Vice-chancellors of all universities have been asked to focus on strengthening and improving teachers’ education in universities. In a letter sent on June 30, Ved Prakash, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), listed several steps that include synchronising teachers’ education courses with the regulatory provisions stated in the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), formulating revised modules for refresher and orientation training for teachereducators, and promoting and running integrated teacher education programmes (TEPs).
This move is aimed at improving the quality of teaching in the higher education sector. At present, the UGC chief’s letter has been posted on the commission’s website. Apart from focussing on the quality of teaching, the UGC chief has also asked universities to strengthen post-graduate programmes.
Prakash commented that UGC has been actively involved in issues relating to strengthening of existing education programmes along with new courses in all universities. He added that the universities, who are receiving grants, have already been directed to include the proposal for establishment of education departments in their XIIth Five Year Plan proposals.
The Chairman has written a separate letter to the directors of the academic staff colleges (ASCs) responsible for teacher education in the university, in which he has asked the institutes to include teacher education programmes in the ASC calendar along with slots for refresher and orientation programmes. This will constitute modules for training teacher educators and senior teacher educators.