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Teachers spurred to look beyond textbooks, syllabus

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Not missing the point:Sunitha Vedantam, Chief Personnel Officer, Southern Railway, Chennai having a word with G. Arockiasamy, Joint Director, DTERT, Chennai, at Southern Railway School Teachers training programme in Tiruchi. P. Mahesh, centre, Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop, is in the picture.—Photo: R.M.Rajarathinam.
Not missing the point:Sunitha Vedantam, Chief Personnel Officer, Southern Railway, Chennai having a word with G. Arockiasamy, Joint Director, DTERT, Chennai, at Southern Railway School Teachers training programme in Tiruchi. P. Mahesh, centre, Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop, is in the picture.—Photo: R.M.Rajarathinam.

A three-week long In-Service training programme for teachers of railway schools across Southern Railway zone got underway here on Monday.

Around 150 teachers from railway high and higher secondary schools in Southern Railway zone have enrolled themselves for the training programme that will cover a wide variety of aspects aimed at enhancing their teaching skills through effective communication; improve their personality and make them aware of the current trends in education.

Faculty members from higher educational institutions; railway officers and an industry representative would handle sessions on different topics including emotional intelligence; effective communication; management techniques; self development; qualities of an ideal teacher; online tools and current trends in education; faculty development; role of library in equitable education; evaluation of techniques; sense of humour in teaching; classroom behaviour; professional development; non verbal communication and low cost teaching aides.

Inaugurating the programme, organised jointly by the Southern Railway and the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT), Chennai, the Chief Personnel Officer, Industrial Relations, Southern Railway, Chennai Sunitha Vedantam said such training sessions were essential to enable teachers renew themselves periodically as they handle new set of children every year.

Playing a vital role in child development, teachers' role goes beyond textbooks and syllabus, Ms. Sunita said exhorting the participants to be a source of inspiration for the young minds; kindle curiosity among students and leave a lasting impact. Such training programmes also provide an opportunity for the teachers to introspect their strengths and their limitations, she said.

The Joint Director, DTERT, Chennai G. Arockiasamy said it was necessary for teachers to refresh themselves to sharpen their way of teaching. The DTERT had imparted training to headmasters of high and higher secondary schools on the ways to plan school activities and upgrade the standards of students.

The Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop P. Mahesh presided over the function. T.R. Raghavendran, Workshop Personnel Officer spoke.

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