HRD ministry is now all set to roll out new training program for the first time teachers and program in leadership training for the heads of the institutes. The action was taken by the HRD upon the suggestion from the Group of Secretaries, which has been set up by Prime Minister's office (PMO).
For the initial phase of the program more than 30 institutes have been identified by the HRD ministry. The chosen 30 institutes also include teaching learning centers or TLCs at NIT Warangal, IIT- Kanpur, IIT-BHU, IISER-Bhopal and schools of education in Jamia Millia Islamia and the Central University of Haryana, among others.
A three month induction program will be conducted for the faculties in the universities, institutes and colleges.
Similarly, 12 institutions have been chosen to train newly appointed vice-chancellors, pro vice-chancellors, directors, registrars, deans and heads of departments. The duration of the leadership program will be somewhere between 4 to 7 days.
According to the sources "Currently, the University Grants Commission conducts one-month orientation and refresher courses for teachers through its network of 66 academic staff colleges. The three-month induction program designed by the ministry is an improvement on the content of the UGC course".
The core courses of the induction program will contain the topics like roles and responsibilities of teachers, university structure and functioning, assessment and evaluation, use of technology for teaching, and academic leadership.
“Schoolteachers are trained to teach, but in higher education the newly-appointed assistant professors have little knowledge about teaching methodology, assessment and evaluation techniques, basics of governance and administration. The induction program is aimed at filling that gap,” said a source.
The leadership program on the other hand will help the heads of the universities, colleges and institutions.
“They should be equipped to handle problems and leadership challenges that come up in the academic, financial and administrative spheres. They should be able to lead and support diverse workforce, promote teamwork and improve staff performance,” the source added.