New Delhi, Dec. 31 (ANI): The year 2015 will be recorded as a landmark year in India’s education sector in many respects. One of the major achievements which the Ministry of Human Resource Development accomplished during the year included achievement of hundred percent target of completion of construction of separate toilets for boys and girls in schools under Swachch Vidyalaya Abhiyan within one year of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2014.
The year will also be known for technical advancement made by the Ministry by laying emphasis on ICT leading to launch of a number of initiatives like e pathshala, Saransh, Shala Siddhi, Shaala Darpan, availability of NCERT books on mobile app etc.
The year also saw the Government of India’s sincere efforts towards bringing out a New Education Policy to meet the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regard to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry.
New Education Policy is being framed after a gap of 23 years.
For the first time, the Government of India is embarking on a time-bound grassroots consultative process, which will enable the Ministry of Human Resource Development to reach out to individuals across the country through over 2.75 lakh direct consultations while also taking input from citizens online.
The year will also be remembered because of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore cracking the top 100 in world University ranking as per Times High Education ranking for 2015-16 and IIT, Delhi also figuring in the top 200 list of QS.
A glimpse of major achievements and initiatives of the Department of Higher Education and the Department of School Education and Literacy is given as follows:
A number of flagship schemes were launched by the Department of School Education and Literacy in the current year. Like, Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, Children With Special Needs, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
The Teacher Education Bureau is focusing on the following main components for improving the quality of teacher education that is the National Curriculum Framework of Teacher Education (NCFTE- 2009), In-STEP: Capacity Building Program of Teacher Educators, The Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education, New Activities/Initiatives under CSSTE Scheme.
Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls’ Education in India like, Udaan, “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” programme, Saransh,
Curriculum for yoga from classes vi to x was released on the occasion of International Yoga Day in June 2015. Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, National Conference on ICT in School Education, The National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation, E-pathshala, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Kala Utsav.
A number of schemes related to Department of Higher Education were also launched during the year, which are IMPRINT India, Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN), National Institutional Ranking Framework, SWAYAM, Credit framework for Skills and Education, Saksham scholarship scheme, Know Your College portal, Ucchtar Aavishkar Abhiyaan, Engineering skills to unemployed youth, Comprehensive Language Policy, Matribhasha Diwas.
Finally, the above flagship programmes, new schemes and innovations of the Ministry of HRD prove beyond doubt that it is playing a significant role in building strong foundations in education.
While the Department of School Education & Literacy has its eye set on the universlization of Education and making better citizens out of the country’s young brigade, the Department of Higher Education is engaged in establishing world class institutes of learning and providing ample opportunities for research and skill development to ensure that we create the world’s largest workforce. (ANI)