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NASSCOM for cyber safe schools in Pune

School students in most of the metros are registered to social networking sites and indulge in chatting and other related activities that do not fit the school functionalities. Educational institutes in Pune in collaboration with NASSCOM are now in the process of setting up a cyber security support group in each school in the city. The group aims at reducing misuse of computers, especially the Internet, at educational institutes.

Each school will have at least one such group, which will monitor the usage of computers by the students. It will also keep an eye on the usage of social networking sites, so that misuse of these sites can be avoided. The group aims to institute the cyber security systems in upto 25 schools till the end of February 2009.

Chhattisgarh Education department recommends banning of corporal punishment 

Chhattisgarh School Education department has decided to recommend enactment of a law banning corporal punishment in schools. 'We have decided to recommend to the state government to bring a law banning corporal punishment. This is being done keeping in view the increasing number of incidents of physical torture of school kids in the state,' Secretary, School Education Nand Kumar said.

The Education Secretary said a two-day workshop was organised to deliberate on the issue at the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) where a majority of the experts held the view that a law should be there to check corporal punishment. Section 88 and 89 of IPC gives protection to teachers and parents on corporal punishment and these provisions are now being misused, he said.

Manava Bharati India International School, Panchsheel Wins 2008-2009 Future Cities India 2020 Student Design Competition

The project designed by students of Manava Bharati India International School, Panchsheel won top honours in the 2008-2009 Future Cities India 2020 competition. Launched by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Bentley in 2006, the programme is a partnership among government, universities, and the business community to promote and inspire young students to consider careers in the infrastructure design and engineering professions. It encourages students to use their design skills, along with Bentley's software, to help prepare India's cities for the year 2020, when it is estimated that more than 50 % of India's citizens will live in the country's largest cities.

This year's challenge centered on Indian Railway's plans to refurbish the country's aging railway stations into world-class facilities. Student teams submitted conceptual designs for the rehabilitation of the New Delhi railway station, the first of 22 stations on the redevelopment schedule.

Top Delhi school faces de-recognition from MCD

According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Sriram School, Delhi has increased its quarterly fees by nearly 30%  in a bid to collect money for clearing their teachers' arrears. Sriram school has sent notices to parents asking them to submit around INR 23,000 in three installments towards clearing 'arrears' of teachers. The installments are due in January, March and May.

With teachers dues mounting post the Sixth Pay Commission report, and delay in the final recommendations of the Bansal Committee report, schools are turning to parents. In case Shriram goes ahead with this fee hike, it could face de-recognition of status by the Municipal Corporation of India. The junior wing of the school, situated in Delhi's Vasant Vihar area comes under the purview of the MCD.

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