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Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, Y S K Seshu Kumar

Penalise Schools that Fail to Safeguard Their Students

In January, a 6-year-old boy was found dead at Ryan International School, Delhi. 5 people, including school employees, were arrested and then released on bail the same day. Attacks against children in schools happen regularly across India. There is outrage and shock immediately after the incident, and then things return to normal. Sign my petition asking CBSE to penalise schools where children have been attacked, raped or killed because of a lapse in security measures. Many schools make parents sign waiver forms that declare that the school cannot be held responsible for the child’s safety and well being. Even if a student is raped or killed within school premises, the school will not be answerable. Sign my petition to make schools take responsibility for our children. We have to stop this. If all parents in our country speak up, we can get a response from CBSE, the board with the maximum number of schools across India. After that, the other boards might also act. Sign and share my petition. Do it for our children. Do it for our country’s future. ------ We are changing our ask from "Derecognising schools" to "Penalising Schools" after a lot of feedback from Parents and Teachers. We don't want parents and students to suffer because their school has lost recognition. We want schools to be worried about heavy penalties and implement standard protection for all their students. This should cover: 1. Stringent Background checks for all teachers and staff.2. Security to ensure authorised and monitored entry/exit of students/strangers/parents.3. CCTV coverage to gather evidence of any wrongdoing.4.Surprise audits of schools for safety measures.Schools to obtain a yearly certificate for safety measures.5.Incase of any security failure the offenders to be punished, institutional head and certifying authority to be heavily penalised, These are only some high-level ideas, but we can discuss more once CBSE responds. We want to the board to ensure that all schools recognised by CBSE comply with these standards or are hit by stiff penalties, especially when children in these schools are hurt or attacked.

Concerned Parent
55,297 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to PS to Prakash Javdekar, Hon'ble Minister, MHRD, Chairman, AICTE, UNDER SECRETARY, UGC

Protect Faculty Rights in Private Institutions

ToHon'ble MinisterMHRD, New DelhiSub: Some comments/suggestions on new education policy which may be useful for quality output from Pvt Universities. The current scenario for faculties working in most of state-run private College or University is horrible. Where a peon, working in Govt institutions is getting more salary than teachers working in private schools. They are paying very less (20,000 to 35000/- p.m. only) to a high educated faculty. These private Universities had framed their rules regulations, and they do not bother about the guidelines of the regulating body and are not following rules and regulations prescribed by the regulation body like UGC and AICTE. Also, these regulating bodies do not cross check the implementation of specified guidelines.  These private institutions are not providing research environment to those who wants to do research. They do not want improvement in academic record of faculties. They deposit original documents till the service of instructors so that no one can move another place and feel like they are in a prison. They deduct one month's equivalent salary as security money which they do not return at the end of service termination of faculties. The service termination rules are not equal for both parties (Institute and faculties). They frames service termination rules like: "if a faculty want to leave the service then he/she has to serve three months notice or pay emoluments equivalent to three months to the institutions whereas Institute will give one month notice to faculty. In 90% cases, faculties are forced to resign instantaneously. According to the Gazette of the institution, any faculty will be appointed on probation for one year or expandable to one more year. But before the next year extension institute has to issue an office order before the expiry of the first year otherwise the faculty will be considered as permanent, and the Institute has to pay salary and all allowances according to UGC guidelines. But none (95% or more) of the private institute do not consider faculties as permanent which results in the economic and mental harassment of faculties.Through this petition, I want to draw the attention of Hon'ble Minister MHRD: kindly cross check that whether these private institutes are following guidelines of UGC and AICTE or any regulating body in ground basis not in documents. The private institutions now days are just like property making shops. They do not bother about the level of education and quality of teaching (that's why they pay less to higher educated faculties or hiring less qualified faculty which is not supposed to appoint on assistant professor grade). I am sure if the private institutions follow prescribed guidelines then all faculties will be able to transfer better knowledge to the students who will play a direct role in the economy of the country. MHRC, UGC and state government must point out these points:1. What should be selection criteria of faculties? How the regulating body will determine that the said, University is appointing well-qualified faculties? In 90% case, they select those who wants less salary (due to job crises in govt sector they don't have any option and has a social responsibility to answer their daily expenses, so they agree on less salary) or who does not fulfill the academic qualification. They call for vacancies and shortlist those who are less qualified. How regulating body will determine these issues.2. What should be the terms and conditions in the appointment letter to be issued by private institutions? (some private universities framed their rules while UGC does not permit such terms and conditions)3. How long time will a faculty work on the contract basis? (In the Gazette of state-run private Universities it is mentioned that employees will be regular after completion of first year but these properties making shops do not consider them on regular basis. It is also referred to in the Gazette that Private University has to appoint the faculties on a regular basis. However, in an extreme case, they can appoint on contract. The current scenario is just reverse. How regulating body will monitor this issue? 4. What should be the criteria for leave rules for faculties: like duty leaves, medical leaves, maternity leaves. This institution never gives such leaves.5. What should be service termination rules for the employee? Jaipur National University, Jaipur has framed its rules which are not granted by UGC (RTI No.: F.4-3/2016(CPP-I/PU).6. How the regulations will monitor the student's teacher ratio. In most of the state-run private universities, they appoint one faculty for 70 to 100 students. Dear Sir/Madam, these are just basic comments that must be ensured by any regulating body.Kind regardsBhamu  

Dr.K.C. Bhamu
2,072 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Pinarayi Vijayan, Prof. C. Raveendranath, Sri. P. Mohana Das, Prof. Ved Prakash, Hon'ble Justice R. Rajendra Babu

Ensure Justice to Jishnu, Enquire into the Student Torture in Nehru Group of Institutions.

In the evening of 6th January 2017, Jishnu Pranoy, a first year undergraduate Engineering student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre was found hanging, with veins cut. When he was found by the students he was alive, but he succumbed to death en route to the hospital. His colleagues reveal that he was severely tortured by the faculty and administration of the college over an alleged attempt of malpractice in his first semester exams- an allegation students testify as cooked up, and he was made believe that he had been debarred from appearing in examinations for 3 years. He was an intelligent student and expert in web development, who had won many accolades for his innovative ideas from his early schooling days. News : According to the students, Jishnu who allegedly glanced behind and was asked to stand up by one Mr. Praveen, the invigilator in the examination hall. He was scolded before his fellow students and was then taken to the Vice Principal's room where he was mentally tortured for more than an hour. His answer sheet, in which he had almost finished his test, was torn up. He was told that he had been debarred from writing exams for 3 years. He came back to hostel, disillusioned and lost, with his future threatened and he found himself incapable of addressing the situation. It was when his friends found him absent at the hostel roll-call that they went to his room and found him hanging. He was alive when they found him and his friends called Praveen, the same faculty member who accused him of cheating and was staying in the hostel building, to take him to the hospital in his car, which the inhuman professor refused. It took another half an hour to get another car and by the time they brought him to the hospital, he was dead. Source : Later, his relatives released a video of him which hinted that he was also tortured physically before death. Source : Students and alumni of the institution say that in many colleges under the Nehru Group of Institutions, students are severely tortured both mentally and physically. There is a room in their engineering colleges which the students call 'idi muri' (torture cabin) in which one Mr. Sanjith Vishwanathan and the officers employed as 'Discipline Officers' physically torture the students. The college also makes a huge sum every month by economically exploiting the students by way of arbitrary fines. Students found having beards and long hair are fined at a rate of Rs 100. Fine imposed for one day’s absence from the college is also Rs 100. While the written rule applies only to the students who are absent without the permission of the parents, in practice all students are made to pay the fine even when they absent themselves with parents’ permission and for legitimate reasons like diseases. The same fine is imposed for having food inside the classroom, and they have to eat at the college canteen which is 400 metres away from the college campus (This is from Jawahar College of Engineering and Technology, another college under the same management). Students are also fined between 100 Rs and 500 Rs if they are found sharing food with each other at the canteen. The penalty for minor defects in the uniform is also the same. Forgetting to wear the college identity card and even slight incompleteness in the uniform invite same action. The disciplinary officers who wait at the gates of the college check students in the morning while entering the college and send back those who haven’t worn their ID cards, haven’t shaven their beards that day or have longer hair than what is ‘normal’ according to them. The students have to pay for these severally and in addition to that, the fine for losing one academic day is also imposed upon them which is Rs 100 as mentioned above. ‘Bloom’ is the annual cultural fest organized collaboratively by all colleges under the Nehru Group of Institutions. A student is bound to pay Rs 1300 towards the fund for the same. And the students who don’t pay money within the stipulated time are fined at a rate of Rupees 100 per day till the date of payment. The management makes a profit of more than 1 crore from organizing of this event alone, alleges students. Apart from this, Rupees 1000 is collected from each student for conducting a moto expo in college. (More on the rules of the college and financial exploitation can be read here : ) Students who protest in any manner against the administration are met with both physical and mental torture in ‘Idi Muri’ (torture room) by Sanjith Viswanathan, the PRO of the College. Rule 11 of the regulations on conduct forbids the students from participating in political, Union activities, dharnas, gharao, shouting slogans or mass boycotting of classes. The rule also says that any student who is found to be participating in any political activities outside the campus would also face same disciplinary action which is the summary dismissal from the college even without enquiry. This is to be read with rule 14 which says that the original documents wouldn’t be issued without the completion of the course and payment of full fees of the course. This is explicitly in contravention with the freedom to form associations and freedom of speech and expression. The rulebook also makes a misleading claim that the political activities of the students has been banned by various judgements from the high court. This is also against the Article 14 of the constitution and the principles of natural justice since it denies the aggrieved party’s right to be heard. The incidents of torture in this group of institutions are innumerable, fearing for life and not able to risk their careers, students refuse to speak up in public. So, I urge Sri. Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, who also handles the Home Department, to immediately order a probe into the malpractices going on in the colleges under this group. The rule 14 which says that the original documents wouldn’t be issued without the completion of the course and payment of full fees of the course is supported by the clause 19 of the G.O.(MS) NO.258/14/H.EDN. DATED 10.06.2014 which says that"The Educational Agency can retain the Tuition Fee remitted by the student, in the event a student admitted under the Management quota or Government quota, discontinues his/her studies for any reason at any time after the 25th day of July 2014. The Educational Agency shall also be entitled to collect the tuition fee of the entire course. However, in the event of the seat so falling vacant being filled up by a new candidate, the tuition fee collected as per this clause  shall be refunded. The documents pertaining to such student shall be released only on payment of the above amount."This clause is clearly unconstitutional because it restricts the fundamental right of a student to pursue his education or to apply for jobs. This view has been upheld by a series of judgments by various high courts. So, I urge Prof. C. Raveendranath, Minister for Higher Education, Government of Kerala to reconsider this GO and amend it appropriately. I urge the Kerala State Human Rights Commission to take cognizance of the blatant human right violations happening in self-financing colleges in Kerala, to probe into it and frame rules to regulate their disciplinary actions and codes of conduct. I urge the Kerala Admission Supervisory / Fee Regulatory Committee for Professional Colleges to take cognizance of the economic exploitation being done by the Colleges in the state in guise of 'fines' and frame rules to regulate the same. I urge the University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education to take cognizance of these practices and strictly implement UGC Grievance Redressal Regulations, 2012 across the country.

Arjun Azad
4,224 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Ms. Stuti Kacker

Request for consultation before forming safety regulations for Early Childhood Education

Respected Ma'am, We, the Early Childhood Association are one of the largest non-profit organisation in Early Childhood Care and Education, committed to quality care for children from birth to 6 years, which is 13% of India’s population. We humbly present our online petition requesting your Ministry/Organisation to consider introducing a process of consultation with Early Childhood Association (which includes ECCE Practitioners and educators as nationwide members) before formulating the safety regulations for quality care and education from birth to six years. A similar process of consultation was successfully adopted by the Ministry of HRD (Govt. of India) during the draft formation of the new National Education Policy. Our young children are our future generation and we need to ensure their safety, proper growth and development in these fast changing times. Article 45 of the 86th Constitutional Amendment recognizes the crucial role of quality pre-school education stating, "The State shall endeavor to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years." Also The National ECCE Policy 2013 states that the policy recognizes that young children are best cared for in their family environment but in a country of widespread diversity and stratification many families need supportive measures for the optimal development of the child. The policy thus acknowledges multiple models of ECCE service delivery which could go by the nomenclature of AWC, crèches, playgroups, playschools, pre schools, nursery schools, kindergartens, preparatory schools, balwadis, home based care etc. The Curriculum Framework of the National Policy on ECCE states that - Suggestive Developmentally Appropriate/Age appropriate Activities for ECCE – For Children Under 3 years Focus on health, nutrition, and early psychosocial stimulation through free play and a lot of adult child interaction. E.g., (infant games, traditional songs & syllables, access to variety of play materials, individualized adult attention and interaction, opportunities to explore, early introduction to stories, infant books, drawings etc.) in safe, spacious and clean environment. Keeping the above in mind we urge the government, government agencies and policy makers to acknowledge the right to quality care and education for all children in all Indian states from birth to six years. 1.    While drafting safety regulations / guidelines to do with quality, safety and registration we urge the government to ensure that requisite arrangements are made for the birth to three years age group too thus avoiding any dilemma in the minds of educators, parents and others that children below the age of three years are not entitled to quality professional care based on play at crèches, daycares, balwadis, anganwadis and playschools. 2.    Quality professional play environments based on care for the birth to three age group, benefits both the stimulation required for crucial brain development and a support to working parents.  Countries around the world divide the care for this age group under crèche (birth to 3 years) and kindergarten (3 to 5 years). 3.    We urge the government to ensure that the same definition is also applicable in all Indian states, namely – a.    Birth to three years should be care with play based stimulation either at daycares, crèches, balwadis, anganwadis and playschools b.    And for three to six years it can be play based education at preschools, kindergartens, anganwadis and balwadis. 4.    There should be an inclusion of the right to autonomy as far as pedagogy is concerned. It is important not to lose out innovation and individualization, in the interest of standardization. As a committed association in ECCE, we would like to support your efforts and request you to consider our kind participation in the process of developing the safety regulatory formalities. We can be contacted on Yours Sincerely,Early Childhood Association India URL :

Early Childhood Association India
1,411 supporters