Union Minister of Human Resource Development Current Affairs - 2020

International Conference on Teacher Education by NCTE held in New Delhi

A two-day International Conference titled ‘Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global’ was inaugurated by Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) in New Delhi. The two-day event is organized by National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) as part of silver jubilee (25 years) celebration of its establishment in 1995.

Key Highlights

Conference Objective: To bring our school education system in alignment with global trends.

It provides a platform to renowned academicians, educationist, thinkers, administrators and practitioners to brainstorm various challenges, issue and solutions for existing teacher education system in India.

40 renowned experts from India and abroad will deliberate upon key areas such as-

  • Present scenario of teacher education in Indian context.
  • Innovations in teaching practices.
  • Integration of information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching.
  • Inclusive education in teaching-learning environment.
  • Internationalization of teacher education.

Upcoming Government Initiative in Education Field:

On 22 August 2019, HRD Ministry would be launching a mission called NISHTHA (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement). It is world’s biggest project for teacher training through which more than 42 lakh teachers will be trained.

About National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE)

It was established on 17 August 1995.

It was tasked to achieve planned and coordinated development of teacher education system throughout India and to maintain norms and standards therein.

It serves as an advisory body to Central and State Governments for ensuring maintenance of standards and quality in Teacher Education.

Mandate: NCTE covers entire gamut of Teacher Education programmes. It includes research and training of persons to equip them to teach (at stages of pre-primary, primary, secondary and senior secondary schools) as well as distance education courses, part-time education, non-formal education and adult education.

At present, teacher education institutions in country offers 17 Teacher Education programmes recognized by NCTE for prospective school teachers.

Government approves around 5000 additional seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has announced an increase of around 5,000 seats at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas across the country. This is the biggest-ever expansion and the number of seats has increased from 46,600 to 51,000 at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs).

Why the increase?

The increase in the number of seats was part of the government efforts to increase the access to quality education for the student, especially from rural areas.

Over the time there has been an increase in the number of students applying for the exam to get enrolled in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The number of applicants increased from 5.50 lakh aspirants in 2001 to 31.10 lakh aspirants in 2019.

The increase in the number of applicants reflects the growing aspirations of rural children for acquiring quality education. Hence the government has increased the number of seats to provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get a quality education in the nearly free of cost residential schools.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were set up under the provisions of National Policy on Education-1986. The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were set up to nurture and provide opportunities for children with special talent or aptitude to progress at a faster pace by making good quality education available to them irrespective of their capacity to pay for it.

It was a unique experiment in India where the students are selected for admission to Class 6 based on their performance at the entrance examination. These schools are fully residential and co-educational schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi and provide education from class VI to XII standard.