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Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan Addresses NCERT’s 61st Foundation Day

Newdelhi:1/9/21: The Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan has addressed the 61st foundation day of the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) today, on 1st September. The NCERT assists and advises the government on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education in the country. Apart from the Union Education Minister, Ministers of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar, and Dr. Raj Kumar Ranjan Singh will also attend the foundation day of NCERT. Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Additional Secretary, DoSEL, Professor Sridhar Srivastava, Director, NCERT, and senior official of the Education Ministry and NCERT were present during the foundation ceremony of NCERT today.

NCERT Played an Instrumental Role in Indian Education System

While addressing the event, the Union Minister said, ” The institution has taken a long journey of 60 years and remains dedicated to India’s education system. I congratulate the entire family of NCERT for achieving this significant milestone. There has been immense improvement in the quality of school education in India since independence and NCERT has played an instrumental role in it. All these years, NCERT has set its benchmark by coordinating with more than 97 lakhs teachers and 26 crores students, and 50 lakhs schools across the country. From formulating the national curriculum framework, to releasing the alternative academic calendar during all the circumstances even during COVID-19, NCERT has done a commendable job.”

Significant Activities of NCERT

The significant activities of NCERT, covers research, development of curriculum, textual and training materials (both offline and online), and supplementary readers, aim to meet the needs of teacher educators, teachers, and students. NCERT has significantly contributed to all deliberations and consultations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, organised at all levels including the grassroots. Contributions were made in developing Learning Outcomes (LO’s) and in preparing e-contents in all subject areas covering all stages of school education, for concept clarification and a better understanding of subjects.

Development of National Curriculum Framework

NCERT is presently working towards the development of the National Curriculum Framework for school education, early childhood care, and education, adult education, and teacher education. It is helping the states to develop their own state curriculum frameworks. During the pandemic time, NCERT developed an alternative academic calendar for students of all classes and subjects so that their learning is not affected when the schools are closed.

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