CBSE recently hiked the exam fee for both class X and XII from Rs 750 for five subjects to Rs 1500 across India. While Delhi government school students will get financial aid, those of other states might face a blow Must have increased gradually As educators, we have to ensure that every student gets the best of the education and can add value to the country's growth. Such an unprecedented exam fee hike will largely affect the students especially those belonging to the SC/ST backgrounds. In Kendriya Vidyalayas, which are spread across India, most SC/ST students come from economically weaker sections. Their parents struggle to pay the nominal tuition fee of Rs 2400 for three months. Besides these, the Board has increased the fee for additional subjects from Rs 150 to Rs 300. Fee hikes will be a massive burden on parents who have more than one school-going child. Instead of a sudden surge, CBSE must have increased the fee in a phased manner. - Asha Singh, Postgraduate Science teacher, … [Read more...] about Is the exam fee hike by CBSE a justifiable move?
A large number of engineering seats in institutes offering obsolete courses are going vacant in the country for the last five years This year, of 1,67,652 engineering seats available in Tamil Nadu, only 83,396 (49.74 % ) were filled. In Maharashtra, 50% engineering seats have been reported to be vacant in this academic year (2019-20). Several other states including Gujarat, Telangana, Chattisgarh and Odisha have similar stories to tell. About 60% of the seats in engineering colleges under the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) quota have not been filled for 2019-20. While the numbers portray a bleak picture, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe says the situation is not new as a large number of engineering seats has been going vacant since last five years with a slight fluctuation each year. The data, says Sahasrabudhe, should not be mistaken as a worrisome scenario, dubbing it as lost glory of … [Read more...] about Engineering colleges need to reinvent to be relevant
Designing and constructing the 10 trains for the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station route is now 34.4 percent completed, according to a recent report of the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB). The MRB is pushing the French contractor to speed up work so that the trains can start running in April 2021 on the elevated tracks. Work on the tracks is 99.5 percent complete. The trains will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph), but will operate at an average speed of 35 kph. MRB has said that 35 kph is faster than the capital’s public buses’ speed of 16-18 kph and Hanoi Bud Rapid Transit (BRT) of 23 kph. With a width of up to 2.95 meters and length of 80-100 meters, each train will be able to carry 850-950 passengers. The MRB last month began moving and cutting down trees near the Hanoi Railway Station downtown to make area for an underground station. The Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station route, the capital’s second metro … [Read more...] about Metro trains delivery to take another four months
By Doan Loan  August 26, 2019 | 03:49 pm GMT+7 A lion dance troupe performs during the Vietnamese Tet in Ho Chi Minh City, February 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen. Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has suggested two options for Tet that would both grant workers a seven-day break. The next Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday, falls on January 25 next year. Under the first option, government offices and state-owned companies will close for seven days from January 23 to 29. In the second, the holiday will start on January 24, a day before Tet, and run until January 30, the sixth day of the new lunar year. Schools and other businesses across the country usually follow the same break as government offices. The ministry will collect comments and opinions from other ministries and relevant agencies and submitting an official proposal to the government next month. It said it endorses the first option because that would give more time … [Read more...] about Labor ministry proposes seven-day Tet break next year
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has given the green light to extend a pilot project of tourist cars in the north-eastern province of Quang Ninh until June 30 next year. The tourist car service between Vietnam’s Mong Cai city and China’s Dongxing City, has been piloted since 2016 (Photo: vov.vn) The pilot project, which allowed tourist cars between Vietnam’s Mong Cai city and China’s Dongxing city, has been implemented by the provincial People’s Committee since 2016. Until the beginning of 2018, people have been permitted to drive tourist cars to Ha Long city, the online newspaper Voice of Vietnam reported. It is estimated that about 1,580 passengers with 530 tourist cars immigrated and then exited via the Mong Cai International Border Gate since 2016 under tight supervision of the committee to ensure safety for passengers and security for the locality. Under the pilot process, the committee has learned experiences and gradually improved its … [Read more...] about Deputy PM approves extension of tourist car service via border