Teacher education bodies to be revamped

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to restructure the teacher education institutes in the national capital and said it will more than double the faculty strength in its training bodies. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

The two key institutions responsible for teacher education in Delhi — State Council of Education Research (SCERT) and the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) — is set to go get an overhaul.

“Recognising the primacy of building strong academic and institutional foundation for the series of reform initiatives in education being introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, the government has decided to restructure and strengthen the SCERT and DIETs,” Mr Sisodia, who also handles the education portfolio, said.

The programmes of the two bodies include pre-service and in-service teachers’ education, development of curriculum, and undertaking studies related to school education in Delhi.

According to the government, the restructuring will include an increase in number of academic faculty positions at SCERTs and DIETs from nearly 240 to more than 600 to enable help these institutions better serve their objectives.

The government has also decided to upgrade the pay-scales and qualifications for faculty to UGC-levels, as is followed by NCERT, to attract talent nationally to work here.

Other decisions taken during a meeting chaired by Mr Sisodia with government officials included setting up two new DIETs, offering diploma in pre-school education at all DIETs and B.Ed. courses at three DIETs, a government statement said.

The restructuring will be carried out as per the advice of an expert committee set up by SCERT, as per the guidelines of the human resources development ministry’s Centrally-sponsored scheme on teacher education, it added.

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