*New labs and research spaces to come up at IIT Delhi after CM Arvind Kejriwal's intervention
*CM Arvind Kejriwal paves way for construction of long pending new Mini Academic Block and Engineer Block at IIT Delhi
*New Mini Academic Block & Engineer Block will be used for constructing new labs and research spaces; thousands of students and faculty members of IIT Delhi set to benefit from CM's intervention
*IIT had sent a proposal to remove and transplant 157 trees to clear its construction site; CM Arvind Kejriwal intervened to approve and speed up project
*CM Arvind Kejriwal has approved the project against the condition of IIT taking up the plantation of 1,570 trees inside its campus
NEW DELHI: 21ST OCTOBER 2022-New laboratories and research spaces will come up soon at IIT Delhi after Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal's intervention. Through this decision, the CM has paved the way for the construction of a long pending new Mini Academic Block and a new Engineer Block at IIT Delhi. The Mini Academic Block & Engineer Block will be used for constructing new labs and research spaces. Thousands of students and faculty members of IIT Delhi are set to benefit from CM's intervention. Notably, the IIT had sent a proposal to remove and transplant 157 trees to clear its construction site. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal intervened to approve and speed up the project. He has approved the project against the condition of IIT taking up the plantation of 1,570 trees inside its campus.
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal granted his approval for the removal and transplantation of 157 trees to aid the expansion of IIT Delhi. The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has proposed the construction of a new Engineer Block and a new Mini Academic Block within its campus. The institution intends to develop several research spaces and laboratories in these blocks that will help it impart a better quality of education upon its students and researchers. However, certain patches of trees are obstructing the construction of the new blocks. Thus, the IIT through its Director, wrote a letter to the Delhi Government seeking approval for removal and transplantation of 157 trees to clear the site.
Given the importance of the modern infrastructure for the IIT, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal gave his nod to speed up the work by clearing the patch, in the interest of the students and the researchers. The approval will largely help thousands of students and faculty members of the institute in their day to day activities, and give them access to better facilities.
Approving the proposal, the Delhi Government has noted that out of the 157 trees, IIT will transplant 82 trees, while it will take up felling of 75 trees only. The transplantation will take place within the identified project site. It has further been observed that 229 trees have been saved from transplantation and removal. The Delhi Government has further instructed the IIT to not damage a single tree at the site other than those that have been identified and approved by the government. If any tree apart from the 157 approved ones is damaged, it shall constitute an offence under Delhi Preservation of Trees Act 1994.
The Delhi Government has further made it mandatory for IIT to plant ten times the trees, in lieu of the removal and transplantation. The IIT will be planting the new 1,570 trees within its campus to maintain ecological balance. Thus, the IIT will now plant 1,570 new tree saplings, besides transplanting 53% of the trees at the site. These 1,570 trees will be planted upon the identified land parcels within 3 months from the date on which the permission for shifting of the trees will be issued. The IIT will further take the responsibility of maintaining the trees for the next seven years, as per Delhi Government’s guidelines. As per the proposal approved by the Delhi Government, various species of trees that suit the soil and climate of Delhi will be planted in lieu of the removal and transplantation of the trees. These include Neem, Amaltas, Pipal, Pilkhan, Gular, Bargad, Mango and Sheesham among other species. These trees will be planted as saplings of 6-8 feet height on non-forest lands.
As for the trees that have to be transplanted, the IIT has been instructed to start the process immediately after fulfilling requisite conditions, and complete it within 6 months. The IIT will further submit a report on the same to the Tree Officer for supervision. The Delhi Government has asked the IIT to scrupulously abide by the Tree Transplantation Policy 2020 for the project and submit regular progress reports on the same. The IIT must ensure that for all transplanted trees that do not survive indigenous tree species with 15 feet height and at least 6 inch diameter are planted in 1:5 ratio. If any tree is found to have a nest of birds then it will not be allowed to be felled or transplanted till the birds abandon the tree. Further, the lops and tops of the trees shall be sent to the nearest crematorium for free by the IIT within 90 days of its felling.
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*To strengthen the in-service teacher training in the national capital, Delhi Government establishes magnificent teacher training block at SCERT Delhi

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia inaugurates new training block at SCERT Delhi

*SCERT’s new teacher training block has been developed as per global standards and has state-of-the-art facilities to provide excellent training to in-service teachers- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Delhi Government has provided advanced facilities in this training block, now the work of SCERT is to take the education revolution of Delhi to new heights by giving excellent training to the teachers here- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*SCERT’s new teacher training block will work as centre for research and innovation- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*SCERT has played an important role in the formulation of Mindset Curricula and Delhi Education Revolution- Dy CM Manish Sisodia


NEW DELHI: 21ST OCTOBER, 2022-To strengthen the in-service and pre-service teacher training in the national capital, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Delhi, has established a new magnificent teacher training block. The block was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia on Friday. The training block has been designed according to the international standards with state-of-the-art facilities. This block has 5 big training halls, an auditorium, conference room, faculty office, Inset room and a canteen.

While inaugurating the block, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, “This new training block of SCERT will take teacher training standards to new heights in Delhi. Here our teachers can be trained in a good environment with world class facilities. This new block will also act as a centre for research and innovation in the field of education in Delhi.”

The Deputy Chief Minister said that it is the government's responsibility to provide all facilities and opportunities to educational institutions and under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, for the last 7 years, we are working to ensure this with commitment in Delhi. The government has done the work of providing facilities for this training but beyond this, it is SCERT’s responsibility to ensure excellent training for the teachers here. So when people talk about quality teacher training all over the world, people should take the name of SCERT, Delhi.

*SCERT has played an important role in the formulation of Mindset Curricula and Delhi Education Revolution- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

Shri Manish Sisodia said that in the academic session 2021-22, SCERT has trained more than 82,000 teachers for Mission Buniyaad and so far 39,405 teachers have been trained under our three Mindset Curriculum in the current session.

The Deputy Chief Minister said, “In this session, various national and international visits were also organised by SCERT under its various training programs to give exposure to teachers and school heads of Delhi government schools and make them aware of the best education practices across the world. 400 school heads and teachers of Delhi government schools were sent to IIMs and other places for leadership training and exposure. 600 pre-service teacher trainees were sent to IIT Bombay, IIT Gandhi Nagar and Tata Institute of Social Sciences Research Mumbai for exposure visits. Along with this, 2 batches (60) of HoSs have been sent to Cambridge University in 2022 for leadership training.

The Deputy Chief Minister shared that the Teacher-Training Management System being developed by SCERT will prove to be very helpful for teacher training and professional development of teachers in the future. This will include a database of 62,000 teacher profiles, training assignments, growth and training resources.

It is to be noted that SCERT is working on a war footing towards improving the pre-service and In service training programs in Delhi. Under this, SCERT is working to modernise all its DIETs. Under this work is being done to digitize libraries, set up various labs, improve infrastructure and modernise training facilities.

Other dignitaries present at the inauguration were Education Secretary Ashok Kumar, Principal Education Advisor Shailendra Sharma, Director SCERT Rajnish Kumar and other senior officials of the Directorate of Education and SCERT.
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*Kejriwal Government's Chhath gift for Delhiites; Chhath to get back its old flavour and be celebrated this year along the Yamuna too

*CM Arvind Kejriwal approves allocation of Yamuna Ghats for celebration of Chhath Puja in Delhi

*Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot had submitted a proposal for celebration of Chhath along the Yamuna to the CM

*Chhath Puja will be celebrated as before on the ghats of Yamuna; orders have been given to all the officers that all arrangements to ensure that Yamuna is not polluted- CM Arvind Kejriwal

*I thank CM Arvind Kejriwal for allowing Chhath Puja on the ghats of Yamuna- Kailash Gahlot

*With the blessings of Chhathi Maiyya, we will ensure this time a grand celebration of Chhath Puja at all the 1100 Ghats in Delhi - Kailash Gahlot

NEW DELHI: 21st October 2022-In what comes as a Chhath Gift for Delhiites, the festival is set to get back its old flavour and be celebrated this year along the Yamuna too. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal has approved allocation of Yamuna Ghats for celebration of Chhath Puja in Delhi. Keeping in view the religious and spiritual beliefs and sentiments of lakhs of people from UP & Bihar living in Delhi, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal has approved the proposal by Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot to allow the celebration of Chatth Puja at different Ghats along the Yamuna River.

A proposal in this regard was sent by the Revenue Department through the Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot to the Chief Minister to seek his approval for celebration of Chatth Puja along the Yamuna River at different Ghats. Now, the Chief Minister has approved the proposal. In view of the approval of the Chief Minister, directions have been issued to all the District Magistrates that additional measures may be deployed for ensuring that no polluting material is immersed in River Yamuna. Measures including banners, posters, audio messages at sites, deployment of CDVs may be employed for ensuring the guidelines issued by the NGT.

Earlier, a concern has been conveyed regarding construction of Puja Ghats near Yamuna River and the offerings by the devotees at such Ghats which might lead to pollution in the river. Various orders / instructions issued by the National Green Tribunal as well as the directions issued by National Mission for Clean Ganga, had been brought to the notice of the Government.

The festival of Chhath Puja has traditionally been celebrated with a lot of religious fervour by people belonging to primarily the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar living in Delhi. The Delhi Government has always facilitated the occasion by providing various facilities in the form of construction of Ghats, ensuring cleanliness around the places where offerings are to be made by the devotees etc. This year too, the Administration is all geared up to provide the facilities to the devotees at around 1100 Ghats.

Chatth Puja is traditionally celebrated only by offering Water to Sun God and no other material is required to be offered / immersed in the Rivers / Canals / Ponds.

District administration will also ensure that messages for following the guidelines for cleanliness of River Yamuna, apart from other usual messages, may also be displayed on LED Systems at all Chhath Ghats on River Yamuna. Deployment of Civil Defence Volunteers shall also be done at all Ghats to facilitate the movement of devotees.

After the decision, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted "Chhath Puja will be celebrated as before on the ghats of Yamuna. Orders have been given to all the officers that all arrangements be made to ensure that Yamuna is not polluted."

Thanking Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot tweeted "I thank Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal for allowing Chhath Puja on the ghats of Yamuna. With the blessings of Chhathi Maiyya, we will ensure this time a grand celebration of Chhath Puja at all the 1100 Ghats in Delhi."
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*Delhi Government announces 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign to reduce vehicular pollution; First phase to be run from October 28 to November 28: Gopal Rai

*We will make commuters aware about vehicular pollution through various means: Gopal Rai

*The campaign will be run mainly on 100 crowded intersections: Gopal Rai

*CM Arvind Kejriwal has also given his approval to rope in 2,500 Civil Defence Volunteers to implement the 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign on the ground: Gopal Rai

*Awareness campaign to run in two shifts from 8AM to 2PM, and 2PM to 8PM: Gopal Rai

NEW DELHI 21ST OCTOBER 2022-The Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced the 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign on Friday with an aim to reduce vehicular pollution in the national capital. The campaign has proven to be widely successful in the past in spreading awareness about vehicular pollution. Under the campaign, public representatives and officials motivate commuters to turn their vehicles off at Red Lights in a bid to curb vehicular pollution. Giving more details on the same, Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai stated, "First phase of 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign to be run from October 28 to November 28. We will make commuters aware about vehicular pollution through various means. The campaign will be run mainly on 100 crowded intersections. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has also given his approval to rope in 2,500 Civil Defence Volunteers to be roped in to implement the 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign on the ground. Awareness campaign will run in two shifts from 8AM to 2PM, and 2PM to 8PM"

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “Pollution in Delhi rises to a critical level. In order to tighten a noose on it, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced a 15-point Winter Action Plan. Today, he took stock of progress in work done under the Action Plan. We submitted a detailed report on the functioning of the war room, running of the anti-dust campaign and spraying of bio-decomposer over stubble to the Chief Minister. However, the estimates according to the experts state that if there is a change in wind direction after Diwali, then there can be a rise in the pollution level of Delhi. The Government is in alert mode and we will use the GRAP system as per the direction of CAQM with utmost strictness.”

He continued, “Along with this, the CM has instructed that, along with dust pollution, biomass burning, vehicle pollution also contributes significantly to the air pollution in Delhi. Accordingly, we will start a mega-campaign ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ after Diwali from October 28th, just like the previous year. The first phase of the campaign will go on for one month till November 28th. We will take future decisions after reviewing its effectiveness. 2,500 Civil Defence volunteers will be deployed for the running of the campaign. These volunteers will raise awareness in every part of Delhi, including 100 major four-ways. We are preparing a list of these 100 four-ways. 10-10 volunteers will be deployed on each four-way in two different shifts in a day. The campaign will run for 12 hours a day. First shift will go on from 8AM to 2PM and the second shift will run from 2PM-8PM.”

He added, “Moreover, Traffic Police will run this campaign by focusing on 10 major four-ways of Delhi which face high traffic. Instead of 10, 20 Civil Defence Volunteers will be deployed in each shift on such four-ways. These Civil Defence volunteers will raise awareness in people through placards, banners. Last year, we observed that there are a lot of drivers who do not switch off their engines at red lights. We will present them with flowers and request them through Gandhigiri to switch-off their engines. Paryavaran Mitra, RWAs, Market Associations, Eco-clubs, NGOs will also be made a part of this campaign so that they can visit every doorstep and make people aware of switching-off engines at red lights.”

Shri Gopal Rai said, “A pertinent question comes across very often: what is the benefit of switching off engines at red light? A survey of the Petroleum Conservation Research Association states that vehicle pollution can be reduced by 15-20% if all the engines are switched off at red light. Consider this real-life situation. When someone steps out of their house with a vehicle, they cross 8-10 four-ways during their journey. If the duration of the red light is 2 minutes and we do not switch off our engine, we are burning fuel unnecessarily for 25-30 minutes. It is only our mindset that when the red light turns green and if our engine is not on, other vehicles will overtake us.”

He concluded, “The success of the entire campaign will depend on our mindset and attitude. I am requesting the people of Delhi to become a part of this entire campaign along with ministers, MLAs, officers, RWAs and NGOs of Delhi. You can make your contribution by avoiding unnecessary burning of fuel. The way we are conducting the anti-dust campaign in Delhi, we are using bio-decomposer to decompose stubble, the manner in which we have implemented the GRAP system and people of Delhi have shown keen interest in purchasing electric vehicles, it is a clear indicator that we can control the rise in pollution after Diwali through collective efforts. Now, preparations to kick-start the ‘Red light on, Vehicle off’ campaign on October 28th are going at full-swing.”