CM seeks HRD Min

Bhubaneswar:  In an effort to improve the quality of education in schools, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday shot off a letter to Union Minister of Human Resources Development, M M Pallam Raju seeking his intervention to increase intake capacity of Teachers’ Training Institutes (TTIs) in the State.  

Mentioning about acute shortage of trained teachers both at elementary and secondary level, Patnaik said the State Government had sent a proposal to the Government of India to increase the intake capacity of the existing TTIs for 2013-14, which was pending with the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).

Though the State Government had requested the Union HRD Ministry and the NCTE in January this year for grant of extension of time for submission of hard copies of the application forms in this regard, it was yet to get any response, Patnaik stated.

“The State Government has also given a commitment to make additional investment in infrastructure and recruitment of teachers for the proposed increase in intake,” the letter read.

He further said as per the attrition rate calculated by NCTE, the State requires 5000 teachers per year.

Presently there are 73 government TTIs having intake capacity of 4390 (1240 seats at secondary level and 3150 seats at elementary level) which are imparting B Ed and D.El.Ed courses.