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New Delhi, Aug 1: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by four years.

The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. Under the new Act, the teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on March 31, 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years — that is, by March 31, 2019.

The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.

Replying to a three-hour long discussion on the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that learning outcomes are important and have been defined.

He said the teachers have been provided with handbooks and parents would be provided with pamphlets detailing what a student in a particular standard is supposed to know.

Noting that teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal, Javadekar said there were about six lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications in the private sector alone.

“Concerns have been raised how 11 lakh teachers will be trained in two years? They will be trained through online and offline courses,” he said.

According to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came into force on April 1, 2010, a teacher, who did not possess minimum qualifications, was required to acquire them in five years.

The Act was enacted to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the age of six and 14 years.

The central government subsequently received requests from states for extension of the period to enable them complete the training process for in-service untrained teachers.

Teachers should register on the Swayam portal and they will also be provided hands-on experience by the respective state governments, he said.

Swayam is a government-initiated programme designed to achieve access, equity and quality in education.

Javadekar admitted that it is a fact that enrolment in government schools is declining by four per cent annually while that in private schools it is increasing by eight per cent annually.

“We accept it as a challenge to uplift the government schools to a level where in a healthy competition our government schools will beat private schools and we will achieve it with your help,” he said.

(IANS)

 

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Rahul congratulates ragpicker’s son for cracking AIIMS entrance test

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated Asharam Choudhary, the son of a ragpicker in Madhya Pradesh, who cracked the AIIMS MBBS entrance test in his first attempt and hoped that he would contribute to nation-building and inspire many in future.

“I congratulate you on clearing the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance test in your first attempt and getting selected at Jodhpur AIIMS to pursue Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)… I extend my best wishes to you and hope you will contribute to nation-building,” Gandhi said in the letter.

“I am aware that despite all challenges you were able to secure good rank. It is a testament to their dedication and your hard work that you have performed so well,” he said, adding it gave him immense pleasure to note how Asharam’s village doctor and parents inspired him in his journey and Dakshana Foundation supported him financially.

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

In his letter, the Congress President said, “I hope one day, you will also be in a position to inspire other children to take up medical profession and serve the people of India. You remind me of Mahatma Gandhi who used to say: ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from the indomitable will’.”

In another letter to Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat, Gandhi said:”I write this letter to commend you on the excellent initiative of the Election Commission in Karnataka. The issuance of the Braille EPIC cards to the visually impaired voters is a step in the right direction, which will make elections and voting accessible to all voters.”

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Rahul Gandhi will be the PM face in 2019 elections : Congress

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi would be the Prime ministerial candidate of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Naturally then Congress President would be the only face to be projected. Congress would fight this election by putting forward our leader – Rahul Gandhi: Randeep Surjwala replied when asked if Rahul Gandhi will be Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress party

Surjewala said, “We expect to better our ’04 performance. People will decide. Once Congress party becomes the single largest party touching the same magic figure of 200 or more, naturally Congress party will be leading whoever else wants to come&walk hand in hand.”

Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Capt. Amarinder Singh on Sunday backed party chief Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the joint Opposition front in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections •

 

, Amarinder said that Rahul was fully competent to lead the country and will surely prove to be a successful prime minister.

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Congress to set up special team to discuss alliances for 2019 polls: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced on Sunday setting up of a special group within the Congress to discuss probable alliances with various national and regional parties to form a grand national alliance to take on Narendra Modi led government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“We are setting up a group that is going to do that (alliance),” Rahul said after the Congress Working Committee meeting on Sunday.

“In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust,” he added.
“In the short term, we can come together with other parties and win the coming elections. After that, the damage done by the BJP & RSS to India’s institutions will have to be undone. Only the Congress can do this,” Rahul said.

Congress President called upon Congressmen and women “to rise as voice of the country and fight for India’s oppressed.”
Gandhi said as he chaired his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC), after taking over as party chief in December last year.Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at Parliament Annexe.

Rahul Gandhi  said, “Expansion of our party vote base is one of our biggest tasks. In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said extended CWC authorised Rahul to constitute a committee to forge an alliance with like-minded parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha election to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He described the newly constituted CWC as an “institution comprising experience and energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.”

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi  said “To counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said , “Rahul ji has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance.”

Terming  Narendra Modi-led NDA government  as a “dangerous regime” compromising the democracy of  India, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said the rhetoric of PM Narendra Modi shows his “desperation” and it reflects that the “reverse countdown” of the Modi government has begun.

“We have to rescue our people from a dangerous regime,” said  Gandhi, adding that the party is “committed to make alliance work” and in this endeavour she is with the Congress president and her son Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing the first meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC), constituted by party president Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress chief Sonia said “democracy was being compromised under the current government and to counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside”.

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