Nishtha Training Program-Best Teacher Training by HRD Ministry

Nishtha Training Program

NISHTHA, the National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement, was launched by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level in schools. The programme was launched at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on 21st August, 2019.

Nishtha Training Program-Best Teacher Training by HRD Ministry

NISHTHA is the largest teachers’ training programme of its kind in the world. During the launch of the programme, NISHTHA Website, primer booklet, training modules and a mobile app was also launched.

NISHTHA: Key Objectives

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NISHTHA : National Initiative for School Heads' and Teachers' Holistic Advancement

NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for "Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated Teacher Training". It aims to build competencies among all the teachers and school principals at the elementary stage. The functionaries (at the state, district, block, cluster level) shall be trained in an integrated manner on learning outcomes, school based assessment, learner – centered pedagogy, new initiatives in education, addressing diverse needs of children through multiple pedagogies, etc. This will be organized by constituting National Resource Groups (NRGs) and State Resource Groups (SRGs) at the National and the State level who will be training 42 lakhs teachers subsequently. A robust portal/Management Information System (MIS) for delivery of the training, monitoring and support mechanism will also be infused with this capacity building initiative.

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The main expected outcomes from NISHTHA are:

  1. Improvement in learning outcomes of the students.
  2. Creation of an enabling and enriching inclusive classroom environment
  3. Teachers become alert and responsive to the social, emotional and psychological needs of students as first level counselors.
  4. Teachers are trained to use Art as pedagogy leading to increased creativity and innovation among students.
  5. Teachers are trained to develop and strengthen personal-social qualities of students for their holistic development.
  6. Creation of healthy and safe school environment.
  7. Integration of ICT in teaching learning and assessment.
  8. Developing stress free School Based Assessment focused on development of learning competencies.
  9. Teachers adopt Activity Based Learning and move away from rote learning to competency based learning.
  10. Teachers and School heads become aware of new initiatives in school education.
  11. Transformation of the Heads of Schools into providing academic and administrative leadership for the schools for fostering new initiatives.

NISHTHA Programme: In Detail

The NISHTHA programme aims to build the capacity of the 42 lakh participating teachers. It will cover all teachers and Heads of schools at the elementary level in all Government schools, faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) as well as Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators in all States and UTs.

Under the programme, standardized training modules will be developed at the national level for all states and UTs. However, the states and UTs will be able to contextualize the training modules and use their own material and resource persons, keeping in mind the core topics and expected outcomes of NISHTHA.

The training will be conducted directly by Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRP), who will be identified by the State and UTs. The key resource persons themselves will be trained by 120 National Resource Persons identified by NCERT, CBSE along with KVS, NVS, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) and non-government organizations.

The main highlights of the programme are the activity-based modules including educational games and quizzes and social-emotional learning, motivational interactions, team building, preparation for school-based assessment, in-built continuous feedback mechanism, online monitoring and support system, training need and impact analysis (Pre and Post training

The training modules of the NISHTHA programme have been developed through a consultative process with suggestions from the states and UTs and education bodies including CBSE, KVS, NVS, School Principals and NGOs such as Kaivalya Foundation, Tata Trust, Azim Premji Foundation and Aurobindo Society.

The training programme has been integrated with technology to enable smooth facilitation, availability of digital content and technology-enabled teaching methods to support the teachers.  To boost the same, a Mobile App and Learning Management System (LMS) based on MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) have been developed by NCERT. The LMS will be used for registration of key resource persons and teachers, dissemination of resources, training gap and impact analysis, monitoring, mentoring and measuring the progress online.


The teachers play an important role in shaping the future of the country and thus, they must be of the highest quality. The expectation from teachers is very different in present times. The teachers are expected to be aware of the provisions regarding gender and the rights of disabled persons and the POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.

The NISHTHA programme, hence, seeks to train all heads and teachers as first-level counselors so that they can be alert and responsive to the needs of the students.

Topic outline

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Module 2: Developing Social - Personal Qualities and Creating Safe and Healthy School Environment

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Module 3: Art Integrated Learning

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Module 4: School Based Assessment

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Module 5: Health and Well-being in Schools

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Module 6: Integration of ICT in Teaching-Learning and Assessment

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Module 7: Initiatives in School Education

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Module 8: Pedagogy of Environmental Studies (Primary Stage)

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Module 9: Pedagogy of Mathematics

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Module 10: Pedagogy of Languages

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Module 11: Pedagogy of Science (Upper Primary Stage)

Module 12 Pedagogy of Social Sciences (Upper Primary Stage)