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NISHTHA: HRD Ministry to launch training programme for 42 lakh teachers

August 19, 2019

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is going to launch the “world’s biggest project” for teachers training on 22nd August 2019. The programme is set to train over 42 lakh teachers across the country.

During the announcement on Saturday, 17th August, Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, said, “On August 22, the MHRD will launch the world’s biggest project for teacher training called NISHTHA (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement), under which more than 42 lakh teachers will be trained.”

Speaking about the programme, NISHTHA, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who was also present explained, “India has traditionally been known for leadership in education and teacher preparation. For thousands of years, Indian teachers were considered as Vishwa guru.”

The achievements of the ancient Indian education system were legendary, he added. She also said that schools were the foundation of any progressive nation and teachers were the powerhouse of the society, who help shape the future of students to become productive citizens of tomorrow.

Ray said around 19,000 teacher-training institutes across the country were mapped and put on Google Earth, “Users can go online not only to see the geographical location of these institutes around the country but also to check their report cards and give their feedback.”

At the event, Yaduvendra Mathur, Special Secretary, NITI Aayog said, “Teachers are the pillars of society, but it is important to upgrade their skills and ensure that they are trained in the best way. This is only possible in collaboration with teacher education institutions, which play a key role in their actual transformation.”

Source: India Today

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