Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti Current Affairs - 2020

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Shaala Darpan portal for Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti launched

The Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Sanjay Dhotre launched the Shala Darpan Portal for Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS). It is an end to end e-Governance school automation and management system for NVS.

What is Shala Darpan portal?

It provides an integrated platform to meet the educational and administrative needs of all stakeholders (students, parents and teachers) and is capable of sending and receiving effective dialogue between every stakeholder. It will integrate all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas with a common standard which includes around 636 schools and 2.67 million students.

This single integrated platform is developed for knowledge dissemination and information sharing for 22,000 employees and more than 2 lakh students across NVS’s schools and offices. The platform at minimum cost of Rs.6 crore abides by Guidelines for Indian Government Websites(GIGS).

Major Components: It includes integrated content management portal which consists of 636 websites of Navodaya schools across India. It will contain information relating to service record, transfer or posting, disciplinary action and ACR tracking.  Apart from strengthening budget and finance management system, the portal will also improve mess management and hostel conditions

This portal has been designed from Open Source Technology and hence the cost incurred was very low (meagre budget) and up-dation cost in future will remain low.

The major effect will be end to end info sharing, proper analytical details, better transparency in evaluation of teachers and students both, 654 bilingual platform for each schooland role-based access to have better evaluation at every stage.

What are Navodaya Vidyalayas?

They are co-educational residential schools established by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti which is an autonomous organization under Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to provide quality modern education. The Navodaya Vidyalayas and its teachers plays a crucial contribution in educationally uplifting the rural children.

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ICFRE inks two MoUs to launch Prakriti programme

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) to launch ‘Prakriti’ programme. The two MoUs have been signed for a period of 10 years.

MoUs signed

These MoUs aim to make Indian youth more sensitive towards national and global issues of environment and help them become responsible citizens. It also seeks to mobilise cadre of youth for raising a peoples’ movement, which is committed to the conservation of forest and environment. The collaboration forged through these MoUs will enable transfer of knowledge to students and teachers of KVS and NVS on environment, forest, environmental services and contemporary areas of forestry research through lectures and interactive sessions by ICFRE scientists.

Prakriti programme

The main objective of Prakriti programme is to provide platform for school children to learn practical skills towards sustainable use of resources. It also aims to promote awareness about forests and environment and stimulate interest among students of KVS and NVS in maintaining balanced environment. It also seeks to provide students with skills that reflect care and protection towards forests, environment and society.

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)

It is autonomous organization under Ministry of Environment and Forests. It is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Its functions are to conduct and promote forestry research, transfer technologies developed to states of India and other user agencies and to impart forestry education. It has 9 research institutes and 4 advanced centres to cater to research needs of different bio-geographical regions.

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