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AICTE to set up 4 teacher training academies

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is going to set up four teacher training academies in the country to train candidates with the latest changes in technical education, said AICTE Chairman Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe on Sunday.

“The academies proposed to be set up at Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati, Baroda and Jaipur, will have eight semester-based modules,” said Sahasrabudhe.

The two acre academy in Jaipur is likely to start in one-and-a-half years, the other are also expected to start functioning within two years. Respective State Governments will provide land for the academies free of cost with minimum built-up infrastructure facility around the area.

“The academies will produce motivated teachers, who will be conversant with fast changing technology in the technical education sector and the teachers’ training course curriculum was being chalked out accordingly,” Sahasrabudhe said.

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He also emphasised for institutions to update their accreditation status on websites adding, “Based on our yardsticks the institutes can be accorded Excellent rating for six year period, or Good rating for three year period. Those having applied for accreditation but missed out on the ratings of ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ will be granted ‘applied for’ accreditation status.”

“The accreditation will help institutions re-orient their curriculum in sync with the changing times, help in undertaking more innovative research projects and go for autonomy as the next step. Autonomy will contribute to the academic excellence of the said institution,” he added.

Referring to the ‘Margdarshan’ project by AICTE, Sahasrabudhe said that as part of this initiative, an institute of repute, government or government aided/self financed/AICTE approved will mentor 10 technical institutes for their technical upliftment.

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