The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan (KVS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a national level programme of continuous training of KVS teachers. The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of State for HRD Dr. D. Purandeswari. Also present were Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Smt. Anshu Vaish, Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU and Shri Avinash Dikshit, Commissioner, KVS. The MoU was signed by Registrar, IGNOU (Shri U.S. Tolia) and Jt. Commissioner (Admn.), KVS (Shri O.M. Prabhakaran).
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Purandeswari said that there is a need for continued professional development of teachers to meet the demand of quality in education. She appreciated the launch of the IGNOU-KVS training initiative. She added that this step is of immense significance in view of the importance of teacher training in the light of the Right of Education Act.
The target group for this training includes primary teachers, graduate teachers and post-graduate teachers. Under the present collaborative programme, the teachers of KVS would be required to undergo 6 months training including at least 15 days face to face programme with pre-training assessment and post training follow up, feed back cum assessment. The training would focus on content upgradation of teachers with respect to their own special subject areas. They would also be given in-depth training on new knowledge and its relevance to their work. Teachers would relearn new and innovative classroom management techniques and strategies for improving quality of teaching. A team of Experts would draw up a detailed training design, which would be periodically reviewed. Feedback on the training would be taken for continuously upgrading the quality of the programme. The duration of the programme will be six months. The training would be conducted in English and Hindi medium.
The Methodology for the training programme would be:
• Face to face interaction
• Self learning
• Audio video support
• Teleconferencing with a two-way audio and one-way video facility.
• Self-learning printed course material packages
• Assignment for assessment and feedback
• Practicals at designated institutions
• Work-related field projects/functional assignment as per programme requirement.
• Telecast of video and audio programmes on National Network of Gyan Darshan and Gyan Vani
• Resource support through eGyankosh
The teachers would have to undergo an evaluation. Certificates upon completion of programme would be provided by IGNOU. A JCC consisting of representatives from IGNOU and KVS would be formed by the Vice Chancellor of IGNOU and the Commissioner, KVS to prepare appropriate modalities of Training Programmes and its smooth conduct.