Published : Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 04:32 PM
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur, in its pursuit to contribute to the quality improvement in higher education in our country inaugurated the third Faculty Development Program (FDP) for faculty members at different levels of seniority from 15 engineering institutions from five states of West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Tripura and Chhattisgarh. This six-days long program is undertaken in the second phase implementation of Technical Education quality improvement program (TEQIP) - a initiative by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Inaugurating the program, Prof B.S. Sahay, Director IIM Raipur discussed various facets of existing challenges to higher education in India and stressed upon attaining excellence at par to international universities in order to develop competitive advantage for the nation. He further expressed; many things can be done even in this constrained environment and this required a mind-set and courage to execute. In an interaction with participants Prof Sahay showed concern over the deteriorating quality of education, widening skill gap, failure to meet industry expectation, and poor research output from Indian universities and tertiary education institutes. Introducing themselves, participants from various institutes expressed their expectations from the program. Development of next-level curriculum with proper student engagement, industry-academic interaction and collaboration, and development of conducive platform for research were the main concerns from participants. Continuing the discussion Prof Sahay delivered a talk on 'Achieving Academic Excellence’ in a separate session and discussed about the Indian position in academic arena and highlighted various areas of scholarships and academic leadership. This session was designed to provide a roadmap for achieving excellence and elaborate multifaceted problems Indian institution encounter.
Earlier, briefing about TEQIP, Professor Sanjeev Prashar, Coordinator TEQIP II at IIM Raipur informed that the six day programme has sessions on themes ranging from Participant Centred Learning , Developing Research Capability, Improving teaching learning processes, Improving Communication and Interpersonal skills, Student counselling and mentoring etc. It has been designed to equip the attendees to work on five projects namely ‘Accreditation and Washington Accord’, How to achieve Academic Excellence, Academia Industry Partnership, Teaching Pedagogy and Research Publications. The learning from this program will be implemented by the participants back in their Institutions. During inauguration, Prof. Vinita Sahay, in her address stressed the need of student centric learning and there by imparting quality education. She has encouraged all the participants to unitedly create a teaching-learning platform for the six day programme by becoming disciplined students though all are well established teachers. Prof Satyasiba Das proposed vote of thanks.