Institutes told to organise annual refresher courses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2019 11:03:26


Staff Reporter,

University Grants Commission (UGC) wrote higher educational institutes for annual refresher programme in teaching (ARPIT) on Wednesday.
The commission said, Ministry of Human Resources Development has invested significant amount of resources towards capacity building and enhancement of professional skills of faculty of higher education institution under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT). Annual refresher programme in teaching (ARPIT) is one such initiative, launched by MHRD on November 13, 2018 with the objective of providing online courses in various disciplines for professional development of higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform SWAYAM.

For the implementation of ARPIT, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified to prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in the discipline, including new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

UGC has already granted equivalence to ARPIT courses at par with refresher courses for the purpose of Career Advancement Scheme. Commission circulated the letter to draw attention of higher educational institutes to the newly launched ARPIT courses and also asked to encourage the faculty to participate in the ARPIT courses available on SWAYAM platform, not only for keeping themselves abreast of latest developments in their disciplines but also for aiding their career progression.

The commission already invited detailed proposal from higher education institutions and academicians to develop high quality MOOCs comparable to international standards, along with a sample video of about five minutes to be uploaded. The commission said, video should be having brief description about the objectives and outlines of the course, so that good quality proposal for development of MOOCs course is received on regular basis.

The SWAYAM platform is an indigenous platform of the Government of India, which hosts MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) to enable students to virtually attend the courses taught by the best faculty access high quality reading resources, participate in discussion forums, take tests and earn academic grades.

It is aimed at benefiting life-long learners, students, teachers, researchers to use multimedia on anytime, anywhere basis for acquiring knowledge and skills. In schools, in this regard, Government of India has identified eight national coordinators from school to higher education level.

UGC has been identified as the National coordinator for developing non-technology PG MOOCs from academic(s)/professional associated with universities/ educational institutions. UGC has also issued UGC (credit framework for online courses through SWAYAM) Regulation, 2016 to enable transfer of credit based on MOOCs courses up to a maximum of 20%.

The commission said, while submitting the ‘Detailed Proposal’, several criteria is mandatory to be filled. Criteria includes academician/faculty having 10 years of PG teaching experience in concerned field, can be the course coordinator. The faculty employed in the institutions that are eligible to receive UGC and eligible to receive central assistance are eligible to apply for MOOCs.