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Clarification on Children Education Allowance

June 28, 2011 2 comments

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(New Delhi, Dated) 17th June, 2011

Subject: – Clarification on Children Education Allowance.
The undersigned is directed to refer to DOP&T O.M. No. 12011/03/2008-  Estt(Allowance) dated 02-09-2008 and clarificatory OM No.12011/16/2009-  Estt.(AL) dated 13.11.2009 on the Children Education Allowance(CEA)  Scheme, this Department has been receiving references from various
Departments seeking further clarifications. The doubts raised are clarified as  under:

1) whether Children Education Allowance would be admissible beyond two children due to failure of sterilization operation. The reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible only for the first child born after failure of sterilization operation.
(ii) whether the admissible amount per annum per child (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-) on account of CEA can be reimbursed in full in the first quarter of the financial/academic year itself. (i) It is clarified that a Government servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the over all annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter . Frontloading of the entire amount in the first and second quarters is not allowed. (ii) A Government servant can claim full amount subject to the annual ceiling of Rs.15000/- in the last quarter.
(Vibha Govil Mishra)
Deputy Secretary (P &A)

Kerala State Govt., announces 6% D.A. w.e.f. 01.01.2011

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment
   Dearness allowances to state Govt., employees and to the teachers coming under UGC/AICTE/MEDICAL education schemes  and dearness relief to state government  pensioners and family pensioners including those who coming under UGC/AICTE/MEDICAL education schemes and those drawing dearness relief at central rates with effect from 01.01.2001- revision order issued from the Kerala government.

Click here to download the complete D.A. order issued by the Kerala Government.

Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess – reg.

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Circular No. 134 /3 / 2011 – ST
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise& Customs
Tax Research Unit
North Block, New Delhi

8 th April, 2011


Chief Commissioners of Central Excise and Service Tax (All),
Director General (Service Tax),
Director General (Central Excise Intelligence), 
Director General (Audit),
Commissioners of Service Tax (All),
Commissioners of Central Excise and Service Tax (All).


Subject: – Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess – reg.

Representations have been received from the field formations, seeking clarification regarding the applicability of service tax exemption to Education Cess (refers to both Education Cess leviable under Finance (No.2) Act, 2004 and Secondary and Higher Education Cess leviable under Finance Act, 2007), under notifications where ‘whole of service tax’ stands exempted. Apparently the doubt arises in the context of Tribunal’s Order in the matter of M/s. Balasore Alloys Ltd. Vs CCE, Customs and Service Tax, BBSR-I (2010-TIOL-1659-CESTAT-KOL).

2. The issue has been examined. Though Tribunal’s Order referred above is in favor of revenue, it is inconsistent with the policy intention of the Government to exempt education cess in addition to service tax, where ‘whole of service tax’ stands exempted. According to section 95(1) of Finance (No.2) Act, 2004 and section 140(1) of Finance Act, 2007, Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess are leviable and collected as service tax, and when whole of service tax is exempt, the same applies to education cess as well. Since Education Cess is levied and collected as percentage of service tax, when and wherever service tax is NIL by virtue of exemption, Education Cess would also be NIL.

3. This being the principle, field formations are directed not to initiate proceedings to recover the education cess, where ‘whole of service tax’ stands exempted under the notification. Extending the same principle, where education cess has been refunded to exporters along with service tax, by virtue of exemption notifications where ‘whole of service tax’ is exempt, the same need not be recovered.

5. Field formations may be instructed accordingly.

6. Please acknowledge the receipt of this circular. Hindi version to follow.


(J. M. Kennedy)
Director, TRU
Tel: 011-23092634



GRE Pattern To Change In August

February 25, 2011 4 comments

   The Graduate Record Examination will be overhauled this August, changing the types of questions that are posed in multiple sections, as well as the exam format, time allotments and scoring system.

The exam, an admissions requirement for many graduate schools, comprises verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and experimental research sections and is evaluated by 10-point intervals on a 200-800 point scale, according to Andrew Mitchell, director of prebusiness programs at Kaplan, a company specializing in test preparation. 

“The new GRE should be better at indicating who’s going to succeed,” Mitchell said. “The new GRE is meant to be more representative of graduate school work.”

David Constant, dean of the University’s Graduate School, said the changes are being made to make the exam more representative of graduate school’s demands.

The scoring of the GRE will change to a 130-170 point scale and will be evaluated similarly to the Law School Admission Test. Mitchell said the changes can be attributed to people overinterpreting the difference between a 700 and 710, as the exam was previously judged by 10-point increments.

“As [Educational Testing Services] describes the scoring, the current scale of 200-800 for each part has become skewed toward the high side,” Constant said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “The new scale and scoring of exams is designed to use the full range of the scale and give both students and faculty a clearer picture of performance on the exam.”

A calculator will be permitted during the new quantitative section of the test, but according to Mitchell, using one is a double-edged sword.

“While a calculator might seem like an advantage, it’ll change the type of questions that get asked,” he said. “It is likely to make the math harder and at a higher level of thinking.”

Chad Roberts, University alumnus in psychology, said he will take the exam within the next six months. He said he thinks the quantitative section won’t be as difficult with a calculator.

The verbal section is undergoing changes in the types of questions asked. Mitchell said the test currently has many vocabulary-based questions where students must identify antonyms and analogies, which will be replaced with more Reading Comprehension.
Roberts said he would prefer the old GRE verbal format because he’s a slow reader. He said more reading comprehension would be a better indicator of a student’s future performance in graduate school, however.

Garrett Dupre, chemical engineering junior, will also take the GRE within the next several months and said he will prefer the new GRE verbal format because it’s less vocabulary intensive.

The “navigation” of the exam will change, as well. The present GRE is computer adapted, meaning questions change according to how a student is answering them. If a student answers several questions correctly, more difficult questions will emerge. Students can only look at and answer one question at a time.

The updated GRE will allow examinees to skip around within sections and come back to them later as long as they are in the same section, Mitchell said. However, one’s performance on one section will affect the level of difficulty given to him or her on the next section.

“I think they will appreciate that there’s more flexibility in skipping around questions,” Mitchell said.
The revamped GRE will also be an hour longer.

Current practice tests are quickly becoming obsolete, according to Mitchell, but Kaplan is “staying on top” of the changes. Mitchell said Kaplan is used to formats changing and adapts with the exams. He said change can be good.
Mitchell said he recommends seniors take the GRE now before it changes formats, and their scores will be good for five years. If students wait until August, their final scores won’t be available until November, possibly pushing or missing graduate school deadlines.

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Categories: EDUCATION, GRE

Shri Kapil Sibal Moots Institutional Framework between NCERT and SCERTs Meeting of Central and State Regulatory Institutions in School Education held Today

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

   Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, has mooted that an institution framework be set up constituting of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs). This framework, could include the CBSE, COBSE and NCTE as invitees, and would be a mechanism for coordination, for continuous flow of information and for dialogue, the focus being on improving quality of education throughout the country, the Minister added. He also underlined that the effort of the educational administrators and curriculum developers should be to maximize standards rather than settling for minimum standards. He was speaking at a meeting of Central and State Regulatory Institutions for School Education, here today.

   The Minister stated that as per the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) teacher qualification norms under the Right to Education Act, Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will be an essential qualification. He said that while the NCTE is developing the standards and benchmarks for this Teacher Eligibility Test, State Governments would be responsible for administering these tests and it is the responsibility of State Governments to ensure that these tests conform to high standards. He also said that the institutional mechanism between NCERT and SCERTs should work towards developing question banks which could be used by States for their Teacher Eligibility Test. 

   The Minister also talked about the development of the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF). He said that the Government has begun a process of series of consultations with different industry groups to facilitate development of vocational curriculum as demanded by the needs/job requirements of these industry groups. He called upon the State Governments to identify skills specific to their states and develop curriculum for these skills. 

   The NCERT in its presentation, among other things, stated that the Government is proposing to set up a 24×7 Channel for teaching through ICT. The NCERT would be the nodal agency for this channel and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would be the collaborating agencies. The target audience for this channel would be school students in the 5-18 years age group, open education students and neo adult literates. 

Source – PIB


Committee to revise the recruitment rules in Kendra Vidhalaya.

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

: Children Education Allowance Scheme – Clarification

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi,the 30th December,2010


Sub: Children Education Allowance Scheme- Clarification

   Subsequent to issue of this Department OM No.12011/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 02/09/2008 and clarification OMs dated 11/11/2008, 23/11/2009 and OM No.12011/16/2009-(Allownace) dated 13/11/2009 on the Children Education Allowance (CEA) Scheme, this Department has been receiving references from various Departments, seeking further clarification.

(i). Whether CEA is admissible to a Government Servant who ceases to be in service due to  retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year ? CEA/hostel subsidy shall be admissible till the end
of the academic year in which the  Government
 servant ceased to be in service due to
 retirement, discharge, dismissal or  removal from service in
the course  of an academic year.

The payment shall be made by the office in which
the Govt. servant worked prior to these  events
and will be regulated by the other conditions
 laid down under CEA scheme.

(ii). Whether Children  of  a Government servant  who dies while in  service are still   eligible for reimbursement under the new CEA scheme? If  a Government servant dies while in service,
 the  Children Education  Allowance  or hostel
subsidy shall be admissible in respect of his/her
children subject to observance of  other
 for its grant provided the wife/husband of the
 deceased is not employed in service of the
Central Govt., State Government, Autonomous
Body, PSU, Semi-Government Organization
such as Municipality, Post Trust Authority or any
 other organization  partly  or  fully funded by the
Central Govt/State Governments.  In  such 
cases  the CEA/Hostel  Subsidy shall be 
payable to  the  children  till  such  time the
employee would  have  actually received the
 same, subject to  the condition that other terms
 and conditions are  fulfilled. The  payment  shall 
be  made  by  the office  in which the Govt.
servant  was working  prior  to  his  death and 
will  be regulated  by the other  condition laid
down under CEA Scheme
iii) Whether any upper age limit of the children has been prescribed for ciaming  CEA?  Whether CEA can be allowed in case of children studying through  “Correspondence or  Distance  Learning”?  If  so  the age limit prescribed  for the same. The upper age limit for disabled children has
 set at the age of 22 years. In the case  of other
children the  age limit will now be 20 years or til
 the  time  of  passing  12th class which
ever is earlier.  Cases where reimbursement
have been already made,  in  respect  of children
 above this age  may  not  be  reopened.  It  has 
also been decided  that CEA  may  henceforth  be
  allowed  in case of children  studying
through  “Correspondence  or  Distance  Learning”
  to other  condition prescribed
iv)  What  is  the  definition  of  the terms ‘two sets 0f uniform’ which occur in para1(e) of  our  O.M. dated 2.9.08. What  is  the definition of ‘one  set of shoes’? It  is  clarified  that  ‘one set of  shoes’  would
 mean  one  pair  of  shoes  and  ‘two  sets of
uniform’  would  mean  two sets  of  uniform
 prescribed by the school in which the child is
 studying. A set of uniform will include all items
of clothing prescribed  for a day,  as uniform  by
 the  school. Reimbursement  may  be  allowed
for two  sets  of  such  uniform  irrespective  of
 the  colours /winter/ summer/ PT uniform
(v) What is the definition of ‘station’ for the purpose of hostel  subsidy ? It is clarified that for the purpose of hosted
station  would  be demarcated  by  the
 first three 
digits  of
 the  PIN  Code  of  the  area  where  the
Government   Servant  is  posed  and/or
 ‘The  first  three  digits  of  the  PIN Code
 indicate a Revenue District
(vi) Whether  fee  paid  10 organizations/institutions  other  than  the  school  or fee  paid  to private  tutors  for purposes  mentioned  in  para 1(e) of  the  OM dated 2.9.2008  is reimbursable? No. It is clarified that the term ‘fee’ contained in
para 1(e) of the OM dated 2.9.2008 would mean
the fee charted by the school directly from
the student.

(Simmi R. Nakra)
Director (P&A)

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