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Sunday, September 5, 2021

School Students Showcase Innovative Ideas at National Meet


A total of 581 school students from across the country showcased their innovations at the 8th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) under a government initiative aimed at fostering a culture of creativity and innovative thinking among children.

The eighth edition of NLEPC, which commenced on Saturday, showcases innovative ideas of the students selected under the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) program during 2019-20

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Parents in UP hesitant to send kids to schools;


With schools in Uttar Pradesh set to open with COVID protocols from Monday for classes 9 to 12, the majority of the parents still seem hesitant to send their children.

So far, only 44 to 48 percent of parents have given their written consent for their children to attend offline classes.

Written consent from parents has been made mandatory before a child is allowed to attend school.

In the forms sent by school authorities, a majority of parents wrote that due to the fear of the third wave of COVID, they are not ready to send their children to schools. Schools have been closed since March after the second wave of the pandemic hit the state. After almost five months, following government directions, the schools will be reopening from Monday for the offline classes.

President of the Unaided Private School Association, Anil Agarwal, said: "Less than 50 percent of parents of children studying in schools in urban areas have agreed to send wards for physical classes while schools on the outskirts or in rural areas have around 55 to 60 percent consent from parents."

Sunday, August 1, 2021

IIT Roorkee introduces seven new academic programmes

To be offered to students from the upcoming Autumn SessionThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has introduced seven new academic programmes through the virtual ceremony. The courses will be offered to students from the upcoming Autumn Session (2021-2022). It has added six post-graduate degree programmes and one five-year integrated programme into its curriculum.

The seven new programmes include M.Tech. (Artificial Intelligence) and M.Tech. (Data Science) under the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (CAIDS), M. Des. (Industrial Design), and MIM (Masters in Innovation Management) under the Department of Design, Online M. Tech. (Microelectronics and VLSI) for working industry professionals under the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, MS Economics (Five-Year Integrated programme) under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and M.Tech. (Dam Safety and Rehabilitation) under the

Friday, July 30, 2021

Urgent Action Required To Curb Learning Disruption

Since its outbreak in late December 2019, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world, and like any critical sector, education has been hit hard. Students, schools, colleges, and universities have been deeply impacted. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), over 800 million learners from around the world have been affected, 1 in 5 learners cannot attend school, 1 in 4 cannot attend higher education classes, and over 102 countries have ordered nationwide school closures while 11 have implemented localized school closure.

Globally, over 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in more than 160 countries, which have resulted in more than 8,000 deaths and left several States dealing with severe outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic will adversely impact the progress some governments were making around increasing the education budget. Therefore, this is a crisis that requires urgent attention and collective action by all Governments, stakeholders, and communities.

  • To prioritize education in the first phase of all emergency responses with immediate effect, and to Include education in their COVID-19 response policies.
  • To dedicate appropriate resources, financial and technical, to ensure the right to free, quality public education for all is maintained during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To increase funding and support to education in crises to a minimum of 4.2% of emergency assistance in line with its needs.
  • To minimize the pressure on teachers, schools, and school systems that remain open or volunteer to offer extra support.

Thursday, July 22, 2021



By developing apps to raise awareness on issues that matter most to her, 11-year-old Samantha, from Nicaragua, is proving that girls are capable of creating technology and positive change.

Eleven-year-old Samantha, from Nicaragua, develops software apps. So far, she has won 3 technology contests, the first of which she won when she was in first grade.

Samantha is part of our Smart Schools project, a 2-year program with Samsung Electronics that aims to reduce the digital gender gap. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Providing Primary Education


In 2007, we built and established Hunar Ghar School. We work closely with our local operational partner Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti (RBKS) to provide inclusive and holistic education for over 400 children aged between four and fourteen through Hunar Ghar. Most of these children are the first in their families to attend school. Our approach at Hunar Ghar ensures that all students are supported to learn and develop a range of academic and life skills that will enable them to make choices about their futures. 

We believe that good health and good learning go hand in hand. Our team has been trained to keep an eye on students’ health. We monitor their growth and development, ensure they are up to date with all their vaccines, and make sure each student has an annual health check by a pediatrician. An annual eye camp and an annual dental camp also take place at the school. There are high levels of malnutrition in Bachelor. To tackle this, all students receive two nutritious meals a day, breakfast and lunch.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sustaining a Principal Pipeline


Six urban school districts set out in 2011 to develop and support a cadre of principals whose leadership would positively affect school outcomes. The districts were Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina; Denver Public Schools, Colorado; Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia; Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida; New York City Department of Education, New York; and Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. Leaders in these districts believed that they could improve on their recent experiences in hiring novice principals, some of whom had struggled to meet the demands of instructional leadership. Each district pursued a “principal pipeline” strategy with four interrelated components, aimed at cultivating a steady supply of well-prepared and well-supported new principals:  Adopting standards of practice and performance that would guide principal preparation, hiring, evaluation, and support.  Delivering high-quality preservice preparation to high-potential candidates, typically through a combination of in-district programs and partnerships with university preparation programs.  Using selective hiring and placement, informed by data on candidates’ demonstrated skills, to match principal candidates to schools.  Aligning on-the-job evaluation and support for novice principals, with an enlarged role .

School Students Showcase Innovative Ideas at National Meet

  A total of 581 school students from across the country showcased their innovations at the 8th National Level Exhibition and Project Compet...