SCERT Updates Academic Calendar and Teacher Training Action Plan


By Farouq Shah

SRINAGAR- In an effort to discourage rote learning, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), J&K, has updated the Academic Calendar and Teacher Training Action Plan in accordance with principles of the National Education Policy aka NEP2020.

While commenting on the update process, Associate Professor Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz said changes were needed due to the “paradigm shift” from rote learning to skills and experiential learning in schools.

The Educational Research Survey and Assessment (ERSA) wing of SCERT had been tasked with revising the academic calendar. The calendar is available on the SCERT website:

“Schools in grades 1 through 8 need proper planning and a solid understanding of the mechanics of teaching and learning,” said Dr. Nazneen, ERSA wing leader. “The program will help students set goals and timelines to learn the necessary skills.”

The academic calendar, she added, is in line with the latest instruction manual and other guidelines issued by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi.

“This will make it easier for teachers to organize their lesson plans around NCERT-recommended learning outcomes (LOs),” Dr. Nazneen said.

The teams involved in the process thoroughly reviewed the academic calendars of neighboring states including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana before incorporating best practices adopted by them.

Many Teachers and Resource Masters (PRMs) from SCERTs in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as staff from each of the 20 District Education and Training Institutes (DIETs), also participated in the updating process.

In order to provide the teaching community with a comprehensive guide to better manage classroom situations, SCERT has also revised the action plan for teacher training.

According to Riyaz Ahmad Dar, Education Planning Management and Monitoring Officer (EPM&M) of SCERT, “if education is to improve, we must work on improving basic teacher training” .

“Teacher training should be designed in a way that makes life easier for students and supports effective learning,” he said.

Dar commended the efforts of all the participants involved in the process who worked at SCERT Kashmir, SCERT Jammu and contributed to the compilation of the two publications.

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