The Two-Week Faculty Orientation Programme has been scheduled at the University with the objective to further strengthen the teaching abilities and skills of the faculty members. The programme is scheduled at the University during June 22, 2015 to July 4, 2015 under the aegis of Academic Development and Research (ADR) Cell.
The programme was inaugurated on June 22, 2015. The Chief Guest of the programme was Dr Sunil Shukla, renowned entrepreneurship consultant. The programme was also attended by Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University; Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Nirma University and Dr K. Kotecha, Director, Institute of Technology.
The programme commenced with the address by Dr Kotecha who emphasized on student-engagement and bridging the gap between the students and the teachers. He stated that teaching can be made more engaging through innovative assignments, use of social media, project-based learning and the teacher should be a facilitator and mentor for the students. He stressed on the need of value-based education and motivated the teachers to inculcate the habit of asking questions in the students.
In his very informative speech, Shri D. P. Chhaya quoted Einstein and Aristotle and stressed on the code of conduct for a person as an individual, as a professional, as a leader and as a teacher.
He informed the faculty members about the objective of scheduling the Faculty Orientation Programme and stated that the programme aims to enhance and update the knowledge of the faculty members. In addition to class-room teaching, the faculty members should also have practical exposure to different aspects of learning. He also said that the University has initiated the process of Academic Audit and the deficiencies post the audit shall be remedied through such programmes in future.
The Chief Guest of the inaugural programme Dr Sunil Shukla appreciated the efforts put-in by the management of the University in organizing such programmes. He further commended the University management for envisioning and investing in such development programmes as it highlights their seriousness and commitment towards education. In his address he discussed about self- awareness towards learning and the need to be more sensitive towards the requirements of others.
The presidential address was delivered by the Director General of the University, Dr Anup K. Singh. He stated that at the end of the programme the faculty members would be able to perform better in the class. He said that learning can change the behaviour, belief, attitude and perspective of a person. While discussing different aspects of learning, he dwelt on Life-long Learning, Life-wide Learning and Life-deep Learning.
The Programme ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Urmil Dave, the co-ordinator of the programme.