APSCHE Success story –Transforming institutions of learning“Congratulations, for the great achievement of Intel, which will impact theworkforce of tomorrow”Mrs. N. Rajya Lakshmi, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, State ofAndhra Pradesh, Indiasent a congratulatory note on 23rd August 2005 on the occasion of launch of Intel®Teach to the Future Pre-Service Curriculum, as a text book for B.Ed, in Telugu, theregional language of the State of Andhra Pradesh. During the same event, Dr. P.Krishnaiah, (IAS), Secretary to State, Department of School Education, State of AndhraPradesh, who was the chief guest, commended the release of the book and also the peoplebehind the great success. He said that this effort would go a long way in changing theway students learn in the Schools and Colleges, both in the urban and the rural segment.Dr. P. Krishnaiah lauded Intel for training large number of teachers and teacher educatorsacross the state. He emphasized that every Student Teacher coming out of the B.EdCollege must utilize new technology in schools.This fascinating journey took off as a small pilot study conducted in Osmania University,one of the oldest and the largest university in the State of Andhra Pradesh. In the year2001, stalwarts in the field of education akin to Prof. V Sudhakar, Dean, Department ofEducation, Osmania University, Prof. Lalini Varanasi, Former Dean & Principal, Instituteof Advanced Study in Education, Osmania University, Prof. V B B Sarma, Former Dean& Principal, Institute of Advanced Study in Education, Osmania University who believedstrongly that usage of ICT will bring a paradigm shift in the teaching learning processinitiated and collaborated with Intel to launch a one-year pilot study which would coverits 32 affiliated Colleges of Education, comprising over 3500 student teachers and 300teacher educators.Initially there was a lot of resistance from the teacher educators community, studentteachers and management as well. Before carrying out training programs for teachereducators, orientation programs and hands on sessions were conducted for the Principalsof Colleges of Education. Extensive training was conducted for the teacher educators tobecome master trainers. When it became difficult for these Master trainers to go back andtrain their colleagues, again the faculty of education stepped in and motivated the teachereducators to undergo the training so that they could provide valuable feedback to thedepartment. Principals and Faculty who were apprehensive initially were slowly drawninto the fold. Under the able leadership of Prof. Lalini Varanasi and Prof. V Sudhakarthese hurdles were dealt with a firm hand, which yielded positive results.Post pilot study, the following year, Intel Teach to the Future Pre-Service Curriculumwas integrated as a practicum component in the “Educational Technology and ComputerEducation” paper. This was a stepping-stone in the long voyage ahead.
The Board of Studies in Osmania University appoints external Senior Professors as itsmembers. During one of their meetings, a Senior Fulbright Fellow Prof. Ramesh Ghanta,the dean of Kakatiya University, and a person instrumental in making ComputerEducation a compulsory paper in Teacher Education in the State of Andhra Pradesh since1998, came across the program and was keen to for getting other Universities of the stateassociated with it. This view was voiced by several other deans and heads of thedepartment of education from other universities. Thus originated the collaborationbetween Intel and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) acommon umbrella for the Universities. A new era in the field of ICT involvingcollaboration between government agencies and Intel was born. What started off as aspark spread like a wildfire across the state of Andhra Pradesh.The deans of the Faculty of Education of all the Universities met to discuss the systemicintegration of technology in teacher education. The deans were very impressed with theshowcased work of the Student Teachers of Osmania University trained under the Intelprogram. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Intel and Prof. C SubbaRao, Former Chairman, APSCHE. An exhaustive orientation and hands on sessions forprincipals were conducted across the state covering over 100 Colleges of Education.Teacher Educators from all the Universities went through intensive Intel Trainingprogram.The State follows a Common B.Ed Curriculum. The following year the APSCHElaunched major educational reforms in the state when the syllabus underwent majortransformation under Prof. V Sudhakar, The new curriculum introduced many projects inthe B.Ed curriculum. One of these projects being Computer Education Project, whereinIntel Teach to the Future Pre-Service curriculum has been integrated. In Prof. Sudhakar’sown words, the concept of mentoring has also been taken from Intel program and appliedin all the other projects that have been introduced in teacher education.Intel has since been regularly conducting Principals orientation and PrincipalsTechnology Leadership Workshop to orient the college principals on the value, enormityand strategies to do the tasks ahead. Intel resource persons have also trained MasterTrainers and conducted enhancement workshops in each university, who, in turn, trainedtheir colleagues to integrate technology in classroom processes.By now what started off with 100 Colleges of Education with 10000 Student Teachershad escalated to 330 Colleges of Educations covering around 35,000 Student Teachersacross the State and the 8th University to add a College of Education was DravidianUniversity in Kuppam. Many of the affiliated colleges are located in remote rural / tribalareas and the Student Teachers come from various sections of the society. While theprogram was achieving great success and winning accolades from the academicians, itwas observed that the student teachers found it a little difficult to negotiate this course inEnglish medium, since the official language and the mother tongue of most people in theState of Andhra Pradesh is Telugu. Hence, there was a dire need to make available IntelTeach to the Future Pre-Service Curriculum in the local language. Keeping this in mind,another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with Telugu Akademi to
translate and publish and distribute Intel Teach to the Future Pre-Service Curriculummaterial from English to Telugu.The Telugu Akademi was set up as a body to promote the development of the RegionalLanguage of the State so that it grows rapidly in its richness and functional efficiency andbecome an effective means of communicating modern knowledge. The Telugu Akademilaunched the Telugu textbook and the companion CD with great fanfare on 23rd August2005. Dr. P. Krishnaiah IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of School Education,Government of Andhra Pradesh was invited to release the Textbook.Meanwhile, beginning of 2005, major curriculum revamping of the State Educationsyllabus had commenced. This included elementary, primary and secondary schooleducation and teacher training. The committee was constituted under the aegis of Prof. MMalla Reddy, Former Vice Chancellor, Osmania University. The Committee comprisedof senior educationists like Director of State Council of Educational Research andTraining, State Project Director, Commissioner - School Education, Deans and Headsfrom Department of Education across the State University. Upon hearing about Intelprogram from various corners in the field of education, Prof. M Malla Reddy visitedBharatiya Vidya Bhavan School in Hyderabad who were successfully implementing Intelprogram. The professor interacted with the school principal and the Intel award-winningteachers and explored various possibilities of ICT integration and Project BasedLearning. He was very impressed with the work being done and encouraged them to takeup more challenging tasks to make a difference in the lives of the students. After seeingthe accomplished work, to cite his own words, “despite, project method being taught inteacher education, no teachers had successfully incorporated it in their schools. Intel hasdone a great job in motivating the teachers to carry on the project method integratingtechnology and make learning better”. Thereafter, for all the workshops conducted torevamp the curriculum, Intel has been invited as a consultant.Following these developments a State Review Meet was held in January 2006 under thechairmanship of Prof. K Chenchu Reddy. Prof. K Chenchu Reddy is the currentChairman, APSCHE, who strongly believes that higher education needs to be given aquality dimension to strengthen its very fabric and make it equitable and relevant to therequirements of changing society. The State Review Meet was conducted to plan andconsolidate the work being done in all the Universities. The meet was attended by Dr. PKrishnaiah, IAS, Secretary to Government, Dept of School Education, Govt of AndhraPradesh); Prof. K C Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council of HigherEducation, Senior Retired Professors of Education Prof. M. Malla Reddy, Former ViceChancellor Osmania University, Deans and Heads – Faculty of Education of 8Universities in the State of Andhra Pradesh. During this meet, Prof. K C Reddy who feltthe critical need to bring about quality in Teacher Education constituted the StateAdvisory Committee. Intel was invited as one of the trusted advisor / consultant forimpacting change in the Education policies of the state.So far it has been a long, demanding, fruitful journey bringing about a paradigm shift inthe way teaching fraternity has begun to think. In Prof. V Sudhakar’s own words “… theidea that technology was integrated in pedagogy transformed the learning cultures ininstitutions of higher education”.
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