UNESCO Current Affairs - 2019
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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).
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.
India’s first radio festival was held at the UNESCO House in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day (February 13). It was organised by International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The festival aimed to bring together radio professionals, podcasters and other digital audio programmers.
It included discussions of expert panels, exhibition and live performances. Its discussions were based on the theme for World Radio Day 2018 – Radio and Sports. It examined potential of sports as a platform for social change, ways to make it more creative and trace journey of music on radio.
International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT)
IAWRT is global organization of women in broadcasting industry. It was established in 1949 by professional women working in electronic and allied media. Its mission is to strengthen initiatives towards ensuring women’s views and values are integral part of programming and advance impact of women in media. It is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
It also organizes conferences, implements projects and undertakes activities, collaborates with and media organizations. It is managed by international board, which oversees funding initiatives for a number of local chapters and member activities.