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District Institutes of Education and Training | Reeling under staff crunch: Education dept initiates process to fill vacant posts

The Department of School Education, Punjab has initiated the process to fill the vacant posts at the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET), which are under acute staff shortage. There are a total of 21 DIETs in Punjab, of which only 17 are functioning.

Director of the State Board of Education, Research and Training (SCERT), Maninder Sarkaria, mentioned in his notice that in order to improve the level of education in the state, the faculty will be deployed in the SCERT and DIETs through three-year deputation from between directors and teaching staff working in the education department of the school.

In DIET Ludhiana, which is located in Jagraon, there are only two posts filled against the sanctioned strength of 43. In addition to conducting seminars for government school teachers, the institute has 100 places for a two-year primary school teacher training.

In the absence of the necessary teachers, the institute is dependent on course mentors who follow the students’ lessons after their work has been completed.

The department has applied for posts of 17 principals, 102 teachers and 128 mentors at DIETs in Ropar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ludhiana, Moga, Ferozepur, Hoshiarpur, Faridkot, Mukatsar, Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Patiala, Fatehgarh and SBS Nagar.

DIETs were started in 1989, funded jointly by central and state governments, in the state to provide pre-service and in-service training for government school teachers. Each of the institutes would have teachers and assistants for different subjects, including science, mathematics, English and social studies.

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