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President Calls for Expansion of Education Facilities in the Country

President Calls for Expansion of Education Facilities in the Country

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the Centenary Year Celebration of Adyama's Adment with opening of Annada B. Ed College and an Orphanage of Boys, at Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapeath, in Dakshineswar, West Bengal on April 02, 2015. The Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi is also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee participated in the celebration of the 100th year of the advent of the Divine Adya Mata organized by Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapeath at Kolkata yesterday (April 2, 2015). He also inaugurated AdyapeathAnnada B.Ed. College and an orphanage for boys on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the President said he was pleased to see the numerous activities that have been taken up in the various centres of the Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapeath - particularly the old age home, the home for widows, the charitable dispensary, the girls’ school, Sanskrit Mahavidhyalaya and Teacher Training Institute. The Adyapeath has never discriminated against any religion or caste or section of society. It is a symbol of communal harmony that has opened its doors to give local inhabitants medical treatment and spiritual succor.

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Meeting to Discuss Consultative Process for Formulation of New Education Policy Held

To discuss the consultative process for formulation of New Education Policy (NEP), the Ministry of Human Resource Development organised a meeting of State Education Ministers and State School / Higher Education Secretaries here today.

Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development in her keynote address congratulated the State Education Ministers for the success that the Government was able to achieve in the preceding ten months due to the cooperative federalism and by practicing minimum government and maximum governance. The main objective of the meeting was to initiate discussion on the consultation process for the New Education Policy and seek views, comments and suggestions of different States.

The Minister highlighted that for the first time in the history of education policy making, every citizen is given an opportunity to express his/her views. The consultation process involves participation from the grassroot level to the state, regional and national levels in bringing out a comprehensive policy which will reflect the aspirations and needs of the country. It will also seek to meet the inherent needs of stakeholders, students and their parents whose goal is to make their children a better human being and a better citizen. The Minister stressed the point that the meeting is for open consultation and the way forward for cooperative federalism.

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Union Budget 2015-16 : Highlights for Education, Employment and Skill Development

Union Budget 2015-16 : Highlights for Education, Employment and Skill Development

Budget 2015-16

BUDGET 2015-16: KEY HIGHLIGHTS & OVERVIEW FOR THE EDUCATION & TRAINING SECTOR

India's Union Budget 2015-16 was presented by the Hon'ble Finance Minister Shri. Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha on February 28.  This was the first full year budget presented by the Centre since it came to power in 2014.

The Government proposed to set aside Rs. 69,074.76 crore for the education sector, out of which there was an increase in the Higher Education Budget from Rs. 23,700 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 26,855.26 crore in 2015-16, indicating a shift in focus from school to higher education in the national budget presented in Parliament.

While the spending on School Education & Literacy has been marginally reduced to Rs. 42,219.5 crore, the Government is stressing on Skill Development with an allocation of Rs. 1,543.46 crore to the newly formed Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, the total spending for Ministry of Labour & Employement has been proposed for Rs. 5,315.22 crore in 2015-16.

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India and the United Kingdom Agree to Further Strengthen the Cooperation in Education

India and the United Kingdom Agree to Further Strengthen the Cooperation in Education

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani at the 6th India-UK Bilateral Education Forum, in New Delhi on November 13, 2014.

The Sixth India-UK Education Forum Meeting took place in New Delhi today. Smt. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and Mr Greg Clark, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities of the United Kingdom co-chaired the meeting. Both the countries discussed the existing bilateral cooperation initiatives in education and also agreed to further strengthen it by taking up several new initiatives. Both sides also acknowledged the cooperation mechanism through joint UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

Both sides also discussed the Chevening Scholarships for Indian students; two-way student mobility; Generation UK-India programme which will support up to 25,000 young people from the UK to come to India over the next 5 years and initiatives supported by DFID. The UK delegation confirmed that they will put in four times more resources for the Chevening scholarships for Indian students and make it the largest Chevening Programme in the World. The Indian delegation emphasized that, along with students from UK, they would also like to welcome teachers and faculty members under its new programme, Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN), the response to which was extremely positive from the Minister leading the UK delegation.

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2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held - Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held – Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani addressing the 2nd meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education, in New Delhi on October 31, 2014. The Secretary General, SAARC, Shri Arjun Bahadur Thapa is also seen.

The 2nd Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education was held at New Delhi today (October 31, 2014). The Union HRD Minister of India, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, was unanimously elected to the Chair. While addressing the Meeting she reiterated India’s initiatives for strengthening mutual cooperation amongst the Member States and the need for a well focussed strategy for growing together in the SAARC region. She said “Resolve of our nations to work, study and think together has materialized in the form of South Asian University which is funded jointly by all the member countries and has started functioning nearly 4 years ago in New Delhi. It should be our joint endeavour to see it emerge as an institute of excellence which could contribute to creation of knowledge in the region through quality higher education at an affordable cost.”

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