Teachers' Day Gifts - Portal

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) Indian teachers got a national portal all their own today through which to communicate with one another, articulate issues and find answers, hoped to enhance the quality of Indian education.

The portal www.teachersofindia.org was launched by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Teachers' Day.

Speaking on the occasion, President Patil said it was definitely a medium to improve the quality of education in schools and teacher-student interaction in class.

An official statement said the portal would offer a platform for sharing best practices and generating discussion in the teaching community.

Its Home Page will feature a 'Teacher of the Month' in recognition of special efforts.

For starters, the portal will give teachers a space to share ideas and thoughts on their professional lives in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, the statement said.

On the cards are more languages as well as access to more communities, such as students, parents and teacher educators, it said.

It will carry short pieces by teachers about classroom practices, school experiences or how they try to experiment.

Down the line, a district-wise directory of education resource organisations will help teachers gain access to material and people in their neighbourhoods.

Resource material-- articles, policy documents, manuals, tools, modules-- by experts will be made available directly or through links.

The portal has been put together by a private group, Azim Premji Foundation, with support from India's National Knowledge Commission headed by Chicago, United States-based Sam Pitroda.

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