Jammu and Kashmir are said to have SCERT on NCERT lines
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SRINAGAR: The Board of Directors (AC), chaired by Vice Governor Manoj Sinha, approved the establishment of the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) by amalgamating the state educational institutes of Jammu and Kashmir.

An official press release states that SCERT, as the UT’s top academic authority, has been tasked with assisting and advising the government in implementing strategies and programs for human resource development in education, human and child development, and national integration, according to the analogy from NCERT – a top academic authority at the national level.

The Council would also deal with various aspects of curriculum development, health and physical education, guidance and counseling, and inclusive and special needs education.

As a provisional measure, the Board of Directors transferred the responsibility of Director SCERT to the Chairman of JKBOSE (Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education).

The new body is intended to meet the challenges in teacher training resulting from the recent spatial and numerical expansion of school facilities at primary and secondary levels and the corresponding improvement in teachers’ skills through appropriate orientation and training.

The press release states that SCERT will enable the Department of School Education to train 1.34 lakh in-service teachers through professional training, capacity-building programs, introductory courses, satisfaction enrichment, and current trends and techniques to ensure quality education.

To provide academic and resource-based support on the ground, SCERT will work through the existing District Education and Training Institute (DIETS), which has been placed under its administrative control.

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