Monday, May 02, 2011

IIT programme to train school leaders

“The training of future school leaders must be seen as a social responsibility, a national duty,” says the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), introducing the School Leadership Programme (SLP) 2011 which will train educators free of cost in its second edition this year.

The SLP is aimed at aspiring principals in the 35- 45 year age bracket with one to five years of experience with a view to improving leadership and professionalise school management. With increasingly “worrisome quality statistics” of higher education in India, IIT-Delhi recognised the need to improve education at the first step -- the school level -- in order to improve the overall quality of education in the country.

“During the first edition of SLP last year, we realised that the course fee of Rs. 45,000 was nearly two months' salary for a couple of participants. This year, IIT-Delhi has sought support of the alumni community in sponsoring the course fee for participant teachers,” added the IIT-Delhi spokesperson.

The four weeks long SLP, which will be held between May 23 and June 18, aims to introduce participants to five key aspects of school leadership: instructional/educational, institutional, personal, administrative and entrepreneurial. The selected participants will only have to pay for their travel, boarding and lodging. The programme will be conducted at IIT- Delhi, with the second week in a residential mode outside Delhi.

“Teachers are expected to ‘just grow' in their role through training on the job. While some teachers become excellent principals by self learning, most learn the ropes the hard way at a huge cost to society,” says the spokesperson. People interested in the programme can either apply online or download the application form at www.eduexcellence.org. The last date of receiving duly filled applications is May 10.

Source: The Hindu, May 2, 2011

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