Sh. Virbhadra Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh inaugurated the guest house of UGC-Academic Staff College, H.P. University Shimla on July 22, 2014. The two Storeyed building has accommodation for twenty teacher participants in ground floor and reception, dinning hall and kitchen in the first floor. The remaining two floors are planned to be constructed in near future.

Academic Staff College, H.P. University has completed four Orientation programme from February to June, 2014. Total five Orientation Programmes are organized per year for enhancing professional competencies of teacher.
Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University Shimla while speaking on valedictory of OP-116 on June 28, 2014 emphasized on the necessity of self introspection for enlightening about new horizons of knowledge. Then he stressed on the need of analysis of acquired information before sharing with the society selflessly. Innovations leads to progress of generations essential for development of the nation. 38 Assistant Professors from colleges and universities belonging to eighteen states participated in this Orientation Programme.

Prof. Bhupinder Singh Marh, Director, Academic Staff College, in his discourse said that teachers are highly benefited by the number of activities held during Orientation Programme. He suggested the participants to implement the techniques learned during these four weeks in their respective institutions. Prof. Kiran Rekha shared the report of Orientation Programme and asked the participants not to forget the interacting but remain updated and keep their minds open for creative applications of new ideas. Dr. Anita Sharma thanked the group for co-operation and active participation and urged to be in touch and write for ‘Academe” journal of UGC-Academic Staff College, H.P. University Shimla.

On February, 2014 Refresher Course on I.T. was inaugurated by Prof. P.K. Ahluwalia Former, Dean, Physical Sciences, H.P. University, Shimla. He said that knowledge of information technology has brought a sea change in society. Its use in academies is important and beneficial to provide new perspective.

Academic Staff College organized Refresher Course in Research Methodology for Social Sciences in the coordinatorship of Prof. N.S. Bist. Prof. P.K. Chauve from Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi addressed as Chief Guest of the valedictory function on March 22, 2014. He emphasized on good quality and socially relevant research in social sciences. Number of issues related to creative approach in social research were discussed during three weeks.

Prof. Suresh Kumar, Former, Dean Studies, H.P. University, Shimla inaugurated Refresher Course of Commerce on April 07, 2014. He said that to update the subject knowledge such courses are very important. Prof. Bhupinder Singh, Director, Academic Staff College highlighted the important activities going on these courses. Prof. Vikas Sharm was coordinator of this Refresher Course-274.

Prof. Furqan Qumar, Hon’ble Vice-Chanellor Central University Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest of valedictory function of Refresher Course in Commerce. In his address Prof. Furqan stressed on the importance of exchange of ideas the bring innovations in teaching and which the academics. Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University Shimla urged the teachers to spread the light of gained knowledge their students and society.

Refresher Course in Environmental Sciences (Inter-Disciplinary) was held form 28.04.20114 to 17.05.2014 in the coordinatorship of Dr. Balak Ram Thakur, Dept. of Geography, H.P. University. Diverse Physical, Social and Health perspectives were discussed during there three weeks. Resource person concluded that comprehevisive approach towards the various issues regarding environment is required to bring sustainability. Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai stressed on the application of indigenous knowledge to bring about conservation of natural resources and to achieve pollution free surroundings.

3-week Special Summer School on Research Methodology (Inter-Disciplinary) was organized from May 52 to 31, 2014 by Academic Staff College, H.P. University, Shimla. Prof. Romesh Chand, Dept. of Education, H.P. University, Shimla coordinated this course. As Chief Guest Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University, Shimla interacted with the participants on inauguration and valedictory functions. He suggested the participants to adopt right methodology during their research so as to get desired results also quality research adds to academic achievements of the teachers.

Refresher Course in I.T. (Inter-Disciplinary) was inaugurated on July 07, 2014 by Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University, Shimla and Prof. Rajinder Singh Chauhan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University Shimla was presented as Guest of Honour, 31 colleges and universities teachers got exposure abut different aspect of information technology and its use in academics.

Refresher Course in Education started on August 4, 2014. Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University Shimla was the Chief Guest. He opined that educationists need to have serious approach towards uncovering the old treasure of knowledge and rich traditions prevailing during “Gurukul” period. Judicious blending of modern and ancestral systems helps in taking the challenge to instill the innate quality of an excellent academician and effective administrator in the teacher educator.