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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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Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi Launched

Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi Launched

The Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council, Dr. Sam Pitroda at the inauguration of an ‘Innovation Hub’, at National Science Centre, in New Delhi on January 23, 2014.

The Union government has taken yet another step to promote innovation through science and technology by establishing innovation hubs across the country. Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council & Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations inaugurated an 'Innovation Hub' at the National Science Centre, New Delhi today. It provides a unique opportunity for children of various age groups to work at the facility during the week-ends to develop their ideas on various aspects of Science & Technology. Membership is available for interested students for long-term hands-on and minds-on engagement in creative activities in science & technology. Over 40 students have already sought membership of the new facility and it will be functional from this weekend.

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Visible Improvement in School Infrastructure Since Implementation of RTE Act, 2009

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, came into force from 1st April 2010. The Act laid down a three year time frame to attain various norms and standards as specified in the Schedule to the RTE Act. The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been documenting the progress made by States and UTs every year since the RTE Act came into force on the basis of DISE data. Recently the Ministry has published RTE: The 3rd Year on the basis of DISE Data 2012-13 with respect to children's enrolment, teacher availability and infrastructure indicators for each State as well as at the national level. RTE: The 3rd Year has also captured additional indicators on the child centered provisions as well as quality. The publication focuses on the progress made by States and UTs since the enactment of the Act in the last three years. State wise stock taking of various indicators is helpful in analyzing the trends and also for further planning.

All States and UTs have notified the State RTE Rules. Major notifications with regard to setting up systems to implement the RTE Act have also been put in place. All States/UTs have notified their State Academic Authorities and issued notifications with regard to the elementary education cycle of 8 years. Also notifications with regard to no corporal punishment, banning of private tuitions, banning of screening procedure and capitation fees and no board examinations up to the elementary level have been put in place by all the States/ UTs. By 2012-13, 88% of the schools had a School Management Committee as per provisions of the RTE Act. 75% of the members of SMCs are parents of children studying in school and at least 50% of these are women.

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India & UK Signs MOU to Enhance the Collaboration Within the Framework of UKIERI

India & UK Signs MOU to Enhance the Collaboration Within the Framework of UKIERI

The Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Shri Kodikunnil Suresh and the Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, U.K, Mr. Mathew Hancoch in a Bilateral Meeting, in New Delhi on January 16, 2014.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) to enhance the collaboration within the framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) . The signing took pkace here in New Delhi today after a bilateral meeting held between the delegations led by between Minister of State (L&E), Government of India Shri K. Suresh, and Minister Mr. Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise, United Kingdom.

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National Convention to Monitor the Progress of RTE Act Inaugurated

National Convention to Monitor the Progress of RTE Act Inaugurated

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishna Tirath addressing the National Convention on the progress of Right to Education (RTE), in New Delhi on January 14, 2014.

Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women & Child Development inaugurated a two-day National Convention on 'Three Years of Completion of the RTE Act" in New Delhi today. Inaugurating the Convention Smt. Tirath said that the onus is on the Government to provide and ensure free and elementary education to all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years.

She further added that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and SCPCRs should monitor out-of-school children to facilitate their access and participation in the schooling system. This would include children who have never enrolled or have dropped out, children who are temporarily absent, and children who are permanent migrants or who migrate seasonally with their parents.

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Vice President Delivers Annual Convocation Address on "Challenges in Higher Education" at University of Lucknow

Vice President Delivers Annual Convocation Address on “Challenges in Higher Education” at University of Lucknow

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari addressing at the Annual Convocation of the University of Lucknow, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh on January 09, 2014.

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that our system turns out nearly seven lakh science and engineering graduates every year. On the other hand, industry surveys show that only 25 percent of these are employable without further training. The picture is more dismal in other disciplines if a recent, non-official, employability report is to be believed. The conclusion is inescapable that the demographic dividend that is likely to last till 2040 may well be in danger of becoming a liability if comprehensive correctives on quality covering students, faculty and teaching, research and assessment standards are not forthcoming very quickly. Delivering Annual Convocation Address on 'The Challenge in Higher Education' at the University of Lucknow, at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh today, he has said that it is thus evident that we confront multiple crises that relate to the input, the process, and the output. What is the purpose, and comprehension level, of those who enter institutions of higher education? Does the teaching process enhance these levels meaningfully? Does the outcome contribute to the requisite 21st century skills on the one hand and on the other to the research and innovation requirements?

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"Students Are The Bright Future of the Nation" - President's New Year Message to Students and Faculty

“Students Are The Bright Future of the Nation” – President’s New Year Message to Students and Faculty

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivering New Year Message to the students and Faculty of Central Universities, IITs, NITs and other Institutions through Video Conferencing using National Knowledge Network at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on January 7, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, as the Visitor of Central Universities, IITs, NITs, IISERs and other central institutions, delivered a New Year Message through Video Conferencing and webcasting to the students, faculty members and academic fraternity using National Knowledge Network from Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 7, 2014).

Addressing the students, the President said students are the bright future of the nation. The extent of India's progress will be decided by their energy, drive, initiative and industry. He said "Understand our nation and its institutions. Read, learn and formulate views on national issues. Choose to engage with our beautiful, complex, often difficult and sometimes noisy democracy. Understand your rights and duties well, especially towards those who are less fortunate. The voiceless deserve your voice; the weak deserve your strength; and the needy deserve your help. Make the best use of your knowledge in the service of the nation and its citizens".

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Annual Meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME)

Annual Meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME)

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju addressing the annual meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME), in New Delhi on January 06, 2014.

The Annual Meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) was held in New Delhi today under the Chairmanship of Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju. The meeting was attended by the Members of the NMCME, distinguished Academicians, Activists, Administrators from Centre and State Governments and officers of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, reiterated the commitment of the UPA Government to ensure access, equity and inclusion of the weaker sections and the minorities, including the Muslim minorities. He also emphasized the importance of education as the panacea to move up in the social and economic ladder and to assimilate in the national mainstream.

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Prime Minister Announces Instituting Award for Individual Excellence to Promote High Quality Research

Prime Minister Announces Instituting Award for Individual Excellence to Promote High Quality Research

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh releasing the book Sixty Years of the University Grants Commission, at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the University Grants Commission, in New Delhi on December 28, 2013. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, the Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri Ashok Thakur and the Chairman, UGC, Prof. Ved Parkas are also seen.

The Prime Minister has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to play the role of a national Think Tank for the promotion of Higher Education in the country. Addressing the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Commission in New Delhi today, Dr. Manmohan Singh appreciated the role of Commission as a principal regulator of Higher Education in the country. He said the Government has put unprecedented emphasis on education at all level in the last ten years. Giving details of the expansion in the Higher Education in this period, the Prime Minister said, Gross Enrolment Ratio has gone up from 11% in 2005-06 to 19.4% i 2010-11. Twenty three Central Universities, 7 IIMs,9 IITs, 10 NITs and 4 IIITs have been set up by the Central Government .Highlighting the role recently launched Rashtriya Uchttar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA) will play in promoting Higher Education in the Country, Dr. Singh said the scheme aims to create 278 new universities and 388 new colleges and to convert 266 colleges to Model Degree Colleges by the end of the current five year plan ending 2017. The scheme will also provide infrastructure grants to 286 state universities and 8500 state colleges

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