Bringing together the scientific expertise of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and the teacher training expertise of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) has been signed by the two institutions to collaborate and develop a joint science and mathematics education program. The proposed program will enable students entering IISER Pune to select and specialize in science education.
According to information shared by the IISER Pune, the joint program is planned to prepare science teachers and realize the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 vision of multidisciplinarity and excellence in the teaching profession. During the proposed joint program, students will be exposed to cutting-edge teaching and research from both institutions. The MoA was signed on December 9, 2022 in the presence of Professor Shalini Bharat, Director of TISS; Professor Jayant B Udgaonkar, Director, IISER Pune; and Professor Bino Paul, Deputy Director, TISS.
Professor Bharat said: “TISS has always focused on national development needs. This partnership with IISER Pune allows us to work together to offer students a cutting-edge multi-disciplinary program, in line with the NEP 2020 vision. The Center of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) at TISS has since its inception in teacher education in India and the South. I am sure that the proposed joint program will create a new generation of science teachers and scientists.”
While Professor Udgaonkar said, “TISS and IISER Pune are entering into an agreement to develop joint teacher training programs in Science and Mathematics. The agreement will help enhance the quality of science education in India through collaboration in education and research. This allows the two institutes to pool expertise in very different areas – social sciences and natural sciences – that are complementary to teacher education. The intended joint program is in line with the recommendations of the NEP 2020 on the importance of interdisciplinary education. The joint program aims to simultaneously introduce students to education and research in the natural sciences and academic education.
Professor Padma Sarangapani, President of CETE, TISS, said: “One of the aims of CETE is to raise the standards of teacher education in the country. This new joint program is a step in that direction. Our partnership with IISER Pune shows how institutions can come together to complement each other’s strengths.”