The Union Government of India on 24 May 2013 announced that under the 12th Five Year Plan it will set up Institutes of Teacher Training at Block Level in 196 districts. The decision of the union Government will help in strengthening the teacher training capacity across the nation.
The Government has decided to develop these institutes in SC/ST/Minority concentrated districts of the country. Under this program, a budget of more than 690 crore rupees has been approved for the project development and execution. One third of the total budget allocated will be invested in the high teacher deficit states namely Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
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