Delhi: 4,000 Sanskrit teachers to be trained under professional development program

In a major effort, about 4,000 Sanskrit teachers in Delhi will benefit from special professional development under the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

“SCERT Delhi will organize a continuous professional development program for 4,000 teachers of Sanskrit on teaching skills, philosophy of education and psychology,” reads a circular signed by Dr. Nahar Singh, co-director (academic) .

The course will be delivered within the framework of the National Education Policy (NEP). “NEP 2020 recognizes that teachers will need training on high quality content as well as pedagogy. Teachers will have the opportunity to continually improve and learn about the latest innovations and advances in their profession. Every teacher will be required to participate in CPD programs annually for their professional development,” SCERT said in the order.

He added that “Sanskrit being an important modern language mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, it will be mainstreamed with strong school offerings and included as one of the language options in the trilingual package, as well as in higher education as an optional subject, in Indian philosophy and yoga as the first text language.

The training will be delivered by 50 “Sanskrit Master Trainers” who will be selected from the pool of Post Graduate Trained Teachers (PGT) of Sanskrit and Graduate Trained Teachers (TGT) of Sanskrit under the Directorate of Education.

According to government officials, teachers selected for the pool will receive training in philosophy, child psychology, soft skills, game-based pedagogy, online technology, etc. pedagogical skills”.

SCERT has also posted a link inviting teachers to nominate themselves as master trainers to provide short and long term professional mentoring/support to teachers of Sanskrit. The deadline to apply is April 25.

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