Former Director of NCERT Professor J.S Rajput has been chosen as the Indian representative to be on the Executive Board of UNESCO, the orgnisation said in an official statement.
The election for the post was held at the 39th session of General Conference, which had taken place from October 30 to November 14, 2017, where India won by 162 votes in Group IV, said a PTI report.
Recipient of the Padma Shri in 2014, Rajput is known for his immense contribution to the field of education and educational reforms. With several research papers and books to his name, his recent stint as the first chairman of NCTE for regulating B.E.d correspondence courses was widely appreciated.
He has also been awarded by Madhya Pradesh government for his pivotal role in the sector in the form of Maharishi Ved Vyas award. At the age of 31, with his research in Physics he earned himself the tag of a professor. In 2015, his book Education of Muslims in India was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also proposed valuable changes in the school education curriculum as Director NCERT, popularly known as five Sai values - Truth, Peace, Non-violence, Righteous Conduct (Dharma) and Love.
Rajput's post is for a term of four years and is one of the 58 seats that will have an overview of UNESCO's functioning and corresponding budget estimates. The Executive Board is also one of the main arms that works on the policies and programmes of UNESCO. The next meeting of the board is to be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, from April 4 to 17.
(With inputs from IANS)