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UGC proposes 20 faculty development centres in 12th Plan

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
strength.

“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
underlined.

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]

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