Portal to Revamp Teacher Education in India

Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development has launched a Web Journal – “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators”.

The Department of School Education and Literacy (MHRD) has initiated a new project for revamping Teacher education. The Teacher Education Bureau of the MHRD, had two meetings at Calcutta and New Delhi, covering all the states to create awareness about the revised TE project, where the states came up with the idea that they should have a Teacher Education Journal for highlighting the activities as well as innovations going on in the field of Teacher Education and other developments such as the new scheme for Teacher Education. The professionals present there from TISS; Jamia Millia Islamia; Vidya Bhawan Society and Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, took up the responsibility, for the same, to bring out four quarterly issues.

The first web based issue has been brought out. It contains articles on Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (IASEs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs); State Curriculum Reforms; Professional Development of Teachers in the States; Issues around DIETs; Teacher Training Management system in UP as well as the revised Government of India Scheme for revamping Teacher Education.

The Journal “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators” is an in house professional effort of the teacher educators. The inaugural web based issue was edited by Prof Janaki Rajanfrom Jamia Millia Islamia and Dr Hriday Kant Dewan from the Vidya Bhawan Society. The next issue will be edited by the professionals from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Thereafter it will be brought out on a quarterly basis by the experts from Jamia Millia Islamia; TISS; Vidya Bhawan Society and Azim Premji Foundation.

The Teacher Education Bureau has prepared a comprehensive website: www.teindia.nic.in for creating greater awareness on the issue of teacher education and to facilitate the effective implementation of the scheme. The site provides detailed guidelines about the scheme; all reports on teacher education; review of the teacher education projects as well as research reports on the same.