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Mother tongue, play-based activities, drama — new NCERT rules on prep module for children

The module’s purpose is to ensure every child attains foundational literacy and numeracy by the end of Grade 3, and not later than Grade 5, by 2025.
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How Emergency made it to school textbooks during Congress raj

The preface in the NCERT book on political science said it was a “tribute to the maturity of Indian democracy”. I wince as I read that now.
Part of the poem 'Aam ki tokri' in the NCERT Class 1 Hindi textbook Rimjhim | Photo: Twitter | @AwanishSharan

A ‘chhokri selling mangoes’ in Class 1 NCERT Hindi textbook causes social media ruckus

The poem ‘Aam ki tokri’ has been criticised for using a slang term for girls and depicting child labour, but experts are divided on both issues.
A visually impaired student studying a tactile graphic | By special arrangement

Visually impaired students can’t access more than half of NCERT material on DIKSHA: Study

A study of Centre's DIKSHA platform found that e-textbooks are not uploaded in appropriate formats, which means students are unable to navigate the materials.

‘Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya’, the 1974 animation song that spread message of ‘unity in diversity’

Created by Vijaya Mulay and Bhim Sen, the seven-minute long video won the National Film Award for Best Educational Film as well as the Best Children's Film award in Japan.
School students in Kathikhera, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Education ministry draws up 60-point agenda to implement NEP

The ministry's agenda includes introducing a common entrance exam for undergraduate colleges in non-technical courses and reforming the schooling system.

NCERT to make textbooks, other educational material accessible in Indian Sign Language

So far, hearing-impaired children could study only through a verbal or written medium, but now they can study through a single Indian Sign Language too.
Over 10 lakh pirated textbooks have been found in a godown outside Meerut, and the prime accused Sachin Gupta's uncle Sanjeev has been sacked from the BJP | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Meerut BJP distances itself from Rs 35-cr NCERT textbook piracy, sacks leader linked to case

Raid on 10-yr-old racket is said to have been triggered by infighting in BJP. But Meerut unit chief insists police were acting on military intelligence tip.

Ramesh Pokhriyal discusses preparations for curriculum framework, implementation of NEP

Various issues were discussed during the meeting such as setting up of RIE at Nellore, audited accounts of NCERT for 2018-19, preparations for NCF, Pokhriyal added.
Journalist Vikram Joshi, who shot at Monday night by miscreants in Ghaziabad's Vijay Nagar area, dies at a hospital in Ghaziabad, Wednesday, 22 July 2020.| PTI

Gundas not scared in UP says ABP, what Zee News doesn’t want kids to know about J&K

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.

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In Pakistan, no civilian govt won a battle with media. Last military govt also paid price

Going it alone on key policy fronts is a familiar aspect of PTI’s governance. This is what happened in the case of PMDA when no media stakeholder was consulted.

Sony India signs deal to buy Zee Entertainment, will own 53% of merged entity

Move came after Zee shareholders sought removal of key officials. However, Zee CEO Punit Goenka, whose removal was sought, will lead the merged entity.


Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.