Tata Quality Management Services: Improvement efforts of Jamshedpur schools recognized

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‘EQUIP’ – An endeavour in the direction of Quality Education

INDIACSR News Network
JAMSHEDPUR: Tata Quality Management Services organised ‘EQUIP 2013’ today at Little Flower School, Telco, to recognize the improvement efforts of Jamshedpur schools in various areas of school functioning.

Tata CSR13 projects, out of a total of 48 entries from 22 schools, were shortlisted for presentation before a Jury comprising Mr. Dipankar Sengupta (ex-employee of Tata Steel), Mr. Bailey Bodhanwala (known for his efforts in the area of Social Service), & Prof Sharad Sarin (Senior Faculty, XLRI). Mr. A M Mishra, VP, Shared Services Tata Steel graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mrs. Surekha Nerurkar, President, AIWC, Jamshedpur and Mrs. Ruchi Narendran, Managing Trustee, JEM Foundation also attended the function.

EQUIP (Education Quality Improvement Projects) was initiated in 2010 to help schools identify and work on improvement areas. More than 50% of the participating schools have been reporting EQUIP since then.

Improvement projects are reported under three types – Innovation, Problem Solving and Executing Task. Till date, a cumulative total of over 188 improvement projects have been submitted under the initiative. What’s noteworthy is that there is a greater focus on projects related to ‘teaching methods,’ and ‘learning process.’ Other projects were related to Safety, Student Assessment, Health & Hygiene, Community Service, School Discipline, Managing Data & Information, Involving Stakeholders in Student Learning etc. This year, for the first time, projects from two Tata Steel aided schools in Noamundi were shortlisted for presentation.

Improvement projects are submitted under guidelines specified in the EQUIP workbook- one for each type: Problem Solving, Innovation, and Executing Task.  Teachers are trained on EQUIP tools by TQMS. A total of 362 teachers & principals have been trained on Quality Improvement tools so far.
This year the participating schools were:
1.    Baug-E-Jamsheed School
2.    Baridih High School
3.    Gulmohur High School
4.    J.H.Tarapore School
5.    JUSCO School Kadma,
6.    JUSCO School, South Park
7.    Hill Top School ,TELCO
8.    Kidzee Pearly Gates
9.    KPS, Burmamines,
10.    KPS, Kadma
11.    KPS, Mango
12.    Kerala Samajam Model School
13.    Motilal nehru Public School
14.    Mount Litera Zee School
15.    NML Kerala Public School
16.    Narbheram Hansraj English School
17.    RMS Khutadih
18.    Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir, Ghatsila
19.    St Marys School, Noamundi
20.    Tarapore School
21.    Tata DAV Public School, Noamundi
22.    Vidya Bharti Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Telco

The Jury selected eight projects (as mentioned below) for recognition at the TEEP Annual Award Function 2013 –
1.    ‘Climbing the Concept Ladder in Mathematics’ by Kerala Public School, Burmamines
2.    ‘To increase Class average performance from 15% in second term to 30% in final’ by  Kerala Public School, Kadma
3.    ‘Improve Confidence in conducting school programmes in English amongst students’ from RMS High School, Khutadih
4.    ‘Improvement of Class average of Std. XII Science’ by Tata DAV Public School, Noamundi
5.    ‘Look What I can do’  by Baug-E-Jamsheed School
6.    ‘Assembly Programme for all-round development’ by Gulmohur High School
7.    ‘Value education- Learning Braille to identify with the visually impaired’ by Hill Top School
8.    ‘Ethos- it’s time to be ethical’ by Kerala Samajam Model School

All 13 teams (Projects) were awarded Certificates of Participation

Mr. Sengupta emphasized the importance of quality education and appreciated the efforts made by schools in Jamshedpur in the area of performance improvement. He however expressed his disappointment on the fact that India, a country with a rich heritage in education, has declined in the recent International PISA ratings.

Chief Guest for the occasion, Mr. A M Misra, Vice President, Shared Services, Tata Steel gave away certificates of appreciation to all the projects teams that made their presentations today. In his key message to the participants, he advised them to now focus on innovation rather than improvement and also emphasized the need to make education relevant to the receiver.

Earlier in the programme, Mr. N K Sharan, Vice President, TQMS welcomed the Jury, participants, principals, teachers & school management committee members. Dr. Deepali Misra and Mr. P Ramesh from TQMS department conducted the proceedings.

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