Shri Dharmendra Pradhan attends the 63rd Foundation Day Celebration of NCERT, inaugurates new ICT laboratory of the CIET
Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Attends the 63rd Foundation Day Celebration of NCERT – Inaugurates New ICT Laboratory of the CIET
New Delhi, [Date] – Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, graced the 63rd Foundation Day Celebration of the NCERT today in New Delhi. The Minister also had the honor of inaugurating a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory at the CIET during the event.
Key Dignitaries Present:
- Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education, Shri Sanjay Kumar
- Director, NCERT, Prof. Dinesh Prasad Saklani
- Chancellor, NIEPA, Shri Mahesh Chandra Pant
- Senior officials from the Ministry of Education, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, and CBSE were also in attendance.
Promoting Research and Education: Speaking at the event, Shri Pradhan highlighted that NCERT has been conferred the status of a Deemed-to-be-University. NCERT has played a pivotal role in research and has significantly influenced school education, teacher training, and adult literacy. By evolving into a research university, NCERT will now have the opportunity to engage in global collaborations and contribute to the global educational landscape.
Transforming Early Education: The Minister also lauded NCERT’s initiative, “Jadui Pitara,” which is a play-based learning and teaching material designed for children aged 3-8 years. He emphasized that this innovative approach will positively impact 10 crore children across the country.
Promoting Mother Tongue and Technology:
Shri Pradhan stressed the importance of developing content in mother tongue and proposed the establishment of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence labs in all 7 regional centers of NCERT. He urged for equipping these centers with cutting-edge technologies from around the world to make India a global hub for research and innovation.
Standardizing Teacher Training:
Furthermore, the Minister called for standardizing teacher training curriculum to align with NCERT in its Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs.
Preparing for Industrial Revolution 4.0:
Shri Pradhan emphasized the need to prepare children for Industrial Revolution 4.0 and recommended creating small booklets on various subjects to educate them about recent developments such as India’s COVID-19 management and Chandrayaan 3. He stressed the importance of imparting not only the latest knowledge but also instilling Indian values and ethos in the younger generation.
Multilingual Educational Materials:
Shri Sanjay Kumar commended NCERT’s efforts in aligning learning materials with the recommendations of NEP 2020. He underscored the importance of integrating all streams, including art, science, vocational studies, etc., into a single platform to provide holistic education. He also announced that NCERT would develop educational materials in all 22 languages with the assistance of software like Anuvadini.
Cultural Performances and Highlights:
During the celebration, students from the Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal, presented a skit based on Jadui Pitara and performed a song in 22 languages. A short film showcased several noteworthy initiatives and achievements of NCERT.
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