New Digital Literacy Mission soon for 60mn in rural India
The Financial Express, June 27, 2016

India will soon launch a Rs 1,800 crore ($265 million) Digital Literacy Mission for 60 million people in rural areas as another initiative to bridge the gulf between those who have access to and can use computers and the Internet and those who don’t, a top official has said. “The government will spend Rs 300 each on training 60 million people


India’s top babus face new Modi test
India Today, June 23, 2016

The Narendra Modi government redraws the empanelment process for civil servants deputed to the Centre, makes merit and integrity the cornerstones while the all-pervasive ‘appraisal reports’ take a back seat.Arvind and Tinoo Joshi, both 1979 batch IAS officers of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, hit the headlines after the income-tax department raided their official residence in Bhopal in February 2010


New education policy draft clashes with RTE
The Times of India, June 20, 2016

NEW DELHI : Several recommendations in the draft National Education Policy, 2016 will require amendments to the Right to Education Act, 2009. Insisting on “consolidation”, the draft proposes merging “small, non-viable” schools. This subverts the RTE Act on neighbourhood schools being located “within a walking distance of one kilometre” for children attending Classes 1 to 5. The draft emphasizes





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