University teachers must undergo ASC courses: UGC official

Create: 04/28/2011 - 16:38

The teachers recruited in higher education institutions must undergo orientation or refresher courses of the Academic Staff Colleges (ASCs), said Professor K Ramamurthy Naidu, an official of the University Grants Commission. He was inaugurating a two-day All India UGC ASC Directors meet at the Pondicherry University.

Naidu said there were 66 academic colleges across the country and about one lakh teachers had benefitted through orientation programmes and 2.5 lakh teachers had been covered under the refresher courses of the ASCs. He asserted it was necessary to make such courses compulsory for teachers joining higher education institutions so that there could be promotion of quality education.

Pointing out the fact that Indian higher education sector is the third largest globally next to US and China, Naidu said it is imperative for the country to churn out well qualified faculty who will train the youth.

Naidu also mentioned about the five objectives of the UGC during the current five year plan (2007-2012): access and expansion of higher education, equity and inclusion, quality and excellence, promotion of relevant education and encouraging research activities.

The University Grants Commission had set up 66 Academic Staff Colleges (ASCs) in different Universities/ Institutions in the country. The Academic Staff Colleges so established are conducting specially designed orientation programmes for newly appointed lecturers and refresher courses for in service teachers.

The Orientation programme contributes to the teacher awareness of the problems of the Indian society and the role of education, higher education leaders and educators in the resolution of these problems to achieve desired goals in national development.

The Refresher course provides opportunities for serving teachers to exchange experiences with their peers and mutually learns from each other. It will be a forum to abreast of the latest advances in the subjects, technological spin off etc. The Commission has been providing cent percent financial assistance to the host Universities/ Institutions to run the courses mainly towards cost of resource persons, participants, books/materials, working expenses and salaries of the UGC- allocated staff etc. as per the norms under the programme.

[Source: IBNLive]


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I fully agree with Professor Naidu. Right now there is no profession in the world where a person once recruited - rightly or wrongly, can reach the top position of Professor under a very liberal promotion scheme without any publication or research. The ASCs at least can provide an opportunity to the teachers to update their knowledge. Thogh my experience is that most of the courses organised by the ASCs are heckneyed and without any vision. The participants attend the courses because it is a requirement for their promotion, and not because they are interested in gaining or updating their knowledge. The ASC'cs organise them because they have to, in order to show that the budgets allocated for them have been spent. As a result they end up calling teachers who are neither experts nor have a good record of research themselves, or are actively engaed in research, for teaching the courses organised by the ASCs. In order to make ASCs more useful and interesting for the participants there is a need to organise them in a dedicated manner.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

What teachers lack here is maturity in ones own profession. How a person is called matured, to take decisions, and to influence others by their own action and thought? How this is possible if he has not trained his own limbs, senses and desires? Our students should be trained to become good teachers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I am agreed with this , but in rural area there is another problem with this, college principal doesn't take interest to give chance to teacher for this , how can UGC tackle this problem, from this e- mail i want explanation on this issue.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I am an adhoc faculty in the department of education. I dare to say that in my little experience in the university system, hardly 10 percent teachers are really competent and maintaining quality in higher education. But the rest are managing themselves. For controlling a good quality in higher education I must praise the steps taken by UGC and MHRD minister Hon'ble Kapil Sibal, specially Ph.D. regulation, new norm and standard for appointing staffs in higher education. It is a worthwhile to quote the involment of ASC for professional development of university and college teachers. I am in favour to make it compulsory not only for the regular staff but also for the adhoc staffs. UGC should issue the order to the state and central university to allow the adhoc staffs to join ASC orientation and refresher courses. Thanks

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