All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), conducted a national level brainstorming ATAL Conclave, convened to enhance the quality of Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) for upgrading the skills of teaching staff in emerging areas in technology.
The two-day conclave witnessed the sharing of good practices, valuable feedback and suggestions for future FDPs, by the participants. The conclave was attended by Head of Institutions, Vice Chancellors of various prestigious universities, Directors of premium institutions like IIT, IIIT, NIT, NITTTR, and other dignitaries.
Speaking about the conclave, AICTE Chairman Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabuddhe said, “Constant and life-long learning should be the motto of faculty members as well as students. AICTE bridges this gap by training faculty members who in turn will guide students in new emerging areas.
As most of the faculty members graduated 15-20 years back, their knowledge needs to be updated as per the current times. In these testing times, AICTE provided impetus to conduct online ATAL FDPs so that no faculty members may lose out training due to the pandemic situation.” Prof Sahasrabuddhe added, “What students learn in four years may become outdated the moment they graduate from college.
So, constant updating of curriculum is also required. In the year 2020-21, new thrust areas in the field of Engineering, Management, Life Skills, Design & Media have been incorporated too to make ATAL FDP a wholesome effort to train faculty members coming from every stream. Indian Knowledge System too has been incorporated by AICTE which will instill values among students about our ancient culture and tradition.”