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UAE Education Minister Visits Kerala

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Education Minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, who arrived here Saturday on a private visit, was received by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the airport.

Chandy is reportedly very close to Nahyan and had met him in May on his visit to the UAE on the inaugural Air India Express Budget airline.

Chandy and Nahyan travelled together from the airport to a plush resort at the famous Kovalam beach, where the latter will stay.

Even though Nayhan is on a private visit, he was keen to discuss the development of education in his country, Chandy said.

He is expected to hold discussions with educationists here and with prominent educational institutions to work out likely student exchange programmes from the UAE to institutions here. I have told him that my government will extend full support to any initiatives that he would come up with, Chandy told.

He added that the minister was full of praise for the large number of Keralites who were in the UAE.

The dedication and hardworking nature of people from here came for a lot of praise, added Chandy.

Nahyan will be here for three days and will fly to Nepal from here.

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School Feeding Programme in Srilanka Curbs Malnutrition and Boost education In Tsunami affected areas.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

World Vision together with World Food Programme and the government of Sri Lanka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement an emergency school feeding programme. The programme will target 171 schools in eight districts affected by the tsunami.
This will be mainly to meet the immediate nutritional needs of school-going children between 5-10 years of age according to Dr. Debebe Dawit, Regional Food Aid Specialist for Tsunami Response in Sri Lanka.
Through this programme, 40,000 children across the island will benefit from a take-home ration pack containing Corn Soya Blend (CSB) flour, sugar and oil, which will be provided to their parents. The mothers of the beneficiary children will receive education on the nutritional value of the rations and a cooking demonstration on how to prepare the CSB flour before it is distributed. Twenty-two trained nutritionists will be deployed to the respective areas for this task.
Prior to the first delivery of food commodities, World Vision staff will meet with school principals to ensure that the distribution centres are secure and located within the school. WV food monitors will conduct on-site monitoring at each school and school heads will provide WV with a beneficiary list.
The Feeding Programme will be carried out over two months. Each child will receive six kilograms of CSB flour, 500 grams of sugar and 500 ml of oil.
The overall goal of the programme is to improve enrollment, attendance and performance of primary school children. The school feeding programme is one of several interventions that have proved useful to address some of the nutrition and health issues of school-going children.
The programme will be implemented in the districts of Battticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Ampara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota.

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School chief under review

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Glynn County Board of Education members are expected to discuss the future of school superintendent Robert Winter during a special meeting Wednesday.

New board member Robert Strickland characterized the meeting, which was announced for legal purposes to discuss a personnel matter, as a “review” of Winter`s performance as the board looks toward its future. “This is a new board,” Strickland said. “We`d really like to start out from scratch.”

But both Strickland and board member Dave Smith refused Tuesday morning to comment on their opinion of Winter`s performance.

“I would sure like to work with him as best we could,” Strickland said. “Maybe tomorrow, with a special called meeting, we can do just that.”

Winter said Tuesday morning he had not heard of the meeting. “Absolutely no one has talked to me,” he said.

Winter said he has met with each of the newly elected board members — Mike Hulsey, Strickland and Smith and worked to establish a sense of trust.

Smith confirmed his meeting with Winter, calling it “very cordial.”

The Wednesday special meeting will be the first for the newly created seven-member board. The planned discussion of Winter comes just weeks after he received a favorable evaluation by the old 10-member school board.

That board, composed of two representatives each from five geographic districts, has been replaced with a seven-member board. The new board is composed of five members from single-member districts and two At-large members.

Winter`s tenure in Glynn County has been stormy at times, since his arrival in 2000 from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Winter was hired by Glynn County from among three finalists after the Tuscaloosa school system bought out his contract there for $300,000.

Just weeks before the start of the 2003 school year, a coalition of board members suspended him for reasons that were never disclosed publicly. When two members of that coalition were late arriving at a later meeting, board members who had opposed the suspension formed a temporary majority and reinstated him.

“There are some carryover situations with board members,” Winter said Tuesday. “People I know don`t like me would like to see me terminated. I would hope a minority of the board wouldn`t dictate what happened.”

Winter estimated Tuesday that a buyout of his contract with the Glynn County Board of Education, due to expire in June 2006, would cost about $250,000.

“There are two types of superintendents,” Winter said. “Those who are in trouble and those who don`t know they are in trouble.”

Later he added, “I`m not here to stand in the way of progress in the school district. If they feel they can make more progress without me, I`m not going to be angry about that.”

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For students ready to go to Canada for the Fall 2007 session CEC India is organising a PDO

Pre departure orientation
For students ready to go to Canada for the Fall 2007 (September) session CEC India is organising a Pre Departure Orientation (PDO). The PDO will cover important topics from travel, banking and living in Canada to health coverage. The session is designed to offer tips and preparation for conducting a self-inventory before the student goes abroad, Culture shock and cultural awareness, health and safety while traveling abroad and a personal checklist for the student. The session will take place at the India International Centre on July 24rth from 2.00 pm onwards.

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RCSC in association with RACUS, St. Petersburg, organised Exhibition-cum-Presentation of Russian Higher Education at the RCSC

Russian opportunities for Indian students
The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), in association with Russian-Asian Centre for University Services (RACUS), St. Petersburg, organised a two-day Exhibition-cum-Presentation of Russian Higher Education at the RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi on July 7 and 8. A three-member Russian delegation, comprising Ali Nutsalov, Deputy Director, RACUS, Natalia Makarchuk, Manager-International Students Department, St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy, and Ekaterina Polunina, Manager—International Students Department, Saratov State Medical University were present to enable the aspiring Indian students seeking admission to Russian universities to equip themselves with required information, guidance and assistance, including spot-admission.

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IMI launches Executive PGDM course

International Management Institute (IMI) in New Delhi announced the launch of its first executive postgraduate diploma programme in Management which is approved by All India Council for Technical Education. The 15-month programme will involve a year of full time training followed by three months of project work.

Podar International School, recently organised a seminar to raise awareness about the University of CIE curriculum

Talk on CIE curriculum
Podar International School, Mumbai, recently organised a seminar to raise awareness about the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) curriculum. The event was held to showcase the benefits of being a CIE registered school. The 25 participating school principals said that it provided an excellent opportunity to have a better understanding of the curriculum.

Informatica expands Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software has announced the expansion of its specialised training programmes on Informatica products through NUT centres in New Delhi. The expansion of these programmes will help address the growing demand for IT professionals who specialise in data integration tools.

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Delhi College of Advance Studies organised a national seminar on the. Ministry of Company Affairs 21 Delhi College of Advance Studies organised a national seminar on the. Ministry of Company Affairs 21

Delhi College of Advance Studies organised a national seminar on the. Ministry of Company Affairs 21

Seminar on corporate governance
Delhi College of Advance Studies organised a national seminar on the. Ministry of Company Affairs 21 (MCA 21) and corporate governance at Indian Society of International Laws Buildings in Delhi. R.C. Jain, Chairman, Cyber Appellate Tribunal, was the guest of honour.

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California School District to Deny Proposing Ebonics Curriculum

The San Bernardino City Unified School District in California has announced that it is not planning to and never considered a proposal to incorporate Ebonics into the school districts curriculum.

A July 17 article in the San Bernardino County Sun reported that the schools new policy would incorporate Ebonics to help low-achieving black students excel academically.

The Sun reported that the pilot, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, or SANKOFA, had already been implemented at two city schools.

But Borsuk said the article was misleading and the school district never planned to implement a curriculum that uses Ebonics to teach students.

Instead, the schools new program, the Targeted Instructional Improvement Board Policy, described as a bold approach to providing the best education possible to all students, will address the need to increase academic achievement of AfricanAmerican students.

The program uses measurable outcomes for black students and other students who are lagging behind in academic achievement, which would include increasing the number of black students in preschool programs, advanced learner, college prep and gateway courses such as Algebra.

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Schools Budget Calls For Refund To Residents

Friday, March 25, 2005

This year, no one is singing the school budget blues in Tinton Falls. For the first time in a long time, taxpayers will get a little money back from their investment in education.
The borough’s school district introduced its preliminary 2005-06 budget of $24,607,504, with $15,618,289 to be raised by taxes, last week, and with it came the good news of some temporary relief.
Even with programs added and facilities fixed, they can look forward to at least an 8-cent decrease per $100 of assessed property value from the current rate of $1.498.
In Shrewsbury, taxpayers will see a maximum of a 2-cent increase in the current rate of $1.770.
“This year the news is terrific,” Schools Superintendent Leonard Kelpsh said. “We were able to add a few programs and bring back one, and we still have a savings for taxpayers. Even with additional questions, this year’s budget is a bargain with great benefits.”
In addition to the budget, there are two questions that will be posed to voters.
One proposes to fix a blistering roof at the Mahala F. Atchison School, Sycamore Avenue, at a cost of $450,000.
The roof will cost taxpayers in Tinton Falls 4 cents per $100 of assessed property value on their tax bills.
“The roof is blistering and starting to leak,” said Business Administrator Tamar Gens. “Different sections of it are different ages.”
In Shrewsbury, the question will cost taxpayers 5 cents.
The second question asks taxpayers if they would like to add a foreign language teacher at the cost of 1 cent per $100 in each town.
“It will give the world languages program the added continuity we want to achieve from second through eighth grades,” Gens said.
Without questions approved, in Tinton Falls taxpayers could see a 12.9-cent decrease, and in Shrewsbury there would be a 3.9-cent decrease.
Last year, the $23.6 million budget was approved with questions, costing Tinton Falls taxpayers a hike in bills of 11.6 cents.
But the hike kept the district’s surplus at 6 percent of the total budget, which amounts to $1.9 million.
Since the state passed a law that mandates districts go down from 6 percent of their budget in surplus to 2 percent, “taxpayers in this district will benefit at least for this year. We’re just afraid of what will happen next year, after draining a healthy surplus to follow what we think is a fiscally unsound law,” Kelpsh said.
In addition to using much of its surplus, the district sold a piece of property off Green Grove Road that “had to come back in tax relief as well,” Kelpsh said.
Then there is an issue of declining enrollment in the district, which also can be attributed for some savings.
“We’re eliminating 3.5 positions because of declining enrollment, nothing else,” Kelpsh said. “We’re just going through an enrollment slump that was predicted.”
The student population is roughly in the 1,600s, down a couple of hundred from three years ago when Kelpsh first started his tenure as superintendent.
“I’m just glad that all the scrimping and saving has paid off and the students will benefit,” he said. “I didn’t like cutting staff and programs and said as soon as I could put them back, I would. That’s what we’re doing — and taxpayers are still getting a bargain.”
The bargain, Kelpsh said, is in the additions to programming that will not cut into taxpayers’ wallets.
“With this budget, we will be able to expand the Montessori program from kindergarten to grades one, two and three, boost the foreign languages program, and add a pilot keyboarding program,” he said.
Kelpsh has been an advocate of a strong world languages program, which he has refused to implement in any other way but a consistent one.
“The kids in lower elementary grades were getting languages once a week for 30 minutes,” he said. “We took the program out because once a week for 30 minutes is just a waste of time.”
Now the district will bring foreign languages to grades two and three for 30 minutes three times a week.
“I said I would bring it back when we could do it the right way, and that’s what I’m doing,” Kelpsh said. “Now it will be a pretty effective program.”
And, bringing the program back is just part of the base budget. It doesn’t require an additional question being approved.
The keyboarding pilot program in the first grade is an experiment Kelpsh is looking forward to.
“It will give kids their first exposure to formalized music,” he said. “The idea is to see if it has residual effects in academics down the line. There are studies that show a huge correlation between music and academic success.”
Kids who learn music early show evidence of doing better in math, he said, because of the relationship of notes to numbers and logical sequential activity.
“There’s a lot to look forward to,” Kelpsh concluded.

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Cambridge Plans Local Tests

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) will be concentrating in India, mainly the eastern region for expanding its base, Mark Bartholomew, regional manager, CIE said here.

CIE is expecting to tie up with at least 100 schools by June 2005 and 200 by the year end for their several international examination.

We will be looking specially at West Bengal because of the standard of education in the state and are looking forward to tie up with 15 schools in the state by July 2005, said Bartholomew.

At present, CIE has affiliated 6 schools in the state for their examination.CIE has set a long term goal of being associated with 1000 Indian schools by 2010.

Examination conducted by CIE are not only recognised across the globe but are also recognised by all major Indian universities, engineering and medical colleges including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), assured Bartholomew.

Presently, CIE is earning a revenue of one lakh pound against their expenditure of around 3.5 lakh pound.

We are expecting to break even by 2006. We will plough back the surplus for building the infrastructure in the country,he added.

CIE will also be bringing experts from United Kingdom to train Indian teachers later this year, he added. The experts will also be helping the Indian teachers to create self help group so as to address issues arising down the line, Bartholomew added.

Mauritius, Singapore Brunei are among the highest revenue earner for CIE. CIE will be spending substantial amount for creating awareness and brand promotion of this globally recognised examination

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Indigenous To Sign Education Contracts

The Northern Territory government is hoping to improve “appalling” education outcomes by introducing individual contracts with remote Aboriginal communities.

NT Education Minister Syd Stirling unveiled a four-year blueprint to improve education in communities – including the contracts, a revamp of bilingual education and making the school year flexible to allow for cultural ceremonies.

“We`ve had appalling outcomes for the last 30 years in indigenous education in remote and rural communities,” he said.

“There is an enormous way to go.”

“We can`t do it on our own – this government needs the support … of communities to engage in the process of education.”

Fewer than one in 10 indigenous children in remote parts of the NT achieved the Year Three national reading benchmark, according to the Education Department`s 2004 annual report.

Mr Stirling said schools in communities often sat as “an island” with education and training not valued as a tool for improving life.

Under the plan, the government will target 15 of the NT`s largest indigenous communities in its biggest ever effort to get parents and other community members interested and involved in their children`s education.

The government will sign individual contracts with communities, although those that “breached” the document would not be punished, he said.

“If the communities fail to engage, or the kids stop coming to school, then we`ve got the contracts to go back to as a … point of reference,” Mr Stirling said.

“It gives us a starting point really to go back to and re-engage the school and the community immediately that we sense disengagement.”

He said the future looked bleak if the situation was not improved.

In 15 years, as Australia`s population aged, the NT would be the only jurisdiction with an increasing number of 17 and 18 year-olds ready to enter the workforce – and 80 per cent of them would be indigenous.

“There`s no tomorrow or let`s get it right next generation, the window of opportunity is closing as we speak,” Mr Stirling said

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No Unesco Funds For India

Stung by criticism from Unesco and other foreign funding agencies at various platforms for failure to achieve targets and implement policies on education, the government today asked these agencies to disburse their resources to least developed countries, which needed it more. At the general body meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with Unesco today, the Union minister of human resource development, Mr Arjun Singh, made it clear that India could afford to spend Rs 60-70 lakh that Unesco funded them every year for various projects on education.

Unesco has been criticising India for its failure to implement the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a nationwide campaign to promote education amongst children. Mr Singhs predecessor, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, had stated that the government would take financial aid from Unesco, but without any condition.

The regional director, Unesco, Mr Taufiq, said after the meeting that it was for India to decide whether they needed funds from them. An HRD official said: We get meagre funds from Unesco, but there is a lot of paper-work attached to it. There are many formalities like audits and other obligations to it, which has to be fulfilled. Moreover, we are criticised by these bodies and they like to keep us guarded all the time.

Mr Singh, however, stated that they were on good terms with Unesco. We are good partners and will cooperate in all respects, he said, but emphasised that, India is fast emerging as a nation willing to contribute more and more for programmes of benefit to the country and to the entire world especially the developing countries. This statement holds importance as it could sent signals to other funding agencies that India is self-reliant and will not look for them for small needs. The minister said Indian institutions were emerging as centres of excellence in different fields.

Mr Singhs deputy, Mr MAA Fatmi, said that madrasas have come up only at those places where the Muslim population do not have any access to schools or were schools were unaffordable.

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National Aeronautics Space Administration Held International Space Settlement Design Competition

A seven-member panel of National Aeronautics Space Administration {NASA) scientists declared the team comprising 13 students and two teacher advisors from Apeejay School, Jalandhar as winners of the international Space Settlement Design competition held at NASA, Houston, Texas. The eight teams including three Indian, were given 42 hours to propose the design, development and operations planning of the first settlement on the surface of planet Mars. Their project titled ‘Argonom Space Settlement Contract’ predicts a settlement on Mars by July 15,2056.

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80 mn join defence education drive to promote patriotism

Monday, January 03, 2005

Over 80 million Chinese have joined a nationwide campaign to impart knowledge on national defence and promote patriotism, state media reported today.

In accordance with the National Defence Education Law, governments and relevant departments conduct national defence educational activities to enhance awareness among the people, the government White Paper on National Defence, 2004 has said.

China conducts its national defence education mainly among civil servants, students, military and reservists.

As per the law, colleges, universities, senior high schools and their equivalents should develop their national defence education by linking their curricula with military training.

College and university students are obliged to receive basic military training. In 2003, some 1,100 colleges and universities and 11,500 senior high schools throughout China conducted military training and more than eight million students received such training.

National defence education has also been incorporated into school courses to provide students with national defence knowledge and education in patriotism.

Some primary and secondary schools have also introduced activities in the form of juvenile military schools with national defence education as the theme.

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USEFI is organising an information session on Higher Education in the U.S.: Prospects from SUNY at Stony Brook- NY

At USEFI
The United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI) is organising an information session on Higher Education in the U.S.: Prospects for International Students with representative from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook- NY on Thursday, July 19, 2007. The session is scheduled from 2.30 p.m. The venue is USEFI, Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road. For more detailed about SUNY

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Rules Loosened For No Child Left Behind Law

Friday, April 08, 2005

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, in an effort to quiet a rebellion over federal education policy, announced Thursday that states with strong accountability systems already in place would be given greater flexibility in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act.

It is results that truly matter, not the bureaucratic way you get there, Spellings said at a meeting with state education chiefs at George Washingtons estate, Mount Vernon, just south of Washington. Thats just common sense, sometimes lost in the halls of government.

The laws goal is to have children meet their grade-level standards in reading and math by the 2013-2014 school year.

Since the bill was signed in 2002, some states have been complaining that the federal standards with no flexibility to substitute the results of state-created achievement tests have usurped state and local control of schools.

The legislation requires the Department of Education to withhold federal funds from schools that fail to meet the standards. More than a dozen state legislatures have passed resolutions protesting the law as a mandate that requires state action without providing compensating funds.

On Thursday, before an invited audience of business and education leaders, Spellings offered the states some relief.

There would, she said, be no change in what she called the bright lines of the law using annual standardized tests in grades three through eight; reporting test results by subgroups (minorities, English-language learners, the economically disadvantaged) to ensure that those in need get added help; taking steps to improve the quality of teachers; and providing more information to parents about the quality of schools and teachers, along with parents alternatives if the school is not meeting standards.

But schools seeking more flexibility, or waivers, in reaching those goals would get credit for the work they have done to reform their education system as a whole, Spellings said.

On this new path, were going to let research and results drive our decisions, she said, comparing the modifications to the changes parents make after the first three years of a childs life. The law has successfully come through what parents fondly call the terrible twos.

Now, she said, she hoped to lay a foundation for continuous improvement and success down the road.

As Exhibit A in this new common-sense approach, she proposed increasing the number of special-education students eligible for alternative standardized testing more closely aligned with their ability levels.

Under the current provisions, schools that fail to show adequate yearly progress in test scores can be sanctioned by the federal government. Increasing the number of students who can take the alternative tests should enable schools to better meet requirements.

States that understand this new way of doing things will be gratified, she said. Others looking for loopholes to simply take the federal funds, ignore the intent of the law and have minimal results to show for their millions of federal dollars will be disappointed.

The discretion to reward some states and not others was a concern to some observers, who worried that the Education Department could become politicized.

Theres been a perception that some states have gotten better treatment than others, said Patricia Sullivan, director of the Center on Education Policy, an independent advocacy group. Though she praised the flexibility on special-education students, Sullivan noted that discretionary standards had the potential to discriminate.

Just look at the difference in the way the Department of Education reacted to Connecticut versus Utah, she said. Connecticut asked for a waiver, and the department said no. Utah asked for a waiver, and the department said, Lets negotiate.

Connecticut is preparing to sue the Education Department over the No Child Left Behind provisions.

But many educators, including California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack OConnell, were pleased with the approach.

Overall its a very positive step in the right direction, said OConnell, who has been pushing the department to consider growth models how far a school district has progressed in assessing schools. Spellings said she would convene a study group on that and other ideas.

We have a very diverse population, and I hope thats the next area for flexibility, he said.

Spellings praised states, such as Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois, that did not support President Bush in last years election. She also quoted Democratic supporters of the bill, such as my friend Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, and thanked advocacy groups, including the American Federation of Teachers, the nations second-largest teachers union.

That olive branch will probably sit well with teachers, whose morale has been affected, education groups say, by the laws seeming challenge to their qualifications.

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United States Educational Foundation organising an information session in India

United States Educational Foundation organising an information session in India

The United States Educational Foundation in India is organising an information session on November 1 with representatives from Kansas State University, Manhattan. The session will start at 2.30 pm at Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road, NewDelhi-110001. he educational satellite, Pillai said that it has not been put to optimum use and it is up to the open universities to make the most of this technology.

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British Standards Institution has Recently Awarded the ISO 27001 to Aptech Learning Services

The British Standards Institution has recently awarded the ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management Systems to Aptech Learning Services (ALS),the customised learning content development arm of global learning solutions company, Aptech Ltd. ALS develops instructional content, providing e-Learning and instructor led training, for its clients out of its three Global Development Centres in Chennai, Mumbai and Pune.

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Nepal Christians to renew ties with Bengal college

Monday, January 03, 2005

Christians in Nepal can reaffirm their faith by choosing to join a degree course in divinity to be introduced for the first time in this overwhelmingly Hindu nation.

The Association for Theological Education will launch the course next year, after being affiliated to Serampore College in West Bengal. This brings back the association of the Himalayan kingdom with Serampore, where British missionary and educationist William Carey undertook the first translation of the New Testament into Nepalese in 1812.

Carey was one of the founders of the Serampore College in 1818. He finished his translation in 1821. Then, a Nepalese pastor in West Bengal, Ganga Prasad Preadhan, rendered the entire Bible into Nepalese in 1914.

About two percent of the nearly 26.5 million population of Nepal is Christian, mostly from economically disadvantaged classes with little access to education.

While Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and even Muslims were readily assimilated in Nepal, the early Christians had to undergo much struggle. The first Christian mission is said to have been established by Jesuit priests in Kathmandu valley in the 18th century with a community of 57 converts.

However, in 1760, King Prithvi Narayan Shah banished the priests and for nearly 150 years the state frowned upon Christianity-related activities. Conversion was made a punishable offence.

However, things improved in 1990 when the democracy movement weakened the power of monarchy and the state relented in its persecution of Christians.

The first Bibles to circulate in Nepal was smuggled in from India. However, since 1999 the various Bible societies have been able to print it in the country.

Establishing the degree course is a moment of quiet triumph for Ramesh Khatry, executive secretary of the Association for Theological Education that was established in 1993 by nearly 30 church groups, missions and societies to bring a standard to Bible education.

Khatry, a doctorate degree holder in divinity from Oxford, was imprisoned in 1984 along with 13 Christians for running a one-month Bible school in western Nepal.

They were released after the missions raised nearly Nepali Rs.50,000 for bail but the case dragged on till 1990, when the democracy movement, Khatri says, made the state more liberal and the suit was relegated into oblivion.

Today, the association is a government-registered body and runs an impressive library of religious texts. From next year, it is starting a three and a half year Bachelor of Divinity degree course affiliated to Serampore College, which has become a university.

Khatri knows there won`t be too many takers initially. “The course is open only to graduates,” he says. “And there aren`t too many Christian graduates in Nepal.”

Khatry feels that if things change and the government decides to shut down the association or the course in Kathmandu, the students can get admission to any of the 40-odd Bible colleges in India affiliated to Serampore College.

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