Delhi government to Restructure Teacher Education Institutions in the national capital
- Two new District Institute of Education and Training (DIETs) to be established
- DIET and SCERT faculty to be given UGC scales
The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to restructure and upgrade the two key institutions in-charge of teacher education in Delhi – State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs).
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia.
“Recognising the primacy of building strong academic and institutional foundation for the series of reform initiatives in education being introduced by the AAP government in Delhi, the government today has decided to restructure and strengthen the SCERT and DIETs,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.
Formed in late 1980s, SCERT and DIETs have been supporting school education in Delhi through various programmes including pre-service and in-service education of teachers, development of appropriate curriculum and material for teachers and students, and undertaking research studies on the problems related to school education in Delhi. While there has been an almost continuous expansion in the role and mandate of these institutions since inception, the organisational structure, sanctioned staff positions and management policies have hardly changed.
As part of the restructuring initiative, the Delhi government decided today to substantially increase the number of academic faculty positions at SCERT and DIETs from around 240 currently to over 600 to enable these institutions to better serve their objectives. It also decided to upgrade the pay-scales and qualifications for faculty to UGC levels, as is followed by NCERT, to attract best education talent nationally to work in Delhi. In addition, it was decided to open 2 new DIETs in Delhi, offer Diploma in Pre-School Education courses at all DIETs, and B.Ed. degree courses at three DIETs.
This entire restructuring exercise will be carried out under the advice of an Expert Committee setup by SCERT, and under the guidelines of MHRD’s Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education. The meeting was attended by Finance Secretary, Education Secretary and Director SCERT.