Teachers at the University of Pune (UoP) will soon be trained by experts from the University of Massachusetts (UMass), said W N Gade, Vice-Chancellor, UoP.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was recently signed by the two varsities, emphasises on collaborations in the fields of science, social science and teachers’ training.
“We have already been working with them in other projects. Last year, under the Obama-Singh Knowledge initiative, we had undertaken a project on women studies. Hence, we know the working of the university,” said Gade.
He added, “This year, we thought about extending our collaborations and decided to work together in the areas of research so that both the universities can benefit.
The chancellor of UMass had visited our university six months ago and had expressed the desire to work together in fields of science, social science and teachers’ training. Therefore, we decided to sign an MoU,” said Gade.
Gade had visited UMass on June 29 after which an agreement was signed between the two varsities.
“UMass is very good in teachers’ training courses. Even China sends their teachers to receive training at the university. Research programmes will be extensive as guides from both the sides will decide the course of action. Students will also get to visit each other’s universities to gain exposure,” added Gade.
Talking about the teachers’ training course. Gade said, “At first, we will select some master trainers. These teachers will go to UMass and take direct training from experts there. They will come back and train other teachers here. There will also be online courses for teachers’ training as it would not be possible to send all the teachers for training. The MoU has been signed for 5 years,” said Gade.