New Delhi: In order to bridge the gap of teachers in the state, the Bihar government has urged the Centre to give recognition to the trained teachers as it has done in Madhya Pradesh.

Talking to reporters here after meeting Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Bihar HRD Minister PK Shahi said, “Given the shortage of teachers in Bihar, IGNOU is running a 2-year teacher training course, which is not being recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).” 

However, the Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU revealed the Central government has given recognition to the course in Madhya Pradesh.

Shahi also highlighted the impediments in executing the provision of opening bank accounts for school children under the India Literacy Programme.

“The Centre is mulling to open bank accounts of children studying in class I and II for their dresses. Opening account for people of that age is a difficult task. Bihar is already providing dresses to school children and the scheme is running flawlessly,” Shahi said urging the Centre to give relaxation in the scheme of opening bank accounts.

Highlighting the high population density in Bihar, Shahi also asked the Centre to increase the number of coordinators in the state.

Commenting on the Centre’s plan to set up a model school in every block of the country, Shahi said Bihar government is already running 591 basic schools in every block.