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Public views will be an essential part of new education policy: Smriti Irani

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New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the new education policy would have views from the people and their voices will be articulated in the new policy when she was attending the Hindustan Times leadership summit here.

We have ensured that we have people’s views articulated in the new education policy. We have sought views from the people. We want people in villages to say what they want their kids to be taught. A policy just remains a policy till it percolates to the ground,

Students of government schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, perform better than the private schools, Irani said.

The government is working on the quality of education in all the schools across the country. In fact, over the years the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya have performed better than the students of private schools, she said.

“We need to improve the quality of education in private schools like the government schools,” she added.

Irani also said her ministry was working with the state education departments on several ways to improve the performance of the children in the schools.

Teachers should be judged by the performance of their students. The central government is working with the states on this,

Talking about various policies to improve the education in the country, Irani said the government was emphasizing on the quality of education for disabled children.

We have given new learning material to over 2,75,000 teachers to address children with disability. We have waived off the fees for them in all the major institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), she said.

Irani said: “IITs are centers of excellence, doing work silently that do not make it to headlines across the world.”

Indian institutes carry out research in regional languages, which global rankings don’t recognize.

“The global ranking was necessary for perception, but the uniqueness of Indian institutions not reflected. Our IITs are centers of excellence, doing work that doesn’t make it to headlines across the world,” Irani said.

(Inputs from IANS)

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IIT And IIS Collaborate To Develop Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment For The Indian Himalayan Region

"Being situated in the Himalayan region, IIT-Mandi is proud to be a part of this vulnerability assessment exercise and a leader in technology in this region."

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The 12 states are Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, hilly districts of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Pixabay

The Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati, Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru have collaborated to develop a climate change vulnerability assessment for the Indian Himalayan region using a common framework, it was announced on Thursday.

The assessment exercise is unique because for the first time all 12 Himalayan states have used a common framework resulting in the production of comparable state-level and within state, district-level vulnerability maps.

Such comparable vulnerability assessments are useful for the governments, implementers, decision makers, funding agencies and development experts to gain a common understanding on vulnerability, enabling them to assess which state is more vulnerable, what has made them vulnerable and how they might address these vulnerabilities.

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“The adaptation to climate change is a collaborative effort between appropriate use of technology, a vision that produces policies, a change at ground level and engaging the local communities.” Pixabay

The framework and the results were presented here at a national workshop on ‘Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for States and the Union Territories Using a Common Framework’ organised by IIT-Guwahati and IIT-Mandi with support from IISc Bengaluru, the Department of Science and Technology and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The 12 states are Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, hilly districts of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

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Such comparable vulnerability assessments are useful for the governments, implementers, decision makers, funding agencies and development experts to gain a common understanding on vulnerability, enabling them to assess which state is more vulnerable, what has made them vulnerable and how they might address these vulnerabilities. Pixabay

Highlighting impact of the project, Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said: “The adaptation to climate change is a collaborative effort between appropriate use of technology, a vision that produces policies, a change at ground level and engaging the local communities.”

“These vulnerability maps will play a crucial role in this effort.”

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Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director IIT-Mandi, said: “Being situated in the Himalayan region, IIT-Mandi is proud to be a part of this vulnerability assessment exercise and a leader in technology in this region.”

Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy Tamara Mona said: “Switzerland, like India, has a long experience in facing the potential opportunities and risks. Swiss national policy for climate change adaptation has been complemented by local government strategies, based on detailed and locally anchored risks assessment, maps and preparedness, plans and actions.” (IANS)