Sunday 3 December 2023

MANUU VC Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan to inaugurate Bhopal Campus on Tuesday


Bhopal (02 December 2023): Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, the Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Hyderabad) is set to officially inaugurate its vibrant lush green Bhopal Campus here on Tuesday (05th December 2023), marking a significant milestone in the university's journey towards academic excellence.

Announcing it here today in front of local media, MANUU Regional Director (Bhopal) Prof. Mohd. Ahsan said the esteemed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, will preside over the inauguration ceremony. He expressed his deep appreciation for Vice Chancellor Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan who graciously took time from his busy schedule to formally inaugurate the Bhopal Campus.

“The Bhopal Campus, characterized by its expansive and lush green surroundings, is a testament to MANUU's commitment to providing a conducive environment for education and learning. This campus stands out as the first of its kind across the country, having been allocated a substantial piece of land for its comprehensive development,” Prof. Mohd. Ahsan said.

Prof. Mohd. Ahsan emphasized the immense potential of the campus, foreseeing it as a future center of excellence.

On this occasion, Mohd. Ahsan acknowledged the collective effort that went into the realization of the Bhopal Campus. He paid tribute to those who, through their tireless dedication, contributed to the success of this initiative. Some of these individuals are no longer with us, but their legacy lives on in the form of this new campus, a testament to the power of collaboration and commitment.

He said the Bhopal Campus inauguration represents a pivotal moment for MANUU, signaling a new era of educational advancement and community engagement. The institution looks forward to continuing its mission of providing quality education that empowers individuals and contributes to the progress of society.

The inauguration ceremony is expected to witness the presence of renowned personalities from Bhopal and various parts of the country. Their attendance underscores the importance of this event in the realm of education and community development.

Sunday 12 November 2023

Maulana Azad, a Bearer of Composite Culture and a Follower of Hindu-Muslim Unity: Prof. Noushad Husain


Bhopal (11 November 2023): Playing a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of the country, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of independent India, is known for his unwavering commitment to fostering a composite culture that celebrated the diversity of India.

“Maulana Azad was a bearer of composite culture and a staunch supporter of Hindu-Muslim unity. He firmly believed in the idea of unity between Hindus and Muslims, emphasizing the importance of communal harmony in the nation's fabric,” MANUU College of Teacher Education (Bhopal) Principal Prof. Noushad Hussain said here today.

While delivering his speech on the occasion of Azad Day, Prof. Noushad Husain motivated the students by narrating incidents from the life of Maulana Azad and exhorting them to follow in his footsteps. The birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is celebrated throughout India as Education Day.

Prof. Noushad Husain concluded his speech by repeating one of Maulana's sayings: “In the world, those who walk stumble, those who run fall, and those who sit down with their legs crossed do not even stumble.”

On this occasion, various academic, literary, cultural and sports programs were organized with great enthusiasm and fervor at the College of Teacher Education, Bhopal. Students of B.Ed., M.Ed. and Ph.D. participated in the week-long program with great enthusiasm.

The program included essay writing, debate, speech competition, quiz, bait bazi, drama, food fest and various sports. A rich tribute was paid to Maulana's efforts for education. In the concluding program of Maulana Azad Day, along with cultural programs, students with outstanding performance were awarded and honored to boost their morale.

Dr. Shabana Ashraf performed her duties as the Course Director for the organization of the program very well. The committee responsible for the academic, literary and cultural program formed various sub-committees for the successful organization of the program, which were headed by Dr. Talmeez Fatima Naqvi, Dr. Zaki Mumtaz, Dr. Bhanu Pratap Pritam, Dr. Sheikh Irfan Jamil, Dr. Tarnam Khan, Mr. Ahmed Hussain and Mr. Faheem Ahmed. Mr. Faheem Ahmed, the college's sports in-charge, inculcated the spirit and cheerfulness of a child player in the students through various sports. In the concluding session of the program, a symbolic Mushaira and folk songs of different states of India were presented, which was well-received by all the audience.

At the end of the program, vote of thanks was given by the convenor of the program, Dr. Talmeez Fatima Naqvi. 

Thursday 8 December 2022

No space for violence against women; people must stand against it: Prof. Noushad Husain

Bhopal, 08th December 2022: Flagging off a rally of students to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, MANUU College of Teacher Education (Bhopal) Principal Prof. Noushad Husain has categorically stated that there must be no space for violence against women and urged people to stand against this type of heinous crime against women.

“It is our duty to ensure security and overall empowerment at all levels for prevention of violence and discrimination against women,” Prof. Noushad Husain said while addressing the students.

He also called for taking a stand against this type of violence against women. He also highlighted the mental stigma associated with violence against women.

The rally was taken out at 11:30 am from the college campus to a primary school compound located at nearby village Shanti Nagar and it ended at the same place at college campus at 1 pm.

At the primary school compound, a Nukkad Natak was also performed in order to spread awareness among people about the elimination of violence against women. The Nukkad Natak was performed by B.Ed. students who contributed in raising a spotlight on the prevalent issue of women violence under the guidance of Dr. Naheed Jahan Siddiqui, an Assistant Professor (Performing Arts) at MANUU College of Teacher Education, Bhopal.

The “International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women” is being observed by Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad and its constituent colleges and its other institutions on 25th November 2022 which continued till 09th December 2022.

Saturday 26 November 2022

शासकीय यूनानी चिकित्सा महाविद्यालय में दो दिवसीय राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी का आयोजन

भोपाल (26 नवंबर 2022): हकीम सैय्यद ज़िया उल हसन शासकिय यूनानी चिकित्सा महाविद्यालय  में ‘‘Need of Safety Monitoring of Toxic Drugs used in Unani System of Medicine’’ विषय पर आज दो दिवसीय राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी का उद्घाटन समारोह महाविद्यालय के हकीम मोहम्मद आज़म खान सभागार मे आयोजित हुआ।

समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि डॉ॰ राज नारायण तिवारी, निदेशक आई सी एम आर, भोपाल ने यूनानी कॉलेज में इस नेशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस के आयोजन पर कॉलेज प्रबंधन को बधाई दी एवं उन्होने अपने सम्बोधन में इस बात पर ज़ोर दिया की आयुष पद्धति में प्रयोग होने वाली दवाओं के विषाक्त प्रभाव से जनता को अवगत कराना समय की महत्वपूर्ण आवष्यकता है उन्होने आगे इस बात पर ज़ोर दिया की जनता में सेल्फ मेडीकेशन के रुझान पर रोकथाम की अवयशकता हे। 

समारोह के विशिष्ट अतिथि डॉ॰ मोहम्मद खालिद, ड्रग कंट्रोलर यूनानी, आयुष विभाग, दिल्ली ने अपने सम्बोधन में कहा की जनमानस में और किसी हद तक यूनानी चिकित्सकों में पाया जाने वाला यह अहसास ग़लत है की यूनानी दवाओं में विषाक्त प्रभाव नहीं होता। वास्तविकता यह है यूनानी औषद्यों की गुणवत्ता और उनके रख रखाओ के सिद्धांतों की अनदेखी की जाए तो उसके न सिर्फ विपरीत प्रभाव पड़ने का खतरा होता हे बल्कि वो रोग को बढ़ाने का कारण भी बन सकती हे। 

समारोह के मुख्य संरक्षक श्री पंकज शर्मा, उप सचिव आयुष विभाग, मध्य प्रदेश ने दो दिवसीय राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी के आयोजन पर अपनी प्रस्न्न्ता व्यक्त की और महाविद्यालय प्रबंधन को बधाई देते हुए संगोष्ठी की सफलता के लिए अपनी शुभकामनायें व्यक्त की। 

समारोह के संरक्षक श्री माल सिंह भयडिया आयुक्त भोपाल संभाग ने भी महाविद्यालय प्रबंधन को संगोष्ठी के आयोजन पर बधाई दी और उन्होने विशेष रूप से इस बात पर ज़ोर दिया की प्रयास यह होना चाहिए की रोगों के उपचार के लिए दवाइयाँ मरीजों को कम से कम दी जाएँ। यह भी एक तरीका है जिससे हम रोगियों को दवाओं के विषाक्त प्रभाव से बचा सकते हें।   

 सचिव आयोजन समिति डॉ मोहम्मद नसीम खान ने समारोह के प्रारम्भ में मुख्य उद्बोधन दिया। कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता कर रही महाविद्यालय प्राचार्य प्रोफेसर महमूदा बेगम ने सभी अतिथिगण व देश भर से आए हुए प्रतिभागियों का स्वागत किया एवं कार्यक्रम की सफ़लता के लिए अपनी शुभकामनाये व्यक्त कीं।

कार्यक्रम का संचालन डॉ एहसान अहमद ने किया एवं अंत में डॉ सैय्यद अब्बास ज़ैदी ने सभी अतिथिगण एवं प्रतिभागियों का धन्यवाद व्यक्त किया।

Friday 11 November 2022

Maulama Azad a “Visionary”; Need to protect govt system of education, says Dhanaraju S, IAS


Bhopal (11th November 2022): Calling India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad a “visionary”, Madhya Pradesh Rajya Siksha Kendra Director Mr. Dhanaraju S (IAS) on Friday called upon the first-generation graduates to “protect, maintain and strengthen” the government education system across the country so that others would get education and work towards upliftment of their communities.

The Rajya Siksha Kendra Director stated that it was Maulana Azad, probably India’s longest serving education minister, was “a man of vision” who talked about universal education, girls’ education, vocational education, technical education, etc. almost 70 years ago. From 1947 till his death in 1958, Maulana Azad was India’s Education Minister.

He said it was Maulana Azad who had developed such a robust system of education across the country post India’s independence in 1947 which helped many (including me) become the first-generation graduates or leaners.

It is Maulana Azad who is credited with developing the modern system of education in the country which helps a number of pupils achieve their dreams, he said, adding “I am also the first-generation graduate and became an IAS officer; all because of this government system of education”.

“Thus, there is a great responsibility on the shoulders of first-generation literates/graduates. We must protect, maintain, and strengthen this (government) system of education so that others also receive education and contribute to the upliftment of backward, marginalized communities,” Mr. Dhanaraju stated.

He was addressing the august gathering at the “Azad Day / National Education Day Celebration” which was organized here today by the College of Teacher Education-Bhopal (a constituent college of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad) at its newly built lush green campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Noushad Husain, Principal, MANUU College of Teacher Education (Bhopal) lauded the efforts and initiative taken by Maulana Azad in the field of Education. He said it was Maulana Azad who is credited with setting up of various elite institutions, such as UGC, IITs, Sahitya Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, and National School of Drama in the country.

Prof. Mohammad Ahsan, Regional Director, MANUU said Maulana Azad had played a crucial role in India’s freedom movement and tried his best to avoid partition. During his entire life, Maulana Azad had worked for the unity of people and wished India’s independence with religious harmony, he added.

Mr. Nawab Raza, Chairman, Mahakaushal Group of Industries, and Prof. Mohammad Haleem Khan, Ex-Chairman, MP Madrasa Board were the guests of honour.

The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Abdul Raheem, a senior professor at MANUU College of Teacher Education-Bhopal.

The program was convened by Dr. Neeti Dutta. It concluded with the National Anthem.

Tuesday 15 March 2022

‘Introspection’ needed for promotion of Urdu medium education: Manoj Shrivastava (IAS)

Bhopal, 15 March 2022: Citing a survey wherein 98 percent government school teachers do not send their offspring to Urdu medium schools in the wake of lack of opportunities widely perceived, Manoj Kumar Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary (retired) to the government of Madhya Pradesh, has called for “introspection” for the promotion of Urdu medium education across the country.

“It is of no use crying for the promotion of Urdu language. The fact of the matter is that only 4.2 percent of family send their children to Urdu medium schools as per the Census 2011. We really need to introspect ourselves,” Mr. Shrivastava said here on Monday at the inaugural session of the two-day national seminar (14-15 March 2022) on ‘NEP 2020: Role of Urdu Medium Education in Achieving National Development Goals’.

The national seminar has been jointly organized by MANUU Regional Centre and College of Teacher Education-Bhopal. It has been sponsored by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education which was set up to promote, develop and propagate Urdu language across the country.  

Mr. Shrivastava quoted a survey conducted by the government of Karnataka wherein it was reported that 98 percent government school teachers do not send their children to Urdu medium schools.

Hailing from Bhopal, Mr. Shrivastava had received his early education in a Hindi medium government school. He categorically said that Hindi as well as Sanskrit languages are also facing the same situation as thus creates a space for the three languages – Urdu, Hindi & Sanskrit—to come together and make a common voice for their promotion.

Addressing the audiences comprising intellectuals, teacher educators, research scholars as well as students, Mr. Shrivastava urged the pupil, who receive their education in Urdu medium schools and colleges, to come out of this inferiority complex, realize their potentials, do hard work and achieve what they deserve for.

Talking about the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, he said what openings are there in the new policy need to be identified and then utilized to the maximum extent for the betterment of Urdu language and Urdu medium education.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Halim Khan, Ex-Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board, welcomed the National Education Policy 2020. He said Urdu language has huge potential which can contribute to the nation building. He said the new policy supports teaching 1-5 students through their mother tongue. “Now, it is our responsibility to provide quality education through Urdu medium. Students coming to Urdu medium schools are equally good; they only need orientation and grooming,” he opined.


Prof. Khan also lauded the efforts and contributions by Manoj Srivastava for the promotion of Urdu language, particularly for the allotment of land for College of Teacher Education, Bhopal.

In his welcome address, Prof. Ahsan, Convener of the National Seminar, expressed concern over the fact that nearly 50 percent primary schools in India do not have sufficient number of teachers which makes it difficult to achieve National Development Goals.

Prof. Ahsan said the university (Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad) has approved to set up two hostels of 300 beds– one for boys (150 beds) and the other for girls (150 beds) at the newly built campus of College of Teacher Education-Bhopal.

Chief guest Prof. A.R. Fatihi from Aligarh Muslim University, highlighted the importance of various aspects of language. Lauding the National Education Policy 2020, he stated that there is a need to honestly work and implement the provisions made in the new policy which can yield good results in the time to come.

The vote of thanks was given by Principal of MANUU College of Teacher Education-Bhopal Prof. Noushad Husain. He is also the Coordinator of the National Seminar. He stated that paper presentations will be done in both offline as well as online mode.

After the inaugural session of the national seminar was over, the first technical session started.  It was presided by Prof. Sajid Jamal from Aligarh Muslim University.

Indian monuments paintings were presented to the guests. The paintings were done by Mr. Saifuddin Ansari, Assistant Professor at MANUU College of Teacher Education, Bhopal. Prior to joining MANUU, he had displayed his artwork in Germany, China and Pakistan which were globally appreciated. The technical support was given by Mr. Shabbir Ahmed, Syed Md. Kahful Wara, and Dr. Tarannum Khan.

Monday 14 March 2022

National Seminar on ‘NEP 2020 and Role of Urdu Medium Education in Achieving National Development Goals’ begins on Monday

 Bhopal (14th March 2022): MANUU Regional Centre along with College of Teacher Education-Bhopal is going to organize a two-day national seminar on “NEP 2020 and Role of Urdu Medium Education in Achieving National Development Goals” during 14-15 March 2022.

The national seminar will be inaugurated by Mr. Manoj Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary (Retd.), Madhya Pradesh at 3 pm today at MANUU Regional Centre, Bhopal. During the national seminar, a number of research papers/articles will be presented by the participants from across the country.

Various experts, teacher educators, and research scholars representing various prestigious universities of the country will share their thoughts on how this New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is going to benefit Urdu language and Urdu medium education in the country.

Prof. M Halim Khan will be the guest of honour, and Prof. A. R. Fatihi will be the chief guest. The welcome address will be given by Prof. Mohammad Ahsan, Convener of the national seminar.

Coordinator and co-ordinator of the national seminar are Prof. Noushad Husain (Principal, MANUU College of Teacher Education, Bhopal), and Mohammad Sadat Khan (Assistant Regional Director, MANUU Regional Centre, Bhopal). The vote of thanks will be given by Mohammad Sadat Khan.

The national seminar is being sponsored by New Delhi-based National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education which was set up to promote, develop and propagate Urdu language across the country.  

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Ministry of Education notifies Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Programme

New Delhi (27 Oct 2021): Ministry of Education notifies the Four Year ITEP, a dual-major holistic bachelor’s degree offering B.A. B.Ed./ B. Sc. B. Ed. and B.Com. B.Ed. which is one of the major mandates of the National Education Policy 2020 related to Teacher Education.As per the NEP, 2020, teacher engagement from the year 2030 onwards will be only through ITEP.

It will be offered in pilot mode initially in about 50 selected multidisciplinary institutions across the country.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) under Ministry of Education has devised the curriculum of this course in such a way that it enables a student-teacher to get a degree in education as well as a specialised discipline such as history, mathematics, science, arts, economics, or commerce. ITEP will not only impart cutting-edge pedagogy, but will also establish a foundation in early childhood care and education (ECCE), foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN), inclusive education, and an understanding of India and its values/ethos/art/traditions, among others. The Year ITEP will be available for all students who choose teaching as a profession after secondary, by choice. This integrated course will benefit students since they will save one year by finishing it in four years rather than the customary five years required by the present B.Ed. plan. The commencement of Four Year ITEP will be from the academic session 2022-23. Admission for the same will be carried out by the National Testing Agency (NTA) through the National Common Entrance Test (NCET). This course will be offered by multidisciplinary institutions and will become as the minimal degree qualification for schoolteachers.

The Four Year ITEP is a milestone achievement in fulfilling one of the major mandates of National Education Policy 2020. The course will contribute substantially to the revitalization of the whole teacher education sector. The prospective teachers passing out of this course through a multi-disciplinary environment, grounded in Indian values and traditions will be instilled with the needs of 21st century on global standards, and hence will be largely helpful in shaping the future of New India.

Source: PIB

Thursday 23 September 2021

MANUU College of Teacher Education-Bhopal Turns Single-Use Plastic Free Campus

Bhopal, 09th September 2021: As part of India’s plan to eliminate single-use plastics from the country by 2022, College of Teacher Education-Bhopal (a constituent college of Maulana Azad National Urdu University) has pledged and taken an initiative to make its campus single-use plastic free.

“Plastic pollution is a worldwide issue, with single-use plastics at the forefront. We are committed to eliminate all single-use plastics from our day-do-day lives, particularly from our campus,” stated Prof. Noushad Husain, Principal, College of Teacher Education.

Earlier, the Ministry of Education brought to the notice of all central universities (dated 16th August 2021) that Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change had framed the comprehensive action plan for elimination of identified single use plastics and implementation of plastic management rules 2016 to eliminate single-use plastic.

As directed by Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad (02nd September 2021), College of Teacher Education-Bhopal has launched a slew of activities to eliminate single-use plastics from its campus. On this occasion, Prof. Noushad addressed the faculty members as well as other supporting staff.

In 2018, during the 45th World Environment Day celebrations, India took the pledge to eliminate all single-use plastics – carry bags, straws, and water bottles among others from the country by 2022.

“We need to work on providing easy to follow resources in order to reduce single-use plastic waste,” opined Prof. Noushad who floated several innovative ideas. He urged faculty members to inspire pre-service teachers to refuse to use single-use plastic.

On 09th September 2021, documentary film on plastic garbage was shown in Educational Technology (ET) Lab and the whole activities were conceptualized and executed by Dr. Neeti Dutta (Convener, Social & Cultural Committee) and her team members (Dr. Naheed Jahan Siddiqui and Mr. Saifuddin Ansari) in order to spread awareness, followed by a brainstorming session for minimizing and replacing plastic usage. During the brainstorming session, suggestions and innovation ideas were sought from the faculty members.

One of the innovative ideas came from Prof. Noushad who proposed to include an activity of making cloth bags by the pre-service teachers under the B.Ed. program which would be bought by faculty members and others in order to promote eco-friendly environment.


Further on 15th September 2021, workshop on making paper bags was held wherein all faculty members were provided with hands-on experience of how to make usable bags out of paper by Dr. Neeti Dutta. She also demonstrated how one can make cloth bags out of unusable clothes. In addition, she also led a team to dispose plastic items, thereby turning the Campus single-use Plastic Free.

Faculty members who actively participated in the activities were Prof. Abdul Raheem, Dr. Talmeez Fatma Naqvi, Dr. Khan Shahnaz Bano, Dr. Sakkeer V, Dr. Afaque Nadeem Khan, Dr. Rafeedali E, Dr. Jeena K G, Dr Jaki Mumtaj, Dr. Shabana Ashraf, Dr. Bhanu Pratap Pritam, Dr. Indrajeet Dutta, Dr. Shaikh Irfan Jamil, Mr. Shabbir Ahmed, Mr. Syed Md. Kahful Wara, Dr. Rubeena Khan, Ms. Abda Shabnam, Mrs. Tarannum Khan, Mr. Ahmad Husain, and Mr. Faheem Mohd. Khan.

Last but not least, special thanks to Mr. Syed Md. Kahful Wara and Mrs. Tarannum Khan along with ET Lab attendant Mr. Shabbir Ahmed for their technical support. 

Thursday 16 September 2021

Uniqueness of every child needs to be catered by teachers: Ms. Anita Karwal

With a view to strengthening foundational literacy and numeracy skills among learners, teachers need to have a mindset of a bit of change in order to cater to the uniqueness of every child, said Ms. Anita Karwal, Secretary (SE&L), Ministry of Education.

“Foundational literacy and numeracy are going to be driven only by teachers and the teachers will need to be having a mindset of a bit of change in their way they deliver education in the classroom and also the mindset of looking at the unique possibilities, the uniqueness of every child,” stated Ms. Karwal while chairing a webinar through virtual mode on 09th September 2021.


The webinar on “Foundational Literacy and Numeracy: A Pre-requisite to Learning and ECCE” is part of Shikshak Parv 2021 commencing from 5th September 2021 till 17th September 2021. The Shikshak Parv 2021 is being celebrated by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education. The theme for this year’s Shishak Parv has been decided keeping in view the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, as ‘Quality and Sustainable Schools: Learnings from the Schools in India’.  

Ms. Karwal opined that every child learns at its distinct place, and therefore different interventions are required to deal with them.  “In a classroom of 30-35-40-60 students, each and every child is different and the typical chalk and board pedagogy that we have is not going to be adequate,” she said, adding that in a very challenging pandemic situation where children may have devices or may not have devices. 

“It’s actually a very difficult situation which requires a lot of deliberations and that is the reason why today we have administrators, planners, and people who are experts at governance, speaking to us along with the experts who have developed the NIPUN Bharat developmental goals and learning outcomes,” she said. 

“We lay a lot of emphasis on the foundational aspects of learning what we have seen in the last National Achievement Survey 2017. There is a long journey ahead of us,” Ms. Karwal said.  

“We need 100 % of our children to be proficient in their learning outcomes … and that is what we are working towards with the help of National Mission of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy that is NIPUN Bharat (launched on 5th July this year),” she said. 

The Secretary said that in a country with 36 states/UTs where very few of us has managed to open schools at the foundational level, adding that twenty (20) odd states have opened schools partially in the country, and only three (03) states (such as Lakshadweep and Ladakh) have opened schools from Class 1 onwards. “The need to continue education through various formats and modes is very essential,” she said.

Now delivering foundational learning to children who have never seen school particularly the new entrants in class 1 last year who have now gone to class 2, and the entrants in class 1 this year who have never seen schools. “It’s actually one of the most challenging exercises that the teacher will be required to deliver. In the center of all this is the teacher,” she said. 

While explaining the NIPUN Bharat intervention, Mr. Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education, said that an enabling environment needs to be created to ensure universal acquisition of foundational literacy and numeracy so that by 2026-27 every child achieves the desired learning competencies in reading, writing and numeracy at the end of Grade III and not later than Grade V.


Explaining the developmental goals at the foundational stage, Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Director (I/C), NCERT, said the first goal is to provide experience for health and well-being, socio-emotional development, nutrition, hygienic practices, and safety. Key competencies of the first goal are awareness of self, development of positive self-concept, self-regulation, pro-social behavior, decision-making and problem solving, healthy habits, hygiene, sanitation and self-protection, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, gross motor skills, and participation in individual and team games and sports.

He stated that the second goal is to build the foundations of language and literacy, adding its key competencies are broadly categorized into—talking and listening, reading with comprehension, and writing with purpose.


Prof. Srivastava said the third goal is to build foundations of numeracy, and provide direct experience and interactions with the physical, social and natural environment. Key competencies of the third goal are sensory development, cognitive skills, concepts related to environment, concept formation, number sense, number operations, measurement, shape, and data handling.

Prof. Suniti Sanwal, Head, Department of Elementary Education, NCERT, said for holistic development of children, developmental goals at the foundational stage (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) is to develop competency among children that would ultimately bring learning outcomes.


Prof. Sanwal further explained that competency mainly consists of three components—knowledge, skills, and attitude. Development in all these three components of competency will bring learning outcomes (observable and measurable in nature) among children. These learning outcomes among children will enable transfer of knowledge in real life situations.

Speaking at the webinar, Dr. T S Joshi, Director, Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) quoted “Gijubhai Badheka” (1885-1939.) He was an educator who had helped to introduce Montessori education methods to India. He is referred to as "Moochhali Maa". 


Dr. Joshi connected the New Education Policy 2020 with the efforts and contributions of Gijubhai Badheka in the field of education.