University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering a remodelling of academic staff of higher education colleges of the country, after observing their performance to be less than satisfactory, even though on one hand it has aimed to increase their numbers in the current plan period.
These colleges were setup during 1986-87 for the objective of professional development of teachers in higher education. They conduct orientation programmes for newly appointed lecturers and teachers and also organize refresher courses for already serving teachers.
The UGC aims to revamp 66 of such colleges of the country into 'faculty development centres' while targeting total number of colleges to be 100.
However, the performance and activities of theses colleges have not been observed as satisfactory as mentioned in the report by a committee constituted and drafted by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on the National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (NMTT).
Report said, from time to time the working of the ASCs are reviewed to measure the quality of the programmes other than supporting their continuation. Up till now, emerging from various reviews these colleges have not been able to wholly meet the professional development needs of the teachers.
NMTT visualize to methodically address all issues that arise related to teachers, teaching, preparation of a teacher and professionally development of teachers.
Setting performance standards and creating finest of institutional facilities to set off innovative teaching and professional development of teachers is among the many goal, to create a strong professional collection of teachers. NMTT would review the matter at the CABE meeting to be held in Delhi on October 10.