In an age of swift transformations, education is experiencing a paradigm shift with focus changing from behavioural to cognitive learning, which requires teachers to take up new roles effectively and meet challenges of educational reforms in teacher education. With the National Curriculum Framework 2005 and the Right to Education Act, India has witnessed a substantial increase in enrolment ratio at primary school level. Several national surveys, however, conclusively suggest that learning outcomes amongst primary school students still remain dismal. This has largely been due to poor quality of training of primary school teachers at various institutions. In most of these institutions, a substantial number of sanctioned posts remain vacant which adversely affect the quality of teacher training programme.
The Necessary Teacher Training Programme (NeTT) seek to fill this persisting gap by providing quality inputs, which, coupled with the State curriculum for teacher education, creates teachers who teach with passions and proficiency and are equipped with knowledge of the matter.
NeTT – a 2 year educational program uses a unique digitally based pedagogical framework called Doctrine of Modern Method (DMM), which puts student at the centre of learning and makes both student and teachers responsible for the standard of education and its disbursement structure. Student-teachers grasp better use of technology in education under this program. Use of computers is keenly promoted as a part of the programme and many aspects of teacher training, including preparation of Teaching and Learning Materials (TLM) and workshops are carried out digitally.
HPPI currently works with the State governments in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to implement the NeTT Programme in 19 institutions. These include five District Institutes for Education and Training (DIETs) in Haryana (Mahendragarh, Yamuna Nagar, Sirsa, Faridabad and Sonipat), three in Madhya Pradesh (Ujjain, Khandwa and Dewas), four in Uttar Pradesh (Allahabad, Jhansi, Meerut and Gorakhpur) and five in Bihar (Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali, Nalanda and Muzzafarpur), with two Government Elementary Teacher Training Institutes (GETTIs) in Haryana (Ferozepur Namak and Morni Hills).