Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi took over as the new chairman of CBSE, will emphasize teacher quality

Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, IAS, (MP:87), took over as the new chairman of CBSE. Sharing the vision and role of CBSE in school education, Chaturvedi emphasized the need for improving quality of education in schools across the country with ample thrust upon teacher quality to sustain improvement in the standard of education. One of the foremost priorities will be to make CBSE a modern and multidimensional front ranking organization, he added.

He will play a key role in India’s skill development mission, given the government’s plan to assimilate vocational training with school education.

Chaturvedi, who will be supervising 10 regional offices of the CBSE, will also have to deal with criticism that a lenient assessment system adopted by the central board are forcing state-level school boards to inflate the marks of their own students, making life difficult for students in finding admission to universities.

Before being appointed CBSE chairman, he was posted in the Seventh Pay Commission secretariat, whose recommendations on salary hikes for 10 million central government employees and pensioners have been approved by the government.

A post-graduate in geography who is fluent in Russian, Chaturvedi has done five brief training stints at various Indian Institutes of Management in subjects ranging from information technology to public policy. He attended two overseas training courses, including one in the UK on human resource development, according to his executive record sheet.

Before joining the Pay Commission team, he was the resident commissioner at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi, liaising between state and central government administrations.

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