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Cabinet approves amendment in Teacher Education Act

New Delhi, November 1 (IANS): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposed law to recognise universities that have been training teachers without permission from a statutory body, making their alumni eligible for government jobs.


The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the amendment of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993, which will grant retrospective recognition to universities that are found to be conducting teacher education courses without permission of the NCTE, an official statement said.


The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is the statutory body set up under the act in 1995 to formally oversee standards, procedures and processes in the education system.


All institutions running teacher education courses like B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) among others have to now obtain recognition from the NCTE under Section 14 of the Act.


The courses of such universities have to be permitted under Section 15.


Government to designate ‘khichdi’ as national dish

New Delhi, November 1 (IANS): The government has decided to designate the humble “khichdi” as the national dish to popularise it in global markets for commercial promotion.


During the World Food India conference, well-known chef Sanjeev Kapoor will attempt to create a world record by preparing ‘Brand India Khichdi’ using 800 kg of grains in a giant kadhai (wok).


The conference will be held here from November 3-5.


The home-cooked staple food symbolises India’s great culture of unity in diversity, said Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal during a curtain raiser event for the conference.


“Khichdi is considered nutritious, healthiest food in India and it is is eaten by poor and rich alike, irrespective of their class. It symbolises India’s great culture of unity in diversity. So it has been selected as the brand of Indian food,” Badal said.


Over 50 persons will be involved in the preparation of khichdi during the global conference, which will be slow-cooked by steam.


The Brand India Khichdi will be prepared using ingredients like rice, moong beans, amaranth, jowar, bajra, barley and Indian spices.


It will be distributed to visitors including ambassadors and delegates from over 60 countries.


The government has plans to popularise khichdi and its recipe in restaurant and kitchens throughout the world by Indian Foreign Missions.