MHRD mulls plan to revitalise dying DIETs in J&K

Rs 33.62 crore approved for upgrading infrastructure, technological support

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 19 2018 12:58AM | Updated Date: Dec 19 2018 12:58AM
MHRD mulls plan to revitalise dying DIETs in J&KRepresentational Pic

The union ministry of human resource development is mulling a plan for Jammu and Kashmir to revitalise district institutes of education and training (DIETs) and two state institutes of education (SIE), and has released Rs 33.62 crore for upgrading infrastructure of these dying institutes.

A project approval board (PAB) meeting of Samrga Shiksha convened by MHRD in New Delhi in June approved the funds.

The meeting was convened to review and approve the 2018-19 annual plan for the J&K education sector.

To strengthen the teacher education programme, the MHRD has approved an amount of Rs 1.20 crore for overall facelift of two State Institute of Educations (SIEs) and DIET institutes of the state. 

The funds approved by MHRD are likely to be utilised for establishment of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in the state, the government has decided to replace SIE with.

The move is aimed at to improve overall academic scenario in schools. The Council will have full control over academic activities of educational institutions in the state.

“SCERT will have more powers as it will work as an independent institution. The funds for infrastructure development will be released in the month of January,” an official said, adding Rs 1.15 crore was also approved for technology support to upcoming SCERTs and DIETs.

“The SCERT and DEITs will be equipped with internet facility and other technological support.”

Meanwhile, MHRD has also approved an amount of Rs 8.4 lakhs for residential training program of teacher educators, DIET Principal and its faculty. 

“The unfortunate part is that these funds remain unutilised as department has failed to make DIET institutes accountable which mars the education standards in schools,” another official said.

Rs 34 laths have also been approved for establishment of an online ‘DIKSHA’ portal for teachers of the education department that will provide academic assistance to the teachers.

“In case any teacher faces problem in teaching a subject he can access this online portal which will have online modules of all the subjects and it will enable him to interact with the teachers of other states as well,”the official said.

The MHRD has also approved Rs 19.57 crore for teacher educators’ salary in newly established DIET in the state while Rs 6.16 crore has been kept for faculty development of teacher educators in DIETs.

“Approval was given for Rs 5.10 crore under annual grant for these institutes. The amount will be utilised for overall facelift of DIETs,” the official said.

 

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