The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOUs) School of Education (SOE) has launched a new, two-year Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.) course for in-service teachers to enhance their teaching skills.
The announcement was made during a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between IGNOU and Arunachal Pradesh government at the university’s headquarters in the capital on Saturday, 3rd August, 2013.
“When we are signing a MoU with the state government, then we are sure of its competency and effective results. Taking into consideration hilly areas like Arunachal Pradesh, ICTs should be effectively and largely used. There will be a regular ICT interaction schedule from the headquarters to the Regional Centre at Arunachal Pradesh for effective monitoring,” said Prof. M. Aslam, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU.
The MoU was signed by Mr. Rajesh Kumar Mishra, I.A.S., State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rajya Mission, Arunachal Pradesh and Mr. S.V.S. Chaudhary, Registrar, Administration, IGNOU. Mr. Mishra assured that the government will provide cooperation in training in-service teachers, who are untrained.
Talking about the Memorandum, Mr. Srikanth Mohapatra, Director, Regional Services Division, IGNOU said “The arrangement is being made by the state government in order to meet the deadline set by the Right To Education Act, according to which, all the in-service, government, un-trained elementary teachers should be professionally trained by March 2015 through a two-year D.El.Ed. programme as per the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms, failing which they may lose their jobs”.