 2019 at the conference hall of the Guest house, CUO campus, Sunabeda under the chairmanship of Prof. S.K. Palita, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor I/c., CUO. Prof. Subhransu Shekhar Sarkar, Professor and Head, Dept. of Commerce, Tezpur University and Dr. Biren Das, Registrar, Tezpur University, Assam joined as the resources persons of the workshop. Prof. Asit Kumar Das, Registrar, CUO delivered the welcome address.
Prof. Palita the Vice-Chancellor I/c. of the University expressed the importance of skill development and office management for non-teaching employee of the University in hisd inaugural address. He said “In a changing competitive world, India is emerging as a global leader. For this every institutions of India requires skilled manpower who can take the institution forward. For the growth and development of Central university of Orissa, non-teaching staff as an important stakeholders need to be skilled and efficien for office management”.
Prof. Sarkar highlighted the recent trend on functioning, policy making and funding in the central higher education system. He said “non-teaching employee of the University should have known the trends and accordingly they will act for the development of the University. He delivered three lectures in an interactive mode i.e. Good Governance for Academic Administration, Ranking Process and different parameters for the University and Role of IQAC and its functioning in quality building. He also highlighted self governance including punctuation/discipline, participation, accountability, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, office keeping and dignity of labor in his lectures.
Two times Registrar of the Tezpur University, Dr. Biren Das shared some of the important information of his administrative experience for building the University. He said “non-teaching staff are the backbone of the University. They must be thorough about the rules, regulations, act and other provision to run the University. He also delivered two lectures on Academic Administration, Administrative Leadership in Higher Education and Official Communication. He highlighted methods to be followed for official procedure, requirement of skill, drafting and noting and behavioural skill in his lectures.
Prof. A. K. Das the Registrar of the University emphasized the need of the special training on administration and skill development for the staff of the University in his welcome address. The workshop provided an opportunity to review and develop interpersonal and behavioural skills of the participants to maximize their effectiveness.
Manas Kumar Das, Asst. Registrar and coordinator proposed the vote of thanks. The workshop was attended by 19 participants including K. Kosala Rao, Finance Officer K.V. Umamaheswar Rao, Joint Registrar; Dr. Phagunath Bhoi, Public Relations officer and all permanent non-teaching staff of the University. All participant are awarded with certificate by the guests.
Digital Literacy, Yoga, Gender Sensitisation and developing Leadership qualities are the key areas.
Talcher,13/06/19:NTPC Talcher Kaniha is organising a four-week unique residential workshop “Girls Empowerment Mission (GEM)” under its CSR initiative. The ongoing workshop has been organised from May 20 to June 16,2019.The workshop is meant for empowerment of girls shall be conducted workshop for 120 students for girls between 10 to 12 years old selected from neighbouring 13 village schools of the power station.
Under GEM programme at NTPC Kaniha the participants are given sessions on "digital literacy”. Students are given practical in hand experience on working in computer .It is interesting to note that some Students had first interaction with computer. Students were taught basics of computer, MS word, paint, PowerPoint and internet. Simultaneously they are made aware of going paperless as need of the hour.
The GEM workshop at NTPC Kaniha has come up with innovative initiatives to encourage Developing Leadership qualities.A mock election was conducted for the children.Candidates went for innovative campaign for voting them through use of slogans and speeches on what they will do if voted to power.The children campaigned with limited resources. This initiative intended to create awareness on democracy systems, make them learn how to make leaders accountable. Candidates participated in secret ballot for selecting their favourite candidate. This exercise also focused on creating awareness on exercising voting power.
Under yoga ,the participants are made aware of Yoga and its postures & its benefit to stay healthy & improve concentration. Students wake in the early morning to participate in the yoga session which is the first activity for them during the workshop.Students are taught "pranayam" and "meditation" which help students in attaining inner peace.Students play games like volleyball ,basketball, badminton ,kabbadi ,khoko etc. Sports coaches visit the campus regularly to share information on physical fitness and importance of sports. Martial arts classes are conducted to impart self-defence among the GEM participants.
After successful completion of the workshop, participants of the workshop will act as ambassadors of NTPC in sharing their experiences and learning from the workshop with outside world.
The programme has been witnessing continuous improvement among villages girls specially tribal children who were less interactive became vocal as the workshop progressed , children have developed being opening up with each other through group games and tasks. They are brimming with confidence and look forward for a bright future in times to come.
This is not the end, a follow up workshop for one week for the participants will be organised during winter holidays of year 2019, which will determine effectiveness of the learning learnt during the workshop.The workshop concludes on June 16,2019.
Bhubaneswar,28/05/19:Even though there are much talks on universalization of elementary education, there is no focus prioritized yet on inclusive education in our country. ‘Education for All’ still remains a dream as Government focus on education is invisible, shared social activists, educationists, teachers and representatives from NGOs during the ‘round table conference on Inclusive education’ organized on the eve of Global Action Week 2019.
National Coalition for Education in collaboration with Sustainability Foundation organized the event where more than 25 experts from NGOs, research institutions, school teachers attended and lamented on the lopsided development of inclusive education and RTE in the state.
Various issues such as the need of training for teacher on special needs children, GO-NGO Coordination for inclusive education under Mo-School scheme of the state government are the priorities that the state Government has to implement in order to actualize My Education-My Right theme. In addition to this, adequate budgetary allocation for inclusive education must be made to prove accountability.
We will collate the feedbacks of the experts and submit a charter of demand to the state Government for our concerns to be heard, said Mr. Naba Kishor Pujari, Co-Founder of Sustainability Foundation.
While Dr Subhashree Das, Trustee of the Foundation moderated the round table conference, Prof. Dr Prashant Acharya thanked participants for their valuable feedback on the current situation of the state on inclusive education. Mr Santosh Patra from Oxfam India, Sudatta Khuntia from ActionAid, Mr Gouranga Mohapatra, Ms. Sandhya Jena, Principal, BJEM School, representatives from World Vision India, Odisha RTE Forum were present in this conference.
This year the theme for GCE is Global Action Week for education with focus on ensuring Inclusive Education – with the objectives to advocate with the policy makers and stakeholders for more inclusive policies and better implementation of the existing policies, to raise voice with the support of community children, CBOs, CSOs, teachers and academicians for increasing awareness regarding importance of inclusive education and to advocate for changing the existing systematic barriers to inclusive education.
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Berhampur;24/05/19:The several High school in Berhampur city have been achieving cent percentage in HSC Board, But The Saraswati Sisuvidya Mandira,Nilakantha Nagar,Berhampur crackdown the record and has been success 100% result during the current year Continuously last 27 years.
The success rate in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examination has touched an all-time high with whopping 94.83. per cent students clearing the test. Of the 284 students who appeared for the examination, all have come with success.
In a meeting Principal S. Mohan Rao told our school is doing better performances due the school environment and quality education as a result we now stepped in 27 years. Mr Rao also compliment to all teaching staff members and their dedication towards the school day night service to keep the school reputation in high.
This year the results are follows;
Out of 284 students 269 students stood 1st Division.
1st Position-Ms Gayatri Padhy, Score Card 569 (94.83%)
2nd Position-Ms Adyashya Mohapatra, Score Card 563 (93,83%)
3rd Position- Anshuman Mohapatra, Nanak Gouda and Pragyansmita Moharana Score Card 559 and all three secure (93.17%)
No doubt for such result earlier the school has been appreciated by the Honable’ Governor of Odish,Chief Minister of Odisha and recently Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petro Chemical.
Pradhan Acharya Umadhav Mohanty told we are proud with our students and our Managing committee of their time to inspection as well the good support to all.