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British Council ties up with state on teachers' training

British Council ties up with state on teachers' training

TNN Feb 6, 2014, 12.27AM IST

KOCHI: The British Council will work with the education department to train young faculty members in enhancing teaching skills, especially in higher education. The programme is part of Fostering linkages in academic innovation and research (Flair), which will focus on faculty in arts & science and engineering colleges.
"We are in negotiations with the sarva siksha abhiyan (SSA) and the general education department for a large-scale English language teacher training project for all primary school teachers in the state," Sir Vernon Ellis, chair, British council in Kochi, said on Wednesday.
He said the proposed project involved training of 1,27,899 primary school teachers through a group of 640 master trainers, who will be directly under the British Council. During a two-day visit to Kochi, Sir Vernon Ellis signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government on the training programme for Flair project. He said he had interactions with the Kochi Biennale on organising an exhibition and also on bringing its artists for music and dance performances during the biennale.
"The UK wants more and more Indians to come and study in our country and we also want more UK students to come to India. Right now, 20,000 Indians are studying in the UK while the number of British students is in a few hundreds," said Rob Lynes, director, British council, India. Chinese students are the largest with 82,000 students.

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