Evaluation of Relevance and Quality of Refresher Course in Educational Technology among the Fraternity of Agricultural and Allied Sciences: A Survey @AAREM, DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar (India).

Author:Partap, Bhanu
 
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Introduction

The knowledge dissemination and the skill orientation must be responsive to fast changing needs of the present global education scenario. The nature of teaching job has been changing constantly due to variety of reasons, such as changes in knowledge, environment, priorities, goals and strategies, profiles of teachers, technology, opportunities, challenges, level of students, etc. The focus of teaching should be on developing teaching competency through innovative methods so as to ensure qualitative improvement in higher agricultural education.

The education has its own importance whether it may be formal or informal. Currently, the scenario of education has totally been changed in each and every field/discipline due to wide impact of Information Communication Technology (ICT), teaching learning aids, involvement of new things, new achievements, employment, worldwide competition, etc. Therefore, the teachers, particularly in higher education are required to become up-date about the new changes in their concerned field of specialization so that they will be able to provide better education or deliver best contents to their students. In order to meet the challenges for keeping the teachers of higher education equipped and updated with latest knowledge and technology at par worldwide, the apex bodies (University Grants Commission- UGC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research- ICAR) for higher education in India promoted and conducted some special training courses such as Orientation Courses, Refresher Courses, Induction Courses and other similar type of training courses. Orientation courses are of general in nature and Refresher Courses are of subject based or Interdisciplinary in nature (Narender Kumar and Bhanu Partap, 2017).

Earlier, refresher courses, orientation courses or training programmes were not compulsory but later on it was made compulsory by the above discussed apex bodies of higher education in India for university and college teachers to join these training programs to get the promotion in their service carrier and enhance their understanding in concerned field of specialization.

Such type of training programmes must be conducted with a view to enhance the capabilities of teaching community and to equip the teachers with better technology, subject and teaching learning skills for effectively carrying out their responsibility as a change manager in the society.

Need of the Refresher Course

In this era of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the latest technologies or applications are emerging with the academic activities day by day and the learners are also seeking advanced information or knowledge in easy way. Rapid growth in digital contents and their adoption in academic arena are also the challenge to the fraternity. It is quite obvious that skills of anyone fade with passage of time with many reasons. Therefore, to cope up with latest technologies and trends of academic arena, the need of training have to be realized (Narender Kumar and Bhanu Partap, 2017). The supreme bodies for higher education in India, i.e., University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) realized the current challenges in the academics, hence, implemented the different type of training courses for the fraternity for their up gradation of existing knowledge and skills. Refresher courses are the specialized training in which academic fraternity improve their knowledge and learn about latest developments that are related with their field of specialization. It will help the fraternity to deliver the contents effectively with confidence and keep themselves up dated with knowledge and skills in their concerned field of specialization.

CCS HAU, Hisar: A Profile

After the division of Punjab State, the first established university in Haryana State in 1970 is Haryana Agricultural University, which is one of the Asia's biggest agricultural universities. In 1991, it was renamed after India's seventh Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. Thus, now it is known as Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (India). Being a leader in agricultural research, it significantly contributed to Green and White Revolution in India in 1960s and 70s, respectively. In starting, it was a small campus of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. However, after the formation of Haryana in 1966, it became an independent university on 2nd February 1970 through a Presidential Ordinance, which later ratified as Haryana and Punjab Agricultural Universities Act 1970 passed by the parliament on 29th March 1970. The university covers an area of 8,645 Acres, out...

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