Faculty development programs to include overseas training: Kansal

Principal Secretary for Higher Education and Information Rohit Kansal today chaired the inaugural event to launch Institutional Innovation Councils (IICs) across 54 J&K Government Colleges at Padma Shri Padma Sachdev, Government PG College for Women, Gandhi Nagar. The event, organized by the Department of Higher Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), aimed to establish an ecosystem of innovations and start-ups in line with the orientations of the national policy of higher education. education 2020.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Kansal said it is a matter of pride that J&K is among the first in the country to implement all components of the National Education Policy 2020. “We are probably the first in the country to implement not one but all of the components of NEP 2020. All of our GDCs have now established Institutional Innovation Centers (IICs) – 54 accredited GDCs have implemented IICs in their colleges, the remaining 88 colleges will act as the spokes of these IICs and will benefit from all the activities carried out in these 54 colleges”, affirmed the Principal Secretary.He said that the 142 GDCs are now the beneficiaries of an innovation ecosystem and will benefit and will be supported by the Ministry of National Education’s Innovation Ecosystem.As an Innovation Ecosystem, we are now connected to the GoI Innovation Ecosystem,” he added.
He added that the newly launched IICs would help promote creativity and innovations and support the incubation of new ideas. They will also serve as a catalyst for students to innovate and refine the ideas they already have,” he said.
Kansal also pointed to improving the quality of education offered in colleges and the need for accountability among faculty. He also stressed that the focus should be on integrated skills programs that were relevant, job-oriented and affordable to create adequate employment opportunities for graduate students. He also announced that as part of the quality improvement initiative, a new faculty development policy has been formulated. Faculty members of government university colleges would not only benefit from capacity building opportunities in various institutions in India but also abroad.
The Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu, Dr. Bechan Lal, HED Special Secretary, Rakesh Badyal, Principal of J&K Colleges, Dr. Yasmeen Ashai and other officers were also present on the occasion.
The Vice Chancellor of Cluster University of Jammu, Prof. Bechan Lal, who was the guest of honor on the occasion, underscored the need to foster innovation which will be instrumental in building and streamlining the startup ecosystem at the institutional level. The Special Secretary of the Department of Higher Education spoke about the Institutional Innovation Council and JKHED’s innovation initiatives. He said that CIIs will foster innovation in institutions through innumerable modes leading to an ecosystem of innovation in educational institutions. It has emphasized periodic workshops, seminars, trainings, interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and guides and accompanies budding entrepreneurs.
Earlier, Principal Padma Shri Padma Sachdev, Government PG College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Professor Minu Mahajan emphasized that initiatives like these will encourage, inspire and nurture young minds and help turn their ideas into prototypes.