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Session on critical teen developmental issues

Shockingly, between 2007 and 2016, an astounding 75,000 students took their own lives. This accentuates the need to educate both students and parents regarding issues that are vital to managing the transition from being a teenager to a young adult.

Thakur International School – Cambridge organized a workshop by renowned psychiatrist Dr Kersi Chevda. This workshop was held for students across grades 8 to 12 along with their parents. An open discourse about developmental issues was critical for students as they are in the midst of their formative years. This workshop covered various critical topics including basic developmental issues, academic issues, anxiety, aggression, sexuality, depression, suicide, motivational aspects and impact of substance issues.

Infosys Foundation inaugurates facilities in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh schools

Rural development has been a key focus area for Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, in its endeavour to foster development across the country. Infosys Foundation inaugurated facilities in two high schools in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, as part of an MoU signed earlier.

The Foundation built toilets in Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka High School, Kolar District in Karnataka and constructed classrooms and toilet blocks in the Zilla Parishad High School in Kanipakam, Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh.




DCB Bank and Slonkit partner to create cashless education ecosystem

DCB Bank, a new generation private sector bank and Slonkit, India’s first money management app linked to a VISA Card, have partnered to create a digital and cashless ecosystem for educational institutions across India. Slonkit partners with colleges from all major cities and towns in India under the Slonkit Campus Partnership Programme (SCPP).

Under SCPP, students are empowered with a Slonkit VISA Card linked to the Slonkit mobile app. The Slonkit Card can be used anywhere in India – both online and at merchant outlets. Students can pay their college fees and make miscellaneous payments using the Slonkit Card. They can also avail exciting offers at national and hyperlocal merchant outlets. The Slonkit app enables students to create budgets and to track and analyse their expenses across categories such as food, travel, shopping, entertainment, etc.

In addition to empowering students to practice money management, Slonkit also transforms colleges digitally and facilitates seamless management of the administrative function. Slonkit also enables these colleges to monitor “expense” reports at “in-campus” merchants. It empowers colleges with a robust digital channel to communicate with students in real-time. Students receive these communications as notifications on the Slonkit mobile app. RFID-enabled Slonkit Cards can equip educational institutions to manage access and attendance easily as well.

Draft National Education Policy 2019 released

The Committee for Draft National Education Policy (Chair: Dr. K. Kasturirangan) submitted its report on May 31, 2019. The Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in June 2017. The report proposes an education policy, which seeks to address the challenges of: (i) access, (ii) equity, (iii) quality, (iv) affordability, and (v) accountability faced by the current education system.

The draft Policy provides for reforms at all levels of education from school to higher education. It seeks to increase the focus on early childhood care, reform the current exam system, strengthen teacher training, and restructure the education regulatory framework. It also seeks to set up a National Education Commission, increase public investment in education, strengthen the use of technology and increase focus on vocational and adult education, among others.

The committee also recommends Extension of Right to Education Act 2009 to cover children of ages 3 to 18. A 5+3+3+4 curricular and pedagogical structure based on cognitive and socio-emotional developmental stages of children has been recommended. This will involve: Foundational Stage (age 3-8 yrs, pre-primary plus Grades 1-2); Preparatory Stage (8-11 years, Grades 3-5); Middle Stage (11-14 years, Grades 6-8); and Secondary Stage (14-18 years, Grades 9-12). The pedagogy that will focus on the development of core capacities and life skills, including 21st century skills. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is seeking inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 from citizens.