Monday, March 12, 2012

Delhi University to send professors to foreign varsities

Delhi University (DU) is planning to send 70 young college teachers abroad to study emerging disciplines. Though only about 15 science teachers had gone to pursue a masters programme in a foreign university last time, the varsity has decided to extend the scheme to teachers from social sciences and humanities this year. This facility is open only to college teachers aged under 35 years. It aims to encourage teachers to take up new areas of study where the university still lacks expertise.

"We have a scope of sending nearly 70 teachers to study at foreign universities this time. This will be the third batch and 30 teachers have taken up courses in foreign universities so far. The ones, who have come back, are likely to contribute in designing new courses and adding value to the existing curricula," said a senior DU official. He also said the number of beneficiaries has been increased this year as teachers from social science and humanities can also apply.

The young faculty training programme was launched in 2010 with a grant of Rs. 15 crore (Rs. 150 million) received from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) as part of the University of Excellence Grant. The university is likely to tie up with University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Glasgow, University of Birmingham, University of British Columbia and King's College, London, to send the teachers there for a post-graduate programme.

"The scheme is designed to bring young faculty of colleges faceto-face with international scholars. The young faculty will pursue courses where we need to strengthen our teaching and learning. The teachers can apply till March 15," said an official. Selection will be based on the plan of action submitted by the teachers followed by an interview. The disciplines to be offered include economics and econometrics, nanotechnology, electronic sciences, web management, quantitative genetics, among others.

Source: The Times of India, March 12, 2012

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