August 2008

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HRD proposal to universalise secondary education

With the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) clearing the proposed Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) recently, the way is cleared for the launch of a mission-mode exercise to universalise secondary education. Union Human Resource Development Ministry will now place the proposal before the Cabinet. Designed along the lines of the ongoing Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to universalise elementary education, the RMSA seeks to make secondary education 'available, accessible and affordable' to all 15 and 16-year-olds by 2017. Another target of the RMSA is to ensure universal retention by 2020.

The estimated cost of the RMSA has been fixed at INR 42,705 crore in the 11th Five Year Plan. Of this, INR 34,164 crore will be the Centre's share. With the road map to universal retention being chalked out till 2020, the total spill-over beyond the current Plan will be in the range of INR 54,000 crore.

DU tie-up with CII for professional skills

Delhi University has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to provide professional skills to college students and address the skill shortages faced by the Indian industry. The partnership is aimed at providing industry endorsed professional skills through a six-month certification programme under the aegis of School of Open Learning and DU. There would be separate courses on IT and automotives. More than 200 students have applied for the professional skills project, an MoU for which was signed between DU and CII in March.

The objective of this partnership is to bridge the demand-supply gap for skilled workforce. The course curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry and would be delivered using methodologies like case studies, interaction with domain experts, case simulation and a two-month internship programme with industry.

Sulabh International to set up world's first Sanitation University

Internationally acclaimed for its sanitation movement, Sulabh International will soon set up a Sanitation University in Gurgaon, Haryana. The land for setting up the proposed university has already been acquired in Gurgaon and other formalities for making it operational are in the process.

One of its kind in the world, the Sanitation university will be a deemed university and will be structured much on the pattern of London School of Economics. To come up in the next five years, it will be an institute that will impart education in cleanliness

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