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Bihar announces Rs 25,000 to girls passing 12th with first division

After free bikes: Rs 250000 Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday announced Rs 25,000 to girl students passing the class 12th examination in first division in order to encourage literacy among females. A meeting of the state-level monitoring committee of human skill development mission presided over by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also decided to provide Rs 25,000 to girls hailing from SC and ST or castes having less than 30 per cent literacy rate and clearing plus two in second division. At present this amount is provided to students clearing matriculation exam only in first division. It... 

54 Bihar headmasters suspended for building their own homes instead of classrooms

Right to education: ideal or mockery? Kaimur:  according to reports, 54 headmasters of government-run primary and middle schools in Bihar have been suspended for misusing funds from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to build their own homes instead of constructing classrooms, officials said. The suspended headmasters had been provided SSA funds amounting to Rs.5 crore to construct new classrooms and schools in Kaimur district, but they built new homes for themselves. Kaimur District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Singh said he has ordered action against these headmasters following a review of the SSA,... 

New Bihar: Sons of gas vendor, generator operator top Bihar board exams

    Topper Ravish Kumar Patna/ Gaya: the social backgrounds of Ravish Kumar and Gaya boy Avinash Kumar who topped in the ISc and ICom examinations, respectively this year truly reveal the real Bihar of today – Jitan Manjhi’s Bihar. The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) declared the results on Tuesday. Ravish is from a poor background. His father is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and has been a gas cylinder vendor since 2004. This exam, Ravish scored 425 marks out of 500, putting in 12 to 13 hours of studying, sometimes without electricity, at their two-room house in... 

How administrative impasse is stifling higher education in Bihar

  PU: administrative disorder! Patna: It is really an irony that while Patna University (PU) is passing through an acute financial crisis for the past several years, it is not able to spend the grants received from various funding agencies for its development. The development grants sanctioned by the UGC during the 12th five-year plan period is lying unutilized and even the grants sanctioned to the university during the 11th five-year plan period have not been fully utilized so far. PU development officer Sanjay Kumar Sinha, when contacted, said the UGC has sanctioned the same quantum of... 

Entering college: the day I stepped out of my home

  By Nayan Priya   Chasing the dream Life is so comfortable at home but what happens if you have to go to some other state for our further education in order to fulfill your dreams? Since my childhood I dreamt of becoming an engineer. So I chose B.Tech over other degrees and my destiny took me to Odisha. I entered my college with great determination and an unsaid pledge. On the reporting day, standing in the queue during the submission of my documents, a girl standing next to me asked ‘first year nah??’ I said ‘yes’. ‘From which branch?’ I said ‘mechanical’. Then the most... 

Will Bihar now pay due attention to secondary education: with quality?

    Secondary education: beyond bicycles! Patna: it seems so, yes! In a recent development the Bihar government is mulling setting up one secondary school in each gram panchayat entailing a cost of Rs 5,500 crore, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said. The state government is committed to set up more schools and equipping them with good facilities to provide quality education to the students, he said at the Independence Day function on Wednesday. Clearly, the lure of the bicycle scheme and other such motivating factors will soon outlive their uses. It is after all the quality of education... 

Bihar to shift to quality education with loan from World Bank: and high time too!

Bihar to shift to quality education with loan from World Bank: and high time too!   Quality brings kids to school! Patna:  Bihar government will seek loan from World Bank to provide training to school teachers, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said recently and expressed disgust with the Centre for its failure to make the due arrangements. When it comes to mass education and literacy, heavily populated countries like India and Bangladesh countries have to devise their own ways to achieve success since countries with smaller populations have very little to teach them. This is even truer when it... 

Physics camp for teachers at Magadh Mahila College [26-27 September]: by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

Physics camp for teachers at Magadh Mahila College [26-27 September]: by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai Patna: in a welcome development for Physics teachers of the state, a two-day physics camp is being organized by the Magadh Mahila College in September – the purpose is to give school and college teachers an exposure to international standard experiments which they may share with the students. The camp ‘Physics Olympiad Exposure Camp’ on September 26-27 is the result of collaboration between Magadh Mahila College and Homi Bhabha... 

Bihar government to put a chapter on kala azar in school textbooks: to ensure awareness!

Bihar government to put a chapter on kala azar in school textbooks: to ensure awareness! Global spread of kala azar Patna: according to the latest reports, the Bihar government has decided to introduce a chapter on kala azar in textbooks used by the government run schools across the state. The Bihar state Health Society executive director Sanjay Kumar said a Patna-based NGO has been asked to prepare the text on kala azar for inclusion in text books. This indicates both the seriousness of the medical issue as well as the government’s determination to fight the disease by raising public awareness. Kumar... 

Nasscom’s ‘IT-eco system’ to develop skill/infrastructure for software industry in Bihar

Nasscom’s ‘IT-eco system’ to develop skill/infrastructure for software industry in Bihar Nasscom in Bihar: with IT-eco system! Patna: according to the latest reports, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) delegates have had a round of meetings with the state government to develop an environment conducive for IT and ITeS firms in the state through an ‘IT-eco system’, namely a skill pool conducive to such investment. Dr Ganesh Natarajan, the member of the chairmen’s council of Nasscom, recently met deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and the information... 
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