Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education


UNESCO launches its ‘State of Education Report for India-2021 – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education’

Prepared by the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and commissioned by UNESCO New Delhi, the report provides comprehensive information on the teaching sector in our country, its achievements, areas of concern, and recommends steps to be taken by policymakers in improving the industry. The report also analyses the effect of Covid-19 on the teaching profession, and how teachers’ autonomy and professional conduct enabled them to find local solutions that work. 

Areas of concern include – shortage of teachers in the north-eastern states of India, low provision of school libraries, low usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, the profound disparity in the education levels of students in rural and urban areas, lack of programmes to prepare teachers in vocational education, arts and music, etc., shrinking level of admissions in Master of Education (M. Ed.) programme, among others.

Link to download report: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379115


Ground Assessment Study 

Are you a teacher or student-teacher? We would like to hear about your concerns, needs and challenges in the current Covid times? Please click on the link relevant to your work or profile and convey your thoughts and opinions.

  • 1. Teachers Tool (for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators): 
  1. Hindi - https://bit.ly/Tchr-HM-TE-Hindi
  2. English- https://bit.ly/Tchr-HM-TE-Eng
  • 2. Student Teachers Tool (for students of education studies including B.Ed, M.Ed, MA(Ed)): 
  1. Hindi- https://bit.ly/StudentT-Hindi
  2. English- https://bit.ly/StudentT-Eng

This is part of our own ongoing research initiative to listen to principals, teachers, teacher educators and student teachers to get a sense of field realities. This can inform interventions that are working with these critical stakeholders of school education. Please keep visiting to get a perspective of the ground realities. Findings from these surveys will be posted on a regular basis. 

Findings from the Assessment of Ground Preparedness for EdTech

Round 3 Report is here

Round 2 Report is here

Round 1 Report is here 

For more details on our COOL initiative please click here


Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education (CSSTE)

The Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education (CSSTE) is a unique contribution of the 7th Plan (1985-92) of the Government of India, following the National Policy on Education 1986. The scheme aims to strengthen and upgrade teacher education through the development of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) and to enhance the quality of teacher education at all levels for pre and inservice.
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State of School Management Committees: The study of SMCs in 4 States of India

The objective of the study was to assess the effectiveness of school management committees in schools where interventions of Save the Children organization are taking place. The study sought to engage in detail with the selected schools and capture the diversity in the provisions, roles and functioning of SMCs in different schools. It also identified the best practices of SMCs in the intervention schools and recommends ideas or strategies for the improvements of SMCs. The study also attempted to bring out the differences in the functioning of SMCs in control schools and intervention schools.

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In-service Teacher Professional development: Perspectives and Possibilities

The report has been compiled by Dr. Ruchi S. Kumar and Dhwani Bafna.We acknowledge the support and notes of the seminar provided by the Ambedkar University Delhi students and faculty (Dr Prabhat Rai, Dr Devika Sharma, Prof. Manish Jain and Prof. Sunita Singh). We are thankful for support of Dr Amina Charania and Prof. Padma Sarangapani in guidance in organising and bringing out this report.

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