[Current] Education SepW1: UGC vs. IIT controversy, Sarvapalli’s contribution, Teachers day speech summaries

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  1. UGC vs IIT controversy
  2. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  3. President speech on teachers day
  4. PM Modi’s speech on teacher’s day
  5. HRD minister’s speech

UGC vs IIT controversy

Why controversy

  • 2014, August: The UGC has directed all academic institutions to follow the 10+2+3 model, under the National Education Policy.
  • UGC sent this direction to IITs as well.
  • But IIT directors did not like it. NOT ONE BIT.

IIT-Arguments: UGC mustnot interfere because:

  • We are governed by the IIT Act, 1961.
  • The apex body for all IITs is the IIT Council.
  • The UGC and AICTE chairmen are members of the IIT Council. So at max, UGC chairman should only raise matter to IIT Council, rather than writing to all IITs.
  • The UGC’s Education Policy is based on old commissions like, Radhakrishanan commission and Kothari commission on higher education.
  • Their “Baba-adam” time ideas are not suited for dynamic institutions like IITs.
  • IITs have evolved a unique model for higher education in science stream- Even many international institutions envy it.
  • In this model, All students — engineering and science — are admitted through the same entrance process.
  • Then a set of 10 courses in natural sciences, engineering sciences, technical arts, social sciences and humanities is taken by all students.
  • IIT awards degree based on “credit” system and not based on the number of years completed.
  • An intelligent student can register for more credits and graduate earlier than usual.
  • This is not possible in a rigid 10+2+3 program of U.G.C.
  • So, instead of asking “us” to follow their model, they should follow our model, to encourage a vibrant academic environment and help desi-universities compete at the international level.

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan

What was his contribution to British and post-independent India?  100 words

  • Taught philosophy in Madras Presidency college. Later served as VC of BHU and DU.
  • Had met Gandhi and Tagore, wrote many articles to propagate their ideas.
  • Was a member of Indian education service (IES)- he toured in India and Britain, met with college students and spread ideas of nationalism, even at risk of losing his ‘sarkaari job’.
  • Chief of UNESCO’s University Education Commission
  • Indian’s ambassador to Moscow.
  • Served as VP twice in the 50s. Asked Eisenhower to jointly work for peace with India.
  • Served as President from 1962 to 1967
  • During Chinese invasion, even suggested Nehru to replace Krishna menon- because Menon did not enjoy confidence of the three service chiefs. (Later, Menon was made to resign- but we had already lost the war).
  • 5th Sep: his birthday celebrated as teachers’ day

President on teachers day

5 sep India’s teachers’ day
8 sep International literacy day, UNSECO. Theme 2014: “Literacy and sustainable Development”.

 

What did President say?
World Problems How teacher can help?
violence, terrorism, intolerance and environmental degradation
  • Teach values of ruth, tolerance, integrity, secularism and inclusiveness to the kids.
  • Make them knowledgeable and worthy global citizens.
  • Teachers influence the life of students by being their role models.
  • Teachers are the beacons of light who guide and motivate students throughout their academic life and even beyond.
  • Teacher impart not only knowledge and learning but also our traditional values.
  • Gandhi, believed that student interest in learning is sustained not only by the subject but also by the teacher’s quality.
  • Hence we need to improve teaching quality and learning outcomes in our schools.
  • Challenge: salary, working conditions.
  • Government initiatives for 2014:
    • Sarva Shikha abhiyan ~29k crores.
    • Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan ~5k crore.
    • New School Assessment Programme
    • Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya New Teachers Training Programme
    •  setting up virtual classrooms as Communication Linked Interface for Cultivating Knowledge (CLICK)
    • Toilet, drinking water facilities in schools.

PM Modi on teachers day

  • Importance to girl’s education. An educated girl, educates two more families.
  • Concern over higher drop-out ratio among girls in rural, due to unavailability of separate toilet facilities in schools
  • A teacher can play important role through a person’s life. Teacher-student relationship must be nurtured.
  • Education should become a force for the nation’s character building.
  • Children can contribute to nation-building through cleanliness, saving electricity and water.
  • in Japan, the teachers and students together keep the school clean – this is part of their character building. Can we not make it a part of our national character building?
  • Will launch a programme on the lines of “Vaanche Gujarat” (Read Gujarat).Digital India mission to reduce digital divide.
  • Nation building should be a national movement and every citizen should be associated with it.
  • eminent citizens- doctors, lawyers, Cas, should try to teach at least one period a week in a nearby school.
  • why many bright students do not want to become teachers. good teachers are in short supply. India is a young nation. Can’t India dream of exporting teachers of high calibre?
  • Ask any great person in the world about the success in the life he or she will definitely tell two things. First this is my mother’s contribution and second, my teacher’s contribution.
  • Today, everything is done by Google Guru and you have the habit to go to Google if you have a question- Although one gets the information but not the knowledge. (therefore, google cannot replace a ‘teacher).
  • Sports and outdoor activities are important.
  • Inspirational lives of great personalities can shape our character. He advised students to read biographies of great people.

HRD Minister on Teachers day

  • Devotion to a teacher is devotion to God. (Shwetashwatar Upanishad)
  • Guruwe Kalyan Mitra –Mahayan Buddhism (Teacher is a friend who strives to bring about our well-albeing)
  • Teacher’s purpose is not to create students in her own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
  • Teacher doesnot simply graduate students, he graduate lives, and builds the character of a whole civilization.
  • The most accomplished scholars should teach the youngest students
  • School is the first formal socializing experience of the child.
  • Schools reflect deeply embedded cultural beliefs.
  • If our teacher is not a few steps ahead of time, the society will not be ahead.
  • Asking questions is more important than finding answers.
  • Solutions must be developed locally, not by “arm-chair specialists” but by teachers and practitioners. Often the next big achievement comes out of such creative disequilibrium!
  • Focus on new teaching methods-Interactive pedagogies, projects with communities, context based learning transcending the text, peer learning.
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33 Comments on “[Current] Education SepW1: UGC vs. IIT controversy, Sarvapalli’s contribution, Teachers day speech summaries”

  1. “Today, everything is done by Google Guru and you have the habit to go to Google if you have a question- Although one gets the information but not the knowledge. (therefore, google cannot replace a ‘teacher).”

    Really??
    From what i know, Information and knowledge are co-related as without information there’s no knowledge. It doesn’t matter whether its provided by the great search engine or a teacher.

    1. @krishna,You are talking like “sanjay jha”—what do you mean by the line”If There is no information then there will be no knowledge”,do you think that information is only source of knowledge??,no not even one bit! knowledge can refer to theoretical or practical understanding of something.Though suitable information is necessary to gain knowledge but it is not ultimate source.By the way i wrote this because to suggest you that “Never comment with gut feeling”.

    2. Keep your child hooked to google, since everything is avaliable there…let him grow up, and you will realise what PM is talking about. Anybody who denies the role of teachers in his life is plain unlucky that he didnt find few good teachers in his life, or simply ungrateful.

  2. Some vested interests r selling print out copies of the materials in this website at Mukherjee nagar n Rajender nagar in Delhi.
    Is it nt a breach of copyright?

    1. You have stolen name from Transformer. Is it a crime!!!

    2. Loooooooooooool

  3. Please help: should i buy crack ias notes for mains i.e for g.s paper 1, 2 , 3 and 4? . They are charging rs 3000/- per paper. Will it be really worth buying ?

    1. Crack ias notes are copied from various books, just copy pasted mostly from spectrum and ncert, just save your money and dont buy them…….

      1. Thanks bro.

  4. I bought their pre notes and mains GS paper 1 notes….they have just copied NCERT books…so their worth is not more than a photostat of original books..
    Hardly one or two booklets wilo b of use,..12000 for that much is not justified. For climate change etc they have copied ipcc n undp reports of 2007. Basically all of ncert, some internet is all they provide. The claim of condensing 100 books in their booklet is bogus.

    1. all i know from past few years preparation is that success has no shortcut……….we may not realize the gravity of this exam at first but UPSC will make you realize……..Crack IAS’ claim of condensing everything and making you an IAS officer by cramming is totally foolish……….

      1. Exactly bro, UPSC makes us to realize its gravity as the time passes. But a hardest thing for a senior player is the dirty rumor market which constantly trying to peg him back & down his moral.

  5. Keep your child hooked to google, since everything is avaliable there…let him grow up, and you will realise what PM is talking about. Anybody who denies the role of teachers in his life is plain unlucky that he didnt find few good teachers in his life, or simply ungrateful.

  6. A big NO to crackias notes unless you intend to repent throwing away the money! “worthless” would be a euphemism to describe what they send in the name of “notes”… that was my personal opinion..now you are free to choose…

  7. What about yellow books of Vajiram & Ravi?

  8. Didn’t got the message of the picture ‘hame kya chinta upsc interview aspirants kare’ what is the connection of upsc and 10+2+3 system apart from asking questions on it?

    1. Anup UPSC aspirant has to prepare all such topics for the interview.
      recurring theme of my jokes- is that everyone in India is happy except UPSC aspirant- because he is forced to learn every new current affairs topic on 24/7/365 basis because this stupid exam pattern is designed that way.

  9. Thanks abhay, raghav and amit. You all have shared your views( plus experiences) , and hope it will be great help to others also.

    But this time again they are claiming that nearly 80 questions in pt 2014 came from their notes. So, is it true? Or is it what our master says “bogus propaganda” ? Haha

    I would request mrunal sir himself to throw some light on this.

    1. I myself bought these notes after much vascillation and in the hope of cutting down on my efforts of collecting useful info from multiple sources…so I consulted many people until I found someone who said yes they are useful..so I can understand ur anxiety. Believe me you will not stop at consulting mrunal if he says that those notes are useless..you will still find someone to agree with what ur heart says..so dont think much go ahead and buy them, but not all at the same time. You yourself wil find out.
      About the 80 questions, those 80 questions have come from those books also which crack has copied..some tangential reference to a topic will make ncert eligible for 90 questions…they also claim 80 ques in the same manner.
      Buying them wil only add to the pile of books that u already have read. If you havent read ncertS at all, they may appeal to you.

    2. @Devil’s Eye…. few days before PT, I had put some MCQs here and one of them was to identify the endangered species… i had included “ganga river dolphin” also.. now in UPSC they asked the causes of decline of ganga river dolphin… now can I claim that the question was asked from my question…..when it comes to CrackIas they would certainly do so…. i hope u got what i meant! and as for mrunal comment on it… dont even expect it and i am glad rightly so… he is too busy preparing articles for us which are worth much more then wasting time on commenting on the notes of some random bigmouth institute

  10. Bhavatu sabba mangalam

  11. Eminent citizens- doctors, lawyers, Cas, should try to teach at least one period a week in a nearby school.
    Where Goes all the engineers………. :-(

    1. @Himanshu
      Engineers raddi ke bhaav milte hai iss desh mein. Ultimately, many engineers would have to take up the job of teaching EVERYDAY in a nearby school :P

  12. Hi everyone,
    How to prepare Culture and Environment, Biodiversity….
    I Suffered Uttarakhand like Disastor in Pre.(as i Leave These Two TOpics For the sake Of CSAT) :-0
    Any Suggestions….?

  13. Hmm indeed, anxiety is there. But now this calls me to show even more prudence than before. So, i won’t buy them now.

    Saala pass hongey to ab apni mehnat se.

    Thanks once again to all, and to crack ias also.

  14. if you want to spend half of your time netdigging,gathering materials and making notes from std books do not buy them.it is like what teachers and scholar students say s in schools STUDY ONLY TEXTBOOKS AND USE NO GUIDES.this is same situation.after studing coaching notes you put your answers on paper and no one i repeat no one will be asking from where you got these answers,from std BOOKS or FACTORY MATERIAL.MAIN THING IS STUDYING AND REPRODUCING WHAT YOUHAVE STUDIED.I AM ALSO BUYING SOME NOTES ESPECIALLY FOR CURRENT TOPICS AS THESE CURRENT ARTICLES WILL STOP BY OCTOBER SECOND WEEK AS SSC ,IBPS EXAMS,VARIOUS STATE PSC EXAMS ARE COMING.JUST LIKE BY MAY SECOND WEEK THE ARTICLES STOPPED.ONE SHOULD NOT COMPLAIN OR SPEAK A WORD ABOUT THIS AS NOBODY HAS COMPELLED US TO FOLLOW THIS SITE OR TOOK MONEY FROM US.HUNDREDS OF HEROWORSHIPPING FOLLOWERS OF THIS SITE WILL TEAR US APART BEYOND REPAIR OR GIVE AS CHOICEST ABUSES AS SEEN IN CASE OF SOME PEOPLE WHO DARED TO CRITICISE.SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR MY POST.

  15. Hi! all
    vinu here,my scores stand in the borderline of the keyanswers provided.Rumours spread that the UPSC 2014 csat to be out around cumin week? What say guyzzz?

  16. Results have to come by nxt week. Forest service xams are in nov , upsc wud hv to issue forms taking 20 days required for filling and then 15 days reqd for preparing id u r left with very little time between issuing halltickets and xams . So result shud come by nxt week . Thats only being cautiously optimistic …

  17. sir, i am reading B.L.Grover rather than bipin chandra for india’s freedom struggle . sir i want to know that whether it would be be right or not fro examination point of view?

  18. I request Mrunal Sir to please get the NIOS Material for environment and biodiversity part get printed in book form and add some current material for climate change and launch in market.There is great dearth of good books for UPSC purpose in the market

  19. Mr. Modi insisted that the all the Govt. officers of the respective districts should take one lecture in a week. My suggestion is that, ” Can’t we deploy the retired IAS, IPS, Army officers and other retired officers to take a Job of teaching at their place of willing??
    Many Govt. officers try to find a job in some private companies so that they can earn more and add it to pension. I suggest that eg:- we have ample amount of retired Govt. officers of various Depts. Can’t we deploy them to work in Govt./Private schools/colleges.
    This will be better because. they have the knowledge of the subject and field experience too. And thus they can educate the students in both the manner.

  20. sir am not able to get all the material of year 2015 whenever I search it shows material of only may 2015.that too of week 1 ..How can i read it sir please help..thanks in advance…

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