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Professor J S Rajput appointed as India's representative to the Executive Board of UNESCO

  • Former NCERT director J S Rajput is nominated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO. 
  • Professor J S Rajput is an eminent educationist with rich experience in various fields including UNESCO. The EXB has a four-year term of office and 58 seats. 
  • The executive board is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO and is elected by the General Conference. 
  • The elections of Members of the EXB for the term 2017-21 took place on 8th November 2017, in which India won with 162 votes in Group IV during the 39th session of the General Conference which was held from 30th October to 14th November 2017. 
  • Being a member of the board enables us in principle to play a role in shaping and reviewing UNESCO’s policies and programmes corresponding to its five major programs on education, the natural science, the social and human Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information. 
  • The next meeting (Session204) of Executive Board of UNESCO is to be held in UNESCO HQ at Paris, from 4 - 17 April 2018.

About Professor J S Rajput


  • Rajput is an Indian educationalist and was honored with Padma Shri in 2014. 
  • He has also honored as Maharishi Ved Vyas award in 2010 by the Madhya Pradesh government for his contributions in the education sector. 
  • Moreover, Rajput is also known for regulating the B.Ed correspondence courses as the first chairman of NCTE and for starting the innovative two-year B.Ed course. 
  • Further, he recently completed a project which aimed at achieving religious Amity through education. 
  • At the age of 31, he earned the professorship through Rajput's research publications and published his research papers in several specialised areas in education, guided doctoral-level researchers and has authored several books. 
  • The book 'Education of Muslims in India', edited by him was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15, 2015.

World’s Oldest City Varanasi Goes ‘Wireless’

  • In June 2015, former Union Minister of State for Power and Coal, Piyush Goyal, announced a Rs 432-crore project to lay underground cable lines over 16 square kilometres in Varanasi, catering to over 50,000 consumers. 
  • In September that year, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for the country in Varanasi through Powergrid, a state-owned electric utilities company. 
  • Hence,  Eighty-six years after the city got electricity, overhead power cables in world's oldest city 'Varanasi ' is being dismantled after a project to lay underground lines over 16 sq-km has been completed. 
  • Laying cables for 50,000 consumers through the serpentine lanes and congested markets in one of the world’s oldest cities was quite a challenge for Powergrid, the company conducting the integrated power development scheme (IPDS) project.

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