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A two-day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on ”Teaching Skills for 21st Century Students” was organized by T. John Institute of Management & Science (TIMS) for the in-house faculty of T. John Group of Institution on the 11th & 12th June 2015. The theme of the FDP was set keeping in line with the need of the hour for teachers. The programme was inaugurated with welcome address delivered Dr Bijoy Mishra, Principal TIMS and the inaugural address by Dr Thomas P John, Chairman TJGI.
The Faculty Development Programme was scheduled in four sessions (two sessions in a day). On the first day, the keynote speaker for the first session was Dr Sankarshan Basu, Professor, IIM - Bangalore. He enlightened and discussed with the faculty audience on the sub-theme “Paradigm shift in 21st educational needs of students”. This session was highly informative regarding the system of education and communicated the educational requirements for teachers for the 21st century students. The second session was on “Innovative Practices in Teaching and Facilitation Skills – I” taken up by Dr Shankar Venkatagiri, Professor, IIM – Bangalore. He illustrated with live examples, how various forms of activities using technology can be used by faculty for engaging students in classrooms leading to learning and showed that today’s teaching needs to co-exist with use of technology. On the second day, the keynote speaker for the third session was Dr Elizabeth Jasmine, Principal, IIPR, Bangalore who spoke on “Understanding Self and Stakeholders to Maximize Personal and Professional Efficiency”. This session was full of activities done by the participants that brought back to the faculty audience the entire package of values, way of thinking and approach that enables to build a teaching career that leads to outcomes beneficial to all stakeholders with education eco-system viz; students, teachers, organizations, parents, colleagues, superiors/boss/management and society.
The fourth session on “Innovative Practices in Teaching and Facilitation Skills – II” was taken by Dr Sourav Mukherjee, Professor, IIM - Bangalore. The session dealt with case-study method of study and use of questioning techniques to engage students in classroom participation. This session gave to the audience the skill sets needed to analyze a case-study with active participation of students. All participants highly appreciated the usefulness and coverage of the programme.
TIMS thanks the Management, Administration and all colleges of T. John Group of Institutions for their support and participation.
TIMS appreciates all the FDP internal committee members and staffs for their efforts towards making this programme a great success.