A teacher who was working in the prestigious Class XII of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in Ahmedabad has died.
The NCSER teacher, whose identity is being withheld, was among the few teachers in the city working under a government programme that was aimed at enhancing Hindi and Punjabis education in schools.
“I am saddened by the death of the NCSERT teacher who taught our Class XII students in Ahmedbari, the city where we were all born and raised.
She is survived by her husband and daughter.
My heart goes out to her family,” said Aamir Khan, secretary general of the Ahmedabad Muslim Educational Association (AMPIA), which runs the NCERT.
This was the first death in the nationalised programme since the Centre announced it in 2015.
The National Council for Educational Research & Training, which is run by the government, was created under the Modi government in 2014.NCERT, which has a staff of nearly 2,000, was founded by then prime minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to improve education in the country.
The scheme has provided grants of Rs 1 lakh each to schools, private and public, and helped more than 6,000 schools achieve high scores in the GC.
NCErt has also trained around 1,500 teachers in Hindi and Urdu over the years.NCLR, which runs around 2,500 schools, is one of the few that has been awarded a government grant worth over Rs 20 crore in 2016-17.
The NCLR’s director general, Rajesh Kishore, said the organisation had not received any official notification of NCLRT’s demise and was awaiting the release of its quarterly financial report.
In an email to TOI, the NCLER director general said that the organisation was not involved in any political party or ideology.
“It is unfortunate that a great teacher like this is being killed in this way.
We will continue to work hard to improve the quality of education in our schools,” he said.
Earlier, Kishot Singh, NCLERC director general who headed the organisation, told TOI that he had not been informed about the NCCER’s demise.
He said that his team was conducting internal investigations into the matter.