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.
A total of 13 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 comprising 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.
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.