Chandigarh September 21, 2020

PU VC discussed about Road map for inclusive teachers mentoring

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh was part of the panel discussion to chalk out a road map for Inclusive Teachers Mentoring in the light of NEP2020 which was organized by National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTER), Chandigarh. Various Vice Chancellors of reputed Universities, Directors of 4 NITTERs and Directors of Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre participated in the discussions.

PU VC while giving his address said that in the light of NEP-2020, the teacher is at the centre of the fundamental reforms in the education system. This policy aims to re-establish teachers, at all levels, as the most respected and essential members of society. Efforts have been made to empower teachers and help them to do their job as effectively as possible. The new education policy is going to be a game changer for recruiting the very best and brightest to enter the teaching profession at all levels, by ensuring livelihood, respect, dignity, and autonomy, while also instilling in the system basic methods of quality control and accountability. Overall the academic culture of faculty in higher educational institutes (HEI) involves:

® teaching,

® research,

® service as per vision and mission of HEI

He further added that road map for inclusive teachers mentoring in HEIs is the need of the hour. This is more relevant as conventional serviced-focused and less research intensive institutes are shifting their mission and purpose of teaching to a scholar-teacher model for research and development. He further opined that the inclusive teachers mentoring system in HEI must have mechanism for feedback between faculty and students. This may help institutional change for research-based productivity. For the purpose of road map, the change expected is a shift in the emphasis on teaching as a mark of success to the manifestation of research projects and accountability. Thus, the involvement of research activities by faculty and teacher candidates/practicing teachers in the academy will assume precedence over or equal status with teaching and service. The feedback loops remain open and incentives for change are maintained, there should be optimal opportunities for success and productivity of significant research outcomes. A unique characteristic of this inclusive teacher mentoring system is the relationship between faculty and teacher candidates/practicing teachers.

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Chandigarh September 21, 2020

32487 students today Appeared for Online Exam by PU

Around 32,487 students of Undergraduate/Post Graduate/Other Professional Courses including USOL/Private have appeared today in the first ever online examination conducted by Panjab University which commenced on 17 September, informed Prof Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination.Total of 100 exams were conducted today.The examinations are being conducted in 3 slabs of 9am - 11 am, 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm.

CoE informed that all the Colleges/Departments downloaded the question papers as per the scheduled time from PU Website and official email IDs provided to them. The question papers were further distributed to students through various electronic modes.

He further informed that around 86616 students will be taking various exams being conducted by PU over the span of 17 days.

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Two days National webinar on‘Transition from School to Higher Education by PU Education Deptt

A two days National Seminar on the theme ‘Transition from School to Higher Education in the context of National Education Policy 2020’ was organised from September 21-22,2020 by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM) Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, MHRD (GOI) in collaboration with Institute of Education and Vocational Education, and SWAYAM Cell Panjab University, Chandigarh through Online mode. This seminar is under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) of the Government of India. Around 400 participants from various Universities and Colleges around the country are attending the seminar.

The programme started with the welcome address by Prof. Raj Kumari Gupta, Senior most Professor in the Dept. of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh Professor Jatinder Grover, Dean faculty of Education and Coordinator CALEM, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He shared the setting-up of CALEM Centre in Panjab University, as one of the four centres selected for Academic Leadership and Education Management in India. While introducing the theme of the seminar ‘Transition from School to Higher Education in the context of National Education Policy 2020’ which was conceived to have a discourse among the academic intelligentsia on the recommendations of National Education Policy-2020 about school education and teacher education. This two days’ national seminar will deliberate on the following themes covering various aspects of School and Teacher Education as per recommendations of NEP 2020.

Professor Raj Kumar,Vice-Chancellor Panjab University inaugurated the seminar. He focused on the need of the National Education Policy 2020 in the present changing society which will act as a bridge to cover the gaps of the earlier policies.

Dr. Vishal Sharma introduced the Chief Guest Padamshree Prof. J.S. Rajput, former Chairperson NCTE, Former Director NCERT, Educational Advisor to the Government of India. He shared his views on the NEP 2020.He referred to the United Nations Delors Report “Learning: The Treasure Within” where it had stated what the new policy has projected. The policies should be based on whom to teach, what to teach, and who will teach, and what curriculum will be taught. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s on basic education where importance was given to the Hand, the Head, and the Heart. He ended his address by saying that what impedes the progress of man is when s/he is not given the power of ideas, imagination, curiosity, and creativity. This policy will try to cover up these gaps.

Dr.Kanwalpreet Kaur introduced the keynote speaker Prof. Saroj Sharma from Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University, New Delhi focused on five issues as of paramount importance in NEP 2020, these being Value Based education, Skill development, Self-dependency, and India Centric. She focused on community participation in the education system, internship and mentoring of the students by the skilled workers as agriculturalists, etc. She emphasised on the training of anganwadi workers as well as the parents for bringing quality education starting from the grassroots.

Prof. Kirandeep Singh proposed Vote of Thanks. The inaugural session was conducted by Prof. NavleenKaur .P