Category: Human Resource Development

Innovative Instruments of Collaboration Between Industry and Academia: Encouraging Students to Undertake Research

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted the Council for Industry & Higher Education Collaboration (CIHEC) which will identify issues and opportunities and facilitate development of strategies and innovative instruments of collaboration between Industry and Academia and endeavor to mobilize additional resources to support these initiatives.

The Ministry of HRD is also funding research in the Social Sciences and Humanities through its various research councils, viz., the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI).

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had set up a Task Force for rejuvenation of Basic Scientific Research in Indian Universities. Based on its recommendations, action for strengthening science based education and research in Universities has been initiated.

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Initiatives taken by Ministry of HRD to Enhance Quality of Education in the Country

The Ministry of HRD has taken a number of initiatives including various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) to enhance quality of education. The details are as under: -

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts detailed periodic national surveys on learning achievement levels of children in classes – III, V and VIII. Three rounds of these National Learners’ Achievement Surveys have been completed by the NCERT over the period from 2002-03 to 2012-2013, which have revealed improvements in the overall learning levels of students.

Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the State Governments and UT Administrations are supported on interventions to improve the quality of elementary education, including interalia, programmes to improve foundational learning levels in language and mathematics in early primary grades, strengthening science and mathematics teaching-learning at upper primary level and implementation of a system of continuous and comprehensive evaluation system with regular state level learning assessment studies, as well.

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Privatisation in the Indian Education Sector

The Government has taken several initiatives to curb the commercialization of education. The Section 13 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 clearly prohibits the collection of any capitation fee. The Government had also introduced the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010 in the Lok Sabha which provided for the prohibition of certain unfair practices including charging of capitation fees and donation in higher educational institutions to protect the interest of the students. The Bill has since lapsed consequent to dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha.

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Meeting Challenges of Human Resource Development in India

The Government has taken many initiatives to meet the challenges of Human Resource Development in India. A new scheme named Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) has been launched as the prime vehicle for strategic funding of State institutions so as to ensure that issues of access, equity and quality are addressed in an equitable manner. All funding under RUSA is norm based and future grants are performance based and outcome dependent.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a scheme on skills based higher education as part of college/university education, leading to Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc.) Degree with multiple exits such as Diploma/Advanced Diploma under the NSQF. The B.Voc. programme is focused on universities and colleges providing undergraduate studies which would also incorporate specific job roles and their National Occupation Standards (NOSs) alongwith broad based general education. This would enable the graduates completing B.Voc. to make a meaningful participation in accelerating India’s economy by gaining appropriate employment, becoming entrepreneurs and creating appropriate knowledge.

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India and Japan Agree to further Strengthen Cooperation in Education

India and Japan Agree to further Strengthen Cooperation in Education

The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Mr. Hakubun Shimomura meeting the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, in New Delhi on August 05, 2014.

Mr. Hakuban Shimomura, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan met the Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani here today. Smt. Smriti Irani appreciated Japan for their advancement in education as well as in technology, and appreciated the assistance of Government of Japan for the development of the new IIT in Hyderabad and the Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) in Jabalpur. She also proposed that India and Japan could cooperate for the sharing of knowledge resources through the National e-library initiative of the Indian Government and also in India’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

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Towards Qualitative and Affordable Education in the Country

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has taken a number of initiatives including various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) to enhance access of quality education at affordable rates:

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA): To meet the objectives of the RTE Act, 47488 schools, 753733 additional classrooms, 583748 toilets, 40161 drinking water facilities & 7.02 lakh teachers have been sanctioned under the scheme since 2009-10. The progress under the RTE, Act, 2009 indicates that 19.88 crore children have been enrolled in elementary school, with a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 96.5% as per unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2013-14. The annual average dropout rate has come down from 6.8% (2009-10) to 4.7% (2013-14) at primary level.

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Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Emphasises Importance of High Quality Science Education and Research

Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Emphasises Importance of High Quality Science Education and Research

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Academic Complex, during the Third Convocation of Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, in Pune on June 15, 2014. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani are also seen.

The Human Resource Development Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani today attended the Third Convocation Address of the President at the Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research(IISER), Pune. Speaking at the Convocation, the minister expressed the concern that the enrolment of girl students at 30% in IISER courses is low and should be increased further by encouraging more girl students. She further said that India is moving from a service based to a knowledge based economy in which high quality science education and research is important. The bright IISER students passing out today will pave the path for India's progress in science, she added. She said IISER should take up a drive for popularizing science in schools. She congratulated the Director of IISER, Shri K.N. Ganesh for achieving 87 percent placement of the students in the convocation today.

She was earlier felicitated by the Director at the convocation.

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India and Israel Pledge US $ 5.0 Million per year for Joint Research Programmes to Further Strengthen Cooperation in Education Sector

India and Israel Pledge US $ 5.0 Million per year for Joint Research Programmes to Further Strengthen Cooperation in Education Sector

The Ambassador of Israel in India, Mr. Alon Ushpiz called on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi on May 29, 2014.

Mr. Alon Ushpiz, the Ambassador of Israel to India met Mrs Smriti Irani, Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, on 29th May, 2014 to discuss strengthening of educational relations between India and Israel.

Recalling the close ties in different fields like Science and Technology, Education, Culture, Economic, Commercial etc. between India and Israel, the Hon'ble Minister stressed that education is an engine of growth and collaborative knowledge creation is very important for building a better world.

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