Besides the private institutions, the .Government also made some efforts in this direction. In his Despatch of 1854, Wood clearly emphasised the need of teachers’ training. This need was again emphasised in 1859 when it was felt that sufficient progress was not being made in this sphere.
It was also decided to keep a sum apart from the school grant for trained teachers’ pay. Besides, Normal Schools were opened at Bombay, Calcutta, Poona, Surat, Agra, Meerut and Banaras (now Varanasi). Three more Normal Schools were opened in the Blengal province in addition to that of Calcutta.
So far as the question of the training of secondary teachers is concerned, proper arrangements were not yet made. Training colleges were opened at Madras and Lahore in 1856 and 1881 respectively.
In these colleges both graduates and undergraduates were imparted training side by side. In their training emphasis was laid on extra-curricular subjects while stress was laid on prescribed subjects in the training at Normal Schools.