Govt approves changes in Teacher Education scheme

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 22:08

New Delhi: With an aim to improve teaching
standards in the country, the government on Friday approved
modifications of the existing scheme on restructuring and
reorganisation of teacher education.

The approval was given by the Cabinet Committee on
Economic Affairs to meet the increasing challenges of the
teacher education system and fulfil the mandate of the
government with regard to teacher preparation and training
under the Right To Education (RTE) Act.

The modifications would include strengthening of existing
institutes of advanced study in education and upgradation of
departments of education of universities into `institutes of
advanced study in education`, a government release said.

Strengthening of existing `district institutes of
education and training` and extending their mandate for
training of teachers at the secondary level would also be
carried out, it said.

The modification of the existing schemes will also
include establishment of block institutes of teacher education
in 196 identified SC/ST/Minority concentration districts for
undertaking elementary pre-service teacher education
programmes.

According to the statement, the revision of fund sharing
pattern between the Centre and the state to carry out the
modifications will be in 75:25 ratio.

The scheme will be implemented through state governments,
which will submit their annual proposals for consideration and approval of the `teacher education approval board` constituted by the department.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 22:08

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