Volume 3 Issue 3 - February 01, 2005

NCPEDP part of ‘Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’ Executive Committee

DNIS News Network – In a welcome move, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to include a respresentative from the disability sector in the Executive Committee of the National Mission. It nominated Javed Abidi, Executive Director, NCPEDP in December 2004.

Disabled people constitute 5 per cent of the population of the country. According to Government of India’s statistics, only 2 per cent of disabled children receive education of any kind. If ‘Education for All’ has to be achieved, it is extremely crucial to address the education of disabled people in a very serious and concerted manner.

The National Mission for Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan (SSA) was constituted in 2001 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and was vested with full executive and financial powers to function as the nodal body for all matters relating to elementary education.

The Mission has a governing council with the Prime Minister of India as Chairman and Minister of Human Resource Development as its Vice Chairman. The governing council includes Ministers of the ministries including Finance, Women and Child Development and Social Justice; six political leaders of main national political parties; three Members of Parliament; six Education Ministers of States; six representatives of teachers and teachers’ unions; five persons from among educationists, scientists, etc.; six persons from NGOs working in the field of education; three persons from women organisations and three persons working among SC / ST in the field of elementary education.

Other prominent members of Executive Committee include NCERT, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, National Council of Teachers Education, National Literacy Mission, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Planning Commission, Elected secretaries of four states (Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh) and seven non-official members comprising teachers, NGO representatives and educationists.

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