Former NCERT Director conferred international award
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 00:10
New Delhi: Former NCERT Director J S Rajput was today conferred the 'Jan Amos Comenius Medal and Certificate' for exceptional achievements in the fields of educational research and innovation, five years after he was declared a recipient.

The award instituted jointly by the Czech Republic and UNESCO was announced in 2004 for Rajput, but was delayed after the HRD Ministry wrote to UNESCO, saying that certain inquiries were ordered against him.

Rajput's tenure as NCERT Director had come under controversy for alleged saffronisation of history books during the NDA regime.

However, the inquiry was subsequently dropped and the MHRD then wrote to the UNESCO to release the award.

Rajput was presented the award by Jan Krueter, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Czech Republic and Warren L Mellor, UNESCO Representative to India in the capital today.

After receiving the award, Rajput said it was a matter of satisfaction for him that the Supreme Court had upheld the National Curriculum Framework for School Education of 2002 and rejected contentions that it was against secular values.

Comenius was a Czech teacher, scientist, writer and educator. The award was instituted in 1992 on the occassion of the 400th anniversary of his birth.

It is granted to individual educators, scientists or to groups of educators after they are identified through National Commissions for UNESCO.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 00:10

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