Delhi Teachers’ University: Newly emerging Delhi Teachers’ University to bridge shortage of training institutes

With the establishment of the first teachers’ university of its kind in Delhi, the focus is on qualifying teachers for quality education in the village of Bakkarwala. Based on the mantra “Shikshak ke Dum pe Shiksha, Shiksha ke Dum par Desh”, the university intends to be the first university in the country to meet the teacher education requirements of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Delhi Deputy CM , Manish Sisodia, recently introduced a Delhi Teachers University Bill 2022 in the Assembly. While the university aims to set standards such as IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and IIMC, it will offer teacher education programs such as BA-BEd and BSc-BEd to support the development of a new generation of teachers. In addition, a one-year Diploma in Education will be introduced for those professionals who have a passion for teaching but are unable to pursue it as a profession due to study restrictions.

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There is a teacher shortage in 3,000 schools in the country and a shortage of about 11,000 teachers nationwide. “Despite the oversupply of talented teachers, there is a shortage of teacher training institutes. The Delhi Teachers’ University would like to contribute to closing this gap. A structured organization is always beneficial for enhancing any type of training,” says Atul Kumar, Director, School of Specialized Excellence (SoSE), Sector 10, Dwarka, New Delhi. Foreign-related faculties will train the 5,000 students in the 2022-23 academic session at the university, which will be established on 12 acres of land. “They will offer life skills training to boost the mindset of students at the university,” he adds.

The institution will train both working and prospective teachers, who can be selected based on their principals’ recommendations, says Kumar. “The university will offer face-to-face training 4-5 days per week, where hands-on learning through government schools makes learning more effective. Focus would also be on multidisciplinary research in new areas of teacher education, in addition to understanding child psychology and its multiple needs in today’s pandemic-driven scenario.”

“While the university will focus on implementing global best practices, it must consider aspects such as infrastructure, student-teacher ratios and educational budgets, which vary greatly in other countries. The basic reality of Delhi and the demands of our society should be considered before implementing such practices,” says JP Dalal, Lecturer at the Government of Delhi. “Although the university will be equipped with lecture halls, laboratories and a library with first-class facilities, superior infrastructure alone cannot achieve desired goals if policies are not properly implemented,” adds Dalal.

Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Director, SV Co-ed Vidyalaya Sector-8, Rohini, Delhi, speaks about quality education, a key component of the coming university: “We keep complaining about the brain drain and that Indian universities are not competent enough to offer world-class education. With this in mind, the Delhi government has sent working teachers abroad to train them in best educational practices. If the global practices were imparted to teacher educators, they would ensure that students receive a quality education in the districts of their own home country.”

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