AICTE incentive to teachers, Online Courses under MOOC to be considered as FDPs for promotion under CAS
New Delhi: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
has now in a major incentive to the teaching faculty has paved way for the
faculty members teaching at the AICTE-approved institutions to improve their
prospects of promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) by opting for
some certified online courses.
The nodal technical education body in a recent notice to the
technical educations have told them that the AICTE and the National Programme
on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) to ensure the teachers can avail the facilities of online Faculty
Development Programme (FDP) which could later be used as valid certificate
courses to be evaluated for promotions under the CAS.
In a notice to the institutions, the AICTE signed by its adviser
Dileep N Malkhende, the office said, “NPTEL and AICTE have signed an MoU
whereby advanced certification courses of NPTEL are recognized as FDP by the
AICTE. Every semester the list of courses eligible for FDP shall be made
available by NPTEL’s Academic Council and published NPTEL’s website. Faculty
members of institutions, appointed as per the AICTE Regulations for full time
teaching and other academic activities can be benefited for these FDPs.”
AICTE has also proceeded to notify a Regulation, “All India
Council for Technical Education Regulations, 2018 [Career Advancement Scheme]
[Degree/Diploma]” and has given this step a statutory backing. By this
Regulation, it has also modified the existing and old Regulations to lay down
equivalence of the online courses to faculty development program, shall be
considered for faculty promotions under CAS.’
NPTEL offers online basic and advanced level courses of
different durations. AICTE has also ensured quality check and monitoring by
laying down detailed procedure. Interested faculty will have to first register
with NPTEL and then opt for their choice of course. There will be regular
assignment and in-person examination at the end. Faculty members undertaking
and completing such advanced courses sucessfully are only issued joint
certification from NPTEL and the AICTE.
The 2018 AICTE Regulations claim that as the Massive Open Online
Courses of NPTEL are not full time programmes like regular FDPs their equivalence
to regular FDPs are calculated based on the number of weeks and hours of
attending the courses. The regulations claim that a four-week NPTEL course of
three lectures per week consisting of 12 hours of engagement is equivalent to ½
FDP of one week whole the double amount will ensure full FDP of one week.
Similarly if one attends 12 weeks of NPTEL course with 36 hours of engagement,
he/she will earn equivalence of 1. 5 FDPs.
Incentivising a teacher is like, giving incentive to the backbone
of this country. Moreso, when other regulator has gone with laying down norms
for online courses for students and awarding certificates and degrees, there
was no reason, for teachers not be awarded this benefit.
This will also help teachers devote more time at campus and with
the students and eventually boost the teaching quality and standards.
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The All India Council for Technical Education
(AICTE) has now in a major incentive to the teaching faculty has paved way for
the faculty members teaching at the AICTE-approved institutions to improve
their prospects of promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) by
opting for some certified online courses.