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Faculty Development Program
Image Educational Services- Regional Centre, Punjab Technical University (PTU) with a noble cause to hone and improve the teaching quality of the faculty members of its Learning Centres, took up an initiative to organize the Faculty Development Program (FDP) – 2012.
The FDP was organized for Counselling & Classroom Teaching aids etc. over a period of 2 days from 7th April to 8th April, 2012. The program got an overwhelming response where in a staggering number of 35 participants from 15 Learning Centres participated. PTU created a history by organizing such an event with grand success, which other distance education Institution(s) have not yet even thought of.
Looking to the dire need for improving the results of students and a long term goal to build the PTU brand the program was initiated. The FDP was made totally free for all the faculty members of PTU authorized learning Centres. 02 Eminent resource persons were invited for training the faculties of learning centres in the management of what and how to teach a specific subject and make it interesting for the students. Looking to the competitive syllabus designed by PTU, the prolific speakers and connoisseurs for respective modules shared their teaching tricks & tips; it was also wedged with the methodologies for the classroom management. The trainer also highlighted the importance of good communication skills to transmit ideas and thoughts from one person to another. The session includes bunch of playful exercises which resulted into meaningful learning with relation to importance of soft skills. The FDP feedback stood up to mark for each parameter right from FDP content to Food, and physical arrangement to hospitality. The same FDP is planned to be conducted at 6 locations across Odisha for the benefit learning Centres and staff members.
Khusboo Thakur, faculty of Bhubaneswar Institute of Fashion Technology said, “This FDP has proved to be an eye opener for all of us. Although I spent most of my time in teaching curriculum but I could see that that it gives only basic information on subject. For executing this knowledge a skill is required which differs from one person to another. This skill defines how productive and effective we are. I have compounded all information shared by trainer on importance of classroom teaching. This has given me a clear indication of its importance for me to get good job and further better prospects in the organization. I am sure this is one university which is as serious as we are to our futures and this makes me feel proud to be a part of it.”