January 30, 2012

Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development launched a Web Journal – “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators”, here today. Also present were Secretary School Education and Literacy, Smt. Anshu Vaish and other senior officers. The Department of School Education and Literacy (MHRD) has initiated a new project for revamping Teacher education. The Teacher Education Bureau of the MHRD, had two meetings at Calcutta and New Delhi, covering all the states to create awareness about the revised TE project, where the states came up with the idea that they should have a Teacher Education Journal for highlighting the activities as well as innovations going on in the field of Teacher Education and other developments such as the new scheme for Teacher Education. The professionals present there from TISS;Jamia Millia Islamia; Vidya Bhawan Society and Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, took up the responsibility, for the same, to bring out four quarterly issues. The first web based issue has been brought out. It contains articles on Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (IASEs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs); State Curriculum Reforms; Professional Development of Teachers in the States; Issues around DIETs; Teacher Training Management system in UP as well as the revised Government of India Scheme for revamping Teacher Education. The Journal “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators” is an in house professional effort of the teacher educators. The inaugural web based issue was edited by Prof Janaki Rajan from Jamia Millia Islamia and Dr Hriday Kant Dewan from theVidya Bhawan Society. The next issue will be edited by the professionals from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Thereafter it will be brought out on a quarterly basis by the experts from Jamia Millia Islamia; TISS; Vidya Bhawan Society and AzimPremji Foundation. The Teacher Education Bureau has prepared a comprehensive website:www.teindia.nic.in for creating greater awareness on the issue of teacher education and to facilitate the effective implementation of the scheme. The site provides detailed guidelines about the scheme; all reports on teacher education; review of the teacher education projects as well as research reports on the same. It has all the Acts and Regulations on Teacher Education. In addition there is detailed information on National Curriculum Framework 2005 as well as theNational Curriculum Framework 2009 and Model Curriculum for D.El. Ed; B. Ed; M.Ed studies, to guide the states in implementing the scheme. There is detailed information on the revised teacher Education Scheme and what the states are expected to do to effectively implement the same. Source : PIB dtd 30/01/2012

Central Consumer Protection Council  (CCPC), the apex body in the area of consumer protection will meet here tomorrow to review consumer protection measures and activities in the country.  The meeting to be chaired by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution will be attended by  ministers incharge of consumer affairs from the States (two each from five regions in the country), Members of Parliament, Administrators of Union Territories , representatives of Central Government, consumer organizations and consumer activists.
            In its day-long meeting, the CCPC will discuss following –

-         Consumer right to be protected against the marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property;
-         The right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods or services, as the case may be so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices;
-         The right to be assured, wherever possible, access to a variety of goods and services at competitive prices;
-         The right to be heard and to be assured that consumer’s interests will receive due consideration at appropriate Fora;
-         The right to seek redressal against unfair trade practices or restrictive trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers; and
-         The right to consumer education.
The Consumer Protection Act enumerates for formulation of Consumer Protection Councils at the Central, State and District Levels with an objective to protect the rights and interests of the consumers. The Consumer Protection Councils guide the establishment in framing the rules and regulations for better protection of consumers.

Source : PIB dtd 30/01/2012

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