The three-weeks in-service faculty training programme- 123rd Orientation course sponsored by the University Grants Commission and conducted by the Human Resource Development Center held a special lecture by Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala, Chairperson of Haryana Higher Education Council, former Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication, Bhopal, a popular teacher, practitioner and researcher in the field of journalism and media. Prof. Kuthiala is a highly decorated academician with Chanakya Award, Vedic Ratna, Guru Shreshtha and Sarvashreshtha Sancharak awards for his outstanding contribution in Higher Education. He is actively associated with UPSC, UGC, IGNOU, NCERT and more than 20 universities of higher learning
His address to newly inculcated faculty of different colleges and universities in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, was themed on, ‘Ecosystem of a Teacher in Higher Education- Present and Future. The interaction mainly focused on the natural and inherent advantages of being a teacher in India, the perception of a teacher in the minds of stakeholders of higher education in particular and the society in general and also about the self-image of the teacher. The speaker emphasized that by virtue of being Indian, growing up in a diverse and democratic country, being seeped in its culture and tradition, our students get hardwired for being innovative, hardworking, and sincere.
They develop effective crisis management skills too. He exhorted the teachers to work on these aspects of our external ecosystem to develop an internal ecosystem which is optimistic, positive and effective. He said teachers must appreciate the image of a teacher in the society, which is that of a trustworthy, respectable, knowledgeable and wise person. It was also highlighted that contributing or paying back to the society is also one of the teacher’s duty in addition to classroom teaching and research.
Participants interacted with the
resource persons with their queries and comments and most of them were of the
view that the session has given them a different and positive perspective regarding
the role of the teacher and expectations of the society from a teacher. Prof
SKTomar, Director-UGC-HRDC, presented the vote of thanks.