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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 01:43:44 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi: Along with the Ministry of Human and Resource Development and various state governments in the country, educational institutions at all levels across the country will celebrate November 11 as the 'National Education Day', commemorating the birthday of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and the first Union Minister of Education of independent India.


Seminars, symposia, essay-writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies with banner cards and slogans on the importance of literacy and nation's commitment to all aspects of education will be organized in educational institutions across the country on the National Education Day.


As India's Education Minister, Azad oversaw the establishment of a national education system with free primary education and modern institutions of higher education.


He is also credited with the foundation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), an important institution to supervise and advance higher education in the nation.


Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is also all set to celebrate the National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and Independent India's first education minister.


"As education minister, Azad oversaw the establishment of a national education system with free primary education and modern institutions of higher education. Bihar, in fact, became the first state in the country to initiate a move to celebrate Education Day in his memory in 2007. Later, in 2008, government of India also decided to observe November 11 as National Education Day," said HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh.


The Ministry of Human Resource Development, had on September 11, 2008 announced, "The Ministry has decided to commemorate the birthday of this great son of India by recalling his contribution to the cause of education in India. November 11 every year, from 2008 onwards, will be celebrated as the National Education Day, without declaring it a holiday".


The Ministry's announcement further said, "The focus of activities on the 'National Education Day' would be on the various initiatives taken under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA); in setting up model schools in secondary education; on the various initiatives taken in higher secondary education; and in vocational and higher education sectors by the Central Government on its own; and in partnership with state governments, as well as through private public partnership".


"These initiatives would be projected in association with various industry bodies, whose fullest cooperation also would be sought in the development of human resources in the country", it added.


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also asked all its affiliated schools to celebrate the day in a befitting manner by organizing various activities like seminars, symposia, essay writing, elocution competitions etc.


The state HRD has acquired 800 sq feet area at Gandhi Maidan and four pavalions have been constructed where various cultural programmes, including sports, quiz and slogans on importance of literacy and state's commitment to education will be held. The entire event will showcase the "Mukhyamantri Akshar Anchal Yojana", a scheme which aims to make 40,00,000 women literate. This apart, the main focus of the programme will be on women empowerment and literacy, said HRD sources.

Apart from the HRD department, the Bihar Education Project (BEP) has also organized several programmes for the education day at the same venue focussing on girls education, said Ravi Shankar Sinha, programme officer, BEP.

For the first time cultural programmes will be presented and announcements will be made at the pavalions in five regional languages-Maithili, Bhojpuri, Angika, Vajjika and Magahi.


Chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Modi will jointly inaugurate the function on Wednesday, while governor Devanand Konwar will conclude the ceremony on Thursday.

Altogther 16 students of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), who have made it to IIT-JEE, would be awarded the Bihar Guarav Samman, said HRD minister Hari Narayan Singh.

It may be mentioned here that Maulana Azad is also credited with the foundation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), an important institution to supervise and advance higher education in the country.






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