ARPIT : stands for Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching.
This is unique initiative taken by Government of India for professional development of higher education faculty.
Q. How is ARPIT being implemented?
In the first phase 75 discipline-specific institutions have been identified and notified as National Resource Centres (NRCs) .
NRCs are located in a mixed range of institutions such as, Central Universities, IISc, IUCAA, IITs, IISERs, NITs, State Universities under the Ministry’s Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT); UGC’s Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs), National Institutes for Technical Teachers Training (NITTTRs), IIITs and IGNOU.
These resource centres will play an active role in E-learning by preparing online training material..
The National Resource Centres are expected to cater to around 13 lakh faculty of the total 15 lakh faculty in higher education.
The courses that will be covered are
Indian culture & Heritage Studies
Pedagogical Innovations & Research Methodology
Latest Trends in Pedagogy and Assessment
Personal-Emotional Development and Counselling
Neural Networks and Deep Learning & Knowledge discovery
ICT in Science and Maths teaching
Innovation and Best Practices in Educational Skills
Leadership and Governance in Higher Education
Public Policy and Administration, English Language Teaching
Hindi Literature & Linguistics
Methodology of Teaching Sanskrit
Effective Creations and Innovative Researches in Medieval Gujarati Literature
Tribal and Regional languages
Techniques and experiments in Earth Science
Real Time Power Analysis and Smart Grid
Civil Infrastructure for Smart City Development
Advanced Concepts in Fluid Mechanics
Energy Systems Engineering
Physics of Semiconductors and Devices
Internet of Things, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Sciences
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Development Perspectives in Agriculture
Library & Information Science
Human Rights and Environment
Social and Rural Development
The course will have 40 hours of E-learning content which will divided into 20 hours of video content and 20 hours of non video content
They are offered in a highly flexible format and can be learned at one’s own pace.
There are built-in self assessment exercises and activities which will be necessary as part of the academic progression in the course.
At the end of the course, they will be a terminal assessment which can be either online or a written examination.
On successful completion of the course all faculties will be certified
The courses will remain open from 1st November, 2018 to 28th February, 2019.
Registrations have already started and till now more than 30,000 teachers have enrolled to obtain online professional training.
Out of 75 institutions, already 68 have uploaded their courses.
UGC will take necessary regulations to recognise the MOOCs based online refresher training of teachers for the Career Advancement Scheme.
The production of MOOCs courses by the teachers is also recognised for the Career Advancement Scheme.
The NRCs will revolutionise professional development of faculty by catering to massive numbers by leveraging ICT and online technology platform of SWAYAM.
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