NCERT Doctoral Fellowship 2014 announced

INTRODUCTION

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) announces 10 Doctoral Fellowship for 2014 in the field of education and other disciplines directly related to education The fellowships are intended for young aspirants to pursue doctoral work in a recognized university / research institution of their choice. Young scholars from different disciplinary perspectives will be encouraged to research in the field of education Fellowship will be given for research pertaining to the following priority areas: i) Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA): This scheme was launched in March, 2009 with the objective to enhance access to secondary education and to improve its quality The implementation of the scheme started from 2009-10; the academic aspect of RMSA need to be researched, which may among other things, includes -issues of implementation; current problems of secondary education visa vis RMSA activities; barriers in achieving RMSA; universal access of secondary education; equality and social justice; curricular aspects; challenges for teachers and administrators; opportunities for students and communities; improvement in education of students of weaker section of society; role in removing gender disparity; effect of RMSA on enrolments for the children from under privileged society and the children Below Poverty Line (BPL) families; indigenous knowledge and curriculum development (For more details see the prospectus Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA): This is a programme of the Govt of India which bringing out the Universalisation of Elementary Education in a time bound manner and has been in operation since 2000-2001 The possible research themes of SSA may include various academic aspects of the scheme. This may include issues related to implementation strategies and their effectiveness to find out deficiencies and challenges, if any; problems at DIET,BRC,CRC levels; school level administrative hurdles; problems related to school enrolment, dropouts, retention of children; teachers training programmes and its effectiveness at elementary level Concerns related to Teacher Education Schemes: Role of teacher education schemes in up-gradation of teachers, Motivational factors under various schemes, Impact on teaching efficiency, implementation of schemes, improvement of role and functioning of DIETs/SCERTs, CTEs, IASEs etc, Teacher Educators Education: Quality of pre-service and in-service teacher education programs, challenges and opportunities in teacher training, Review and Revision of curriculum/syllabi, assessment process of pre-service training, possible changes in practices teaching, models of teacher training, deterioration in training process. Internship issues related to teacher education, qualitative improvement in teachers and teacher educators, issues related to admission and recruitment of teacher educators

COURSE AND ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility 1) The fellowships will be limited to extremely deserving candidates only. If suitable candidates are not available, Council may not select all 10 Fellows 2) Candidate applying for Doctoral Fellowship should have either completed Pre-Doctoral research methodology course or enrolled/selected for such course for appropriate duration as approved by UGC 3) Each Doctoral Fellow will be required to present a seminar at the end of each semester 4) The NCERT Doctoral Fellow will be required to contribute to the RIE teaching programme, field research and/or the curriculum development and textbook development programmes of NCERT for 30 days in a year The Fellow will be provided III AC fare for the travel, and accommodation in the RIE hostel 5) The Doctoral Fellow will be under obligation to present public lecture on larger issues of public interest relevant to his/her doctoral research work, if so invited; the seminar may be held at RIEs or NCERT headquarter and the fellows will be given the III AC fare for travel for the same 6) The candidate will submit with their applications, the CV of the research supervisor which should clearly indicate the research work done by them in the last five years The candidate may select a supervisor/research guide approved by NCERT; the fellowship of the last three months and contingency of the third year will be released only after receipt of the thesis

CAREER PROSPECTS

Fellowship Amount NCERT Doctoral Fellows will receive a fellowship of Rs.12000/- per month (for Non-NET) and Rs16 000/- per month (in case of NET qualified candidates) for a maximum period of three years; they will also receive a contingency grant of Rs 10000/- per annum during this period The fellowship will commence from the date of registration for PhD or award by NCERT whichever is later will terminate at the end of three years from the date of award or with the submission of the doctoral thesis whichever is earlier Completed applications should reach the following address by 20th October 2014 To be send the application form from address Head Division of Educational Research, Zakir Husain Block, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi- 110016 For details visit NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in

PAY PACKAGE

Application Procedure Application should be made in the prescribed format, which along with the information brochure can be downloaded from the NCERT website (www.ncert.nic.in) or can be obtained by post Completed application forms should be accompanied by a concept paper of about 1500 words on the theme of the proposed research, which should contain statement about (a) rationale and objectives of the study, (b) conceptual framework, (c) proposed methodology, and (d) potential contribution of the study. Proposals involving fresh ideas and innovative methodology related to school education in the country will be given preference
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