The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is all set to launch world’s biggest project for teacher training on August 22 (Thursday). The project, titled NISTHA, (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement) will train over 42 lakh teachers across the country.
In an official statement, Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, said, “On August 22, the MHRD will launch the world’s biggest project for teacher training called ‘NISHTHA’ under which more than 42 lakh teachers will be trained”.
“Around 19,000 teacher-training institutes across the country were mapped and put on Google Earth. Users can go online not only to see the geographical location of these institutes around the country, but also to check their report cards and give their feedback,” she said.
“Today, there are 8.5 million teachers in India, which is more than the population of Finland. We need to take care of our teachers and solve their problems. We need to focus on their welfare,” she further added.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who recently attended the silver jubilee celebration of the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), said, “India has traditionally been known for leadership in education and teacher preparation. For thousands of years, Indian teachers were considered as vishwa guru.”
He also inaugurated the International Conference titled “Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global” in New Delhi. The two-day event is being organized by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) as part of silver jubilee celebration of its establishment in 1995.