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FIITJEE plans a ‘global school’ in Rourkela

Following is a report from (Thanks to Orissalinks blog for the pointer):

After having set up its foot firmly in providing guidance to students appearing for IIT-JEE and other engineering entrance examinations and rolling out four “world schools” in Hyderabad, FIITJEE Ltd plans to set up four “global schools” across the country in the next two years.

FIITJEE, which is likely to clock a turnover of Rs 360 crore in 2011-12 (Rs 280 crore in 2009-10), also plans to go for an initial public offering in the next two-to-three years, said Mr C.V. Kalyan Kumar, director and head of corporate communication, FIITJEE.


The first of the global schools to be set up in Bhopal is likely to be operational by the end of this year. “We are in talks with investors for setting up schools in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Rourkela,” Mr Kumar said. The school will have classes from kindergarten to XII.

According to Mr Kumar, the primary differentiating factor between FIITJEE’s World School and Global School would be in terms of the infrastructure and curriculum.

“The world school in Hyderabad is not a residential school and is based primarily on the State board syllabus. The global school, on the other hand, will have both day scholar and boarding facilities, the infrastructure will also be of higher standards and it will offer three curriculum options (CBSE, ICSE and State board) to students to choose from,” Mr Kumar said.

The average cost of setting up the infrastructure for the Global School would be close to Rs 150 crore, he said. FIITJEE will look at roping in equity partners for investing for setting up the Global School. “The World School was set up with internal accruals, but we are looking for suitable investors for the Global School,” Mr Kumar said.


FIITJEE – which currently has 52 coaching centres across the country and two overseas, in Doha and Bahrain – plans to spread its wings to newer territories. “We are planning to set up FIITJEE centre in Dubai and Europe. This apart, we are also looking at expanding our presence in the domestic market, primarily in the Tier II and III towns,” Mr R L Trikha, head of department, distance education, FIITJEE said.

The educational institute, which so far has been catering primarily to engineering examinations, also plans to roll out specialised classes for students appearing for medical entrance examination.


February 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

Demand for Kosli language as a medium of school education: “Kosli Matrubhasa Divas” celebrations on Feb 21, 2012

Following was our conversation in different groups:

janatavikas manch <> wrote:

Dear all,

The book – School education in Odisha : Challenges & Opportunities – released by Janata Vikas Manch (JVM)  in December last year in Bhubaneswar is being debated throughout the state.  (Release photo is attached with this mail.)

Among  several issues, one of the most important issue which has come to the fore is the medium of education. We are getting a feed back from the Western Odisha that the students of the region should be given school education in their own mother tongue. This will help in reducing the high drop out rate of the students in the schools in the Kosal region.

The above view was also expressed by Mr Baidyanath Mishra , working president of Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) in a state level conference on school education organised by JVM on May 28, 2011 in Bhubaneswar. His views are given a due place in the JVM’s book. Following is the quote from the book:

“Mr.  Baidyanath Mishra from Koshal Kranti Dal expressed dis-satisfaction over the implementation of RTE and especially very poor performance in the district of Sambalpur and Sundergarah. He mainly emphasized upon time bound implementation of programmes for the development of education in the Western Odisha. He mentioned about the multi lingual tribal education in Odisha and told that as one fourth of population in Odisha speaks Kosali language, it is highly imperative to bring this language under multi-lingual education system. He also highlighted the acute disparity between Coastal and Western region of Odisha in terms of levels of education and urged the state government to announce special packages to the districts of Western region under RTE Act”.

Now, Kosal Ekta Manch is  observing Kosli Matrubhasa Day on the occasion of World Language Day on February 21, 2012 in Bhubaneswar. The meeting will be held between 9.30 AM to 2 PM at Red Cross Bhawan. The Concept note and invitation both in English and Kosli language for this meeting is attached with this mail.

JVM requests all to have a state wide debate on the issue of Kosali language as a medium of school education in Western region of Odisha.

Looking forward for suggestions and comments,

Thanks & Regards,

Sai Prasan

Note: Below is the concept note and the Invitation Card is attached with this mail. Please contact at the mobile numbers given in the Invitation card for more details.


Kosli Matrubhasa Divas: Concept Note

Language is never the prerogative or monopoly of limited group or community. The uniqueness of a language lies in its universal appeal. That is why it is said that in the galaxy of linguism every word is a glittering star. Kosli language might be a little star in the universal firmament but it does twinkle and occupy a space of its own in the linguistic world. Drawn from this logic one cannot but say that kosli is a full fledged language and not a sub language of Odiya as claimed more often than not. Kapila Samhita says “ Punya Swarnapuri prokta punya marjara kesari, kosalesu punya traya punya chitrotpala nadi ”. History says and linguists agree to the fact that Awadhi, Baghelkhandi and

Chhatisgarhi are the derivatives of kosli Language. As india remains India even after the partition of Pakistan and Bangladesh, Kosli remains the principal language of Kosal region even after these languages have established themselves as separate languages. Therefore linking Kosli with Odiya is a misnomer. Kosli  is spoken by more than one crore population and that it has survived the test of time and hegemony of a larger community over a minor , is itself a testimony to cherish.

This language is craving for recognition from a pretty long period but as history repeats, the Odiyas look down upon and reject the status of the language like the Bengalis who once said “ Odiya Ek Ta Bhasa Na e” . Lalu Yadav said Jharkhand will be built over his dead body. Today Jharkhand is a reality and Lalu Yadav is still alive. Tall claims of notorious people have never got cognizance of the civil society and it will not be a surprise if such elements are alive in Odisha too.

Nothing is permanent because ‘change’ is the truth and that is constant. There will be a change. kosli as a language will be accepted one day even by its worst adversaries. Today on this day, when we celebrate the Kosli Matrubhasa Divas in the capital of our neighbouring state, we only appeal to the conscience of those who wrote the political history of Odisha, to rethink as to whether their brethren in Kosalanchal are justified in their demand for recognition of the language in the 8th schedule of the constitution and to grant the second official language status of the state as well.

Baidyanath Mishra, 94370 83025


Sanjib Kumar Karmee <> wrote:

Dear Sai ji,

This is a step in the right direction. I am sure such a step will reduce the school drop-out rate significantly.

You also need to emphasize the fact that mother tongue based multi-lingual education is a reality in the whole world. Thus, all kids should have right to study in their mother tongue up to 6-7th standard. Then they can choose any other medium. In this regard, a delegation should pay a visit to the education minister of Odisha.

I hope the Odia educationalist will support this move. Wish you a successful “Kosli Matrubhasa Divas”!

Best regards,


February 14, 2012 at 6:50 am Leave a comment

BPUT(Biju patnaik University of Technology) campus still a distant dream

Following report is from the Samaja:

February 12, 2012 at 7:22 am 1 comment

Various maps of the proposed “Kosal state”

A recent outlook report suggests that India should have 50 states. One of such demand is the bifurcation of Odisha state in to Odisha and Kosal state. It is clear from various news reports that there is a growing demand in the western Odisha for the formation of Kosal state. After a bit of search in the “Google image” , I found the following maps of the proposed “Kosal state”.

February 11, 2012 at 11:23 am 3 comments

India Redrawn: Time to have 50 states

Following is a report from the outlook : (Thanks to Saket Sahu and Brundaban Sahu for the pointer)

Linguistic States: A 20th-Century Timeline

Dec 1903: Linguistic principle for organising India’s provinces figures for first time in Sir Herbert Risley’s letter to the Bengal government. Sir Herbert is home secretary at this point.

1905: Partition of Bengal takes place

1917: Dr Annie Besant strongly opposes linguistic organisation of provinces at the Calcutta session

1920: Congress adopts linguistic redistribution of provinces at the Nagpur session

1927: Congress adopts a resolution supporting creation of linguistic states

1928: Motilal Nehru Committee supports redistribution along linguistic lines

1945-46: Congress election manifesto promises provinces will be constituted on linguistic and cultural lines

Nov 1947: Prime Minister Nehru concedes the linguistic principle, but says security and stability of India important

1948: Linguistic provinces commission set up

Aug-Sept, 1951: G. Sitaramaiah fasts for creation of Andhra state

Dec 15, 1952: Potti Sriramulu dies while fasting for the creation of Andhra. The state is carved out of Madras Presidency only a year later.

Dec 1953: States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) is set up

1955: Nehru sends S.G. Barve to the former USSR for understanding the language policy as a state reconstruction programme

Jul 1955: SRC report submitted—14 states and 9 union territories recommended.

Aug 1956: SRC recommendations implemented

1960: Gujarat and Maharashtra come into being

1960-61: Sant Fateh Singh and Master Tara Singh undertake fast unto death for the creation of a Punjab state

1963-64: Language riots in Tamil Nadu

1963: Nagaland takes shape

1966: Haryana and Punjab created 1970-80: Other Northeastern states carved out

1992: Goa created

2000: Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand emerge as independent entities.

Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, in the run-up to the reorganisation of Indian states in 1956, had said that “small states will have small minds”. In a volatile post-Partition milieu, he had become acutely apprehensive about smaller states being created essentially on the linguistic principle. He feared it would lead to balkanisation and the final implosion of the idea of India. “First things should come first,” he had insisted and that meant the unity and integrity of the new nation. But around the same time, for the same reasons of federal unity, B.R. Ambedkar had advanced his thoughts on linguism as an organising principle. He had warned: “One state, one language (and not one language, one state) is the rule. Wherever there has been a departure to this rule there has been a danger to the state…. India cannot escape this fate if it continues to be a congeries of mixed states.”
“Languages, unlike a mobile or a tablet, are things that last. They make a poor, overworked, under-appreciated people whole.”Mrinal Pande Writer

In 2012, 56 years after the very first round of the reorganisation of states, we seem to have a different ‘thali’ of questions before us. We seem to have arrived at the crossroads on one of the basic features of our federal structure. Federal unity is no longer a serious concern like in the ’50s and ’60s, but with a spate of demands for new states coming up from practically every corner of India at different intervals and with varying intensity, and that too from within states once seen as linguistic and cultural wholes, one wonders if we have slowly begun to move away from the idea of the linguistic state. Has the nation begun to transact with far more pragmatic parameters like development, economic growth, demographic size and administrative convenience, instead of mere emotion? Ever since the creation of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand in 2000 and now, in November 2011, with the resolution passed for a four-way split of Uttar Pradesh, haven’t smaller states become the buzzword? Should we become a nation of 50 states and eight union territories (see imaginary map) in the next few decades from the existing 28 states and seven Union territories? Is it time we constituted a second States Reorganisation Commission (src)?

It appears that there is a general recognition of a drift away from linguistic states and a simultaneous investment of faith in smaller states. Two recent incidents offer an insight. A few weeks back, the Kannada media reported that when a delegation of Marathi-speaking people from the ‘disputed’ border district of Belgaum met Raj Thackeray, he reportedly told the delegation to learn to live in Karnataka. Similarly, Rahul Gandhi’s taunt during his UP poll campaign that people from the state should stop ‘begging’ in Maharashtra was largely an invitation to envisage an economically vibrant state, for which the answer may lie in Mayawati’s idea of splitting it up into four.

Language of grievance The agitation for Vidarbha

The growth rates of smaller states in the last five years too have looked encouraging. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have done well. The growth rate of a reorganised Bihar has been an impressive 11 per cent over the last five years. Uttarakhand has also posted impressive figures compared to its estranged ‘parent state’, UP.

“The Tamils won’t opt for a reversion or revision. It is best not to wake up a sleeping animal.”

In this context of new demands and reasoning, many have felt that it would make eminent sense to constitute a second src. Senior journalist B.G. Verghese says that instead of reorganising the states in an untidy and piecemeal fashion, a new src would take a long-term view. “There is nothing wrong,” he says, “in envisaging India at 2040-50 with a population of around 1,600 million organised in 60 states, with an average population of 25 million each, and some 1,500 districts.” He also suggests that the terms of reference for the second src should not be political, but rather “techno-economic-administrative”. More states will not destabilise us, but agitation and alienation of the sort we see in Telangana will, he argues. To go with smaller states and new administrative boundaries, the setting up of natural resource regions, river basin authorities and zonal coordination committees that hold routine meetings become important. “If zonal panels as suggested by the first src were functional, then problems like the Mullaperiyar dam or Cauvery or Belgaum would have been sorted out very differently,” feels Verghese.Historian Ramachandra Guha is equally enthusiastic about smaller states and the setting up of a second src. India, he says, now faces a second generation of challenges, and these pertain to regional imbalances in social and economic development. A new src would look dispassionately into the demands for Vidarbha, Gorkhaland, Harit Pradesh (western UP), Kongu Nadu (western Tamil Nadu) etc. Smaller states alone would not do, the emphasis should also be on granting real financial and political autonomy to panchayats and municipalities, he adds.

Addressing the question on who should be assigned the responsibility of redrawing the map of India’s states, Guha goes a step ahead and suggests that the new src should draw its members not from political parties, but from the law, academia and the social sector. Pointing out that members of the first src were the jurist Fazl Ali; author and diplomat K.M. Panikkar and social worker H.N. Kunzru, who were all non-partisan and widely respected, he says that the members of the new src should be people like jurist Fali S. Nariman, economist Jean Dreze, sociologist Andre Beteille and social worker Ela Bhatt.

However, Marxist historian K.N. Panikkar, even as he concedes that there is a case for smaller states for effective administration and equitable distribution of natural resources, feels that there is no need for a second src as such. He fears that it would open up a Pandora’s box. Panikkar is more for blurring the boundaries between states. “The border should cease to be of any consequence for the people,” he says. “Internal migration and economic linkages should dissolve the existing boundaries between states, even when they maintain cultural identity and administrative distinction.”

The agitation for Gorkhaland. (Photograph by Reuters, From Outlook, February 06, 2012)

The reorganisation argument becomes further nuanced when bureaucrat and India’s former ambassador to unesco, Chiranjiv Singh, puts forward a cultural rationale in place of the familiar administrative or economic one. “Whatever demands we see for new states may not be on linguistic lines, but there is an underlying cultural reasoning. Be it Telangana, Vidarbha or the four divisions of UP and Mithila, they are all cultural units. Also, don’t underestimate culturally distinct North Karnataka’s resentment over Old Mysore,” he says. Linguistically, too, these regions vary to a large extent. Braj, Avadhi or Maithili may have been reduced to dialects in the popular imagination, but they are anything but that. Surdas wrote in Braj Bhasha and Tulsidas wrote in Avadhi. So, Singh’s argument that the new src should recognise these cultural zones appears to be perfectly in place.


“What happened in Assam, beginning with the creation of Nagaland in ’63, is not a linguistic but a political reorganisation.”M.S. Prabhakara Writer

Singh further argues that it can’t be assumed that administratively smaller units will spur economic growth. They are not linked to each other, he asserts, offering a few examples: “Assam may grow tea, but the market is in Calcutta and Amritsar. Similarly, Amritsar is the largest producer of nose rings and, needless to say, people in the region don’t wear them. Haveri in Karnataka does not grow cardamom, but it is the market for the spice. This proves that economic linkages don’t respect administrative boundaries. Therefore, it is better that we reorganise on cultural lines. That will also rest easy on the collective memory of the people,” he concludes.

The question of src and the redrawing of the map aside, what has led to the decline of the linguistic state—at least as an exclusive logic? If one were to extrapolate the historical arguments of anthropologist Lisa Mitchell in her book, Language, Emotion and Politics in South India, language as an object of emotion or its personification in India, more specifically the South, was only a late 19th-century creation. But within half a century of the creation of the language-emotion nexus, Potti Sriramulu gave up his life for Telugu and Andhra in December 1952, and soon after, since 1964, Tamil Nadu witnessed a number of self-immolation incidents for the Tamil cause. Earlier, till the 1890s, there were no specifically demarcated domains for any language; there was only a multilingual milieu. How and why this creation happened is an interesting historical process, says Mitchell. Going by this, we could logically assume that language-based emotion may have run its course in a hundred years.

United on division The Telangana demand is based on cultural/economic reasoning

Writer-translator Kalyan Raman points out other factors that may have come to dominate the emotive linguistic field. He says the economic liberalisation in 1991 initiated three trends: inter-state mobility of unskilled workers, especially from impoverished regions to more prosperous states or cities; competition among the states for domestic and foreign investment; increased territorial claims over resources due to pressures of economic development. He points out the dichotomy of the present-day linguistic state thus: “On the one hand, as economic units, linguistic states are depending less on the community’s cultural identity for economic mobilisation to spur growth. On the other hand, cultural/linguistic identity is pressed into service for confrontational politics, whenever required. But the original raison d’etre for linguistic states—of community integration on social and economic planes—seems to have gone past its expiry date. I would say that linguistic states have morphed into something else, and that something else, because it is based on economic clout and political power, may be hard to dismantle.”

“Now, economic growth, cultural-linguistic-social identities, accountable administrative structure will be bases for reorganisation.”Asha Sarangi JNU

The hegemony of the standard version of state language over dialects and other minority languages also may have caused immense damage and dissipation of interest in linguistic states. For instance, when Karnataka celebrated 50 years of its existence in 2006, it only celebrated Kannada and forgot that Konkani, Tulu, Byary and Kodava were the state’s allied languages. Also, the backwards and Dalits, who were seen as guardians of local tongues, have moved on to experience the economically liberating energies of English.

Finally, it is important to point out that our very worldview as a nation seems to have undergone a sea change. We no longer imagine or define ourselves as living in villages, the so-called repositories of culture, but have made cities the nucleus of our being. In some ways, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (jnnurm) programme of the Union government is a metaphor for this transformation. Reporting some of the findings of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, linguist G.N. Devy pointed out recently that Maharashtra is Marathi-speaking, but Mumbai linguistically needs to be seen as a ‘national city’ rather than a state capital. Ditto would be the results for Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.

February 10, 2012 at 5:27 am 3 comments

Dand naach of western Odisha

February 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

Balangir girl in national cricket team

Following report is from the Telegraph: 

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 4: Odisha girl Madhuri Mehta has been included in the national senior women’s cricket team for its upcoming tour of West Indies.

Madhuri, who is from Balangir, caught the selectors’ attention by scoring 36 and 40 against Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively, in T20 matches held in Cuttack last month.

The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) today announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for Madhuri.

Madhuri said: “My brother and father helped me shape my career. I have been playing cricket for the last five years. I have also conveyed my feelings to the Odisha Cricket Association for their support in shaping my career.”

OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera said: “We spotted Madhuri when she played for the Balangir district team three years ago. She will certainly emerge as a good player for the Indian women’s cricket team.”

The Indian team will play five T20 and three One-Day Internationals in the West Indies. Anjum Chopra will lead the team in the series.

Another report from the Hindu:

Anjum Chopra replaced Jhulan Goswami as the skipper of the Indian women’s cricket team ahead of its West Indies tour. Goswami will continue to spearhead the attack.

India will play five Twenty20 matches and three ODIs in the tour that will commence from February 18.

The team:

Anjum Chopra (captain), Mithali Raj (vice-captain), Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Subhalaxmi Sharma, Diana David, Sunitha Anand, Gouhar Sultana, Mamtha Kanojia, Archana Das, Ekta Bist, Amita Sharma, Madhuri Mehta and Sulakshna Naik.

February 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

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