Hrushikesh Senapaty to be NCERT’s new director

Hrushikesh Senapaty to be NCERT's new director

NEW DELHI: More than a year after Pravin Sinclair was unceremoniously ousted as NCERT director, HRD ministry has finalized the name of Hrushikesh Senapaty as her likely replacement.

Senapaty is an old NCERT hand and currently principal of its Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal.

In a meeting of the search-cum-selection committee on August 24 headed by Md. Akhtar Siddiqui names of Senapaty and Anil Shukla were shortlisted. Shukla is professor in the department of education in Lucknow University. HRD sources said Senapaty has been preferred over Shukla because of his wide experience within the NCERT system. “He has never served in Delhi and is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the NCERT that is known for groupism and political affiliations of faculty members,” a ministry source said.

The search committee consisted of G C Tripathi, vice-chancellor, Banaras Hindu University, I K Bhat, director, NIT, Jaipur, Shyama Chona, former principal, DPS, RK Puram and M K Sridhar, professor, Canara Bank School of Management Studies (CBSMS) and member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

The immediate task, sources said, before Senapaty will be to accelerate the process of consultation on the proposed New Education Policy. NCERT has been tasked to take forward few crucial components of the NEP. He will also have to take a stock of the review of text books as well as formulate the new curriculum framework. The last curriculum framework was devised in 2005 for a decade.

An alumnus of BJB College, Bhubaneshwar and Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Senapaty did his doctorate from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and has been a Unesco fellow who worked on information and communication technology in education (ICTE).

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