UGC HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
Rated as a Performer by NAAC, All India Rank VII
To transform the teachers into inspirational role models for the young and impressionable students, who in turn will create a just and equitable society that will be progressive and secular.
Our UGC Human Resource Development Centre will be an institute that will strive continuously to achieve academic excellence through its programmes - an institution committed to preserving and enhancing the core values of the teaching profession. Through our programs, we will equip the teachers with necessary skills to meet the ever mounting challenges of higher education and inculcate in them the pride of belonging to this noble profession and become role models for generations to come.
The main objectives of our HRDC are to enable the teachers:
To understand the significance of education in general and higher education in particular in Indian and global contexts.
To acquire and improve basic skills of teaching and also the use of ICT in teaching learning process.
To be aware of the latest developments in their specific subject.
To understand the link between education and economic, social and cultural development of the country.
To develop one's personality and creativity and become inspirational role models for the students.
The main philosophy of UGC for Human Resource Development Centre 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 not merely become a trained professional, but also a better citizen.
BACKGROUND OF UGC HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
In pursuance of the National Policy of Education 1986 and its Programme of Action, the University Grants Commission had identified 48 Universities for setting up Academic Staff colleges (presently known as HRDC) in the country in the year 1986 - 87 to cater to the training needs of teachers in the higher educational system. University of Mumbai was one of these Universities identified for setting up of University Grants Commission's Academic Staff college and it was established in the year 1987. The UGC Academic Staff colleges are distinct entities in faculty development in tertiary education conducting specially designed Orientation Programmes and subject based Refresher Courses for College and University teachers.
PROFILE / Novel features of UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University of Mumbai
Our UGC Human Resource Development Centre (UGC HRDC), University of Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai - the commercial capital of our country. Mumbai, by virtue of its position, is the most cosmopolitan of our cities and we can say that Mumbai is the very microcosm of our country. Thus, we are uniquely placed in the composition of our teacher participants and in the availability of resource persons. Hence, we get participants with widely varying backgrounds, and their coming together in our programmes provides a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas which, in turn, results in all-round development of the teachers. We are also able to draw our resource persons from renowned institutions like TIFR, TISS, BARC, BSE, IIT, ICT and from other industries, government bodies, cultural centres, in addition to faculty from the University Departments. These unique features make our programmes attractive and widely appreciated by our teacher participants.
Since its inception, UGC HRDC, University of Mumbai has so far offered 113 Orientation Programmes, 266 Refresher Courses and other Short Term Programmes benefitting more than 15,000 teachers. Our HRDC attracts participants from all over the country as we have been able to impart quality training through our Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses and Short Term Courses and now it has blossomed into a centre of excellence.
This was also acknowledged in the recent NAAC review wherein we have been ranked 7th amongst 66 Human Resource Development Centres in the country and rated as Performer with score of 62 which is the highest amongst all the Human Resource Development Centres of the Western States of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
SEMINAR HALL AND LECTURE ROOMS
A Seminar hall and a lecture room are available for conducting our programmes. They are provided with ergonomic chairs for comfortable sitting for the teachers. Air conditioners are provided for improving the comfort levels. Interior decor is designed innovatively to improve the ambience and aesthetics. Both the rooms are equipped with modern teaching aids like Handy cam, Direct project, Overhead projector and LCD projector along with PA system.
UGC HRDC Computer lab
UGC is giving a big thrust for making teachers computer literate and focus on the use of Computers as a teaching aid and also to familiarize them with the use of various tools to create e-content. For meeting the above objective a state of the art Computer Lab with a server networked to 30 client machines has been set up. This Computer Lab is aesthetically designed and furnished with innovatively designed furniture that enables us to optimally utilize the available space. It is also provided with ergonomic chairs considering the nature of work on the computers.
The computers can run on both Linux and Windows platforms which is the unique feature of this laboratory. This enables the participants to obtain hands on experience on both the operating systems. All important softwares required for training are available. All the computers in this lab have 24x7 good internet connectivity. Wifi facility is also available on the campus of Mumbai University.
Various application softwares are also made available to have two streams of training one focusing on Computer Application Training and the other on Computer Aided Teaching. In order to familiarize the teachers with cutting edge technologies that are now available to aid teaching, a three day module on e - content development is made mandatory in our Orientation Programmes which is very popular with the teacher participants. This module on e-content development covers topics like: What is E-Learning, Content Development, Image processing, Understanding Animations, Audio and Video Processing which includes video capture, recording and editing and finally the techniques of integrating the content developed in different platforms and deploying the same as a concise capsule. This module makes use of all the multimedia tools such as handycam, audio recorder, etc.
A few sessions during the refresher courses are devoted to familiarizing the teacher participants with the application of computers to their discipline and the immense knowledge resources that are available on the World Wide Web. They are familiarized to use the facilities like electronic review journals and research journals in various disciplines. They are also given hands on training on the various open source softwares useful for their research and teaching.
EDUSAT equipment has been installed for the benefits of teacher participants of our programme and thereby our UGC HRDC has become a part of the network enabling our institution to exchange quality knowledge with various locations.
UGC HRDC has a library with titles which cover areas of general interest and also socially relevant issues. We also have few journals and magazines. We have procured Kindles to download the required titles from the web and store them as e-books for the benefit of teacher participants.
The Orientation programme is of four weeks duration with a minimum of 24 working days and 144 contact hours (six hours per day).
The objectives of our HRDC are met by structuring our Orientation Programmes into four components:
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
The topics that are covered under each segment are :
A) Education, Social justice and Social reforms, Environmental awareness and biodiversity, Role and responsibility of a teacher, Human Rights, Disaster management, Science and society, Gender issues, Media and society, Secularism, Understanding the culture and society of North Eastern region , Consumer rights and responsibilities, HIV/AIDS, Field visit to any distress centre.
B) Philosophy of education, Indian education system, organizational structure, policies and programmes; Management in higher education, Issues and challenges in higher education, Contemporary strategies for Teaching, learning and evaluation; Interactive teaching through blogging and social media, Microteaching, Use of the blackboard in classroom teaching, Exam reforms.
C) Use of e-resources for teaching and research , Computer practicals (Advanced Power Point), , Cyber crime dangers & its prevention, e-content development, Moodle as a platform for teaching and evaluation, Research methodology, Research projects and sponsoring agencies, Current affairs.
D) Communication skills, Scientific temper, Leadership, Team building and work culture, Conflict management, Transactional analysis in education, The art of counselling students, Students suicide prevention, Attitudes and values, Stress management and positive thinking, Time management, etc.
A three day workshop on e-content development.
Visit to any distress center like old age home, orphanage, spastic society, blind school e.t.c. to sensitize the participants to the underprivileged sections of the society.
Visit to TIFR is arranged where the participants attend a lecture on Science and its impact on our society and they are also shown the various labs where research is being done.
The Refresher course is of three weeks duration with a minimum of 18 working days and 108 contact hours (six hours per day).
The main objectives of a Refresher course is to provide a forum for serving teachers to keep abreast of the latest advances in their subjects; to widen their knowledge horizon and also to help them to interact and share their ideas with renowned resource persons and fellow participants from other institutions.
UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University of Mumbai conducts Refresher courses in widely varying disciplines like Bio-Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Nanosciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Biotechnology, Environmental Studies, Information Technology, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, Library Sciences, Economics, Commerce & Management, Business Studies, Accountancy, History, Rural Development, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Law, Gender Studies, Economics, English, Marathi, Indian Languages, Comparative Literature, Performing Arts and Fine Arts, Education & Psychology.
The Refresher course coordinators prepare course curriculum of high quality in such a manner that the content has an optimal mix of core material in the subject, emerging areas, laboratory / practical work, field / industrial visits. Curriculum design and development, examination reforms including setting question papers are some of the topics that are also covered during the course. Since UGC has made it mandatory to have an IT component in all its programmes, one or two days are devoted to familiarize the teacher participants on the applications of IT to their discipline. They are also given an overview of the immense knowledge resources that are available, including electronic review journals and research journals in various disciplines. Our UGC HRDC computer lab with dual operating system in Linux and Windows is being used for all the Computer Aided Learning sessions of these courses. Further, in every Refresher Course field visits / industrial visits are arranged to give a better exposure to the teacher participants regarding the various applications in their field of specialization which in turn facilitates industry institute interaction.
Short Term Courses
Our UGC HRDC also conducts Short term courses of about two to six days duration on various topics for the professional development of senior faculty members and Interactive programmes as per UGC guidelines. The theme of the short term course is selected based on the popular demand from the participants. Some important short term programmes conducted by UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University of Mumbai are Advanced workshop on e-content development and setup and usage of virtual classroom, Disaster Management; Gender Studies; Workshop on Bioinformatics; Research Methodology in Basic and Applied Sciences; Social Science Research : Planning, Publication and Ethical guidelines; Research Methodology and Academic Writing; Soft Skills Development; Hands on training for teachers of Biological Sciences; Contemporary strategies for teaching and evaluation; Molecular Biology Techniques; Faculty Development programme : Mentoring students for their progression.
Our UGC HRDC offers other important programmes like Summer School, Winter School, Interaction programmes for Research Scholars and Postdoctoral fellows, Academic Administrators Workshop, Professional development programme for senior faculty members, Induction training programme for newly recruited faculty, etc.
Lecturers working in universities and colleges that are included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, even though they may not yet be fit to be included under Section 12(B), may be invited to participate in the Orientation Programmes and Refresher Courses. The teachers of colleges that do not yet come within the purview of Section 2(f), but have been affiliated to a university for at least two years, will be permitted to participate in the programmes/courses. However, they won't be paid TA/DA and other allowances for attending these courses.
1. Orientation Programme: Newly appointed teachers upto six years of continuous service and all those teachers who require Orientation Programme for getting higher grade can participate in this programme.
2. Refresher Course : Participation in Orientation Programme is a prerequisite for admission to the Refresher Course. Thereafter, after a gap of one year they can opt for a Refresher Course. However, in exceptional cases a teacher may be allowed to complete a Refresher Course prior to completion of an Orientation Programme. There should be a minimum gap of one year between two courses, though it may be relaxed if it is essential for the teacher to fulfill eligibility conditions for career advancement.
4. Temporary / adhoc / part time / contract teachers who have been teaching for at least three academic sessions in an institution which has been affiliated to a University for at least two years can participate in the Orientation Programme / Refresher Course to enhance their skills.
5. Participating teachers will be deputed by the respective college / university department for the entire duration of the course.
6. The teachers selected for the programme are to be treated as on duty with full pay and allowances by the sponsoring university / college.
7. Universities and colleges will allow interested teachers to attend UGC Human Resource Development Centre programmes based on their eligibility. Otherwise valid reasons will have to be intimated to the teacher concerned, as the courses that are organized for their teachers will ultimately benefit the university and college.
8. UGC permits a teacher who is interested in attending Refresher Courses/ Orientation Programme during the period of Teacher's Fellowship as it supplements his/her professional development provided:
i. He/she surrenders living expenses for the period he/she is attending the Refresher course, and agrees to submit to the HRDC an undertaking to this effect through the concerned research centre before joining the course.
ii. The Refresher course is attended in the subject that is relevant to his/her research.
iii. No extension in the teacher fellowship is sought on these grounds.
The Orientation Programme will be of four weeks duration, with 24 working days and 144 contact hours (six hours per day). The Refresher Course will be of three weeks duration, with 18 working days and 108 contact hours (six hours per day). Apart from Orientation Programmes and Refresher Courses, our Human Resource Development Centre conducts Short term courses for about two to six days duration on various themes for the professional development of senior faculty members.
As per the new UGC guidelines, participating teachers are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 1000/- for all the programmes, after the selection is intimated.
CONFIRMATION BY PARTICIPANTS
The selected teachers must confirm participation in writing, accompanied by DD of Rs.1000/- as per the date specified in the selection letter. Otherwise admissions are liable to be cancelled.
Attendance is compulsory and the participants will be required to observe complete punctuality. No absence of any kind is permissible. There will be no public holidays during the tenure of the course.
EVALUATION OF PARTICIPANTS
There will be continuous evaluation of the participants in this course and grades will be indicated on the certificates. The following are the grades :
A : 75 per cent and above
B : 60 per cent to less than 75 per cent
C : 50 per cent to less than 60 per cent
F : Below 50 per cent
Hostel accommodation is provided to outstation participants only if advance request is made with the application.
UGC Human Resource Development Centre
University of Mumbai
Room No. 103,
First Floor, Ranade Bhavan,
Mumbai - 400 098
(Note: The application has to be sent on above address)
Dr. K. Shanthi
|Mrs. Manaswi S. Machha||Section Officer|
|Mr.Ritesh B. Devkar||Senior Assistant|
|Mr. Milind B. Gaikwad||Steno-Typist|
|Mr. Harshal M. Kulkarni||Computer Assistant|
|Mr. Balkrishna S. Lingayat||Peon|
|Mr. Vilas R. Mistry||Hostel Attendant|