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Special Summer School on Human Values & Indian Ethos

Inauguration - Orientation Program

Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, the Vice Chancellor while speaking on the valedictory of Refresher of Commerce and Management on 11th June, 2011 emphasized the importance of sharing knowledge specially for teachers. He said that we should not remain isolated and fragmented. Freedom from biases will lead to true secularism in our country. We should work for the unity of our country. A teacher should be innovative. Only then he will be able to make an impact on the students and society. By doing something different people will remember us. Prof. Bajpai urged the participants to be innovative and suggested them to keep themselves updated with the recent trends in their respective subjects.

   

Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director ASC Shimla, in his discourse said that Academic Staff Colleges provide a common platform to the teachers from different parts of the country to share their knowledge and experiences. It is a training ground for effective interaction. He advised the participants to share their knowledge that they gained from the refresher course with their students and colleagues. He urged them not to become stagnant but to go on upgrading themselves till they set the milestone. Dr. Pawan Garga, the Course Coordinator, shared his experience and apprised the Vice Chancellor of the topics covered and resource persons invited during the programme. It is pertinent to mention here that 47 Assistant Professors of English of Colleges and Universities attending from 18 states of India have participated in the programme.


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Prof Sunil Gupta, Vice Chancellor, while speaking at Valedictory function on November 27, 2010 said that it is the high time that we should grab the opportunity and exploit the potential in the Indian youths. Here the role of the teachers' is very challenging and holds the power to transform the society. He advised the teacher that they should always inculcate values among the students. Prof. Gupta stressed emphatically that the teacher should be true to himself so that he fulfils his responsibility and duty as a teacher.

Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director, said that teachers occupy unchallengeable position in the education process. He also apprised that i n the last 63 years since independence, the higher education system has undergone a remarkable transition from an elite system having deep colonial roots, to an egalitarian system striving to meet the aspiration of a vibrant democracy. Dr Pathania advised the teachers to disseminate the knowledge among their students what they have learnt during the programme.

Dr. Nain Singh Coordinator of the programme presented the detailed report of the course with the list of resource persons interacted with the participants along with their topics. Prof. R.P. Sharma presented a vote of thanks to the chair. On this occasion, Dr.(Mrs.) Kiran Rekha, Deputy Director, Academic Staff College was also present . 28 teachers of the university and colleges belonging to 12 states have participated.

Refresher Course in Bio-Sciences

Prof. K.R. Dhiman , Vice-Chancellor, University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan, H.P. while inaugurating the programme to said that the man has to understand that nature is a source and not a resource. It is the judicious use of this resource which will give rise to healthy, prosperous and peaceful world. Quoting Mahatam Gandhi, Prof. Dhiman said that this earth has enough to satisfy everyone's need but not enough to satisfy even one person's greed. He stated that man is himself responsible for all types of natural calamities, social evils and mental disorders.

Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director, Academic Staff College , said that The ASC's came into existence with a purpose to improve the quality of higher education by imparting training to the teachers. In addition to these the purpose of RC is to improve the knowledge, skill and attitude of teachers. Dr. Pathania emphasized on the active participation of the participants and said that the real learning comes by way of interaction.

Prof. V.K. Mattu, the coordinator of the programme highlighted the need for updating the knowledge of teachers working in different colleges of the country. He gave the theme of the course i.e. “Bio-Sciences in the 21 st century”. He said that this century belongs to Information & Bio-Technology and we should be cautious in utilizing these technologies.

Prof. H.S. Banyal Chairman, Dept. of Biosciences, also shared his views regarding the subject and appreciated the role of UGC-ASC in higher education. He extended all possible support from the Department of Bio-sciences required for the success of this course.

Prof. S.P. Bhardwaj, Vice-Chancellor, Manav Bharti University , Solan while speaking at the Valedictory said that the man has to understand that nature is a source and not a resource. It is the judicious use of this resource which will give rise to healthy, prosperous and peaceful world. He stated that man is himself responsible for all types of natural calamities, social evils and mental disorders. There is a need for sensitizing the people for local environment and to make them ecologically informed. He emphasized that the society has to be emotionally involved for conserving and protecting our environment.

In this programme, 23 teachers from the Colleges and Universities of different states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar , Himachal Pradesh are participating.

Prof. Shanti S. Sharma, Member coordinating team proposed a vote of thanks to the Chief Guest. Dr. Kiran Rekha, Deputy Director, Academic Staff College conducted the proceedings of the session.

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Refresher Course in Physics

Prof. R.C. Sobti, Padam Shree, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh while inaugurating the 3-week Refresher Course in Physics at UGC-Academic Staff College, H.P. University, Shimla stressed upon need of interdisciplinary courses in the university and college to make teaching and learning process more effective by quoting various live examples. Prof. Sobti was also concern about the rise in temperature at Shimla due to Global Warming. He also suggested use of Ancient Science to imply on the Modern Science by mentioning the research activity going on various research institutes. Accordingly to him Ph.D. work going on in various Indian universities are like copy cat.



Prof. P. Saran, Department of Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, speaks on improvement of teaching and learning skill by using various techniques. He also talked about sharing of knowledge through academic programme like Refresher Courses.

Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director, ASC emphasized that the teachers of Physics have to play a great role in the present day environment he said that there is a great challenge as well as opportunity for developing an approach on the one hand and the changed international scenario on the other hand.

Orientation Programme (OP-96)

Dr. D.S. Manhas, Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh while speaking in UGC-Academic Staff College of Himachal Pradesh University on the occasion of valedictory function of Orientation Programme highlighted the the importance of a teacher. Outlining the efficiency of the ‘Gurukul’ system practiced in India in the ancient times, he focused on the nobility and divinity associated with the profession. In an interesting manner, he juggled the letters of the word TEACHER and derived words like CHEATER, EATER, HEATER and RETEACH and related them to the context of teaching in the contemporary times. In his address he highlighted the happiness quotient; something that has been eclipsed from our lives. Explaining about the consequences of the social turmoil and values and codes at the cross-roads, he suggested that creative and innovative solutions are the need of the hour. Rightly stating that the past is ‘history’ and the future ‘mystery’, he underlined that we must not lose out on the present. Dr. Manhas enthused dynamism among the participants by quoting manifold experiences and examples from real life.

He emphasized value-based education and ethical conduct which are mandatory for human beings in general and the teaching fraternity in particular. In his deliberation, he calculated success comprising 5% of techniques, 10% skills and 85% attitude, and accentuated that every teacher must be a ‘life-long learner’. He concluded his motivating talk by putting forth the necessity of 5 Cs in one’s life: (1) Character (2) Composure (3) Care (4) Compassion and (5) Competence. He wished the participants good luck and extended his blessings to each.


Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, said that the quality of education depends upon the quality of the teachers. Thus the role of the teachers is very important in making the nation prosperous. If the teachers are excellent the nation will have excellent citizens. If the teachers are not updated, the nation will be affected at large. In words of Ravindranath Tagore “A teacher can never truly teach unless he learns continuously”. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame.

Dr. R.P. Sharma, Deputy Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, H.P. University that 42 teachers hailing from 12 states of India participated in the programme. Dr.(Mrs.) Kiran Rekha, Deputy Director, proposed a vote of thanks.


Refresher Course in Business Studies

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunil Kumar Gupta, H.P. University, Shimla, while addressing the participants emphasized that the participants have to be innovative and suggested them to keep themselves updated with the recent trends in their respective subjects. In his deliberation he stated that of course technology is of immense use, but in this technological era, teachers should not become slaves to technology. The teachers should have enough skill and resources to ensure that they can conduct classes even in absence of technology.


Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director ASC Shimla, in his discourse said that Academic Staff Colleges provide a common platform to the teachers from different parts of the country to share their knowledge and experiences. It is a training ground for effective interaction. He urged them not to become stagnant but to go on upgrading themselves till they set the milestone.


Refresher Course in Geography

Prof. K.N. Pathak, former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his address said that in modern time we are making use of different technologies and of them is Remote Sensing which as a physicist is a meeting point for Physics and Geography. He emphasized that use of technology has definitely certain advantages but we should not leave our values. Technology has made deficit in human values. As a teacher it is our responsibility to serve the society and inculcate values in the students. He said that knowledge gets doubled in five year. He said that the things which have been taught in the refresher course should be taken as a guiding principle and the updation of syllabus be done to prepare the students for future.




Prof. K.S. Pathania, Director, ASC highlighted the achievements of the Academic Staff College, Shimla as how this has a distinctive place in the country. Prof. Pathania expressed his satisfaction over the successful conduct of Refresher Course and said that the participants are going to their home with sweet memories of the course and they go back fully refreshed and enriched in the subject matter.

Dr. D.D. Sharma who reiterated the need of such courses and gave an overview of the whole programme and praised the participants for their learning attitude and invited the participants to ASC, Shimla for refresher courses in future also.

Refresher Course in English

Prof. B.S. Dahiya, former Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and eminent Professor of English who studied and taught in USA also in his inaugural speech in the Refresher Course in English talked about the predicament of higher education and its movement into chaos with the introduction of new bills everyday. He prompted the teacher participants to foresee where is our education system going. He stated that we started wrong by borrowing British model when Lord Curzon passed University Bill. All the more Dr. Dahiya compared the most successful old universities of Takshila and Nalanda that projected the true Indian spirit and worked boomingly without government interference with the modern universities that are dying with overindulgence and interference in administration by the government. Dr. Dahiya discussed that exploitation is being done to both students and teachers. Students are burdened with heavy fees to the tune of 40 to 50 lakhs in medical and 5 to 6 lakhs in engineering. He urged upon the teacher participants to ask how many can afford this higher education. While teachers are being paid Rs. 5000/- only and ineligible teacher are teaching MA’s and M.Sc’s.

Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, highlighted the role of teachers in improving the quality of higher education. He said that the teacher’s have to perform their duties with care and diligence.

Dr. Rekha Sharma told that the theme of Refresher Course will be Emerging Trends and Approaches in Contemporary Literature. She said that the emphasis will be on the trends in subalteran literature and multiculturalism and in addition to it amalgam of history and culture in contemporary Dalit literature will also be touched upon.