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Time for action
The grand old party Congress emerged as the single largest party in Goa and Manipur
in the just concluded assembly election. But in both the states BJP managed to outwit
them and formed the government. Congress leaders were caught off guard by the quick
action of BJP. The party tried to do damage control by alleging that BJP formed government
using money and muscle power. But there is no point in crying over split milk. The
whole episode has badly exposed the inefficiency of the Congress leadership.
Party MLAs and workers in Goa have strongly reacted to the lethargic leadership of
the central leaders. Congress legislator and senior Goa leader Vishwajit Rane resigned
from the party accusing the party of "failing Goa." In last few years grand old party
has lost many strong regional leaders which led to drastic fall down of party fortune.
Even as party faces serious crisis no central leaders including vice president Rahul
Gandhi is available to resolve the crisis. It looks like Congress under Mr Gandhi
is on a self destructive mood. If party leaders do not take urgent step to stop the
slide, in coming year in all probability Congress will loose relevance in India.
This will be huge setback considering the fact that it had ruled country for so many
years. Honestly there is no time for them to introspect. The time has arrived to
take some action in order to arrest the failing fortune of party. It is a testing
time for the Congress leadership.
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Provide us smart teachers
In apropos to the news item appeared on your local daily titled ‘’ Smart classes
in schools to start from June” where the department of Education has confirmed to
have entered into an agreement with EdCIL India Limited, New Delhi for starting smart
classes in schools of Arunachal Pradesh from session 2017-18 onwards. I don’t know
what the education department is trying to prove themselves, leave about smart classes
our students are crying for subject teachers. Many of the Higher Secondary and Middle
schools in our state are running without subject teachers, does Education department
bothers about it?
Let me cite best example of my own locality GHSS Nyapin of Kurung Kumey district,
in which since from last 8 years, the students of GHSS Nyapin has been deprived of
Pol. Science, Geography, Economics and commerce teachers, so how one can expect those
passed out students to be competitive with the students of other schools.
Just few days before my little brother completed his class VII examination at Govt.
middle school Upper Nyapin. But to my utter surprise I learnt that there was no examination
for Hindi for class VI,VII & VIII due to absence of Hindi teacher.
Now question is that can our education department be kind enough to compensate for
it or will the authority of education department accumulate guts to take action against
those erring teachers?
So through the column of this esteemed daily, I would like to appeal our education
department to first fulfill basic needs of our schools by providing subject teachers
right from primary to higher secondary school then think of introducing smart classes
as many schools in our state are running without teachers of various subjects. No
doubt idea of smart class is a noble initiative by the education department but it’s
not the appropriate time in our state.
Last but not least I beg the authorities of Education department to reconsider its
decision of smart classes instead provide us smart teachers.
On Smart Education
‘Smart’ is the new buzzword after globalisation today. Everything today is turning
smart from cell phones to Televisions to cities as a whole. The world belongs to
those who are smart. If one is less smart one is left behind. In this scenario smart
education is the need of an hour to nurture smart human capital for our refulgent-smart
future. In this regard the recent agreement between Department of Education with
EdCIL India Limited, New Delhi for starting smart classes in schools of Arunachal
Pradesh from 2017-18 onwards under Chief Minister’s “Adhunik Shiksha Yojana” is laudable.
The smart classes are envisaged to make the process of learning interesting along
with providing an easy accessibility to information.
However, it would be a tedious task in a state where many of the schools does not
even have the basic infrastructure facilities to continue their daily activities.
In addition to this, there is a huge ‘digital divide’–many of the places do not have
electricity and only handful of the places has good internet connectivity.
In this scenario the “smart devices” that will be provided may become obsolete in
the long run as they required to be updated on regular interval for proper functioning.
There are also instances (in earlier projects) where smart devices were hijacked
for personal use of the authorities. Also, authorities would take considerable time
to get acclimatised with the new technologies; even the experience with the Computer
Aided Learning (CAL) system is not very encouraging.
Smart education therefore should not be confused to providing smart classes or smart
devices only. This cannot be an isolated project as its success depends on other
variables as well-electricity, internet, infrastructure, accessibility and others.
Therefore, Government needs to work on programs DDUGJY, NOFN, SSA, Digital India
mission etc. Providing smart education is an ‘organic whole’ where smart classes
are only a part.
Therefore, a holistic multifaceted approach involving various variables should be
adopted after making proper discourse and research. Instead of going to the target
schools directly first of proper support structure should be developed and make it
easily accessible to the stakeholders whenever required.
If it is taken up like any other target based project through a Kafkaesque bureaucratic
process it is bound to fizzle out in the long run. We must understand that ‘after
sales service of the product is as important as the product itself’. Without providing
for proper support structure the project would run into oblivion- with only the target
being fulfilled without any positive result and leading to an ‘output-outcome gap’.
Come clear on notification
With reference to the advertisement no. ED/LS/SSA/Interview-I/2016-17 dated 4th Oct
2016 which was notified by DDSE, Ziro, I would like to ask the concern department
to come out with clear cut notifications and clarifications for the delayed recruitment
It has come to light through reliable source that some student unions are insisting
on giving relaxation on TET eligibility.
If it is so, how can education department deviate from earlier notification in which
TET was made mandatory for every teacher recruitment.
And what is the credibility for having TET certificate?
Why are TET exams conducted every year by the Directorate of elementary education
when it is not applicable to SSA/RMSA/or regular recruitment?
Delay in further notification in this regards will only discourage the sincere and
Hope concerned authority will execute their duty as they are expected and clear negative
apprehension from the minds of eagerly waiting candidates.
In the era where whole country is crying for Digital India and irrespective of every
educated or uneducated person is racing towards digital life, it is painful to find
that various important govt. departments of Arunachal Pradesh including Engineering
are still practicing offline form submission procedure for recruitments. In such
situations, one question always strike in mind-In which century these departments
Therefore, all the concerned departments are requested to make procedure for online
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