An educational cell will be established by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) to focus on school education in rural areas of the country. It was announced by NCERT officials during a two day seminar on 'school education in rural India.' 'Various academic activities including case studies, seminars, research studies which may help in formulation of policies on rural education will be undertaken through the cell,' said D. K. Vaid, head of NCERT's Department of Educational Surveys and Data Processing.'It will also be helpful in preparation of a repository of data base on rural education,' added Vaid. 'The upcoming all India school education survey of the department will be the eighth in the series, the last being conducted in 2002. The findings of the exhaustive survey help in formulating plans and policies in the education sector,' informed an HRD Ministry Official. 'We expect Government's nod on going ahead with the survey shortly,' further said Vaid.Other official from the HRD Ministry including Anshu Vaish, Secretary Education in the HRD Ministry, S. C. Khuntia, joint secretary in the ministry, Krishna Kumar, NCERT director and others also spoke in the seminar.