In 2 weeks, government gets 50,000 suggestions regarding the draft New Education Policy

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A human resource development (HRD) ministry official said they have so far received nearly 50,000 suggestions and inputs from across the country.(HT Photo)

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments. (Representational image)

Two members of the government-appointed committee led by scientist K Kasturirangan are learnt to have objected Monday to their chairperson’s decision to revise a contentious paragraph in the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2018, dropping a reference to Hindi and English in the recommendation on the three-language formula.

Following protests by political parties, mainly in Tamil Nadu, on what they called the “imposition” of Hindi, the HRD Ministry, at Kasturirangan’s behest, has shared a revised document on its website, which dropped the recommendation that stipulated the languages that students must choose to study from Grade 6.

Committee members Ram Shankar Kureel, former founder vice-chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences in Madhya Pradesh, and K M Tripathy, former chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination Board, are learnt to have registered their opposition to the revision of the draft with the government.

Responding to an email sent by an HRD Ministry official, informing all committee members of the change effected at the behest of Kasturirangan, Kureel is learnt to have called the move unfortunate, while Tripathy objected to the changes made without consulting the committee members — especially since the changes had been discussed and decided against during the panel’s deliberations. The panel has a total of 11 members.

When contacted, Tripathy refused to comment on the matter. Kureel told The Indian Express: “The committee had submitted the hard copy to the HRD Minister (on May 31) and that is the report of the NEP. I stand by that report. The three-language formula is in the interest of national integration.” He did not wish to comment any further.

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The formula, the opposition

The three-language formula, dating back to 1968, means students in Hindi-speaking states should learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English and, in non-Hindi-speaking states, Hindi along with the regional language and English. Tamil Nadu has always opposed this policy, and the new row is over the draft NEP proposing its continuation.

Advocating for bringing in flexibility in the implementation of the three-language formula, the earlier version of the draft NEP, uploaded on the ministry’s website on May 31, read: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi-speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English.”

The revised version states: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school.”

The draft NEP was submitted to the new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 31, following which it was made public for feedback and suggestion.

The earlier version of the draft’s pitch for the proper implementation of the three-language formula in schools across the country drew strong reaction from the DMK, which dubbed the suggestion as an effort to “thrust” Hindi on Tamil Nadu.

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments.

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Data Disclosure Exempted from RTI if Harm to Individual Outweighs Public Interest: Srikrishna Committee Draft

Data Disclosure Exempted from RTI if Harm to Individual Outweighs Public Interest: Srikrishna Committee Draft

The draft for personal data protection law recommended by the Justice Srikrishna Committee proposes exemption of those personal information from disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which can cause harm to the person concerned.

The 213-page report, prepared by a 10-member committee set up last year under the chairmanship of the retired Supreme Court judge, Justice BN Srikrishna, said the data protection law is designed to limit the processing of personal data to legitimate reasons where the flow of information is beneficial and respects autonomy of the data principal.

The report which was submitted to the government on Friday has proposed amendments to the Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act which mentions exemptions from the disclosures under the Act.

“In addition to the likelihood of harm, disclosure should be restricted only where any likely harm outweighs the common good of transparency and accountability in the functioning of public authorities,” the report said regarding any personal information with a government authority.

“Only if such information is likely to cause harm to a data principal and such harm outweighs the aforementioned public interest, can the information be exempted from disclosure,” it added.

The report noted that nothing contained in the data protection bill will apply to the disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) section. This is to prevent privacy from becoming a stonewalling tactic to hinder transparency, it added.

“The RTI Act prescribes a standard for privacy protection in laying out an exemption to transparency requirements under Section 8(1)(j). This needs to be amended to clarify when it will be activated and to harmonise the standard of privacy employed with the general data protection statute.”

 

 

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Cowboys Draft 2016: Five Possible Candidates At Pick #34

Having a high draft pick in each round, the Dallas Cowboys will get the opportunity to nab some players that can really help in 2015. But when you’re one of the worst teams in football the previous season, that’s one benefit a team can get. In today’s NFL, where the salary cap plays such a huge role in how teams are shaped and how they are developed, the draft is seen as the most important event of the offseason. Yep, even more important than free agency.

Fortunately, the Cowboys are unlike any other team choosing in the top five. Dallas is in position to do special things in 2016 and a solid draft class will help them attempt to get to their ultimate goal, playing through February. The Cowboys are in perfect position to pick up prospects who could have first-round potential, but don’t make the cut there on draft day. Let’s take a look at five names that could come to mind when thinking about the Cowboys’ second-round pick.

Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Receivers are a bit less valued now in football because teams can find so many productive ones towards the end of the draft. On top of that, this year’s receiving class isn’t that talented as years past. Laquon Treadwell’s stock has gone down and when you add in the concerns for both Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson, it may contribute to a slide for all receivers, including Thomas, who seemed to have benefited from an uber-talented offense at Ohio State.

Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

Spence’s draft stock has been somewhat intriguing to witness over the past couple of weeks. On one hand, he’s a freak talent who shows the makings of a stud pass rusher thanks to his length and explosiveness. However, there are some character problems that relate back to high school and given the influx of off-field problems NFL players have had lately, it may make teams move away from Spence. But one team who has proven to take chances on these types of players are the Cowboys. If Dallas goes Jalen Ramsey in the first round and then Spence at 34, I would be the happiest of campers.

Jonathan Bullard, Defensive End, Florida

Bullard is a productive, gap-hitting type of lineman that could be of great use in the Cowboys’ scheme. Rod Marinelli values versatility and Bullard is a guy who can move around the line while also being able to hold his own in the running game. I’m really hoping Bullard is around at 34 because there is potential for a really good football player in him.

Karl Joseph, Strong Safety, West Virginia

The injury is going to scare teams away, but I honestly believe Joseph has sealed his status as a first-round talent. Sure he’s not a complete product, but he’s a much better player than Calvin Pryor was coming out of college, and Pryor was the 18th pick in first round of his draft class. Joseph isn’t a finished product by any means, but he’s a safety who looks extremely comfortable at coming up to make tackles or guarding opposing receivers. Dallas needs an upgrade at safety and Joseph makes sense.

Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Oklahoma State

Ogbah is a guy that should warrant first-round potential, but because he doesn’t look dynamic on tape and he doesn’t wow you with his athleticism, there is a possibility that he could get past the back-end of the first round and slip into the second round. It also doesn’t help that it’s yet to be clear whether Ogbah would benefit more in a 3-4 defense or in a 4-3. Even if he slipped to 34, his lack of athleticism may mean that the Cowboys will look past him.

[Source:- Bloggingtheboys]