INAUGURATION OF SEVEN DAYS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN PGGCG-11, CHANDIGARH

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Chandigarh

9 January 2020

DIVYA AZAD

A Seven Days Faculty Development Programme on the theme “Education and Pedagogy in the Times of Digital Humanities” was inaugurated in Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh today. The Programme is being organised by IQAC, Department of Philosophy and Department of Psychology of the college in association with Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), Panjab University, Chandigarh under the aegis of RUSA, UT Chandigarh. More than 40 delegates comprising faculty members of diverse disciplines from various educational institutions of the city are participating. The objective of the programme is to engage participants in creative dialogue in understanding and reflecting on the idea of digital humanities and its impact on education and pedagogy in contemporary times. It will serve as a platform to provide greater opportunity to the teachers to engage in a more creative pedagogy, enhance their teaching and learning skills; and subsequently help the students in improving their performance.
In her Welcome address, Prof. Anita Kaushal, Principal of the college underlined the significance of education and the ongoing changes in this domain with the incoming of information technology revolution. She emphasised that education and humanities are helpful in contemplating human values, holistic development of an individual and national growth. Dr. Dalip Kumar, ASPD, RUSA also graced the occasion.
In his Keynote address, the Chief-guest, Prof. Pramod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development and Communications, Chandigarh highlighted the need of humanities, education and pedagogy and said that, humanities strengthen the democracy in society and engage in questions of justice, equality and dignity providing space for deeper philosophical questions of good self and good society.
In his Presidential address, Prof. S. K. Tomar, Honorary Director, UGC-HRDC, Panjab University, Chandigarh lauded the efforts of the college for organizing the FDP on a pertinent theme. He said that the programme shall provide new opportunities for teachers of Chandigarh to enhance their pedagogical skills and reflect on the ideas of education and digital humanities which is growing fast as a discipline in the country and all over the world. He encouraged the participants to work towards the development of the country.
Prof. Mahesh Sharma, Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University reflected upon the comparative persepctive of traditional teaching and today’s era of artificial intelligence.
Dr. Anu Sablok, Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER, Mohali engaged in an interaction with the delegates. They shared their views and reflected upon the theme from a wide range of dimensions.
Dr. Renu Somal, Head, Department of Psychology and Dr. Ambuj Sharma, Head, Department of Philosophy, PGGCG-11, Chandigarh are the coordinators of the programme.
Experts from various fields will be presenting their views and interacting with the delegates during the course of seven days. This enrichment will serve as a guiding force in reshaping the teaching methodology and improve academic standards in the wider interests of the teachers and the taught.

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