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India to contribute in Unesco’s portal listing recognised institutes
07 Apr 2011

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has launched a web portal that will list regonised higher education institutions from different countries in the world. The move comes in wake of increasing number of fake institutions across the world. India will also contribute by providing a list of recognized higher education institutes in the country.

The portal is an initiative that seeks to prevent students from choosing fake institutions and provide accurate information on quality assurance systems in higher education in different countries.

Altogether 38 countries, including the US, the UK and Australia, have supplied lists of their genuine institutions to Unesco.

C.R. Valsala Hariharan, deputy secretary in the human resource development ministry, said, “The Unesco portal on higher education aims to provide students and other interested parties with access to authoritative and up-to-date information on the higher education institutions and quality assurance mechanism in participating countries.

“On invitation from Unesco, India has decided to join the portal. The preparatory work in this regard is being carried out,” Hariharan said in reply to an RTI application.

The Unesco portal assumes importance for Indians as nearly 80,000 students go abroad each year for higher education. Nearly 20,000 foreign students are studying in India at present.

HRD Ministry has given the task of listing institutes to Education Consultancy India Ltd (EdCIL) to coordinate with Unesco on this venture.

“We are making a comprehensive report on higher educational institutions. The report will also give details on how to apply for Indian institutions and how to complete the visa formalities,” a source in EdCIL said.

The source said that those institutions that have been recognised or approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and other regulatory bodies would be supplied to Unesco.

[Source: The Telegraph]

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Dhirendra Bhatnagar
30 Apr 2011

Ms. Valsala Hariharan
Director,
Indian National Commission for
Co-Operation with UNESCO (INC)
C- Wing, Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi-110001

Dear Ms. Hariharan,

We are grateful to you for extending your cooperation and support to our organization. We are pleased to inform you that to apprise the school teachers about the aims and objectives and to involve them in the flagship programmes of the UN decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014 and International Year of Forests, “Forests 2011”, our organization together with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), New Delhi is organizing a workshop for teachers on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with focus on the International Year of Forests 2011 on Saturday, 7th May 2011 at the UN Conference Hall, UN Complex, 55, Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003 from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm. Resource persons from UNESCO New Delhi Office and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) will address the workshop. Member schools in Delhi and NCR have been invited. About 100 school teachers are expected to participate in the workshop.

We would be most grateful if you could spare some of the precious time to address the participants of the workshop on Saturday, 7th May 2011.

A word of confirmation will enable us to finalize the programme.

With warm regards,
Yours Sincerely,

DHIRENDRA BHATNAGAR
Secretary General
Mobile: 98106-94008

Contact person in the UN Information Centre (UNIC), New Delhi
Mr. RAJIV CHANDRAN
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan
55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003, INDIA
Phone: 91-11-4653-2237
Mobile: 98106-06833