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Tata Trusts and Tata Institute of Social Sciences launch Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) with the Tata Trusts as founding partner have launched the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE). An independent centre at TISS Mumbai, the establishment was inaugurated on Nov 12 by Santosh Kumar Sarangi, IAS, Chairperson National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) with Tata Trusts’ CEO, Srinath N, attending as the Guest of Honor.

CETE has received a small seed support by the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching. The Centre, the first-of-its-kind in the country, is led by Prof Padma Sarangapani and aims to become a catalyst for transformation in one of the most neglected areas of education in the country: teacher development, and will work across five key areas to build upon CETE’s vision. – (i) Academic Programmes (Long and Short term professional development courses), (ii) Research (Field Action Research, Design Lab, Chair Programmes and academic publications) (iii) System Strengthening (Government system of education at state, district and sub-district levels) (iv) Technology enabled programmes (Connected Learning Initiative, Integrated Technology in Education, Development of Open Educational Resources, Community of Practice) (v) Evidence based policy advocacy (Round Tables, Conferences, Policy Briefs, Research, Communication Campaigns).

Santosh Sarangi, Chairperson, NCTE said “The launch of CETE fortifies some of the key mandates and objectives that NCETE (National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education) is looking into as per the National Education Policy. Some of the key aspects of our work include focusing on accessibility, quality, affordability amongst other key areas. The policy also focuses on four or five pillars that broadly address the concerns of students and teachers in the country. The education sector requires attention within the country, and within that sector, quality in teacher education will play an extremely important role. A lot of the mandates pertaining to developing national professional standards for teachers, developing ambition for mentorship at the school level are with NCETE and we’re glad to be working in collaboration with eminent industry leaders in this space.”  Some of CETE’s recent work includes No Teacher No Class – State of the Education Report for India 2021, which emphasised the complex nature of teaching and teacher education. The report, authored by the strong academic team of the CETE  at TISS, was released by UNESCO. Apart from offering quality academic and pedagogic resources for teacher educators and teachers in India, the centre has ongoing projects within South Asia and Africa. 

Dr Padma M. Sarangapani at CETE, TISS said “The NEP has placed teachers at the centre of the transformation envisioned for the sector. This makes the mission of the CETE timely and significant. Synergising quality improvement of teacher education, developing professional development linked career pathways for teachers, and advocating to improve their service and employment conditions are key areas of focus.  Our strengths lie in our multidisciplinary expert team, high quality research, field based action and advocacy, and our national and international collaborations and partnerships.”

Srinath N, CEO, Tata Trusts said, “Education has always been one of the focus areas for the Tata Trusts. We have played a key role in the establishment of national institutes of higher learning in the Sciences, Social Sciences and the Arts. Well-developed teachers, an improved learning environment, and an increased capacity of the system to support educators and schools will ensure equity and quality in education. Together with TISS, we hope that the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) will stand as an example, and achieve scale resulting in nurturing future-ready citizens, and a forward-looking system of education.”

Dr Shalini Bharat, DIrector at TISS said, “CETE’s launch reaffirms TISS’s vision of designing high quality research and academic programmes to respond to the changing social realities as well as the National Education Policy 2020. CETE will play a pivotal role in transforming the status of teachers in the country. This work requires multidisciplinary perspectives and knowledge, formation of dispositions and values, and development of practice under the best mentors connected to the field.  This is the strength of our institute. We remain committed to working with multiple stakeholders to foster quality and equity in teacher education.”

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