Admission Alert : NCERT offering Diploma Course in Guidance and Counseling (Blended Mode )

New Delhi : The increasing complexities and stresses of modern day living, everyday reports of lack of interest in studies, low achievement, truancy, aggression, behavioural problems, suicide, drug abuse and the like call for provision of guidance and counseling for children and youth in schools. Teachers and other school personnel need to equip themselves with helping skills to promote students’ personal, social, educational, career development and adjustment throughout the school years. This, however, requires professional orientation and training.

In this context, National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) is offering a Diploma Course in Guidance and Counseling. The course of one-year duration with a unique blend of distance and face-to-face modes is open to candidates from India. Candidates from different regions of India will be admitted at DEPFE, NCERT, New Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong. Applications are invited for admission to the course in the prescribed format from the eligible candidates.

NCERT announces a one-year Diploma course for training of professionals in guidance and counselling, combining distance and face-to-face modes. The course aims at enhancing the skills and competencies of teachers to promote holistic development of pupils and handle their academic, socio-emotional, and ethical problems. The course is open to teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and untrained guidance personnel from India. The course will be transacted in three phases, i.e. distance (six months; January – June, 2019), face-to-face contact programme at respective study centres (three months; July – September, 2019), and internship in home town (three months; October – December, 2019). Admission to eligible candidates will be offered at DEPFE, NCERT, New Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong. Maximum no. of seats at each centre will be 50. Government deputed candidates will be preferred. Advance copy will be considered for screening of applications. NCERT’s decision will be final in matters of admission.

For Application Form (Click here to download Free of Cost) and other details about the course, please refer to Application Prospectus (Click here to download Free of Cost) Last date for submission of application form is 12th November, 2018.

Target group : In-service teachers / teacher educators / untrained guidance personnel/ school administrators

Eligibility :

– In-service teachers – graduates with teaching degree.
– Candidates ‘presently not working’ – graduation with teaching degree and at least two years of teaching or related experience.
– Postgraduates in psychology /education /social work / child development/special education. Preference will be given to those with at least one year of teaching or related experience.

Minimum % of marks for all target groups is 50% (5% relaxation for SC/ST).
No. of seats : Maximum 50 per study centre. Reservations apply as per the Government of India norms.
Duration and phasing : One-year, from January to December*

Guided Self-Learning Six Months (Distance)
Intensive Practicum** Three Months (Face-to-Face)
Internship Three Months (in Home Town)

* During distance learning phase, tutorials (once a month of two days duration/every two months of five days duration) will be organised at all study centres and learners in small groups will be attached to mentors for seeking clarifications and any other help. Audio-video programmes related to practical
work, which are being developed by the department, will also be provided to learners during the distance learning phase.

Contact programme consists of intensive practical training and supervised field experience in schools. Duration of contact programme would be three months. It will be followed by a period of three months of internship in actual job setting, i.e. schools, guidance agencies etc.
** In-service candidates must ensure that they will attend the full-time three months’ contact programme with due permission from their employers before they take admission. Selected candidates will not be allowed to pursue any other course from any University/Institution, if they join the contact programme.

Medium of instruction : The medium of instruction for the course is English and Hindi.

Admission procedure

Screening of candidates will be done by a committee following a selection criteria. Shortlisted candidates will be called at the study centre in their region for selection test which includes essay writing and interview. No TA/DA will be given for travelling to the study centre to attend the selection process.

In-service candidates can appear in the selection test, if found eligible, with prior permission from their employers if deputation orders take time.

Course fee

Course fee to be paid by different categories of candidates from India is:

— Government deputed from centrally funded organisations Rs.19,500/
— Government deputed from State/UT departments Rs. 6,000/-
— Private candidates Rs.30,000/-

The expenditure for board and lodging during contact programme will have to be borne by the candidates. However, facilities for the same will be available for non-local candidates.

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