India’s National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Tech Avant-Garde (TAG), Microsoft’s global training partner, signed an agreement to collaborate to promote digital skills among education stakeholders to facilitate a Connected Learning Community (CLC).
NCERT, Tech Avant-Garde and Microsoft Collaboration Plan
NCERT, Tech Avant-Garde and Microsoft will collaborate to promote digital transformation and Holistic learning (DTHL) in education, in accordance with the Digital India Campaign and National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. The Digital India Campaign (2015) foresees the creation of a basic IT / ICT infrastructure, which provides services to citizens through portals, applications, etc., and digital literacy for all citizens within a specified period.
TAG will provide Microsoft course content in a format shared by NCERT under the CC-by-NC-SA license. The course certificate will be jointly offered by NCERT and Microsoft / TAG in accordance with the NCERT format. The L’avenir / Microsoft Learn URL should be added as part of the course instructions for further learning. TAG, in collaboration with CIET-NCERT, will conduct customized courses for NCERT components such as the National Institute of Education (NIE), the Central Institute of Education Technology of New Delhi (CIET), New Delhi; Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Central Professional Education Institute (PSSCIVE), Bhopal; Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Ajmer; Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhopal; Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhubaneswar; Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysore; and the Northeast Regional Institute of Education (NERIE), Shillong, to name a few.
A spokesperson for NCERT says: “At NCERT, we have partnered with Tech Avant-Garde, a global training partner for Microsoft, to promote digital transformation and learning as envisioned by the National Education Policy (2020) for use and integration of e-learning / ICT / digital learning in teaching, and learning, assessment, development of electronic content, DIVYANG digital resources, continuous development of teaching capacities, educational management and governance, etc.
It also emphasizes the investigation of disruptive technologies and pioneering technologies that facilitate educational processes long before they spread throughout the system. NCERT will select appropriate CPD-related courses online from the pool of courses TAG shares from time to time that will be helpful for educators to improve their digital skills. “
Ali Seit, CEO of Tech Avant-Garde said: “It is an honor and a privilege to partner with NCERT and Microsoft. TAG – Global Training Partner will collaborate with both the digital transformation of education and inclusive learning. It is a great opportunity to empower the most important stakeholder in education: educators. We want to empower teachers through a series of activities related to research, materials development, training and outreach activities that, in turn, will improve capacities teachers from various stakeholders in education. In India there are more than 9.5 million teachers, in the new kind of learning that every teacher should: acquire digital skills, understand Teach the age of knowledge, practice digital pedagogy. This partnership will improve all the skills mentioned in the masters to make them winners in the age of knowledge. “
“Microsoft is committed to empowering every teacher to reach their full potential with technology,” said Kristina Thoreisen, Director of the Education Industry Strategy Team, Microsoft Headquarters. “We are very excited to contribute to the partnership with NCERT and Tech Avant Garde (TAG) in the quest to hone teacher skills and empower the ways in which new teaching and learning is demanded given the dramatic changes and disruptions that occur in India’s educational landscape. The free professional development resources we provide through the Microsoft Educators Center will resonate with millions of teachers in India and help them take a path of lifelong learning. ”Educator Training Workshop for over five days from August to September for one hour each day.