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Students are Slaves of coaching centres: Prakash Javadekar

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Private coaching centres earned sharp criticism from the minister for human resources development Prakash Javadekar. He is of the belief that these centres treat students as “slaves” under the garb of training them for admission to IITs and other such prestigious institutions. He said a decline in teaching standards in schools and colleges are also to blame for the increasing reliance on coaching centres.

What Hrd Minister Said

“It is a cause of worry…students from Class VIII become slaves of these coaching institutes. They are being taught to only face competitive exams. The coaching institutes are promoting rote learning and not imparting actual knowledge to the students.” Maintaining that teaching is now limited to textbook-learning, he said, “Very few teachers like to be asked questions, and this has prevented overall understanding of subjects and learning…. This is the reason coaching centres are getting stronger”

What Assocham Figures Say

According to an Assocham survey, close to 87% of primary and up to 95% higher secondary school students attend private coaching classes. The Supreme Court had in February said private coaching centres in the country need to be “regulated” as these cannot be “wiped out” and asked the Centre to ponder over framing guidelines for it.  Although no formal plans has been made by the HRD so far on framing guidelines for coaching centres, Odisha introduced the “Odisha Coaching Institutes Act 2017” in August to regulate them

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Hrd Minister Made The Remark Here…

Javadekar raised his concerns at the launch of the second edition of Smart India Hackathon 2018, organised at the College of Engineering, Pune. The Smart India Hackathon is an initiative of the HRD Ministry, along with the All-India Council of Technical Education. It is aimed at involving the country’s engineering students on working to find solutions to issues plaguing the society. 

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Parliamentary Panel For Statutory Status To NCVT 

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A parliamentary panel has recommended to accord statutory powers to the National Council for vocational training (NCVT). This is being done so that NCVT could play the role of a regulator for skill education, on the lines of bodies like the UGC and the AICTE.

The panel chaired by Kirit Somaiya is of the view that the NCVT should be further empowered by bringing its powers under the ambit of law since this would help it to perform better regulatory functions and oversight over the industrial training institutes (ITIs) in India. At present, there are nearly 14,000 ITIs in the country, both public as well as private, and their numbers are on the rise.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

— the star rating system should not be left to be voluntarily adopted by ITIs but made applicable on all of them to improve the quality of skill training.

— an alternative approach while dealing with ITIs who fail to comply with norms related to infrastructure facilities and faculties for training instead of de-affiliation by the Directorate General of Training. This being suggested since the de-affiliation adversely impacts the trainees enrolled in such institutes.

GRADING OF INSTITUTES

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship began grading the industrial training institutes across the country by giving them star ratings based on their facilities, performance and placement record last year. The government’s vocational training programmes are administered by ITIs, which cater to about 36 per cent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.

GRADING-THE METHOD+ BENEFITS

The evaluation is done in two phases, a self-appraisal followed by an in-depth assessment by the Directorate General of Training, the umbrella body overseeing the functioning of ITIs and other training institutes.

The grading of ITIs helps the students to choose from the best institutes, and employers by providing them the formal governmental recognition for the level of quality of training and facilities provided at the institutes.

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Jamia Polls won’t violate HC order: JAC

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A Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students, formed to reinstate students’ union elections at Jamia Millia Islamia, has submitted the legal opinion of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde to the university administration. They have also asked the university to announce the date of elections.

WHAT JAC REPORT SAYS

In the communication, Hegde has said:

— Elections in the institute would not violate any High Court order

— Students’ union polls at Jamia have been banned since 2006, allegedly because students had started interfering in administrative matters

— The university has cited a 2012 writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court

— University argues that they cannot hold elections till the petitioner withdraws the petition

LAWYER HEGDE ARGUES…

Hegde has said, “There is nothing on record to suggest that conducting student elections would violate any order of the honorable court. To the contrary, they would only be in furtherance of the assurances given to the court by JMI, in its affidavit dated July 20… for more than six years after filing of this affidavit, the matter appears not to have proceeded further in the court. Unless there is a specified direction of the court to stop the process, the university must endeavour to fulfil the general directive towards conduct of fair and free elections.”

Meeran Haider, a JAC member, who, along with others, had gone on a hunger strike for seven days over the issue, said the legal opinion had been submitted to Dean of Student Welfare. Jamia media coordinator Saima Saeed said the matter would be looked into when the university reopens on January 16.

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XAT 2018 Concludes; What’s Next?

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XAT 2018

 

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 was held on 7 January 2018. The online exam was held from 10 am to 1.35 pm at various exam centres nationwide

NOT ALL IS WELL…

However the exam didn’t go well for many candidates. Poor server, technical glitches have affected many MBA aspirants who had appeared for the exam. Taking their plight into consideration, XLRI has assured to reconduct XAT 2018 for two exam centres at Barasat Kolkata and Farukknagar Gurgaon.

WHAT NEXT….

XAT 2018 answer keys will be released, next. Taking the last year’s schedule into consideration, the results and OMR answer sheets can be expected around 23 January 2018. Last year, the exam was held a day earlier than it is in this year. However according to the schedule released by online, the tentative date for XAT 2018 result is 31 January 2018.

The score card is expected in February 2018.

XAT 2018 score considered for admission in more than 150 Business Schools across India. While preparing the short-listed candidates for the interview, in addition to XAT performance, XLRI Xavier School of Management may factor in academic background and the relevant work  experience. Some of the major recruiters of XLRI Xavier School of Management include Amazon, Accenture, Microsoft, Atos, eClerx, Citi Group, ZS Associates, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Prosegur, ACT TV etc.

Candidates who had appeared for CAT 2017, can check their result now online.

WHAT IS XAT…

. ‘XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of the XAMI. For more than 60 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 150 institutes for the admission. There are 11 management schools which are part of XAMI. Apart from these institutes, XAT 2018 exam score is also accepted by a score of other prestigious institutes. XAT 2018 is the preliminary step towards applying to XLRI and XAT Associate Institutes.

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