Delhi Teachers’ University Bill passed in the state assembly on Tuesday in order to build a world-class teachers’ training university offering programmes like BA-BEd and BSc-BEd. The bill was introduced in the House on Monday by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

During a discussion on the Bill, he said the university will set a benchmark in teachers’ training and enhance the quality of education. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said the Sports University unveiled in Meerut copied the model of the one announced in Delhi. “I felt very happy when the prime minister said students of the Sports University will gain degrees by excelling in sports and winning medals.

Delhi Teachers’ University design

Delhi Teachers’ University will be built on 12 acres of land in Bakkarwala village. The university will include lecture halls, digital labs, and a library with world-class facilities for 5000 students.

Manish Sisodia had asked the officials to expedite the construction work so that the session could be started at the earliest, during a visit on January 1.

Students of the university will collaborate with Delhi government schools for the duration of their courses and get hands-on experience with a focus on research.

Participating in the discussion on the Bill, AAP MLA Atishi said the Delhi government has done remarkable work in the field of education and teachers training. It not only improved school infrastructure and education standards but also invested in the training of teachers, she said.

Delhi Teachers’ University budget

“If we want to invest in teachers then we will have to invest in their training. The Delhi government increased the budget of teachers training from Rs 10 crore to Rs 100 crore. Teachers and principals of government schools were sent to best institutions such as IIMs in India and abroad for training purposes by the AAP government,” Atishi said in the House.

She added that the Delhi Teachers’ University will pave way for world-class training of teachers. Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, however, alleged that no new college has been opened by the AAP government in the last seven years.

“The government earlier announced a Sports University and also appointed its vice-chancellor. But the university is nowhere to be found,” Bidhuri said in the House. He alleged that many government schools do not have principals and the posts for teachers are lying vacant.