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PIB Daily – 22nd August 2019 – IASToppers

NISHTHA, National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement; She Taxi;
By IASToppers
August 22, 2019

Contents

Government Schemes & Policies

  • Kerala Cabinet approves appointment of women drivers for Govt, PSU vehicles

Issues related to Health & Education

  • Union HRD Minister launches NISHTHA to build capacities of 42 Lakh government teachers
 
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Government Schemes & Policies

Kerala Cabinet approves appointment of women drivers for Govt, PSU vehicles

The proposal by the social justice department of the Kerala government to appoint women drivers in all government departments and Public Sector Undertaking has been approved by the cabinet.

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ABOUT THE KERAL’S MOVE TO APPOINT WOMEN DRIVERS

  • Kerala government has approved a proposal to frame a new law for the appointment of women as drivers in State Public Sector Undertakings and various departments of the Kerala Government.
  • The decision is part of state government’s plan to ensure gender equality in all sectors of the society.
  • This is for the first time when any state government decided to allow women to drive government vehicles, however, women in Kerala drive auto-rickshaws, taxi, private buses and ambulances.

OBJECTIVE OF THE MOVE

  • To remove the disparities in the society and to demonstrate that women can undertake any work traditionally meant to be in the domain of men.
  • To moving towards a gender neutral society.

ABOUT SHE TAXI

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  • She-Taxi’ was launched by the Kerala government on November 2013 to provide self-employment opportunities to women.
  • It also ensures safe and convenient transportation facilities to the women passengers.
  • This initiative bagged the Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy in 2014.
  • It was initiated by Gender Park, an autonomous institution promoted by the Department of Social Justice, Government of Kerala.
  • However, it did not receive much success due to the lack of an online system for booking is as one of the reason for its decline. 
  • In 2018, it was taken up by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC).

OTHER DECISIONS BY KERALA GOVERNMENT

  • The Kerala government has recently formed the Department of Women and Children.
  • The government recently set up the first women battalion with 550 members in it to increase the representation of women in the police force.
  • The cabinet has also decided to appoint 83 national sports awardees in different government departments.
[Ref: PIB]

 

Issues related to Health & Education

Union HRD Minister launches NISHTHA to build capacities of 42 Lakh government teachers

Union Human Resource Development Minister launched the National Mission to improve Learning Outcomes at the Elementary level- NISHTHA, National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement.

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ABOUT THE NISHTHA:

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  • It is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • Under this programme, standardized training modules will be developed at national level for all States and UTs.
  • It is the largest teachers’ training programme of its kind in the world
  • The features of this programme are activity based modules including educational games, Social-emotional learning, motivational interactions, team building, preparation for school based assessment, in-built continuous feedback mechanism etc.

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  • The training will be conducted directly by key resource persons (KRPs) and state resource persons (SRPs) chosen by the state and UTs, who will in turn be trained by persons from the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and NGOs.

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  • A Mobile App and Learning Management System (LMS) based on MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) have been developed by NCERT for registration of Teachers, dissemination of resources, training gap and impact analysis etc.

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OBJECTIVE

  • To build the capacities of around 42 lakh participants covering all teachers and Heads of Schools at the elementary level in all Government schools, faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) as well as Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators.
  • To develop teacher’s skills on various aspects related to Learning Outcomes, Competency Based Learning, School Leadership qualities Pre-vocational Education, eco club, youth club, kitchen garden etc.

NEED

  • It was observed that the expectation from teachers in the present day is different and includes many new attributes.
  • Teachers today are also expected to be aware of the provisions regarding gender, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
[Ref: PIB, Live Mint]

 

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