The government of Delhi is planning to begin with a Diploma in Pre-School Education in its nine District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) from the next session. There shall be 450 seats in the first year for the diploma course in the beginning.
This program is a way of furthering Delhi government’s 2016 announcement about establishing Early Childhood Education Development (ECED) centres. By way of introducing this all new course, the government aims to build skilled staff for 3,000 early childhood education centres. Talking about the same, Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia said, “Our government understands that merely announcing grand plans is never enough for them to succeed. There is a need to create institutional foundations on which programmes can be run successfully. In order to open 3,000 ECED centres, it is important to build human resource capacities. That is the purpose of the newly launched diploma programme.”
The ECED centres are aimed at providing education to children aged between three and six to prepare them for formal schooling. There is a plan of setting up 10 ECED centres in a month’s time. The starting would be done from the slum clusters and unauthorised colonies.
“It is now globally accepted that pre-school education or early childhood education, which covers education for children of 3 to 6 years, is necessary to build a strong foundation for overall human development and to ensure school readiness for primary education. While several states run anganwadis for children under the age of 6, there has never been an attempt to run formal educational institutes on such a large scale by any government,” Sisodia added.