Published On : Thu, Dec 18th, 2014

Reforms in curriculum should not been as bid to saffronize education, says Minister Tawde

The Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced in Assembly that the negative marking in medical CET will be stopped forthwith.

Vinod Tawade

The Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Thursday replied to the marathon discussion held Legislative Assembly under Rule 293 over the issue of declining standards in education sector and its augmentation. Stopping of negative marking in medical CET, reforms in curriculum and other crucial changes and initiatives in education field marked Tawde’s reply.

Tawde said the education should be considered a focal point to reach the students. Other factors are also important. A good guidance is received by a thorough discussion and suggestions in the House. Reforms in curriculum in today’s needs should not be seen as saffronization of education. In this sector, the people’s representatives and administration give suggestions but the changes are made by experts in education field. Present curriculum is related with physical and IQ factors. We have an intention to make it emotional, social, spiritual – EPQ – related curriculum. The Unique Private University will be given priority in the State so that those planning education in foreign countries can do this in State only and also do service here. The long term requirements of students need to be fulfilled. In Maharashtra, 20.6 percent is spent on education sector. Rs 29,000 crore are spent on education from Class 1 to Class 12. During the tenure of this Government the education sector will be augmented first being the security and housing, asserted the Education Minister.

Tawde said that the negative marking in medical entrance tests will be stopped forthwith. Starting of a new Pre-IAS training centre is need of the hour. The National Law School will be given the necessary momentum. Under Skill Development scheme, over 50,000 students will be imparted training. The courses of ITI will be reformed on the lines of Gujarat pattern. The State Government will not participate in National Entrance Test from the next session. This will facilitate easy admissions for local students in 15 percent seats, asserted the Education Minister.

For the augmentation of Marathi schools and Marathi education, every MLA will be asked to adopt one school each. But first an all party meeting will be convened on the proposal and only after that the decision will be implemented, said Tawde.

Tawde further said that for providing effective training to teachers, help of IITs and IIMs will be taken. For reducing the ‘school bag burden’ of students, a committee will be formed and the recommendations will be implemented from the next academic session, stated the Minister.

The Minister further said that a concrete policy on education fees will be prepared. A Sports University will also be considered. There is a need to start Sports Science Course in Gondwana University. A committee will be formed for recognizing ‘Dahi Handi’ as an adventure sport. The rules for elections of Students’ Unions will be changed and stress will be given for restarting the elections, said Tawde.