Kerala achieves 100% primary education status

Kerala becomes the first state in the country to achieve 100% primary education.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari, will make this declaration officially at a function that is  to happen at Kerala University Senate Hall.
“Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve total primary education. This has been achieved through the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission — Athulyam. The equivalency programmes have proved a huge success and the ultimate objective is to achieve total Plus-Two education in the state,” education minister P K Abdu Rabb said on Monday.
The state authorities believe that the ‘Athulyam’ scheme that is implemented by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority, is the principle reason that has helped the State to achieve total primary education.
As per the ‘Athulyam’ scheme, a special program constructed for those who failed to get primary education due to numerous reasons, and gives them an opportunity to achieve the education qualification equivalent to fourth standard.
The Scheme identifies these people aged between 15 to 50 and allows them to get primary education. Family registries that are maintained by anganwadis under the social justice department and ward-level surveys are used as a source to identify these members.
Around 2.6 lakh candidates were identified and trained to appear for the 4th standard equivalency examination that was held in June 2015 in over 6615 centres across the state. Out of this 2.2 lakh candidates qualified with a pass percentage of 98.52 percent.
Among the candidates who qualified the examination, 1.71 lakh candidates were women; over 36 thousand of them belonged to the Scheduled Castes category; and over 10 thousand came under the Scheduled Tribes category.

China gets nod to set up industrial parks in the country

New Delhi: The Indian government on Wednesday gave a green signal to its northern neighbour China to set up industrial parks in the country. The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meet with China’s Premier Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit to be held in July.

Vice President Hamid Ansari. AFP
Vice President Hamid Ansari. AFP

The Cabinet approved in principle a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and China to set up industrial parks in order to boost relations and pump up the manufacturing sector growth. According to Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, “Cabinet today has approved in-principle an MoU with China with regard to establishment of industrial parks. The details and the contours of the MoU would be given once it is signed.”

The MoU is expected to be finalised when Vice-President Hamid Ansari visits China between June 26-30 along with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Signing of the MoU with China will help India improve a $40 billion trade deficit and reduce imports of Chinese goods. Through this agreement the new Modi-led government aims to grow the manufacturing sector of India in order to revive the county’s economy.

Earlier the UPA government had not cleared the MoU partly because of security concerns about Chinese firms setting up plants and industries inside the country and also as the general elections were just around the corner.

In 2013 during the fifth India-China strategic dialogue both nations had recognised five states- Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka where the parks could possibly be set up.

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