The state government of Delhi has decided to restructure and upgrade the teacher education institutions located across the National Capital. SCERT and DIETs are two key institutions that monitor the education of teachers in Delhi hence these two institutions will be upgraded.
Recognizing the primacy of building strong academic and institutional foundation to bring reforms in education, the decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia.
The decision to restructure and strengthen the SCERT and DIETs was taken keeping in mind the series of reform initiatives in education being introduced by the AAP government. Taking into consideration the restructuring initiative, the Delhi government decided 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 has also been decided to open two new DIETs in Delhi. Further, all DIETs will offer diploma in Pre-School Education courses and B.Ed. degree courses will be offered at only three DIETs. At present, there are nine DIETs in the city. This entire restructuring exercise will be carried out under the advice of an expert committee set up by SCERT and under the guidelines of Ministry of Human Resource Development’s centrally sponsored scheme on teacher education.
Another decision taken by the government is to upgrade the pay-scales and qualifications for faculty according to UGC levels, as is followed by NCERT, to attract the best education talent nationally to work in Delhi.
Formed in late 1980s, SCERT and DIETs have been supporting school education in Delhi through various programs 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. Last week, SCERT Delhi had launched an online training program for teachers.