India: Tripura first state to introduce human rights course in schools

Published on The Times of India/Guwahati, by Manosh Pal, March 20, 2012.

AGARTALA: Tripura government has introduced human rights as one of the subjects in school curricula, the first time in the country a state has introduced this as subject in school education. The subject will be incorporated as a part of social education subjects for students between Class VI to Class VIII as part of nationwide campaign for making people aware of the important part of constitutional and legal rights that they entitled to. Titled ‘human rights in social and political life’, the subject will be taught in the schools from the current academic year in three phases. The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has published the textbook for the course … //  

… Roy said that chief minister Manik Sarkar has assured the subject would be included in higher classes. “He also suggested that we should meet the Tripura Central University so that they can also introduce the human rights as subject or as a part of the Political Science paper,” he added.

I Devasahayam, IHRE’s national president who was present in the media interaction, was all praise for the Tripura government saying that the state has set an example for the rest of the country. “We have been trying to make human rights a part of the academic curricula, but Tripura is the first to take concrete action on this issue,” he said. (full text).

Link: Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity: One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits — and overtime destroys them. So why do we still do this? on AlterNet, by Sara Robinson, March 13, 2012.

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