Education Current Affairs - 2019
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NITI Aayog has released comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) project to introduce system-wide Governance Transformation in school education.
SATH-E project aims at promoting vocational education, skill development, teacher training and introducing technology in classrooms. It will also promote data-driven analysis to strengthen academic monitoring across schools in the country.
It also aims to transform elementary and secondary school education across these three states. Its roadmap refers to time-bound, goal-driven exercise that will reach its logical culmination by end of academic year 2020.
It seeks to create role model states for education across country to facilitate qualitative and quantitative transformation of learning outcomes. It will use innovative, external third party funding and Public- Private- Philanthropic Partnership (PPPP) experimentation.
It will be facilitated by National Steering Group (NSG), chaired by CEO of NITI Aayog and including Chief Secretaries of 3 states, which will continuously monitor progress, introduce course-corrections and offer a platform for addressing issues in implementation.
The roadmaps will operate between 2018 to 2020. They lay out detailed interventions to be taken by three participating states- Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha to become ‘Role Model States’ in school education. These roadmaps will present first-of-its-kind, customized, action-oriented programmes, outlining interventions at individual, district and State level. They were jointly prepared by NITI Aayog, three participating states and knowledge partners of SATH Initiatives, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Piramal Foundation For Education Leadership (PFEL).
NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs. It is essentially an advisory body that seeks to provide critical directional and strategic inputs across spectrum of key elements of policy to the centre. Prime Minister is ex-officio chairman of NITI Aayog.
The first Indo-French Knowledge Summit for university, scientific and technology cooperation was successfully held in New Delhi. The two-day summit was organized by the French Embassy in India and co-hosted by Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The summit’s broader objective was to design roadmap of Franco-India cooperation for next five years, in collaboration with companies. It offered common platform for common goal to increase student mobility, enlarge R&D collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.
More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions along with key enterprises participated in summit. It also had received support of Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
It ended with landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between two countries and record 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships
During this event, various sessions and round tables on several topics of mutual interest of both t countries were held including on aerospace, agriculture and food processing, eco-energy, maths and information technology, strengthening employability among others.