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CBSE Chairman lays stress on reforms
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 24
A disaster management course under the social sciences subject will be introduced in the schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from the academic year 2006. This was stated by the CBSE Chairman, Prof Ashok Ganguly, while interacting with the mediapersons here today.

Prof Ganguly spelt out a number of corrective measures to be initiated by the board to improve the education system which would be introduced next year.

Prof Ganguly informed that from class ninth onwards, an individual evaluation system would be introduced to assess a student’s progress in different subjects. He said from next academic year, a mathematics laboratory in all schools would be set up so that the students could learn through projects and practicals.

The Chairman said the CBSE had chalked out a comprehensive programme in the shape of a book, “Alternatives to homework” to monitor students’ progress in studies. He agreed with the idea that bags should be kept at schools and no home work should be given. He was of the view that in this simplified system, a student can enjoy his studies and can do and other activities.

He emphasised that the inputs required to improve the education quality could be in terms of infrastructure, innovative programmes, enrichment programmes, qualitative improvement in curriculum and above all teacher training programmes.

Prof Ganguly stressed the need to improve the system of evaluation as well as remove the malpractices in the examination system. He disclosed that the CBSE had entered into a contract with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for training of its teachers in various subjects.

The Chairman said the CBSE had chalked out training schedule named as re-orientation programme for the Principals of its schools. This was required as around 500 new schools had been added annually in the CBSE fold.

When asked about the donations charged by certain CBSE schools, Mr Ganguly firmly said the board was against such practices and assured to take action if any complaint was received by the board.

Earlier, Prof Ganuguly addressed a group of principals of the Ludhiana and Jalandhar Sahodhya Schools Complex who had participated in a conference on “How to improve education system” held at the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shatri Nagar. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Ganguly said around 7,400 schools, including 105 schools in other countries, had been affiliated with the CBSE and more than 500 schools were joining the board every year.

Mr Satya Nand Munjal, Director of host school along with Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal, BCM Arya Model School, Ms Baldeep Pandher, President, Ludhiana Sahodhya Schools Complex addressed the gathering.



Police remand for KLF chief
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 24
The Dehlon police has restarted investigation into the three murder cases registered against Harnek Singh Bhapp, self-styled chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force after securing his transit remand from the court of the Additional CJM (Senior Division), Mr D.S. Johal. Bhapp was produced in the court yesterday. Later he was produced in the court of Mr G.C Garg at Ludhiana who granted him police remand upto August 27.

The police had moved an application seeking his remand. Bhapp is allegedly involved in the murder of nine persons, including three Army men, and two SPO’s.

Mr Jatinder Singh Khaira, Deputy Superintendent of Police, at Mullanpur Dakha disclosed that dreaded terrorist Harnek Singh was identified as main accused in three FIR’s registered at Police Station Dehlon. On August 25, 1993, he had allegedly led a group of militants to kill Bhoori, a goldsmith of Sihar village. They took him to be a police informer. Malkiat Singh and Sarup Singh of nearby Rangian village, both SPO’s were kidnapped and killed by the same group of militants on March 17, 1992. Three Army men of D Company of the 71 Brigade of the Indian Army were killed and 11 others were injured when militants led by Harnek Singh had ambushed the company on April 3 1992. Three Members of a family of Kilahans village were also allegedly killed by a group of terrorists led by him on December 30, 1992, Mr Balwinder Singh, Sarpanch of the village, his father, Surjit Singh, and his brother Rajpaul Singh were gunned down at their residence.

A group of the Khalistan Libration Force led by Bhap had also killed around 25 persons at the Kila-Raipur Railway Station on June 16, 1991.


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