16th International Seminar on Counter IED Strategy

16th International Seminar on Counter IED Strategy 
The National Security Guard (NSG) will conduct the 16th International Seminar on “Counter IED Strategy” on 10th & 11th February, 2016, at NSG Training Centre, Manesar, Gurgaon. The theme for the seminar is “National Counter IED Strategy”. The seminar provides a platform to the national and international experts of police and armed forces/law enforcement/ security/ intelligence/ forensic agencies and other allied organizations for exchange of expertise, ideas and experiences. This year, besides delegates from leading security agencies of India, experts from the US, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam will also be attending the seminar. 

The seminar will be conducted in two parts. Day one of the seminar will be held at the Headquarters of the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) located at NSG Campus, Manesar and delegates will be witnessing a demonstration of Post Blast Operations & Analysis, case studies & analysis of counter-terrorism strategy besides a visit to the NBDC. Day two of the seminar will be held at Manekshaw Auditorium, Delhi Cantt., wherein Shri RS Mooshahary, ex-Governor, Meghalaya and ex-DG, NSG and BSF will be the Chief Guest who will deliver the key note address after welcome address by the Director General, NSG, Shri RC Tayal. The Chief Guest will also unveil ‘Bomb Shell’ Magazine 2016 which contains details of various IED explosions that occurred in various parts of the world in the year 2015 besides articles by several experts. It is pertinent to mention that NBDC has been the pioneer in collection, collation and analysis of various IED incidents since it came into being in 1988 which in turn helps in discerning the modus operandi of different terrorist organizations which help in formulating strategies to effectively counter the activities of such groups. 
Union HRD Minister Chairs a Meeting on Teacher Education 
The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, chaired a meeting of State Education Minister and officials of State Governments on Teacher Education in New Delhi today.

Based on the deliberations, it was decided to constitute a Committee to suggest ways to institutionalize an internship of Teacher Education Programmes in Government Schools. The Committee includes State Education Secretaries of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Tripura and representatives of NCTE and KVS. The internship will be for duration of 20 weeks, at the end of which the school will provide feedback on the teaching aptitude of the trainees.

For the first time, an initiative has been taken by the Government to develop an accreditation / grading framework for Teacher Education Institutions so as to provide an idea of the quality of institutes. A Committee was constituted to develop the framework.

For the first time a mobile app is being developed in collaboration with MyGov, by the Ministry of HRD to enlist citizens who are willing to volunteer as teachers. Eighteen States expressed their willingness to participate in the first phase.

During April-May, 2016, a 2/3 days Workshop for Educational Administrators in Higher Education will be organized by the UGC in five regions across the country. Modules for these workshops will be developed by IIMs. These modules may be adopted by State Governments which can carry the process forward by organizing similar workshops.

It was also decided that NCERT will conduct a review of SCERTs and DIETs and prepare a roadmap for strengthening of these institutes. UGC will similarly undertake training of college principals.

All State Education Ministers were requested to prepare a state specific roadmap to address challenges in teacher education and find out solutions to deal with them. 

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