Strengthening the capacity and capabilities of human resources and institutions of Higher Education in Gujarat: Karmayogi Training Initiative

Vision:

With a view to enable teachers, administrators and librarians to deal with the challenges of higher education, it is extremely important to provide training so as to build their capabilities of the highest order. KCG has identified several target groups for the purpose of training and capability building. Training requirements for the purpose of implementing initiatives at state level, district level, cluster level or college level have been met with. Also, for the purpose of enhancing the skills, knowledge, attitude and perspectives of teaching and learning role of a teacher, specialized training are envisaged. KCG has also planned to provide training pertaining to the ability of a teacher to knowledge creation through excellence in research activities. The objective of training is to create enlightened teachers. As Sri Aurobindo writes, “Teaching, example, influence- these are the three instruments of the Guru. But the wise teacher will not seek to impose himself or his opinions on the passive acceptance of the receptive mind; he will throw in only what is productive and sure as a seed which will grow under the divine fostering within. He will seek to awaken much more than to instruct; he will aim at the growth of the faculties and the experiences by a natural process and free expansion. He will give a method as an aid, as a usable device, not as an imperative formula or a fixed routine. And he will be on guard against any turning of the means into a limitation, against the mechanizing of the process”. This is the underlying philosophy of the training.

Objective:

Training and capacity building of teachers administrators and librarians so as to enable them to work as facilitator and motivator for students in learner centric education process. In addition it is also planned to impart training with respect to ICT so that they are able to make use of the emerging technologies of 21st century during their teaching methodology.

Rationale/ Justification:

The current education scenario in the world over requires the teachers who have built in capacity to deliver as per the demand. Unfortunately the teachers in colleges and universities are not adequately equipped with required capacity. It is therefore the need of the hour to impart the required training and to build their capacity so as to make them competent enough in imparting education using recent technology. This will also enable the students to learn new technology and will give them an opportunity to use a wide spectrum of learning resource.

Background and Current Situation:

Existing scenario of the capacity of the teachers, administrators and librarians indicate a severe need for strengthening skills and competences to deal with the challenges and opportunities of higher education. Increasing scale and complexities of higher education have been threatening existing structures and resources to be adequately strengthened. Internationalization of higher education, explosion of information and knowledge resources and growth of information and other technological advancements have been compelling us to realign the resources, processes and structures.

Strategy and Action Plan:

The intervention strategy shall be implemented in the manner prescribe below. It is expected that for the purpose of this intervention, technology in general and ICT in particular, shall be adequately used. It is also expected that the intervention shall be implemented through extensive and sustainable collaboration.

  • Identification of Training and Intervention Needs:
  • Identification of key areas of Intervention:
  • Identification of Target Group:
  • Designing the training modules:
  • Identification of master trainers
  • Design and implementation of Training the Trainers Programme
  • Implementation of Large Scale Training and Intervention Programmes
  • Evaluation of Capacity Building Training and Intervention Programmes

Goals:

Through this intervention, it is expected that the following outcomes shall be achieved. These goals are expected to be achieved in a phased manner.

Identification of training needs:

The intervention is expected to identify a set of training and intervention needs for all the target groups.

Increased awareness:

It is expected that the training intervention shall lead to an increased awareness of teachers, administrators, librarians and other target groups in matters related to the current practices, patterns, issues and structures of higher education, in terms of teaching-learning processes and institutional framework.

Increased competence:

Training intervention is also expected to increase the level of competences of teachers and researchers in higher education in terms of teaching, research.

Increased level of teaching learning orientation:

The training intervention is also expected to adequately orient teachers to higher education in general, and teaching learning, in particular.

Attitudinal and Perceptual Change:

The training intervention is expected to bring significant change in perceptions and attitudes of teachers, librarians, administrators and entrepreneurs of higher education leading to a better teaching learning process.