From this academic session, school textbooks to turn smarter with QR codes

Starting this academic session, teachers and students in a number of states will be using “energised textbooks” that will provide them with more information and contextualised content in the form of video films and audios accessible through quick response (QR) codes, in addition to traditional textbooks. A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode used for providing easy access to information through a smartphone. A senior human resource development ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that more than 20 millions ‘energised’ textbooks will be published this…

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NCTE set to grade B.Ed and teacher training institutes to improve quality

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will start grading B.Ed colleges and teacher training institutes in the country from July 10, starting with Bihar. According to Dr. A. Santhosh Mathew, chairperson of NCTE, each institution will be classified into four categories: A, B, C and D. Those falling in category D will be asked to close down while category C institutes will be inspected again within a year’s time and if it fails to improve it will be asked to shut shop. Under the revised framework, the institutions will…

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