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With the fast pace of expansion of the education system in the country, both at school and higher education stages, improving quality has come to occupy centre stage in educational development. Needless to say that teachers hold the key for success of any effort in this direction. Attention, therefore, has to be focussed
on the preparation of teachers and their working conditions in classrooms, schools and colleges, as also their continuous professional development, ensuring that best talent
in the count ry are made available to shape the future generations.

2. Hence, with a bove background, Government of India launches the Scheme; Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers & Teaching with an outlay of Rs. 900 crores
during XII Plan.

3. The Mission envisages to address comprehensively all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, Curriculum Design, Designing and Developing Assessment & Evaluation methodology, Research in Pedagogy and developing effective Pedagogy. This will be one of the major thrust areas of action of the Government. The Mission
would address, on the one hand, current and urgent issues such as supply of qualified teachers, attracting talent into teaching profession and raising the quality of teaching in schools and
colleges. On the other, it is also envisaged that the Mission would pursue long term goals of building a strong professional cadre of teachers by setting performance standards and creating top class institutional facilities for innovative teaching and professional development of teachers.

4. The Mission would focus on these goals in a holistic manner dealing with thewhole sector of education without fragmenting the programmes based on levels andsectors as school,
higher, technical etc. This is an umbrella scheme which will create synergies among the various ongoing initiatives on Teachers and Teaching under Ministry of HRD and other autonomous

5. The Mission would have following components:

(i) Schools of Education (in Central Universities) - 30

(ii) Centres of Excellence for Curriculum and Pedagogy- 50

(iii) Inter-University Centres for Teachers’ Education-2

(iv) National Resource Centre for Education-1

(v) Centres for Academic Leadership and Education Management-5

(vi) Innovations, Awards, Teaching Resource Grant, including Workshop & Seminar

(vii) Subject Networks for Curricular Renewal and Reforms


 BHU for permanent CISF deployment on campus

By Our Correspondent
To prevent a JNU like situation, the authorities of Banaras Hindu University have requested the Centre for permanent paramilitary deployment on its campus.

This was confirmed by the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Mr O.P. Singh said on March 7.

The request, according to the BHU Vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi was routed through Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the campus was huge and hosted a hospital and temple that draw crowds too big for the university's security to handle.

No higher education institution in the country had ever sought permanent paramilitary deployment although the Central University of Odisha, located in Maoist-affected Koraput, had requested the Odisha government last year for a police outpost on its campus.

In 2015, the University Grants Commission had advised all universities to set up police stations on their campuses for night patrol but backtracked after protests by teachers and students.

"We are still considering the request. The final decision lies with the government," Mr O.P. Singh said.

When asked why he sought help from central forces when policing was a state subject Tripathi, said : "Since BHU is a central government institution, I thought it proper to write to the Centre for central police. If the Centre wants, it can request the state government to provide state police."

Explaining the reason for the strange request the Vice-Chancellor explained that the BHU has a huge campus which is hard to monitor. Besides, Tripathi said, the 1,400-acre main campus has a museum that attracts hundreds of visitors. The other campus, called South Campus, is 2,769 acres in size. Of the 40,000-odd students enrolled in the university and IIT-BHU, some 24,000 including 9,000 girls stay in 90 hostels on the campus.

"There are nearly one lakh people on the campus at any time. We have nearly 800 private security guards but they lack the authority to take strong action against unruly crowds," he said.

Force to raise a Special Tactics Wing

Over a dozen vital installations, including an ISRO station in Port Blair and 10 airports, will soon be brought under armed CISF cover. Last year, the force provided security to the Bank Note Paper Mill India (P) Limited in Mysore, engaged in printing new currency notes, post the demonetisation announcement.

The force, tasked with securing civil airports and critical installations in the aerospace and nuclear sector, is also raising a Special Tactics Wing (STW) to impart enhanced combat training to its commandos.

In the private sector, the force will soon take charge of security at the Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai, which was approved by the government recently. The force, a senior official said, is considering around 50 requests from the private and public sector units for protection.


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