A three day selection process wherein several J&K Education Department lecturers participated for various academic positions at the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) concluded here on Monday.
According to Principal Secretary School Education Department, B K Singh, a rigorous interaction procedure was employed for the first time in the history of Education Department to choose the academic staff in order to make SCERT as the “Number one institution” of the country.
The interaction panel, besides Singh, was comprised of Director School Education Kashmir, Dr Tasaduq Hussain, Joint Director, SCERT, Kashmir Division, Mohammad Sharif Dedhar, Joint Director, SCERT, Jammu Division, H R Pakhroo and Associate Professor, SCERT, Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz.
Singh emphasized the importance of teacher training while commenting on the selection process, saying it is ‘critical to assess the potential of individuals who would be chosen for the job’.
“The primary distinction between teacher training and teacher education is that teacher training entails learning real-life classroom scenarios, whereas teacher education entails knowledge of learning and instruction techniques,” he said.“Because a real-life classroom environment cannot be predicted, there may be an imbalance between these two factors at times.” The chosen staff, he said, will be in a far better position to meet the needs of teacher education.
According to Dr Tasaduq, teachers must be trained periodically in between employment to introduce them to modern pedagogies so that they can model them for their students.
“Using the same teaching style for a long time can develop a pattern that is dull to the students,” he stated. “As a result, the department decided to select a better training staff.”
Mohammad Sharif Dedhar, who recently joined the SCERT as Joint Director, stated that his efforts would be to make the most of the newly appointed academic staff. “We put in a lot of efforts in selecting the right people to make SCERT a formidable teacher training institute,” he said. “As soon as the new faculty members arrive, we’ll get things started in the right direction.”
Associate Professor, Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz, explained the selection procedure, saying that the J&K SCERT was formed as a Society by merging two State Institutes of Education (SIE) in the Jammu and Kashmir divisions, as per Government Order No: 197-Edu of 2020, dated 06/09/2020.
“The SCERT in J&K was long overdue, as SIEs were evolved into SCERTs across the country during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s,” he said. “Staff selection was a difficult issue after the Society was founded.”