Yoga textbook created by Patanjali to be taught in Goa schools

Image result for Yoga textbook created by Patanjali to be taught in Goa schoolsPanaji: A yoga training textbook prepared by Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yog Peeth would be taught in the primary schools in Goa, a senior official said on Thursday.

“The (yoga training) scheme would be implemented by Goa Educational Development Corporation (GEDC) for a period of six years commencing from the ongoing academic year,” Director of Education GP Bhat told reporters.

The government also intends to constitute a state-level ‘yoga cell’ of yoga experts.

 “A healthy approach towards education and life can be developed right from a young age via the most powerful yogic practises. Yoga at primary level will definitely help develop an effective system to create healthy citizens for the nation,” Bhat said.

‘Khel-Khel Me’, a yoga training book based on NCERT syllabus and prepared by Patanjali Yog Peeth will be taught from std I to std IV.

The problems which school children face, such as stress, depression, lack of concentration, exam phobia, behavioural problems, relationship issues and drug addiction can be tackled through this course, Bhat said.

As per the scheme, 15 government primary schools in each tehsil will be selected for introducing yoga education. A teacher from each school will be selected as a trainer.

Centre plans to introduce quota for faculty at IIMs

Centre plans to introduce quota for faculty at IIMs

Ahmedabad: Union HRD Ministry has proposed to introduce reservation in teaching positions at Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and will hold talks with the chiefs of these premier B-schools in this regard.

As part of the proposal to introduce quotas in faculty posts at IIMs, chairmen and directors of IIMs will meet at IIM Shillong on September 20 to discuss the matter, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told media persons here today.

Javadekar said he is also reviewing the existing reservation system for faculty posts in other premier educational institutes like IITs and NITs.

“I recently held meetings of Councils of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in Delhi to discuss this issue,” he said.

“I also plan to hold such meetings with National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and central universities. I am conducting a review of all institutes and existing system (for faculty reservation), and government rules pertaining to reservation and related provisions under Constitution.”

Javadekar earlier visited IIM here to interact with faculty members and students.

Currently, there is no reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in teaching jobs at IIMs, all set up by the government. All IIMs are registered societies governed by their respective Board of Governors.

He said a Bill, which aims to provide IIMs more autonomy in their governance and allow them to offer degree courses, is currently at “proposal” stage.

“The IIM Bill will provide more autonomy to the IIMs, and allow them to offer degree courses, which they cannot do now because of their status as a society. We will amend existing laws like we did for IITs and NITs to allow them to offer degree courses,” he said.

“The new Bill is at proposal stage. It will be taken up by different ministries which will offer their recommendations. It will then go to the Cabinet, and then to Parliament,” the Minister said.

“What our government intends is to allow more autonomy to the IIMs and other higher educational institutes so that they grow on the basis of their quality,” he said.

Javadekar said the Modi government is working in the direction of “improving the quality of education.

“Our aim is to promote education and make it accessible to all. From KG to PG, 27 crore students are taking education. Our aim is to improve the quality of education.”

The government is in dialogue with stakeholders to frame an “effective (education) policy”, he said.

Badges, ITT and mindfulness: The week’s most-read education news

This week, ITT dominated headlines as increasing regulatory pressure placed the for-profit on the cusp of joining the likes of Corinthian Colleges and other defunct institutions in the space.

Also in higher ed, badges are becoming increasingly important to the millennial college experience as stackable credentials become more prevalent. And dramatic cuts in state appropriations, a lack of industrial development in several states and high rates of poverty have public institutions in the South among the fastest-shrinking in the nation.

Meanwhile in K-12, we took a look at where it makes the most sense for mindfulness fits best in schools.

Be sure to check out our discussion of workforce development visions with three higher ed leaders and more in this week’s most-read posts from Education Dive!

  • Badges are essential to millennial college experience: Receiving and displaying earned credentials are growing more important to today’s students.
  • Ed Dept deals severe blow to ITT’s survival: The latest round of federal intervention against the for-profit mainstay may be too much for the institution to survive.
  • In California, the spiral continues for ITT: The state levied additional sanctions against the for-profit juggernaut, bringing the company one step closer to full closure.
  • Higher ed’s outlook is bleakest in the South: College education cuts, achievement and job prospects are worse in the South than in any other geographic area in the nation.
  • Higher ed leaders discuss vision behind workforce development: Executives from Tuskegee University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin Extension discuss the value and demands of pairing academic programs with workforce preparation to meet local and regional industry needs.
  • Where mindfulness education fits in schools: Researchers are collecting data about a range of student outcomes in 16 Chicago schools that have implemented a suite of mindfulness techniques for elementary schoolers.

ITT and Ed Dept credentialing: The week’s most-read education news

This week, took a look at the impact of ITT Tech’s closure on the for-profit higher ed sector.

Additionally, a new study from Ambient Insight suggests e-learning will decline in the next five years, though adult education is still expected to play a significant role in higher education’s future. And as the need to raise tuition in the face of funding concerns continues to present a struggle for colleges and universities, one economist suggests credentialing provided by the U.S. Department of Education could present a solution.

Meanwhile, faculty at Northwestern are split following the banning of a political science professor from campus over alleged erratic and threatening behavior.

Be sure to check out the first piece in our new series focused exclusively on higher ed CIOs and more in this week’s most-read Education Dive posts!

  • ITT Tech’s closure leaves for-profit community ‘in despair’: Industry insiders say the process could have been dragged out to allow for ‘orderly transition’ of students and employees, while those close to the Obama Administration maintain the institution had plenty of warning.
  • Study: E-learning to decline in next 5 years: Modules for self-paced, online learning projected to drop by more than 5% domestically and abroad.
  • Adult education: The future of higher ed?: Continuing learning modules could be the next wave of revenue-bearing, innovation producing entities of higher education.
  • Northwestern professor banned from campus, faculty split on reaction: A professor’s activism, interpersonal engagement are called into question after faculty members express concerns about safety.
  • Economist suggests Ed Dept credentialing as college cost cure: Carlo Salerno argues that the department has the capacity to set rules on how many courses and which types qualify students for a professional credential.
  • For higher ed CIOs navigating tight budgets, relationships matter most: Presenting the business case for expenses is critical in getting constituent support from fellow administrators, faculty and/or students.