Capacity building




Capacity building by NDRF on Rahgiri Day 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has organised a “Community Capacity Building Programme” today at Dwarka Sector-6 and Connaught Place, New Delhi to make people aware about the safety measures to be adopted by them in the before, during and after phases of the various types of disasters.
To showcase its capabilities as well as to educate the masses in the field of disaster response, NDRF teams have organised a Canine show and demonstrated ‘Pre-Hospital Treatment’ skills to stablise the disaster victims by the Medical First Responder in the aftermath of any disaster.

 These demonstrations were followed by the exhibition of the state-of-the-art equipment related to the Medical First Response, Aquatic Disaster Response, Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) and CBRN emergencies which are invariably used by NDRF during various Search and Rescue operations. The visitors were made aware about the use of these equipment. 

Besides, to generate awareness among the masses, lecture on Do’s and Don’ts to be adhered to upon occurrence of any type of disaster and distribution of pamphlets was also carried out during the programme. Senior officers of NDRF were present to supervise the programme. More than 4000 persons attended the programme organised by NDRF at various places of Delhi. 

In order to make India a disaster resilient Nation, NDRF is continuously engaged to carry out community awareness programme since its inception. Organisation of such programme in regular interval shall prove very instrumental in making society resilient towards various types of disasters. 

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Smt Smriti Irani Attends The 19th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers Aat Nassau, The Bahamas 


India to Set Up Malviya Commonwealth Chair for Cross Border Teacher Education, Announces Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani

Opportune Time for Commonwealth Countries to Work Towards Rationalizing Methods for Inclusive and Qualitative Expansion of Education in Respective Countries, Says Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani


The 19th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers was held at Nassau, the Bahamas from June 22 to 26, 2015. The Conference which deliberated upon Quality Education for Equitable Development was attended by the education ministers of 38 Commonwealth countries. The Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani led the Indian delegation which comprised Chairman UGC, Chairman NIOS and JS School Education and Literacy, MHRD.

The Conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Mr. Perry Gladstone Christie. The plenary sessions were chaired by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Bahamas Mr. Jerome K. Fitzgerald.

While responding to the issue paper on Quality Education for Equitable Development: Performance, Paths, Productivity  the Union Minister Smt. Smriti Irani said that there could be no more opportune time than now that the Commonwealth countries work towards a more coordinated and holistic approach towards rationalizing methods and processes for inclusive and qualitative expansion of education in the respective countries. She underlined the significance of creating common platforms for deliberations on issues of mutual concerns so that issues like expansion, equity and excellence could be addressed in an integrated perspective. She also observed that a key measure of inclusive education would require significant increase in skill development initiatives to meet the emerging human resource requirements.

During her interventions the Union Minister observed that access to educational opportunities continues to bear the stamp of multiple dimensions of inequality that characterize our society: the challenges of world communities and having regard to that she called upon the Commonwealth countries to deliberate on this important subject. While reflecting on the issue of quality she said that the concern of quality in education would remain the centre stage of deliberations of each country of the Commonwealth as a key parameter for sustainable development and therefore there is a need to create a platform to share both the resources and the best practices.

The Union Human Resource Development Minister has made five major offers which were readily embraced by all the participating countries. She announced that India would set up The Malviya Commonwealth Chair for Cross Border Teacher Education which will focus on issues pertaining to curriculum development, pedagogy, student assessment, pre-service and in-service teacher training and capacity development. She also proposed to set up a Commonwealth Consortium for Research which can function in collaboration with the Commonwealth Education hub and provide cross funding for research projects which member nations deem appropriate. She also announced that India would provide its e-Learning platform SWAYAM to host e-courseware developed by Commonwealth of Learning. In addition she also proposed that India would post digitized materials of Commonwealth countries on its soon-to-be established national e-Library.  Her contention about strengthening of public institutions to bring about qualitative improvements in education at all levels was greatly appreciated by the member countries. These specific announcements of the Union Minister became the part of Nassau Declaration which was unanimously adopted by the member countries.

India's active participation was greatly appreciated by the member countries as also by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth as well as by the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning. The Commonwealth Secretary General Mr. Kamlesh Sharma commended India for its generosity in coming forward with innovative ideas and practical financial support for increased Commonwealth collaboration on teacher education and research. He said that "the establishment of the Malviya Commonwealth Chair and the Commonwealth Consortium of Research are immensely valuable. They were warmly welcomed by Ministers as demonstrating India's deep and continuing commitment to the Commonwealth of which it is a founding member."

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Prime Minister’s Varanasi visit Cancelled due to Heavy Rains Programme Postponed in view of Inconvenience to Public - Piyush Goyal 

The Prime Minister’s visit of Varanasi has been cancelled due to heavy rains since morning. He was to inaugurate Trauma centre in BHU and launch the prestigious ‘Integrated Power Development Scheme’ (IPDS) of Power Ministry in Varanasi today. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) of Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy told in a Press Conference at Varanasi today afternoon that the programme has been postponed in view of the inconveinence to the public due to continuous rains since morning. He told that the new date for the launch of IPDS will be decided shortly in consultation with the meteorological department. 

He further added that the ‘IPDS’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Power, Government of India for urban areas in all States and Union Territories for strengthening of power sub-transmission and distribution network, 100% metering at feeders/distribution transformer/consumers and for IT enablement of distribution sector.The Government of India is extending a total budgetary support of Rs.45, 800 crore for implementation of this scheme. 

Projects worth Rs 3,268 crore, covering 247 towns have been sanctioned so far under IPDS of which projects worth Rs.1067 crore for 23 circles covering 91 towns have been sanctioned for UP. This includes Rs. 432 crores for Kashi Area (8 km x 2 km) & Rs. 140 crore for balance Varanasi Town. Shri Goyal said that in this project the share of the Centre will be 60% and of the States 10% where as loan by PSU’s of the ministry 30%. If the States comply with certain norms fixed by the Govt of India then the Centre shares will rise to 75%. In case of J&K and NE States the Centre share will be 90% and States 5% and loan by PSU’s 5%. 

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