The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, CETE (formerly, Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, CEIAR) is an independent Centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Established as CEIAR in 2015, the Centre has been engaging with, and promoting innovation in school curriculum, teacher education and higher education curriculum and pedagogy. The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) will work towards revitalising the education sector through research, academic programmes, teaching, field action, policy advocacy, partnerships and collaborations.
Seed support for CETE was provided by the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (2019-2020) and the Tata Trusts. The Tata Trusts continue to support CETE as the national nodal Centre in their Initiative for Excellence in Teacher Education.
While there is recognition that Teacher Education is one of the most important pillars of the education system and strengthening teachers is the key to sustainable long-term reform, it remains one of the least focused upon areas. There is an urgent need to strengthen this pillar since teachers impact the lives of thousands of students in their teaching careers.
The new identity of CEIAR as the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) reflects a renewed vision. The goal is to improve learning outcomes of children across schools in India by equipping teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes.
CETE envisages its role as a "Catalyst for Transformation in Teacher Education" through multiple activities.
The Centre continues to build on its contemporary academic programmes to provide relevant skills and perspectives to new entrants, practicing teachers and professionals. It continues to strengthen deeper, meaningful and impact-oriented engagements with various stakeholders in the sector, incubating and promoting innovative use of new technologies and media to raise relevance, quality and standards of education.
The Centre offers a variety of academic programmes.
CETE actively fosters collaborations and invites global expertise to steer research, training and educational exchange across cultures. A partnership team led by Uma Lal Head, Partnerships and Collaborations email@example.com
The Centre has been granted the SPARC collaboration award to work with the University of Sussex, UK, the Centre for International Teacher Education, South Africa, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The Centre was also awarded the UGC-UKIERI grant for collaboration between Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Azim Premji University, and King’s College, London, to conduct workshops and faculty exchanges programmes.
Accreditations & Awards:
The Centre’s flagship action research programme, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) (http://clix.tiss.edu), was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education (2017 edition) and the Open Education Awards for Excellence: Resources, Tools and Practices under the category of ‘Open Collaboration’ in 2019 from the Open Education Consortium. Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE), for which the Centre is a technical partner, won the 7th Enabling North East Award (2019-20) for Quality Education and Learning. The Centre’s in-service teacher education programmes and Communities of Practice were awarded a certificate of appreciation by the UNESCO-Hamdan Award for Teacher Effectiveness (2020).
Apart from its award-winning projects, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) and Technology Enabled Learning for Teachers and Adolescents for 21St Century (Telta 21), CETE has a number of education projects currently underway.
Some of these include:
International Projects: MATPD | CL4STEM
National and State Level Projects:
STARS | WoW | TELTA-21| NORRAG - | Telangana IFP | MP NIPUN focused on FLN | MP School Leadership Training (HMs Training) | UP Direct Benefit Study | SOTTTER | CHALK
CETE reaches the community through a variety of activities. Some of these include English language classes for AECS-5 school, engagement with M-Ward and MERIT through our students. We conduct open webinars through our Research Groups, especially in the areas of Policy and EdTech. Through our projects such as TELTA we reach out to local BMC schools and hold camps. We hold annual Winter Schools inviting 80 students of teacher education institutions across the country and abroad. We hold Design Thinking Workshops annually. Our faculty are part of several state, national and international Institutional boards and offer consultancies. We continually strive to improve and deepen our outreach.
Read more about what we have done each year in our Annual Reports in the links given below.