Signing of MoU – NCTE officials with the Intel Team
National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is a statutory body to coordinate and monitor development of teacher education in India. To ensure quality of teacher education, NCTE formulates norms and standards with regard to design, transaction and evaluation of curriculum, and other matters concerned with teacher education. NCTE as a progressive and forward looking organization has been actively trying to empower teacher educators with the technology skills and the pedagogic skills associated with it. Intel Teach program is a globally acclaimed program that is being implemented in 40 countries worldwide. It aims to help classroom teachers learn how best to use technology to improve teaching and learning.
In order to empower all teacher educators with technology skills and the associated pedagogic skills, NCTE had entered into an MOU with Intel® and launched project XPDITTE (X-elerated Professional Development in the Integration of Technology in Teacher Education).
This collaborative project aims to provide professional development in technology integration to all teacher educators across the country. The objectives of this project are to impart sustained professional development to all teacher educators from all recognized institutions of teacher education across the country. NCTE and Intel had signed this MOU in December 2006 for Project XPDITTE with the aim to impart sustained professional development to all teacher educators from all the recognized institutions of teacher education across the country and to make Information Communication Technology (ICT) a part of the teacher education curriculum.
Project XPDITTE achieved huge successes in its three years of existence, reaching out to 74 Universities & 10 SCERTs. More than 8000 Teacher Educators in 2000 Teacher Education Institutions across 18 states have been impacted in the three years of this project. One national & one state level contests were very successfully organized during this period. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi conducted a ‘National Contest on Best integration of Technology in Teacher Education’ and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) conducted state level contests on ‘Technology Integration in Education’ for Colleges of Education, Teacher Educators and Student Teachers.’
With the aim to continue the good work done, and achieve the target set in the original MOU, NCTE & Intel renewed the MoU on 12th January 2010 in a high profile event attended by all the senior officials of NCTE and Intel. Shri Hasib Ahmad Member Secretary from NCTE and Mr. Rahul Bedi of Intel were the signatories of the MoU.
The main objectives of the renewed MoU are:
- Build capacities of teacher educators on effective use of ICT for communication, collaboration and research activities by mapping Intel curriculum resources with the needs of the teacher educators and teacher education institutions.
- Empower the future teachers by preparing them as effective teachers for tomorrow.
- Support selected colleges to develop as model colleges of education in terms of their ICT deployment, usage and integration.
- Take “Project XPDITTE” forward for promoting qualitative teaching and learning practices.
Prof. M.A Siddiqui, Chairperson, NCTE made the introductory address and expressed his satisfaction at the success of project XPDITTE and thanked Intel for proactive collaboration and implementation. Mr. Anshul Sonak from Intel shared plans for developing sustenance in the use and integration of technology in Teacher Education Institutions and also shared Intel’s plans to further their reach by aligning with MHRD’s vision of inclusion, equity and excellence.
Mr. Rahul Bedi, in his Vote of Thanks, reiterated Intel’s vision for a strong partnership with NCTE. He felt that the renewed MoU was the way forward for sharing and learning to transform education in the country.
The main focus of the second phase of the MoU with NCTE would be online learning & sharing. Intel also intends to recognize excellence in education by instituting awards in all categories of teacher education.
“NCTE feels grateful to each member of the Intel team for the success of project XPDITTE.”
– Prof. Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, Chairperson NCTE.
“Intel believes in forming strong partnerships. The partnership with NCTE has given Intel the platform and the opportunity to learn, share and be an active partner in transforming education. “
– Mr. Rahul Bedi, Director, Corporate Affairs , Intel
“The second phase of the MoU aims at aligning with MHRD’s vision of – inclusion, equity & excellence.”
– Mr. Anshul Sonak, South Asia Education Manager, Intel
Source : http://www.intel.com/cd/corporate/education/APAC/ENG/in/news