Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today inaugurated 46 online AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) to train teachers of higher education institutions. The FDPs will be conducted in 22 Indian states. On the occasion, Mr Pokhriyal said, in the year 2020-21, new thrust areas in the field of Engineering, Management, Life Skills, Design and Media have been incorporated.
The online Faculty Development Programmes will be conducted according to the new National Education Policy -2020. The Education Minister also informed that the London-based organization has recognized the FDPs as a world record, under which 1,000 online FDPs in over 100 emerging areas will benefit one lakh faculty members across premier institutions like IITs, NITs, and IIITs. This year the online FDP programme will cost 10 crore rupees.
Professor Anil D Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) said that Digital learning and the increasing use of smart devices such as computers, smart phones, and tablets have enhanced student learning.
Vice Chairman, AICTE Prof. M.P. Poonia said the main objective of ATAL Academy is to provide quality technical education in the country and to promote research and entrepreneurship through training in various emerging fields. IITs, IIITs, NITs and research labs are organizing these ATAL FDPs.
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