Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Thiru. R.N. Ravi inaugurated (via online) the AIU supported AADC at AVINUTY on 9th December 2022. Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women (Deemed to be University), the brain-child of founder Dr.T.S. Avinashilingam, has empowered thousands of women students through value-based and holistic education since 1957, is growing in length and breadth every day. This premier woman’s University, accredited with A++ by NAAC with a CGPA of 3.65/4, is adding another feather to its crown by establishing the first AIU supported Academic & Administrative Development Centre on campus.
The University has established the Academic & Administrative Development Centre (AADC) sponsored by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), as a step towards training the human resources of higher education institutions (HEI). The specific objectives of the Centre are facilitating continuous learning through short-term capacity-building programmes for faculty members and administrative functionaries of Universities & Other HEI. The focus of such AIU Centres is to provide training to faculty for online/blended mode of teaching-learning, continuous assessment, evaluation and research, along with programs on effective management using technology for Administrators. The Centre envisions facilitating a value-based transition towards changing the higher education ecosystem through continuous capacity building. The Centre’s mission is to impart ICT-enabled training to human resources of HEI towards technology-enabled Education 5.0.
The Centre would be conducting at least ten short-term capacity-building programs on various topics relating to ICT-based teaching-learning pedagogy, assessment methods, evaluation, and governance. The Centre is supported by an initial seed grant by AIU for establishing AADC at the Institute. Further, the Centre will run on a self-sustaining mode. The Centre will function with AIU’s hand-holding for the planning and execution of the programs.
Thiru. R.N. Ravi, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the Centre today via video conferencing at 10.30 am at Thiruchitrambalam Auditorium of campus in the presence of Dr Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi; Dr T.S.K. Meenakshisundaram, Managing Trustee of The Avinashilingam Educational Trust; Prof. S. P. Thyagarajan, Chancellor; Dr V. Bharathi Harishankar, Vice Chancellor and Dr S. Kowsalya, Registrar.
Dr. Pankaj Mittal in her special address spoke about the changes in education, the coming of video lectures and the challenges for faculty in the near future. She also spoke about ABC – Academic Bank Credit, which will revolutionise the education sector going forward. She said that the colleges will have to give admission to courses which are equivalent to papers in a degree course. This would make it easy to have academic credit added to a student’s education profile and once he or she has enough credits it can be used to earn a degree.
Thiru R N Ravi , the Honourable Governor in his address extolled students and faculty to get set for the future with the challenges happening in the education sector. This was a right step to get more faculty to train themselves for the future. He was hoping to be physically present but unfortunately, he had to be online due to the circumstances prevailing in lieu of the weather conditions in the state.
The Centre will also commence its first short-term capacity-building program titled ‘Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) for Effective Teaching-Learning’ between 9th December 2022 and 17th December 2022, targeted at Senior and Mid-Level Teaching Staff and Information Scientists.
Earlier Vice Chancellor of the institute, Dr V. Bharathi Harishankar welcomed the gathering, Prof S P Thiyagarajan, Chancellor made the presidential address.
Dr. S Kowsalya Registrar, proposed the Vote of Thanks.
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