Two News Stories From Abroad Suggest American Education Is On The Wrong Track

News about schools in England and Finland challenge a prevailing assumption in American education–that it’s better for students to learn on their own than to be explicitly taught. GETTY It can be risky to look to other countries’ education systems for models. Nevertheless, two recent news stories from abroad raise doubts about prevailing American views on how students learn. Too often, American education reformers and policymakers have called for emulating other seemingly successful systems without taking into account the myriad differences between any two countries. An approach that has worked…

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Draft National Education Policy-2019 | A Vision Document for new India

Government of India has come up with the draft of National Education Policy-2019 for inputs and very soon the policy may be out in its final shape. The draft was submitted to MHRD by Kasturirangan Committee constituted in 2017. This draft policy is formulated in an inclusive, participatory and holistic manner to meet the changing dynamics of the needs and aspirations of new India. The draft policy is developed on five foundational pillars of access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability. It also promotes innovations and research, aiming to make India…

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Art education in India has an outdated model of teaching

Ritu Khoda, art educator and founder, Art1st Foundation speaks about the revolutionary changes needed in art education in India Ritu Khoda launched Art1st Foundation a decade ago with a social commitment to make art more action-oriented and relevant. A psychology graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Khoda believes that art is a language that ignites passion in children and adults. She has worked with leading psychologists and renowned artists to develop an art-integrated model of education, which…

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Paytm Education Brings Focus On Learning And Exams With Fee Payments, Financial Services

Paytm has announced its entry into the Indian education market, with Paytm Education. The platform, which will compete in the lucrative $101.1 Bn education market, is said to offer a full bouquet of services across payments (in-app and educational centres), commerce (coaching, scholarships, test preparation, admission forms etc.), financial support (student insurance, educational loans, EMIs, smart cards) and academic services. Paytm Education is looking to tap all areas in partnership with educational institutions, both private and government. It’s going after private entrance tests as well as public university tests, and government jobs,…

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Budget 2019: New education policy to focus on research

Rs 400 crore allocated for setting-up world-class education institutes The Centre on Friday allocated Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class education institutes and announced ‘Study in India’ programme that will aim at attracting foreign students to the country. Presenting the first Budget of the NDA government in its second term, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will bring in a new national education policy to transform India’s higher education system to one of the best in the world. The policy proposes major changes in both school and…

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[Funding alert] Education financing startup Propelld raises Rs 15 Cr from Stellaris Venture Partners and India Quotient

Propelld, a Bengaluru-based fintech startup that enables student education loans, on Monday, announced that it has raised Rs 15 crore from Stellaris Venture Partners and India Quotient. Existing investor India Angel Network Fund (IAN Fund) also participated in the round. Other investors in the round include Raghunandan G, founder of Taxiforsure and Ramakant Sharma, founder of Livspace, who participated as members of Stellaris’ Founder Network. Bibhu Prasad Das, Founder, Propelld said, “We are expanding the education credit market by creating tailor-made loan products with inputs from our institute and NBFC partners,…

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