Networking of TEI essential: former VC

TEACHING STRATEGY: A section of participants at the seminar held at the Sri Sarada College of Education in Salem on Friday.

TEACHING STRATEGY: A section of participants at the seminar held at the Sri Sarada College of Education in Salem on Friday.  

Staff Reporter

This will help share expertise and enrich knowledge

SALEM: Networking of teacher education institutions (TEI) is essential to enrich the knowledge of the teacher educators and ensure quality in them, former Vice-Chancellor of Gandhigram Rural Institute, Deemed University, G. Pankajam, has said.

Delivering the inaugural address at the University Grants Commission sponsored two-day State-level seminar on `Networking in teacher education: Experiences and prospects' organised by Sri Sarada College of Education here on Friday, she said bringing all the TEIs together would help share the expertise and the infrastructure facilities.

"These days the TEIs are isolated and stand aloof. A real networking will help bring all teacher educators together to share their expertise and enrich their knowledge," she said.

The networking of the TEIs would help enhance the curricula framework and teaching strategies. It would also facilitate the TEIs to undertake collaborative research to develop of new knowledge and skills.

Ms. Pankajam called upon the teacher educators to take advantage of the Information and Communication Technology to enhance their knowledge. Teacher educators could make use of the online services to learn and share their views, she said. Asking the teacher educators to face the challenges with confidence and conviction, she said they should be committed to their profession and ready to adapt to the changing environment.

She also stressed the need for strengthening the primary education in the country. The educational institutions should conduct special education programmes for preparing the teachers for the disabled children, she added.

College secretary Yatiswari Vinayaka Priya was present. Principal V. Usha Sri welcomed.

Experts in the field of education and teacher educators from various parts of the State are participating in the seminar. Sessions on functioning of teacher education programme, equipping the teacher trainee and learning content and evaluation were held on the first day.

On August 19, sessions on college of teacher education and its role, the teacher educator and sharing resources and measures for progress would be held.

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