New Delhi, Sep 16 : Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ here on Monday launched Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) - 2019 and Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) – 2019 under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT).
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that teachers are the base of the education system and ARPIT is a great platform for teachers to learn about the latest developments in their field and develop their teaching qualities. He said that for better results we need to increase the participation of teachers in this program.
"We need to create more engaging and impressive module to attract more teachers for ARPIT Programme," he added.
The HRD Minister suggested University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that if we have to improve the standard of education then we have to focus on new things in the field of education.He further said that we have vision and mission, we just need better coordination. We should analyse in every three months, so that we do not lag behind in the race of the world.
"We should evaluate, so we can do better in future in world ranking," he added. The Minister appreciated LEAP programme and said that we can develop administrative capabilities and leadership for organizations through this programme. He further said that these leaders have the responsibility of bringing institutions to the world ranking.
The Minister also suggested that the courses of Artificial Intelligence, from school education to Higher education level should be designed according to the needs of industrial sector. There is no dearth of talent among our students. Surely the best results will come out, he added.
To build higher managerial capabilities of existing higher education leaders and administrators and to draw fresh talent into the management of higher education systems, a National Initiative “Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)” was launched to design and deliver a structured scheme of leadership development for HEIs.
LEAP is a three weeks leadership development training programme (2 weeks domestic and one week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in public funded higher education institutions.
ARPIT is a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM.
For ARPIT 2019, 51 discipline specific NRCs have been notified covering 46 disciplines, such as, Agriculture, Law, Architecture, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Geography, Home Science, Tribal studies, Commerce, Library and Information Sciences, Curriculum development, Humanities, Language Teaching in Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi and English, Pharmacy, Skill development, Textile Technology, Management, Public Policy, Leadership & Governance, Library & Information Science, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Assessment and Evaluation, Pedagogy and research methods, Climate Change etc.
The training materials have now been uploaded and made available through SWAYAM to all the teachers from 1st September, 2019.
Currently, registrations are open for the online refresher courses on SWAYAM platform, India’s own indigenous MOOC’s education engine.
As on date, the enrolment for ARPIT 2019 is around 48,000As part of popularising ARPIT, NIC has sent bulk mails/SMS to all faculties in the relevant disciplines, which covers around 10 lakh faculty in HEIs.
Through ARPIT all in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority have been given an enabling opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines through the technology based online refresher courses.
Faculty can benefit from this initiative as it is highly flexible and can be done at one’s own pace and time. (UNI)