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Varsity to sign pact for course in paper technology

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TIRUCHI, NOV. 14. The Bharathidasan University will enter into a memorandum of understanding soon with the Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) for introducing a B.Tech programme in Pulp and Paper Technology through its School of Engineering and Technology.

The sandwich programme will include a major practical component to provide hands-on exposure to students, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said inaugurating a Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Higher Education (PGDHET) at the Department of Educational Technology of the university here today.

Dr. Thangamuthu said the Syndicate, at its recent meeting, decided to set aside Rs. 1 crore as corpus fund for the university's Institute of Entrepreneurship Development.

The university also decided to introduce an individual incentive programme for its faculty members, who bring in laurels by winning various awards. Financial incentives, ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 50,000, would be offered to them depending on the merit of the award. He said the Department of Educational Technology had identified about half-a-dozen schools for carrying out an academic quality assessment. Referring to the PGDHET programme, Dr. Thangamuthu said the course has been started for strengthening the professional competency of in-service teachers in tertiary education. The varsity planned to offer the programme for aspiring teachers also in due course.

Facing challenges

The one-year course would focus on philosophical, sociological and psychological bases of higher education, information-communication technology-enabled teaching and learning, curriculum development and evaluation techniques, management and economics of higher education and practical component. The course would help teachers face the emerging challenges posed by the information explosion, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor of Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya (Deemed University), N. Jayasankaran, said teaching was a performing art, which could be perfected only by practice and development of skills to make lectures interesting. The diploma programme would help improve the delivery system at the classrooms.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the Mother Teresa Women's University, S. Lakshmi, said educational technology had become a vital element in modern day teaching and the programme was a unique attempt at imparting necessary skills to teachers of higher education.

Effective teaching

The head of the Department of Educational Technology, R. Karpaga Kumaravel, said the programme was conceived in view of the absence of avenues for professional training for teachers in higher education. Though specific courses were available for school teachers of various levels, higher education teachers had to learn by trial and error method at the classrooms, often at the expense of students. Mere mastery in the subjects was not enough to ensure effective teaching and the course would fill the void. The course curriculum has been designed by the varsity to provide a judicious mix of theory and practical components. The course would be held on weekdays, spread over 32 weeks, he said.

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