The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been conferred with the prestigious deemed-to-be-university status by the Ministry of Higher Education on its 63rd Foundation Day. The announcement was made by Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan, who emphasized the pivotal role played by NCERT in shaping India’s educational landscape.
NCERT, known for its remarkable contributions to research, school education, teacher training, and adult literacy, will now have the opportunity to expand its horizons globally and actively engage in collaborations that contribute to the global educational arena.
Union Minister Pradhan likened this achievement to the stature of the Indian Institute of Science, highlighting the significance and impact of NCERT’s transformation.
During the event, Pradhan introduced ‘Jadui Pitara,’ a play-based learning-teaching material designed for children aged 3 to 8 years. This innovative educational tool is set to revolutionize the learning experience for an estimated 10 crore children, particularly those entering the play-based learning system in anganwadis or pre-primary sections of schools, leading up to Class two.
Considering that a significant portion of brain development occurs by the age of 8, Pradhan stressed the importance of creating content in regional languages to maximize its effectiveness.
Furthermore, Pradhan proposed the establishment of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence labs in all seven regional centers of NCERT. Multinational IT company Hewlett Packard is collaborating with NCERT to bring this vision to fruition. Pradhan emphasized the need for these centers to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and future-ready infrastructure to position India as a global hub for research and innovation.
He also urged NCERT to standardize the Teachers’ training curriculum in alignment with NCERT’s Early Childhood Care and Education syllabus.
Pradhan suggested enriching textbooks by incorporating a chapter on the evolution of Chandrayaan 3 and agreements from the G-20 summit. Additionally, he announced NCERT’s initiative to develop educational materials in all 22 Indian languages, leveraging software such as Anuvadini and Bhashini.
With the conferred deemed-to-be-university status and these visionary initiatives, NCERT is poised to play an even more significant role in shaping the educational landscape of India and contributing to global educational advancements.