Education Current Affairs - 2019

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International Forum on adopting ICT Perspective to Education and Learning begins in New Delhi

The International Forum on adopting ICT Perspective to Education and Learning has begun in New Delhi. It will be held from 31th October to 4th November 2016.

It has been organised by the International Bureau of Education (IBE), UNESCO in partnership with Google and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Key Facts

  • The forum targets mainly countries which are implementing the UNESCO developed General Education Quality Analysis Framework (GEQAF).
  • Participating countries include Egypt, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Gabon, India, Lithuania, Oman, Seychelles, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mauritius, US and Swaziland.
  • It has been designed differently than the common practice of conferences and workshop characterized by extensive presentations.
  • It seeks to build on concrete cases of ICT integration and inclusion thought practical hands-on activities. Best practice cases from countries will be presented.

About International Bureau of Education (IBE)

  • IBE is a UNESCO category 1 institute mandated as the Centre of Excellence in curriculum and related matters.
  • It supports countries efforts both through direct technical assistance and also by proving platform to share experiences and best practices from around the world.
  • It also helps to build country’s capacity to harness technology to strengthen education systems for sustained improvement of education quality, equity and inclusion.

Union Cabinet approves establishment of National Academic Depository

The Union Cabinet approved establishment and operationalisation of a National Academic Depository (NAD).

Under it all academic degrees, certificates and awards in the country will be made digitally available for verification on single spot.

Key Facts

  • The NAD will be established and operationalised within the next three months. It will be rolled out throughout the country in 2017-18.
  • It will be operationalised by NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures, Limited (CVL).

Background

The Finance Minister’s Budget Speech (2016) had incorporated commitment to establish a Digital Depository for school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of Higher Education Institutions, on the pattern of a Securities Depository.

How it will work?

  • Academic institutions will be directed to upload and authenticate all documents in digital form into the NAD system
  • The NAD will register educational institutions/eligibility assessment bodies/boards, students and other users/verifying entities like employer companies, banks, government agencies and academic institutions.
  • It will provide digital or a printed copy of the academic award with security features to the students or other authorized users.
  • Besides, NAD will also verify academic awards online on the same day of request initiated by any authorized user.
  • Requests for access to academic awards will be on basis of consent of the owner. For ex, access from potential employers and academic institutions will be only on the basis of consent of the student.
  • NAD will maintain the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of its database. It will root out fake degrees.