Cabinet clears plan to fail students in classes V, VIII

Aug 03 2017 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
Cabinet clears plan to fail students in classes V, VIII
The Union Cabinet approved the scrapping of the no-detention policy in schools till Class VIII on Wednesday. The cabinet also approved the HRD ministry’s plan of creating 20 world-class institutions in the country.An enabling provision will be made in the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education amendment Bill which will allow states to hold back students in class V and class VIII if they fail in the year-end exam. However, the students will get a second chance to take another exam and pass.The bill will now be placed in Parliament for approval.

Under the present provision of RTE Act students are promoted automatically to higher classes till class VIII.This is one of the key component of RTE Act which came into force on April 1, 2010.

The Union Cabinet which deferred its decision in creation of 20 world-class institutions in the country, approved the same on Wednesday. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had in February passed a new set of regulations to set up 20 world-class institutions –10 in the public sector and 10 others in the pri vate sector.

Of the 20 universities, first proposed in this year’s budget, the 10 state-supported institutions are expected to receive public funding of up to Rs 500 crore each.

An Expenditure Finance Committee note seeking Rs 5,000 crore for these institutions was moved. The institutes can be existing or greenfield (the latter for private institutions).

HRD’s separate rules -UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as World Class Institutions) Guidelines -allow these institutes to fix their own fees for foreign students and decide salaries for foreign faculty, as well as the freedom to choose admission procedures. Existing universities don’t have such freedom and are guided by the detailed UGC rules.


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