Pune: A two-day workshop on teacher training was recently organised by Department of Botany at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) in order to provide training for imparting innovative and quality education to students.
SPPU has also started a teachers learning centre under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Under this initiative several workshops will be conducted for professors of the university and affiliated colleges. The workshop aims at training teachers to focus on enhancing experimental learning and skill development of students.
Around 11 professors from Pune, 13 professors from Nashik and Ahmednagar district had participated in the workshop.
Head of Botany Department Nutan Malpathak, Yashwant Mudril from Delhi University, Sujata Bhargav from SPPU and Chetan Gadgil from National Chemical Laboratory were present at the workshop.
“It is an effort to improve the quality of teachers and teaching methods at the university level. It has been implemented under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching by the Central government. The basic and primary information of botany is imparted in the second year of the syllabus and an in-depth information is provided at the master’s level. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop was to differentiate the teaching methods and incorporate new ways of teaching of these lessons,” said Assistant Professor of Botany Department Anjali Kulkarni.
“The main objective of this programme is to train professors to emphasise on enhancing skills of students. SPPU has started teacher training centres for all professors associated with universities in Maharashtra. Professors who benefit from these training centres are expected to expand their knowledge to other staff members in the college,” said Deepali Malkhade, Director of Teachers Learning Department.
Malkhade also stated that other than conducting teachers training workshop at universities, the department is planning to extend its training as an independent training centre at the district level as well.