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HRD Ministry mulling close cooperation with UID Authority

The HRD Ministry is mulling close co-operation with the recently set up UID Authority. The HRD Ministry is keen on this as this will provide all school going children and teachers with a UID number, so that a countrywide monitoring of schooling and educational outcomes can be undertaken.  This was stated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, during the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament for the HRD Ministry held here yesterday. The subject of the meeting was, ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’.

The Ministry officials made a brief presentation on the salient features of the Act. These include , besides the right of a child to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till completion of elementary education, the consequent duties of the appropriate Government and Local Authority. It was also shown how the Act provides for minimum qualifications for teachers in elementary schools. The academic and infrastructure standards which schools are required to adhere to as per the Act were shown as was the requirement of the Constitution of school management committees.

Many members of Parliament gave their views regarding the Act. Most members,  while appreciative of this landmark initiative,  were of the view that the actual implementation of the Act will face challenges, especially in terms of monitoring and accountability, retention of poor students, teacher quality and absenteeism, ability of states to finance the implementation of the Act and adequate infrastructure. Shri D. Raja  called for the strengthening of the government school system and that  attempts must be made to build a common school system. Shri Mohammed Shafi suggested that states be categorized as per their requirements for RTE. While Shri Sucharu Ranjan Haldar and Shri Kabindra Purkayastha wanted to know how it will be ensured that children go to school, Smt. Vasanthi Stanley wanted clarity on the provisions for specially abled children. Shri Jagdanand Singh and Smt. Rama Devi  wanted the parents/guardians to be given the right to judge the teachers. Shri Prem Das Rai was for the RTE and UID schemes to be put together.  Shri Baija yanta “Jai” Panda wanted to know the timelines for the framing of rules and for the notification of the Act. Shri Lalji Tandon  stated that masses will need to be involved for successful implementation of the Act. Dr. Chinta Mohan expressed the concern that states would not have the finances of the scale required for the implementation of this Act. He also suggested that Gram Panchayats must have a say. Dr. (Smt ) Kapila Vatsyayan said that the schooling must not result in deculturisation or in parochialism and a balance needs to be created so that the children are locally rooted and globally relevant. Shri Jose K. Mani stressed upon the need for counseling in schools.

Shri Kapil Sibal assured the members that the people are very keen to get their children to school and there will be pressure from the public on the  appropriate governments to get the Right to Free and Compulsory Education for their children. He stated that with 93 percent of the schools in the country being government schools, the main  purpose of the Act is to improve the quality of the government school system. The Minister underlined that the provision in the Act of School Management Committees with 50% women would ensure  the schools’ monitoring and they would be accountable, besides monitoring being done through the proposed association with the UID. The Minister also explained that there were laid down norms for infrastructure, teacher qualification and student-teacher ratio in the Act,  which would ensure certain standards. As regards specially abled children, he said that the government’s policy is to encourage inclusive education. He said that to ensure children going to school, while there is a provision in the Act for the authorities to ensure and monitor admission of children in school, the civil society and stakeholders will have to come forward in a big way to help make this ‘National Mission’ a success. He said that the Act would be notified after the sharing pattern of the finances,  between the centre and the states, is decided by the government.

Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for HRD was also present in the meeting .Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Dr. Chinta Mohan, Shri Jose K. Mani, Shri Jagdanand Singh, Dr. Nirmal Khatri, Shri Ghanshyam Anuragi, Shri Ganeshrao Nagorao Dudhgaonkar, Shri Prem Das Rai, Shri Baijayanta “Jai” Panda, Shri Kabindra Purkayastha, Smt. Rama Devi, Shri Lalji Tandon,, Shri Sucharu Ranjan Haldar, Shri Ishwar Singh, Smt. Vasanthi Stanley, Shri Mohammed Shafi, Dr. (Smt )Kapila Vatsyayan and Shri D. Raja.

For DAVP Calendar 2010 is empowerment of women

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010

Ambika Soni, Minister of Information & Broadcasting today released the Government of India official calendar for 2010. The Theme of the calendar for the year 2010 is empowerment of women through flagship and other programmes of Government of India.

Each month deals with one programme of the government and tries to depict the role of women in it. The Calendar 2010 is unique in its design. It is based on digitally produced line drawings which are imbued with rich colors, along with theme of Tricolor which is continued in all the 12 pages. The Concept, theme and the Layout was developed inhouse by DAVP, while the line drawings were produced by noted Delhi based artist Shri Arya Praharaj.

The Month of January depicts the flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, which has been recently renamed after the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Month of February shows the importance of the role of women in the National Action Plan for Climatic Change. The Month of March focuses on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Female Literacy Mission. The National Food Security Mission is the theme for month of April. The month of May depicts the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission. The Month of June dwells on the issue of Right to Information. The month of July shows the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The month of August highlights “Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan” and participation of women in the democratic processes of the Panchayati Raj and other rural local bodies. The month of September shows the efforts towards Minority Welfare. The Mid Day Meal Scheme adorns the October page. The month of November depicts the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme. The month of December depicts the theme of “Celebrating India”- the joyful result of these and other programmes and also tries to underline the increasing participation of women in development of the Country.

Releasing the calendar 2010 the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting  Ambika Soni emphasised that ‘transparency, efficiency and level playing field’ are the guiding motto for working of DAVP. The Minister of State Sh.Choudhury Mohan Jatua was also present on the occasion. The Directorate of Advertisment and Visual Publicity brings out the official calendar for Government of India every year on a designated theme. The calendar is distributed to all Union Ministries, Members of Parliament and Central Government Offices of the country. It is also sent to State Governments, Indian Embassies abroad and Foreign Embassies in India.

For DAVP Calendar 2010 is empowerment of women

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010

Ambika Soni, Minister of Information & Broadcasting today released the Government of India official calendar for 2010. The Theme of the calendar for the year 2010 is empowerment of women through flagship and other programmes of Government of India.

Each month deals with one programme of the government and tries to depict the role of women in it. The Calendar 2010 is unique in its design. It is based on digitally produced line drawings which are imbued with rich colors, along with theme of Tricolor which is continued in all the 12 pages. The Concept, theme and the Layout was developed inhouse by DAVP, while the line drawings were produced by noted Delhi based artist Shri Arya Praharaj.

The Month of January depicts the flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, which has been recently renamed after the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Month of February shows the importance of the role of women in the National Action Plan for Climatic Change. The Month of March focuses on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Female Literacy Mission. The National Food Security Mission is the theme for month of April. The month of May depicts the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission. The Month of June dwells on the issue of Right to Information. The month of July shows the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The month of August highlights “Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan” and participation of women in the democratic processes of the Panchayati Raj and other rural local bodies. The month of September shows the efforts towards Minority Welfare. The Mid Day Meal Scheme adorns the October page. The month of November depicts the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme. The month of December depicts the theme of “Celebrating India”- the joyful result of these and other programmes and also tries to underline the increasing participation of women in development of the Country.

Releasing the calendar 2010 the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting  Ambika Soni emphasised that ‘transparency, efficiency and level playing field’ are the guiding motto for working of DAVP. The Minister of State Sh.Choudhury Mohan Jatua was also present on the occasion. The Directorate of Advertisment and Visual Publicity brings out the official calendar for Government of India every year on a designated theme. The calendar is distributed to all Union Ministries, Members of Parliament and Central Government Offices of the country. It is also sent to State Governments, Indian Embassies abroad and Foreign Embassies in India.

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The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni releasing the official calendar 2010, brought out by DAVP, in New Delhi on December 16, 2009.
The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Chowdhury Mohan Jatua, the Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Raghu Menon and other dignitaries are also seen.

For DAVP Calendar 2010 is empowerment of women

French Festival at the backdrop of Tajmahal in 2010

Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Narayanasamy has said that French Embassy has proposed to hold ‘French Festival in India’ next year and its inaugural ceremony at Agra in the backdrop of Taj Mahal near Mehtab Bagh.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, at the behest of Archaeological Survey of India, National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has conducted Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study. The recommendations made by NEERI pertain to management of environment issues that may arise if the event is organized. Important ones are: venue should not be used for cooking of food, only electrical heating of food may be permitted, flow of the river should be maintained to prevent foul smell, precautions should be taken to prevent dust becoming airborne, use of diesel and noise making devices should be controlled, grid power should be ensured to prevent use of DG sets (though these may be kept for emergency back up), low pressure sodium vapour lamps should be used for illumination along with electronic insect repellants, drinking water and sanitary facilities be provided for guests, no effluent discharge be allowed into the river etc.

He said, the clearance of the proposal requires prior approval of the Supreme Court of India and as such no time limit can be specified.

French Festival at the backdrop of Tajmahal in 2010

Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Narayanasamy has said that French Embassy has proposed to hold ‘French Festival in India’ next year and its inaugural ceremony at Agra in the backdrop of Taj Mahal near Mehtab Bagh.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, at the behest of Archaeological Survey of India, National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has conducted Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study. The recommendations made by NEERI pertain to management of environment issues that may arise if the event is organized. Important ones are: venue should not be used for cooking of food, only electrical heating of food may be permitted, flow of the river should be maintained to prevent foul smell, precautions should be taken to prevent dust becoming airborne, use of diesel and noise making devices should be controlled, grid power should be ensured to prevent use of DG sets (though these may be kept for emergency back up), low pressure sodium vapour lamps should be used for illumination along with electronic insect repellants, drinking water and sanitary facilities be provided for guests, no effluent discharge be allowed into the river etc.

He said, the clearance of the proposal requires prior approval of the Supreme Court of India and as such no time limit can be specified.

French Festival at the backdrop of Tajmahal in 2010

FUEL Tamil will be used for all major Linux based distributions

Fuel logoA two days workshop on the standardization of Tamil computing terminologies was organized on 12th -13th December 2009 at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),  Chennai under the FUEL project.  The  workshop aimed at the community review and standardization of frequently encountered computing terminologies in Tamil. FUEL Tamil Evaluation meet aimed at solving the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in computer software translations. This workshop was being hosted and sponsored by C-DAC, Chennai.

At this occasion several people and volunteers from different field discussed about the appropriate equivalent on 578 commonly appearing entries under FUEL list coming under popular applications people use in day to day life. Before the Tamil language FUEL already released this list in Hindi, Marathi and Maithili languages.

FUEL project is a community project initiated by Red Hat. It is hosted on FedoraHosted.Org. FUEL tries to provide a standardized and consistent computer interface for users. FUEL Tamil Evaluation meet was a concrete move towards the problem and after the meet, FUEL Tamil comes with the standard translation of entries in Tamil language. One of the major success of the meet was that Tamil community accepted it for Boss, Fedora, and Ubuntu distributions. They agreed that from translation purposes they will use it in the Tamil different applications.

FUEL Tamil will be used for all major Linux based distributions

Fuel logoA two days workshop on the standardization of Tamil computing terminologies was organized on 12th -13th December 2009 at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),  Chennai under the FUEL project.  The  workshop aimed at the community review and standardization of frequently encountered computing terminologies in Tamil. FUEL Tamil Evaluation meet aimed at solving the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in computer software translations. This workshop was being hosted and sponsored by C-DAC, Chennai.

At this occasion several people and volunteers from different field discussed about the appropriate equivalent on 578 commonly appearing entries under FUEL list coming under popular applications people use in day to day life. Before the Tamil language FUEL already released this list in Hindi, Marathi and Maithili languages.

FUEL project is a community project initiated by Red Hat. It is hosted on FedoraHosted.Org. FUEL tries to provide a standardized and consistent computer interface for users. FUEL Tamil Evaluation meet was a concrete move towards the problem and after the meet, FUEL Tamil comes with the standard translation of entries in Tamil language. One of the major success of the meet was that Tamil community accepted it for Boss, Fedora, and Ubuntu distributions. They agreed that from translation purposes they will use it in the Tamil different applications.

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