6 killed on Free­way af­ter taxi with 9 crashes in city New ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy: Sug­ges­tions pour in from MPs, NGOs, states

TO MUMBADEVI TEM­PLE Two chil­dren, four women of a family among dead

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing a six-year-old boy and an 11-yearold girl, were killed and three oth­ers in­jured af­ter a taxi car­ry­ing nine peo­ple of the driver’s family crashed on the Eastern Free­way on Satur­day morn­ing. The driver, Man­gru Verma, lost con­trol of the Hyundai Santro and the car crashed on the free­way’s exit ramp at Wadi Bun­der, while they were on the way to Mumbadevi tem­ple.

Po­lice said the ac­ci­dent took place around 9.10am, around half an hour af­ter Man­gru left his Wadala home with his wife, two chil­dren and his sis­ter-in-law’s family, which had come vis­it­ing from Su­rat and were sup­posed to re­turn on Sun­day.

Man­gru, who sur­vived the crash and is re­cov­er­ing at JJ Hospi­tal, ad­mit­ted to hav­ing over­loaded the car, which is sup­posed to carry only five per­sons.

While Man­gru lost his wife, Anara, 35; daugh­ter, Asha, 11; and son, Ra­jku­mar, 6; his sis­terin-law, Ra­jashri Verma, 35; her hus­band, Harkesh, 45; and their daugh­ter, Ragini, 19; were also killed in the crash. Harkesh and Ra­jashri’s two sons, Vi­nay, 20; and Ravi, 16; sur­vived the ac­ci­dent. The two are also re­cu­per­at­ing at JJ Hospi­tal.

The sur­vivors told the po­lice that the ac­ci­dent took place af­ter a ve­hi­cle over­took the taxi on the exit ramp and Man­gru swerved the car to avoid a col­li­sion. He lost con­trol of the car, which The man­gled re­mains of the taxi that crashed on the Eastern Free­way, killing six peo­ple, on Satur­day. brushed a wall and hit an elec­tric­ity pole.

The im­pact of the col­li­sion threw open the rear left door and two of the women vic­tims got thrown out of the car.

While the po­lice rushed all the oc­cu­pants of the car to JJ Hospi­tal soon af­ter the ac­ci­dent, six peo­ple did not sur­vive the ac­ci­dent.

“The po­lice are record­ing state­ments of the sur­vivors and will visit their Wadala res­i­dence for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion” said Pratap Jad­hav, in­spec­tor at Don­gri po­lice sta­tion. Af­ter the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Don­gri po­lice have reg­is­tered a case against Man­gru un­der sec­tion 304 (cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

Stu­dents should be taught in their mother tongues till class VIII, the Na­tional Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing (NCERT) has said in its in­puts for the am­bi­tious draft na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy of the BJP-led gov­ern­ment.

The sug­ges­tion by the gov­ern­ment’s think thank on school ed­u­ca­tion is among sev­eral in­puts re­ceived by the gov­ern­ment from MPs, NGOs, mi­nor­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, states and in­di­vid­u­als for the pol­icy, aimed at ush­er­ing changes in the struc­ture of ed­u­ca­tion from pri­mary to higher.

Con­sul­ta­tions on pol­icy started dur­ing the ten­ure of the pre­vi­ous HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani. How­ever, it courted con­tro­versy af­ter some of the sug­ges­tions were found to be re­gres­sive by ed­u­ca­tion­ists. HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar restarted dis­cus­sion on the pol­icy by invit­ing sug­ges­tions from var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties and ed­u­ca­tion­ists.

Many sug­ges­tions have been made by par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who have sent their ideas to the HRD min­istry ahead of their work­shop on this is­sue on Novem­ber 10. Cricket icon and Ra­jya Sabha MP Sachin Ten­dulkar has sug­gested that school syl­labus should be mod­i­fied to in­clude an ac­tive sport be­ing pur­sued by ev­ery stu­dent. Ra­jku­mar Dhoot, MP (Ra­jya Sabha) has sug­gested that school shouldn’t start be­fore 9.30am and the gov­ern­ment should do away with pre-school­ing so that chil­dren could en­joy their child­hood.

The HRD min­istry had set Septem­ber 30 as the last date for giv­ing sug­ges­tion on the pro­posed na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy. It has put up on its web­site some of the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the com­mit­tee headed by for­mer cab­i­net sec­re­tary TSR Subra­ma­nian.

PRASHANT WAYDANDE/HT

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