I always dreamt of becoming a teacher. The Central Institute of Education (CIE) has given me the right platform to fulfil my ambition,” says Manju Goswami, who holds a BEd and MEd from CIE and plans to do her PhD or MPhil from here.
CIE (also known as the Department of Education) is the first choice for thousands of aspiring teachers who come here from different parts of the country for teacher training programmes. Recognised as an Institute of Advanced Studies in Education and having established the Maulana Azad Centre for Elementary and Social Education, CIE has also developed several academic programmes.
Programmes: The CIE offers the following courses: a full-time professional four-year programme in elementary teacher education, leading to a bachelor of elementary education (BElEd) degree. This programme is offered in eight affiliated colleges of the University of Delhi.
It also offers a full-time, one-year professional teacher education programme, after graduate or post-graduate studies, leading to a bachelor’s in education (BEd). Besides CIE, this programme is also offered at three affiliated colleges - Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, Lady Irwin College and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women.
In addition, CIE offers a full-time, one-year professional teacher education programme, leading to a bachelor’s in special education (visual impairment) degree. This course is offered at Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education.
Another of CIE’s courses is offered at Lady Irwin College – a full-time, one-year professional teacher education prograsmme, leading to a bachelor’s in special education (mental retardation).
It also offers a full-time, one-year advanced programme in education leading to a master’s in education (MEd) and a part-time two-year advanced programme in education, leading to master’s in education (MEd). This programme is designed for in-service teachers and other educational practitioners.
For a master’s in philosophy (MPhil), CIE offers a full-time, pre-doctoral 18-month research programme and a two-year part-time programme for working professionals in education.
There’s also a doctoral research programme leading to a doctor of philosophy (PhD). A one-year post graduate diploma in special education (multiple disabilities: physical and neurological) with three months internship is also offered. This is run by Action for Ability Development and Inclusion.
Faculty: There are 34 faculty members currently.
USP: CIE’s role is to nurture teachers who can become role models. It has grown into a pace-setting institution in teacher education and educational research in the country.
IT quotient: The institute has a good computer resource centre for students. Classes are also conducted as part of the Technology Awareness Programme for Students (TAPS).
Infrastructure: The institute provides good facilities, such as well-stocked library, well-equipped lab, canteen and sports facilities.
Clubs and societies: The History Society, comprising BEd students opting for history as a teaching subject, is a hit among students. It has successfully organised several events in the current academic session such as screening of the film I am Kalam, debates and workshops on issues of national importance. In the next few months, the society plans to organise activities that would include a panel discussion on teaching of controversial issues in history, screening of movies on contemporary social issues and heritage walks. The Civics Society, comprising students who have opted for civics as their teaching subject, organises events including debates on themes, such as ‘roots of terrorism: religion or politics’ and ‘why to bear UN? abolish it.’
Student speak: “I chose to study at CIE as it’s the best for teacher training in the country. The faculty is highly qualified and experienced. There’s a lot to learn from them and they are a great support (sic) when it comes to giving professional guidance,” says Neha Gupta, who is pursuing the MEd part-time programme
CIE was among the first major institutes of professional learning and research in education and was established just after Independence
“We want more clubs and societies to be established to boost our extra-curricular skills,” say students