Pune: Maharashtra SCERT transformation project

The Opportunity

The Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) is responsible for formulating the state curriculum framework, creating a state perspective plan and developing a holistic vision on teacher education, leading to enhancement in quality of education. However, there is a lack of a shared vision, goals and strategy towards these responsibilities. The Department of Education, Government of Maharashtra intends to rejuvenate and transform the MSCERT into an aspirational and ambitious nodal institution with a strong vision and measurable outcomes towards curriculum improvement, teacher development & student achievement in Maharashtra

The Model

The Maharashtra SCERT transformation project has constituted a team of consultants to work on supporting the Department of Education to restructure the MSCERT. This team will be embedded within the MSCERT and work closely with multiple stakeholders over the course of the restructure. The team will be responsible for building 3-year goals for the key departments in SCERT through goal setting exercises, develop management skills, pedagogical knowledge and learning mindsets of SCERT employees, initiate interventions as a collective exercise to help set up rigorous systems and processes at the key levels in SCERT.

The objectives of the project include:

  • Developing a long term strategy to convert MSCERT into an aspirational institution with a strong vision and measurable outcomes.
  • Building and sustaining capacity of MSCERT and its employees at multiple levels, so as to transform MSCERT into a premier institution
  • Building a sustainable and collaborative government education system that is deeply committed to improving the quality of student learning in Maharashtra

Potential for Systemic Impact

In the long term, the project aims to build significant system capacity to transform SCERT into a stronger institution that has developed a holistic vision for teacher learning, teaching-learning, and curriculum development. Through this restructuring, the SCERT would become a strong nodal agency for education in Maharashtra, optimising its transformation to build decentralised centres of excellence through district level education bodies like district institutes of education and training (DIETs) and other state machinery. These transformed systemic structures and processes in SCERT could then become an enduring institution for Maharashtra’s education excellence.