The Joint Review Mission (JRM) constituted by the MHRD to review the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education of MHRD visited Uttar Pradesh from April 1 to 5, 2013. The
Mission members included Prof Venita Kaul, Mission Leader, Prof Poonam Batra, Prof N.K.Dash, Dr Shubhra Chatterji, Mr Kamlesh Joshi and Dr Rubina Maiti. The Mission visited
four districts, Lucknow, Allahabad, Hardoi and Barabanki in the course of the JRM. In Lucknow the JRM met with the Principal Secretary, Department of Basic Education and Director, SCERT and his faculty and representatives of the constituents of SCERT. In both Allahabad and Lucknow respectively, the JRM visited the IASEs and CTEs and in each of the four districts the Mission visited the DIETs, as well as private, recognized BTC teacher training institutes, interacted with their faculty and observed the classes. The Mission also met with the Block level mentors of the Shiksha Mitras who are undergoing the distance education training in the context of RTE in the Lucknow region and conducted a focus group discussion with Principals and/or senior faculty of about 30 DIETs from the districts that had not been visited. The Mission shared its draft report in a wrap up session on April 5, 2013, which was chaired by Principal Secretary, Basic Education and attended by State Project Director SSA, Director, SCERT and his staff.