NISHTHA MHRD NCERT Teacher Training Guidelines,Action plan, Schedule ( National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement)

NISHTHA MHRD NCERT Teacher Training Guidelines, Action plan, Schedule : National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement NISHTHA Guidelines. Teacher Training Programme will be initiated by Ministry Human Resources Development MHRD and NCERT National Council for Education Research and Training through Integrated Teacher Training Programme for Improving Quality of School Education. Here are the guidelines for NISHTHA Programme in AP and Telangana details we can get at itpd.ncert.gov.in  Generally, training programs are conducted for teachers, school principals, SMCs and State/district/block/cluster level functionaries in isolated manner with different objectives and content. The NISHTHA program attempts to bring all the stakeholders and target groups on the same platform integrating them and orienting them on similar content focusing on their specific roles and responsibilities.Teacher Training Programme will be initiated by Ministry Human Resources Development MHRD and NCERT National Council for Education Research and Training through Integrated Teacher Training Programme for Improving Quality of School Education. Here are the guidelines for NISHTHA Programme in AP and Telangana details we can get at itpd.ncert.gov.in

The Department of School Education and Literacy is launching a National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the Elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme called NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha in 2019-20. 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 officials and Resource Persons from Block Resource Centres (BRCs) and Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs) in all States and UTs. This training will be conducted directly by 33120 Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRP) identified by the State and UTs, who will in turn be trained by 120 National Resource Persons identified from National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Non-Government Organisations and UNICEF.

The aim of this training is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as first level counsellors.

They will be oriented on and develop their skills on various aspects related to Learning Outcomes, Competency Based Learning and Testing, Learner-centered Pedagogy, School Safety and Security, Personal-social qualities, Inclusive Education, ICT in teachinglearning including Artificial Intelligence, Health and well-being including yoga, Initiatives in School Education including library, eco club, youth club, kitchen garden, School Leadership qualities, Environmental Concerns, Pre-school, Pre-vocational Education and School Based Assessment in a joyful learning manner.

Quality training packages containing modules related to aforesaid areas have been developed by the NCERT and NIEPA. States and UTs can contextualize the training modules and use their own material and resource persons also, keeping in view the core topics and expected outcomes of NISHTHA.

This massive capacity building programme has been integrated with technology to ensure smooth facilitation, availability of digital content and technology enabled teaching methods to support the teachers. A Mobile App and Learning Management System (LMS) based on MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) have been developed by NCERT (https://nishtha.ncert.gov.in/). LMS will be used for registration of Resource Persons and Teachers, dissemination of resources, training gap and impact analysis, monitoring, mentoring and measuring the progress online.

An important feature of this integrated training programme is the embedded post training interventions including provision of mentoring. After the completion of the training, the KRPs will be in touch with all the teachers through WhatsApp and Facebook Workplace groups etc and will form Quality Circles that will work to share ideas, challenges and their solutions and best practices. This will help in building pedagogical skills and connecting with peers, thereby creating a long term sustainable impact on classroom transactions.

These Guidelines has been prepared as a working document to disseminate information about the programme and its objectives, summarize the training modules and their expected outcomes and to facilitate the National Resource Groups, States and UTs to plan, conduct and monitor the training programme.

The main expected outcomes from NISHTHA are:
1) Improvement in learning outcomes of the students.
2) Creation of an enabling and enriching inclusive classroom environment
3) Teachers become alert and responsive to the social, emotional and psychological needs of students as first level counselors.
4) Teachers are trained to use Art as pedagogy leading to increased creativity and innovation among students.
5) Teachers are trained to develop and strengthen personal-social qualities of students for their holistic development.
6) Creation of healthy and safe school environment.
7) Integration of ICT in teaching learning and assessment.
8) Developing stress free School Based Assessment focused on development of learning competencies.
9) Teachers adopt Activity Based Learning and move away from rote learning to competency based learning.
10) Teachers and School heads become aware of new initiatives in school education.
11) Transformation of the Heads of Schools into providing academic and administrative leadership for the schools for fostering new initiatives.

NISHTHA Guidelines and Action Plan
National Resource Groups comprising of 15 Experts each will train Key Resource Persons (identified by the State and UT for further teacher training) and State Resource Person already trained by NIEPA (identified by the State and UT for further training of school heads and other functionaries). An exemplar methodology for selection of KRPs is at Annexure-I. The details on the number of KRPs and SRPs required for each state and UT is enclosed at Annexure-II. These KRPs and SRPs will directly train teachers and school heads. Therefore, the Master trainer layer has been eliminated. This will help in reducing the high percentage of communication loss that occurs due to many layers.

Expected Outcomes: 
The following quantifiable outcomes have been envisaged to be achieved after the completion of integrated teachers’ training:

  1. 100 % government elementary teachers will be trained.
  2. 100% Head Teachers, Head Masters, and Principals will be trained
  3. 100 % SCERT and DIET faculty will be trained.
  4. 100 % BRCCs and CRCCs will be trained

Topics covered and expected outcomes
There are total 12 modules for teachers and 5 modules for school heads, which are categorized below:
Categories of the Modules:
1) Generic Issues including ICT and Samagra Shiksha
2) School Based Assessment
3) Art Integrated Learning
4) Pedagogy of Subjects
5) Leadership Concerns

Structure of the Modules
Each module will have the following structure:
• Learning Objectives
• Brief introduction about the subject area
• Class specific Learning Outcomes in the subject area- An Overview
• A brief on the pedagogies to be used for achieving the learning outcomes
• Example of a whole chapter/theme (from NCERT Textbook)- transaction modalities focusing on

a) Introduction of the chapter/theme- linking Learner’s day to day experiences with the theme
b) Learning outcomes to be achieved through the theme/chapter (pedagogies preferred for achieving the learning outcomes)
c) Conduct of in-built activities using learner centered approach
d) Perspective of in-built evaluation
e) Examples should be such that show integration of general issues (diversity, values, etc.,) wherever appropriate.
f) Exercises – why different types of questions? Why some are open ended and divergent?
g) How to address issue of multilingualism if arise during the session/class?

Activities for the KRPs/Teachers
a) Make a classroom plan for transacting one or two themes/chapters from one or two textbooks (NCERT) linking it with learning outcomes.
b) Develop an activity, which will focus on enhancing gender sensitivity/inclusion/environmental sensitivity/scientific temper and integrating it with subject-specific theme.
a) What has been learnt through this module?
b) What has been left?

Guidelines for NISHTHA  National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement 


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  1. it is good initiative by MHRD for school Education

  2. when does this initiative start ?



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