Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Ramesh Pokhriya Nishank today virtually launched the online version of ‘NISHTHA’. It is a new programme will provide training to 1,200 key resources persons (KRPs) of Andhra Pradesh.
Around 23,000 teachers KRPs identified by state governments and 17.5 lakh teachers and school heads have been trained under the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers Holistic Advancement, or NISHTHA, programme. HRD minister said that for training the remaining 24 lakh teachers and school heads, NISHTHA has been customized for the online mode to improve the learning outcomes.
The minister also said that due to COVID-19 pandemic situation and the lockdown have affected the conduct of this programme in face-to-face mode. As per a MHRD statement, NISHTHA in online mode will be conducted through DIKSHA and NISHTHA portals by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, or NCERT.
Andhra Pradesh is the first state for which MHRD is launching online NISHTHA programme. Pokhriyal said: “These resource persons will help in the mentoring of teachers of Andhra Pradesh, who will take on-line NISHTHA training on DIKSHA later on.”NISHTHA focuses on the holistic development of children and hence includes curriculum and inclusive education health and well-being, personal social qualities, art integrated learning, initiatives in school education, subject-specific pedagogies, ICT in teaching-learning, leadership, pre-school education, pre-vocational education and other aspect of education.