There is a considerable need to train and equip teachers with appropriate technology. IGNOU has decided to set up five ICATT (Institute for Competency Advancement for Teachers through Technology) centres across the country, told a top official.'These institutions will be established in five places in North, East, West, South and North-East regions under Private-Public Partnership (PPP) schemes,' IGNOU Vice Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai. There is a need for competency advancement of teachers through appropriate integration of technology and with this objective in mind, IGNOU has decided to establish these ICATT centres, which have been approved, he added.
The percentage of teachers using technology is much less than the percentage of students using technology. It is the real fact and therefore we have to look at distribute mechanism by which teachers are to be trained, Pillai said. Even for existing teachers after every five years the knowledge for concerned field becomes irrelevant, he said. Overall, purpose of ICT integration is to enhance quality of teaching learning process in the classroom as well as to enhance quantity of education delivery and that is where ICT for teacher education and competency advancement for teachers has to be utilised, told Pillai.