I take this opportunity to welcome you to Rangia Teacher Training College, the pioneer institute of teacher education in the north-eastern region. The members of the college family would be very pleased to enroll you as a student-teacher of two-year B. Ed. Course.
In 1685, St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle, founded the first normal school, the École Normale, in Reims, France . Teacher education was also imparted at Halle, Germany in 1706. Napoleon Bonaparte also took initiative to establish a number of normal schools in France in 1794. In India, for the first time, a Danish Missionary established a teacher training school at Tranquebar, TN in the year 1716. After a long time, William Carey founded a Normal School in 1802 at Serampur. In Assam as well, Missionaries launched a few teacher training schools during nineteenth century. After independence, Gauhati University started a B. T. class in 1949. However, a teacher training college, in real sense, was instituted by the Govt. of Assam at Jorhat (PGTT College, Jorhat) in the year 1957.
Teacher education course at secondary level, by and large known as B. Ed. Course, has three major components-(i) Theoretical orientation (ii) Practicum (iii) School exposure. Substantial exposure to these three components is a prerequisite for the preparation of a competent teacher. At Rangia T. T. College as well, teacher education does not only mean theoretical orientation but also stacks of laboratory exposures and lots of learning activities along with internship in the teaching field. In addition to these, there will be a large number of supplementary activities during these two sessions.
I sincerely hope that two years of experience at Rangia T. T. College will add a new dimension to your professional carrier modifying your inconsistent views concerning teaching and teacher education.
With lots of best wishes-
Dr. Partha Phukan Mahanta