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Working On Proposal For Museum For India’s Educational History, Tradition: Prakash Javadekar

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On the new campus of the National Museum Institute, the HRD minister said it would be an impetus to quality education in the field and the museum will also be worth visiting.

The government is working on a proposal for a museum that would depict India’s educational history and tradition that go thousands of years back, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Wednesday. The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister said the government was working on a policy to bring a change in the nomenclature of “deemed universities” to get rid of the word “deemed”.

“Museums and memorials will also become important for invoking pride in our history, tradition and heritage. They are also a major part of our success,” Mr. Javadekar said.

“It is 10,000 years of history. How did people study earlier and how we progressed later. There was a time when universities of Nalanda, Takshashila and other Indian institutes were in the position where American universities are today, attracting students from all over the world. Earlier, India was the destination and students would come here for knowledge. This is our heritage,” he said.

The HRD minister made the remarks during the inauguration of the new building of the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology in Noida in presence of Union Culture Minister (independent charge) Mahesh Sharma.

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“During years of freedom movement, leaders such as (Bal Gangadhar) Tilak and (Madan Mohan) Malviya opened colleges and schools so that by the time the country achieved freedom, people should be prepared with education,” he said. “We have such huge, rich history of education, so we are also working on a proposal that national museum of educational history should also be made and India should be proud of its educational tradition,” he said.

Prakash Javadekar, who turned 68 on Wednesday, said in Narendra Modi, the country has for the first time got a prime minister who is interested in working for the heritage and assets of the land. “This is the first time that we have got a prime minister who is passionate about heritage and assets and intends that the people should take inspiration from it and work for the betterment of society,” he said.

The minister said several museums and memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar, Sardar Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, the 1857 uprising, Jallianwala Bagh incident, have been made by the present government, while some such as the War Memorial and a Police Memorial are under-construction.

“New technologies have been used along with heritage works and assets in these museums. This not only enriches people’s knowledge but also fills them with a deep respect for our history,” Prakash Javadekar said.

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Mr. Javadekar exhorted people to engage with art, culture, nature and history and not only run after money. “Only earning money and spending it is not life. The meaning of life is realised when engaged with books, art, culture, and nature. This is a meaningful life because if you don’t read books, don’t visit museums, or zoo or engage with nature, that life is incomplete,” Prakash Javadekar said.

“There have been debates and discussions on whether or not to write “deemed to be university”. There are legal aspects involved. But soon we will have a policy to make sure that a university is called university. We will work for that and come out with a solution,” he said.

On the new campus of the National Museum Institute, the HRD minister said it would be an impetus to quality education in the field and the museum will also be worth visiting.

“History of Art, Conservation and Museology are important subjects dealing with the understanding of history and heritage and about conservation and maintenance of heritage and artifacts. There is a demanding world over of people skilled in these fields,” Prakash Javadekar said.

At present, there are 250 students in the institute and the number is likely to double up in the near future, he said, adding that some new courses will also be introduced here and the institute would be imparting knowledge on conserving the country’s heritage.

(Source – NDTV)

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Foundation Stone Laid For Central University Of Himachal Pradesh

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The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday jointly laid the foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district. Mr Javadekar said the university would open new vistas of development in the area, besides providing quality higher education.

He said the Central government would provide all possible help to ensure that the university campus is completed soon.

The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

He said the Union government was committed to provide digital boards in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Central University of Himachal Pradesh would have two campuses — Dehra and Dharamsala, both in Kangra district.

He said the first campus, to be spread over 750 hectares, would be at Jadrangal near Dharamsala. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

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Mr Thakur said about Rs. 1,300 crore would be spent on the construction of both these campuses that would be completed in three years.

He said the state was committed to provide quality education. For this, Rs.7,044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs. 7,600 crore has been made for the next fiscal.

(Source NDTV)

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Law Teachers Seek Permission To Practice In Courts

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Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

The executive committee of a consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

(NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

Also, the committee resolved that the issue would be taken up with the Bar Council of India seeking an amendment to its Rule 49 which prohibits full-time salaried employees from practicing in courts.

The committee said that not allowing law teachers to practice in the courts of law was ‘harming’ the legal system as law teachers are as important stakeholders in the system as lawyers and judges and can contribute meaningfully to the legal system, the press release said.

Besides, the committee said that as the country badly needs litigation lawyers and also needs to bridge the gap between law in books and law in action, it is necessary that the teachers should themselves go to the court along with the students.

Vice-chancellor of Nalsar varsity and president of the consortium of NLUs professor Faizan Mustafa said the executive committee resolved that in case law teachers are not permitted to practice, a non-practicing allowance of 25 percent at par with medical doctors should be paid, according to the release.

Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

(Source NDTV)

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9 Lakh Classrooms To Have Digital Blackboards By 2022: Prakash Javadekar

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He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Wednesday launched Operation Digital Blackboard, under which nine lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country will be equipped with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

“Some 60-70 years back there was an ‘Operation Blackboard‘ because that was the need of the hour then. But the country has progressed over the years, and now we need an Operation Digital Blackboard,” Mr Javadekar said during the launch.

Last year, the ministry had formed a committee under Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras to look into the need of digital blackboards in schools/colleges.

Emphasising the need for digital modes of education to improve the quality of education, Mr Javadekar said that the committee assessed a requirement for seven lakh digital blackboards in classes 9-12, and two lakh for classes in higher education institutions.

He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

(Source NDTV)

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