Come August 22, and the HRD ministry will launch “the world’s biggest project for teacher training” named NISHTHA (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement). More than 42 lakh teachers will be trained through this mission.
According to Rina Ray, Secretary, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, MHRD, “This initiative is in recognition of the fact that India cannot truly progress until and unless the skills of teachers are periodically upgraded.”
The ministry has mapped 15 lakh schools across the country on various platforms. In addition, 19,000 teacher training institutes in India have been mapped and put on Google Earth. Users can go online not only to see the geographical location of these institutes around the country, but also check their report card and give their feedback.
“Today, there are 8.5 million teachers in India, which is more than the population of Finland. We need to take care of our teachers and solve their problems. We need to focus on their welfare,” said Ray.