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The National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) is a capability-building programme for “Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated Teacher Training”. The NISHTHA programme aims to build the capability of all the school principals and teachers at the elementary stage.
The NISHTHA is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) as part of its National Mission for improving the learning outcome at the elementary level under the Samagra Shiksha, Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
The functionaries at the state, block, district, and cluster level will be trained in an integrated manner on learner-centred pedagogy, learning outcome, new initiatives in education, school-based assessment, addressing diverse needs of children through multiple pedagogies, etc.
The training under the NISHTHA programme is being organised by the State Resource Groups (SRGs) and the National Resource Groups (NRGs) at the State and National level. It aims at training 42 lakh teachers. A robust Management Information System (MIS)/portal for delivery of the training, support and monitoring mechanism is infused with this initiative.
The NISHTHA has activity-based modules, including motivational interactions, educational games and quizzes, team building, social-emotional learning, in-built continuous feedback mechanism, preparation for the school-based assessment, training needs, online monitoring and support system and impact analysis (pre and post-training).
The NISHTHA training will be conducted directly by 33,120 State Resource Persons (SRPs) and Key Resource Persons (KRPs) identified by the States and UTs. These SRPs and KRPs will be trained by 120 National Resource Persons identified from the NCERT, NIEPA, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Non-Government Organisations, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and UNICEF.
The objectives of the NISHTHA mega-training programme are:
The NISHTHA programme aims to cover all the teachers and the Heads of Schools at the elementary level in all the government schools and faculty members of the State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), and Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators in every state and UT.
The NISHTHA training programmes are conducted for school principals, teachers, School Management Committees (SMCs) and state, district, block, cluster level functionaries.
This training aims to equip and motivate teachers for encouraging and fostering critical thinking in students, acting as first-level counsellors, and handling diverse situations. The NISHTHA aims to develop the skills in a joyful learning manner on the various aspects related to:
Quality training packages that contain modules related to the above areas are developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). The States and UTs are free to contextualise the training modules and use their own resource persons and materials, keeping in view the expected outcomes and core topics of NISHTHA.