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The Election Fix: Have BJP’s attempts to solve India’s education problems done more harm than good?

Welcome to The Election Fix. On Sundays, we take a closer look at one theme that will play a significant role in India’s Lok Sabha elections. In the past, we’ve looked at things like agriculture and the discrimination faced by Muslims in politics. This week, Shreya Roy Chowdhury takes a look at education, from how the big promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party have turned into piecemeal efforts to the major challenges facing India’s policymakers in the future. We are running a reader survey about the Election Fix and what you would like to see from our…

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SBI education loan for vocational studies 2019: Check expenses covered, rates, other details

State Bank of India (SBI) offers the facility of education loan for vocational studies under which resident Indians can avail a term loan for pursuing skill development courses in India. State Bank of India grants a maximum loan of Rs 1.5 lakh for vocational training and studies.  |  Photo Credit: BCCL New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) offers the facility of education loan for vocational studies under which resident Indians can avail a term loan for pursuing skill development courses in India. SBI educational loan for vocational training and studies covers…

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The Discredited Value of Humility in Education

As we await the reign of artificial intelligence, is it too late to refine the idea we have of purely human intelligence? The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. According to the British Psychology Society, various studies prove that “intellectual humility correlates with superior general knowledge.” These findings may surprise or even disappoint quite a few people, such as the experts routinely invited by the media to explain complex problems, journalists on American news stations (Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, to cite only those three), mainstream politicians and a fair number of bloggers….

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Education reform needs a systematic approach

To effect a large-scale transformation in education, what is needed is a comprehensive approach to coordinate academic and administrative change.(HT File Photo) Approximately 29% of India’s population is below the age of 14, and, at 250 million, we have the highest number of school-going students in the world. Unfortunately, we also have a public education system that is failing the young population by denying them quality education. To effect a large-scale transformation in education, a systemic approach, consisting of comprehensive and coordinated set of academic and administrative reforms, is needed. Academic…

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Utkal University rural campus to offer courses on education, communication

BHUBANESWAR/KENDRAPADA: Utkal University’s rural campus near Chandikhole in Jajpur district will offer bachelor and master degrees in education, postgraduate diploma in communication for development and three certificate courses from next year. University authorities said this on the sidelines of the inauguration of the rural campus by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. Utkal University vice chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik said initially the institution will start with two courses-master degree in public health and MBA in rural management- from this temporary campus. But it will add courses every educational year in…

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BJP’s Record on Education Runs Afoul of Its Own Manifesto

In their short social life and even shorter life in public memory, election manifestos perform a variety of tasks. Attempting to strike different notes at once, they sway between grandiose promise-making, novelty and a teaser of all good things that would unfurl post-elections. Intentions, promises and possible actions form common elements of the script that covers broad issues including foreign relations, defence and social security. While revealing an overall direction, focus and emphasis, manifestos also do the work of re-framing, re-naming and signalling. Given its crucial role in not just…

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