Professor Hrushikesh Senapaty is the new Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). He joined the appellate body on Monday. Before joining the NCERT as the Director, Mr Senapaty was the head of the Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhopal.
Alumni of the BJB College Bhubaneswar, Mr Senapaty joined the Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal in 1997 as associate professor in education. Later, he worked as a professor with the Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar; however, in 2012, he re-joined the Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal as its Principal. Mr Senapaty, as a lecturer, specialized in information and communications technology in education (ICTE). Subsequently, he represented India at UNESCO for many years. His teaching experience extends over a time span of 25 years. His stellar work includes integration of ICT into Constructivist Theory of Learning. This brought a paradigm shift in the Teacher Education practices. As India’s representative to the UNESCO the professor visited many countries. His work in the field of ICTE has been exemplary.
Since Pravin Sinclair’s unceremonious ouster last year, the position of director of NCERT had been lying vacant. His name was nominated by the search-cum-selection committee on August 24. The committee comprised 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. One of his primary challenges will be to fast track the consultation process on the New Education Policy. He will also have to devise the new curriculum framework, which has been due since 2005.