Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said the new effort, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya New Teacher Training Programme will be launched soon.
“While we look at the infrastructure and research, we are conscious of an important component of Indian education system, which the teacher. Dedicating ourselves training them we will soon launch Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya New Teacher Training Programme”, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said while inaugurating the FICCI Higher Education Summit 2014 here in the national capital.
The scheme was announced with an initial allocation of Rs 500 crore in the Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
India is facing shortage of teachers in primary, secondary and higher education.
This programme will focus on training students, who aspire to become teachers, in professional colleges. Details of the programme are not available, but the indication is that the government is going to focus on teachers, reiterating its recognition that they remain the weakest link in the government’s school education efforts.
The programme is envisaged to benefit nearly 20,000 teacher trainees studying in Teacher Education Institutions.
The programme envisions to focus holistically on whole sector of education without fragmenting it based on levels and sectors and also to strengthen institutional mechanisms for strengthening vertical and lateral linkages. This would consolidate and strengthen on-going programmes related to teachers and teaching through effective coordination.
It will also provide an integrated platform for building synergies among all the existing initiatives and will attempt to create a comprehensive vehicle for Teacher/Faculty related programmes and schemes. The programme envisages augmenting capacity at individual level and also enhance institutional infrastructure to give impetus to training of teachers at pre-service and in service level.