Ministry of Tribal Affairs and CBSE in collaboration with Tata Trusts and CETE, TISS launches an online certificate course on Experiential Learning for the 21st Century

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs and CBSE in collaboration with Tata Trusts and CETE, TISS launches an online certificate course on Experiential Learning for the 21st Century

20 November 2021: The Secretary, Tribal Affairs, Shri Anil Kumar Jha and Chairman, CBSE, Shri Manoj Ahuja, jointly launched a certificate course on Experiential Learning for the 21st Century for educators from the CBSE board and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) system in collaboration with Tata Trusts; CETE, TISS (Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Mumbai and MGIS (Mahatma Gandhi International School), Ahmedabad.

Experiential Learning-course

(Left-Right)  Dr Bobby Abrol, Tata Trusts; Manoj Ahuja, Chair, CBSE; Amrita Patwardhan, Tata Trusts; Prof Padma Sarangapani, Chair, CETE, TISS; Pavithra Kumar, Chief Programme Director, Tata Trusts and Dr Anju Chazot, Founder, MGIS (Ahmedabad).


The course is being offered to 350 educators across 6 States: Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tripura.

The Experiential Learning for 21st Century Programme has been conceptualized as an online certificate course for educators – teachers, school heads and principals to help them adapt classroom learning to real life experiences. Out of 650 educators, who applied for this, 350 have been selected based on the criteria of digital literacy, comfort with English, and their motivation to learn new pedagogies. The program will be offered free of cost to all the selected teachers and principals from 20th November 2021 onwards. Select teachers will be recognized as “Teacher Leaders” by MoTA and will espouse the Experiential Learning Pedagogy to the EMRS teaching fraternity in a phased manner. The course will capacitate the teachers to equip the students with 21st century skills and learning processes.

The Experiential Learning for 21st Century Programme aims to: 

  • Sensitize teachers towards multi-sensorial pedagogical experiences with a special focus on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of students.
  • Enable teachers to construct alternative strategies to develop 21st-century skills and competencies in their students.
  • Guide teachers to map learning experiences to concepts and competencies.
  • Transform teachers as active members, contributing to a community of educators.
  • Support upskilling of teachers as teacher-leaders. 

Please watch the introductory video of the course:


While appreciating the uniqueness of the program, Sh Manoj Ahuja, Chairman, CBSE highlighted the imperative need of making students’ experiences count as learning is integral to human beings. He asserted, “Children are naturally curious and human learning is always forward moving. The objective is to re-orient education to children’s experiences by focusing on their livelihoods, environment and day to day living”. He also emphasized on the need to build an ecosystem, where children’s curiosities and experiences find way leading towards a movement or revolution.

Applauding the joint venture, Dr. Navaljit Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, said that that the Ministry has been continuously forming alliances with top education bodies as NCERT, NIEPA, IITs, Microsoft to empower EMRS teachers and support their continuous up-skilling. This partnership will strengthen the edifice of education structure which is made up of not only school building but teachers who inculcate qualities of passion and dedication amongst students.”

 “Tata Trusts’ work in education is committed to addressing issues of quality and equity by convening Government partners to address systemic issues. Our interventions focus on innovative, scalable solutions, deployed in government schools that serve the bottom of the pyramid. Teachers are an integral part of our program / intervention and this course aims to enhance their practice. Collaborating with the Government for the professional development of teachers is therefore central to the Trust’s work in education.”, said R Pavithra Kumar, Chief Program Director- Tata Trusts.

This course is an initiative of CBSE and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) in collaboration with Tata Trusts, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Ahmedabad. A team of experts was drawn from these institutions, who collaborated in the development and implementation of the course. 

Tata Trusts anchored the entire program and convened with multiple stakeholders, the faculty from CETE, TISS have designed the course while the expert mentors from MGIS (Ahmedabad) have provided practitioner-level contributions.  All three institutions, Tata Trusts, TISS, and MGIS, together run the course hosted on TISSx, a MOOC platform.

To know more about the course visit: 


Press release from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs