Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has initiated the National cashless transaction campaign for students. With the help of student community, awareness on the increasing use of cashless transaction among common people was planned. The implementation of the programme envisioned to create ‘Digital India’ with the help of student community and higher education departments. Awareness on the increasing use of cashless transaction among common people was planned. At the national level, in India 4500 Institutions participated in this awareness drive. Student-volunteers have been used to sensitize 29 lakh people to adopt cashless transactions. In India, 20 institutions were selected for the special award for their services in their sensitization drive. Tamil Nadu state has won 5 prizes for the invaluable services involving students and educators.
The Director, TNSCERT, Chennai and the Principal DIET Oddanchathram were honoured with awards by the MHRD for their service of creating awareness on the use of cashless transaction among the whole sale and retail vendors of Gandhi fruit and vegetable market in Dindigul. (One of the largest markets in Asia)
The NSS unit of DIET, Krishnagiri was honoured with the First Prize (National Youth Leadership Awards) by the Central Government, Rs. 30,000/-(DD) for the social services rendered beyond the stipulated time of 100 hrs.
The NSS unit of DIET, Oddanchathram was honoured with the second prize, awarded by Central Government Rs.25,000/- (DD) (National Youth Leadership Awards) for rendering their service beyond the stipulated time limit of 100 hrs.
Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare made an announcement in the Legislative Assembly during the Demand for School Education Department for the year 2016-2017 that nine new Departments would be established in TNSCERT to enhance the effectiveness of its activities at a cost of Rs.96 crore.
In continuation of this announcement, the nine Departments such as the Department of Tamil, Department of English, Department of Mathematics, Department of Science, Department of Social Science, Department of Teacher Training and Research, Department of Planning and Management, Department of Curriculum and Evaluation, and the Department of Educational Technology have been established to facilitate development and revision of qualitative text books based on the needs of students and societal changes to enhance the professional skills of teachers through pre-service / in-service training programmes and to undertake research studies to resolve State Level and district level educational issues and take appropriate decisions without delay.
In order to enhance the quality of teacher education, plan pre-service and in-service training programmes for teachers, implement new educational schemes of the Government, restructure syllabus and textbooks of school education and teacher education, the recommended posts have been filled through Direct Recruitment and transfer.
The 109 Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Junior Lecturers selected through the Teachers Recruitment Board for serving in DIETs, GTTIs and BIETs under TNSCERT received appointment orders from the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare on 01.04.2017 and they have been placed in different districts and in TNSCERT.
In the era of ever changing technology, children are much interested to learn through interactive visual medium rather than only hearing because they are attracted towards the touch screen and small screen gadgets. In the 21st century ‘screen age’, children learn better if the content is transacted through attractive visual media. Hence, TNSCERT has taken sincere efforts to support teachers in the development of e-content which provides wide scope for interactive learning.
TNSCERT has provided various educational programmes through EDUSAT Video conferencing mode at 58 terminals covering all the 32 districts in the academic year 2016-2017.
Every month EDUSAT programmes are organized for 15 days with 3 hours duration each. The pre-service students of DIETs were benefitted by the various programmes such as Yoga, Child Rights, Value Integrated Teaching and Learning (VITAL), Life Skills, Personality Development, Pre-service teacher education, Communicative skills in English, Image Recognition Application Technology (IRAT), Disaster Managements, Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS), Preparation of Continuous and Comprehension Evaluation (CCE) Worksheets and soft skills. 1700 teacher trainees were benefitted through this programme.
During August - September 2016, training on Disaster Management was given to teacher trainees and school students with the help of Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department. Through this training 1700 Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.) students got benefitted.
Further, officials of TNSCERT review the branch wise functions of DIETs and provide suggestions for strengthening and improving their performance. The SSA provides information and training for the benefit of resource persons and reviews through EDUSAT. 2500 student teachers of DIETs, 160 Lecturers, Block Resource Teacher Educators and Teachers were benefitted through this programme.
In compliance with the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s election manifesto that internet based learning would be implemented in all High and Higher Secondary Schools in Tamil Nadu, the Government of Tamil Nadu introduced ‘Integrated Learning Scheme through Internet’ in all high and higher secondary schools in the academic year 2016-2017. Under this scheme, 770 Government High and Higher Secondary Schools and 11 DIETs have been provided with the facility of virtual classrooms. All these virtual classrooms have been inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister in a phased manner. The Virtual Class rooms provide scope for using the best resources by all students who are in remote locations at the same time. Thousands of school children are benefitted by this facility.
The Tamil Nadu Government takes appropriate measures to enable even children with special needs to get quality education with the support of technology. The Hon’ble Chief Minister introduced digitized 10thstandard
TNSCERT with the technical support from NCERT has started the process of digitizing the conventional textbooks into latest digitized e-books. The textbooks have been converted to the E - Pub 3.0 format. E -Pub 3.0 is a universal format that is available in all platforms and supports e-books of almost all versions. Digitization of textbooks is the sophisticated method which enables the students and teachers to handle the textbooks with greater ease. Specially designed E -Pub reader enables the user to select the text, zoom the page, highlight or bookmark portions and change the colour of the screen and font to cater to the needs of all children including children with special needs. These dynamic books can also be incorporated with multimedia contents whenever needed. At present, 10th Standard e-books are converted and are made available to students through specially designed android application named TN eBook Reader. This app is the window to access 10th books of both English and Tamil version. It is also planned to convert text book of all standards in E -Pub version and to disseminate the same for easy access. This reduces the burden of physical weight of the students and teachers and creates a paperless society.
TNSCERT organized a meeting with head teachers and teachers of special schools in preparing audio-supported digitized text books with the help of Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) software to address the needs of special children, (Visually impaired). Based on these views, DAISY software provides scope for meeting individual learning needs. Further, it provides the learner to have access and opportunity to hear any page of the digitized text book read aloud (both forward and backward). This type of text books benefits not only visually impaired children but also children with learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, cerebral palsy and autism. The equipment with DAISY software reads only English content. Now it has been modified to read Tamil content also. A workshop was held for the persons who were involved in the development of Tamil Nadu text book, text book authors and educationists to convert school text books into audio supported digitized text books to benefit all children with special needs.
A Video package is being developed to enable children to practice sounding letters of Tamil with appropriate pronunciation with the accompaniment of gestures. This Video package shall involve all the five senses and reinforce learning as students look at letters, move their body parts, pronounce the letters and listen to their own sounds. Songs blended with Tamil Music, traditional art forms, Cultural factors are imbedded in this Video package. The Video shooting is happening in culturally rich spots such as Karaikudi palace, Malls, Thoothukudi port and various other places.
Debates and culture festivals are conducted to train the children in developing oratorical skills and pronouncing tongue twisters accurately. In this massive effort, 500 teachers and 2000 students are involved. The Video package is so designed that it would enable any learner, irrespective of his nationality, to learn to pronounce Tamil letters appropriately within thirty days. As this innovation facilitates pronunciation of letters in the right syllables, (timing), this could very well become the fore runner of Tamil vision “Language speaking device”. As this Video CD intends to motivate learners of Tamil across the globe, it is destined to become a ready reckoner for language learners.
TNSCERT introduced online single window admission of students to the first year Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education since 2013-2014. This procedure has facilitated students to reach the counseling centers and choose the institutes of their choice on their own. In the last four years, 10,000 students got admission in DIETs and Teacher Training Institutes through this innovative procedure without causing any financial burden to their families.
To help X and XII standard students, to write the Board examination comfortably without fear, TNSCERT has developed learning materials incorporating previous Board examination question papers similar to last year and uploaded them on to the official website. These learning materials were given to all the CEOs in the form of CD. Nearly 20 lakh students faced the common Board examination with enhanced confidence.