EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Incentives for SC students: officials play spoilsport
V. P. Prabhakar
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ITH a view to enrolling and retaining children, particularly girls, belonging to Scheduled Castes and weaker sections of society in schools, a number of incentive schemes have been introduced for such children by the Haryana Government. However, many a time lower rank officials play spoilsport, as a result of which discredit goes to the government.

Grades for engineering undergraduates
Rajiv Shukla
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HE marks are out, grades are in! Yes, literally. Engineering colleges/institutes in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh must learn to adjust to a new kind of evaluation system. Initially, the new system — Credit Based Semester System — will be introduced on voluntary basis and colleges have to adopt it fast as the CBSS would be enforced on all engineering colleges/institutes in the country in a phased manner.

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Incentives for SC students: officials play spoilsport
V. P. Prabhakar

WITH a view to enrolling and retaining children, particularly girls, belonging to Scheduled Castes and weaker sections of society in schools, a number of incentive schemes have been introduced for such children by the Haryana Government. However, many a time lower rank officials play spoilsport, as a result of which discredit goes to the government.

These schemes include provision of free stationery, attendance prize to girl students, free uniforms to girls and free text-books to students coming under these sections.

As such, while the number of students belonging to Scheduled Castes in primary classes has been on the rise, it has been declining in high schools and colleges. This is an area of concern for the authorities and the education staff has been issued orders periodically to look into this.

There were 5,39,207 students belonging to Scheduled Castes in classes I to IV in 2000-01. Out of them, 2,81,893 were boys and 2,57,314 girls. However, the number came down to 1,81,731 in classes VI to VIII. Of them boys were 1,03,237 and girls just 78,494.

The number of Scheduled Caste students in secondary classes further came down to 1,07,442 in 2000-01. Of them 68,198 were boys and 39,244 girls.

The number further dwindled to 15,418 in higher education. The boys were 11,269 and girls just 4,149.

As regards gross enrolment ratio of SC students in Haryana in 2000-01, 82.42 per cent students under this category were admitted to classes I to V. In these classes the percentage of girl students was slightly higher than boys i.e. 83.79 per cent as compared to 81.21 per cent for boys. The enrolment in the middle classes (VI-VIII) was only 66.39 per cent and the steep fall was witnessed in case of girls. The percentage of girls came down to 61.91 per cent as compared to 70.25 per cent in case of boys.

The state government normally releases money to respective block education officers (BEOs) for distribution to centre in charges for further disbursement among eligible students for the purposes envisaged in the schemes. However, non-observance of financial rules and failure on the part of drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) in exercising proper checks, has led to embezzlement of the incentive money.

The test-check of records of BEOs of Safidon, Julana and Kalayat (November, 2002 February, 2003) relating to disbursement of incentive money from February, 1997 to January 2003 revealed embezzlement and misappropriation of government money of Rs 6.62 lakh due to flouting of codal provisions.

When it was pointed out, the Director, Primary Education, informed the audit in April, 2003 that a departmental inquiry had been initiated against the officials concerned.

Similarly, test-check (March, 2002) of records of Principal Government Senior Secondary School, Old Faridabad, revealed that Rs 1.82 lakh were embezzled by the clerk during May, 1998 to February 2002.

Though the entries in the cash book were attested by the BEO, there was no proof in support of disbursement to the actual payees.

The centre in charges stated that they had not received the money from the BEO.

In another case (BEO, Safidon), Rs 1 lakh were drawn from the treasury in October, 1998 and were shown as disbursed among a centre in charge for disbursement amongst students whose parents were engaged in unclean occupation, whereas the centre in charge stated, that he had received only Rs 10,000 which were disbursed among eligible students.

Undisbursed amount of Rs 87,000 on account of incentive money returned by the centre in charge to the BEO, Safidon, had not been accounted for in the cash book or refunded into treasury.

Incentive money of Rs 54,000 paid to centre in charge, Shadipur, between April, 1997 and March, 2002 was neither disbursed among students nor accounted for in the cash book.

When the matter was pointed out in audit in February, 2003, the entire amount was refunded to the treasury and the official placed under suspension.

Out of Rs 1.82 lakh collected as fee from students of Government Senior Secondary School, Old Faridabad, Rs 1.72 lakh were shown as paid to the treasury by preparing challans affixing fictitious stamp and Rs 10,000 were not accounted for in the cash book or deposited with the treasury. However, when the matter was raised in audit (March, 2002) the entire amount of Rs 1.82 lakh along with interest of Rs 62,000 was deposited with the treasury.

The Director, Secondary Education, stated in June, 2003 that the official at fault had been charge-sheeted.
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Grades for engineering undergraduates
Rajiv Shukla

THE marks are out, grades are in! Yes, literally. Engineering colleges/institutes in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh must learn to adjust to a new kind of evaluation system.

Initially, the new system — Credit Based Semester System (CBSS) — will be introduced on voluntary basis and colleges have to adopt it fast as the CBSS would be enforced on all engineering colleges/institutes in the country in a phased manner.

The system has the backing of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex monitoring body of technical education in the country, is preparing a schedule to implement the new system — a gradual switchover from conventional marks to grades system.

The AICTE Chairman, Prof R. Natarajan, says the CBSS would be introduced in select engineering colleges/institutes on voluntary basis from academic session 2004-05. And from the subsequent year, the system would be made compulsory in all engineering institutions. Once accepted by the institutions, the CBSS would be introduced in business schools, MCA and even universities, he adds.

The AICTE, the nodal body that is supervising the smooth switch-over to the CBSS, has roped in four Indian Institutes of Technology — Kharagpur, Delhi, Chennai and Bombay — to draw a roadmap for transition to the new regime and to work out the model structure. The first workshop, a one-day affair, to deliberate on the issue was held in IIT, Kharagpur, in November, 2003 in which around 50 experts participated — Vice-Chancellors, directors and heads of various technological and management institutes.

Explaining the semester system being followed at IIT, Kharagpur, Prof R.V. Rajakumar, Dean, Academic Affairs, said: “At IITs, we follow the semester system, with two semesters of four months each, a summer quarter and a winter break, and give grades to our students. We discussed the existing system at the workshop and then deliberated upon introducing some changes to work out a model system.”

Similar workshops were organised in three other regions of the AICTE in early December, 2003. The IITs later submitted their proposals on the CBSS, leaving the implementation part with the AICTE, which proposes to go full steam from the coming academic session.

“Semester-based grading system is the standard practice the world over. But in our country, different institutes follow different approaches. We will try to explore how semester-based grading system can cater to our needs like incorporating more flexibility in the system,” added Prof Rajakumar.

With the focus on specific module-based programmes and the practice of attaching different weights to different courses for true evaluation, the system will be a boon for the students. It will facilitate the process of learning and streamline the evaluation system, feels the professor.

The CBSS is an essential component of the overall reformation movement started by Prof Murli Manohar Joshi, former Minister for Human Resource Development. The new incumbent, Mr Arjun Singh, hasn’t rejected it either. Since the CBSS is found the world over, and the AICTE is going hammer and tong to make technical education compatible with the international system, the new minister will have no objection to it. Besides, the CBSS is the need of the hour and the sooner Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh colleges adopt it, the better.

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Management

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University of Delhi, Faculty of Education, (Central Institute of Education) , 33 Chhatra Marg, Delhi 110007

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Jun 18

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IT

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