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Centre plans to launch a 24×7 television channel for school education, adult literacy

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The proposed TV channel seeks to target school students of 5-18 years apart from open education students and “neo adult literates”, an HRD Ministry official said. The NCERT, which will be the nodal agency for this channel, on Monday made a presentation in this regard at a meeting of Central and state regulatory institutions in school education. The meeting was chaired by Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will collaborate with NCERT in the unlinking of the channel. The channel is expected to be instrumental in the process of teachers' training, which has acquired greater urgency with the Right to Education (RTE) Act coming into effect last year. The norms outlined by RTE require massive recruitment of teachers at school level and regular training for them. At present, Doordrashan runs an education programme, Gyan Darshan, created by IGNOU. During the meeting, Sibal suggested that an institution framework consisting of the NCERT and State Councils of Educational Research and Training be set up, a ministry official said. “This framework, could include the CBSE, COBSE and NCTE as invitees, and would be a mechanism for coordination, for continuous flow of information and for dialogue, the focus being on improving quality of education throughout the country,” the official quoted the minister as saying. Speaking on the ministry's proposal of preparing a National Vocational Qualification Framework, the minister said the “government has begun a process of series of consultations with different industry groups to facilitate the development of vocational curriculum as demanded by the needs or job requirements of these industry groups.”

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