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Smriti-Irani-621x414New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announced on Monday that soon a mobile application would be launched to enable the students download all the NCERT textbooks for free.

“On July 17, under the banner of NCERT, we will unveil a mobile app which will enable students to download all NCERT books from Class one to 12 for free,” she said.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Rashtriya Yoga Shikshak Sammelan at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Irani also launched the syllabus and course material for Class 6 to 10 students, prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and training module for teacher education programme prepared by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).

The two-day conference on ‘Yoga – Principles and Practice in our education system’ will discuss topics like yoga for holistic development, yoga for the needs of special children, yoga and stress management, yoga in curriculum and best practices in yoga teaching.

(IANS)

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Women in Science Largest Minority: Smriti Irani

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a "love for science"

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Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said women in science are the “largest minority” in the country, with only 14 per cent of them contributing to the profession.

She spoke about an inherent gender bias against women in the society, hampering their entry in the highly competitive world of science.

Smriti Irani said this while inaugurating the 8th Women Science Congress — part of the Indian Science Congress — here at the Lovely Professional University, which is hosting both the events.

“While everyone knows that science is gender-neutral, what is not neutral is capacity of women to get scientific opportunity,” she said.

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani.

“Of the 2.8 lakh scientists and engineers employed in research and development across the country, women’s number is only 14 per cent… that makes women the largest minority in science,” she added.

The Minister also called for translation of academic journals and papers into regional languages from English.

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“English is the lingua franca of science. But according to census data, 96.7 per cent of the population resorts to 22 scheduled languages,” she said.

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a “love for science”. (IANS)

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