Govt approves establishment of UNESCO institute

The government on Tuesday cleared a proposal for setting up the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainability Development, a UNESCO institute, here.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 19:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday cleared a
proposal for setting up the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of
Education for Peace and Sustainability Development, a UNESCO
institute, here.

It will put India in the category of select countries
with a category I institute of UNESCO. The institute`s
establishment was recommended by UNESCO`s executive board at
its 182nd session in September 2009 and approved by the 35th
session of the General Conference of UNESCO in October 2009.
The Union Cabinet today approved the UNESCO`s
recommendation in this regard. It will be set up at a cost of
Rs 223.68 crore over a period of seven years.

Currently, there are 11 category I institute of UNESCO
in the world, out of which nine are located in the developed
countries while the remaining two are in developing countries
namely, Ethiopia and Venezuela.

"Further the development will serve as a platform for
India to emerge as a global leader from the Asia-Pacific
region in the areas of education for peace and sustainable
development," a government statement said.

The institute will be managed through an operational
agreement between UNESCO and India, and will be administered
by a 12-member governing board to approve programme and budget
of the institute and give policy directions.

The governing board shall be assisted by a four-member
executive committee including the chairperson, the statement
said.
The institute will, among its other activities, strive
to contribute to the peace education and sustainable
development-related research and capacity building needs of
member states with focus on the Asia and the Pacific region,
it added.

PTI