In Service Teacher Training

A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues it burn its own flame

                                                                                                   —Ravindra Nath Tegore.

Teaching is no doubt a noble and missionary profession to groom and nurture a child and develop him as a valuable and worthy human being. This task is certainly not everybody’s cup of tea. Before becoming a teacher one has to go through a comprehensive pre service teacher training so as to understand the complexities of child psychology and the teaching learning process. But the pre service training is not sufficient for all the times throughout the job. With the passage of time changes occur in all walks of life and with all these the needs and ways of learning of a child also change. It is being recognized that education is a lifelong process and  in addition to pre service training periodic in service teacher training is also necessary to all the in service teachers. It is essential to update the them time and again through short terms in service training courses and programmes.

From the last two decades in service teacher training are being imparted to build the capacity of the teachers in understanding the pedagogical  concerns, curriculum, child centered approach, joyful learning, activity based teaching, evaluation systems  and many more aspects  of education at different levels. Programmes like DPEP, SSA, RMSA and now ISSE have done a lot in this field.

A need of a uniform and integrated training to all the elementary teachers throughout the whole country is felt at the national level. The apex institutes like NCERT, NIEPA in collaboration with many more universities and organizations designed an integrated module and course content for elementary teacher of the whole country and from this year i,e 2019-20 the Ministry of Human Resource Development launched a  nationwide flagship programme NISHTHA (National initiative for school heads and Teachers’ holistic Advancement) under the centrally sponsored scheme Smagra Shiksha.  About 4200000 teachers of the entire nation are being trained under this programme by the State Resource group(SRG) trained by the National Resource Group(NRG) in different Districts at block level. NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for "Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated Teacher Training". It aims to build competencies among all the teachers and school principals at the elementary stage. NISHTHA is the world's largest teachers' training programme of its kind. The basic objective of this massive training programme is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students. The initiative is first of its kind wherein standardized training modules are developed at national level for all States and UTs.

 

Main Highlights of this teacher training programme are:-  

  • Capacity building of 4.2 million teachers

  • Integrated training of principals/heads as key academic support

  • Focus on competency and higher order thinking skills based teaching learning

  • Training of all heads and teachers as first level counselors

  • Promoting experiential and joyful learning

  • Awareness of centrally sponsored schemes/initiatives

  • Online monitoring and support system

  • Convergence of multi-departmental efforts

  • Activity based training modules

District Institute of Education and Training District Kullu has also initiated this teacher training programme from 13th Nov. 2019 in summer closing Blocks –Kullu-I, Kullu-II Banjar and Nagger for about 2200 different category elementary teachers and after 15 Dec.2019 about 1000 more teachers of winter closing Blocks Anni and Nirmand will also be started