Jeevana Shikshana , the first-ever magazine on primary education in the country, is in dire straits owing to non-payment of arrears by government departments.
The magazine was first published as Matha Patrike in 1865 by the legendary educationist Deputy Chennabasappa. However, pending bills from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) have caused a financial burden on the publisher.
The SSA and DSERT have to pay Rs 10.77 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh to the publisher — District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Dharwad — for supplying the magazine to schools identified by them. Both have asked the DIET to supply magazines to the schools promising to pay the amount, but have not kept their word.
The magazine has a smooth run earlier as it was supplied only to subscribers. In 2001, DSERT requested the DIET to supply the magazine free to all primary schools across the State promising to bear the expenses. DIET supplied the magazine for three years and stopped it later as DSERT had not made any payment.
Similarly, DIET had entered into pact with SSA in 2009-10 to supply the magazine free to 11,800 select schools. Though the bills for the first year were paid, SSA authorities refused to clear bills worth Rs. 10.77 lakh the next year stating that DIET did not renew the agreement for the subsequent year. “SSA officials never informed that the agreement had to be renewed every year and we continued to supply the magazine. A sum of Rs. 10 lakh for 2010-11 is still pending. Besides, SSA has not even paid for 7,700 copies (Rs. 77,000) sent free to schools in Gulbarga division on SSA's request,” an official said.
Though the magazine is quite popular in the education field, no attempt has been made to strengthen it. There is no permanent staff and even the editorial section is run by staff on deputation. The historic magazine may soon become part of history if steps are not taken to revive it.
The first-ever magazine on primary education is on the verge of closure