Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: school

Arvind Kejriwal launches SMC app for coordination of schools with parents, students

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the School Management Committee (SMC) App, in a bid to help schools, parents and students for better coordination and management.Addressing the gathering of around 1,600 SMC members from across the government schools in the Capital, Kejriwal said, “It is certainly going to help the SMC functionary for effective delivery and will also decrease the paperwork and bring efforts at an ease. This app will help in making the process more transparent, and is going to be an effective help for all stakeholders by all means.”As per the Right to Education Act, 2009, the SMCs are formed to bridge the gap between the community and the school. “We have done an experiment towards democratisation of the school education system in Delhi. Our effort is to make the SMC members realise that they are the owners of the schools and will contribute their services for the betterment of education quality in the schools,” he added.Elaborating on the role of SMCs, the chief minister said that the Committees should be provided with some funds to carry out essential and need-based works in the schools, apart from giving power to the SMCs to fill up the vacant post of teachers in the schools on emergent and on hiring basis.Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, who was also present at the event, said that a separate fund would be given in the ensuing budget for the SMCs to carry out the needy and essential works in the schools. “SMCs were created with the vision that it would transform the educational atmosphere of the schools for the betterment of teaching and learning process. Education without the active participation of the community is considered a one-sided activity,” he added.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

60% school buses don’t follow norms

More than 1,000 schools in the city have their own school buses. The School Bus Owners Associations (SBOA) have alleged that around 60 per cent of the school buses don’t follow the government norms of school bus safety for school children. The SBOA has threatened the transport department to go on strike from JANUARY 20th if they don’t do away with illegal vans that ferry school children beyond their seating capacities.The SBOA wrote a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating how the school bus owners are incurring losses because of the illegal vans which are transporting children at low fare, thereby impacting their business negatively. The association has urged the transport department to take action against all school buses that have made no agreement with the schools. The association also wants the transport department to pull up vehicles like jeep, mini bus, tempo traveler and Omni, which are functioning without the permission of the schools.Anil Garg, President of SBOA, Maharashtra, said, “Several vans are ferrying without permits. They carry students inside the van beyond its seating capacity. The 11,000 vans that are given permit by transport department are illegally carrying children above 12-year-old, which is not allowed as per the rule of the transport department. There are around 40,000 mini vans that are illegally ferrying school children. We will protest if these vans are not stopped in Mumbai and Maharashtra.”SCHOOL BUSES40,000 in Maharashtra10,000 in Mumbai

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

Any immediate respite for parents?

While the recent Gujarat High Court judgment comes as a great relief to parents by upholding state governments law for regulating school fees, how soon the parents will be able to benefit of the same remains something to be watched for.At a time when many schools across the state have started collecting fees for the next academic year, there is still no clarity on the fees for next academic year. The processes of the fee regulatory committee may take some time and, hence, schools are mulling over their decision for fees in the interim period.Commenting on the judgment, Association of Progressive Schools (AoPS) said, “Now that the judgment has come we wish government will ensure that the schools can function smoothly without having to compromise on the quality of school education in Gujarat which has started improving over the last decade.”AoPS member schools range from JG International school, Udgam school, Divine Child International School. Delhi Public School, Anand Niketan school, etc.An academician requesting anonymity said, “The order seems to be a small win in a huge battle. Even today, schools can approached the Supreme Court or they can approach the FRC. If they go to the FRC in three weeks, as per law, FRC will have to pass an order in 90 days. Even if FRC passes an order early and well in time, schools can then go for revision which again would take 90 days and eventually higher court. All of this process will take a lot of time and there is no clarity on fees for next academic year.Sources said the schools may approach the government and ask to form guideliness for FRC as per the high court order. A major concern of this entire Act is that there is no upper limit of fees. As per the order, if schools can justify to the FRC, they can charge higher fees.Dharmesh Patel, one of the parents of the association of Tripada International School in Ghatlodia, said, “The decision is great, but the biggest challenge will be to see how and when the state government implements the same. Since the Act has been upheld by the court, the responsibility of the government becomes double ensuring justice to parents. Also, since there is hardly any school which had gone to the high court, FRC’s should not take a long time.”Raising an important concern, Pooja Prajapati, President, Parents Ekta Manch said, “We welcome the decision and it is a victory for the parents. However, some questions have remained unanswered. The court has allowed schools to file an appeal in six weeks regarding their concern. Then what is the point of keeping fee slabs. Taking advantage of this slab, many schools that used to charge Rs 7000 or so and if they now increase till Rs 15000, there is no clarity on the same. Our fight will go on.”Ruchi Chaudhary, Managing Trustee, Shankus Foundation, Divine Child International School said, “We welcome the high court order and follow the notifications of going to FRC for an increment of fees so as to maintain the quality of education and other quality amenities we offer to our students.”Manan Choksi, managing director, Udgam School for Children said, “We are getting a legal opinion on whether should we collect fees up to certain amount or not collect at all. While we can return post dated cheques collected from parents once the order of FRC comes, but need some clarity to plan yearly expenses.”Schools need to approach FRC in three weeks FRC to give its order in 90 days If schools are not satisfied, they can apply for revision (90 days) Eventually they can approach a higher court Aggrieved parents have no place to approach *No upper limit of fees for justification

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Delhi nursery admission: Nursery nightmares begin

With most of the private unaided recognised schools in the national capital giving heavy weightage to the ‘neighbourhood’ criteria — children residing within the 0-3 km radius — arbitrary regulations issued by several schools are giving nightmares to parents seeking nursery admission for their children.In blatant violation of the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) guidelines, while some schools are granting extra points to “vegetarian”, “non-smoker” and “teetotaller” parents, some are preferring children/grandchildren of former school promoters or office bearers.According to the criteria released by Mahavir Senior Model School on GT-Karnal Road, extra five points will be given to non-smoker, teetotaller and vegetarian parents, in a bid to shun “social evils”.”We have included the point just to make people realise how healthy and happy their lives would be if they won’t smoke and drink. We, however, are not asking them to give a certificate as a proof,” said SL Jain, principal of the school.Similarly, in another violation, Apeejay school in Sheikh Sarai is giving 15 points to the “Children/Grandchildren of promoters/office bearers/members of board of governors of the school” in its criteria, the move experts term a “disregard” of the government’s directions. “This is a blatant violation and disregard of the DoE’s regulations. The school is also giving a backdoor entry to the candidates coming from its own play school by giving extra 10 points to the child coming from a lower class at any other Apeejay School,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of www.admissionsnursery.com.”Some schools have issued absurd admission criteria which are nowhere mentioned in the DoE’s circular issued on December 19. Parents like us are really confused. The DoE Should immediately issue notices to such schools,” said Ritika Singh, a parent seeking admission for her 3-year-old daughter.Several schools, including Abhinav Public School in Pitampura and Sachdeva Public School in Rohini have asked parents’ to give details of their monthly income, educational and professional qualification in their forms. “How can our educational and professional qualifications can be the parameters of screening the forms of our children? This is absolutely unfair,” said Sikha Sharma, another parent.Officials at the DoE, however, said that they are receiving the complaints and strict action will be taken against all these schools. “We have received numerous complaints through our grievance portal on the first day. Strict action will be taken against all such schools,” a senior official said.The admission process in the entry level classes in 1,700 private unaided recognised schools in the national capital kicked off on Wednesday. The last date to submit application forms in schools is January 17 and the first list will be released on February 1. The admission process will wrap up by March 31, 2018.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Fee issue: Parents gherao school

Things turned ugly at St George’s School in Alaknanda on Wednesday, when hundreds of parents from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), disadvantaged (DG) category, SC, ST, and OBC categories gathered outside the premises to protest against a recent notice issued by the school to them.According to the notice issued by school principal on December 18: “Schools are not bound to give free education to minority groups. For the last two years, we have been continuously informing you about this. Now, the school cannot extend the duration of your child’s free education in view of the rising expenditures.”Agitated parents gheraoed the school and demanded an immediate withdrawal of the notice. Officials at the Delhi government said the school, which is built on DDA land, will be served a notice on Thursday as it can’t issue such notice to existing students.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Delhi Nursery Admisions: School has ‘novel’ way to curb population

Landing itself in controversy yet again, this year as well, the popular Salwan Public School in Delhi has barred parents with more than two children from seeking admission for their wards in nursery. The school will mention this criteria in its admission form, to be uploaded on Wednesday. According to Sushil Salwan, chairperson of the Salwan group, India’s rising population has become a major hurdle in its development and everybody should contribute to help the nation in curbing it. “ It is our way of motivating people to have less children. We have already mentioned this in our admission form, which will be uploaded on Wednesday,” he said.Last year, both branches of the school — Salwan Montessori and GD Salwan — located in Rajendra Nagar in west Delhi, were slammed by parents for mentioning this clause in its admission form, which stated: “Parents having more than two children, including whose admission is sought, need not apply.” The Delhi government had issued a show cause notice to the school.Unfazed by the criticism, Salwan said: “We are ready to take all the media gagging for the sake of our country. We are not afraid. Criticising those who take bold initiatives has become a norm these days.” When contacted, the Delhi government officials said they will take action against the school, if this happens. “Strict action will be taken against any school for setting such unjustified criteria,” said Atishi Marlena, advisor to Delhi deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia.Experts also slammed the move and termed it “arbitrary”, with no mention in the Directorate of Education (DoE) guidelines. “Last year also, the school had included this clause and faced criticism from parents as well as the government. This is no way of contributing to the country’s development. If the school actually wants to do something for the welfare of the nation, it should provide underprivileged children with more opportunities to study,” said Sumit Vohra of the admissionsnursery.com.Meanwhile, parents who were preparing to apply at the Salwan School, are in a fix. “How can a school accept or reject us on the basis of how many children we have? This is the most bizzare regulation one can put,” said Ankit Saini, a Rajendra Nagar resident.Admissions in entry-level classes in 1,700 private, unaided, recognised schools in the national Capital will begin on Wednesday. Strange solution Salwan Public School in New Delhi has barred parents with more than two children from seeking admission for wards in nursery as a way of motivating people to have fewer children.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Mumbai: School bans students, parents from wearing ‘burqa’, ‘hijab’

A private school on the outskirts of Mumbai has banned burqa and hijab in school premises citing security reasons.The school located in Mumbra, said that the decision was taken due to safety and security reasons, according to a report in The Indian Express. The notice issued by the school also stated that the parents and family members of the school will have to lift the veil while entering school premises. The notice also does not allow students to cover their face while leaving school.The school trustee said that as some students left school in covered faces with burqa, the security were not able to know the whereabouts of them when their parents came looking for their children.In another case, the school trustee said that two women in fully-covered face arrived in school asking to take their children home early. However, before the class teacher could come and verify the details of the two women, they left. The school trustee called it a clear attempt of ‘abduction’.However, the school has maintained that they don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments but it is necessary to reveal their faces on camera.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Parents of kids born on March 31 at their wits’ end

Violation of Delhi government’s Directorate of Education’s (DoE) norms by several private schools in the national Capital is giving nightmares to parents seeking nursery admission for their tiny tots. And for those whose children were born on March 31, the confusion seems to have no end.The DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower age limit for students in nursery, KG, and Class I at three, four, and five years, as of March 31, 2018, respectively. It had also asked them to not implement any upper age limit. Flouting the directions, however, nearly 20 private schools have set an age bar in their criteria for nursery admissions. This has made many children eligible for admission in both nursery and KG.Some schools, including Fr. Peter Mermier Pre-School in Janakpuri, have issued a notice stating that “the child should complete 3 years of age by March 31, 2018. The upper limit is 4 years”. Some, including Venkateshwar International School in Dwarka, have stated that “children whose birth date falls between April 1, 2014 and March 21, 2015 are eligible for admission in nursery”.In the first case, a child born on March 31 will not be able to take admission in nursery. In the second case, the candidate will be eligible. Also, the child who turns four on March 31, 2019, can enroll in KG anywhere.Hassled by this confusing criteria, parents said they don’t know whether they should enroll their wards in nursery or KG. “My son will turn 4 on March 31, which makes him ineligible for admission in nursery in various schools. I don’t know what to do. I can’t enroll him directly in KG,” said Manisha Singh, a resident of east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar.Experts, at the same time, said the schools were not only violating the DoE norms by fixing the upper age criteria but also “misinterpreting” it. “Many schools have failed to comprehend the DoE’s upper age limit guideline set in 2015, which states that the candidate should be less than 4 years of age on March 31 of the year of admission. That makes the child born on March 31 not eligible for a nursery seat,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of admissions nursery.com.When contacted, DoE officials said they were not aware of the development and strict actions will be taken if any such violation of the order is found.THE CASEIn 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper age limit on nursery admissions. This part of the government notification was challenged in the High Court. Earlier this year, however, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission in entry level classes in private recognised unaided schools.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Ryan School murder case: CBI opposes bail plea of 16-year-old accused

The CBI today opposed the bail plea of the 16-year-old student accused in the Ryan murder case, saying the recent Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) order to try him as an adult “speaks about his mental status and the heinous crime he committed”.The agency sought dismissal of the bail plea on the ground that the JJB had passed a very reasonable order denying statutory bail to the student, accused of killing seven-year- old Pradhuman Thakur.”The order of the court to try the accused as an adult assumes great significance in that it speaks about the mental status of the accused and the heinous crime committed by him.””The appeal filed by accused for grant of bail may please be dismissed in the interest of justice,” the agency said.Additional Sessions Judge Jasbir Singh Kundu said that he would hear the detailed arguments on January 6 on the appeal filed by the accused against an order of the JJB denying him bail.The probe agency made the submissions in a written reply to the appeal after which the court posted the matter to the next date since an adjournment was sought by the counsel for the accused.Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8 and the Gurgaon Police had said the crime was committed by a school bus conductor, which was later refuted by the CBI.The CBI claimed the 16-year-old teenager killed Class 2 student Pradhuman in a bid to get the school closed so that a scheduled parent-teacher meeting and an examination could be deferred.Advocate Sushil Tekriwal Sushil Tekriwal, appearing for Pradhuman’s father, Barun Thakur, said that the appeal for bail was at a “premature stage” as the investigation was yet to be concluded.Tekriwal said the CBI has placed on record strong circumstantial evidence against the accused which was duly considered by the JJB while denying the relief.The JJB had on December 20 held that the 16-year-old boy would be tried as an adult and directed that he be produced before the Gurgaon sessions court.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 lowers the age of juveniles from 18 years to 16 years for heinous crimes like rape, murder and dacoity-cum- murder, which warrant at least seven years of imprisonment.However, the JJB first decides whether the crime committed has been “child-like” or was it committed in an “adult frame of mind”, following which the JJB orders the accused to be tried as juvenile or adult.The JJB had passed the order on a plea that the accused teenager should not be treated as a juvenile.If convicted, he will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.The board had earlier rejected the bail plea of the Class 11 Ryan International School student, charged with killing Pradhuman on September 8.It had set up a committee which included a psychologist from the PGI, Rohtak for an expert opinion on the accused, who had been taken into custody by the CBI last month.The panel submitted its report in two sealed envelopes.The JJB had noted that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Schools defy DoE order, set age bar for admission

In defiance of Delhi government’s Directorate of Education’s (DoE) order on the upper-age limit, three prominent private schools in the Capital on Thursday set an age bar in their criteria for nursery admissions. The move sent parents into a tizzy as the DoE on Tuesday announced to delay the implementation of upper-age criteria to the academic session 2019-20.The DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower-age limit for students in nursery, KG and Class I at three, four and five years, respectively, as of March 31, 2018. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit.The three private schools including Frank Anthony Public School, Lajpat Nagar Cambridge Foundation, Rajouri Garden and NK Bakrodia Public School, Dwarka, uploaded their admission criteria mentioning the upper-age limit.”Age of the child at entry level should be less than four years as on March 31, 2018 as per the orders by the DoE, government of NCT of Delhi,” read the criteria issued by the NK Bakrodia Public School. The principal, however, could not be reached for a comment.In 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper-age limit. This part of the government notification was challenged in high court. However, earlier this year, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission to entry level classes in private recognised unaided schools. The DoE on Tuesday set aside speculation and announced that it would not set a bar.The development has left parents anxious.”My son will turn exactly 4 years one month and 20 days old on March 31, 2018. I have no clue if we will be able to enroll him in nursery this year if other shools will also do the same,” said Ritika Kumar, a parent, who missed getting a seat for her child last year.”Only three schools have come up with their admission criteria and all have put upper age cut off. The DoE should immediately look into the matter,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissions nursery.com.When contacted, officials at the DoE said that they were not aware of the development and strict actions will be taken if any such violation of the order is found.NO AGE BARThe DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower-age limit for students in nursery, KG and Class I at three, four and five years, respectively, as of March 31, 2018. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

West Bengal: 84% voter turnout recorded in Sabang Assembly by-poll

An estimated 84% voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in today’s by-poll for Sabang Assembly constituency in West Bengal which ended with spats of violence at a number of booths. Opposition parties alleged that the violence was sponsored by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), while the ruling party leaders denied the allegations. Polling started at a very slow pace at 7 am with most of the 306 booths wearing a deserted look. It picked up as the day progressed with instances of violence being reportedfrom various polling booths. At booth numbers 161, 169 and 170 of Sabang block, BJP polling agents were reportedly chased away by TMC cadres. At Bishnupur Murarichowk area, people, belived to be from the TMC, were held and firearms were recovered from their possession.At Panpara Saliara School, it was alleged that Congress polling agents were not allowed to sit in the polling booth. The matter was resolved after Congress candidate Chiranjeeb Bhowmik intervened.At booth number 160 of Sindurda Primary School, it was alleged that TMC cadres had beaten up CPI(M) polling agent. BJP leader Ananda Maiti was allegedly abducted from Pingla’s Jolchowk. At Sabang III area’s booth 57, it was alleged that perfume was applied on the button corresponding to BJP symbol on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).Later in the evening, at booth 291 of Sabang’s Bishnupur Primary School it was alleged that attempt to loot EVMs was made. When the attempt was foiled, offenders allegedly pelted stones at the Central force guarding the polling station. At booth 44 of Sabang III Gram Panchayat area, a clash between TMC and BJP workers broke out.In the evening, BJP youth wing members put up a demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Central Kolkata, protesting against the violence allegedly unleashed by the TMC.Later, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that TMC had resorted to violence as they had lost confidence on democracy. “Central force was there but they were not used and had been kept at rest. At Pingla and other bordering areas, the state police had only played the part of an audience while violence broke out. It was a pre-planned thing with political leaders and district police. Members of TMC’s bike brigade had been going around in the area creating an atmosphere of terror,” Ghosh said.Senior TMC leader and state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, however, refuted allegations saying that BJP was making excuses for their imminent loss. “Going by the poll trends they know that they cannot win at Sabang and that is why they are getting excuses ready to defend their loss later,” he told DNA.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Ryan student murder: Ruling will set example, says father of victim

The victim’s father, Barun Thakur, called the ruling a first major milestone in a long struggle for justice.”We had approached the court appealing that the accused should be treated as an adult, keeping in mind the nature of the crime. My 7-year-old son did not deserve such a brutal end. In fact, no child shall face such a fate. The accused in such cases shall be dealt with utmost harshness,” Thakur said.He also said that the board’s decision will set an example in the society that such crimes will not be tolerated. “We have crossed the first milestone in our long journey to get my son justice. This positive result has left all of us hopeful,” he added.”Even if 5 per cent of such elements fear such a treatment by court, it will bring change in the society,” the father said.”We request that carelessness on the school’s part should also be looked at and action taken against authorities concerned. The battle is way too long,” he said.The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

3 years on, no third gender students in Delhi University’s regular classes

When the Delhi University (DU) decided to add the third gender category in its admission forms for undergraduate courses in 2015, the move was hailed by everyone, especially the transgender students. Three academic sessions down the line, however, not even a single student has enrolled in regular colleges under the category across the university.According to the University’s Department of Adult, Continuing Education, and Extension, no third-gender applicants have joined regular colleges in undergraduate courses as of now. The department had recently written to all colleges to seek related information.The university, however, witnessed a five-fold increase in the number of applications (83) received under the third-gender category, as compared to last year’s 15. “Every year, we receive applications from third gender students, but no one joins regular college. Most prefer DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL)” said Professor Rajesh, a faculty member at the Department.As per a recent research conducted by students on the issue, even if some third gender students study at regular colleges, they are not comfortable revealing their identity. “We came to know that some transgender students attend regular classes but they chose not to take admission under the third gender category,” said Aslam, a PhD scholar.When DNA contacted several third gender students pursuing education through distance learning, humiliation and hesitation emerged as the main reasons behind not opting for regular education. “It’s very difficult for us to attend regular classes. Neither students nor teachers are sensitive about our issues and problems,” said Rehana, 27, a transgender who recently completed her BA (programme) from SOL.Talking about her experience during the weekly SOL classes, she said: “I left attending classes there after facing lewd comments from students. Several other transgender students were also there, but none of them attended classes,” said Rehana, who is now planning to pursue masters from distance learning.Officials at the university, however, claimed that they have a “healthy” atmosphere for such students at their campuses. “We regularly organise interactive sessions to encourage more third gender students to join mainstream education. But more sensitisation is required. We need to take collective responsibility to bridge this gap,” said Anju Srivastava, principal of the Hindu College.Students, however, claimed that the university’s policy regarding name change was yet another hurdle for the third gender students. “I have been requesting the varsity to change my name in my marksheet and certificate for the last three years but to no avail. They say it needs to be changed in school,” said Akansha, a third-year BA (prog) student at SOL. “I became aware of my identity after I finished school,” she added.Recently, a transgender student had moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the DU and the CBSE over their policies on name change. According to the CBSE policy, her lawyer explained, a student has to change his/her name before the results are declared by the board.Experts, however, said an inclusive atmosphere was needed to bring these students to the mainstream right from the school level. “We need to bring attitudinal changes among these students and other stake holders from the very start. It can’t be done at graduation level,” said Professor Rajesh, who has also submitted a report on the issues of transgenders in education and employment to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.THE DISCOMFORTAs per a recent research conducted by students, even if some third gender students study at regular colleges, they are not comfortable revealing their identity. Officials claim that they have a “healthy” atmosphere at their campuses

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Interpol cancels Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik, deletes all data on him

The Interpol has cancelled the Red Corner Notice issued by it against Dr Zakir Naik and has deleted all data on the controversial Islamic peachier. The decision was taken by the Interpol’s Commission in its 102nd session held on 24-27 October 2017 and data on Naik was deleted from its database on November 9. This was conveyed by the Interpol to Naik’s London-based legal firmCorker Binning in a letter dated December 11, 2017. The Interpol contended that there was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest.The Interpol’s Commission found after thorough examination that the request from the Indian NCB was not compliant with Interpol’s rules and thus decided the lndian government’s request for Red Corner notice should be cancelled. Furthermore, the Interpol general secretariat has informed all. Interpol NCB’s that it has deleted the information relating to Dr Zakir Naik and urged all NCB’s to update their national databases accordingly.The Interpol was listening to the request made by The National Central Bureau of Interpol of India made in May 2017 pertaining to Naik. The Indian NCB of Interpol had requested for Red Corner Notice of Dr Zakir Naik for “promoting enmity between two different religious groups ongrounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association etc”.The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had banned Dr Zakir Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in November last year. Following the ban, all the operations of IRF were stopped, and all the staff relieved of their duties. Dr Naik also lost his Islamic International School, a school that he had founded and developed over the Harvard pattern of academics. Despite protests, the School’s bank accounts were frozen by the Indian authorities following the ban. NIA has also charged him for radicalising youth. Naik, a 52-year-old medical doctor, has aroused controversy with his puritan brand of Islam – recommending the death penalty for homosexuals and those who abandon Islam as their faith, according to media reports. A Youtube video shows Naik saying that if Osama bin Laden “is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him”. Bangladesh suspended Peace TV channel, which features Naik’s preachings, after some media reports claimed bombers of a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people last year were admirers of him. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. He has taken residence in Malaysia. India is likely to make a formal request to Malaysia for his extradition.Dr Naik has repeatedly denied accusations of “running away” from investigations. A non-resident Indian (NRI), Dr Naik has been away from India since May 2016, much before the Dhaka incident of July that year. He has been managing IRF’s operations and delivering talks across several countries.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

More than 80K MCD students dropped out

As many as 85,412 students dropped out from the schools run by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) during the academic year 2016-17, a report released by NGO Praja Foundation stated on Thursday.”The estimated drop out percentage in schools run by the North MCD is 6.1 percent, South MCD is 6 percent and state government schools is 3.4 percent,” the report titled ‘State of Public (School) Education in Delhi-2017’ said. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), however, has not provided any information on the number of dropouts in their schools.On average, from the three Municipal Corporations, in the last three years (2014-15 to 2016-17), the EDMC has witnessed the maximum dropout followed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation.”Number of drop outs from state government schools has been increasing in the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17),” the report stated.The data has been compiled on the basis of RTIs received from 640 schools of MCD and 749 schools of state government.SCHOOL-STUDENT RATIO

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Mount Litera organises cancer awareness talk

Mount Litera School International (MLSI), at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), invited around 40 children from Tata Memorial Centre for a morning of fun and frolic along with their parents today (Thursday).A special guest of honour and a cancer survivor Anurag Basu film director also graced the occasion and shared his inspiring journey of emerging victorious from his battle with cancer.As a part of the school’s ‘Service with Smile’ club in association with an NGO Annam approximately 80 students from class 6 to class 9 of MLSI organised and managed an event on Thursday. They performed interesting skits, songs and dances which gave social messages like cleanliness and national integration.Speaking about the noble initiative, Navyata Goenka, Advisor, Mount Litera School International said, “We are grateful to the kids who could visit us today and shared their time. We hope they have taken back some great memories and enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed planning and executing the event for them. I also thank Anurag for his time and sharing with us his journey of fighting cancer”Speaking at the event, director Anurag Basu said, “The students of Mount Litera School International have put up a great performance today. Such events help develop empathy amongst students and make them value what they have. About fighting cancer, the most important thing to remember is to be happy. I feel in the treatment of cancer, 50% of cure can be attributed to medicines and the remaining 50 per cent to willpower.”Basu also danced with the children from Tata and MLSI students. The event concluded with a fun gaming session for all the kids which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Patna all set to host maiden marathon on Sunday

Patna is gearing up to host its maiden marathon, “Run for pride”, which will also witness the presence of “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, on December 17 morning.Around 5,000 people from across Bihar are expected to participate in the event, which is being co-partnered by Government of Bihar. The event includes three categories – a half-marathon of 21.1km, a 10km run, both of which will be timed and a four km fun run/walk. Prizes worth Rs 10 lakh are up for grabs in various categories.“This is Patna’s first marathon or half-marathon and the people have shown an overwhelming interest to participate in it. The theme – Run for Bihar – has touched many people,” said a senior official of the Patna district administration.Around 40 schools of the state capital have also registered for the event, and the schools whose maximum students complete the marathon, will be declared the “Fittest School of Patna”.The marathon will commence from Patna’s historic Gandhi Maidan at 6.45am on Sunday. It will touch Dak Bungalow crossing, Income Tax roundabout, Patna High Court, Bihar Museum, Patna zoo up to Raza Bazar flyover and back to Gandhi Maidan via the same route. The smaller runs will cover a section of the same route and will commence at different timings to avoid confusion or traffic. The district administration in process of readying the route and medical teams, drinking water stalls and volunteers will be stationed along it.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat elections 2017: Kids cheer as several schools declare half-day

Schools in the city which will be converted into polling centres on Thursday, for phase 2 of Gujarat Assembly elections, declared a half-day holiday on Wednesday.As claimed by some school authorities, this year the preparations for the election day has been much stricter. Schools that operate in the noon were the ones which declared half day holiday.Dhimant Choksi, Administrator at Udgam School for Children, said, “This year, it seems that the preparations are on a larger scale. As against previous elections, when only local cops would come to our premise to get acquainted and do arrangements, this time, even CISF personnel are a part of security. Nearly 7-8 CISF people and 4-7 local cops have come to one centre”CN Vidyalaya too remained working only until noon as election officers apart from many Gujarati medium schools that run during the day. Nandini Rawal, executive director, Blind People’s Association, said, “For the first time, all centres will have wheelchair. This has only been done because of the Disabilities related Act which enforces access to all. While the government has arranged for wheelchairs.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Enrolment to Std I in BMC schools sees sharp drop

Enrolment to Std I in civic-run schools in Mumbai has come down to 32,218 in 2016-17 from 63,392 students in 2008-09, according to a study by Praja Foundation. This is apparently due to fall in the quality of education provided by the BMC schools.Overall dropout rate was 8 per cent in 2016-17, down from 15 per cent the year before. English medium schools seem to be a better job on this front with a dropout rate of 2 per cent, shows the data released on Tuesday.Praja Foundation had commissioned the to Hansa Research which was conducted in March-April across Mumbai over 20,317 households. Out of this, a total of 3,081 households have children in the age group of 3-15 years and 2,768 households had school-going children. Nearly 400 households surveyed sent their children to municipal schools.If the current trend continues, the enrolment figure will come down to nearly half of the enrolments in 2008-09, says the survey.The study also reveals that compare to private school candidates appeared for scholarship and scholarship holders are very less in MCGM schools. If in private schools candidates appeared for scholarship are 14,690 in 2016-2017, then in MCGM that figure is just 3,276 candidates and scholarship holders in private schools are 10.9% then in MCGM schools are just 0.6% in same year.The total number of students appeared for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in MCGM in March 2017 were 11,972 whereas this number in private schools are 135,392 and the pass percentage in MCGM is 68.91% whereas in private school is 91.81% shows the study. A fall in the total percentage of MCGM students passing the SSC exam points to a fall in outcomes for municipal school students.Nitai Mehta, founder and managing trustee of Praja Foundation said the BMC must push for penalising teachers for poor student performance. “However, it should ensure that teachers and principals are provided the necessary training, authority and capacity building mechanisms with reference to their school and students.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Pre-school anxious after leopard entry

The Junior Crafting Playschool where leopard entered on Sunday remains close for two days that is Monday and Tuesday. According to the pre-school and day care centre, the school is kept close to sanitize the area for the safety of the small children. On the other hand the suggestions came from the parents to cover the rooftop of the playschool, but the playschool officials refused to do it explaining that BMC wont allow them to do that.On Sunday a leopard entered the playschool named Junior Crafting a junior and senior kindergarten as well as a day care centre area in Andheri located in Sher-E-Punjab society, Andheri east. Thankfully there were no children because of the day being Sunday. It was easy for the forest department to catch the animal because of CCTV cameras being around the school and inside as well.Ruchi Sabharwal, one of the owner of Junior Crafting Playschool, said, “The school is kept close for two days because the forest officials requested us to sanitize it as the animal moved around and inside the school. The school is sanitized in the morning as well as we will do pesticide and keep the school closed.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Kurla students help rebuild tribal school near Karjat

More than 170 students from Vivekanand English High School in Kurla, a Vivekanand Education Society (VES) affiliate, helped to rebuild the dilapidated building of Academy of Developmental Science, a school for tribal children in Kashele village near Karjat, as a part of a community integration initiative. The class 9 and 10 students, aged 14 to 15, voluntarily contributed their efforts to rebuild the school from scratch.Quick learners, the students observed construction workers and soon picked up building skills themselves following which they contributed to every aspect of the school’s rebuilding process — right from laying the bricks to painting the school building. They had the help of 10 staff members from their school who accompanied the students to the village.The school redevelopment program was held in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO engaged in several social upliftment projects for underprivileged sections of society.Dr Asha Binukumar, principal, Vivekanand English High School, said, “We need to sensitise children towards the plight of their fellow citizens, especially the downtrodden sections of society. Schools should encourage students to participate in community development projects like this which will make them appreciate the value and dignity of labour. Through willing participation in such programmes, children not only imbibe empathy but also grow as model citizens”.Vaishnavi Bidoo, one of the participating students, said, “We first observed the construction workers then we started helping them.We painted the walls as well as built the school’s compound wall.”Students and staff from the school were awarded with international certificates, valid in 80 countries, for their contribution to community service.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Yogi Adityanath to tighten noose around private schools

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is bringing in a legislation to curb the exorbitant fees charged by private schools.The state has drafted the UP Self-Financed Independent School (Regulation of Fee) Bill, 2017, to tighten the noose around private schools that charge high fees as well as raise it almost every year.The Bill, which is likely to be tabled during the Winter Session of the state legislature, was drafted after studying similar legislation in Delhi, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan by a committee, headed by deputy chief minister Dr Dinesh Sharma, and taking into account views of parents, teachers, and management of private schools.Prominent private schools in Lucknow charge anything between Rs 3,000 and Rs 12,000 per month from each student. The new Bill will cover all private schools affiliated to ICSE, CBSE, UP Board, and even the minority institutions. Primary schools charging less than Rs 20,000 annually have been kept out of the Bill.Sharma, who is also the education minister, said the main aim of the new legislation was to regulate fee structure in private schools. Under the new Bill, private schools will not be allowed to charge admission fees every year. It can be charged only at the time of admission and three other times — when a student is promoted to Class VI, IX, and XI.The Bill provides for annual fixation of fees and allows a maximum of 15 per cent as development charges. Most schools in the state charge 30-50 per cent on this head. The Bill also directs schools to spend fees raised from this head only on renovation and development of the school infrastructure.No more secretsThe Bill makes it mandatory for private schools to keep their fee accounts and display them on their notice board and website. Also, schools must disclose income from commercial activities

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Bihar board to have week-long student helpline to tackle Class X and Class XII exam blues

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has arranged a tele-counselling facility for its Class X and XII examinees, where students can clarify their queries by consulting experts in different subjects. The service will commence from December 15 for a week till December 21. “Five telephone numbers will be issued, on which students from across the state can call and ask their queries. Experts will be available to answer their problems from 11am to 2pm. There will be new experts every day,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.Students can put forth their questions related to syllabus, examination patterns, and how to answer questions. “The BSEB has changed the pattern of question paper for the 2018 exams to include about 50% objective questions. This may be a cause of confusion among the students, and the Board is giving them an opportunity to clear any doubts,” he added. The idea to include objective questions has been made to improve the pass percentage of students, which stood at around 50% in 2017.The Board has also decided to provide dummy OMR sheets to the examinees for answering the objective questions. “The OMR sheet along with the cover page, will give them a practice of how to fill it in the main exams as not many students, especially those in other districts, are well versed with OMR sheets. Every institution will be provided as per the number of examinees and students can even make Xerox copies for practice,” Kishor said and added that this was the first instance in the country when dummy OMR sheets were provided to students for practice.This year, around 7.68 lakh students have registered for the Class XII exams while 13.75 lakh students have registered for the Class X Board exams of 2018. This is a significant dip from 2017, when 12.5 lakh students had written the Class XII or Intermediate Exams and 17.2 lakh students had appeared for the Class X or Matriculation exams of the BSEB.The decrease is being attributed to the poor results in 2017 when around 50% of the examinees failed due to various exam reforms introduced by the BSEB, after it faced controversies of mass-scale cheating and topper scam in the previous years.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Centre introduces ‘Challenge Method’ for introducing new Kendriya Vidyalayas

The central government has introduced “Challenge Method” for opening up of new Kendriya Vidyalayas. A Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Education will be formed which will examine the proposals received by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for opening up of new KVs.Challenge Method would mean those interested in opening new KVs will have to bid for it and the committee will examine the proposal. So far, it was only KVS that would approve opening up of new schools, but with the Challenge Method, a bidding process will be done and approval will come from the committee. There are around 1,125 KVs in the country, and these schools are directly under the HRD Ministry.Official notification regarding this was released by the Department of School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development on December 4. “In Pursuance of the guidelines issued by the Cabinet Secretariat for selection of sites/locations for projects/institutions/schemes through “Challenge Method”, it has been decided to constitute a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary for examination of the proposals received by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for opening of new KVs.”Also readIn a first, HRD ministry to rank over 1,000 Kendriya VidyalayasThe committee will examine proposals which have been prime facie found to be fulfilling the norms of KVS for opening of new schools and make recommendations thereon having regard to the guidelines issued by Cabinet Secretariat for selection through “Challenge Method” and submit its recommendations for placing before the Board of Governors and process further for EPC/CCEA approvals.The committee will consist of Secretary Education, members of NITI Ayog and members of KVS.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

‘Criminal Game’ may have caused son to murder mum, sis

Believe it or not but a “game” may have been the reason for the deadly crime of mother and daughter. According to police officials, the mother-daughter duo in Greater Noida, were murdered due a real life “crime game” being played by their 16-year-old son, who remains to be at large and is the prime suspect in the case.Speaking to DNA, the father of the prime accused has revealed that the teenager who is suspected of killing his mother and sister was hooked to an online game called “High School Gangster” “as the game had different task like causing hurt or injuring someone.”He used to spend hours playing this game. I had started seeing a change in his attitude from quite a long time and his grades were also going down. In September, I had to take away his cell phone and had severely reprimanded him,” said Soumya Agarwal, the accused boy’s father.According to the police, the boy was hooked on to the game and could harm other people under the influence of the game. The content of the games are stated as ‘extremely violent’ as mentioned in the game information of the play store.He further stated that if his son is found to have committed the murder also, he should not be held guilty as he thinks that he would have been influenced by a game which he had been playing for quite a while time now rather the police should arrest the game developer and not his son.However, he alleged that the crime has been committed by some professionals and his 16-year-old son has been kidnapped. They said the family of six was a happy one and there were no problems.”The murders were well executed as the accused has not left any clue. It seems that the mother and daughter were sleeping when they were murdered,” Agarwal added.”This game highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story.”Sneak out of this HighSchool is a violent video game which highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story at all. It is like a prisoner who is looking to escape jail. There are security cameras to monitor every crime move, as he grab weapons to hit and kill security guards. Killing, robbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game’s highlights Killing, rubbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game.””The boy shared a strong bond with his mother and sister. The case is shrouded in mystery and those investigating the matter should focus on saving the boy’s life, who we believe is also under threat,” said Agarwal.CASE BACKGROUNDOn Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo were found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in the Gaur City area of Greater Noida.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

As Kolkata school reopens after minor’s sexual assault, data shows crimes against children rose 500% in last decade

A week after a four-year-old child was sexually assaulted by two physical education teachers at Kolkata’s GD Birla Centre for Education, the school reopened its gates to students studying between Class VI and XII.Both parents and students said that while the incident was horrific, it was unfair on the older students who were appearing for board examinations.The decision to reopen the school was taken on Wednesday after school authorities gave into the demands of protesting parents and placed Principal Sharmila Nath on an indefinite leave. The vice principal has been given additional responsibilities as acting principal.Parents and guardians have also demanded that CCTV cameras be installed in the school premises, male teachers be removed, and GPS trackers be set up on school buses. School authorities added that the demands had been heard and noted, and a decision would be taken soon.Meanwhile, the health of the four-year-old victim continued to remain the same. It was revealed that she had not been eating and had trouble sleeping. Sources said that while her health was stable, she was still going through trauma. “She is only comfortable around her mother and is also being counselled by experts,” the source added.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School principal finally removed after massive protestChild abuse has been on a constant rise in India. According to data provided by Child Rights and You (CRY) through a cumulative analysis of NCRB data, crimes against children has seen a 500% increase over the past decade (1,06,958 in 2016 over 18,967 in 2006).Looking at the concentration of reported incidents across the states, more than 50% of crimes against children have been recorded in just five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi UT and West Bengal. While Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 15% of recorded crimes against children, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh closely follow with 14% and 13% respectively.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeGoing by the nature of crimes and categories those were booked under, Kidnapping and Abduction clearly tops the lists with almost half of the total crimes (48.9%, number of crimes 52,253) as recorded in 2016. The next biggest category of crime against children in terms of number of booking is rape, amounting to more than 18% of all crimes against children, while all crimes under POCSO Act constitutes around 33% of total crimes. Further analysis suggests that Uttar Pradesh recorded maximum number of crimes under the categories of ‘Kidnapping & Abduction’ and ‘POCSO Act’; as in both these categories Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stand in the second and third slot respectively.This year, a new chapter on ‘Missing Persons and Children’ which has been included in this year’s NCRB release in compliance with the Supreme Court directives, shows that a total of 1,11,569 children (41,175 boys and 70,394 girls) were reported to have been missing. The maximum cases were reported from West Bengal (15.1%) during 2016. A total of 55,944 children were traced at the end of the year (including previous year) in the country.Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Advocacy at CRYsaid, “Going by the current trend reflected in the Government data, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh along with some other states continue to show worrying trends in the magnitude of crime against children. Also, this is a grim reminder of the fact that we, as a country, do not have proper prevention mechanisms in place to address the issue of child protection, nor are we keen on building more empathetic understanding and intervention plans adequately backed up by sustained investment on child security.”
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Shashi Tharoor reminisces about childhood

It was pin drop silence in the auditorium when Congress MP Shashi Tharoor eloquently shared memories of his Alma Mater in the platinum jubilee event of Campion school. Tharoor not just remembered his school days but also urged the current Campion students to be curious and creative.He expressed his happiness at meeting present and past students of the school including some of his classmates. He said that when he joined the school it was the 20th anniversary of the school. He said, “I have some very fond memories of school. I join the school in 1969 when the principal of the school was Fr F Ribot.”Remembering some of his teachers, Tharoor narrated his experience with one of his class III teacher. He said, “It was an end of a session incident of class work. She summoned all the children to handover the class exercise books.Having 35-40 students in each class many boys were trying to reach to our teacher’s desk to submit our class work books, I being a problem solver from very early age decided the shortest way and threw the exercise book over the heads of all the students. I expected applause as the book landed on top of the pile. Instead she left from her seat furiously and called me Junglee.”Tharoor added that his father was the one who started Parents Teachers Association in the school and also presided it. He mentioned how Campion school debates helped him become a good speaker.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

75 glorious yrs of Campion School

On Tuesday the auditorium of NCPA Tata Theatre was full with the large number of current and past students, current and former teachers, as well as the former administration staff that had come to attend the platinum jubilee of the iconic Campion School located at Cooperage road at Fort on Tuesday.The event was also attended by renowned personalities that passed out from Campion School like Niranjan Hiranandani, MD Hiranandani Group and Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor. Among other dignitaries present were Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and Chief Post Master General HC Agrawal.Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, in his speech praised Campion’s illustrious list of alumni. He said, “I was impressed to know many renowned personalities are alumni of the School. I do hope that the School will continue its tradition of producing men of character, values and compassion who will provide leadership to society in all areas of human endeavour.”The school released event brochure and its logo that will be used for whole year for correspondence. The documentary ‘Beyond the first step’ of the school was also shown.The Campion school at Fort was once started on 20 January 1943 with 23 students by members of Society of Jesuits. The school now has 830 students.The school was once in a small building in a rental ground floor at 45, New Marine Lines. The school’s first principal was late Fr Joseph Savall. It use to give Cambridge education to its students till 1956.RENOWNED ALUMNIPraful Patel, Former Aviation Minister Shashi Tharoor, MP Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Group Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, MP and Congress Leader Rajdeep Sardesai, Indian news anchor and author Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group. (L-R) C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, Paul Machado, Principal, Dr Eric Borges, Chairman, Campion School, Niranjan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani Group and Dr Frazer Mascarenhas, Jesuits’s Provincial’s representative
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

I made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old

The Jharkhand school principal who was booked for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old child, has admitted to the crime. However, he has brushed it off saying that there was ‘no intercourse involved’.According to an NDTV report, S Xavier, who heads the school in Jharkhand’s Koderma district had allegedly taken the child to the school toilet where he stripped her and inappropriately touched her. He then gave her some money and told her to not repeat what had happened.He was produced before the media by the police. “Yes I did, but it wasn’t such a big mistake. There was no sexual intercourse. Let me be frank, I could not even have done it, I’m old now. It was an accident.” The man, who has been sent to jail for 15 days, also said, “I am under a lot of stress. My work is not going well. I have heart trouble. I can’t sleep at night sometimes. I have insomnia,” he said.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal Xavier has been booked under various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act​ (POCSO).The incident came to light days after a four-year-old child from a posh school in Kolkata was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers. Both the teachers were booked under POCSO after the child identified them. Parents staged protests outside the school and the Jadavpur police station where the accused have been locked up, demanding stricter action. They had also lamented the high school fee (Rs 5,000 per month) but no adequate security for the children.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Kolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal

The Kolkata school where a four-year-old students was sexually assaulted in the washroom will remain closed from Monday. The authorities gave the assurance even as angry guardians staged a sit-in dharna in front of the Tollygunj metro station.The school authorities, in a notice, said parents and all concerned are informed that both the junior and senior sections will remain closed from Monday. The notice also said that the two physical training instructors, who were arrested yesterday for allegedly assaulting the child, have been ‘removed from service’, adding, guardians can contact the principal for any further intimation.Meanwhile, the guardians of students of various schools demanded immediate police action against the principal, vice- principal and the class teacher for trying to suppress the incident. “We are persuading them to lift the blockade and move to an auditorium where they can talk to the management representatives. Talks may not be possible on the road,” said Deputy Commissioner, South Division of Kolkata Police, Rupesh Kumar.Also readKolkata minor sexual assault: Parents protest outside school; lament lack of security despite hefty feesA seven-member team of the Guardians’ Forum, including the victims’s father, later went to the Jadavpur Police station to file an FIR against the three, Subrata Saha, a member of the forum, said. Reacting to the school’s notice, Saha said, “This shows the vindictive attitude of the principal, who wants to break the Guardians’ Forum. We are determined we will ensure full-proof security for our children.” Guardians from some other well-known city schools also joined the protest, as they took out a rally, earlier in the day.They had held a 16-hour protest yesterday till past midnight. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “The school authorities should have taken into account that inducting male teachers in a girl’s school may lead to such situations.” The two PT instructors have been remanded in police custody for two days till Monday by a Kolkata court. The accused PT instructors have been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act which is non-bailable, a senior police official had said yesterday.”They (the school) should have been more careful. They should not have appointed male PT teachers,” Chatterjee added.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

After Kolkata sexual assault of 4-year-old, Jharkhand principal booked for molesting seven-year-old

A day after a four-year-old child was sexual assaulted in a posh school in Kolkata, another report – this time from Jharkhand – says that a 67-year-old principal of a public school allegedly molested a seven-year-old.According to news agency ANI, an FIR has already been registered against the principal of Telaiya Public School in Koderma and a probe is on.Earlier in Kolkata, parents protested outside the GD Birla Centre for Education to protest against the authorities after a four-year old child was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers.Meanwhile, the two accused physical education teachers Abhishek Roy and Md Mofizzuddin were arrested and placed in police custody at Jadavpur police station. They have been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.Earlier, it was reported that the girl was lured to the toilet with promise of getting chocolates. There she was shown pornography and was molested. The victim has identified the two individuals from pictures shown by the detectives.The child was constantly crying and complained of severe pain after returning from school on Wednesday when her mother spotted blood stains on her clothes, he said. On enquiring, the girl told her mother that the PT teacher had taken her to the washroom but could not narrate what happened thereafter. Her parents took her to a pediatrician who advised her to be taken to the police, the officer said.Also readKolkata minor sexual assault: Parents protest outside school; lament lack of security despite hefty feesThe child was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital late last night. Tests were performed to confirm the alleged sexual assault on her. The report is awaited, hospital sources told. Following the incident, parents of other students held protests in front of the school gate today demanding immediate suspension of the accused teacher.Since the Ryan International School student’s murder, a number of reports of the lack of security in schools – both public and private – have been highlighted by the media.Also read4-year-old girl sexually molested in washroom of reputed Kolkata school However, data provided by NCRB shows that molestation of children under the POCSO act has increased almost four-fold in the past three years. However, there is no information revealing where the incidents took place.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

GD Somani to share neighbourhood with civic school

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Education department is set with its design plan to construct a two-storey school next to GD Somani Memorial School in Cuffe Parade.The civic body is now in process of obtaining clearances from the Coastal Regulatory Zone, the Defence and other concerned agencies before finalising the design plan.In 1985, the Somani Trust was given the 5736 sqm plot owned by the BMC, where the GD Somani school is currently located, to construct two school buildings of which one of the buildings constructed on the plot would be handed over to the BMC to run a municipal school. However, it never materialised, and the remaining area plot is now being used by GD Somani school for parking school buses.The local Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Arvind Sawant, however, alleges that the BMC school has not come up because of political pressures from the local Member of Legislative Assembly BJP’s Raj Purohit and his support for Somani trust.But the BMC was delayed in its plan to construct a municipal school in Cuffe Parade even after the 2011 Bombay High Court giving the BMC the go-ahead to construct the school building on the land.However, rejecting all allegations from the Shiv Sena, Purohit said, “A civic school should definitely come and there is no political pressure. It is just lack of willingness on the part of the BMC. If anyone approaches me, I will definitely help speed up the procedure to build a civic school there.”A senior civic official said, “I have sent the design plan of the two-storey school with including an auditorium. It is the BMC’s plot and a school will definitely come up there. It may take time to obtain required clearances but the school will be built.”However, DN Seymour, Principal of GD Somani school, said, “I only found out today that a civic school is proposed on the plot. The area has always been used to park school buses. I will talk to the trustee to find out more about the issue.”IN THE DARKWhen asked, DN Seymour, Principal of GD Somani school, said, “I only found out today that a civic school is proposed on the plot. The area has always been used to park school buses. I will talk to the trustee to find out more about the issue.”
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Access denied

Last week the general body of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed an interim policy for the city’s open spaces, allowing citizen groups, non-government organisations (NGO) and private organisations to maintain playgrounds, recreation grounds and gardens. The policy allows them to maintain the city’s open spaces for a contractual period of 11 months as long as they adhere to the BMC’s rules, including non-discriminatory access to all citizens, without charging any money.Last year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had given directions to reclaim all the 216 open plots which were given to private entities on adoption basis for maintenance. The objective was to allow indiscriminate access for common public at no cost and prevent the commercial exploitation of the policy. Following this, the civic body started reclaiming its recreational grounds, playgrounds and gardens.The interim policyAccording to the interim policy, private bodies can maintain open spaces as long as they provide non-discriminatory access, and free entry to citizens. The BMC disallows commercial or political activities on these plots. Under the policy, interested parties will have to apply to the BMC to adopt an open space and will have to strictly adhere to BMC’s conditions. The application will have to be sent to a ward-level committee — comprising civic officials — which will scrutinise their eligibility and allot the spaces accordingly. The BMC is entitled to take back the plots without any notice.Moreover, the caretakers will have to ensure that no construction is carried out on these plots, failing which they will lose the plots to the BMC. The entities will have to create large boards informing citizens that the open space is accessible to everyone and is free of cost. The BMC’s move on the interim policy comes at a time when 28 plots are yet to be reclaimed. Civic activists, and the Congress and NCP corporators have slammed the decision saying that the corporation has gone against the CM’s directives and passed the policy in haste. They allege that, of the 28 plots, most are in the possession of leaders in the BJP and Shiv Sena, and the corporation wants to benefit them by being lenient in reclaiming the plots.DNA visited a few BMC plots which the civic body has failed to reclaim. Despite being civic plots, in many cases, not all citizens are not granted free entry. The plots are also commercially exploited.Thakur ShyamNarayan High SchoolThakur Village, KandivliThe Kandivli East-based school is run by Thakur Education Trust. The 2,177 sq m plot next to the school has been reserved by the BMC as a playground. As per the document available with DNA, the plot is maintained by M/s Shyam Narayan Thakur School. Besides using the plot as a ground for its schoolchildren, the school has rented the ground to groups to play box cricket and football. The rental charges are: Rs 1,000 on weekday mornings and 1,500 per hour on weekday evenings. During weekends, the ground can be rented out in the day for Rs 1,800, and Rs 2,000 per hour on weekend evenings. The employees deployed on the ground told this reporter that one cannot play on the ground without any advance booking. The playground is free for Thakur school students, and for those who are ready to pay a hefty amount on hourly basis.The employees are aware that the plot belongs to the BMC, and that the civic body has served notice to handover the plot.Resident voiceThe Thakur Trust has sublet the plot and exploits it commercially. No construction is allowed on the plot but they have constructed turfs. Even for playing football one has to shell out Rs 3,000 per hour, which is not only expensive but illegal. They do not allow free entry to play any sport. —Alok Choudhary Official speakWe have received the BMC’s notice to handover the plot and the handing over procedure is going on.— Ram Singh Thakur, ex-MLA of Kandivli, BJPSt Xavier’s groundParelThe St Xavier’s ground in Parel which is adopted by Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), of which Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray is President, is a 16,000 sq m recreational ground of the BMC. But, it is open to public for only two hours in the morning and evening. Resident voiceThe MDFA has kept the ground open for two hours in the morning and evening, but people in the vicinity are not aware about it. The MDFA rents the ground and makes money out of it. MDFA is headed by Aditya Thackeray and Shiv Sena itself has passed the open space policy benefiting them. The MDFA will simply apply for extension of 11 months and the common public will never be able to utilise the open space.—Nikhil DesaiOfficial SpeakThere is no question of handing over the ground. It is adopted by the MDFA and according to BMC’s rule, we have applied to the Municipal Commissioner for extension.—U Banerjee, Secretary of Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA)Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket AcademyChembur WestThe cricket ground at the Dilip Vengsarkar academy, which is spread over 19,506 sq m, is a BMC-reserved playground which is being maintained by the Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation. The foundation is yet to hand over the ground to the civic body. If one has to play cricket here, the ground can be hired at Rs 30,000 per day.When DNA visited the ground, the employees said that the cricket ground is booked for weekends for the entire year. The academy, allows the teams of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to practice for free, a coach training the women’s cricket team informed.Resident voiceDilip Vengsarkar adopted the plot as a garden plot but has developed a playground only for his academy. Many SRA buildings are coming up in the area, but no one has access to the ground. The academy earns crores of rupees annually through rent. How can a BMC plot be allowed to exploit commercially.—Rajkumar SharmaDespite attempts, Dilip Vengsarkar was unavailable for comments. Poisar GymkhanaKandivli WestThe Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kridangan is a 40,805 sq m-BMC plot reserved as playground. As one enters the ground, one cannot miss the instruction boards which have stipulated jogging timings, what not to wear inside the premises, and a message that reads ‘Only for Life Members’. The Poisar Gymkhana has been developed under the leadership of BJP MP Gopal Shetty. Even as a caretaker of the BMC plot, the M/s Poisar Gymkhana offers various activities and facilities for all but with a price tag and restrictions. Jogging fees ranges from Rs 77 to Rs 1,475 depending on the time period. The fees to use the gym for non-members ranges from Rs 472 to Rs 4,248 depending on the time period.Resident voiceThe Gymkhana offers numerous activities but at hefty rates, which is a violation of civic rules. If they are giving facilities by charging money, then what is the use of it being a public plot?—Vasant PatilOfficial speakI am out of town for the last 4-5 days, and I am not aware about handing over of the plot. Our gymkhana offers entry to all.—Mukesh Bhandari, President of the managing committee of Poisar GymkhanaVeer Savarkar UdyanBorivli WestThe Veer Savarkar Garden is a 25,395 sq m garden plot of the BMC which is maintained by M/s Poisar Gymkhana. The garden offers facilities — like a jogging track, and seasonal boating on the lake developed by the Gymkhana among others. Joggers have to pay Rs 2 per person to access the garden during the morning and evening peak hours. For other visitors during the day, the charge is Rs 5. The garden has hundreds of visitors daily. In the afternoon, many college students visit the lake but only after they have paid a price. A huge board has been fixed at the entrance gate, with a message from MP Gopal Shetty expressing his joy that the BMC has agreed to give the garden to gymkhana for maintenance. However, officials from BMC said that the garden is a civic plot and is yet to be handed over by Gymkhana.An employee at the garden on condition of anonymity said, “The BMC says that even if you have adopted the plot you have to run the garden for free of cost. When the garden was developed people paid around Rs 18,000 for membership. Our monthly electricity bills cost at least Rs 50,000, and the garden employees appointed by the trust are yet to be paid. If we run the garden for free, how will we bear all these expenses? So, BMC agreed to give the plot to the Gymkhana for maintenance.”Resident VoiceFirst of all, it is a public plot so no entry fee should be charged. But the gymkhana has told the BMC that they charge only Rs 2 but actually in daytime they charge Rs 5. If the caretaker is already giving the plot for commercial activities, they earn from it, there is no reason to charge entry fee.— Meera KamathOfficial speakI have been calling the BMC officials since last year to take over the plot as per their policy. We are ready to handover both the plots whenever the BMC officials are ready to take it and maintain it themselves. —Gopal Shetty, MP28 plots to be reclaimed by BMCSurakha Garden, Cuffe ParadeCPRA Garden, Cuffe ParadeSabina Chandrashekhar ground, Opp Regal Cinema, ColabaPriyadarshani Park, NapeanSea RoadAmarsons Garden, Bhulabhai Desai RoadSt Xaviers Playground, ParelPlayground adjacent to 71/72 Sion Estate, SionMai Mangeshkar Gardem, Shivaji ParkChhatrapati Sambhaji Garden, Khar WestMeenatai Thackeray Maidan, SVP Road, Andheri EastGround near Gayatri Apartment, Chakala, Andheri EastGround near Mara village, Juhu, JVPD schemeKarmayogi Pushpakant Anant Mhatre Playground, Mara village, Juhu JVPD schemeGround opposite Santosh Nagar, Chincholi Village, Gokuldham, Goregaon EastGround near Varsi hill, near Rustamji Complex, Malad WestGurunanak Garden, Tilak Nagar Road, Goregaon WestSheila Raheja Garden, Khadakpada, Dindoshi, Malad EastChhatrapati Shivaji Ground, Kajupada, Kurla WestGround near Vatsalatai Naik Nagar, Suman Nagar, ChemburGarden at Mahul, Chembur West (Dilip Vengsarkar cricket ground)Garden plot in Mahaveer nagar, Kandivli WestShyam Narayan Singh Thakur Manoranjan Maidan, Near Thakur Vidya Mandir, Thakur ComplexNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kridangan, Poinsar Gymkhana, Kandivli WestGround next to Shyam Narayan School, Opp Dream Park, Kandivli EastGround in Parekh Nagar, Spring club, Kandivli WestGround in Parekh Nagar, Kandivli WestSwatantryaveer Sawarkar Garden, Borivli WestGarden at Devidas Junction, D P Road, Goregaon West
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Girls made to clean toilets in Tamil Nadu govt school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new controversy has erupted over a government school in Thiruvallur district where girl students were forced to clean toilets. The event came days after four girl students committed suicide in Vellore after being scolded by teachers for poor performance.A video of a weeping girl student cleaning the toilets with a piece of cloth was widely circulated via WhatsApp. In the video, a girl student in uniform scrubbing a toilet floor can be heard asking another girl to fetch some water and pour it on the floor.After the suicide of four girl students on Friday, this is the third incident of teachers allegedly abusing the students that has come to light.The toilet-cleaning incident happened at the RM Jain Government Girls Higher Secondary School which has over 1,000 students. “The headmistress of the school has forced girls to clean the toilets with bare hands. If the students refuse to clean, they were asked to kneel down and were hit on the head. Most of the students were under severe stress because of the humiliation meted out to them by the headmistress,” N Dinesh, Thiruvallur district secretary of Students Federation of India who had complained to the district collector in this regard.The chief educational officer of the Thiruvallur district told DNA that his officials conducted an enquiry on the complaint and forwarded the report to the higher authorities to initiate action against the school. “We spoke to the girl students who appeared in the video. They told us that HM asked them to clean the toilets,” the official said.

HRD Ministry to chalk out strategy for schools to deal with sexual abuses cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The HRD Ministry is roping in various NGOs and civil society groups to chalk out a strategy for dealing with cases of child sexual abuse at school level, as the increasing number of such cases has set alarm bells ringing in the country.The move comes following the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old girl in a prominent Delhi school by a classmate.”There are several rules and guidelines in place but still several cases are reported where children are sexually abused. This issue needs to be tackled beyond the usual good touch-bad touch lessons,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.”Discussions have been initiated with several NGOs and civil society groups and we hope to have some suggestions soon to see how the problem can be addressed at the school level,” the official added.The role of school authorities has come under scanner where last week a girl’s mother had approached the police and alleged that her daughter was “inappropriately touched” by a classmate.
ALSO READ Hyderabad: School principal arrested for molesting studentAccording to the mother, when the girl returned from school she complained of pain in her private parts. She was taken to a hospital where doctors confirmed sexual assault.

Maharashtra lowers extra marks for students with singing, dancing skills to 15 from 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>School education and sports department in Maharashtra has withdrawn all their previous government resolutions (GR) on awarding 25 marks to students for visual and performing arts before state board examination begins. The department had come up with new GR on Friday that shows overall 25 marks have been reduced to 15 for achievements in arts and culture.A student who is a winner at national or state-level tournaments and scholarships in classical arts will no more get 25 marks for this board examination. The extra marks will be awarded to them on the basis of the marks they score in their classical arts exam.The GR issued on Friday states that the students in classical art like dance, singing and music who secure A+ or A grade would get 10 marks, B+ 7 marks, B grade 5 marks and C grade 3 marks if they have given three exams in it through recognized institutions. Similarly 15 to 3 marks from A+ to C grade for those who have given 5 exams in recognized institutions.The new GR states that because students are awarded extra marks for their achievements in arts, there will not be 2% reservation for students in first year junior college admissions for cultural quota.The intermediate drawing examination have also been halved in this GR. Earlier, students who excelled in drawing were awarded 5 to 15 marks on the basis of grades in intermediate drawing exams. Now it has been changed so in intermediate drawing exam one who gets grade A will get 7 marks, grade B 5 marks and grade C 3 marks.To encourage students in extracurricular activities, the new GR was introduced in January by making provisional marks for students. The 25 extra marks lead in getting 100 percent results to many students in this year March board examination, which is why the changes in marks have been made in the new GR introduced on Saturday by state education department.

Ryan accused back in juvenile home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Gurugram on Wednesday sent a 16-year-old student of the Ryan International School to the juvenile home again for 14 days.The juvenile has been accused of murdering a seven-year-old student, Pradyuman Thakur, in the school premises on September 8. He was produced before the JJB after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.Meanwhile, the juvenile’s father alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interrogated his son beyond the prescribed time.The board had fixed his interrogation for 10 am to 6 pm during a three-day remand that the agency got on November 8. Hearing on his plea is now scheduled for December 29, said a lawyer who attended the proceedings.The agency also sought permission to get his fingerprints but the matter has been posted for a later hearing. “There has been no decision on whether the juvenile should be tried as an adult,” Sushil Tekriwal, counsel of the victim’s father, Barun Chandra Thakur, said.On November 14, Thakur had filed a petition before the JJB, seeking that the 16-year-old accused be tried as an adult, stating that the crime he committed was “chilling, horrific, monstrous, and serious in nature”.”The juvenile should be treated as an adult as he knew what he was doing, his intention was to kill. He bought a knife a day before and also researched poisons on the internet. The statements recorded by the CBI officers indicate that he planned this murder to delay the exams and the parents-teachers meeting. The murder had a motive,” said Tekriwal.SCHOOL BUS CONDUCTOR RETURNS HOMEAshok Kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in connection with the Ryan murder case, was released on bail from the Bhondsi Jail on Wednesday evening. As the media persons thronged outside the Jail premises, the authorities as well as Kumar’s lawyers were quick to get him out from the back gate. His family members and other villagers were waiting for him at his home. Kumar’s lawyers claimed that he was not in a condition to speak to the media. He reached home around 9 pm and soon went to sleep. Kumar was granted bail on Tuesday under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has a right to personal liberty and life.

Ryan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar walked free from Bhondsi jail on Wednesday, a day after Gurugram court granted him bail in the sensational murder case of Pradyuman Thakur.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court judge granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.”The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and life,” said Advocate Anil Sharma, who was present in the court on behalf of Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.On Monday, the CBI submitted the DNA sample report in the Gurugram court. The report stated that the blood samples recovered from Ashok’s shirt by the Haryana Police did not match with that of the murdered child.Meanwhile, a Class 11 student was arrested in connection to the sensational Ryan School murder case.Ashok was accused of murdering a Class II student, Pradyuman Thakur, in a Gurugram school.The seven-year-old was found dead in the washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan School International with his throat brutally slit on September 8.

Pune: Five arrested for attempting to kill school bus driver who stopped harassment of girl students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hadapsar police in Pune booked five persons for allegedly attempting to murder a bus driver after he warned them for following school girls who travelled in his vehicle. The incident took place at Pandhranumber chowk in Hadapsar area on Monday night where the five youth attacked school bus driver Akshay Shewale (24). Following the complaint lodged by Akshay, Hadapsar police have booked them of which two have been identified as Aniket Shinde and Sonya Ghayal. Inspector (crime) Anjum Bagwan of Hadapsar police station who is investigating the case told DNA, “Akshay drives a school bus which is owned by his uncle. Every day he drives school girls from Hadapsar area to their school.””Since past few days, Akshay was observing that while he was plying the school girls to the school, Aniket Shinde was following the bus all the way to the school. After observing his activities for few days, Akshay had confronted Shinde and he had warned him for following the girls,” Bagwan added. According to police, after Akshay’s warning, Shinde apologised for his behaviour and he had promised not to follow the girls anymore. “Though Shinde had apologised, he was burning from inside after he was scolded by Akshay. He decided to take revenge for which he took help of his other friends,” Bagwan added. On Monday night, Akshay and his friend were travelling on a two wheeler when Shinde stopped him near Pandhranumber chowk and they entered into an argument. Bagwan said, “Akshay and Shinde had a scuffle after which Shinde called his friends who hit Akshay and his friend with sticks and sharp weapons.” Police have registered the case under Indian Penal Code’s section 307 for attempting murder, 323 for voluntarily causing hurt, 506 for criminal intimidation and other relevant sections

Ryan case: CBI doubts ‘exam delay’ theory as accused good in studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While probing the Ryan murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started questioning its own theory that the accused, a Class XI student of the Ryan International School, killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur so that the exams could be postponed. The agency has doubts about this line of investigation as the accused has an excellent academic record.Earlier, the agency had said that during the interrogation, the accused had revealed that he killed Pradyuman to”postpone the examination and the parents-teacher meeting”.Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination.”The motive behind the murder is not completely convincing,” a senior CBI officer said.The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there.”Buying a knife, randomly picking a junior student, and slitting his throat in the school premises is just unconvincing,” said a senior officer, adding that the deceased might have witnessed something objectionable, which eventually led to his murder.”The motive looks like a smokescreen. The real motive is something else,”the officer added.Meanwhile, the CBI has rejected the Haryana police’s investigation, which pointed at school bus conductor Ashok Kumar as the accused. CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma has ordered a probe into the destruction of evidence by four police officers, including the Superintendent of Police working with the Haryana government.Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers and are trying to piece together the way the evidences in the case were destroyed and new evidences were planted to frame the bus conductor.The agency, however, has remained silent on Kumar’s bail application. The matter will be heard in a Gurugram court on Monday. Surprisingly, last week, Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, through his counsel Sushil K Tekriwal, also opposed the bus conductor’s bail plea, saying that since the CBI had not given him a clean chit, he should not be given bail’NO REASON TO FEAR’Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there. Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers.

Ryan murder: CISF offers consultancy services to ensure safety in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CISF has written to schools across the country, including noted ones like KVs, DPS, Doon and Scindia, offering professional security consultancy services to ensure safe environment for children, a move that comes in the wake of the killing of a student in Gurugram.The paramilitary, mandated as the nodal security agency to guard critical installations in the country including airports, has written dozens of letters to school authorities stating it can help create a “safe and secure” environment for school-going children which will come with a service fee.The consultancy fee would be around Rs 4 lakh for an average school.The trigger for this all-India exercise by the Central Industrial Security Force is the recent incident of killing of a Class 2 student of the Ryan International School in Gurugram who was found dead in the school bathroom with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.”It is felt that in the wake of the recent unfortunate incident in one of the reputed schools in the national capital region (NCR) in which a young student lost his life, there is now a need for revisiting the security infrastructure of our schools.””You will agree that a healthy and secure environment is a right of every child and schools have a major role to play in the providing the same,” the CISF letter addressed to one of the school principals read.Among those who have been sent the offer letter include the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the Delhi Public School Society, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Springdales, Salwan Education Trust, Modern School, Sanskriti, Mother’s International, Shri Ram and Appejay Education Society in Delhi.The force has even approached the Ryan Group of Schools in Mumbai, the Doon School in Dehradun, Scindia School in Gwalior and Rishi Valley in Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh even as many more such letters are being dispatched.CISF Director General O P Singh said the force took the initiative as part of its responsibility towards society.”We are the best suited government agency for doing such expert security consultancies and in preparing safe environments. We need to ensure safety to the school-going children. About 200 institutions of national repute are our satisfied clients under this umbrella,” he told PTI.The force that works under the command of the Union home ministry has conducted similar security consultancy for the Dhirubhai Ambani International school in Mumbai and has similarly audited a number of Indian Institutes of Management (IIsM) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIsT).The force has assured the schools that its professional but chargeable security solutions will be custom-made for them like it does for each of its clients.”We firmly believe that out consultancy will assist in finalising the blue print for effective security and fire protection of your esteemed educational institutions,” the CISF has told the schools.It said that its security audit report will “cover aspects related to integrated security solutions, student and faculty protection and any specific requirement put forth by them.”A senior officer of the force said after the first set of offer letters were dispatched few days back, three reputed schools from Delhi have already approached them with a positive word.The official said the CISF security consultancy, used by Infosys, Reliance, the Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) and AIIMS among others, will cost one-fourth as what is charged by some private players in this domain.”So, for an average school that we are talking about, an amount of about Rs 4-4.5 lakh would be incurred as the CISF consultancy fee. The private players charge as much as Rs 20 lakh for the same job,” he said.He said once the client agrees for the consultancy, a team of CISF experts from its special unit visit the premises that is to be audited and handover the final report from a time period ranging between 3-4 months.The report tells the client where to install CCTV cameras, where to deploy security staff, how to check access control, how to train their security staff and install emergency response gadgets.”The effort is to make the security system professional and competent.The security consultancy is also added with the fire audit where anti-blaze and counter-fire measures are suggested,” he said.The security consultancy wing in the 1969 raised force was created in 1999 and it has an elite team of 130 expert officials.

State makes police verification of school staff mandatory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of rising concerns over security in schools following the Ryan incident, the state education department has issued a list of rules. Schools across the city have been tasked with adhering to these assignments which includes getting police verification of teachers and support staff.While there has been no clarity on why the department has issued a list in the middle of the session, most believe this is in response to the Ryan International murder case in Delhi.When DNA poke to several school authorities, they confirmed the same. Anisha Shaikh, Principal of FD High School in Jamalpur, said, “Being a girls school, we have stringent rules that we have been following for many years. We have nearly 1,500 girls studying here and their safety is our responsibility. We have recently been issued a list of rules to be followed by the state government. While we have already been following most of them, there are some that are new. For example, the government wants us to issue smart cards to the teachers. Not just smart cards, schools have also been asked to do a police verification of all the staff, including teachers. This has probably been done after taking a learning from the Delhi school murder.”Speaking about the kind of rules they have been following, she said, “A card containing the personal details of the parents have been issued to them, to help us verify. In case there’s an emergency and the child needs to be released before school ends, displaying this card will become mandatory.Many a times, students wish to venture outside the school premises to get lunch. To stop this, we have opened a canteen inside the school where healthy snacks are available. Apart from this, we have installed a box in our lobby area that reads as ‘We Listen’, in which students who are unable to express themselves or voice their concerns in public, can easily do so.”Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma confirmed this and said, “Ensuring the safety of the students is our prime concern. We had also celebrated safety week in schools recently.” District Education Officer Navneet Mehta was not available for a comment.SAFETY CONCERNSThe state education department has issued a list of rules to schools across the city. Guidelines include getting police verification for teachers, support staff. Edu Min says ensuring students’ safety is the govt’s main concern.

Safety comes first: Bihar schools set to have ‘Safe Saturday’ for students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a novel initiative, the Bihar government is set to launch a school safety programme from January 2018, where the students will be trained in disaster management at their schools every Saturday. The programme has thus been named “Safe Saturday”, and is a part of Chief Minister’s “School Suraksha Karyakram”.The decision was taken at the 11th review meeting of the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and senior government and BSDMA officials in attendance. Disaster management is already studied as a subject by high school students in the state. A BSDMA official said the Safe Saturday programme will include modules on types of disasters, how to identify them, what steps can be taken to mitigate their effects and post-disaster management.The school teachers will be trained by master trainers of BSDMA and booklets and other related reference materials will be provided to them, so that they can educate the students about disaster risks and management. “Not just natural calamities, but risks of heatwave and cold wave, drowning, traffic hazards or fire safety etc will also be told to them,” the official said. The schools will also conduct mock drills, he added.Bihar is a “disaster-prone” state which faces multiple hazards of flood, drought, and lightning every year besides being in seismic zone IV and V, making it earthquake-prone too. These hazards have been claiming several lives across the state, due to lack of timely mitigation or management and delayed relief and rescue operations.

Ryan case | Victim’s dad: Try 16-yr-old as adult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradyuman Thakur’s father filed a petition before the juvenile justice board on Wednesday and sought the trial of the 16-year-old accused as an adult. The father, Barun Thakur, said the crime was horrific and the accused should not be shown mercy.The CBI has arrested the Class 11 student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School for killing his Class 2 junior Pradyuman on September 8. School bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police.Kumar’s bail plea is slated to be heard at a sessions court in Gurugram on Thursday. The juvenile student confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the CBI has told the juvenile court. But on Tuesday, the accused was said to have claimed that he was forced to confess.The juvenile student was weak in studies and committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, sources in the CBI have maintained. Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, sources have said. CCTV footage, in which the Class 11 student was seen near the victim minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police.

2,000 students take part in civic drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Juhu Parle Education Society celebrated Children’s Day on a different vein on Tuesday. Around 2,000 students along with parents and staff members of Utpal Sanghvi Global School (USGS) and Prabhavati Padamshi Soni International Junior College (PPSIJC) from Juhu engaged in a civic awareness programme aimed at Mumbaikars and also distributed wet and dry dustbins to 750 societies in Juhu.Two thousand students, 700 parents and around 300 management people of USGS and PPSIJC were on the streets of Juhu for a civic awareness drive. The school has also adopted Katkariwadi village in Thane district, where students are teaching villagers to make paper bags in order to give them employment opportunities and also spreading a message of no plastic bags in their area by selling villagers handmade paper bags.

15% Udgam, Zebar children overweight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to understand the pattern of lifestyle diseases affecting school children, a school in the city undertook a survey among its students and parents. It found shocking facts and has now chalked out preventive measures and recommendations to deal with diseases like diabetes and hypertension.The online survey was sent out to 6,500 children of Udgam and Zebar school, of which more than 1,000 responded. While 15 per cent of the children were found to be overweight, 23 per cent were had cravings for sugar after a full meal. Around 75 per cent, either of four grandparents have diabetes. The survey also indicated that half the family of 25 per cent is diabetic and parents of 60 per cent suffer from hypertension.Speaking about the study, Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School for Children & Zebar School for Children, said, “Diabetes Mellitus or Type II diabetes is taking a toll on the new generation, which is the future of our country. This was the main reason to undertake this initiative with an aim to sensitise, inform and educate the parents in the current scenario.”He further said, “Despite awareness among parents on lifestyle diseases, preventative measures are not implemented. 28% of children do not eat fruit every day which is strongly recommended as fruits provide vitamins, fibres, hydration and fructose which also helps decrease in sugar cravings.”PREVENTIVE MEASURES SENT TO PARENTS:Engage in a physical activity during the day
Have protein rich diet
Include fiber in every meal
Reduce intake of simple carbohydrates like chocolates, white bread, rice
Avoid packed foods
Avoid high sugar, high salt and high fat food in routine food
Reduce screen time that leads to immobility

NCR schools open in a haze, parents worried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While pollution levels remained hazardous on Monday, schools in the national capital reopened, leaving parents anxious about the health of their children.Schools in NCR towns will, however, re-open on Tuesday. Those in Gurugram and Ghaziabad will start two hours late to keep children from the toxic haze. Schools in Noida will not tweak their schedule. Outdoor activities and sports events will, however, remain suspended in all NCR schools.A group of parents wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to voice their concern. “The Delhi government should have shut classes, at least for primary students. I’m really worried about the health of my 7-year-old daughter,” said Shramistha Saini, mother of a Class 2 student at Ahlcon International School.”We can’t force small children to wear masks. I make my 8-year-old son wear a mask but he throws it away. It’s better for him to stay at home,” said Anjana Singh, mother of a Class 7 student.”Primary school children should not get exposed to this smog. The government should order schools to suspend at least primary classes for three more days or the schools themselves should take this initiative,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.School authorities said that shutting classes is not the answer to the problem. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, “These are just knee-jerk reactions. The government has to look at workable solutions to deal with a problem of this level. Even delaying timings won’t help, as children are used to a body clock.”A principal of a Delhi government school said, “It is difficult to wrap up the syllabus if schools are shut several times. Also, some schools have half-yearly tests going on. Shutting classes will affect the overall schedule as well as the students’ study patterns.””Children should wear masks whenever they go out. While it is not a foolproof method to avoid pollutants, it certainly helps in prevention. Also, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be consumed to combat the ill effects of Delhi’s smog. Immune system boosting herbs like neem, tulsi and haldi also help,” said Dr Mukesh Goel of Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

Ryan student murder: Cops under scanner, probing school admin’s role next task for CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After finding the alleged killer of Pradyuman and keeping four cops under a scanner for fudging the evidence, the next task for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is to look into the role of Ryan International School administration.Sources said that the agency will look into the fact whether the school administration was guilty under JJ Act.The school had broken window panes, free access of everyone to the washroom on the ground floor and unfinished boundary walls.The Pintos – owner of the school haven’t been questioned yet and they could be questioned.After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Last week, the murder case of the seven-year-old student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurgaon Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court.The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

State edu dept to soon issue guidelines for safety of students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a recent spate of incidents across the country has left parents worried about the safety of their children at school, the Maharashtra state education department is yet to come out with a set of guidelines on the safety of children in school. The matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was quick to issue a guideline after this incident.Nandkumar, the principal secretary of the state school education department, said, “Many organisations and NGO’s are sending their suggestions, advice, and concepts to the state school education department on the safety of children. We soon plan to hold a meeting with experts to come out with guidelines for state board schools across the state. The date has not yet been decided but it will happen for sure.”Recently, in Mumbai, a trustee of an Andheri international school was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside the school premises.Arundhati Chavan, President of the United Forum Parent Teachers Association, said, “Like CBSE, the state education department should also introduce guidelines for our schools and also monitor schools closely as many parents are concerned about their child’s safety.”Jayant Jain, President of Forum for Fairness in Education, said, “The schools should make arrangements for the safety of students without any notice. Many instances have occurred in the past with children. Despite sending kids to international or reputed schools parents are worried.”HORRIFIC INCIDENTSThe matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. Recently, a trustee of an Andheri international school was held for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside school premises.

JBCN school students to organise anti-bullying week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students of JBCN International school have planned to organise an anti-bullying week from November 13 to November 17. As part of the event, students will get an opportunity to meet victims and experts who will talk about the difference between teasing and bullying, and the need to create awareness.The school also plans to keep a box on the school premises for students to drop in notes about the challenges they face, which will be looked after by the enrichment cell (counselling department).Pinky Dalal, founder of the JBCN International School said, “It is important to sensitise learners about bullying so we decided to have an anti-bullying week in school. This year’s theme is “All Different All Equal”. Through various workshops and interventions our aim is to empower learners to be confident and accepting. The initiative is being led by our student council and facilitated by our school teaching community. The idea is to make learners conscious, teach them to be responsible for their choices and to learn to respect and accept each other.”The session on November 13 will focus on creating awareness about ‘What is bullying, and the difference between teasing and bullying. On November 15, there will be various sessions about the types of bullying, places and situations in which bullying may take place. Students will get a chance to meet and talk to victims of bullying, and teachers, family, friends who can intervene. On November 16, students will get lessons on the impact of bullying. On November 17, there will be an exhibit about spreading awareness, which will include posters and slogans on anti-bullying. There will also be a display board with handprints and every student will take an anti-bullying pledge.The counselling department has planned different activities for Classes 1 to 10. The area of focus for different classes are as follows – Class 1-5: class bullying, Class 6-8: social bullying and Class 9-10: cyberbullying.THE ORIGINAnti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event held in the third week of November.It aims to raise awareness about bullying among children and young adults, and highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.

Ryan case: We erred, admit cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted on Saturday that omissions took place on their part during the probe into the murder of seven-year-old Ryan International School student, Pradyuman Thakur.Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar called a meeting of the first investigating team, which had arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar and declared him a paedophile, to pull the officers up. The team members admitted that they erred.The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully. The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Khirwar then slammed the cops and sought an explanation for the botched-up probe. He also sought a complete inquiry report on the matter and the exact details of the police officers who analysed the CCTV footage. He further sought to know what circumstantial evidence led the team to declare Ashok as the murderer.Also, the Class XI student, now accused of having murdered Pradyuman, was taken to the scene of crime, where the incident was recreated. Another student, teachers, and staff were also called to the scene.”The CBI team used a giant stuffed teddy bear in place of Pradyuman and directed the accused student to recreate the entire sequence of events,” a senior CBI officer said, adding that teachers and staff members were interrogated about the murder. The agency sleuths remained in the premises for three-and-a-half hours to collect evidence and identify witnesses in the case.A juvenile court has sent the accused to the Faridabad observation home, where he will remain till November 22.Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started probing whether the first team deliberately implicated the bus conductor.The agency’s initial probe into the matter indicated that “evidences were planted” to make the it appear as if Ashok was the killer.According to the CBI investigation, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav Raghav, to make him accept that there was a knife in the bus tool box. In a statement before the CBI, Raghav had said that on September 6, he cleaned the toolbox and there was no knife in it. He had also pointed out that if someone kept a knife in the toolbox, it would have been captured by one of the two cameras in the bus.The Gurugram Police had further claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit and was cleaning it in the school washroom when he chanced upon Pradyuman.Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of Ryan International School, with his throat slit, on September 8.Botched-up probe by haryana policeAccording to the CBI, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav RaghavThe cops had claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit to clean when he chanced upon Pradyuman

Jolt to CBI: Knife shop owner fails to identify Ryan student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI suffered a jolt as the owner of a shop from where Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student is suspected to have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior has failed to identify him.This left the CBI with no option but to buy seven similar knives that cost Rs 100 to establish its claims. Shop owner Pawan would have become a crucial witness if he had identified the juvenile. The agency alleges that the suspect himself disclosed the shop location. The CBI apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police for killing Pradyuman Thakur on the campus two months ago.The agency has planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. Seven-year-old Pradyuman had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8The CBI is also focusing on a second juvenile student who had raised an alarm about the murder. His statement has been recorded, but he has not been confronted with the suspect who is weak in studies and allegedly committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources.The agency is probing whether school staff and the Haryana police are involved in destruction of evidence. The Haryana police had claimed to have found a blood-stained knife from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency, however, said it has found the actual knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI, within six days of taking over the case on September 22, identified the juvenile as an accused and even went to his residence and collected “crucial materials”. Sources said that the agency collected the clothes which the accused was wearing on the day of the crime.Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said. He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has told a juvenile court.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police. Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.The suspect student was produced before the juvenile court on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. His custody will get over on Saturday when he will be produced before the juvenile court.

JNU fines student for cooking ‘biryani’ inside campus, calls it’s a ‘serious offence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student was fined Rs 6000 on Friday for cooking Biryani near the administrative building.The university notice said, “He was involved in cooking Biryani near the stairs in front of administrative building on 27th June, and eating it thereafter along with other students. This act is serious in nature.”The notice was issued on November 8 against Mohammad Amir, stating the cooking of Biryani as “serious in nature and unbecoming of a student of JNU”. However, keeping in mind the student’s career prospects, “the vice chancellor has taken somewhat lenient view.Amir has also been warned about facing more stringent disciplinary action if he repeats this offence, the notice said.He has been given a deadline of submitting his fine in 10 days,”He is directed to deposit the fine within 10 days from the issue of this letter and show the proof thereof to this office.”Amir is an MA student at the Centre of Arabic and African Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies and stays in the Sabarmati Hostel.

Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s family to file case against officers who ‘framed him’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a 16-year-old student of Gurgaon’s Ryan International School was apprehended by the CBI in connection with the murder of a class 2 student, the family of Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor who was arrested initially, decided to file a case against police officers who “framed” him.”Now it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime,” said Ashok’s father Amirchand.He said the family was seeking villagers’ and village headman financial help to file case.”Villagers are with us and they all want us to demand justice for Ashok and action against irresponsible police officials,” he said. ALSO READ Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced yesterday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman Thakur, rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.Opposition party also attacked the BJP government and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over the “shoddy” police probe.Ajay Yadav, a minister in erstwhile Hooda government, demanded a thorough inquiry against three DCPs and the members of the SIT who made the “poor conductor” a scapegoat.”Why did the SIT not quiz the 16-year-old student as he was the one who informed gardener Harpal Singh about the incident. The role of police officials should also be investigated by higher agency such as CBI,” he said.Haryana congress president Ashok Tanwar said it was an overall “failure” of the Khattar government.Seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur was murdered on September 8 and the case was with the Gurgaon police for 13 days before taken over by the CBI. ALSO READ Ryan school murder case: Two-weapon theory unsustainable, DNA had questioned shoddy probeThe Gurgaon Police arrested Ashok in hurry and even Khattar congratulated the team for cracking case the same day.Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khairwar declared in a press meet on September 10 that Ashok was the killer and that he had tried to sexually assault Pradhuman.Khairwar also said during the investigation that the charge sheet would be filed in 7 days of the murder.”The case was taken over by the CBI before we concluded our investigation and came on final decision. We had arrested Ashok on the basis factual evidence,” Khirwar said. ALSO READ Shoddy probe? Haryana cops face questions

CBI takes Ryan student to knife shop; trip to school slated today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI questioned Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student on Thursday and took him to a shop from where he may have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior Pradyuman Thakur on the Gurugram campus two months ago. The agency apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, in a sensational twist to the crime for which school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police.On Friday, the CBI will take the juvenile to the school to reconstruct the murder that sparked outrage and triggered safety measures across campuses. The seven-year-old had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8, sparking violent protests by parents and locals.The CBI refused to comment on a blood-stained knife that the Haryana police said it had found from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency said it has found the knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI theory has questioned the investigation by the Haryana police which defended itself on Thursday. Gurugram Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khirwar said, “I am not aware of what CBI has found. We had the crime scene inspected by our forensic team.”He said the state police had investigated the case for 12-13 days and had not concluded anything. “Hope, CBI will bring justice to the family. There is a lot of speculation going on… let CBI investigate the case,” he said.He refuted the charge that that police had botched up the probe, saying that it was moving logically in the direction where the evidence led. He said the police was not given time to complete the probe.The suspect student was produced before a Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. He was weak in studies and committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources in the CBI, which took over the case on September 22 after a massive uproar.He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency told the juvenile court.Teachers had noticed the suspect, reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues, bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police.Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.

Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Class 11 student of Ryan International School, apprehended by the CBI for allegedly killing a seven-year-old student, has confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has claimed before a juvenile court here.To corroborate the 16-year-old student’s statement, CBI sleuths took him to a “certain place” on Thursday, the first day of his three-day remand.A special crime team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is questioning him, remained tight-lipped about the exercise, saying it could affect the probe.The juvenile court in Gurgaon on Wednesday sent the student to three days’ CBI custody. He is being kept at the Sewa Kutir, a child welfare home, at Kingsway Camp, from where he was brought to the CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.45 in the morning.The CBI has been directed by the court to carry on questioning for seven hours between 10 in the morning to five in the evening during the custody period.The agency said that his custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain if there were other people involved in the crime.The confession of the student has little meaning as of now as such statements need to be recorded before a court under Section 164 of the CrPC. The agency said his statement was yet to be recorded under CrPC Section 164.CBI sources said the agency is still investigating the case and that admission of crime is just the beginning of a process of collecting corroborative forensic and legally tenable evidence.The agency also wants the teenager to identify the shop from where he had purchased the knife used to slit throat of Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, on September 8, the agency told the court.The CBI said the interrogation was needed to reconstruct the scene of crime, to unearth conspiracy, if any, and to collect any other evidence related to the case.”He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of…In ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School…In presence of his father…, independent witness, welfare officer of the CBI, etc.,” the note said.In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Wednesday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.The agency did not find any evidence of sexual assault, a CBI spokesperson had yesterday.The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff members of the school.Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, sources said.​

Ryan student murder: CBI grills arrested juvenile about weapon used in crime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) begins questioning of the juvenile apprehended for allegedly killing his school junior Pradyuman Thakur. The CBI has also planned to take a suspect student to Ryan International School in Gurugram where he killed a seven-year-old boy. The suspect is being grilled about the weapon used in a crime and why Pradyuman. The suspect student was apprehended on Tuesday late night and produced before Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday. The Board allowed the police to question the suspect who is Class XI student. The student killed Pradyuman randomly with a motive to postpone examination and parents and teachers meeting scheduled later in the month.The CBI is also probing the weapon used in the crime. A forensic team that had visited the spot where Pradyuman had found a knife from a commode in the toilet. This was after the police had claimed that they had already recovered a blood-soaked knife from Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was arrested for the murder.This two-weapon theory had blown the lid off the Gurugram police’s botched-up probe, which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now rejected. The agency has claimed that the knife found in the commode was the one actually used for the crime.The police had claimed that the knife they recovered was a part of the bus toolkit. The bus driver, however, maintained that there was no knife in the box.According to the CBI, a Class XI student of the same school killed Pradyuman, while rejecting the police theory that the conductor sexually assaulted the child before slitting his throat.Sources said the school teachers had noticed the suspect bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram Police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information.”We would not comment on the role of the Haryana Police. We followed our line of investigation. Now, the court will decide,” a CBI spokesperson said.The crucial CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by the cops. “The CCTV footage shows the suspected student pushing Pradyuman towards the washroom,” a CBI source said.The agency also found out that the student was the first to inform the gardener about the incident. “After scientific analysis of the crime scene and CCTV footage, and questioning of several people, we zeroed down to the Class XI student as our prime suspect,” a senior CBI officer said.Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor, who was seen coming out of the washroom before Pradyuman came out with his throat slit,” he said.

Shoddy probe? Haryana cops face questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The murder of seven-year-old boy at the Ryan International School on September 8 this year highlighted security lapses at the school, but most importantly brought the shoddy probe carried out by the Haryana Police to light.From the DCP Traffic being made in-charge of the case to washing up of the crime scene, the Haryana police did not investigate the case properly.Earlier, the Haryana police arrested a bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, who is currently lodged in jail, for the crime. The police had claimed that the conductor had even confessed to the crime. Their theory initially was that the conductor wanted to assault the child and when the boy raised an alarm, he murdered him.The investigation carried out by CBI officials have, however, given a different perspective to the case. The parents of the victim — from the time their child was killed — had always believed it was not the conductor who had murdered the child. They said therwas a larger set of circumstances behind it which the police did not uncover.The parents also said the police had lapses in their investigation.

Ryan case: CBI to question juvenile for 3 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 16-year-old juvenile accused of murdering a seven-year-old boy inside Gurugram’s Ryan International School was produced before the juvenile justice board who allowed the CBI to question him for three days. The CBI had asked for six days but were instead granted three.As the number of mediapersons and vans increased at the Vikas Sadan in Gurugram, heavy police force was deployed before the juvenile was produced. The entry for mediapersons and even other advocates present on the court premises was barred.Around 3:30 pm, a team of CBI officials arrived at the court followed by the lawyers. The juvenile arrived in a white SUV car.During the arguments, Sandeep Aneja, lawyer of the accused, stated that the CBI’s demand for six days’ interrogation is only based on the fact that he had confessed to the crime.”The CBI has only stated the confession of the boy. They do not have evidence against him,” added Aneja.The boy’s father, who is also an advocate or rather belongs to a family of advocates, was present at the court and said, “My son is innocent. He has not killed anyone.”The CBI requested the custody of the juvenile on five aspects. The first, as per the remand papers, included ascertaining and identifying the shop from where the weapon was procured. The second point the CBI stated was to ascertain the details of any other person involved in the crime and to re-create the sequence of events. Third, to establish the sequence of events which led to the murder. Fourth, to unearth if there was any conspiracy behind the crime and lastly to collect more evidence in connection with the case.On the other hand, AK Singh, lawyer for the CBI, said the video footage was enough for them to seek remand.While giving permission to the CBI officials to interrogate the juvenile, Judge Devinder Singh also added that a member of the Juvenile Justice Board be appointed at all times with the juvenile since the case is sensational. The judge added that he is to be questioned between 10am to 6pm with the officer present as well.The juvenile was picked up by the CBI around 11:30 pm from his residence. The CBI stated that after analysing the crime scene, analysing CCTV footages, questioning employees/teachers, movement of other children and the boy, they had apprehended him on Tuesday night.It may be recalled that when the accused conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested, the Gurgaon Bar Association were up in arms against the accused and had refused to fight his case. Lawyers present on the court premises said, “None of them took up the case of Ashok, but today it’s a lawyer’s son and everyone is supportive. What about the first accused who the police arrested?” said a lawyer who did not wish to be named.HOW IT HAPPENED?September 8: 7-yr-old Pradyuman Thakur was found lying outside his classroom bleeding profusely Sep 8: Gurugram police claims to have cracked the case and arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar Sep 11: Two top officials of Ryan International School arrested while acting principal detained for questioning Sep 22: CBI takes over investigation Sep 28: Punjab and Haryana HC stays arrest of Pinto family until October 7 Nov 8: Class XI student arrested, who allegedly admits to crime since he wanted to postpone exams

Schools continue classes, parents in a fix

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Delhi government ordered all primary schools to shut down due to severe pollution, parents of children studying at the branches of DAV Public school were in a fix since they did not receive any notification about classes being suspended on Wednesday.Hassled parents waited for an email or SMS from the school until Tuesday night. “I had to send my seven-year-old son to school as no notification was issued by the authority until Wednesday morning,” said a parent of a Class II student at DAV Public School, Jasola Vihar.Several parents also raised the issue with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on social networking sites. “Even after the government’s order, DAV Public school, Janakpuri remained open on Wednesday. I’m concerned about my child’s health. Plz do something,” tweeted a parent of a nursery student. There are around 30 branches of DAV school across the city.When contacted the Jasola Vihar Branch, officials claimed that they could not suspend the classes as they did not receive any notice from DAV’s management committee. “We can’t make any announcement until we receive instructions from the head office. Also, there were exams in some classes and we can’t re-schedule them at this short level,” the official said.However, officials at DAV primary school, Daryaganj, claimed that only a handful of students turned up in primary classes. “The strength of students in primary classes was very less. We did not conduct normal classes. Only indoor activities were organised for students,” an official said.According to Dr Nisha Peshin, Director of Public Schools, DAV, the head office had received the orders late on Tuesday.

© 2019 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.