August 8, 2012 3:57:32 am
The University of Mumbai,which is usually in the limelight for goof-ups,has something to cheer about. The universitys academic staff college (ASC),which trains approximately 700 teachers annually,has been ranked seventh among 13 institutes in the country that has been assessed as a performer by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The remaining 53 academic staff colleges have put up a poor show and have been reviewed as under-performers and non-performers. The review was initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to frame suitable policy guidelines. The ASCs were set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) across the country to facilitate regular training and upgradation for faculty.
Considering the crucial role that the ASCs are playing in faculty development in higher educational institutions,a need was felt to review their performance and develop suitable policy guidelines for strengthening them. Subsequently,the MHRD directed NAAC to take up an external review of all the 66 ASCs across the country under UGC. This has resulted in the assessment of all these colleges by a NAAC peer team for the first time since inception. In this,Mumbai Universitys academic staff college has been placed seventh among 66 ASCs in India, said K Shanthi,director of UGC Academic Staff College,Mumbai University.
No other ASC from Maharashtra features among the 13 performers.
The ASCs provide orientation and in-service training,which all teachers have to undergo for professional upgradation and avail career benefits.
Colleges who have secured 60 points and above have been rated as performers. While Guru Jambheswar University of Science and Technologys ASC (Haryana) has topped the list with a score of 71,University of Mumbai is seventh with a score of 62.
The assessment covered parameters like curricular aspects of the training programmes,innovative practices,delivery and evaluation techniques,governance,infrastructure and facilities.
Further,46 ASCs who have scored less than 60 and above 40 points have been rated as under-performers.
This category has four ASCs from Maharashtra,including University of Pune (24 th position and score of 55),Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (25 th position and score of 55),Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University (30 th position and score of 54) and Rastrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (38 th position and score of 52).
Surprisingly,ASCs of prestigious institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University,University of Jamia Milia Islamia and Jadavpur University among others have also been termed under-performers.
Seven ASCs have been evaluated as non-performers (those who have scored less than 40).
Meanwhile,Mumbai Universitys ASC,located at its Kalina campus,conducts month-long orientation programmes,refresher courses (three weeks duration) and other short term courses.
We encourage teachers across the country to come to our ASC. We have so far conducted 101 orientation programmes,231 refresher courses and other short-term programmes for over 11,000 teachers, said Shanthi.
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