In an era of the pandemic, amidst the largest disruption of educational systems, attending classrooms in asynchronous communication is a great challenge for both the teacher and the taught. Taking lead in trying to create a solution to the crisis in the academic world, the Mass Communication School of GGSIP University has inaugurated a Two-Week April 15, 2021, to April 27, Online Faculty Development Programme/Research Methodology Workshop on the theme “Developing Academic Leaders for Future: The Way Forward” on Thursday.
Aim of Online Faculty Development Programme/Research Methodology Workshop
With a focus on the National Education Policy, 2020, this workshop aims at creating next-generation leaders to get equipped to handle blended learning as envisioned in NEP. It targets researchers and faculty members in the fields of mass communication and journalism, humanities and social sciences, and associated interdisciplinary courses.
Prof. Mahesh Verma, VC, GGSIPU, while inaugurating the program, stressed the importance of integrated learning in higher education while coping with the present pandemic situation. Speaking at the opening session he said that the Faculty Development Program in Higher Education will help in the development of a deep understanding of various aspects of science as well as emerging educational technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.
Furthermore, Chief Guest Akhilesh Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, said that crisis brings opportunities, and that “teaching is the opportunity to shape the country’s future.” He also praised the NEP 2020 for emphasizing the importance of Indian languages
Lockdowns will continue in many countries, as will concerns about travel safety and the need for social distancing, and the urgent need to integrate online/virtual technology into course delivery. Experts explored and deliberated realistic and feasible solutions to this evolving learning ecosystem during the sessions, as well as gained feedback and insights. The programme addresses a broad range of pedagogy and technology-related subjects in higher education. It covers interesting and timely topics such as Education in the Digital Age: Creativity and Critical Thinking are the keys, Academic publishing as a critical element of leadership, Navigating research ethics in the digital era, and Participatory Research Approach. It gives a platform to deliberate and expands understanding.
The FDP is sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Ministry of Education, GOI. Ravi Dadhich, Registrar, GGSIPU; Prof. A. K. Saini, Chairman, IIQAC-NAAC, GGSIPU; Prof. Queeny Pradhan, Dean, University School of Mass Communication; Dr. Durgesh Tripathi, USMC; Dr. Sachin Bharti, USMC; and other eminent speakers from various knowledge partners from the Philippines, Malaysia, Slovakia, and London, USA et al. are among the organizers.
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