On March 9, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented the state’s budget for the year 2021-22. A sum of Rs 16,377 crore was allocated for education. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the nation’s first teachers’ university will be established in Delhi. (Archive link)

Aam Aadmi Party Bihar’s Twitter handle promoted the same claim. (Archive link)

Aam Aadmi Party Uttar Pradesh and Aam Aadmi Party Gautam Budh Nagar Facebook pages also posted this claim.

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The claim is viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Fact-check

Is the upcoming teachers’ university in Delhi the first of its kind in India? We began our investigation with a Google search which revealed that teachers’ universities, which train students for the teaching profession, exist in several cities.

One of these is the Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat. Established in 2010 by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, it offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Research level programs.

The Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University was set up in Tamil Nadu under an Act passed by the government in 2008. Students can opt for courses in the Bachelors to Research level.

Apart from this, there is also a teachers’ university in West Bengal which was established in 2015 and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and M.Phil programs. There are a number of private institutes also which offer courses in education.

The National Council for Teacher Education is an organization created specifically for teacher training. A list on its website contains the names of the teacher training institutes in India, which can be accessed here.

Currently, teachers and headmasters receive training under the government’s flagship teacher training initiative, ‘NISHTHA’. On March 11, The Quint published a fact-check article on Arvind Kejriwal’s statement.

The Delhi CM’s claim about setting up the first teacher training university in Delhi is false. Several such institutes already exist in the country.

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