Government announces 75 resource centres for online refresher progs

Government announces 75 resource centres for online refresher progs
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on May 4 announced 75 National Resource Centres (NRCs) for Online Refresher Programmes in different Universities/institutions across India.


According to a official release through PIB, the MHRD identified the NRCs as a part of its initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform SWAYAM.


In the first phase, according to the HRD Ministry, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified which are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in the discipline, new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum, it said.


These NRCs cover wide ranging disciplines of Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Humanities, Language Teaching, Commerce, Management, Education Planning and Administration, Public Policy, Leadership and Governance, Library and Information Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Assessment and Evaluation, Pedagogy and research methods , cutting edge areas of Nano-sciences, Internet of Things, etc.


A varied set of institutions such as, Centres under the Ministry’s Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) located in Central Universities, IISc, IUCAA, IITs, IISERs, NITs, State Universities; UGC’s Human Resource Development Centres( HRDCs), National Institutes for Technical Teachers Training (NITTTRs), IIITs, Open Universities have been notified as NRCs, the release added.


Three institutes from Northeast have been identified as NRC. These are: – Tezpur University for Mass Communication and Journalism; National Institute of Technology, Silchar for Water Resources; and Mizoram University for Educational Research.


Under this initiative, all in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority will have an enabling opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines through the technology based online refresher course, the release said.


According to MHRD, the NRCs will develop the Refresher Module which will include the latest trends in their earmarked discipline by 15 June each year.


The training materials will be uploaded and made available through SWAYAM to all the teachers w.e.f. October 1 each year, and based on the response, the course can be repeated in the following January, it added.


NRC will publish the list of the faculties, who have been certified by December 31, 2018 and UGC will issue order/regulations for the purpose of Career Progression and APIs.


Faculty can benefit from this initiative as it is highly flexible and can be done at one’s own pace and time, it noted.