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JS Rajput nominated as India’s representative to Executive Board of UNESCO

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has nominated former NCERT director JS Rajput as India’s representative to Executive Board (EXB) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

JS Rajput

Professor JS Rajput is known for his contributions in reforms in school education and teacher education. He has held several assignments which include Professor in NCERT, 1974, Principal of Regional Institute of Education Bhopal 1977-88, Joint Educational Adviser, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) 1994-99 and Director of the NCERT (1999-2004).

He had proposed valuable changes in school education curriculum as Director, NCERT popularly known as five Sai values: Truth, Peace, Nonviolence, Righteous Conduct (Dharma) and Love. He has published research papers in several specialized areas in education, guided doctoral level researches and has authored several books.

His association with UNESCO and other international agencies extends over three decades. He was invited by UNESCO in April-May 2005 to participate in Evaluation of UNESCO International Center for Technical and Vocational Education, UNEVOC, Bonn, Germany. He has completed UNESCO project for Bremen University, Germany in 2007-08.

UNESCO acknowledged his contributions by selecting him for Prestigious Jan Amos Comenius Medal for outstanding contributions in research and innovations in 2004. He received this Award in July 2009. He was awarded Maharishi Ved Vyas national Award by MP Government for lifelong contributions in Education. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2009.

Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO

The EXB is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO and is elected by the General Conference. It has four-year term and 58 seats. The board examines work for UNESCO and the corresponding budget estimates. In practice, it is main organ responsible for all policies and programmes of UNESCO.

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Google and NCERT join hands to teach students digital safety

Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has signed a pact to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum.

The pact was signed on ‘Safer Internet Day’ (February 6). The course aims to bring awareness amongst the young generation of India to make Internet a Safe space.

Key Facts

The Digital Citizenship and Safety course by Google India aims to bring social, ethical and legal aspects of internet safety and usage via structured in-class lessons. The complete course is divided into four categories (themes) viz Being Smart, Being Safe, Being a Digital Citizen and Being Future Ready.

The course aims to grow gradually with internet usage of children from elementary classes to senior secondary. The modules (categories) of the course are made to engage kids and match pace with their intellectual and inquisitive nature.

The basic modules of the course aim to make the children aware of Internet Safety, advanced topics like Privacy, Device Management, Intellectual Property (IP) and Reputation Management are added included as children grow, gradually moving towards Online Financial Literacy and Cyber Crime to shape them as Digital Citizens.

In addition, Google has also created curriculum for teachers so that they can help students learn all about digital citizenship in their classrooms.

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