NEP 2020: The University Grants Commission (UGC) undertakes an ambitious programme to train 15 lakh higher education instructors

University Grants Commission
University Grants Commission

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has launched a capacity-building program designed to enhance the development of 1.5 million higher education teachers and instill ethics and human values in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Under this initiative, 111 institutions across India have been designated as Malaviya Mission Teacher Training Centres (MMTTC) as part of the UGC’s Malaviya Mission-Teacher Training program. The goal is to provide proper training to teachers, with some programs conducted in-person and others offered online. The UGC aims to complete the training of all 1.5 million higher education teachers within the next two to three years.

The primary objective of this program is to enhance the quality of education at all levels by promoting excellence in teaching and teachers, according to UGC officials. The initiative was announced on Teachers’ Day and focuses on the holistic development of both teachers and learners, emphasizing ethical values rooted in Indian culture and fostering multidisciplinary and critical thinking abilities.

A two-week online capacity-building program has been developed to align closely with the core principles outlined in the NEP 2020, specifically tailored for faculty members. The themes covered by the program include holistic education, Indian knowledge systems, academic leadership, governance, research, skill development, inclusivity, technology integration, learning outcomes identification, and assessment.

The UGC Chief, M. Jagadesh, highlighted the program’s emphasis on the continuous professional development of faculty and its role in institutional development, a crucial aspect of improving the quality of higher education. The training content balances an India-centric ethos with a global perspective, equipping faculty with Indian values and modern technologies to address the evolving landscape of higher education.

A specialized portal has been created for faculty members, aiming to enhance the implementation of new approaches to curriculum delivery and teaching-learning, particularly in MMTT centers, which are considered effective means to achieve this goal.

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