Mumbai University Colleges Launch Online Teacher Training Programs


Several university-affiliated colleges have now launched online training programs for their staff with the goal of improving subject matter skills and knowledge for the upcoming academic year.

The lockdown may have affected routine classes and the end-of-semester exam session for higher education institutes in town, but they don’t let that free time go unsuccessful. Several university-affiliated colleges have now launched online training programs for their staff with the aim of improving subject matter skills and knowledge for the upcoming academic year.

“These are courses that we would otherwise have asked teachers to take during the summer vacation, but this year, since teachers are already free, we are making sure they improve their knowledge and learn a new teaching pedagogy.” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind Autonomous College, Churchgate. These courses have been running for over a week now and the college, at the same time, is also hosting webinars for their students as well as interested students from other institutions on career calls and higher education opportunities.

Likewise, the leadership of Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal (SVKM) has started the online training of the staff of all institutes under their auspices. “We also encouraged our staff to research other new and interesting courses that could help improve their understanding of any chosen topic and submit a report on the same by May 3,” said Anju Kapoor, Director of Usha Pravin Gandhi College, Vile Parle. , part of the SVKM group.

The Union government has already released the recommendations of two separate expert committees, both suggesting online exams in July, followed by the start of the new 2020-21 academic year by September this year. However, experts have pointed out that online exams will not be possible for colleges and universities located in rural India, as many students will not have access to computers or the internet. At present, the state government of Maharashtra has yet to announce its latest appeal on what lies ahead for higher education institutes and students.

“Since the future is uncertain, we encourage students to continue opting for all of the free online courses made available by the union’s Department of Human Resources Development (HRD). Our IT team, meanwhile, worked overtime to ensure that our teachers were trained on new concepts in various areas to enhance their knowledge, ”said Marie Fernandes, Principal of St Andrew’s College, Bandra .


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