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HRM DR. M. M. Pallam Raju Launches National Programme of School Leadership Development

The Centre has launched a massive programme of School Leadership to provide training to about 9 lakh principals / headmasters in Government and Government-aided schools to enable improvement of standards of education in the country. The scheme was launched by Human Resources Development Minister Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju in New Delhi, last evening.

Launching the National Programme for School Leadership Development, Dr Raju said that it is a massive task to initiate a nation-wide programme owing to an array of diversity in our schools. He also stated that a common model of leadership will not suffice and there is a need to work on multiple leadership styles to improve school climate and performance. He said that the focus on school leadership development provides thrust to the quality of education.

The Minister added that Regional Centres of School Leadership would be set up by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), in collaboration with other regional institutes of repute to bring about long term sustained engagement and capacity building in schools.

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President Inaugurates the New Delhi World Book Fair 2014

President Inaugurates the New Delhi World Book Fair 2014

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair-2014, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on February 15, 2014. The Union Minister for Culture, Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch is also seen.

The President Shri Pranab Mukherjee today inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair 2014. Speaking on the occasion, he said that an international book fair of this magnitude is one of the best manifestations of India's liberal, democratic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and secular society where competing ideas and ideologies have equal space. These values constitute the essence of India and that we must do everything possible to preserve, protect, promote and nurture these ideals.

He also said, "India's pluralism and social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity is our greatest strength and a multiple source of inspiration for every Indian and that we must be uncompromising in rejecting intolerance, prejudice and hatred. Book fairs such as this should remind us that our history and traditions have always celebrated the 'argumentative' Indian and not the 'intolerant' Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution".

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Planning Commission Approves Rs. 500 Cr per annum Scheme for “Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education” in the 12th Five Year Plan

The Cabinet Committee on Skill Development today gave its approval for continuation and revision of the scheme "Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education". This will be a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under which financial assistance will be given to all State Governments /Union Territory administrations for implementation of vocational education in Government Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools and incentive will be given to Government aided and recognized private schools during the remaining period of the 12th Plan. Besides introduction of vocational education in schools, the scheme would involve capacity building of vocational education teachers / skill trainers, development of competency based curriculum and teaching material, development of MIS for monitoring and tracking students and funding of innovative practices under vocational education.

The total allocation approved by the Planning Commission for the scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan is Rs. 500 crore per annum.

Approximately two lakh students per annum are expected to benefit from the scheme during the remaining period of the 12th Five Year Plan.

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India Can Be A World Leader in Education If We Discover The Will And Leadership To Take Us To That Pinnacle, Says President

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh is also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities (CUs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 6, 2014. This is the second such Conference of Central University Vice Chancellors convened by the President since assumption of office. The Vice Chancellors of 40 Central Universities where the President is the Visitor are attending this Conference.

Speaking on the occasion the President said India can be a world leader in education, if only we discover the will and leadership to take us to that pinnacle. Education is no longer just the privilege of the elite, but a universal right.

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Vice Chancellor's Conference in New Delhi with President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Vice Chancellor’s Conference in New Delhi with President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju and the Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada and Dr. Shashi Tharoor are also seen.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju and the Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada and Dr. Shashi Tharoor are also seen.

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Autonomy to Colleges Being Implemented Says Human Resources Development Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is being implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide autonomy to select colleges. This was stated by the Human Resources Development Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju in the Lok Sabha Today. As per the latest XIIth plan guidelines, once a college attains the status of an Autonomous College, it is entitled for following privileges: have freedom to determine and prescribe their own courses of study and syllabi, restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs; prescribe rules for admission in consonance with the reservation policy of the state government; evolve methods of assessment of students' performance, the conduct of examinations and notification of results; use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards and greater creativity; promote healthy practices such as community service; extension activities, projects for the benefit of the society at large, neighbourhood programmes etc.

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HRD Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju Launches E-Content Courseware on Seven Undergraduate Subjects

HRD Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju Launches E-Content Courseware on Seven Undergraduate Subjects

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju launches e-content courseware on seven undergraduate subjects, in New Delhi on January 28, 2014.

Union HRD Minister, Dr. M M Pallam Raju called upon the State Education Boards to take responsibility for improving the quality of education and related infrastructure in their areas. Launching e-content courseware on seven undergraduate subjects at Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) premises in New Delhi, he stressed that there is urgent need for improving quality and for upgradation of infrastructure for enhancement of educational system in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. H Devaraj, Vice Chairman, UGC laid emphasis on the new technology enabled delivery mechanism in education. "I have no doubt that that this is the beginning of an age of virtual world. Our education delivery mechanism should be ready to tackle the new situation that arises consequentially. The Consortium for Educational Communication has taken the lead to encrypt our education into a delivery mechanism that is future ready and it represents the future delivery mechanisms of education in India and worldwide," he shared.

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Padma Awards Announced: 44 Persons Recognized Under Science & Engineering and Literature & Education

The President of India has approved conferment of 127 Padma Awards including one duo case (counted as one) as per the list below. The list comprises two Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 101 Padma Shri Awardees. 27 of the Awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and Posthumous Awardees.

Among the 2 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 101 Padma Shri awardees, a total of 44 persons belong from the disciplines of 'Science and Engineering' and 'Education and Literature'.

Padma Awards, the country's highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz - art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March / April.

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