Vice chancellors from across the country on Monday resolved to bring the entire gamut of teacher education under university system, rationalise the duration of the B.Ed and M.Ed courses and ask teacher training institutes to go for mandatory accreditation.
Over 90 million students and 8.5 lakh schools participated in the Teachers' Day (Sep 5) programme in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed students and teachers across the nation, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Thursday.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday favoured strong linkages between institutes of higher learning and rural India for the development of villages and suggested that they should start courses on rural development.
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani might have lost the recent Lok Sabha election to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, but she has no plans of abandoning the constituency, and is instead planning to develop it as her political base.
In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday turned a teacher interacting with lakhs of school children across the country through video conferencing, laying emphasis on girls' education, cleanliness and the need to protect environment while describing himself as a "task master".
Amid a row over the Prime Minister's proposed televised interaction with students on Teachers Day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said his government is cooperating with the logistics keeping "delicate" Centre-State relations in mind but there is "severe resentment" among teachers and parents.
HRD Ministry is working to boost the standing of government schools by making them equipped with latest information communication and technology (ICT) services through which parents will receive messages on their mobile phone about the attendance, homework and academic performance of their wards.
The Centre's move to celebrate Teacher's Day as 'Guru Utsav' and the planned interaction of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with school children on that day have kicked up a controversy with opposition Congress and others, including BJP allies MDMK and PMK, slamming the government.