Union Human Resource Development Minister has launched the World’s Largest Teachers’ Training Programme – NISHTHA (National Initiative for School Head’s and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement)
What is NIHTHA
NISHTHA (National Initiative for School Head’s and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement) is an integrated centralized teachers’ training programme. It is aimed to train more than 42 lakhs teachers across India.
This integrated programme aims to build the capacities of around 42 lakh participants covering all teachers and Heads of Schools at the elementary level in all Government schools, faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) as well as Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators in all States and UTs.
The objective & features of the programme
The basic objective of this massive training programme ‘NISHTHA’ is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students.
The prominent feature of NISHTHA programme is
- Activity-based modules including educational games and quizzes
- Social-emotional learning
- Motivational interactions
- Team building
- Preparation for schools based assessment
- Online monitoring and support system#InitiativesofMHRD
The integrated programme, therefore, seeks to train all heads and teachers as first-level counsellors to be alert and responsive to the needs of the students, in addition to promoting joyful learning and taking special care of the requirements of special children.
Details of course
The teachers will get awareness and develop their skills in various aspects related to
- Learning Outcomes,
- Competency-Based Learning and Testing,
- Learner-centred Pedagogy, School Safety, and Security,
- Personal-social qualities,
- Inclusive Education,
- ICT in teaching-learning including Artificial Intelligence, Health, and well-being including yoga,
- Initiatives in School Education including a library, eco-club, youth club, kitchen garden,
- School Leadership qualities,
- Environmental Concerns,
- Pre-school, Pre-vocational Education and
- School-Based Assessment.
All the topics will be taught in joyful learning manner which will enhance the skills of the teachers. As the teachers are the powerhouse of the nation, the need of the hour is that the skilled and versatile teachers required to teach the students which in return help in building nation.
The Learning Management System for teachers
To further facilitate this massive capacity building programme, a Learning Management System (LMS) based on MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) has been developed.
Every member of the NRG, SRG, KF, Teachers, School Heads etc. will be registered on the portal through the portal link or mobile app for being a part of this network, as per details provided at https://nishtha.ncert.gov.in/.
This portal would facilitate an effective capacity building programme through its Data Management System to track registration, training schedules and serve as a platform for delivering course material, to manage learning in terms of assessing entry & exit behavior, tracking progress of learning, clarifying queries etc., to showcase the follow up activities-actual classroom intervention, sharing of experiences, testimonials etc.
Thus, the LMS portal will be for registration of National Resource Groups, Key Resource Persons, and Teachers, dissemination of resources, training gap analysis (Pre and Post training), monitoring and support, etc.
The States and UTs themselves, for keeping track of teachers’ training and to provide the required support, will ultimately handle this Portal. In this regard, a nodal person with technical expertise is to be nominated for managing the activities related to the portal, e.g., data-based attendance, testing, participation in the online forum, etc.