Odisha’s government is considering linkages with top universities for online teacher training | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANEWAR: Department of Higher Education plans to partner with top universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to organize online refresher training programs for state colleges teachers.
There are approximately 500 publicly funded and non-government funded colleges in the state that provide general undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) education in science, humanities, and business. “Although regular refresher training is essential for college teachers to be aware of their subject and pedagogy, it is not possible for most teachers to attend this training regularly,” said the secretary of the college. Saswat Mishra department in an official letter released Wednesday.
With that in mind, the department is considering matchmaking with the country’s top universities for online refresher courses. Mishra wrote to the JNU Vice Chancellor asking for his cooperation. “If you are interested, we can discuss the matter further,” said the secretary.
According to the terms and conditions of the proposal, refresher training should be provided by the online university, with similar features to the annual teaching refresher program of the Union Ministry of Education. This program must be approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The program is expected to be conducted by the university exclusively for Odisha College teachers, in several batches of appropriate size. It is not necessary for the university to organize retraining programs in all subjects. It can identify certain subjects for this purpose.
Mishra said it would be a win-win situation for all three stakeholders – the university, the college teachers and the Odisha government. The university will generate income for itself, and teachers at the college will have the opportunity to be trained by a leading university in the country. Finally, the state government will be able to improve the quality of higher education by providing regular refresher training for college teachers through the best universities in the country, he added.