NISHTHA Programme | UPSC

NISHTHA Programme | UPSC


NISHTHA Programme

      WHY IN NEWS:

16,99,931 School Heads and Teachers have been trained under NISHTHA in 2019-20: Education Minister

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Education


For PRELIMS go through the Highlights , Key points mentioned under aim and methodology used .

For MAINS go through the expected outcome section . Let us dive in !



  • NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for “Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated Teacher Training“.

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  • It aims to build competencies among all the teachers and school principals at the elementary stage.
  • NISHTHA is the world’s largest teachers’ training programme of its kind.

The basic objective of this massive training programme is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students

  • The initiative is first of its kind wherein standardized training modules are developed at national level for all States and UTs.


  • The Department of School Education and Literacy has launched a National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme called NISHTHA.
  • It is under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha in 2109-20.


  • The functionaries (at the state, district, block, cluster level) shall be trained in an integrated manner .
  • This is being organized by constituting National Resource Groups (NRGs) and State Resource Groups (SRGs) at the National and the State level .

NRG’s and SRG’s will be training 42 lakhs teachers subsequently.

  • A robust portal/Management Information System (MIS) for delivery of the training, monitoring and support mechanism has been infused.
  • Keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it is now planned to organise SRG and Teachers training in online mode.
  • The first online training for the SRGs of state of Andhra Pradesh will be launched on 16 July, 2020.


  • Capacity building of 4.2 million teachers

Integrated training of principals/heads as key academic support

  • Focus on competency and higher order thinking skills based teaching learning
  • Training of all heads and teachers as first level counsellors
  • Promoting experiential and joyful learning
  • Awareness of centrally sponsored schemes/initiatives
  • Online monitoring and support system
  • Convergence of multi-departmental efforts
  • Activity based training modules.

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  • Improvement in learning outcomes of the students
  • Creation of an enabling and enriching inclusive classroom environment

Teachers are trained as first level counsellors to be alert and responsive to the social, emotional and psychological need of students

  • Teachers are trained to use Art as pedagogy leading to increased creativity and innovation among students
  • Teachers are trained to develop and strengthen personal-social qualities of students for their holistic development
  • Creation of healthy and safe school environment

Integration of ICT in teaching-learning and assessment

  • Develop stress-free School Based Assessment focused on development of learning competencies
  • Teachers adopt Activity Based Learning and move away from rote learning to competency based learning
  • Teachers and School Heads become aware of new initiatives in school education
  • Transformation of the heads of schools for providing academic and administrative leadership in the schools for fostering new initiatives


  • Curriculum, Learner-centered Pedagogy, Learning Outcomes and Inclusive Education

Improving Social-personal Qualities and Creating Safe and Healthy School Environment

  • Art Integrated Learning
  • School Based Assessment
  • Health and Well Being
  • Integration of ICT in Teacher-Learning and Assessment

          IASbhai WINDUP: 

    • All the teachers, principals, block resource coordinators, cluster resource coordinators working at the elementary stage will be covered for training .
    • This programme will be conducted in customized cascade mode, in which National Resource Group of Experts will train Key Resource Persons.
         SOURCES:PIB | NISHTHA Programme | UPSC

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