New education policy will be India-centric: HRD minister

HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said over two lakh suggestions have been received and they are being considered with utmost care. The new National Education Policy (NEP) will be the cornerstone for building a “new India”, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Wednesday. He said suggestions are being taken from various stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, NGOs and scientists, before finalising the policy.   The NEP covers elementary to college education and the first was promulgated in 1968 by the government of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the second by…

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HRD Ministry directs teachers, principals to ensure registration of their aadhaar cards

Principals, vice-principals and teachers have been asked by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to make sure that they have registered their Aadhaar card number in the U-DISE (Unified District Information System for Education). It contains all official data related to school education in the country. As per Indian Express report, a circular was sent from the office of the Universal Elementary Education to schools on October 9, asking all heads of government, private and municipal schools to ensure that Aadhaar numbers of staff are entered in the system by October…

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HRD Ministry may ask CBSE to stop printing books, complaints received

The HRD Ministry may very soon ask the CBSE to stop printing textbooks after holding a review meeting. Sources reported that the ministry has raised concern over the fact as to why an examination conducting body is publishing textbooks. CBSE may soon stop printing books The HRD Ministry may very soon ask the CBSE to stop printing textbooks after holding a review meeting. The decision may be taken following complaints against quality of books published by the Board as well as their non-availability. A senior HRD ministry official said complaints…

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HRD Ministry for cashless transaction in IITs, varsities,higher education

The HRD ministry is planning to encourage cashless transactions in higher educational institutions. Sources said that there is a thinking in the ministry that bodies like IITs and Central varsities should go cashless in their transactions. Earlier, in a bid to provide relief to people, ministry has advised educational institutions associated with it to not insist on draft and pay orders for payments but accept electronic transactions like RTGS, NEFT or cheques. According to sources, the ministry has also said that all educational institutions should prepare a roadmap for transition…

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Right to Education: HRD seeks to extend teacher training deadline

The HRD Ministry has moved a Cabinet note to extend the deadline for teacher training till 2020 under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. According to sources, the note was dispatched to Union Law Ministry and NITI Aayog on October 10 for their comments. The decision was taken at the behest of several states, which were requesting an extension, ever since the first deadline under the RTE Act 2009 expired in March last year. Incidentally, the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) had passed a similar resolution on Tuesday. The…

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HRD ministry may replace TSR Subramanian-led committee for new education policy

NEW DELHI: The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry plans to constitute a new committee for formulating the new education policy and it is likely to be headed by an educationist, a senior ministry official said — an indication that the TSR Subramanian-led committee, constituted to propose and draft the new education policy by former HRD minister Smriti Irani, would be replaced. The senior official indicated that the decision on formation of the new committee will be announced after November 10. The new committee will prepare the final draft of…

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HRD ministry approves common counselling for IISERs with IITs

  NEW DELHI: The HRD ministry on Thursday allowed common counselling from next year for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) along with IITs and NITs. IITs/NITs introduced common counselling last year. Though IISERs were keen for common counselling from this year, the ministry said it should not be rushed. “We advised caution. It is a good idea. Common counselling has found support among students,” a highly placed source said after the day-long meeting of the standing committee of IISERs. There are 1,120 seats in…

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