AAP govt and Delhi education: A look at the hits, misses and future plans

Education is one sector in which the AAP government is trying to make a mark. So much so that education was the main theme at this year’s Delhi tableau at the Republic Day parade. The government highlighted its model schools and the mega parent-teacher meetings (PTMs). Hindustan Times takes stock of the AAP government’s hits and misses during its two year stint in the field of education and analyses its election promises. New schools Unable to find land to build 500 “new” schools it promised two years ago, the Delhi…

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AAP govt brought revolution in education and health sectors: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the work his government has done in the field of health and education in the last two years has been “revolutionary” and suggested that the Centre and other states could adopt them as a model of progress. At the state Republic Day function at Chhatrasal Stadium here on Wednesday, Kejriwal, in his speech, highlighted the AAP’s “good governance” in the Capital. “When our government was formed in Delhi, we focused on education, health and brought revolution in these two sectors. In the…

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Govt Scraps Existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Currency Notes, to Introduce Rs 2,000 Notes

New Delhi: In a dramatic move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government is scrapping with immediate effect the existing currency denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 to combat black money, corruption and terror-financing. ALSO READ: Don’t Panic, The Printing of New Currency Notes Began Months Ago “These notes will just be paper from tomorrow,” Prime Minister Modi said in a televised address to the nation. Notes and coins of all other denominations continue to be legal tender. There will be no change in any other form of currency…

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Modi govt to reverse UPA-initiated reforms in education shake-up

The country’s education system continues to be in a churn as the BJP-led NDA government appears set on overturning reforms initiated in the past five years. The government wants to introduce an altered form of aptitude test for students of class 10 to help them choose their subjects in junior college. It has reversed a no-detention policy and looking to make the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) optional class 10 board exam mandatory again. These were among a string of reforms that the previous UPA government initiated during its…

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Modi govt to reverse UPA-initiated reforms in education shake-upModi govt to reverse UPA-initiated reforms in education shake-up

The country’s education system continues to be in a churn as the BJP-led NDA government appears set on overturning reforms initiated in the past five years. The government wants to introduce an altered form of aptitude test for students of class 10 to help them choose their subjects in junior college. It has reversed a no-detention policy and looking to make the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) optional class 10 board exam mandatory again. These were among a string of reforms that the previous UPA government initiated during its…

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Muslim thinkers reject triple talaq but wary of govt. move

A group of Muslim artists, intellectuals, writers and poets have issued a statement emphasising the diversity within the Muslim community in India and rejected the validation of triple talaq. At the same time, the group has expressed distrust towards the Central government on the Law Commission’s consultation over a Uniform Civil Code. The signatories to this statement include academicians Prof. S. Irfan Habib, Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Dr. Gauhar Raza, who is also a poet and filmmaker, Prof. Zoya Hasan and activist Shabnam Hashmi. Opposes AIMPLB stand The statement from “Muslims…

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Romanian govt to buy Brancusi sculpture despite failure of subscription

Romania’s government said on Wednesday it would go ahead with the purchase of an acclaimed sculpture by modernist giant Constantin Brancusi despite the failure of a public subscription to raise its share of the price tag. The government announced in May it would contribute 5 million euros to the required 11 million euros ($12 million), hoping to raise the rest from the public by the end of September. The appeal has only brought in about one-fifth of the remaining 6 million needed to buy “Cumintenia Pamantului”, or “The Meekness of…

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