Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed the new director for National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT). Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, an alumnus of BJB College, Bhubaneswar and Ravenshaw College, Cuttak has been appointed at the post of director.
Following a marathon process, HRD Ministry finalized the name of Dr. Senapaty. Senapaty is currently functioning as Principal at NCERT’s Regional Institute of Education in Bhopal. Senapty has done his doctorate from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and has been a UNSECO fellow for working on information and communication technology in education (ICTE).
HRD Ministry constituted a search-cum-selection committee to shortlist the best candidate for the post, the final shortlisting among the deserving candidates was done in a meeting held on 24 August. Md. Akhrar Siddiqui headed the committee while other members include G C Tripathi, vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, I K Bhat, director of NIT Jaipur, Shyama Chona, former principal of DPS, RK Puram, New Delhi and M K Sridhar, Professor, Canara Bank School of Management Studies (CBSMS) and member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission.
The Committee shortlisted the names of Hrushikesh Senapaty and Anil Shukla. The sources confirmed that Dr. Senapaty was preferred for the post considering his seniority and vast experience within the NCERT system. Prof. Shukla is currently associated with Lucknow University. One source mentioned, “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.”
Hrushikesh Senapaty would take over the office which has been left emptied for almost one year after the resignation of Pravin Sinclair in October last year. Prof Pravin Sinclair was alleged for misusing the powers vested in her and hence was disassociated from the post in the middle of her tenure after the intervention of HRD Ministry.
Hrushikesh Senapaty has the new mission in respect of accelerating the process of consultation over the new education policy which is supposed to be rolled out this year. NCERT has been rendered the task to forward crucial suggestion for the new education policy. He will also have to take a stock of the review of text books as well as formulate the new curriculum framework which was last modified in 2005.