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FAQs and Glossary

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FAQS

  • Prashikshak currently provides data on all 600+ DIETs in India. We will expand to cover all Teacher Education Institutes (CTE, IASE, SCERT, and private institutes) in the future.

  • The portal is particularly valuable for policymakers and decision-makers (at both the state and national levels), aspiring teachers or aspiring student teachers, heads and staff of TEIs, entrepreneurs, researchers, civil society organizations, school staff, and the media. However, users of all types can use the portal to gain valuable, interesting information about the teacher education system in India.

  • Prashikshak provides four ways to access data on Teacher Education Institutes.

    1. View the Dashboard: overall picture of the status of teacher education nationally or within a state. On the Dashboard, data for the most important indicators are represented using charts, graphs, and infographics. The user can explore indicators within various focus areas, data over time, or identify high and non-performing institutes and states.

    2. Query the Data : the user can search to discover raw data for any of the 800 data points available for each institute.

    3. Compare the Data: allows the user to compare data across states and institutes to discover trends or relationships in teacher education. All 800 data points are available for comparison.

    4. Institute Report Card: provides a comprehensive view of teacher education for each Teacher Education Institute. After choosing an institute, the user can download a report card with all data for the selected institute.

  • There is a separate input module, where all DIETs are required to input data about their faculty, student body, facilities, and more. That data is published directly to this website after quality checks and analysis.

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development is in charge of this website and its corresponding input module.

  • The data collected from TEIs has been organized into 7 Focus Areas. These Focus Areas serve to categorize the data and highlight the most important issues in the teacher education space.

  • Currently, the portal collects over 800 data points from each DIET. However, we recognize that Prashikshak cannot gather every piece of data generated by an institute.

  • This is the first version of the India Teacher Education Portal, so only one year of data is available. When a second year of data becomes available, Trend over Time graphs will become available on the Dashboard.

  • Some data cannot be accurately or appropriately compared across institutes or states. Instead of showing a misleading graph, we have chosen to display "Not Applicable" for certain Key Indicators.

    For example, comparing funding across different states would be misleading, since the central government determines allotment of funding. The states have no control over this decision, so it is incorrect to judge them based on it. Similarly, it is misleading to compare funding at the institute level, since funding corresponds directly to institute size. The list of best-performing institutes would be the same as a list of the biggest institutes. For these reasons, "Performance of States" and "Performance of Institutes" are marked Not Applicable for the Financial key indicator.

  • [Answer pending, as functionality is not yet available]

  • Yes. As DIETs report data each year, this website will be updated with the new data. In addition, we will expand to cover all Teacher Education Institutes (CTE, IASE, SCERT, and private institutes) in the future.

  • This website is best viewed on Google Chrome with a resolution of at least 1366 X 768. It is accessible on mobile phones, but it has not been optimized for these devices.

  • The Heads of TEIs are responsible for the data for their website, since they supervise and approve the collection of that data.

  • By collecting and analysing data for all Teacher Education Institutes, MHRD will be able to identify gaps in the existing system, work with state governments to target resources most effectively, learn best practices from high-performing institutes, and identify and support low-performing institutes.

  • A period of 12 consecutive months, starting ____ and ending _______ of the next year.

  • Action research is a type of research project in which DIET faculty collaborate with school teachers to facilitate a research study.

Glossary

  • Academic Development Plan: Academic Development Plan details out a DIET’s plan for activities in the upcoming academic year with proposed timelines and targets.

    Actual: As it occurred in the current academic year. "Target" refers to the expected or planned value of something, while "Actual" occurs to the real value of something. For example, if a program was expected to take place with 20 people, but only 10 people arrived, target attendees would be 20 while actual attendees would be 10.

    Actual (ICT devices): Devices owned by institute, regardless of functionality

    Block Institute of Teacher Education (BITE): Institutes established in areas with a high concentration of SC/ST or minority students. BITEs highlight the specific needs of children from these communities, ensure access to good quality teachers in rural or remote areas, and facilitate the entry of talented people from SC/ST or minority areas into the teaching profession.

    Block Resource Centre (BRC): Block level institution that carries out the academic activities related to primary education, and implements teacher training programs at the block level in coordination with relevant DIETs

    Cluster Resource Centre (CRC): Implements the programs designed at block level at the cluster level, in coordination with BRCs

    College of Teacher Education (CTE): Institutes that provide pre-service and in-service education at the secondary level. They also are tasked with carrying out research, innovations, material development, and providing support to schools and other professional bodies.

    Co-curricular activities: Activities outside regular curricular programmes in which faculty members and trainees voluntarily participate. Co-curricular activities are an extension of the formal learning experiences and curricula, while extra-curricular activities are often not explicitly connected to formal learning.

    Corpus Fund: Corpus Fund is a DIET’s own capital source within the institute. The fund is generated independently by the DIET and is kept as a backup source for basic expenditures needed for administration of the institute if state or centre funds have not been received yet.

    Differently abled: Possessing an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. Official disabilities in India include blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, mental retardation, and mental illness

    District Institute of Education and Training (DIET): District institutions that conduct pre-service training and in-service work with teachers at the elementary education level

    EDUSAT: GSAT 3 is India's first education satellite, built exclusively for the education sector in order to supplement distance education system for the country. EDUSAT is a short form of "Education Satellite".

    Expected: A value that was planned or expected for the next academic year.

    Exposure Visits: Exposure visits allow for faculty in the DIET to visit other teacher education institutes to learn about best practices in teacher training and the research at other institutes and share their learning to the rest of the faculty members in the DIET.

  • Innovation Cell: Innovation Cell mostly refers to a body within the DIET where student teachers and faculty collaborate to discover more innovative techniques around teacher education.

    In service teacher education (ISTE): A continuation of pre-service teacher education; refers to any programme provided to teachers already working in schools with the purpose of updating and renewing their knowledge and technical skills, or enhancing their efficiency.

    Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE): Conduct pre-service and in-service education at the secondary level, with a mandate to develop into centres of excellence and research.

  • Learning Lab: Learning lab is a facility with relevant and updated instructional material, such as computers, models and etc., designated for imparting learning to student teachers. They provide additional academic assistance in all subject areas (i.e. Maths, Science, Geography and etc.).

  • Practicing school/lab area: Practicing school refers to a functioning school within a DIET’s region where student teachers can go and practice their teaching skills during an internship. A school categorized as a practicing school or lab area should prepare itself to function as the extension centre of the DIET to which it has been attached.

    Pre-service teacher education (PSTE): Education and training provided to students at DIETs before they have undertaken any teaching

    Programme Advisory Committee (PAC): A group that will serve to advise, guide, and review the Institute’s plans, programmes, and activities; it should meet at least twice a year and will have representation from the key institutes of the State and District.

    Quality Management System: Quality Management Systems are designed to help institutes ensure that they meet and exceed the needs and expectation of key stakeholders while meeting quality standards at the institute.

    Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA): National programme that seeks to provide quality universal primary education by opening new schools where they do not exist, strengthening existing school infrastructure, providing extra teachers where the cohort is inadequate, and strengthening the capacity of existing teachers.

    State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT): Autonomous state government bodies that oversee pre-service training in a state’s TEIs and organize in-service teacher education programmes. Other functions include the development of curriculum, instructional material, and supplementary materials; support and assistance to the state department of education, and guidance for research programmes.

    Study Tours: University Grants Commission allows for faculty within a DIET to pursue an extended leave through fellowships and scholarships at higher education institutes. Faculty within a DIET is awarded a scholarship or stipend for pursuing further studies (PH.D) or for undertaking research projects in a higher education institution.

    Target: A value that was planned or expected for the current academic year, regardless of the actual outcome or value

Abbreviations

  • AMC

    B.Ed

    BITE

    BRC

    CCTV

    CRC

    CTE

    D.Ed

    D.El.Ed

    DIET

    D.Litt

    ECCE

    EVS

    EDUSAT

  • IASE

    ICT

  • Kbps

    Mbps

    M.Ed

    MHRD

    MIS

    M.Phil

    NCFTE

    NGO

    ODL

  • Ph.D

    PPP

    PSTE

    RMSA

    SCERT

    SC

    SIEMAT

    SMC

    SSA

    ST

    TEI

    TES

    TLM

    TMS

  • VEC