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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued important notice on faculty development programmes being conducted by Electronics and ICT Academies in the country.

These online programmes also being referred as Spring-Summer courses (February- April), at least 10 faculty development programmes (FDPs) in emerging technologies will be offered.

Out of the total 10, seven FDPs would be delivered in the online Live web-conferencing mode and the remaining three FDPs would be available in the Intelligent Self-Paced Education (iSPED) mode.

Earlier, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in November 2014 had approved a Scheme for setting up of seven Electronics and ICT Academies in the country to address the requirement of training the faculty in the latest as well as upcoming/emerging areas of Electronics and ICT for Engineering and other streams.

Accordingly, Electronics and ICT academies have been set up and are operational at premier and leading academic institutions including- (i) NIT Warangal (ii) IIITDM Jabalpur (iii) IIT Guwahati (iv) NIT Patna (v) IIT Kanpur (vi) IIT Roorkee and (vii) MNIT Jaipur.

So far, academies have conducted/delivered 1282 FDPs imparting training to several beneficiaries, including around 70 thousand faculty members and one lakh of students/others. The training of faculty is expected to improve their teaching effectiveness and thus in-turn enhance the employability of the students.

As per official sources, these Academies are aimed at faculty/mentor development and upgradation to improve the employability of the graduates, diploma holders in various streams, through collaboration of States/Union Territories.

Each Academy would be provided funding support upto financial year 2021-22, and is expected to generate revenue by charging fee and taking up other activities to meet the recurring cost in a gradual manner and become self-sustainable by March 2022.

About Spring/Summer Courses

Online Training Programmes in core areas of Electronics and Information & Communication Technology (lCT) streams have been planned by academies for delivery during Spring & Summers (i.e., Feb-Aug 2021).

All these Spring & Summer-courses will be offered through online live web-conferencing, with instructor led talks delivered by eminent experts from llTs, NlTs, lllTs and other premier institutes/industries, even from abroad.

How to apply:

-For a particular programme, a participant is encouraged to apply to Academy level coordinator ONLY, belonging to any participating academy in that programme.

- Government of India norms will be followed for SC/ST/EWS category participants.

-The application form is to be submitted in the online mode to the Academy level coordinator of the respective academy.

For other details visit the official UGC website. Click here for the notice

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