To provide training to aspiring teachers, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Wednesday announced that a four-year B.Sc.-B.Ed course has been started at NIT, Agartala as a pilot project in the state this year.
Additionally, many more colleges are expected to get approval for the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) course starting from the next academic year.
“The National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) has started the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) course. As a pilot project in the state, a four-year B.Sc.-B.Ed course has been started at NIT, Agartala this year. We hope More colleges will get approval for ITEP courses from the coming academic year,” Saha said during the 13th Legislative Assembly session on Wednesday.
During the assembly session, Saha, who also serves as the state education minister, addressed various questions related to District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) colleges in the state. He mentioned that currently there are seven DIET colleges in the state, with an additional DIET college under construction at Panisagar in North Tripura district. Plans are underway to recruit more teachers for the new college.
“As part of this process, the Finance Department has approved filling up of eight lecturer posts in DIET colleges for the financial year 2023-24. Steps are being taken to fill these posts accordingly.
It is not possible to start the teaching program of the Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) teacher training course in the DIET College under Dhanpur Assembly in the current academic year. This is subject to the approval of the National Council of Teacher Education,” the Tripura Chief Minister said.
“However, the newly constructed DIET building is currently being used by the Education Department, SCERT, to implement various programs aimed at teaching and training in-service teachers and head teachers,” the CM said.