An important contribution of DSERT to the world of fine arts is – it has brought out standard text books in various forms of music and dance.
For conducting teacher training programs, DSERT has the logistical support of five Government and four private Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and one Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (RV IASE) - in secondary education sector and 27 (Government) District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) – in elementary education sector. There are also the structures of Block Resource Centers (BRCs) and Cluster Resource centers (CRCs) to implement the programs of DSERT at the field level.
Karnataka state is a pioneer in introducing several successful and innovative experiments in the field of school education. Some of the most important of these are-
- Nali – Kali (the activity based learning program),
- Chaitanya (activity based teaching methodology),
- Internship in D.Ed. Course (the pre service teacher education program),
- Bahumukhi (the Multi grade Multi level teaching methodology),
- Keli – Kali, (the direct to class room radio broadcasts,)
- The Edusat Project (Direct to class room video broadcasts),
- Shikshanadalli Rangakale (dramatisation of teaching techniques),
- Chinnara Angala (the summer bridge course for out of school children),
- Mahiti Sindhu (computer education in schools),
- Prerana (foundation course for newly recruited primary teachers),
- Training of teachers through teleconferencing,
- Introduction of activity based text books in all classes,
- Hosting of state text books on the web site,
- Akshara Dasoha (the hot cooked midday meal program for government and aided school children),
- Learning Guarantee Program started by Azim Premji Foundation and later extended to the entire state by the department.
- Evaluation of all children in V and VII standards (and children of four schools per cluster in II standard) in all government and aided primary schools in the state from 2005 – 06. under KSQAO.
- X standard Public Examination Reforms
- ICT (computer education in schools),
- Web based training
- Yoga & value education
- School Academic Plan.,
Karnataka state embarked on yet another experiment in the field of school education. The problems of the physical load of the school bag, heavy syllabus and the increasing fear of the promotional and public examinations among students, have been engaging the attention of the state education department and the academicians for a long time. In an effort to reform the present education system, the state after considerable debate among stake holders, introduced the trimester system in school education in classes from V to IX.
The Introduction of the trimester system has been watched by the entire country with great interest. Oral testing, project work, competency based testing, giving due importance to life skills, introduction of grading in evaluation and remedial teaching of slow learners, have been some of the important high lights of the trimester system.
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