Srinagar:- Minister for School Education, Hajj & Auqaf and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today directed the concerned to introduce market-oriented professional courses, adopt latest teaching methods and seek technological intervention in teaching methodology as well as in administrative work.
The Minister expressed these views during his visit to teachers’ hostel ‘Ustad Ghar’, under-construction Auditorium building, and State Institute of Education (SIE) and DIET building here at Bemina.
Urging the SIE and DIET officials to break stereotype training methods, the Minister said training should not be for receiving certificates only. He said that the need of the hour is to impart training on modern lines by using the new methodology and latest technology so that master trainers could propagate the same quality down the line.
The Minister also asked for developing a mechanism through which standard and efficiency of trained teachers, who receive training from SIE and DIETs, could be assessed.
Highlighting the importance of introducing the new courses in the curriculum, Zulfkar said that in present day and age, there is a great influx of information, mainly coming through the internet. However, he said that the focus should be on relevant and upto date courses, that match up with the market trends are introduced, so that students have better prospects of getting jobs or establishing their entrepreneurial units.
Zulfkar also announced that to reward good work of teachers, besides getting State level award, they would be felicitated with zonal as well as district level awards. The awards will be given in all the three categories of Best Principal, Best Headmaster and Best Teacher.
The Minister said the aim is to make the Governmental educational schools institutes of excellence. He said for this whatever, is required will be done. He said that constructing ‘Ustad Ghar’, which is constructed at a cost of Rs 8 cr, is a step in the direction. He informed that the construction of ‘Ustad Ghar’ has solved problem of finding private accommodation for teachers receiving various trainings here.
He said not only the Departmental teachers, but even employees from other Departments could avail the boarding and lodging facility available at Ghar at nominal prices, provided the latter has followed the official protocol for it.