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NISHTHA Program

NISHTHA Program

Context:

Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched the first on-line NISHTHA program for 1200 Key Resources Persons of Andhra Pradesh.

Why NISHTHA program is needed?

  • The in-service teacher education system must be sensitive to the feedback from the teachers.
  • The teachers' individual innovations must be recognized for their pedagogic values and should become part of standard teaching methods.
  • Teachers must be very actively sensitized towards the diversities of the country. Then only children can become sensitive to the huge and different diversities is of this vast nation. With these efforts only, children can grow up with the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.
  • Technology can't replace good teachers, but good teachers assisted by technology can do wonders in transforming education.

NISHTHA:

  • It is a National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement at the elementary stage under Samagra Shiksha - a flagship program of MHRD to improve learning outcomes.
  • NISHTHA in face-to-face mode was launched in 2019. Thereafter, 33 states/UTs have launched this program in their states/UTs in collaboration under the Samagra Shiksha scheme.

Features:

  • NISHTHA- online includes multiple approaches for interaction. While there are text modules along with videos, there will also be live sessions by the National level Resource persons on DTH Swayam Prabha TV Channel.
  • Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) will also be utilized for interaction with teachers
  • First level training had been provided by the National Resource Group (NRG) to the Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons-Leadership (SRPs-L) identified by the states/UTs.
  • The NRG had been constituted and oriented by the NCERT drawing members from the NCERT, NIEPA, and KVS. KRPs and SRPs-L had provided training directly to teachers at block level reducing the cascading effect of training.
  • In NISHTHA –online also, Key Resource Persons will play the role of mentors for the teachers.

Coverage:

  • In 29 States/UTs, the NISHTHA training program has been completed by the NCERT at the state level.
  • In 4 States/UTs (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, J&K, and Bihar), the training at the state level is still in progress. In two states, it is yet to be launched.  
  • District level teacher training program has been initiated in 23 States/UTs. 
  •  Around 23,000 Key Resource Persons and 17.5 lakh, teachers, and school heads have been covered under this program.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the sudden lockdown has affected the conduct of this program in face-to-face mode.
    • Therefore, for providing training to the remaining 24 lakh teachers and school heads, NISHTHA has been customized for the online mode to be conducted through DIKSHA and NISHTHA portals by the NCERT.
  • Andhra Pradesh is the first state for which ministry launched an online NISHTHA program for 1200 Key Resources Persons through the NISHTHA portal.
    • These resource persons will help in the mentoring of teachers of Andhra Pradesh, who will take on-line NISHTHA training on DIKSHA later on.

Significance:

  • The modules developed under NISHTHA focus on the holistic development of children. It includes curriculum and inclusive education health and well-being, personal social qualities, art integrated learning, initiatives in school education, subject-specific pedagogies, ICT in teaching-learning, leadership, pre-school education, pre-vocational education, etc.  
  • All the modules are centered around learning outcomes and, learner-centered pedagogy.
  • These modules are made interactive with engaging activities for teachers providing space to educational games, quizzes, etc. for joyful learning by the teachers and school heads. It will motivate teachers to implement this in their classroom for enhancing students’ learning outcomes.

Source: PIB