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     New Delhi, September 01, 2023: NCERT has been given the status of a Deemed-to-be-University, Union Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan today said while attending the 63rd Foundation Day Celebration of NCERT here.

      The Minister also inaugurated a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory of the CIET on the occasion.

     Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan informed that NCERT has been given the status of a Deemed-to-be-University. NCERT has established a formidable presence in research, actively shaped school education, teacher training, and adult literacy.

      NCERT on becoming a research university will offer opportunities for global collaborations and contributions to the global educational landscape, Minister Pradhan said.

      Jadui Pitara- a play-based learning-teaching material tailored for children between the age group of 3-8 years developed by NCERT will come up as an instrument of change that will benefit 10 crore children of the country, he stressed.

     Pradhan also emphasised developing content in mother tongue. He suggested setting up Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence labs in all 7 regional centres of NCERT.

      To make India the global hub of research and innovation these centres should be equipped with the latest technologies from around the world with future-ready infrastructure, he added.

     He also urged NCERT to standardise the Teachers’ training curriculum to NCERT in its ECCE.

     Pradhan also mentioned that children of the country should be ready for the Industrial Revolution 4.0. He suggested developing small booklets on varied subjects that will provide the facts on the subjects like India’s COVID-19 management, Chandrayaan 3, etc. The new generations must be taught of the latest developments as well as Indian values and ethos, he emphasized.

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