Education Current Affairs - 2020

Andhra Pradesh launches ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme which seeks to transform government schools into vibrant and competitive institutions. The programme is set to turn a new leaf over education sector and will provide opportunities to weaker sections and underprivileged.

Key Features

Objective: To transform all government schools with required infrastructure and up-gradation of skills besides setting up of English labs in addition to providing basic amenities such as clean environs, running water, furniture, compound wall, blackboard, toilets, renovation and involve parent committee.

Phase 1: In first phase, the scheme will be implemented in 15,715 schools and will cover all schools in three years’ time.

The scheme has a budget of Rs.12,000 crores and for the first year, Rs.3,500 crores will be spent for the development of infrastructure.

Under the programme English medium will be introduced in Classes 1 to 6. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister highlighted that many people benefit from switching to English language from Telugu. He also stated that the decision was taken after due consideration and visualizing what our future generation requires in new age of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Robotics.

Need: The 2011 census revealed that Andhra Pradesh’s illiteracy rate is 33% and thus to uplift marginalised sections the state have to take bold decisions such as switching over to English medium. English medium schools are needed to prepare the future generation of students to boldly face and meet up requirements of highly dynamic and technology-driven world.

Way Forward

The Andhra government will soon be introducing Amma Vodi on 9 January 2019, where they will incentivize mothers to send their children to school. His government will also take care of fees reimbursement in all degree and professional colleges and there will be 1-year training for youth to gear up for jobs.

Apart from this, a skill development university will be set up and under its umbrella, all 25 Skill Development Centres (SDC) will function to have an interface with education and industry.

November 11: National Education Day

Every year on November 11, India celebrates National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Azad, the first Education Minister of India. He was the man behind the establishments of the premier institutes of the country like IITs, IIScs, etc.

Highlights

  • The Day is being celebrated since 2008
  • Campaigns and Programs are organized on this day every year to spread awareness about education and for the citizens to learn about the importance of education.
  • The main objective of the day is to attract more people towards education and to increase the literacy rate of the country

Maulana Azad

  • Maulana Azad was an independence activist and one of the senior leaders of the Indian National Congress.
  • He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in 192 for his contributions towards education
  • He founded the University Grants Commission (UGC) that supervises the higher education across the country.
  • His primary objective was free primary education.
  • He was born on November 11, 1888. He learned Arabic and Urudu. In 1912, he began a weekly Urudu newspaper called the “Al-Hilal”.
  • He found the Lalit Kala Academy, Sangeet Natak Academy and Sahitya Academy to promote the education system of the country.