New Delhi, Oct 4: The Human Resource Development (HRD) started a special training course for untrained teachers designed by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The course is called Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) and at least 15 lakh ‘untrained teachers’ have enrolled for this special course. At the course launch, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the aim of NIOS is to upgrade the professional competence and to build teachers’ information and communication-based capacity. The course began on Tuesday.

As reported by Hindustan Times, at least 2.8 lakh candidates from Bihar have applied for the course, 1.95 lakh from Uttar Pradesh, 1.91 lakh from Madhya Pradesh, and 1.69 lakh from West Bengal. NIOS informed that from the applications received, 12 lakh are untrained teachers, 9.25 lakh are from private schools, and 3.53 lakh are from government schools.

Application for the course:

  1. To apply for the course, a candidate must have scored at least 50 per cent in their Class 12 examinations.
  2. A senior official told Hindustan Times that the course will be offered through Dish TV’s online education and knowledge platform called ‘Swayam’.
  3. There is also a mobile application available that will help to solve any queries these teachers will have.

The course will have four semesters and total 1,080 lectures will be conducted in 10 different languages.