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Kerala School Sasthrolsavam Manual and Results

Saturday, October 13, 2018 / 119 Comments
The Kerala School Science,Maths, Social science and IT fair (Sasthramela)  is aimed at kindling the different talents of students from primary level to higher secondary level and nurturing their skills.

The fair also aims at finding out the inborn abilities of children and encouraging them to strengthen it and imparting training to practice in daily life.

The competitions are at school level, sub-district, revenue district and state level. The first two place winners at sub district level can participate in the revenue district level and the first two winners at the revenue district level would become eligible to participate in the state level.

Valuation Guidelines
Those who score 70% of marks or more in an item in the fair would be considered A grade and they would get 5 points and 30 marks as grace marks. 60 % - 69% scorers would be given B grade with 3 points and 24 marks would be awarded as grace marks. C grade with one point would be given to those getting 50% -59% and 18 marks would be awarded as grace marks.

Appeal Steps
If the contestant has a complaint in any of the contest results, he / she can give appeal to review the results. Appeal fee is Rs. 1000 / - at sub district level and Rs.1500 / at district level and Rs.2000/- at state level. A sample application form for submitting appeal is given below.

Theme and Sub Theme for Kerala School Sasthramela
Science fair is organized in all states and Union Territories according to the subject and guidelines of the NCERT. The theme and sub theme of the science fair for the year 2018-19 can be downloaded from the link given below.

General Instructions for Kerala School Sasthramela
The students of LP / UP / HS / HSS / VHSS can participate in any one of the items only in Science, Maths, Social Science, Work Experience and IT fair. But it is not applicable for Quiz items. The participants in the fair should not wear school uniform.

Various circulars published in connection with Science fair, Science fair manual,Results, Schedules etc are available in the link below.
Sasthrolsavam 2018-19
School IT Mela 2018-19. Guidelines.Circular dtd 11.10.2018
School Sasthramela 2018-19. Guidelines.Circular dtd 27.09.2018
School Sasthramela 2018-19. Guidelines,Themes and Sub Themes. Circular dtd 02.08.2018
Related Downloads
IT Mela State level competition. Circular dtd 15.11.2017
IT Mela Manual and Guidelines 2017. Circular dtd 19.09.2017
Kerala School Sasthramela Manual 2009
Modified Sasthramela Manual 2012. Circular dtd 18.10.2012
Sasthramela Appeal Fees (Modified) Guidelines dtd 23.11.13
Preparation of Models & Exhibits Guidelines dtd 07.10.2013
Kerala State School Mela-Fund Distribution.Circular No,ACD/SPC3/45936/2016/HSE dtd 23.10.2017
Sasthramela Appeal Form
Sasthramela Appeal-Guidelines
Maths Quiz 2012 | 2013 | 2015 | 2016 |
Science Quiz 2014 | 2015
IT Mela IT Quiz Questions 2010-2017
Portal Link
Kerala School Sasthrolsavam Portal

Guidelines on School Study Tours

Friday, October 12, 2018 / 44 Comments
It is very common to organize educational tours amidst the course of study considering the educational significance and purpose as it breaks the monotony of learning and refresh the students to indulge in their curricular activities with new vigor to trigger their knowledge. Its impact on learning experiences is so good that it has become a need and a part of the course. The certain things to be remembered while organizing study tours have been given in detail through different circulars by the General Education Department and Directorate of Higher Secondary Education.

Study Tour Planning and Schedule
In higher secondary schools study tours should be conducted in the month of October, November or December. It should be planned in such period that it should not affect the exams, fairs and working days.

How to Organize School Study Tours
The place selected for study tour, stay, travelling days and programme etc should be decided after a discussion with the PTA executive committee. Also the minutes of the PTA executive committee meeting regarding the study tour should be kept safely. Study tours can not be allowed without the consent of the PTA.

To get Permission for Study Tour
Even though, the PTA executive committee gives consent to organize the same, the relevant documents should be submitted to the Regional Deputy Director(RDD) seeking permission for the tour in the higher secondary level. Given below are the documents to be produced with regard to this

1.Copy of the PTA minutes / report
2.Itinerary of the journey specifying the time of arrival, stay and departure of all days
3.Undertaking of the Principal stating that tour is being conducted meeting all the requirements specified in the circulars.
4.The list of students.
5.Name and contact number of escorting teachers.

It should be done before the schedule of the tour to obtain permission from the RDD.

Teacher Representatives
The presence of a teacher is must in the ratio of 1:15, and it should be a male teacher for boys and female teacher for girls. There should be a change in the accompanying teachers. The inclusion of family members of principal or teachers for the trip, must be avoided. Whereas the the PTA representatives can take part if they are willing. The principal or the tour convener ought to submit the report of the tour conducted, to the RDD within a week after the trip. The feed back / opinion of the teachers and students be included in it. It should be ensured that there has been decent behavior from teachers and students as well.

Instructions to Students
The consent letter from the parents of students who are willing to participate in the study tour must be collected. The itinerary, accompanying teachers’ mobile number etc be given to the parents. Likewise, the parents are also required to give their contact number to the tour convenor. Students must not be allowed to use mobiles during such trips. They should be enforced to refrain from vulgar/ indecent way of dressing, talking and unnecessary photo clicks. If the students don’t conduce to make a good and comfortable journey, the school authorities can take action against them like issuing T.C etc.

Instruction to Schools
The teachers accompanying the students in the trip should keep a copy of the list of study tour participants. For the safe and smooth journey, food and stay facilities, sight seeing spots etc should be planned and booked early. First aid and other necessary medicines be ready with them. The health condition of students have to be confirmed whether he / she is fit for the journey. Only healthy food and drinks are preferred. Travel between 9p.m to 6 a.m should be avoided. The tours be affordable to even the economically backward students. The details of travel expenses should be made known to the tour participants and the teachers and their consent is also needed. After the trip, safe reaching of the students to their home should be confirmed.

Number of Tours Allowed in an Academic Year
In the case of higher secondary schools with more batches or students, the tours can be arranged either batch wise or class wise. It is the responsibility of the principal of the institution and the PTA to plan and arrange it accordingly. Consent of the RDD is a must.

For field trips related to CE activities, the principal can grant permission. An undertaking from the teacher concerned has to be given. Such field trips arranged as part of curricular activities would be a short trip, setting out in the morning and getting back in the evening of the day itself. It would be a mere field trip.

Orders, circulars in connection with school study tours published at different times by the General Education Department and the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education, can be downloaded from the link.
Orders and Circulars in Connection with School Study Tours
School Study Tour : Instructions from DHSE dtd 12.10.2018
School Study Tour : Guidelines from RDD TVM dtd 15.10.2015
School Study Tour : Guidelines from DHSE dtd 15.11.2012
School Study Tour : Guidelines from DHSE dtd 28.04.2012
School Study Tour : Guidelines from DPI dtd 27.12.2013
School Study Tour : Guidelines from DPI dtd 02.03.2007
Reimbursement of Study tour expenses of SC Students-guidelines
Related Downloads
Nature Camp for School Students by Forest Department
Utilizing KTDC Buses for School Tours. Circular dtd 19.07.2018

General Transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers

Update: Higher Secondary general transfer 2018-19: Draft list published. Download Transfer List(draft) | Circular

Higher Secondary General Transfer 2018-19

The Department of Higher Secondary Education(DHSE) has issued norms and notification for transfers and posting of  Higher Secondary Teachers for the academic year 2018-19. The DHSE has invited online application for general transfer 2018-19.Teachers will be able to submit online application till 5PM on March 31,2018. The Transfer process of Higher Secondary Teachers and Govt employees in all departments will be carried out online.

General Transfer Norms for Higher Secondary Teachers

General Transfer norms for Govt Higher Secondary School teachers have been revised. Teachers, on completion of 3 years service on August 31st of the year only are eligible to apply for transfer. 

Higher Secondary service period only will be considered for transfer procedure. One year service in Kasargode, Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki districts, remote areas and hill stations in other districts will be taken into account as one and half year service. All Higher Secondary school teachers should select one home station for transfer. Change of home station can be done once. 

Schedule for Higher Secondary General Transfer 2018-19

Click the below link to download for Govt order on General Transfer norms for Govt Higher Secondary School Teachers. As per this order,2018-19 transfer process schedule is as given below-
Submission of application: 14-03-2018 to 31-08-2018
Probability list publication: 04-06-2018
Submission of complaints: Not Available
Transfer Order: Not Available
Higher Secondary Transfer 2018-19
General transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers 2018-19: Draft list | Circular dtd 12.10.2018
General transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers - KAT Judgement-Govt Order GO(P) No. 138/2018 Gen.Edn dtd 03.10.2018
General transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers - Notification and Circular dtd 09.03.2018
Online Portal for Higher Secondary General Transfer
Related Downloads
General transfer of higher secondary school teachers - criteria and guidelines -order amended -orders issued G.O(P)No.01-G.Edn dtd 09-02-2018
General Transfer Norms for Higher Secondary School Teachers amended. GO (P) No. 10/2017/Gen Edn dtd 15-05-2017
General Transfer Norms for Higher Secondary School Teachers. GO (P) No. 06/2017/Gen Edn dtd 03-04-2017
General Transfer Norms,Application form and Notification for Higher Secondary School Principals.
Transfer list of Govt Higher Secondary School Principals published. Download GO(Rt) No. 1937/2018/Gen.Edn dtd 25-05-2018

Transfer Norms of Govt Employees

The notable aspect of the transfer norms is the stipulation fixing a three-year term for posting and transfer. All departments will have to prepare a priority list every year on the basis of this order. The transfers will be carried out from this list. The transfers will made following the queue system from the list.

All departments will now have to make general transfer in the months of April and May. In the case of schools,the transfers can be carried out in July or August.
The government order also lists out the grounds for compassionate transfers. The compassionate transfers will be examined after a period of one year. However,the government can transfer any employee in public interest if it is found necessary. Click the below link for downloading New General Transfer Norms of Govt Employees G.O(P)No.3-2017-P&ARD dtd 25.02.2017
Previous Circular/GOs
General Transfer Norms of Govt Employees. G.O(P)No.3-2017-P&ARD dtd 25.02.2017
General Education Department- Alappuzha district- Perumbalam dweep school included in remote area list- approved-orders issued G.O(Ms)No.92-2017-G.Edn dtd 09.08.2017
Higher Secondary General Transfer Norms for Higher Secondary School Teachers.-Draft published on 21.10.2016.
Higher Secondary Education-Modified General Transfer Norms for Higher Secondary School Teachers. GO.(p)No.143/2015/G.Edn Dated ,Thiruvananthapuram, 27.05.2015
Download Higher Secondary Education-Transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers-guideline-amended-orders issued Go.(p)No.37/2015/G.Edn Dated ,Thiruvananthapuram, 06.02.2015
Download Higher Secondary Education-Transfer of Higher Secondary School Teachers-guideline-amended-orders issued Go.(p)No.37/2015/G.Edn Dated ,Thiruvananthapuram, 06.02.2015
Higher Secondary Education - General Transfer Norms GO (P) No. 193 / 2014 / Gen.Edn dtd 22.09.2014.
Higher Secondary General Transfer Norms. G.O No.GO(P).No.115/09 Gen.Edn dtd 27.05.2009
Hand Book
Handbook on important orders circulars on general transfer of State Govt Employees upto 31.12.2014

In-service Training for Higher Secondary Teachers' Empowerment

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An in-service training programme for the Higher Secondary teachers has been planned to be conducted in collaboration with the higher education and research centres. It aims to empower the teachers to strengthen higher secondary education by providing excellent and quality academic experience. It is a full time residential course with workshop. Various activities like research programmes, guest lectures, discussions, debates, lab and library activities, field trips, entertainment programmes, presentations have been included in the teacher transformation programme to update and up skill the teachers for adopting effective strategies and thereby ensure quality education to our students.


The well known colleges in the state with PG study centres are chosen as learning centres. The trainees would be getting privileges like utilization of library, laboratory and multimedia facility in higher education centres and research institutions. 
BiologyUniversity College  Trivandrum, Maharajas College Ernakulam, Govt Victoria College Palakkad
PhysicsUniversity College Trivandrum, Govt College Madappaly
Political ScienceMaharajas College Ernakulam
ChemistryGovt Sanskrit College Pattambi, Govt college for women Trivandrum 
MalayalamGovt Sanskrit College Pattambi, Govt Brennen College Thalasseri
MathematicsGovt College Chittoor, P.M Govt College Chalakkudi
HistoryGovt College Nedumangad, Govt Arts & Science College Kozhikkodu
CommerceGovt Brennen College Thalasseri, Govt College for Women Trivandrum
EconomicsGovt College Kasargod
EnglishGovt College Thrippunithara
All teachers in the state must have completed the course in a certain period of time. The selected 40 teachers in each subject will be admitted in centres allotted for each subject. The course is organized this year for subjects like Malayalam, English, Mathematics, Physics, chemistry, Biology, History, Economics, Political Science and Commerce.

After successful completion of the training, a course certificate which can be used for various academic purposes, will be given to the teachers. The selected teachers would be provided with TA, DA, food and accommodation. Apart from the numerous facilities like lab, library in colleges, field trips are also planned in the 10 day long in-service training programme. The training participants would have the advantage of having interaction with teachers, students, research persons, technocrats etc.

How to Apply

The last date to apply for the in-service training programme this year is October 20th 2018. The teachers can apply online for this course scheduled to begin from November 16th. The applicants should visit the home page of the web site and click the tab  HSSTPP to apply online and it should be submitted to the Principal. The principal should forward the applications to the Directorate on or before 20th of October 2018, 5 p.m. Apply Now
In-service Training for Higher Secondary Teachers Empowerment-Circular dtd 10.10.2018
In-service Training for Higher Secondary Teachers Empowerment-Online Application Link

Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund and Income Tax returns

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / No Comments
As part of the grave floods that devastated the major parts of our state, the govt employees might have contributed a huge sum of money in person or through salary challenge. Since such amount paid towards relief fund is eligible for tax deduction, the tax amount to be paid has to be revised. Or, the same rate of tax deduction would lead to excess amount towards tax. Many have doubts regarding this. It is made clear here.

Q.At the time of filing income tax returns, where should the contribution towards CMDRF be entered?

The amount paid towards CMDRF is deducted from taxable income, not from tax amount. While submitting income tax returns, it should be deducted under section 80G. The total amount paid towards CMDRF till February 2019 only should be deducted for this financial year. The contribution can be done from September 2018 to the maximum of 10 terms. Hence, there would be 6 installments till February 2019. The amount paid up to this period only, can be deducted while doing TDS this year. The eligible tax deduction for the rest of the amount can be claimed in the next year. It is to be noted that the total contribution amount paid till February 2019 irrespective of the number of installments is eligible for TDS.

Q.Since one month salary amount is deducted, is it sufficient to enter 11 month salary as total income?

No. Even though one month salary amount is deducted, it is necessary to include it under total income.

Q.Do we need add the festival allowance amount as it was not granted?

No. There is no need to mention it as source of income or deduction under 80G.

Q.What are the things to be noted for those who have contributed their 4th term pay revision arrear ?

Those who have contributed the pay revision arrear to CMDRF, should show the amount in salary arrear details as income source. Also, the total amount and the rest of the amount to be contributed till February 2019 should be added and entered for deduction under section 80G of this financial year.

Q.What should be done in the case of leave surrender for CMDRF contribution?

The surrender amount should be entered as source of income before deducting under 80G.

Q.What has to be done for those who contributed to CMDRF from NRA?

Those who availed of NRA from their PF amount for CMDRF need not show it under total income. It is sufficient for them to deduct the amount under 80G.

The anticipatory income tax calculation software given here can be used by the govt employees who have contributed their salary to CMDRF, to calculate the income tax amount to be paid each month. The video on how to use this is also given with this link.
Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund and Income Tax returns-Frequently Asked Questions
Anticipatory Income Tax Statement 2018-19(CMDRF Enabled). Software by Alrahiman
Anticipatory Income Tax Statement 2018-19 Help(Video File)

School Parliament Election Guidelines

Monday, October 8, 2018 / 20 Comments
Update: School Parliament Elections 2018-19 -Revised schedule published Read Circular dtd 15.10.2018
The General Education Department has published norms and guidelines regarding the formation and execution of School Parliament. All sections like Upper Primary, High School, Higher Secondary and Vocation Higher Secondary should jointly form the School Parliamentary Council so that it would be one parliament in one school. School parliamentary council activities' motto must be creating awareness of republicanism and developing unity among the students. School parliament election should be peaceful and devoid of any political party's interference.
School Parliament and Its Aim
The school parliament should run various clubs like Literary club, Arts club, Sports club etc to promote and to realize the concept of 'republicanism' and be part of conduct of Arts Fest, Sports Meet, Maths and Science Fair, Social Science Fair and other such public programmes. Also it should work for the academic up gradation and be part of study tour committee.
Formation of School Parliament
Each class in Govt / Aided / Recognized Un-Aided Upper Primary, High School, Higher Secondary, Vocational Higher Secondary sections would be a unit. Each unit would select a member known as Class leader. They combine and form school parliament. The link given below provides detailed guidelines on selection of class leaders. The school parliament should meet to elect Chair person, Vice chair person, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Arts club Secretary, Joint Secretary, Literary Club Secretary, Joint Secretary, Sports Club Secretary and Joint Secretary. Representations of each section from school is given below in detail. Click the link to download school parliament election related detailed guidelines, nominations papers, forms, circulars etc.
School Parliament Election 2018-19 Schedule
Last date for filing Nominations: 10-10-2018(3pm)
Scrutiny of Nominations: 11-10-2018(3pm)
Last date for withdrawal of Candidature: 12-10-2018
Publishing Final List of Candidates: 15-10-2018
Date of Poll: 22-10-2018
Counting of Votes: 22-10-2018
Selection of Office bearers : 22-10-2018
School Parliament Election 2018-19 revised schedule published.Circular dtd 15.10.2018
School Parliament Election 2018-19 revised schedule published.Circular dtd 08.10.2018
School Parliament Election 2018-19 postponed.Circular dtd 09.08.2018
School Parliament Election 2018-19. Schedule No DPI No.81694/2018-H1 DPI Dtd 26.07.2018
Guidelines for School Parliament Election.GO MS No.194/07 Gen.Edn. Dtd 05/11/2007
Nomination & Related Forms for School Parliament Election

Kerala School Kalolsavam Manual, Software and Results

Saturday, October 6, 2018 / 11 Comments
Update: Kerala School Kalolsavam Manual 2018 revised. GO(Ms) No. 144/2018/Gen.Edn dtd 06.10.2018 published. Download Now !
The Arts Fest of students of LP, UP, HS, HSS, VHSS students of govt/aided and recognized Un-Aided schools under General Education Department in our state is known as Kerala School Kalotsavam.

Revised School Kalolsavam Manual
The present manual for school kalolsavam has been modified. In this revised manual there are some significant changes from the existing one. Grades would be fixed for youth festival as it has been given for academic level activities. Hence, those who score 80% or more would be given A grade, 70 - 79% would be given B grade and C grade for 60 - 69%. More over all A grade winners at state level would be blessed with Cultural scholarship, the amount of which will be decided by the government.

At the High school(HS) level, four more items have been added. Further, total number of items would be 89 and categories would be 15. English, Kannada and Tamil versification(Kavitha Rachana) and English skit are also added now. Apart from this, group song would replace the present Ganamela.

At the Higher secondary(HSS/VHSS) level, there are 98 competition items of 14 categories. (previously it was 12 categories and 104 items at HSS level) This time onwards, all students qualifying at the school level writing competitions would get a chance to participate at the sub district level. Besides Kathakali, Ottanthullal, Folk dance and Mimicry would be competition items common to all. Earlier it had been conducted separately for boys and girls.

Revised manual for school youth festival is available from the link below.
Revised Manual for Kerala School Kalolsavam  published on 06.10.2018
Revised Manual for Kerala School Kalolsavam - 2018
Revised Manual for Kerala School Kalolsavam - Erratum Published on 21.11.2017
Revised Manual for Kerala School Kalolsavam - Erratum Published on 02.11.2017
Revised Manual for Kerala School Kalolsavam Published on 25.10.2017
Kerala School Kalolsavam-Value Points for Judges
Kerala School Kalolsavam-Appeal Form(New)
Various Contests Categories
The competitions are conducted in 4 categories.
Category 1 - from std 1 to 4
Category 2 – from std 5 to 7
Category 3 – from std 8 to 10
Category 4 – std 11 and 12
Category 1 would culminate at sub district level itself. Category 2 and 3 & 4 would culminate at the revenue district and state level respectively.
The competition items with 60% or more score are classified into 3 grades – Grade A, B and C.
80% or more – A Grade
from 70% to 79% - B Grade
from 60% to 69% - C Grade
Those who get top score with A grade only are eligible to participate in the next level.
Grace marks for Kalotsavam Winners
The system of awarding grace marks to A,B,C grade winners at state level continues. For A grade winners, the grace marks would be 30 marks, for B grade, 24 marks and for C grade, 18 marks.
The contest participants can go for appeal if they have any complaint. The appeal fee is Rs.500/- at school level, Rs.1000/- at sub district level, Rs.2000/- at district level and Rs.2500/- at state level. Appeal amount would be given to participants only when they score more than that of their contestant at the district level, against whom they have filed an appeal.
Kerala School Kalolsavam Appeal Form(New)
Special fee distribution for the conduct of Kalotsavam
Rs.50/- is collected under special fee category for Kalotsavam from the Higher Secondary students. It is distributed as – Rs.8/- for school level, Rs.10/- for sub district level, Rs.10/- for district level and Rs.22/- for state level.
Kerala State School Mela-Fund Distribution.Circular No,ACD/SPC3/1204601/2016/HSE dtd 05.10.2018
School level Kalotsavam Software
Software tools to enable the conduct of Kalotsavam at school level are available. With the help of these, various necessary reports for Kalotsavam can be prepared. This School-Level Kalolsavam software developed by Alrahiman and Rajesh K is designed to automate the back-end process of the School level LP,UP,HS,HSS,VHSS Kalolsavam. The entire process of the school level Kalolsavam, from the entry of a contest participant to the printing of results will be done at the click of a mouse. The tabulation and score sheets for the judges are also system generated. We request you to make use of this software products and give your valuable suggestions and feedback. Click the link to download.
Software Downloads
School Level Kalolsavam Software- Kalamela Ver 3.0 by Rajesh K(Last updated on 01.08.2018) : Software | Help File
School Level Kalolsavam Software- Kalamela for LP Schools by Rajesh K : Software
School Level Kalolsavam Software- Ulsav by Alrahiman : Software | Help File
Tips for School Level Kalolsavam Prepared by Suresh Kattilangadi
School Kalotsavam Data Entry Portal
Details of Kalotsavam participants who score top grade should be entered in the General Education Department’s kalotsavam portal on time. Then only it would be possible for them to compete at the sub district level. Portal link is given below.
Data Entry Portal
School Kalolsavam Data Entry Portal