Rubina Siddiqui as Panel Expert at National meet on RTE

Port Blair
2 Apr 2018

The National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA) organized an intensive 3 day National Discussion Meet on the ‘Implementation of the Right to Education Act: Status, Issues and Challenges at The National Law School Of India University, Bengaluru. Ms. Rubina Siddiqui, Member, Andaman & Nicobar UT Commission for Protection of Child Rights was invited by NIEPA as a Panel Expert to Co-Chair a session on the ‘Monitoring and Grievance Redressal Mechanisms -Issues and prevailing Challenges’. The meet was informed by practitioners in the field about the present state, issues in the implementation and protection of RTE. it was followed by panel presentations by the heads of legal and educational institutions of their views on how this may be taken forward. On the third day concrete points of action for carrying on the interdisciplinary work required in implementation, protection and enforcement of the right to education were discussed to device pathways and strategies for better enforcement of the RTE Act nationwide. While representing the National Commission for Protection Of child Rights and the State Child Commissions on their role in the monitoring function of the RTE Act, Ms. Siddiqui also highlighted the effective implementation of the Right to Education in the A&N Islands and the work done by the UTCPCR in effective grievance redressal and monitoring of the RTE Act. The delegates for the meet included intellectuals from the field of Education, HOD’s of Law Universities and Centres of Research. Various topics like the role of legal aid committees, experiences of civil society organizations, equity and quality issues in the implementation of the Act were discussed in depth. Justice Rajendra Babu, former Chief Justice of India and former Chairperson NHRC delivered the inaugural address. Also present were Prof.(Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, Vice Chancellor, National Law school of India University, representatives from the CABE (Central advisory Board of Education) Dr. Niranjanaradhya, Fellow and Programme Head at the CCL-NLSIU, Deans of Osmania University, Hyderabad, Nirma Law University, Gujrat, TISS, Mumbai amongst others. The chief guest for the valedictory function was Ms. Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary, (Primary and Secondary Education, Govt. of Karnataka) while the valedictory address was made by Mr. Kishore Singh, the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Education in which he also appreciated the status of RTE in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and wished that the same should be emulated in other similar counterparts in India.