Blame ‘devastated’ primary education system for lowest literacy rate in Bihar: Experts
A latest report of the ministry of education describing Bihar with the lowest literacy rate in the country has raised concern over the poor state of education in the state that produces good number of IAS officers and IITians every year with many of them cracking the exams with self-study only.
Academicians, experts and officials have blamed the nearly ‘devastated’ primary education for the sorry state of affairs. They said the recruitment of schoolteachers on contract without caring for the talent has further aggravated the problem.
“Primary education was once in a good shape in the state, but now it has got destroyed, thanks to the introduction of contract system in teaching jobs. How can we get good teachers if the higher education remains in bad shape. If we can’t get good teachers, then primary education will remain in bad shape,” said Prof DM Diwakar, former director at the AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies.
He said the government institutions are the source of education for 90% of the population, but the state government is bringing private universities.
Stating that the state government was quite serious towards improving the level of education in the state, the minister said the highest allocation (22%) of funds in this year’s budget is for education while chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced to increase it further by 4%.
According to the latest report of the Bihar Economic Survey, dropout is a major problem and it is pervasive in all the stages of education. Reacting on this, the minister said the education department has launched many initiatives such as bag-less Saturday to motivate schoolchildren towards education and to improve enrolments in schools, the government is quite serious towards improving the level of education in the state though it will take time. “Ek din me to sab thik nahin hoga na!”, he remarked.
World Water Day
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis, in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
ChatGPT Rival ‘Bard” launched by Google
A new AI model has been designed by one of the world’s most powerful companies Gooogle after ChatGPT got popularized with its new versions.
Bard is the latest AI-powered conversation system. This is now made accessible to the public but only in US and UK for the time being. It will soon come up in more countries and languages.
This chatbot is a jack of all trades as it involves a multitude of advanced-level features.
World’s Happiness Index 2023, Finland remains on Top
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network released the World Happiness Report of 2023 on March 20 as the day is celebrated every year as World Happiness Day.
Finland for the 6th consecutive time has been ranked number one in happiness levels. The report surveys the happiness factors and satisfaction levels among the world population. It shows how happy the people are with their lives across nations.
India improves a little from 136 to 125 however it is a sad position for the country as it is among the least happy nations.
Kerala has its First Trans Lawyer Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi becomes the first ever Transgender in Kerala who has obtained the position of lawyer and got her name in the Bar Council.
The Law Minister of Kerala, P. Rajeev posted on social media and congratulated her to be designated as a lawyer and encouraged more transgender people to acquire the role.
This is a great step for the whole Transgender community as it will help them to stand for their rights more firmly in future.
Padma Awards 2023
The President has given his approval for the presentation of 106 Padma Awards, including 3 duo cases, in 2023. The list includes 91 Padma Shri Awards, 9 Padma Bhushan Awards, and 6 Padma Vibhushan Awards.
The Padma awards date back to the 1950s. The Government of India instituted two civilian awards, namely, the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan on January 2, 1954. The latter had three classes, namely Pahela Varg, Dusra Varg, and Tisra Varg.
These were subsequently renamed as Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri vide Presidential Notification issued on January 8, 1955. The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three distinct awards given by the Government of India to exceptional Indian citizens.
The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; the Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of a high order; while the Padma Shri for distinguished service.
Tamil Nadu gets its 18th wildlife sanctuary at Erode
The Thanthai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Erode, announced on Monday as the state’s 18th, will be the last protected link between Nilgiris biosphere reserve and the South Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.
Spread over 80,567 hectares and including Anthiyur and Gobichettipalayam taluks it will be home to 21 species of mammals ranging from the rare honey badger to carnivores such as tigers and leopards and herbivores such as elephants, 136 species of birds and 118 species of butterflies.
Pangong Tso Lake Marathon sets record in Guinness Book
India’s first-ever frozen lake marathon on PangongTso has now been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The widely known Pangong Tso in Ladakh organized the first-ever marathon. This lake is at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level.BPCS Notes brings Prelims and Mains programs for BPCS Prelims and BPCS Mains Exam preparation. Various Programs initiated by BPCS Notes are as follows:-
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