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Hrushikesh Senapaty to take charge as new NCERT director

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New Delhi: Human Resource and Development ministry (HRD) on Monday appointed Hrushikesh Senapaty as the new director for the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT). He has replaced Pravin Sinclair, who was abruptly removed from the post last year.

Earlier on August 24, the search-cum selection committee of NCERT had finalised the names of Senapaty and Anil Shukla for the coveted job. Later, Senapaty was declared fit for the job over Shukla because of his vast experience in the NCERT system. Skukla is a professor in Lucknow University’s education department, while Senapaty is currently the Principal at NCERT’s Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal.

The selection committee includes vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, GC Tripathi, NIT Jaipur’s director, I K Bhat, former Principal of DPS RK Puram, Shyama Chona and MK Sridhar, Professor at Canara Bank School of Mangement Studies (CBSMS).

On Senapaty’s appointment, a ministry official said, “He has never served in Delhi and is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the NCERT that is known for groupism and political affiliations of faculty members.”

The source further explained, “The first priority for Senapaty as the new director would be to revise the NCERT text books and frame a new curriculum which has not been updated from 2005. He then has to dedicate his resources in speeding up the proposed New Education Policy.”

Having ample amount of experience working at NCERT, Senapaty is a UNESCO fellow working dedicatedly on information and communication technology in education (ICTE). He is an alumnus of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and BJP College, Bhubaneshwar. Senapaty is also a doctorate scholar from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.

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Child Protection Schemes To Be Included In NCERT Books

NCERT books would now be containing child protection schemes in them.

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Children need protection from ongoing crimes.
A child's hand in an adult's hand. Pixabay

Child protection schemes like the POCSO Act and 24×7 children helpline numbers are now being published on the inside of the front cover of all the course books from class 6-12, according to Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.

Published by the National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT), the step is taken to equip the children with the information regarding the possible modes of protection and complaints.

In 2017, the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had requested Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and NCERT to popularise POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools and having strict norms for employing the support staff.

Children must live in a safe environment.
Children need to seek protection.

After the step was taken, Gandhi thanked Javadekar and NCERT for implementing her suggestion. She added that the parents, guardians, and teachers should remain vigilant about the children as well as their behaviour and any suspected situation should be reported immediately on the Childline No 1098 and the POCSO e-Box.

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According to the WCD ministry, through these course books, the information is expected to reach approximately 26 crores school students and more than 10 lakh teachers in around 15 lakh schools. IANS

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