Sunday, November 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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Distance education scheme makes inroads
A. Jain

Gurgaon, November 24
Delhi Public School Society has decided to start Distance Education scheme in the country, providing education to 10 lakh students in three years, said Mr Narendra Kumar, Chairman of the society.

He informed that the society was holding discussions with private firms at international level, which can provide modern state-of-art technologies and know-how to run the project.

The society intends to use latest technologies to reach far-flung areas of the country. The services of the academics experts in various subjects, already working with the different schools of the society, would be used in the project, revealed the chairman.

The chairman said that the project, handled by the Education Management Centre of the society at Delhi is in the final stage.

It would start in the beginning of the next year and would be the New Year gift to the students aspiring to get DPS’ education.

Mr Narendra Kumar has come to the Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj, Gurgaon to formally launch DPS Maruti Shiksha Kendra, an education programme for the underprivileged.

The Principal of the school, Dr Stalin Malhotra, informed that 122 students of 13 nearby villages have been enrolled to provide them Pre-School, class 1 & 2 education. The children who have come from below poverty line (BPL) families would also be provided books, bags and stationary etc.

The DPS Maruti Shiksha Kendra would function in the evening in the primary wing of the school, using the existing facilities of the school. The services of the existing staff would be availed putting no financial burden on the school.

In the second phase of the project in April 2002, 100 more children would be taken in the school. The principal further said that out of 122 enrolled children, 27 are girls. Parents have to pay just Rs 25 for the boy and Rs 10 for the girl child if the child has been selected for Shiksha Kendra.

Mr Malhotra further said that the maximum strength of the Kendra would be about 500 students from pre-school to XII on attaining its perfect maturity, covering about 30 nearby villages.

The National Open School curriculum will be followed in Hindi medium laying more emphasis on vocationalisation.

DPS Maruti Kunj was established in July 1995 in the residential colony of Maruti Udyog Limited workers near village Bhondsi. The institute, formed by Maruti Employee’s Education Trust (MEET) and Delhi Public School Society made an excellent overall progress in every field and became self-sufficient in a short span of time.

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IGNOU exams to start from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
The semester examinations for various courses conducted by the Indira Gandhi National Open University will be held from December 1. More than 2.5 lakh students will take the term-end examination which will be held in 430 centres in the country and 15 centres overseas between December 1-31, IGNOU spokesperson Ravi Mohan said here today. The students, who have not received the hall-tickets, are advised to contact their respective regional centres, Mr Mohan added.

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