The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Karnataka has proposed to set up an institute for training the faculty of engineering colleges in the state. The institute will be first of its kind as there are no such institutes which train the teachers of engineering colleges.
VTU was established by Karnataka government in 1998. It is a statutory requirement for colleges offering any program in engineering or technology in the state to be affiliated with the varsity. As of now, there are 202 engineering colleges under the jurisdiction of VTU.
The proposed training centre will upskill all those teachers and lecturers who have less than five years of teaching experience. The first regional centre will be set up at Muddenahalli in Chikballapur district of the state and would start functioning from next academic term. In addition to the training provided at the centre, webinars (seminars conducted over the internet) will also be carried out.
“Initially, training will be held at the regional centre in Muddenahalli. Later, we may open centres for training. Similarly, we will plan webinars as well,” said Dr. Karisiddappa, VTU Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Karisiddappa was the principal of Government Engineering College in Hassan and was appointed the VC among the 80 plus candidates in September.
Dr. Karisiddappa said that the training programme will be mandatory for all those who carry an experience of less than 5 five years. The duration of the programme will be 4 months and will extend over a period of two years. The teachers will undertake the training during the semester vacations.
“Those who joined the teaching profession recently require training on teaching methodology and techniques,” Vice Chancellor added.
The Visvesvaraya Technological University has contrived the training institute with the assistance of National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh.