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Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) organized a One-Day Workshop on IITE Curriculum: Discussions and Deliberations on June 30, 2011. Experts of national and international repute like Prof. A. N. Maheshwari, Former Chairperson, NCTE, Prof. Bharati Baveja, Former Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Delhi, Prof. Prabhjyot Kulkarni, Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, New Delhi, and other renowned faculties from various State universities and teacher education institutes interacted throughout the day on the salient dimensions of teacher education. The workshop began with the introductory remarks by Mrs. Jayanti Ravi, Commissioner, Higher Education, on the finer details of the concept of IITE as a university of teacher education and the prospects of providing unique, integrated courses in teacher education. It was followed by the Keynote Address by Prof. A. N. Maheshwari. He expressed firm belief in the uniqueness and invaluable significance of IITE as an institution and its integrated courses. In his Address, he gave an overview of how he pursued a career as a Physicist in the early part of his life but inspired by the cause of teacher education, he turned his focus on teacher education and worked all his life on the aspects of curriculum development and the teaching methods for the same. He recounted the experience of a lifetime spent on bringing about change in teacher education. In view of the past and present scenarios of teacher education, he expressed the joy that Gujarat has provided a model institution of teacher education in the form of IITE to the country and the world.

Two panel discussions which followed dwelled upon the details of the various subjects offerred and the holistic nature of the integrated courses. Prof. Bharati Baveja, one of the panelists, mentioned in her remarks that teacher education in India has been dominated by the theories propounded by the West and how students often approached her with the question as to why there is no Indian theory of teacher education in the syllabus. She was of the view that IITE comes across as the answer to this question and addresses the concerns that the community of teachers and students have contemplated over in various parts of the country.

The workshop was attended by eminent scholars and experts in the State like Dr G. T. Sarvaiya, Dr. T. S. Doshi, Dr. Vijay Sevak, and Dr. Bhalendu Vaishnav. The sessions of the workshop were followed by responses of all the subject experts who contributed to the constitution of IITE curriculum. They shared their views on the way IITE curriculum is unique and marks a departure from the previous models of teacher education. The eminent panelists also responded to the questions and concerns of teachers and academicians who attended the workshop. Dr. Mandira Sikdar, Navrachana University, Baroda, shared her concerns regarding the integration of various subjects even within domain of science and the methodologies for transacting IITE curriculum in the classroom. There were representatives from Institutes of teacher education situated in the remote and interior parts of the State who expressed their ideas on teacher education and contributed to the workshop through their participation in the question-answer session. The workshop threw light on the possiblities and potentialities inherent in the IITE curriculum and its implementation. At the end of the workshop, the eminent scholars, experts and representatives of State universities and B. Ed. Institutes expressed the hope that IITE would lead the State and the country to a new era of teacher education.

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