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B. Block Resource Centre (BRC)

The 7th JRM has noted that “…The State reports that 100% of BRCs/CRCs are operational and fully functional and this is certainly the impression gained by the Mission during the field visits…”

In Tamilnadu, there are 385 Community Development Blocks and 27 Urban Blocks.  385 Block Resource Centres function in 29 Districts.  In Chennai, 10 CRCs in the Corporation Zones play the roles of BRCs to cover 10 Urban Blocks. In the remaining 27 Urban Blocks, 27 urban BRCs are functioning.    

BRCs have been supplied with computers and they have also been connected with Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs).  These SITs have been helpful for the conduct of State level training programmes through EDUSAT.  Resource Books have been provided to all BRCs which remain permanent resource materials to be used by BRTEs and Teachers.

The role of BRTEs in Blocks is primarily providing on-site support to the teachers in schools. They visit the schools frequently in order to help the teachers in the endeavour of improving quality in schools. Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) have been assigned the responsibility of 10-15 schools. The implementation of all programme activities involving the VEC/ local community is taken care of by them through frequent visits to schools. As these Teacher Educators are trained in ABL Methodology and Active Learning Methodology, their support to teachers on quality improvement is very significant. The practical problems faced by the teachers are solved by the BRTEs then and there. The BRTEs have also undertaken several studies which are used as objective strategy of monitoring the working of the system in place in schools. The method and findings of these studies are outlined in the Chapter on “Issues and Strategies. Based on the findings of the study, many corrective measures have been initiated to address the issues/problems identified.      

The 7th JRM has assessed the field-level performance of Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) and it has recorded,

 

“……The SPO and DPCs have relieved the BRTEs of data gathering burdens so that this vital cadre of resource persons can concentrate on providing the necessary onsite support and guidance to the teachers. BRTEs’ visits to schools last the entire day and are carried out once or twice per month for each school. The work of the BRTE is further augmented by the visits of AEEOs to facilitate and address the organizational aspects of the school……”

 

“…There is no doubt that the success of ABL to date owes a great deal to the high quality of the BRTEs……”

 

Programmes in Block Resource Centres (BRCs)

The following Table indicates district-wise and year-wise meetings, training and other programmes conducted at Block level during 2002-2003 to 2008-2009.

Programmes in Block Resource Centres (BRCs)

S. No.

District

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

1

Chennai

32

0

0

37

0

0

37

0

0

2

Coimbatore

160

143

29

210

194

33

160

272

57

3

Cuddalore

103

70

14

103

182

42

100

294

42

4

Dharmapuri

96

33

16

96

97

24

96

17

40

5

Dindigul

0

5

0

0

8

2

0

15

0

6

Erode

257

0

0

266

0

0

254

0

0

7

Kancheepuram

156

65

78

156

91

52

156

143

39

8

Kanyakumari

21

38

6

58

95

38

67

134

39

9

Karur

53

16

8

71

59

16

92

79

25

10

Krishnagiri

0

0

0

0

0

0

216

7

4

11

Madurai

50

22

6

88

47

2

107

77

8

12

Nagapattinam

98

5

0

99

15

2

102

12

2

13

Namakkal

180

60

0

180

90

0

180

150

30

14

Perambalur

60

71

17

108

101

30

110

128

23

15

Pudukottai

168

113

16

160

142

18

186

182

27

16

Ramanathapuram

132

55

0

132

110

0

132

165

0

17

Salem

252

31

5

254

33

6

258

25

5

18

Sivagangai

96

20

0

96

22

0

108

18

0

19

Thanjavur

33

90

16

113

135

36

136

193

38

20

Theni

48

40

16

80

80

48

80

104

40

21

The Nilgiris

15

40

3

26

48

7

36

92

9

22

Thiruchirapalli

55

135

17

88

210

20

302

249

18

23

Thirunelveli

105

147

0

210

294

0

210

315

21

24

Thiruvallur

76

77

10

103

159

17

133

211

23

25

Thiruvannamalai

180

162

36

216

108

36

180

306

36

26

Thiruvarur

76

107

13

104

163

22

146

118

18

27

Thoothukudi

90

108

3

105

167

9

117

225

16

28

Vellore

264

154

48

300

120

50

360

140

45

29

Villupuram

271

262

50

321

319

62

303

352

63

30

Virudhunagar

71

66

13

111

149

18

108

171

32

 

Tamilnadu

3198

2135

420

3891

3238

590

4472

4194

700

 

 

Programmes in Block Resource Centres (BRCs)

S. No.

District

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

1

Chennai

34

0

0

39

0

0

40

0

0

2

Coimbatore

200

213

112

145

63

130

96

264

0

3

Cuddalore

99

84

10

109

70

45

156

0

0

4

Dharmapuri

96

64

26

96

64

27

57

96

0

5

Dindigul

0

9

2

0

5

2

192

160

32

6

Erode

264

0

100

218

0

160

112

240

49

7

Kancheepuram

156

195

13

156

52

39

168

52

39

8

Kanyakumari

84

98

47

83

42

18

108

126

35

9

Karur

87

95

28

80

48

21

148

96

12

10

Krishnagiri

211

50

30

217

5

296

196

120

0

11

Madurai

103

52

13

89

31

9

168

168

12

12

Nagapattinam

112

10

2

110

5

2

59

132

0

13

Namakkal

180

120

30

180

90

30

121

180

51

14

Perambalur

130

136

19

128

86

30

120

112

163

15

Pudukottai

188

177

16

137

54

16

159

159

11

16

Ramanathapuram

101

110

0

101

22

0

132

89

0

17

Salem

261

30

3

253

25

4

14

36

6

18

Sivagangai

120

120

0

120

114

6

144

0

0

19

Thanjavur

137

165

53

118

90

68

115

225

90

20

Theni

120

192

32

80

48

32

80

96

40

21

The Nilgiris

42

108

17

31

80

70

20

48

22

22

Thiruchirapalli

81

259

30

71

160

25

64

154

0

23

Thirunelveli

210

126

42

210

84

42

210

240

0

24

Thiruvallur

119

168

13

119

42

11

128

168

0

25

Thiruvannamalai

200

162

36

252

162

248

216

216

45

26

Thiruvarur

170

179

20

134

41

28

120

160

24

27

Thoothukudi

119

115

24

92

40

13

125

154

16

28

Vellore

396

374

50

396

66

56

400

90

60

29

Villupuram

339

373

86

313

171

48

41

96

32

30

Virudhunagar

141

113

21

119

33

24

81

132

0

 

Tamilnadu

4500

3897

875

4196

1793

1500

3790

3809

739

 

S. No.

District

2008-2009

2009-10

2010-11

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

No. of Meetings Held

No. of Training Programmes Conducted

Other Progrmmes Organised

1

Chennai

120

10

0

120

10

0

120

10

0

2

Coimbatore

240

10

0

240

10

3

240

10

2

3

Cuddalore

156

10

12

156

10

0

156

10

0

4

Dharmapuri

96

10

8

96

10

0

96

10

0

5

Dindigul

168

10

0

168

10

0

168

10

0

6

Erode

240

10

0

240

10

0

240

10

0

7

Kancheepuram

168

10

14

168

10

1

168

10

0

8

Kanyakumari

108

10

9

108

10

0

108

10

0

9

Karur

96

10

12

96

10

0

96

10

0

10

Krishnagiri

120

10

12

120

10

5

120

10

0

11

Madurai

168

10

0

168

10

0

168

10

0

12

Nagapattinam

132

10

0

132

10

0

132

10

0

13

Namakkal

180

10

0

180

10

0

180

10

0

14

Perambalur

120

10

170

120

10

0

120

10

0

15

Pudukottai

156

10

13

156

10

0

156

10

0

16

Ramanathapuram

132

10

0

132

10

0

132

10

0

17

Salem

252

10

2

252

10

0

252

10

0

18

Sivagangai

144

10

10

144

10

0

144

10

0

19

Thanjavur

168

10

0

168

10

4

168

10

5

20

Theni

96

10

32

96

10

0

96

10

0

21

The Nilgiris

48

10

0

48

10

0

48

10

0

22

Thiruchirapalli

180

10

2

180

10

6

180

10

3

23

Thirunelveli

240

10

0

240

10

0

240

10

0

24

Thiruvallur

168

10

0

168

10

7

168

10

2

25

Thiruvannamalai

216

10

0

216

10

0

216

10

0

26

Thiruvarur

120

10

20

120

10

2

120

10

3

27

Thoothukudi

144

10

27

144

10

23

144

10

5

28

Vellore

240

10

0

240

10

0

240

10

0

29

Villupuram

264

10

73

264

10

0

264

10

0

30

Virudhunagar

132

10

0

132

10

0

132

10

0

 

Tamilnadu

4812

300

416

4812

10

51

4812

10

20

Source: DISE 2005 & District Review Reports

The number of meetings/Review Meetings conducted at Block level has been increasing over the last eight years.  In 2002-2003, around 3,198 meetings were conducted and in 2010-2011, as many as 4812 meetings have been conducted.  In addition to the regular in-service training programmes, the Table shows that other programmes/meetings are also being conducted regularly. 

Information on Manpower at BRC/URC/CRC Level 2010-11

 

S. No

District

No. of BRC/URC sanctioned

No. of BRC / URC Supervisors - sanctioned

No. of RPs (BRC) sanctioned

No. of CRCs

No. of RPs (CRC) sanctioned

Rural

Urban

Total

Rural

Urban

Total

1

Chennai

0

10

10

10

0

0

110

110

110

2

Coimbatore

19

1

20

20

47

184

15

199

199

3

Cuddalore

13

0

13

13

35

172

0

172

172

4

Dharmapuri

8

0

8

8

10

100

0

100

100

5

Dindigul

14

0

14

14

70

163

0

163

163

6

Erode

20

0

20

20

100

142

0

142

142

7

Kancheepuram

13

1

14

14

65

152

20

172

172

8

Kanyakumari

9

0

9

9

12

89

0

89

89

9

Karur

8

0

8

8

40

75

0

75

75

10

Krishnagiri

10

0

10

10

47

121

0

121

121

11

Madurai

13

1

14

14

65

134

31

165

165

12

Nagapattinam

11

0

11

11

55

100

0

100

100

13

Namakkal

15

0

15

15

52

83

0

83

83

14

Perambalur

10

0

10

10

21

107

0

107

107

15

Pudukottai

13

0

13

13

10

145

0

145

145

16

Ramanathapuram

11

0

11

11

21

121

0

121

121

17

Salem

20

1

21

21

66

164

10

174

174

18

Sivagangai

12

0

12

12

60

112

0

112

112

19

Thanjavur

14

0

14

14

29

165

0

165

165

20

Theni

8

0

8

8

12

80

0

80

80

21

The Nilgiris

4

0

4

4

20

45

0

45

45

22

Thiruchirapalli

14

1

15

15

62

154

29

183

183

23

Thirunelveli

19

1

20

20

85

176

16

192

192

24

Thiruvallur

14

0

14

14

70

133

0

133

133

25

Thiruvannamalai

18

0

18

18

90

167

0

167

167

26

Thiruvarur

10

0

10

10

45

95

0

95

95

27

Thoothukudi

12

0

12

12

60

108

0

108

108

28

Vellore

20

0

20

20

100

202

0

202

202

29

Villupuram

22

0

22

22

107

234

0

234

234

30

Virudhunagar

11

0

11

11

55

134

0

134

134

 

Tamil Nadu

385

16

401

401

1511

3857

231

4088

4088

Source: Monthly Review Report

   

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