Academic Staff College

Rationale of Academic Staff College :

The NPE, 1986 had strongly recognized the need for improving quality of teaching and proposed to provide opportunities for professional and career development so that teachers may fulfill their role and responsibility within the system of higher education. There has been knowledge explosion in every discipline and a college/university teacher has to continuously update his/her knowledge in his/her chosen field of expertise, or run the risk of becoming totally outdated in a very short period of time. In the wake of that, the UGC New Delhi proposed to enhance their motivation, skills and knowledge through systematic orientation in specific subjects, techniques and methodologies, and thereby inculcate in them the right kind of values that would in turn encourage them to take initiatives for innovative and creative work. This initiative by UGC was executed by establishing Academic Staff Colleges (ASCs) in various universities throughout the country. The ASC's main philosophy is to keep in mind that the teacher is central to the system and the main objectives of the ASCs are to enable newly appointed Lecturers to:

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  • Understand the significance of education in general, and higher education in particular, in the global and Indian contexts;
  • Understand the linkages between education and economic and socio-economic and cultural development, with particular reference to the Indian polity where democracy, secularism and social equity are the basic tenets of society;
  • Acquire and improve art of teaching at the college / university level to achieve goals of higher education;
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in their specific subjects;
  • Understand the organization and management of a college / university and to perceive the role of teachers in the total system;
  • Utilize opportunities for development of personality, initiative and creativity;
  • and Promote computer literacy as well use of ICT in teaching and learning process.

11th Plan initiatives for Academic Staff College :

During the 11th plan, in addition to the above the UGC has also stressed that along with the courses for newly appointed teachers, orientation programmes for heads of departments, principals, deans, officers, etc. must be organized with a view to acquainting the top-level administrators with what teachers are learning in the orientation programmes. This exposure will enable the decision-makers to actively participate in the scheme; at the same time, these administrators would be able to modify their own roles as supervisors of higher education by demanding newer role behavior from the teachers. It must also focus on the achievement of the goals set out in the Indian Constitution. Matters relating to subject knowledge and pedagogy, although important in them, would only be meaningful when understood in the total context of national development.

Central Philosophy of Academic Staff College :

The ASC's main philosophy is to keep in mind that the teacher is central to the system. While it is universally accepted that the teacher is the pivot of the educational system, our system does not provide adequate opportunities for their professional development. It is, therefore, necessary to develop inbuilt mechanisms to provide opportunities for teachers within the framework of knowledge society. It is also accepted that a teacher must not be confined only to transmitting information; she/he must also orient students to meet the challenges of life, to become not merely a trained professional, but also a better citizen. It was believed in the past that a college/university teacher learnt the 'art' of teaching on the job by emulating outstanding models such as his/her own teachers or senior colleagues. The stock-in-trade of the college/university teacher has always motivated the students. Today, it is no longer adequate to expect a newly appointed teacher to acquire the 'art' of teaching by emulating his/her peers.

Scope of the UGC-Academic Staff College, Hisar :

The Academic Staff College will cater to the needs of teachers and academic administrators of the colleges/universities as decided by the UGC from time to time.

Functions of UGC-Academic Staff College, Hisar :

The functions of UGC-Academic Staff College, Hisar will be to plan, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate orientation courses for newly appointed college/university lecturers. The UGC-ASC will also organise refresher courses for serving teachers, and orientation programmes for senior administrators and heads of departments, principals, officers, etc. Specifically, the UGC-ASC will formulate a programme of orientation along the broad guidelines given above;

  • Identify resource persons in various fields of specialization for running the orientation programmes and refresher courses, and familiarize such resource persons with the philosophy and guidelines for the courses;
  • Set up a documentation-centre-cum-library for reference and source materials necessary for the courses; Produce specially designed material required for effective implementation of the courses;
  • Organize, monitor and evaluate the courses for teachers;
  • Create a culture of learning and self-improvement among teachers so that it becomes an integral part of the educational system at the tertiary level;
  • Organize orientation programmes for senior administrators, heads of departments, principals, deans and other decision-makers to familiarize them with the philosophy of orientation intended to facilitate reform in higher education through appropriate modification of the management systems at various levels;
  • Provide opportunities for teachers in service to exchange experience with their peers and to mutually learn from each other;
  • Provide a forum for serving teachers to keep themselves abreast of the latest advances in various subjects;
  • Provide opportunities to further widen their knowledge and to pursue research studies;
  • Provide an introduction to new methods and innovations in higher education so that the participants can in turn develop their own innovative methods of instruction;
  • Bring out publications relevant for enhancing the teaching and research capabilities of teachers; and
  • Conduct capability enhancement programmes for non academic staff so as to strengthen the teaching-learning environment. The thrust areas and resource persons for each refresher course will be decided by the Director in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Operating Mechanism of UGC-Academic Staff College, Hisar :
Orientation Programmes :

In order to achieve the objectives of the Scheme, the curriculum for the Orientation Programmes may have the following four components with a minimum of 144 contact hours, that is, six hours daily for a four-week/24 working days programme:

Component A : Awareness of linkages between society, environment, development and education.

Component B : Philosophy of education, Indian education system and pedagogy.

Component C : Resource awareness and knowledge generation.

Component D : Management and personality development.

Refresher Courses:
The departments actually conducting refresher courses are responsible for evolving the course curriculum in consultation with the Director. The course should be so prepared that the content has essential percentage of the core material in the subject along with required percentage of areas of emergence and priority, essential laboratory and practical components, and computer application with relevant advancement of the subject.

Interaction Programme:
Students at Ph.D./post-doctoral levels from the Centre of Advanced Studies/Department of Special Assistance (CAS/DSA) may take part in the special interaction programmes to be organized by the ASCs under the RCs scheme. The interaction programmes should be in the form of workshops/seminars only. The duration of this programme should be about three weeks. The main focus of this programme will be interaction between Ph.D./postdoctoral scholars and teachers. The number of participants for this programme shall be 20 or more. This interaction programme may be held once a year.

Short-term Courses :

Apart from Refresher Courses and Orientation Programmes for faculty, the ASC shall conduct short term courses of about 6 days duration in various fields for the professional development of senior faculty viz. Professors and Readers.
ASC will conduct capability enhancement programmes for non academic staff so as to strengthen the teaching-learning environment.

Academic Administrators' Meeting / Workshop

Each ASC may organize one or two meetings of principals/heads/deans/officers in a year to:
Familiarize them with the philosophy and importance of orientation programmes and refresher courses, and persuade them to depute teachers; and
Enable them to understand their new roles as supervisors; and facilitate reform in higher education through appropriate modification of management systems at various levels.

Name Email Phone No.
Image description Prof. B.K. Punia,
Director
bkpunia@rediffmail.com 01662-263572
01662-263573
Image description Dr. Mrs. Vandana Punia,
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Education
vbpunia@rediffmail.com 01662-263199
Image description Anurag Sangwan,
Assistant Professor
M.Tech.
anuragsangwan@gjust.org 01662-263164