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Actor Surya criticizes Centre’s National Education Policy

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Popular Tamil actor Surya has criticized the Centre’s Draft National Education Policy (NEP), saying some of its provisions would leave students from villages in a disadvantaged state. The new education policy decides the future of 30 crore students across the country, I’m anguished that no one has come forward to talk about this. The focus is much on entrance exams but not on quality and equal education to all the students. Without giving an equal education, how do you expect quality from students?“ he asked while speaking at the Sri Sivakumar Foundation’s 40th-anniversary function.

Surya also spoke about the imposition of languages in the early stages of school education. “At the age of three years, three languages are being imposed on students and government school students are most affected by this. I find it difficult to teach even my kids the third language, who will teach the government school students then? If we are going to be silent about this policy, it will be imposed on us,” he added.

The 43-year-old actor said there is a high percentage of drop-outs in government schools because students feel ashamed if they aren’t able to clear the entrance exams. He further said the teaching profession is fading away and that the coaching centres are coming up and filling the gap.

“Coaching centres turn over in India alone is close to 5,000 crore rupees. From class eight, students are being coached for IIT, JEE, etc. The focus is only on city school students; there is another set of students who study in government schools, what about them? How they can afford coaching centers? he further added there is going to absolute chaos in our society if this  is not addressed.”

The actor said he was standing as a representative to all the students and their parents who are unaware of the disadvantages the new education policy holds for the future generation.

 “As July 30th is the last date to make any changes to the draft, I appeal everyone to log into innovate.mygov.in and express their opinion about the policy,” he added.

Unsurprisingly, Suriya’s take on the Centre’s education policy did not go well with state political leaders. Tamil Nadu Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju said Suriya doesn’t know anything about the educational policy and called the actor “half-baked”.

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Stock Market Watch ,Tuesday 20

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Global stock markets recovered some further ground Monday after last week’s turbulence. The ongoing trade war between the United States and China and an array of worries about waning growth across the world weighed heavily on sentiment.

Last week, many stock indexes around the world struck their lowest levels this year. Nifty Future is trading in negative and have a chance to fall on Tuesday

Investors are hoping that the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue to cut interest rates to shore up economic growth. The central bank lowered interest rates by a quarter-point at its last meeting. It was the first time it lowered rates in a decade.

World Market

In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% to finish at 20,563.16. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.0% to 6,467.40, while South Korea’s Kospi was 0.7% higher at 1,939.90. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 2.1% to 26,278.22. The Shanghai Composite added 2.1% to 2,883.10.

Crude Oil Update:

Benchmark crude oil rose 14 cents to $55.01 a barrel. It rose 40 cents to settle at $54.87 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, rose 27 cents to $58.91 a barrel.

Rupee update:

On Tuesday the Indian rupee opened lower at 71.51 per dollar against previous close 71.43 on Monday

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Founder of PSBB Schools, Mrs Y.G.P passes away at 93

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Mrs Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy popularly known as Mrs YGP was the founder dean of PSBB group of schools in Chennai. She is 93 years old and was admitted in Apollo Hospitals due to complaints of discomfort. Around 1.20 pm today she breathed her last leaving behind her educational empire and two sons Y.G. Mahendran and Y.G. Rajendran and their families.

Her body would be kept for public homage at Padmaseshadri School at Thirumalai Pillai Road, T. Nagar. 

The last rites will be held at the Besant Nagar crematorium on Wednesday at 4 p.m. 

May her Athma attain Mukthi.

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Medical Seats – Management quota can’t be charged more says Madras High Court

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A Division Bench of Justices R.Subbiah and C.Saravanan said, “The only discrimination that is permissible is regarding fees than can be charged from students admitted against the seats allocated under the NRI quota, which has been fixed at 15% of the total seats available in every medical institution.” The judges said that the fees collected should be used only for subsidizing the education of students from economically weaker sections.

To avoid the misusage of NRI quota to make money, the Bench suggested that either the Assembly could pass a law to regulate such admissions or the government could issue executive instructions on the subject.

“Higher fee amount can be collected only from students admitted from the NRI quota and such excess money collected from those students can be used for subsidizing the fees of students coming from the economically weaker sections of the society. Once the fee is fixed, approved by the committee concerned and notified, it cannot be tampered with,” they concluded.

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