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Central government to launch a Rashritya Avishkar Abhiyan

Education News“Next year, we hope to roll out the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, which is a national innovation experience or initiative on behalf of the government of India so that in primary and secondary education, we can inculcate a desire for enquiry-based learning and a desire to possibly oscillate towards the fields of mathematics and science as a profession and not only something you pursue as part of your academics,” Irani said at the FICCI higher education summit (HES) 2014. To pre-empt brain drain, she added, “The government of India seeks to find the money so that ideas don’t leave our shores.”

She spoke about other initiatives, such as the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan involving the IITS, IIMs and central universities to work for rural uplift. At the summit, Greg Clark, minister of state for universities, science and cities, UK, announced the launch of the Generation UK-India programme under which more than 25,000 young UK aspirants are going to become teaching assistants in Indian schools and learn about the country through cultural immersion courses.

In a discussion on day two, Supriya Chaudhuri, professor emeritus, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, said that under project E-Qual, the institution along with the University of Hyderabad, Ambedkar University -Delhi, Shiv Nadar University, King’s College, London and the University of Bologna, Italy, are designing courses in human ecology, critical thinking, design courses, n these courses to etc. “Working on these courses together is breaking the traditional system of rigid instructional practices. Technology has come in a big way and we would like to use it to go beyond traditional structures. These courses will cater to universities in India and Europe and will be taught through blended learning.” Before the HES, FICCI and the Central Square Foundation launched a report on the role corporate philanthropy could play in promoting quality school education

Source: The Times of India

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