Communication workshops are not something most teachers look forward to. But Anna University hopes things will be different this time.

As a precursor to its communication workshop to be held in January 2013, the English department of Anna University has conducted several awareness programmes for teachers.

Officials hope this will improve participation and help them realise the significance of training programmes.

The workshop is part of the University’s efforts to garner recognition from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), which proposes to introduce Outcome-Based Education (OBE) system in Indian institutions on a par with the Washington Accord, an international accreditation agreement for professional education.

The Washington Accord, set up in 1989, recognizes programmes accredited by countries which are its signatories. Graduates of accredited programmes in any of the signatory countries are recognized by other signatory countries as having met the requirements to practise engineering.

Besides hosting an international conference in March 2013, the University will conduct a series of lectures in English speaking and communication skills for its teachers.

“Many colleges refuse to send teachers to workshops saying they can’t afford to let them off for a week. But there are also some quality conscious institutions that send the same teachers repeatedly. This time, we have restricted admission to just one teacher from each college to ensure participation from all institutions,” said S.P. Dhanavel, head, department of English, Anna University.