GUWAHATI, Nov 30 � The Council for Teacher Education (CTE), a leading national professional organization of teachers, recently launched the second CTE international chapter in Nepal.
The two countries also signed an MoU and accordingly, from 2012 onwards scholars and teacher educators will visit Nepal as visiting professors.
�Research scholars will now have the opportunity to stay in various universities and interact with students. The team had a meeting with the Indian Embassy which assured all assistance to both the countries to promote and develop education through various collaborative activities,� said CTE national secretary general Prof Nilima Bhagabati of Gauhati University (GU), who led the goodwill mission to Nepal.
The Vice-Chancellors of Kathmandu, Tribhuvan universities along with a number of renowned academicians of Nepal were present at the CTE chapter launching function.
The goodwill team members of the mission visited schools, colleges and universities in Kathmandu and held a series of discussions to promote academic and professional activities between India and Nepal.
The first such CTE chapter was opened in Bangladesh in 2004. The CTE has 22 chapters operating in India.
Prof Nilima Bhagabati will lead the third and fourth goodwill missions to the UK and the USA by mid and end of 2012.
Started with a handful of educationist and teacher educators in 1985 under the guidance of the late Gulab Chaurasia who was an international teacher educator, CTE now has more than 10,000 active life members and more than 200 institutional members.
During the last 26 years the CTE has conducted educational and professional activities through conferences, seminars, workshops, interactive meets, short-term teacher orientation programmes, publication of national and State newsletters, books on teacher education, teacher exchange programmes, and visiting professors in various universities.
�Goodwill missions not only build international and national integrity but also helps creating a wide network of teachers from primary to higher education level besides facilitating collaborative academic, professional and research activities amongst States and countries outside India,� Prof Bhagabati said.