Men­tor Mould

An in­sti­tute that gives you not just an ed­u­ca­tion but a whole ex­pe­ri­ence to in­ter­nalise and pass on to stu­dents

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - By Parul Sethi

STUDY­ING AT THE CEN­TRAL In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion is a rather in­dis­pens­able ex­pe­ri­ence for bud­ding teach­ers. This two-year course gives one time and op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in wide-rang­ing read­ing, dis­cus­sions, at­tend­ing work­shops and con­fer­ences. Teach­ing is one pro­fes­sion that takes you back to school, ex­cept that this time you find your­self on the other side of the class­room. It fills you with great pride that some­one you have men­tored goes on to bring about change in the world some years down the line. The cam­pus brings to­gether stu­dents from dif­fer­ent streams of ed­u­ca­tion and from var­i­ous parts of the coun­try. It was this lack of bound­aries that en­riched

my time at the CIE. We have a say­ing on the cam­pus, ‘Once in CIE, al­ways in CIE.’ The peo­ple one comes across, the ideas one ex­changes, the va­ri­ety of sports one par­tic­i­pates in and the field trips you take dur­ing your years on the cam­pus make your time here un­for­get­table.

At CIE, one does not ever have to worry about miss­ing lunch. Be­cause there’s al­ways Negi un­cle and his can­teen. Life on the cam­pus just wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the meetha samosa and the pasta with an In­dian tadka that you get here.

Ev­ery year, CIE hosts a fete for

chil­dren called the Baal Mela or­gan­ised by the post­grad­u­ate and un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents as well as the teach­ers. A few me­tres away from the Hero Honda Vishwavidyalaya metro sta­tion, the in­sti­tute runs the Ex­per­i­men­tal Ba­sic School for stu­dents of Class 1 to 8. Op­er­at­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of full-time teach­ers, it helps the stu­dents at the CIE in­ter­act with the chil­dren in school and im­ple­ment the teach­ing prac­tices they learn at the depart­ment. This em­pha­sis on pro­ject­based learn­ing is what gives CIE the scor­ing edge over other institutes of­fer­ing a BEd de­gree.

What also sets CIE apart is the ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties it ex­tends to dif­fer­ently-abled stu­dents. Not only does it pro­vide read­ing ma­te­rial in Braille, even the no­tices are printed in Braille to as­sist vis­ually-im­paired stu­dents and fac­ulty. Record­ing de­vices too are pro­vided in the class­rooms to en­sure equal par­tic­i­pa­tion of all stu­dents. The col­lege has also cre­ated ramps in its lush green en­vi­rons for the wheel­chair-bound.

CIE is rigid about its dic­tum to func­tion with a sec­u­lar, equal and demo­cratic at­ti­tude, says N. Ran­ganathan, the dean and head of the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion. Ac­cord­ing to her, the depart­ment gives pri­or­ity to re­flect­ing par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy on the cam­pus where ev­ery voice is at­tended to. Hi­er­ar­chy is re­spected but does not come in the way of stu­dents in­ter­act­ing freely with their men­tors. It’s this lib­eral at­mos­phere per­haps that brings stu­dents from the US, Canada, South­east Asia and West Asian coun­tries to the in­sti­tute.

STU­DENTS ON THE CIE CAM­PUS, DELHI UNIVER­SITY

THE BUSTLING CAN­TEEN ON THE CAM­PUS

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