Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani while speaking on the occasion of 55th Foundation Day celebration of the NCERT in New Delhi informed that number of scholarships under National Talent Search Scheme will be doubled to 2000 from existing 1000.
While expressing concern about quality in school education, she asked the Director, NCERT to undertake the National Achievement Survey for Classes III, V, VIII and X, annually. She also desired that a roadmap be prepared and submitted to Ministry of Human Resource Development within a week’s time.
Irani dwelt on the initiatives of Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan and reiterated the government’s intention to set up Model Science Labs in a Government School in every district of the country.
She appreciated the books developed by NCERT in Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit for the students and suggested that the NCERT could support the states to translate these books in regional languages. On this occasion, Irani released Tactile Map Book on Braille for Upper Primary students and appreciated the effort of NCERT for this work.
The Minister stated that the NCERT was holding a panel discussion on “Innovations for Promoting Quality in School Education” later in the day and suggested the panel to offer recommendation specially to help students who are slow learners. She also directed NCERT to make available online all the new research work in teachers’ education.
Dr. S.C. Khuntia, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy appreciated the yeoman service being rendered by NCERT in maintaining high standards of quality education.
Speaking on the occasion, Director, NCERT mentioned the achievements made by the Council in the field of school education during the last five decades, and also highlighted various recent initiatives of the Ministry of HRD in school education.