Objectives

• Understand the significance of education in general, and higher education in particular, in the
_ global and Indian contexts.
• Understand the linkages between education and economic and socio-economic and cultural
_ development with particular reference to Indian policy where democracy, secularism and social
_ equity are the basic tenants of society.
• Acquire and improve basic skills of teaching at the College/University levels to achieve the
_ goals of Higher Education.
• Keep abreast of the latest developments in their specific subjects.
• Understand the organization and Management of College/University and to pursue the role of
_ teachers in the total system.
• Utilize opportunity for development of personality, initiative and creativity.
• Promote computer literacy as well as Internet Knowledge.

Functions

The functions of an Human Resource Development Centre is to plan, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate orientation courses for newly appointed college/university lecturers. An HRDC also organise's refresher courses for serving teachers, and orientation programmes for senior administrators and heads of departments, principals, officers, etc. Specifically, the main functions of the HRDC are to:

• Formulate a programme of orientation along the broad guidelines given above.
• Identify resource persons in various fields of specialization for running the orientation
_ programmes and refresher courses, and familiarize such resource persons with the philosophy
_ and guidelines for the courses.
• Set up a documentation-centre-cum-library for reference and source materials necessary for
_ the courses.
• Produce specially designed material required for effective implementation of the courses.
• Organize, monitor and evaluate the courses for teachers.
• Create a culture of learning and self-improvement among teachers so that it becomes an
_ integral part of the educational system at the tertiary level.
• Organize orientation programmes for senior administrators, heads of departments, principals,
_ deans and other decision-makers to familiarize them with the philosophy of orientation
_ intended to facilitate reform in higher education through appropriate modification of the
_ management systems at various levels.
• Provide opportunities for teachers in service to exchange experience with their peers and to
_ mutually learn from each other.
• Provide a forum for serving teachers to keep themselves abreast of the latest advances in
_ various subjects.
• Provide opportunities to further widen their knowledge and to pursue research studies.
• Provide an introduction to new methods and innovations in higher education so that the
_ participants can in turn develop their own innovative methods of instruction.
• Bring out publications relevant for enhancing the teaching and research capabilities of
_ teachers.
• Conduct capability enhancement programmes for non academic staff so as to strengthen the
_ teaching-learning environment.

The thrust areas and resource persons for each refresher course will be decided by the Director in consultation with the course coordinator.