The School of Education (SOE) of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is collaborating with the government of Tripura with the aim of training 11,884 teachers at the elementary level.
Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) was also signed between the Tripura government and IGNOU for the same purpose on Friday.
Only teachers who possess qualifications which are mentioned under the NCTE norms will be eligible for the program.
The program is a two-year diploma in elementary education. Candidate of the reserved category will be given relaxation in the marks and eligibility criteria, was mentioned in the press release of the university.
The diploma courses will be delivered in the form of open distance learning (ODL) and aims to “familiarize all enrolled teachers with dimensions of elementary education in Tripura”.
“Two years down the lane there was not much Training Learning Materials (TLMs) available for training the untrained teachers. The challenge for us was to come up with something that was meaningful and totally required to professionally upgrade the untrained teachers,” IGNOU SOE and program coordinator Poonam Bhushan said.
The MoC regarding the diploma was signed between the IGNOU registrar and the director of SCERT Tripura on Friday.
“Now, even the SCERT has developed a lot of materials for reference and IGNOU has also emerged to be strong. The DIETS/ teaching faculty are much trained today as compared to the past two years to carry forward this program. While the SLMs can do their job, it is the practical component that should be organized by the state government for a successful completion of training them,” Bhushan said.