Bhubaneswar: Higher Education Department Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has signed an agreement with top Indian universities to conduct refresher training programs for college teachers in Odisha.

There are about 500 government and aided non-governmental degree colleges in the state offering general undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses in the fields of science, humanities and commerce. “Regular refresher training is essential for our college teachers to update themselves on their subject and pedagogy, but due to various constraints, most teachers cannot afford to undergo regular refresher training,” department secretary Saswat Mishra said in an official letter released on Wednesday.

Given this situation, the Department is considering the possibility of contracting with the top universities in the country to conduct online refresher courses for college teachers. Mishra has written to the JNU Vice Chancellor to consider the decision. “If you are interested, we can discuss this further to finalize the proposal,” the secretary urged the JNU VC.

According to the terms and conditions of the proposal, the university should provide refresher training in online mode with all the features of the Annual Refresher Program in the teaching of the Ministry of Education. This training program must be approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The program should be conducted in several batches of the appropriate size for the college teachers of Odisha. It is not necessary for the university to conduct refresher training programs in all respects. It may identify a few things for this purpose that have the necessary expertise to conduct online refresher training programs.

Mishra said it was a win-win situation for the university, college teachers and three partners of the state government. The university earns enough income for itself and college teachers get the opportunity to train from the top universities in the country from the comfort of their home. Finally, the state government will be able to enhance the quality of higher education by regularly providing refresher training to its college teachers from the state’s top universities.

For this purpose, four of the top universities in the country are planning to rope.

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