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Here is a body that was created to regulate and set standards But what really happened was quite the opposite A committee constituted in 2007-08 to review the functioning of NCTE recommended an overhaul Given the long history of the merging of the roles of standard-settersregulators and administrators (NCTE being a classic example) there is a need to reform the way regulatory bodies are created and administered The recently released Yashpal Committee report on higher education is reported to have made similar observations on other regulatory bodies that ended up becoming gate keepers for vested interestssuch as the AICTE and UGC The Human Resources Development Minister needs to look at similar entities in teachers education India today needs an autonomous academic standard setting regimeone that is outside the direct administrative control of the ministry or its ancillary bodies like NCERT We need one that cannot metamorphose into a government department and end up perpetuating the problem There is a need to create a body that draws on eminent educationistsacademicspracticing teachers and social activists engaged in education This body should monitor whether standards are being adhered to and generate public pressure for compliance through periodic research-based reports on quality not only with respect to learning outcomes in schools but also management audit of government funded institutions starting from the cluster and block level resource centresthe state councils for educational research and training and the NCERT Developing benchmarks accessible to all should be part of the mandate of the new regulatory body There are precedents in the country In the area of child nutrition the painstaking work done by the Right to Food campaign and the Commissioners appointed by the Supreme Court of India play a significant role in monitoring what is happening on the ground Similarlya process is needed to bring together independent and experienced people with a high degree of commitment and track record of working in school education Central to this is a consensus on the minimum non-negotiable standard for schools and pre-schoolsfor teacher qualification (including subject knowledge) and for student assessment processes The government needs to guard against opting for the least common denominator and firmly advocate high standards at all levels and in all kinds of schools and institutions A resolve from the government to make sure that even the poorest and the most disadvantaged child can access quality education and will be taught by a qualified and trained teacher will go a long way in doing away with the hierarchies of schools (regular schoolsalternative schools) and teachers The writer heads Education Research Unitand has worked in the education sector for almost 25 years For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi:Opener V Ganga Sridhar Raju’s 85 steered Tamil Nadu to the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a five-wicket win over Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat in New Delhi on Sunday Tamil Nadu knocked out Gujarat with 46 balls to spare at the Palam A Ground Opting to bat Gujarat were all out for a modest 211 in 494 overs thanks to some disciplined bowling from Tamil Nadu Representative photo Getty Images In reply Tamil Nadu chased down the target in 422 overs While Raju knocked off his runs in 95 balls with the help of 12 boundaries Baba Aparajith was the next best scorer with 34 off 49 balls Gujarat’s defeat meant Rujul Bhatt’s unbeaten 83 went in vain Gujarat could not capitalise on their decision to bat as left-arm spinner Rahil Shah removed two of the top three batsmen even though Samit Gohel battled with a patient 39 till the 21st over Two quick wickets from Vijay Shankar trapping Het Patel and Chirag Gandhi lbw meant Gujarat slipped to 110 for five with over 20 overs left Bhatt however steadied the innings with a brisk half-century and guided the tail to ensure Gujarat batted till the last over His 83 came off 98 balls with five fours and two sixes Among Tamil Nadu bowlers Shankar (3 for 48) RS Kishore (2 for 35) and Shah (2 for 34) were the most impressive Tamil Nadu now face Baroda in the first semi-final of the ongoing tournament which is to take place onThursday 16 March Baroda earlier defeated Karnataka by seven wickets chasingthe 234-run target down with a little over four overs to spare thanks to Krunal Pandya’s all-round efforts London: Juventus’s French midfield star Paul Pogba looks set to be the subject of a 100 million ($130 mn 119 mn) bid by his former club English Premier League giants Manchester United British media reported on Wednesday The 23-year-old will cost United dear as he left them for Juventus for nothing in July 2012 after making just a handful of appearances prompting then manager Alex Ferguson to slam him for showing no respect to the club Paul Pogba AP Pogba was an integral part of the France side that reached the Euro 2016 final although his performance in the 1-0 loss to Portugal received a panning However the present United regime are prepared to let bygones be bygones and throw money at Pogba who has played a crucial role for Juventus in their dominance of the domestic scene in the past few seasons His arrival would complete new manager Jose Mourinho’s spending for the upcoming season TheDaily Mail suggests that United will lodge a bid on Wednesday and that senior players are confident Pogba will be returning to the club whilst The Daily Mirror says United are closing in on the playmaker terming him the ‘100 million pound man’ The Daily Star have a slightly different take in claiming United have already had an 85 million opening gambit rejected and that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has remained in England to try and seal the deal rather than travelling to China for the club’s China pre-season friendly tournament with city rivals Manchester City and German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund For some the omens are good as it was on this date in 2012 Ferguson persuaded the United board to part with 24m to lure Dutch star and Arsenal captain Robin van Persie away from their rivals — he went on to more than reward the United faithful with 30 goals that season as the Red Devils stormed to the title Beirut (Lebanon): US-led coalition air strikes aimed at dislodging Islamic State group jihadists from the Syrian city of Raqa have cost the lives of 59 civilians in three days a monitoring group said on Thursday Representational image AP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 children were among at least 59 civilians killed in the air strikes since Monday after more corpses were dug out from under piles of rubble With air support from the multinational coalition a Kurdish-Arab alliance on Thursday battled the jihadists in Raqa’s Old City of which it now controls 70 percent the Britain-based group said The Syrian Democratic Forces also fought IS in the western district of Al-Dariya and the northwestern neighbourhood of Al-Barid as well as on the outskirts of the central district of Al-Murur it said The coalition has repeatedly stressed it takes every precaution to avoid civilian casualties But it has recognised 624 such deaths in its air strikes since 2014 a figure which many rights groups say is vastly underestimated According to the United Nations 25000 civilians are trapped inside Raqa the jihadist group’s erstwhile de facto Syrian capital The SDF launched an operation to capture Raqa province from IS last year and in June the alliance broke into Raqa city for the first time It now holds more than half of the city but the fighting has proved fierce and civilians have been killed both in the crossfire and while trying to flee Such false statements only misguide citizens, said Arya For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsYokohama Japan: Lionel Messi marked his return from illness with a brilliant goal as Barcelona beat Argentina’s River Plate 3-0 to capture a record third Club World Cup on Sunday The Spanish giants welcomed back Messi after a bout of kidney stones and the mercurial Argentine scored with a clinical finish on 36 minutes before a lethal Luis Suarez double destroyed River’s hopes in a spiky Yokohama final "We came here to win the title and it was important to get the job done" said the prolific Suarez who picked up the player of the tournament and golden boot awards after finishing with five goals Barcelona won their FIFA Club World Cup title AP "Leo’s goal opened up the game and in the second half we controlled things and had more chances" added the Uruguayan who has struck 24 goals in 24 games this season including 17 in his last 11 Neymar himself returning to the side after a groin strain was instrumental in Barcelona’s opener climbing to knock down a Dani Alves cross for Messi to steer past River goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero with a deft flick of his left boot Suarez who scored a hat-trick in Barca’s 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande scored a second with a fierce low drive four minutes into the second half The former Liverpool striker grabbed his second of the night when he dispatched a thumping header past Barovero after a pinpoint cross from Neymar "Our aim is to win titles but what is also important is the style we do it in" said Barca coach Luis Enrique "The process behind it is important to me "We try to keep improving not just on the pitch but as human beings" he added "That is also something that’s expected of players at Barcelona" – Gulf in class – River Plate’s starting eleven cost a total of some six million dollars while Barcelona paid $85 million for Suarez alone and the gulf in class showed The Catalans who had already bagged the European Champions League La Liga the Copa del Rey and European Super Cup this year tore River to shreds in the second half Neymar also came close to scoring with a curling effort that shaved the bar Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was a spectator for much of the game on a cold night but made an acrobatic save from River substitute Gonzalo Martinez seven minutes from time to deny the South Americans a consolation goal Messi who could himself have finished with a hat-trick became the first player to score in three finals after leading Barca to victory in 2009 and 2011 Along with captain Andres Iniesta Messi also celebrated his 26th title with Barcelona as both players surpassed the 25 won by Xavi Hernandez "I’m delighted to make a little more history for this club" he said "It’s a difficult title to win but a massive one for Barcelona so we will celebrate this one" River manager Marcelo Gallardo apologised to the estimated 15000 fans who made the long journey from Buenos Aires to Japan "We had a plan but when Messi scored it went out of the window" he said "We let the fans down but we can be proud that we did our best Barcelona were simply too good" AFP Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya who was admitted to hospital after he complained of chest pain is now stable doctors said here on Friday The 75-year-old was admitted to the city’s BM Birla Hospital on Thursday night File photo of Jagmohan Dalmiya AFP "There was a clot which has been removed and his condition has improved He is in a stable condition now and he will be closely monitored for next 72 hoursa Dalmiya’s attending doctor told mediaperson’s here "He complained of severe chest pain and now has been put in the Intensive Care Unit doctors are constantly monitoring his condition He was brought in around 9 pm today (Thursday)" a hospital spokesperson had told IANS on Thursday night In a medical bulletin later it was later revealed that Dalmiya underwent coronary angiography "Multiple lesions were observed with total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery" it was said in the bulletin It also mentioned that he was brought to the hospital almost six hours after the onset of chest pain Reports also said that he has spoken to his family members who were visiting him The veteran cricket administrator has not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India When Dalmiya was being hospitalised his son Abhishek Dalmiya was reportedly by his side Later Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials including former India captain and CAB joint secretary Sourav Ganguly and treasurer Biswaroop Dey rushed to the private hospital West Bengal sports minister Arup Biswas too visited the hospital Dalmiya took over the reins of the BCCI for a second time in March after a gap of 10 years when he got a walkover in the elections But he has been ailing since then and his health has deteriorated further over the last few weeks IANS Written by Express News Service | Published: July 30 2012 1:58 am Related News A day after losing family members 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