UGC proposes 20 faculty development centres in 12th Plan

Create: 02/13/2012 - 15:37

In order to improve the quality of teaching in higher
education institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed setting
up of at least 20 faculty development centres at select universities in the
12th five year plan.

These centres would provide discipline wise, specific
refresher programmes and information and communication technology-linked,
teaching-learning-research training programmes.

The universities where these centres would be set-up would
be selected on parameters like infrastructure, past records and the academic

“For example,
refresher courses in life sciences should be conducted in only those universities
which have a strong base in life sciences. A similar pattern can be adopted for
other disciplines,” the UGC underlined.

Meanwhile, the apex regulator has also pitched for reforms
in the academic staff college (ASC) system in order to convert it into faculty
talent promotion system. Restructured professional development activities could
be facilitated by converting the ASCs as faculty development centres.

“Though the positive
effect of the impact of the ASC programme on the quality of teaching has been
felt, nonetheless there has been a feeling that the system could be reviewed
for better results, keeping in view the enormous expansion envisaged in the
country and also the changing demands of teaching and research,” the commission

The proposed faculty development initiatives at ASCs could
include areas like entry level orientation, curriculum development, teaching
and learning, research and innovation, engagement with social concerns and
leadership development.

[Source: Deccan Herald]



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This is a great initiative.While implementing this it is better to take the recommendations of the Medical Council of India in choosing Medical institutions.
SriRamachandra University developed a Faculty Development program and Curricular reforms in the last 15 years and now is a nodal center for the MCi. Such experience should be utilised in implementing this, unmindful of the fact that it is not a Govt run University.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is good for Higher Education because there is no regular programme for Higher Edcation teachers to improve quality.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This initiative is wellcome teachers will get chance to improve their skill. It is also expected that teacher can choose their own interest besides career advancement.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This is indeed a welcome step. Being a teacher in English I would be happy to see a centre for development of English teaching skills in the NE India.

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