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Include yoga in NET from this academic year, says panel

Neelam Pandey

A committee on Yoga Education in Universities has recommended including yoga in the national eligibility test (NET) from this academic year to make it a more attractive career option for prospective teachers.
The panel – headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga guru HR Nagendra – also pitched for enrolling experts from institutes such as Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth as guest lecturers at various universities, and paying them in accordance with the salary norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
While yoga is currently taught at 52 institutions across the country, about 16 offer an MA degree in the discipline.
The human resources development (HRD) ministry and the UGC will now review the recommendations of the panel, which also drew the course outline for NET. “We have completed (making a course outline of) the syllabus that will be taught at the universities, and the syllabus that will be used for NET,” Nagendra told HT.
The HRD ministry had set up the yoga committee in January, following a consultative meeting chaired by Union minister Smriti Irani.
The committee has suggested that six courses at various levels – including certificate, diploma, degree, post-graduate degree/diploma and research – be launched at all central universities. Noting that varsities currently slot yoga under various disciplines such as sports, philosophy and education, it also recommended that a separate faculty – called yogic art and science – be created for it.
“There are a number of yoga paramparas (traditions) that are followed across the country. Our task was to put in place a syllabus that will be accepted by all universities and bring in greater uniformity in this regard. We recommend that it be taught at all universities. Also, we have prepared the syllabus for all the six courses that will be offered,”
committee member Pundit Radheshyam Mishra, also the director of the Ujjain Yoga Life Society International, told HT.
He said that a report has been submitted to the UGC, and it will be given a final shape soon.
While Mishra was tasked with preparing the syllabus for the certificate and diploma courses, Patanjali Yogpeeth prepared the syllabus for the master’s degree in yoga. “Since setting up a full-fledged faculty will take time, the committee has suggested the names of several yoga experts who can teach at the universities in the beginning,” Mishra said, adding that a sub-committee will also be formed to prepare texts on yoga that can be published by the UGC and passed on to all central universities.
The yoga committee member said that including yoga in NET will go a long way in promoting the discipline as a career option. “Post-graduates in yoga have been unable to get teaching jobs because there was no NET conducted for yoga. We have recommended that it be included as a subject from this academic year itself,” Mishra said.

Muslims lag in education enrolment, says survey

50% in the 5-29 years age group not enrolled in 2014

Indivjal Dhasmana 
Nearly half the Muslim population in the age group of 5-29 years is not enrolled anywhere for education in urban areas, according to the 71st round of the survey on education by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted between January and June 2014.

This is the highest among various religious groups.

While 50.4 per cent of Muslims were not enrolled anywhere for education in this age group during the survey period, 48.2 per cent were enrolled and attended their classes. However, 0.6 per cent of Muslims were enrolled but did not attend their classes.

There has, however, been an improvement in the enrolment of Muslims in the age group of 5-29 years in various kinds of education, compared to the previous such survey conducted between July 2007 and June 2008.

There were 53.6 per cent of Muslims who were not enrolled in the previous round. At that time, 44.7 per cent of Muslims were enrolled and attended their classes.

In 2014, while Muslims were the largest religious community in terms of number of people not being enrolled in education in urban areas, in rural areas, 53.1 per cent population of the community enrolled and attended classes in various courses.

Between the two rounds of survey, there has been improvement in terms of education enrolment among various religious communities. Besides Muslims, Buddhists also had a higher number of population - 51.5 per cent - not getting enrolled for education in 2007-08 in urban areas. Similarly, 47.7 per cent of Sikhs also fell in this category. The category of Buddhists were merged into other religions in the latest round. Taking enrolment and attendance as the criteria of the educated people, Christians were the foremost in terms of education, followed by Hindus.

TRIBUNE, APR 18, 2016

34,907 posts of regular teacher vacant

Parvesh Sharma
The failure of the state government to appoint required number of teachers is depriving students of quality education. Cadre-wise details show that there are a huge number of vacant posts in each cadre, serving a blow to the education system in the state.

As per information, a total of 34,907 posts are without regular teachers in the state. Against the sanctioned posts of 35,501 for PRTs, 25,197 teachers are working. The same is the case with elementary school head teachers, as against their total sanctioned strength of 5,408, only 2,664 are working in state. In ‘C’ and ‘V’ categories, there are a total of 18,940 sanctioned posts, but 13,623 teachers available. In PGT category, the government has sanctioned strength of 34,061, but only 17,519 are working.

Only in TGT category, the government has 100 per cent 18,507 teachers while in other categories, there is a gap in sanctioned number and working teachers.

“In many schools, teachers are teaching more than two or three subjects. It is ultimately affecting the quality of education. The government must take immediate steps to conduct recruitment,” said Ramesh Malik, president of the Haryana Master Varg Association.

Perusal of records of the Education Department shows that though authorities have recruited 11,385 guest teachers on the contract basis and appointed them against the vacant posts of teacher of various categories, but still 23,522 posts are lying vacant in various schools in the state.

“We always work hard, but still there is uncertainty about our jobs as we are on contract. We have required qualifications and experience, the government should regularise our services,” said a guest teacher on anonymity.

Due to lack of quality education in the government schools, the number of students has gone down in the past some years.

During 2015-16, there were 22.45 lakh students against the previous year’s figure of 26.19 lakh. Till September 2012, a total of 2.39 lakh new students got enrolled in the government schools across the state, but during September 2013, the number came down to 2.3 lakh, in September 2014 to 2.07 lakh while in 2015 , it went down to 1.55 lakh.

Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

PIONEER, APR 16, 2016

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