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College faculty to receive training to improve teaching

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Teachers at the College will receive continuous training to enhance their capacities and improve the quality of education, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi said on Wednesday.

He made the announcement during a meeting of heads of colleges affiliated with Madras University on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education Deputy Chairman A. Ramasamy, Higher Education Secretary D. Karthikeyan, University Vice Chancellor S. Gowri and senior university officials took part in the meeting which lasted two hours.

Mr. Ponmudi said the aim of the meeting was to improve academic performance and employability of students.

“We need to ensure that our students succeed in the future. The meeting was called to allow us to take a decision on improving the quality of education. Private colleges are successful in bringing in industry experts and training their students. We want principals and department heads of government colleges to be actively involved in improving employment opportunities for students by providing training,” he told college officials. He suggested that they call on experts in the field and launch an in-service teacher training programme.

The Vice Chancellor said a few days ago that the University Planning and Development Board held a meeting with the participation of former University Grants Commission Vice Chairman H. Devaraj; former Vice-Chancellor P. Duraisamy; and senior executives from information technology companies such as TCS and Cognizant.

The council suggested introducing industry representatives into the union and academic council and a strong association with alumni. The university could offer new postgraduate courses such as water management and multimedia sciences. He also suggested undergraduate courses in data analytics, digital media technology, and hotel management.

He suggested research that could be applied and skill development programs for all courses. Company officials have called for skilled labor and college education to address the shortage.

Physical verification

Mr Gowri said the university had decided to inspect all colleges as part of the annual affiliation approval exercise, a legal requirement. Physical verification has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years, he said.

During the process of verifying qualifications, several teachers were found to be underpaid, he said. A Tamil teacher with a PhD was paid ₹10,000, of which ₹4,000 was withheld, he said. In some colleges, principals had been ordered to work one day a week and their salaries had been reduced.

Earlier when asked by reporters whether the state is adopting the National Education Policy-2020, Ponmudi said that the new schemes introduced for student benefits by the chief minister were his brainchild. “We will not reject the good suggestions of the national education policy.