In a bid to improve the quality of school education through innovation in teachers’ training, Haryana Government has decided to start two more teachers’ training institutions from the current session 2021-22 in the State.
An order in this regard has been issued by Director General Higher Education, Haryana.
The State Government has decided to start four-year integrated programmes of B.Sc B.Ed and BA B.Ed from session 2021-22 in the premises of DIET (District Institute of Education & Training Gurugram) and DIET Kurukshetra. These institutes will be known as the State Institute of Advanced Studies in Teacher Education.
The courses will be run under the existing State Institute of Advanced Studies in Teacher Education (SIASTE) at Jhajjar under the aegis of Department of Higher Education, Haryana.
Notably, the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced plans to open two-three more institutes of advanced studies in teachers’ education in the state and had also directed the Department concerned to work in this direction.
The teachers’ training is a key part of national education policy (NEP) 2020 which recognises that teachers will require training in high-quality content as well as pedagogy. Haryana Government has planned to successfully implement the NEP in the state by the year 2025.
An order issued by Director General Higher Education on two new teachers’ training institutes stated, “Fresh approval/upgradation of existing D.EI.Ed courses in two DIETs at Gurugram and Kurukshetra is awaited from National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Vice Chancellors of Kurukshetra University and Gurugram University will grant provisional affiliation to these two institutes from the session 2021-22. Director, State Institute of Advanced Studies in Teacher Education, Jhajjar will take necessary action for starting admission in the courses as per the admission policy of SIASTE.”
“Apart from this, Principals of DIET Gurugram and DIET Kurukshetra will take necessary steps in providing infrastructure and faculty for running these courses,” the order stated.
These two institutes will run four-year integrated programmes B.Sc B.Ed with 30 seats and B.A B.Ed with 70 seats each. As per the admission procedure, the candidates having passed 10+2/12th class examination during or after year 2019 from any recognised board with 60 percent (57 percent in case SC/Divyang candidates of Haryana) are eligible to apply. The institute will charge fee of Rs 18400 annually Notably, the first SIASTE was established in 2013 in Jhajjar as a coveted project with a vision to bring phenomenal change in quality of education by producing teachers equipped with 21st century skills. The popularity of the programme can be gauged from the fact that last year the institute had more than 1200 candidates from pan India who participated in counseling for 100 seats in the institute.
At present, students from across 18 states or union territories of the country are studying at SIASTE, Jhajjar.