- Insightful interview with Mike Feerick of Alison.com on the future of online education. Alison.com provides "high-quality, interactive, certified and standards-based learning free to the individual learner", something similar to the Khan Academy. Feerick also talks about the sustainability of Salman Khan's Khan Academy.
- Mission10X launches Advanced Academic Leadership Workshop in collaboration with Harvard Business School Publishing (Economic Times)
The aim of this programme is to facilitate principals of engineering colleges to enhance their leadership skills and develop them as institution builders who can make a significant difference to all the stakeholders in engineering education, Wipro said in a statement.
It is designed as three progressive levels of workshops, and includes instructor-led training as well as e-learning. During this process of leadership development, principals would enhance their capabilities in strategic thinking, vision building, skills and competency development, the company said.
Mission10X is a not for profit trust created by Wipro Limited in 2007 with a vision of "Pursuit of Excellence in Engineering Education through Innovation." The have conducted over 500 workshops for faculty members across various engineering colleges. One of their goals is to bridge the gap between the number of employable graduates and the number required by industry.
- Bihar shifts focus from enrollment to quality in elementary education (Bihar Days)
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the ‘Samjho Sikho’ campaign covering nearly 71,000 elementary schools across Bihar. ‘After achieving success in enrollment in schools, now our target is to improve quality of education in the schools,’ Nitish Kumar said after launching the scheme, also mentioning that the state government has outlined 20 parameters that will be followed by all schools.The CM has also written a letter addressing teachers circulated to all elementary schools, to be read out to students wherein he suggests ways to improve quality of education. He said that in the last five and a half years, the state government has worked hard to ensure that children are enrolled in schools. “The government’s measures have succeeded to a large extent as only 2.5 percent children are now out of school. When I came to power in November 2005, 12 percent children were
out of schools,” Nitish Kumar said.
- No enforcing of uniform school curriculum, but core curriculum is being used voluntarily, says Kapil Sibal (Indian Express)
“There is no proposal to enforce a uniform system and curriculum at secondary and higher secondary levels,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.
“CABE has endorsed the need for a core curriculum in science and mathematics at secondary and higher secondary levels across all Education Boards in the country, so as to provide a level playing field to all students to join professional courses,” Sibal said.
Replying to supplementaries, the minister said 21 Boards unanimously decided to adopt core curriculum in science and mathematics at secondary level.
“Accordingly, NCERT has developed core syllabi in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at higher secondary stage in collaboration with Council of Boards of secondary education and CBSE,” he said, adding core syllabus for commerce stream too is likely to be completed by next month.