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Institute to train Afghan students
The Regional Institute of Education in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee

Bhubaneswar, Oct. 26: The Regional Institute of Education (RIE) in Bhubaneswar is gearing up to host its first batch of foreign students. However, these students from war ravaged Afghanistan are not coming for any shortterm exchange programme. They will spend two years in the capital to learn the nuances of teaching.

The institute was supposed to host 30 students from Afghanistan last year and impart training in English and mathematics. But it missed out on the opportunity be¬cause then the Bhubaneswar centre was not offering training in English and mathematics. As a result, the Afghan students had to be shifted to the RIE centres in Ajmer and Bhopal because of a “communication gap” between the officials.

Therefore this year, the institute has initiated all the groundwork much in advance to avoid any glitches. G. Ravindra, chairman, NCERT, confirmed that issues had been sorted out and RIE, Bhubaneswar would admit the fresh batch of students by July 2011.

The students will enrol for a diploma course in teachers’ education for elementary level.
Most of them will have qualification equivalent to the higher secondary level.

“Work is on to develop a curriculum for the students. The emphasis will be on pedagogy,” said U.K. Nanda, principal, RIE, Bhubaneswar.

The students will stay in hostels of RIE, Bhubaneswar. The proposed training programme for the Afghan students would be the first of its kind in the state.

Regular courses for foreign students are to be handled by RIE, Bhubaneswar.

The institute offers professional training programmes to prepare schoolteachers and teacher educators of elementary training institutes.

The RIE offers inservice teacher education programmes catering to the needs of eastern states and the Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar.

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