Education Current Affairs - 2019

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Cabinet approves withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Union Cabinet has approved withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha. The amendment bill was introduced to amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions mainly dealing with functioning of Governing Board of Nalanda University.

Nalanda University

Nalanda University revived version of ancient Nalanda University located at Rajgir in Nalanda District of present Bihar. It is non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution. Its idea was mooted by former President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006.

It was established through Nalanda University Act, 2010 on basis of Joint Press Statement at 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October 2009. It functions under Ministry of External Affairs. It is mandated to be engaged in pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies.

Teaching in this university was inaugurated in September 2014. At present, it has 116 students in three schools of studies namely School of Ecology and Environment Studies, School of Historical Studies and School of Buddhist Studies. This includes 35 international students from 21 foreign countries.

Note: The ancient Nalanda University was established in 427 AD during the reign of Gupta king Sakraditya. It was one of India’s earliest university. At its peak, it had attracted scholars and students from near and far with some travelling all the way from Tibet, China, Korea, and Central Asia.

UNICEF launches data visualisation app on education scenario in India

The UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund) launched Data Visualisation App to provide user-friendly visual representation of complex analytics of education scenario in India. It was developed with technical inputs from the UNICEF, in collaboration with National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA).

Key Facts

The app uses UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education), NAS (National Assessment survey) and demographic data. It can be used as visual tool by policy makers, academia, senior government officials, and researchers to address gaps and monitor programs in field of education.

Shiksha Mela Education Open Day

UNICEF India in partnership with Ministry of Human Resource Development organised Shiksha Mela Education Open Day to demonstrate case stories showcasing holistic and equitable quality education achieved through convergent programming across 17 states.