The Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) programme under which it aims to train nearly 15 lakh untrained teachers by March, 2019.
The two year Diploma Programme is designed for all untrained Govt./ Govt. aided/ Private unaided recognized in-service untrained teachers of elementary schools. The HRD Ministry noted that as many as 15 lakh teachers have been enrolled so far for the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Javadekar said, "All untrained teachers are to be trained by 2019. Teachers and quality education are the rights of the students. Innovation and best practices will ensure that the best minds are able to innovate in the country and therefore NIOS has taken a step in this direction to get engaged at the grass root level."
D.El.Ed is an initiative in Online and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for upgrading the professional competence and information and communication based capacity building for teachers. The ODL mode offers ample opportunity to teachers for being professionally trained without being disturbed from their regular teaching schedule. The RTE Act has made training process mandatory for all teachers teaching at the elementary level. If the teachers are not trained, they will need to acquire the training certification within a period of five years, as per the RTE Act.
Javadekar also said that the Government is committed to improve the education system and will be training approximately 15 lakh untrained teachers by March 31, 2019 and the trained teachers will be awarded diploma after the successful completion of the course.
The Programme has been envisaged as self sustained programme. The programme fee will be Rs.6,000/- per year (i.e., Rs.12,000/- per candidate for two years). Being an in-service programme, the candidates to the programme will be sponsored by the concerned state.
The Minister said that there will be no further extension for this training programme after March 31, 2019.
Prof. C. B. Sharma, Chairman, NIOS on this occasion said that training isn’t just important to any institution, but also vital. He said, “The way of teaching is critical in any reform designed to improve the quality.”
D.El.Ed programme: Target Group and Eligibility Conditions
Untrained teachers working at primary level (Class I-IV/ V) having a Senior Secondary School Certificate and also untrained teachers working at upper primary level (Class V/ VI–VIII) having a B.A./ B. Sc. Degree.