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Seminar 2008

Chetram Sharma College of Education, Noida organized a National Seminar at the portals of the institute on the theme-Challenges and demands posed on Teachers of next generation which was inaugurated by Prof. K.K.Aggarwal, Honourable Vice Chancellor of G.G.S.I.P. University, Delhi.

Prof. Aggarwal lighted the lamp and invoked the blessings of Goddess Saraswati for beginning the deliberations. Principal of the institute, Dr. Shubhra Mangal delivered the welcome note and presented the annual report of the college amidst the gathering. At the onset of his inaugural speech he appreciated the relevance of the topic in present context as B.Ed. is the bridge between school and higher education. The topic is of major concern and if education has to do something for a nation, we have to start from teacher education. Enlighting the significance of teacher education courses for human capital he asserted its importance to uplift the nation. The B.Ed. curriculum needs a lot of improvement to make it vibrant in accordance with today’s needs and demands. He said that “today we are producing B.Ed. graduates, but not teachers.” The teacher is the role model for a student as he naturally accepts whatever the teacher says without any arguments. This stage of unconditional acceptance of a teacher as a role model has to be exploited. Teachers of higher education do not have this privilege. School education should be made entertainment education as this is the only potential tool to make learning interesting and without any burden. Today, schools emphasize rote learning and thus kill the creativity of students. Not allowing flexibility in the system is like killing innovation. Allowing free flow of the creativity of the child will bring a situation where the child can be better than the teacher. He said “ideas which look crazy can reap more dividends than ideas that look intelligent”. He quoted many examples to explain how the craziest ideas have transformed into magnificent inventions. Thus flexibility and innovation are the key elements to evolve tomorrow’s education system.

On the occasion, Prof. Aggarwal unveiled the first issue of the journal brought out by the institute namely EduQuest to assimilate the trends, researchers and thoughts in Teacher Education. The institute has full time B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil. and M.A. (Edu.) courses and is affiliated to Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut.

Some Eminent resource persons from the field of education like Prof. Ranjana Bhatia (Principal, AIE), Prof. S. K. Mangal (Former Principal, C.R. College of Education, Rohtak), Dr. S. Meganathan (Linguistics, NCERT), Dr. A.P.Behera (National curriculum group, NCERT), Dr. R. L. Phutela (CIT., NCERT), Dr.Uma Mangal (Former Principal, Vaish college of Education, Rohtak), Dr.I.R.S.Sindhu (Reader, Department of Education, C.C.S. University, Meerut) were there to grace the occasion and speak upon the theme. The Seminar was held on Saturday, 5th April, 2008 on the Theme:

Challenges and Demands posed on teachers of next generation.”

The central theme was divided into three broad categories with reference to challenges on the:

  • Sociological front

  • Psychological front

  • In the field of Research and Technology

The challenges posed on teachers on the foresaid fronts were further subdivided into sub themes as follows:

    1. Need of training teachers for linguistic diversity, in the context of emerging knowledge societies.

    2. Evolving the concept of global citizenship through the teachers of next generation.

    3. Peace Education: Reducing violence in Schools.

    4. Building collaborative and team approach through the module of Emotional Intelligence in teacher training programme.

    5. Specialized teacher training module to meet the demands of Inclusive Education.

    6. Competency Mapping: Imperative for evolving competent teachers.

    7. Diagnostic Testing through Action research: A prerequisite for remedial teaching.

    8. Preserving Digital Heritage: Responsibility of teachers.

    9. Research orientation: Imperative for teacher training programme.

There were around 100 lecturers, research scholars as delegates from various teacher training colleges of Delhi and NCR.

Prof. Ranjana Bhatia (Principal, AIE), spoke upon the significance of Emotional Intelligence in teacher education. She said that the teachers in our education system are prone to a certain level of stress in their professional as well as personal life and do not have the competencies to deal with the emotional swings. Therefore, it becomes mandatory to incorporate a module of Emotional Intelligence in the teacher training programme. She asserted that the teacher educators have to train the teacher trainees to identify feelings, differentiate between emotions, act upon emotions, be aware of one’s strength and weaknesses, develop listening skills and sharpening of the competency skills which include 3A’s i.e. Assertion, Anger Management, Anxiety Management and Empathy, Time Management, Commitment, Handling relationships. Teachers present a role model in front of their students and by behaving in an appropriate manner and managing emotions aptly they can set an example before the students who absorb such positive behaviour from the teachers. If a teacher is well equipped with these fine life skills in the pre service teacher training, then she will not only become a more effective teacher but will be able to handle the daily strife and struggle of life more easily. Thus an emotionally intelligent teacher has the capacity to withstand delays, tolerate frustrations, make effective adjustments and thus remain a happy person.

Prof. S. Meganathan from the Linguistics department of NCERT stressed upon the significance of languages in education .He quoted that

  • All education is language learning.

  • Language and learning are intertwined but there is no link between school language and mother tongue. This issue needs due attention.

  • Role of teacher at the helm of the whole issue of learning and the learner at the centre of the learning.

  • Lesser the anxiety better is language acquisition in the learner.

  • Change required in the style of teacher training in accordance wit the demands of the society.

  • We need to create professionals and not simply trained teachers.

  • Future teachers need to act as catalysts of the Knowledge society, building new professionalism.

Dr. R.L. Phutela who is very intimately associated with the EDUSAT programme of NCERT stressed upon the need of Information and Communication Technology for the teacher training programme. He elaborated the achievements of the EDUSAT programme in the following points:

  • Around 24,000 secondary school teachers have been trained as yet in 2 cycles.

  • The satellite has the potential of reaching far flung areas of the country.

  • The satellite can be integrated with regular school teaching.

  • Exclusivity of the satellite for school education, higher education, and teacher education.

  • Need for recurrent training of teachers and updation of the teacher education programme.

  • Satellite gives two way conferencing which provides best opportunity for using resources, skills, content upgradation and time management.

  • Satellite enables establishment of dialogue enrichers and the content can reach to villages also.

  • The satellite is being used by NCERT, AICTE, and CIET.

  • Discussions regarding National Curriculum Framework also done through the satellite.

Dr. A. P. Behera, Reader, National curriculum Group focused on the deliberations and stressed on the significance of Peace Education to be integrated in the normal curriculum. Educating for peace requires the following agendas in mind:

  • Values are caught and not taught.

  • Practising of values by teachers

  • Integrating Value education in the curriculum shall bring about peace education automatically.

He asserted that “Vasudheva Kutumbakam” implies that globalization has to be inculcated from the preprimary stage itself and teachers should give importance to individual differences to bring out the creativity in each child as each child has the potential to become a worthy member of the Knowledge Society.

Dr. S.K. Mangal, Professor and Head, C.R. College of Education, Rohtak, stressed upon the significance of teacher education in light of the changing demands of the society. His approach towards the theme is as under:

  • The idea behind such seminars was appreciated by him but he asserted that the outcomes need to be discussed and thought upon deeply in order to bring about a positive change.

  • He asserted the significance of teacher education in the context of globalization and in the making of a knowledge society.

  • The challenges imposed on teachers today are immense but we need to plan and execute in accordance to the changing scenario.

  • He was very passionate about inclusion and said that the demand for tomorrow is to include all children in the main stream of education, irrespective of individual differences..

Dr. I.R.S. Sindhu, Reader, Department of Education, C.C. S. University, Meerut, focused on the mental health and physical health of the future generations and asserted the role of teachers in bringing about such awareness in students. Spiritual health was the main idea behind his speech. In order to handle and face the challenges and demands posed on teachers of next generation, it is essential for them to evolve spiritually as only then they would be able to handle the stress and strain imposed on them in the form of demands and challenges.

Lastly, Prof. S. P. Ojha, Vice Chancellor, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, was there for the valedictory function of the seminar. He spoke about the relevance of the reorientation teacher education in building our nation as a knowledge Society. According to him the definition of Education should be the evaluation of Self-Consciousness in teachers. The field of education needs lot of improvement and we need to evolve Multidimensional education policy to fulfill the demands of the globalized society. He released the souvenir to sum up the proceedings of the Seminar and distributed the certificates of participation to the delegates of the Seminar. At the end Dr. Shubhra Mangal extended a vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and the participants of the seminar.

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