2017 was an eventful year for the educational sector in India. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has released the year end review of the year on 27th December.
The year 2017 is a landmark in the history of education of India. The action policy based on the 'Education For All & Quality Education' and the transformation on the decision which emphasized on making education ‘Available, Accessible, Affordable and Accountable.’
Top 10 Highlights of the Educational Sector:
1. Outcome in Learning: In every class’s learning outcome in Language (Hindi, English and Urdu), Mathematics, Science, Environmental Studies and Social Science from the elementary stage has been developed.
2. Training of the Teacher: There was an amendment in August under the section 23 (2) of the RTE Act to extend the training period of untrained in-service teachers of the elementary stage upto 31 March, 2019.
3. NCERT Book Distribution: A new portal was launched by NCERT in the August to provide the facility of directly purchasing by the individual, schools, states and UTs.
4. Tablet Distribution in KV: Good quality tablets will be given to the Class VII students of selected 25 Kendriya Vidyala (each from a region). All of the tablets will be pre-loaded with the Mathematics and science.
5. Approval of Research park: Total five research parks at the IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hydrabad and IISc Bangalore with the sum of Rs 75 crore were approved by the ministry.
6. NAS 2017: The NAS 2017-18 is a tool to understand what and how the child is learning in various classes. The teachers will have the guidance on how to teach through various activities. They can also understand ‘how to measure and ensure the children have reached the required level.’
7. Swach Vidyalaya Puraskar: After the evaluation of 643 schools including elementary and secondary in the national level 172 schools were short listed for the award on 1st September, 2017.
8. Amendment in No-Detention Policy: There is an amendment in the no-detention provision of RTE Act introduced in the Lok Sabha for allowing states to detain the students at the class 5 and class 8.
9. National Digital Library: The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) established National Digital Library (NDL) to host the national repository for the existing e-content materials already available across the educational institutions of India and ‘e-content developed under NMEICT’.
10. UGC Regulations, 2017 on Open and Distance Learning: The regulations for UGC to provide ‘clear directions and instructions for HEIs proposing to offer UG and PG courses through the ODL mode, along with the mechanism of approvals, assessment and monitoring’.