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Delhi soon to get world class teachers training university

Delhi soon to get world class teachers training university

NEW DELHI: Delhi will get its own state of the art world class teachers training university with the goal to improve teachers training in the state, asserted Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday.

The Deputy CM, who also holds the portfolio of the Education Department, said that in the last four and a half years the Delhi government has established 13 new colleges.

"By opening new campuses of existing Delhi state universities like DTU, Ambedkar University, etc, Delhi government has opened 13 new undergraduate colleges in the last 4.5 years. This DIET (District Institutes of Education and Training) will be college number 14, and number 15 will be another DIET which we will be launching soon at Defence Colony," said Manish Sisodia.

The Deputy Chief Minister also added that with the new DIET we are opening two new centres for teachers training; One at Shahdara and another at Defence Colony. This will train 200 students who pass-out of class 12 for teaching. Delhi Government currently has a capacity of 1,040 seats for class 12 pass-outs who apply for teachers training in the city spread across the nine centres operational presently. The addition will further add to the availability of a number of seats for teachers training.

On Thursday Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia laid the foundation stone for a new District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) at the Baburam School campus in Shahdara."Four and a half years ago, Delhi gave ordinary people like us the responsibility of running the city. When we took over, the city's social infrastructure was crumbling, whether it was schools, hospitals, water or power supply. The education machinery was completely battered; school buildings were in ruins and teachers were low on motivations," said CM Kejriwal. He added that Many private schools were running like a mafia, extorting high fees from parents without government regulation.

"We started with the intent to change this; we wanted all children - rich or poor - have access to high-quality education. But we were nervous. If in 70 years so many parties had tried and failed, would we succeed in our mission?," asked the CM. He further said that after coming to power, the AAP government started with the basics.

Sayantan Ghosh

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