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German to be taught as an additional foreign language by Kendriya Vidyalayas

German will be taught as an additional foreign language

According to the understanding reached between the two countries, i.e., India and Germany today regarding the controversy that had erupted about a year ago, German will be taught in the Kendriya Vidayalaya School as an additional foreign language. While the young India will be taught German language in the schools, the modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany schools.

On the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit, an MoU was signed between the two countries and under the understanding, a pact will be signed between the Kendriya Vidalaya and Max Mueller Bhavan to formalise the arrangement.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told the reporters, “German will be taught as an additional foreign language”. He also said that while German will be taught in KVs, side by side modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany.

During a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Merkel said that, “We have a lot of scholars who are interested in that (learning Indian languages)”.

This marks an end to the controversy when KVs decided to stop teaching German as third language and replaced it with Sanskrit about a year ago.

Last year on October 27, the governing board of KV had in its meeting directed that teaching of German language as an option instead of Sanskrit be discontinued.

Now, the new understanding has led a very sharp and clear departure from the earlier agreement of 2011 between the two countries to offer German as a third language in the KVs.

The Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani has been maintaining her statement that teaching German was against the spirit of the three-language formula and violated the national education policy.

The decision taken by the Kendriya Vidalaya’s board had triggered an uproar and had threatened to derail between the two countries.

Last year in November, it was criticised by Merkel who raised the issue during her meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane.

Government has also made an announcement that from class VI to VIII will be taught German as an additional or hobby subject.

Smriti Irani calls for students-centric approach and launches new scheme

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said qualified engineers need to take up entrepreneurship on the basis of innovative ideas acquired in the institute.

Those students who are weak in studies and are prone to depression due to non- performance in studies has got some good news. Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has announced a new scheme for such students.

The announcement of the scheme was done on Friday. It will facilitate the weak students of some national-level institutes with the assistance of a mentor student. The minister also expressed her concern about the growing depression among the students these days.

At National Institute of Technology, New Delhi, a meeting was chaired by Smriti Irani of the Council of National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research. The minister unveiled a slew of measures to support students.

The scheme is known as ‘hand holding’ of students. It is for the students who are weak in studies. It will be implemented in the institutions, under which a mentor student will be designated to take care of such students.

The students who will be the mentors will be provided financial incentives which will be supported by the Human Resource and Development Ministry to the concerned National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

According to the press release issued by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, the council is the apex policy making body for 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), five Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.

Smriti Irani asked the NITs, IISERs and IIEST to adopt the ‘student-centric approach’ and also emphasised that students’ grievances should be addressed effectively and in a time-bound manner.

The minister also constituted a student grievance redressal cell at the Council Level.This cell will monitor the redressal of the grievance of students’ and coordinate with the directors of institutions to address them effectively.

She added on, “Common counselling not only reduced stress on students and parents but also minimised the vacant seats. Less than two per cent seats remained vacant after five rounds of counselling leading to all-time high numbers of admission in these prestigious Institutions”. She further said that the institutes should be made an island of excellence and innovation, design and research in specific areas along with the strategy to collaborate for growth.

Smriti Irani motivated IITians to Utilise ‘Start Up & Stand Up’ Scheme

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said qualified engineers need to take up entrepreneurship on the basis of innovative ideas acquired in the institute.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said qualified engineers need to take up entrepreneurship on the basis of innovative ideas acquired in the institute.

Ms Irani at the 4th convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar said,”I am sure that you are aware about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Start Up India. IITs are known to encourage new ideas, innovations and converge them with good business plan”.

Ms. Irani said IITians need to take advantage of new business opportunity created in the country with the Centre’s Mudra Bank Yojana providing funding to do business from Rs. 50,000 up to Rs. 10 lakh without any collateral security. She motivated technical students to choose their own path of dream with a little bit of imagination and undertake new ventures with innovative programme.

Ms Irani conferred President of India’s gold medal to Sushant Sachan, a mechanical engineering student of B.Tech, Director’s gold medal to Pratik Nayak, a civil engineering student of MTech and Anudeep Nain, a student of Mathematics at the institute.

Ms Irani also motivated the students of IIT Bhubaneswar for adopting two nearby villages and enabling science to reach villagers.


IIT-NIT admissions likely to undergo a major change: No board marks required from 2016

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The admission procedure in NIT’s and IIT’s from next year onwards could undergo a major change and will totally based on JEE Mains. A panel appointed by the government is likely to recommend to discard the weightage given to the marks that are obtained by the students in board examinations. It was said by the director of IIT Bombay and a member of panel, Devang Khakhar that they would be recommending to discard the weightage given to board marks. A final decision would be coming early in the next month when Smriti Irani will take a meeting of the NIT council. As per the previous policy, 40% weightage is of board exams, and 60% weightage is of JEE- Mains. The main cause for discarding the board exams marks is the delay in the results of board examinations and this delay led to the postponement of admissions to the IITs & NIT’s, which causes anxiety among students and parents. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was blamed for this failure. A sub-committee is formed by the joint entrance examination apex board to reconsider the whole process of JEE-Mains rank allotment. The process of conducting exams should be reviewed to give candidates a break before they appear for the tests, so that their minds will be fresh at the time of the tests. The report says that the JEE Mains exam may be held earlier next year (2016) as the admission process requires more time. The eligibility criteria for JEE Mains in 2016 would be:

  1. Candidates should have subjects Physics & Math in class 12.
  2. They have studied at least one subject: Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Bio-technology.
  3. Minimum of 50% marks is needed in all subjects.
  4. Date of Birth should be on or after October 1, 1990 for general, and for SC/ST/PwD it should be on or after October 1, 1985.
  5. If above criteria are fulfilled, then a candidate is allowed to give maximum 3 attempts.

Government’s first ever attempt to involve average citizen in policy making: Invites suggestion for New Education Policy!

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Education plays a great role in the life of everyone all through the life. Good education is constructive in nature which constructs our future forever. Education is far more than the marks you receive. It’s about understanding right from wrong and having the knowledge you need to stay afloat in today’s society. It is now good to know that government is taking initiative to reform education system.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Smriti Irani has invited people to come up with the new and innovative ideas and projects which can transform education system. In this respect, government has created a web page on its new website with a slogan “Dream, Design, Deliver; help us change the way we educate India. They are appealing people with this new page to come up with new and innovative ideas and projects and submit them.


  • Project word limit- 500 words
  • Only those ideas would be considered which can be implemented within 12 months.
  • Last date for submission is 29th October.
  • Winners will be given a chance to implement their idea in the field over a period of 12 months.

With this launch of new web page, government also launched one more web page i.e. “interact with the HRM” where people can submit their grievances and suggestion.

This would surely be a good move. This is the first ever attempt of government to involve average citizen in policy making. The aim behind introducing these two web pages is to provide opportunities to people to participate in policy making system.


IIM Bihar

Finally the academic session of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bodh Gaya has been inaugurated on Monday i.e. August 31, 2015 by the HRD (Human resource management) Minister, Smriti Irani. She also inaugurated the IIM-Bodh Gaya’s transit campus at Magadh University’s (MU) directorate of distance education (DDE) building.

For the first batch, the Magadh University (MU) has aloted around 20,000 sq ft of space spread over two floors of the DDE building for the IIM’s temporary campus. The second and the third floors would be used as administrative and academic blocks, respectively. Moreover, 90 rooms have been allotted in hostel block to accommodate students of IIM Bodh gaya. This is the temporary campus of IIM Bodh gaya.

IIM Calcutta has been serving as a mentor institution for IIM Bodh Gaya. IIM Calcutta as a mentor institute for a year for IIM Bodh Gaya is now in efforts to make IIM Bodh Gaya as an International B school.

Irani also came up to an agreement with the Centre regarding the opening the new IIM on the campus of the Magadh University in Bodh Gaya. She started the project work of constructing seven buildings of the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB), which is at Panchanpur, 100 km away from Gaya. CUSB campus is placed in 300 acres of land.

In her speech, Irani Addressed the gathering that the Central University Of South Bihar (CUSB) would now open up more good opportunities for the students for higher education.

The Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry proposes new law – India’s private schools to be more transparent

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The key proposals of the Bill are:

The law will require schools to give a number of disclosures .

  • Asking all schools to declare fee components on their websites.
  • Notify their admission process clearly and well in advance
  • Disclose assets
  • give full information on teachers’ educational backgrounds
  • Disallow schools from charging full year’s fees from students who change schools before the academic year ends.
  • Law won’t set any ceilings and benchmarks on school fees or try to regulate the admission process.
  • Aims to introduce ‘more transparency’ in how schools run their business.
  • The Bill also seeks to make it mandatory for schools to issue receipts for all payments made by parents/guardians, making illegal the practice of linking admissions to donations.
  • Prevent schools from terminating the admission of a child for reasons like ‘non-performance’. This practice brings considerable disadvantage to the child.
  • set of benchmarks for teacher recruitment and all schools will have to follow them.

Now, it is of considerable importance if this bill is appreciated and accepted in Parliament to take a shape of law.

Smriti Irani informs Rajyasabha: UGC taking actions against fake Universities


Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani informs Rajyasabha that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has begun many actions against the fake universities operating in the country.

“According to the University grants Commission (UGC), there are 21 fake universities which are listed in the UGC list of fake universities and operating in a breach or violation of the UGC Act, 1956 in different parts of the country,” she said in a written response to Rajya Sabha question.

“According to the UGC, some institutions offer bachelor/ master in various subjects that were not created by or under a Central or state or UGC act and, therefore, these fake institutions have no right to convey/to grant any degrees,” she said.

The HRD Minister also informed about some actions taken by the UGC against fake universities-

  • To teach the General public/students/parents, the UGC does not affect the list of fake institutions on its website. All the self-proclaimed unrecognized and unapproved institutions have been warned they may attract serious action in accordance with the provisions of relevant laws, including the UGC act and Indian Penal Code, etc.
  • Cases have also been filed in different courts against UGC fake universities/institutions.
  • SGC is defending cases in court in the interests of the General public/students. Actions associated with the closure of the fake institution should be approved by the relevant state authorities and local self-government.
  • The UGC has also sent a letter to Vice-Chancellor/ Director/ principal in 21 fake universities to shut down fake agencies without delay.
  • Reminder letters to the state/UT of principal secretaries/secretaries of education were issued to take appropriate action against fake universities located in their influence.

Smriti Irani set up foundation of IIT, IIIT, IISER in Andhra pradesh

The Union Minister Smriti Irani laid the Foundation for three of the leading educational institutions- IIT, IIIT, IISER in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on march 28,2015 which is famous for the temple of Tirupati Balaji.

“Though Tirupati is known as the world centre of pilgrimage in the footsteps of Lord Venkateswara, let’s give something unique to students across the country (through the three national institutions). I’m sure IIT Tirupati will compliment the dream and vision of our Prime Minister Narendra modi’s ” 100 smart cities’,” Irani said in her address.

IIT Tirupati will be created in the region of 590 acres in the village Meralapaka in Yerpedu Mandal near Tirupati in the Chittoor district and IIT Madras will be mentor to Tirupati campus. Smriti Irani also said that-“I am pleased to announce that IIT Chennai will provide engineering specially in smart infrastructure to be developed in IIT Tirupati, which will not only compliment the dreams of Andhra Pradesh, but will also complement the work of the PM, who urged the Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to ensure that our country has “100 smart cities’

Venkaiah Naidu also expressed his views on the occasion. IISER Tirupati will firstly start its work from a temporary campus until a permanent one gets created.

The program is made to help one lakh children to resume their education: Smriti Irani

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said rotary club India collaborates with her in the Ministry to help one lakh children who ceased to attend school due to various reasons, to continue their education.

The HRD Ministry will take the lead to ensure that one lakh children who drop out of school for a variety of reasons, can resume their education,” Irani told reporters.

She also said that Mansi Mahumkar, blind mallakhamb players from Maharashtra, as a brand Ambassador HRD Ministry ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan‘.

Irani participated in the program organized by Yes Bank in partnership with Rotary to run, “YES! i am the CHANGE- Responsible Youth Citizen” national movement with the aim of involving young people in India’s social transformation.

One crore young people across the country are authorized to work in the direction of women’s security, clean India campaign and using media to accelerate inclusive development. The Force of one lakh youth ambassadors will be urbanized to vigorously promote the movement of pan-India.

HRD Ministry laying special emphasis on the modernization of madrasa: Irani

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today that the government pays remarkable notice to the transformation and increase of madrassas in the country. In the HRD Ministry has taken all necessary steps towards the modernization and strengthening of the madrasah, Irani said at a function in the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

Irani was speaking in the national conference on “education and the inclusion of Indian Muslims”. The newly appointed Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Zafar Sareshwala also attended the Symposium, which was chaired by Jamia Vice-Chancellor Talat Ahmad.

Irani also drew attention to the significance of career development in education. No education is complete without building character and strong sense of service to the underprivileged and the homeland, “she said.

Central Government to Launch Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan

Central Government to Launch Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan, Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan

Last week at an event, Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani said that the Central government is planning to launch a new scheme Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan(national innovation mission) next year.  She said that the government will start Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan on behalf of the government of India in a bid to inspire students of primary and secondary education to get enquiry-based learning for the subjects of maths and science as a profession, not only for pursuing their academics. Government is also willing to stop brain drain seriously.

She also talked about other initiatives name by Unnat Bharat Abhiyan which involves IITS, IIMs and central universities for rural uplift. Greg Clark, the minister of state for universities, science and cities, UK spoke in summit that UK-India programme has been launched and more than 25,000 young UK aspirants will work in Indian schools as teaching assistants and will learn about the country through cultural immigration courses.

Work for the development of villages said by Smriti Irani to higher educational institutions

Work for development, development of villages, higher education institutes, Smriti Irani

Our current government is in full swing whether it’s Narendra Modi’s Teachers Day-Cum-Guru Utsav speech or our current minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani’s gusto for linking educational Institutes and Rural areas of India, for the betterment of villages. What seems to be a generous motive to establish a strong foundation in Rural India might be traced from ‘Swades-Inspired’ initiative which seeks the abroad-going minds to come back in India and work towards creating the higher secondary education institutes in rural areas.

Smriti Irani’s call for a radical change in rural educational system lies firmly in the hands of the best technical institutions of India including IIT and NIT, to name a few. The ministry expects that the best technical institutions connect with rural set up of India and bring about educational opportunities within the same.

All centrally-funded institutions in India are encouraged to inculcate the ‘Rural development programme’ so that rural areas get the best utilization. This is one of the most significant factors which require a disciplined execution.

Naming it ‘Aadarsh Gram’ programme, the ministry of HRD is focusing on manifesting IITs and NITs research inputs into a better implementation which can be directed at rural development programmes and especially higher secondary education institutes.

Developing links with rural India will only serve job opportunities to young and brilliant minds but also cater to the inadequacies of rural educational set up.

Smriti Irani also hinted at the set up of a ‘cell’ especially to answer the queries related to linkage between technical institutions and rural areas. This would strengthen the plans of making the idea of ‘Aadarsh Gram’ a success.

Implementation of this programme will require a nod of consent from various technical institutions from across India thus the ministry of HRD seeks to promote this propaganda for the effevtive growth of rural areas.

Education Ministry in India

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development in India is the guiding force of education which leads both primary and higher levels of education. Our current HRD Minister is Smriti Irani, the youngest ever to hold the office.

In India, since 1985, the ministry of Human Resource Development has been working separately under two departments, one of which is Department of school Education and Literacy and the other one is Department of Higher Education.

Department of School Education and Literacy ensures that every citizen gets The Fundamental right to education. Many schemes have been undertaken to provide a proper implementation to the aforementioned Right. One such scheme is Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan which has been implemented as India’s critical program for universalizing elementary education. Right from opening new schools to provisioning for teachers, periodic teacher training and providing textbooks for absolute availability of education, SSA works in an inherent way to achieve education equality in India.

Department of Higher education under Ministry of Human Resource Development looks after the higher education system in India. It manages the overall development in the quality of higher education by implementing better policies through world class institutions, universities and colleges all across India. It also grants Deemed University status to educational institutions under the University Grants Commission of India.

Ministry of Human Resource development has gone through several changes over the years, when before 1985, it worked as a centralized force as Ministry of Education.

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