Petition to S. Suresh Kumar, MHRD , Narendra Modi, B. S. Yediyurappa, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Ramesh Pokhriyal, B. S. Yediyurappa
Covid-19: Teachers Unite Campaign. Support Teachers. Support Education. Support our Nation
#teachersmustgetpaid #allowschoolfeestobecollected #covid19 Request the Government of Karnataka to withdraw the order (circular dated 30-03-20 Sa.ha.ni.sha.shi.Aa sha/ka va. Ku.ja.su / 32544/e.v.2020) preventing private unaided schools from collecting fees. Failure to do so will lead to bankruptcy, lack of learning for children and loss to teacher salaries. This, in turn, will lead to further illiteracy and unemployment in India Please read, sign & share the petition! This is for all the children of India, and for their schools and teachers. It’s for all educators who go beyond their call of duty to ensure teaching and learning continues for their students whether or not it happens at school on an ongoing basis (or even at home (online) where feasible during the time of a global crisis). What is at stake if the order is not revoked? Quite simply India’s present & future is at stake. Since teachers form the essential backbone of any educational system their overall well-being is critical in maintaining a healthy ecosystem for the future of the country. The learning and lives of each of the 43% of children in India who study in private schools are at stake. (Source - Vision for School 3.0 April 2017). India’s growth and development are at stake: India’s much talked about demographic dividend is dependent on our education system providing quality education to our children. As per the Educational Statistics report released by MHRD in 2018, India’s literacy levels stand at 69.1% which is 17% below the world’s average, causing poor employability and hence, limited to no real growth. InsightsOnIndia pointed out that ‘India’s demographic dividend depends on the learning level of students.’ Given other State Governments across India have passed similar orders, the livelihood of 2 crore teaching and non-teaching staff from over 5 lakh private schools across the country is at stake (Source -NISA). The livelihood of both teaching and non-teaching staff (administration and support staff) is at stake. A school comes together when teachers, managers, cooks, cleaners, bus drivers, security guards and more people work in coalition with each other, thereby having a direct impact on their livelihood. Teachers have called out... “I am a history teacher working in a private school. I am very concerned about the government’s directive because it would mean I won’t get my full salary or may even lose my job. Despite the lockdown, I have spent endless hours teaching my students, through all possible online platforms available.” “I am a single parent. I will not be able to support the basic needs of my family, which includes my two young sons and ageing parents, in case the school is not able to pay me. How does the government expect the school to take care of its faculty or plan for the new academic year if their fees are suspended?” Why is this happening? The Department of Public Instruction, Karnataka on March 30, 2020 issued a notice to all private schools advising them against collection of school fees, as it says, “until further orders”. Several other state departments for the education of states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also chose to implement the same. At the same time, all employers have been advised NOT to enforce lay-offs and salary-cuts by the Prime Minister (dated 23 March 2020, repeated on 14 April 2020). Furthermore, not having any idea how much fee to expect the following academic year (despite some schools providing online schooling). This notice severely handicaps our schools from planning for the new academic year and meeting their expenses, especially the salaries of their teachers and staff. Teachers have been at the helpless receiving end of most changes in educational policies. Help us make our voices be heard. SIGN THE PETITION!
Petition to karnataka state law university, Hon. Governor of Karnataka, Bar Council of India, Government Of Karnataka, hon. DCM of Karnataka, Hon. minister of Law and justice, hon. Minister of Law, Parliamentary affairs and Legislation
Promote KSLU Students or Postpone Exams
We, the students of colleges affiliated to Karnataka State Law University ,Hubballi, Karnataka are having issues regarding the decisions taken by KSLU with respect to our semester end examinations and would like to request KSLU to review its decision. It's a high time that we should unite irrespective of our views , colleges , ideologies or any personal opinions. We all are facing the crisis and examination in this period of time is very dangerous This Students Group is constituted by the like minded students to address grievances relating to COVID-19 situation in Karnataka, this is for all the college students under KSLU . The students are requested to put forth their grievances and problems which relates to intermediate examinations/final examination. OUR DEMANDS · WE DEMAND KSLU at least 8 weeks of Offline classes before conducting the examinations. · Please don’t conduct examinations until this crisis comes to control. · Many Universities across the country has adopted a onetime policy in which students of all semester except those in their final year would be promoted based on the performance in the previous semesters. We urge KSLU to adopt the same policy as a onetime only scheme.(all degree students , professional degree courses like Engineering are already promoted as per GOK order no.ED/197/UNE/2020, Bangalore dated 10-07-2020) · Issue circular to colleges to use secured online platforms for online meetings and classes. · If exams are conducted against students will --, · KSLU must ensure the quarantine for students from various state is done at free of cost and done effectively. · KSLU must assure that it’ll pay the medical expenses of the student and student’s family if he/she is infected from the virus due to attending the examination. · If any death occur due to the infection KSLU should take the complete responsibility and compensate the family as KSLU is offering “LIFE OR EXAM” during the crisis. Certain percentage of concession must be given to college fees, and all university fees and exam fees must be waived off in view of bad economic situation Please respect our problems and do understand them. Hoping for your support Your's Truly KSLU Students Group
Petition to DELHI UNIVERSITY VICE CHANCELLOR, EDUCATION MINISTRY OF INDIA, Education minister of India, University of Delhi
Cancel/Postpone Delhi University OBEs
We the students of Delhi University would like to appeal to the university administration to take into account the deeply distressing times that we are all trying very hard to cope with and consider cancelling the upcoming OBEs. Covid-19 has in the past month wreaked havoc on the lives of so many of us - our families, friends, professors are all reeling from its onslaught. The virulence of the virus has taken far too many lives, and each day is a struggle to keep ourselves physically and mentally strong and safe. In light of the fear and uncertainty that this has brought us to, it is quite appalling that students and teachers alike, are expected to proceed with the scheduled OB Examination. The distress of our times should have warranted a sensitivity to our well being, overriding this need to achieve targets and keep to schedule. You would know that there are several students battling the virus during this period, while many are still to recover from its infection. There is also both the trauma and logistics of caring for family members who are suffering currently. The impact of this dangerous virus cannot, by any measure, be deemed as 'indirect' anymore. It is not just the capital Delhi, that is reeling in despair, so many of us students from across the country are in smaller towns and even villages, where Covid-19 numbers and fatalities are rising frighteningly. In light of this terrifying position that we find ourselves in, examinations will only serve to heighten the suffering and anxiety of all stakeholders. Further, with the absence of any real possibility of taking the exams offline for students who lack internet resources, given the sudden surge in cases, the University’s offer of an offline mode as alternative is bizarre, proving how callously out-of-touch the administration is with the current crisis. This is an appeal to the University and other concerned authorities to demonstrate some amount of compassion and empathy for everyone in these trying times by either canceling the upcoming examinations for second-year students, or at the very least postponing them until this horrific second wave abates. It has been done before and hence we are aware that it is possible, taking our internal marks and the results of the odd-semester OBEs (that we are yet to receive) into account. This last one year of the pandemic has taken a real toll on all of us. Its worst is upon us now and we need every strength, every fortification that we have to fight it. We need to preserve our resources and our health, and we, the students and teachers of the University of Delhi, appeal to you once again to kindly allow for a deferral of the final semester examinations and the cancellation of the fourth semester examinations.
Petition to Nongthombam Biren Singh, Ministry of Home Affairs, Manipur Govt.
The chief minister of Manipur
COVID-19 crisis: More than 100 North East Indians stranded in the UAE The list of North East Indians stranded in the UAE as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis has crossed 110, according to volunteers. And the number is growing. Many of those stranded have lost their jobs and no longer have any source of income. And to make matters worse, if they stay after their residency visas expire, they face fines as high as Dh25 (Rs500) per day according to UAE law. While the total number of Indian citizens from the North East’s seven states in the UAE is unknown, they are in a difficult situation as there are no direct international flights to their states. This means many of them will have to first be quarantined, even if they get to leave the UAE, at the first port of arrival at their own expense. They will only be allowed to travel elsewhere in India once they complete the seven-day mandatory quarantine. While the Indian government has begun repatriation flights from the UAE, the slow process means many stranded will have to wait even longer. According to the Indian Consulate in Dubai, more than 350,000 Indians have registered to return home. Of this, only about 4,500 have been repatriated so far, the majority of them to Kerala. Expats from Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland are now appealing to their governments and authorities to help them return to home. Calvin Joute from Manipur, who lost his job as a waiter in February, says he’s been asking his family in India to send him money so he can pay his rent and buy basic necessities. “My company stopped paying me from February and all my money has run out. I just want to go back home,” says the father of one whose wife and daughter live in Churachandpur district. Ngamzamang Lhungdim is also waiting for a flight home along with his colleagues Romen Singh and Benjamin Tonglianmang. All three from Manipur worked at an international fashion chain and were given two options: go on unpaid leave or be terminated. They chose termination. The grace period of their visas will expire on June 5. “We cannot afford to pay the fines after the grace period and converting our visas to tourist visas costs Dh2,000 (Rs41,200), which is a lot,” says Lhungdim whose wife and twins are in Manipur. Ruth Khawbung from Manipur is stressed about her mother and brother who came to the UAE to help her deliver her daughter in December. “They were supposed to return in March but then the lockdown happened. Thankfully their tourist visas were extended for free by the UAE until December, but my dad is all alone at home in Manipur and I’m worried about him,” she says. “My mother desperately wants to go home and we are helpless.” For Lalchhanchhuaa and his wife Muanpui from Mizoram, the stress of having to wait for a flight out is taking its toll. Muanpui’s wellness company has decided to cut her rental allowance and monthly salary from July, while Lanchhanchhuaa, who works in the F&B industry is no longer receiving his salary. “Our rent along with electricity and water bills adds up to about Dh5,000 (Rs1 Lakh) a month and we will no longer be able to afford that,” says Lalcchanchhuaa. “I receive Dh400 (Rs8,000) per month from my company as allowance without salary, but that doesn’t even cover half of our monthly expenses. “We have started selling our furniture and other things to help us tide over. But if we continue to stay here without salary, we will soon run out of money. I don’t know what to do.” The couple now desperately want to return home to Mizoram. “The Mizoram government is doing everything it can to help us when we reach India, but because we cannot tell them when we’re returning, there’s only so much they can do from their end. They are also helpless.”
Petition to University authority, Senate, Syndicate , TNDALU , Government Law Colleges
TNDALU, Law Colleges reopening, Students' Right to be Heard
Respected Senate, Syndicate, Minister for Law, Faculty, and Student, The TNDALU is considering to reopen on the 1st of September, which is appreciated for its motive. But it is indeed a concerning sight that this is happening with such short notice, and with no consideration for those who will have to stay in Hostels. Are these students expected to pack their luggage and travel to Chennai, without having their concerns heard? This very well seems to be undemocratic, and that too because it is happening during a pandemic. It would have been prudent if the authorities had instructed and delegated work to the Faculty to collect data regarding the number of students who have received vaccination ( either just one or both dosages ), before deciding to reopen. It is more unwise that such data is not collected even while considering the terms and conditions for reopening on September the 1st. How else, without such data, is the University expected to know the situation at the ground level? Why is the University not meeting the students at a midpoint, and instead expecting students to bend their backs just so that we could reopen on a date fixed with such hurry? Why are we to reopen, given how there are talks and studies of the eminent Third wave of Covid-19, only a few weeks from this speculated date of reopening? How are we going to accommodate the Hostellers, given how if even one person falls sick, it will lead to a huge sense of panic, causing distress to not just the students, but also their families back home? And how are the families going to trust that in the case of one student falling sick, the rest are tested properly? And in that case, are these students going to quarantine themselves for a few days until it is time for them to go for the rT-PCR test? These are just unnecessary and unwarranted, and we might as well wait to get over the third wave, and reopen in peace. In times like these, the Administration is expected to have a human to human connect with its students, to learn their views and concerns. It is particularly shocking to see how we have set a deadline without hearing out the views of those who are at risk, the students. The general brushing away of such questions saying students would not want to attend college and so they wouldnt have a rational thought before giving their views, is judgmental and uncalled for, especially from those who are Law-learned, and understand that each of us have to be granted a chance to express our thoughts. We are to consider the worst-case scenario since now is not the time to be optimistic and overly positive. And the worst-case scenario is obvious enough. Even the concept of having classes in rotation basis is a suicide. We need to look at what has happened to several schools and colleges around India, who had also reopened in similar fashion . Most of the students are willing to attend offline classes, we are just concerned about this collection of data and hostel accommadation. We hope your decision is one that is well thought out, and in favor of those concerned.
Petition to Ministry of Education, Government of India, Right to Education Forum
Systemic Change in Indian Education System impacted due to COVID-19
Improving the education standard for students impacted due to COVID-19 One of the main sectors that faced a paradigm shift because of the COVID pandemic is the Education sector. We believe that the following problems hinder the education of students and especially that of primary and middle school students. This pandemic can delay our nation’s educational aspirations by decades if not handled properly. With India being one of the 135 countries in the world where the “Right to Education” law is present (meaning, the onus is on the government, not the parents, to provide education to the children) our government should take proactive measures to prevent school dropouts and to improve the quality of online education. Hence, we want you all to sign the petition so that more attention is brought to this issue and systemic changes can be brought to the Indian education system. Government and Private Schools during COVID-19 According to Oxfam Survey conducted across five states Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, incorporating the responses of over 488 government schoolteachers: Fee Structure: Around 39 per cent of parents in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh had to pay hiked fees for the upcoming academic year. Uttar Pradesh government had asked schools not to hike fees. Around 50 per cent of parents reported having paid hiked fees. In Odisha, around 50 per cent of parents had to pay for uniforms, despite massive resistance. Teachers: Only 20 per cent of teachers of government schools were trained for delivering classes online. Of the 20 per cent of government school students who received education during the lockdown, around 75 per cent remained dependent on WhatsApp, while 38 per cent remained dependent on telephone calls with teachers for continued education. Two out of every five government schoolteachers did not have the devices required to deliver education online. Access to facilities: 80 per cent of parents said they faced challenges in online education. The most problematic issue is 23% not having any device, while 18% did not have access to the internet. In addition, 53% faced internet speed issues, and 32% found it difficult to pay for the data. Midday meals: Despite the Supreme Court’s order asking states to ensure the supply of midday meals to students of shut schools, only 65 per cent of students in all five states received meals, with over 92 per cent of children in UP saying that they were deprived of the same. Screen time: A significant paradigm shift can be seen in education because of the COVID pandemic. With most schools conducting classes online, screen time for children has become a significant issue. Even in the presence of Digital Education guidelines from MHRD, Department of School Education and Literacy that suggests a maximum screen time of 90 min per day to ensure better health, schools are said to be holding about 4 hours of classes per day, even for primary school children. Such lax implementation of MHRD guidelines by the state governments is doing more harm to the children. It increases the stress on the children and parents with additional subjects being taught online. Student-teacher ratio: India has a primary student-teacher ratio of 26.5, which is one of the highest in the world. As per OECD data, Countries like Greece and Luxembourg have a ratio of less than 10. These numbers depict the worse condition where there are insufficient teachers, and the teachers present are overburdened with having to teach a higher number of students. Experts point out that this is poor recruiting of teachers in the past years and incorrect teacher posting policy adopted by different states in the country. With the COVID pandemic, the burden on teachers has been increased multi-fold. In a UDISE+ report, Delhi has 55,486 primary teachers for 18,11,723 students, which is one of the lowest in the country. Dropout Prevention: A UN report says that at least 24 million children worldwide are expected to drop out of schools due to pandemic-related reasons. Based on our primary research (interactions with teachers), the dropout rates have increased post-pandemic. With limited access to the internet and limited resources like phones and laptops for accessing online classes, late bloomers who did not have much interest in pursuing education are beginning to drop out. This is increasing significantly among underprivileged communities where the parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The families think that online education will not be beneficial for their children, given the inefficiencies in government schools to switch to online mode. Instead, they prefer to earn some money for daily bread-winning if their children go for daily labour. They chose petrol bunk labour, food and e-commerce delivery, factory work, and any manual labour where no prior experience is required. These are primarily jobs that will not help in the long run as a career. Few students (high school level) go for part-time work and attend classes online from the workplace to continue education. Many others have switched to schools of lower levels (in terms of quality and infrastructure) to save on the fees. Our Recommendations: 1. The state government should strengthen the enforcement around fee hikes and penalize the schools that don’t follow the state orders. 2. Provide laptops to teachers. Set up multiple assistance centers to help with online technical issues. 3. Arrange an online teaching technology infrastructure within the school wherein the teachers can teach from the class itself. 4. Home delivery of cooked meals/dry rations under the midday meal scheme. 5. A more robust implementation of MHRD guidelines in government and private schools regarding limited screen time for children. Especially for pre-primary and primary school children as they are the most vulnerable. 6. We recommend that the government increase the hiring of permanent teachers and adopt an efficient posting policy that would ensure a better student-teacher ratio. 7. Government should also conduct proper audits and issue guidelines regarding the ideal student-teacher ratio. 8. Free Internet (1 GB/Day) to students 9. Free Joining back for dropped out students (without TC & other bureaucratic hindrances) (Already implemented by Tamil Nadu Government) 10. Remedial Online Recorded Classes for catch-up (Maths & Science) 11. Follow-ups for every dropped-out student (by school principal) & remedial action to be mandated 12. White Paper by the government on the trend of dropout rates pre-and post-pandemic and Plan of Action. References: 1. S. (2021, June 23). Shivakaminathan. dtNext.in. https://www.dtnext.in/News/TopNews/2021/06/23063236/1302519/TC-not-mandatory-for-admissions-to-govt-schools.vpf 2. Indicator D2. What is the student-teacher ratio and how big are classes? | Education at a Glance 2020 : OECD Indicators | OECD iLibrary. (2021). OECD Library. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/315d95e6-en/index.html?itemId=/content/component/315d95e6-en 3. Ibrar, M. (2021, July 4). In primary, Delhi does not have enough teachers. The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/in-primary-delhi-does-not-have-enough-teachers/articleshow/84102266.cms 4. Staff, F. P. (2020, August 10). From limiting screen time to number of classes per day, HRD ministry issues guidelines for online education. Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/from-limiting-screen-time-to-number-of-classes-per-day-hrd-ministry-issues-guidelines-for-online-education-8689841.html 5. T. (2021, June 26). Telangana: Parents against increased screen time for online classes. The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/parents-against-increased-screen-time-for-online-classes/articleshow/83855150.cms 6. Correspondent, S. (2020, August 4). 24 million may drop out of school due to COVID-19 impact: U.N. The Hindu. https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/covid-19-pandemic-created-largest-disruption-of-education-in-history-un/article32265660.ece 7. Rozario, A. S. (2020, September 16). No Education for 80% Govt School Students Since Lockdown: Survey. TheQuint. https://www.thequint.com/news/education/no-online-class-for-80-government-school-students-oxfam-india-survey Petition by 2nd-year IIM Ahmedabad Students: Hrishikesh Baviskar M Harish Kumar Ponnarasu K
Petition to Prime Minister of India, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India
Improve the Vaccine Accessibility in India
Context: India launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16. After a messy month-and-half when supplies ran dry and demand soared, the Union government took over the sourcing of 75% of the vaccines starting June 21. Eight months into it, there has been visible improvement on most fronts. Still, more needs to be done if India wants to achieve its stated target of vaccinating its entire adult population of 940 million by the end of 2021. 65% of the adult population has not received even one dose of vaccines until July 22. Even if the current vaccination rate of ~5 million people daily is maintained, the target of vaccinating the entire population by December 31 will not be met. This is also not helped by the fact that the private sector has been lagging in the COVID-19 vaccination drive. On July 20, the health ministry stated that from May 1 to July 15, 2021, around 7% of total Covid vaccinations were done in private centers. Given this reality, public health experts question the government’s insistence on continuing with a 25% quota for private hospitals. Several state governments too have asked for the private sector quota to be slashed or even stopped. Adding onto it, vaccine hesitancy and wastage have plagued the campaign in recent months. Kerala and West Bengal recorded a negative wastage of Covid-19 vaccines in contrast to Jharkhand, which reported the maximum wastage of 33.95% during May. States in the north like Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh reported 7.08%, 3.95%, and 3.91% of vaccine wastage, respectively. At the same time, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh reported 3.78%, 3.63%, 7.35%, and 15.79% of vaccine wastage, respectively. Simultaneously, a gap has begun to emerge between its major urban centers and its poorer rural districts. By mid-May, 30.3% of India’s urban population had received at least one dose of the vaccine compared to 19.2% in semi-urban areas, 15.1% in semi-rural areas, and just 12.7% in rural areas. According to an analysis carried out by Reuters, 114 of India’s least developed districts—home to a collective population of 176 million people—have administered only 23 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines so far. Our Proposition: Divert the 25% quota of vaccines reserved for private hospitals to the public hospitals and healthcare centers Improve the distribution of vaccines in Tier 3 cities and rural areas Instead of slot booking at Cowin portal, ensure walk-in for all to overcome the digital divide between Urban and Rural India Extensive capturing of the vaccination data for better planning of the future drives Please show your support and sign this petition. Petitioners: Jagath KP, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad Vishwas Maheshwari, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad Mohammad Irshad Ansari, Class of 2022, IIM Ahmedabad References: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/six-months-into-india-s-vaccination-drive-what-is-right-and-what-is-not-101626986375355.html https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/covid-19-since-may-1-private-sector-gave-7-of-jabs-despite-25-quota/articleshow/84778026.cms https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/covid19-vaccine-wastage-jharkhand-at-top-kerala-west-bengal-in-negative-101623317224375.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/06/07/major-urban-rural-divide-mars-indias-covid-19-vaccine-rollout/?sh=7b4750352924
Petition to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Declare Blood Sugar as the fifth vital sign
The double whammy of COVID and Diabetes has been a wake up call for all of us specially during the second wave. Diabetic patients presented with severe illness and the requirement for hospitalization and risk of mortality was significantly higher in diabetic patients. We have all witnessed the sharp rise in patients presenting with steroid induced diabetes and mucormycosis. The high prevalence of diabetes, majority of them being uncontrolled and an even larger number of prediabetic and undiagnosed diabetic patients, made it worse. A group of senior scientists Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev, Dr. Anoop Misra , Dr. Banshi Saboo, Dr. S R Aravind, Dr. Akhtar Hussain, Dr. Leszek Czupryniak and Dr. Itamar Raz recommended that blood glucose levels should be considered as new vital sign. The systematic review paper published by group in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews concluded that abnormal blood glucose levels significantly increase the risk of adverse outcomes in hospitalized patients. Research Society For Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) has launched a nationwide campaign "Defeat Diabetes" from 1st of July 2021 to create awareness among general people regarding importance of testing and monitoring blood sugar levels. A task force of 10000 doctors has been created with the aim of reaching out to 100 million people in next 100 days. We seek your support in spreading a simple message - "Test, Track and Treat" through social media and other means available. If you are not a diabetic test your blood sugar, If you are diabetic Track your sugar levels and if your sugars are high Treat it. Your help in sharing this petition on social media would help us reach 100 million people in next 100 days. Having these signatures we will reach out to The Director General of World Health Organization requesting him to declare blood sugar as the fifth vital sign. Kindly help out for this nobel cause by pressing the share button.