UGC asked to conduct summer schools for university teachers

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UGC asked to conduct summer schools for university teachers

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the University Grants Commission to immediately take steps to organise summer schools for university teachers through Academic Staff Colleges.

Following a preliminary meeting held in New Delhi on June 3, the apex body had written to Vice-Chancellors giving them a broad framework to operationalise the concept of Special Summer Schools-2008 for teachers in humanities, social sciences, arts and basic sciences, officials here told The Hindu on Monday.

The Directors of Academic Staff Colleges from select universities, including Madurai Kamaraj University, attended the meeting in New Delhi, which was chaired by UGC Vice-Chairman Moolchand Sharma.

“The responsibility of organising summer camps for university teachers has been assigned to the UGC and universities may take steps to conduct programmes of three weeks’ duration,” Dev Swarup, Joint Secretary, UGC, stated in his letter to Vice-Chancellors.

Madurai Kamaraj University is taking steps to conduct summer schools for social sciences – subjects of psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, history, economics and anthropology – during the third week of July for university/college teachers, according to R. Kannan, Director, Academic Staff College.

Communication from the UGC stated that the usual registration fee of Rs.500 for participants had been waived as a special case.

Dr. Kannan said that he had written to college Principals to depute teachers for the summer school to be organised by MKU tentatively from July 15 to August 7.