1. ELIGIBILITY, TARGET GROUP AND DURATION:
Lecturers working in universities and colleges that are included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, even though they may not yet be fit to be included under Section 12 (B), may be invited to participate in the Orientation Programmes and Refresher Courses. The teachers of colleges that do not yet come within the purview of Section 2(f), but have been affiliated to a university for at least two years, will be permitted to participate in the programmes/courses.
For the Orientation Programmes, newly appointed lecturers up to six years of continuous service and all those teachers who require orientation for getting a higher grade will be allowed. Attendance should be a condition for confirmation and the same course will be counted for promotion to a senior scale.
For the Refresher Courses, participation in the Orientation Programme is a prerequisite for admission. However, in exceptional cases a teacher may be allowed to complete a Refresher Course prior to completion of an Orientation Programme. Also, there should be a minimum gap of one year between two courses, though it may be relaxed if an adequate number of participants is not available or it is essential for the teacher to fulfill eligibility conditions for career advancement.
The Orientation Programme will be of four weeks duration, with minimum of 24 working days (excluding Sundays) and 144 contact hours (six hours a day). The refresher course will be of three weeks duration, with minimum of 18 working days (excluding Sundays) and 108 contact hours (six hours a day). If a participant fails to complete the requisite contact hours in a programme, he may be permitted to make up for the backlog hours at own cost in another programme by the UGC- Human Resource Development Cente concerned.
Part time/ Ad hoc/temporary/contract teachers who have been teaching for at least three academic sessions in an institution which has been affiliated to a University for at least two years may be permitted to participate in the Orientation Programme/ Refresher Course to enhance their skills.
Universities and colleges will allow interested teachers to attend UGC- Human Resource Development Cente programmes based on their eligibility. Otherwise valid reasons will have to be intimated to the teacher concerned, as the courses organized for their teachers will ultimately benefit the university and college. Temporary arrangements in place of teachers deputed for such courses may be made by internal adjustment if required. However, it may not be possible for the Commission to provide any additional grant to pay either honorarium or salary of the substitute, if appointed.
2. COURSE CONTENTS AND COURSE COORDINATORS:
For each Refresher Course, the thrust area is to be given by the concerned Head of the Department in consultation with the Director of UGC- Human Resource Development Cente. The content of each Refresher Course and the list of the Resource persons to be invited will be prepared by the Course Co-ordinator, Head of the department of concern subject in consultation with Director, UGC- Human Resource Development Cente. For each course, a coordinator is nominated by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the UGC- Human Resource Development Cente. In order to achieve the objective of the UGC- Human Resource Development Centes, following FOUR COMPONENTS have been prescribed by the UGC for the Orientation Courses:-
3. ACCOMMODATION :-
The participants of RC/OC are being accommodated in the faculty house and Tagore Teachers hostel on first come first serve basis.
4. TA/DA/incidental charges to Outstation participants :
Teacher participants may be paid A/C III railway fare (all trains) or A/C deluxe bus fare on production of tickets. Outstation participants may be provided free boarding and lodging by the University. To cover the cost of their boarding/ lodging, the Commission will pay the University Rs. 300/- per day for outstation participant for 'A' class cities, Rs. 250/- per day for other places. In case only free lodging is provided, DA will be allowed at 75 percent of the ordinary rate of daily allowance. In case the outstation participant does not avail the facility for boarding/lodging, he/she will be paid Rs. 250/- per day.
Local participants :
Rs. 100/- per working day per participant will be paid to the HRDC for providing hospitality. In case a local participant does not avail the facility of hospitality by the HRDC , he/she will be paid Rs. 100/- per working day.
5. Objectives of HRDCs
The National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986 in its programme of action makes appointed reference to the crucial link between teacher motivation and the quality of education. The NPE recognized the need for improving quality of teaching and proposed to provide opportunities for professional and career development so that teachers may fulfill their role and responsibility within the system of higher education. It was proposed to enhance their motivation skills and knowledge through systematic orientation in specific subjects, techniques and methodologies, and thereby inculcate in them the right kind of values that would in turn encourage them to take initiatives for innovative and creative work.
Keeping the above objectives in view, the following steps were proposed:
a) To organize specially designed orientation programmes (OPs) in pedagogy, educational psychology and philosophy, and socio-economic and political concerns for all new entrants at the level of Lecturers;
b) To organize such orientation programmes and refresher courses (RCs) for serving teachers, covering every teacher at least once in three to five years;
c) To organize specially designed orientation programmes/refresher courses in IT for new entrants as well as for in-service teachers;
d) To encourage teachers to participate in seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.
In order to achieve the above, a Scheme of setting up UGC- Human Resource Development Cente in suitable universities in the country was initiated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The objectives of theUGC- Human Resource Development Cente are to enable newly appointed Lecturers to:
a. understand the significance of education in general, and higher education in particular, in the global and Indian contexts;
b. understand the linkages between education and economic and socio-economic and cultural development, with particular reference to the Indian polity where democracy, secularism and social equity are the basic tenets of society;
c. acquire and improve art of teaching at the college/university level to achieve goals of higher education;
d. keep abreast of the latest developments in their specific subjects;
e. understand the organization and management of a college/university and to perceive the role of teachers in the total system;
f. utilize opportunities for development of personality, initiative and creativity;
g. promote computer literacy as well use of ICT in teaching and learning process.
6. Evaluation Pattern:
The written examination of all the participants should be conducted during last week of the course. In order to get the full coverage of the course, the co-ordinator should ask for five objective questions from each resource person alongwith answers and should keep it confidential. The question paper should be set from this bank for evaluating the prarticipants' performance. The distribution of marks is as follows-
i) Multiple Choice Objective Test 30 Marks
ii) Seminars Presentations 15 Marks
iii) Project / Survey / Others 20 Marks
iv) Assignment / Micro Teaching / Participation 10 Marks
v) Holistic Response 25 Marks
(Punctuality, regularity, initiative, conduct, responsiveness etc)
Grade A for 75% of Marks or above
Grade B for 60% of Marks or above but less than 75%
Grade C for 50% to less than 60%
Grade D below 50%
Participants who obtain Grade D are required to repeat the course after a gap of one year at his /her own cost.