On the occasion of Teachers’ Day 2023, the Centre has launched an online training programme which is aimed at capacity building of faculty members in higher educational institutions. Organised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in association with the Ministry of Education, the programme is called ‘Malaviya Mission – Teachers Training Programme’.
The online programme was launched in Delhi by Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday. He also inaugurated the Portal of the Programme and released its information brochure. The aim is to provide tailored training programmes for teachers.
Features of the programme
The two-week long online programme shall focus on various themes identified for course curriculum/content for capacity building of faculty members at higher educational institutions. The themes include Holistic and Multidisciplinary Education, Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS), Academic Leadership, Governance and Management, Higher Education and Society, Research and Development, Skill Development, Student Diversity and Inclusive Education and Information and Communication Technology.
To facilitate this transformative journey, the UGC has also established a dedicated portal for faculty members to register for the capacity-building programmes.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar emphasised the role played by teachers in the holistic development of the learners. He expressed that the Teachers’ Training Programme shall help develop innovative teaching methods and high-level institutional facilities in all the constituent areas of higher education.
To benefit 15 lakh teachers
While launching the training programme, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan emphasised improving the quality of education at all levels by infusing quality and excellence in teachers and teaching methods. He also announced the renaming of Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs) as Madan Mohan Malaviya Teachers’ Training Centre. He mentioned that this programme will ensure continuous professional development and help in building capacities of 15 lakh teachers of HEIs through 111 Malaviya Mission centres across India in a time-bound manner.
He stated that the Programme is an endeavour to make our educators future-ready with a deeper understanding of Indian values. It aims to improve the quality of teachers’ training, build leadership skills in teachers and help realise the goals of National Education Policy, he added.
Emphasising the importance of lifelong learning, the Minister reiterated the need for teachers to be lifelong learners which will directly contribute to the holistic development of their students.
In line with India’s G20 Presidency themes
Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry for Education, K. Sanjay Murthy mentioned the three main themes that were discussed during India’s G20 Presidency: deployment of technology in the use of education, achieving sustainable development goals and women-led development, are also to be incorporated in the Teachers Training Programmes. He commended UGC for planning the programmes thoughtfully that will help in empowering the educators of the country.
National Award for Teachers
Meanwhile, the President of India, Droupadi Murmu conferred National Awards on teachers from across the country at a function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 5, 2023 on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
The purpose of National Teachers’ Award is to celebrate the unique contribution of teachers in the country and to honour those teachers who, through their commitment and dedication, have not only improved the quality of education but also enriched the lives of their students. Each award carries a certificate of merit, a cash award of Rs. 50,000 and a silver medal. The awardees also get an opportunity to interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.