The Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs) run by the UGC for teacher training and capacity building will undergo a name change, now being referred to as Madan Mohan Malaviya Teachers’ Training Centres, announced Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
These centres, managed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), serve teachers in non-technical Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country. They offer Continuous Professional Development Programmes (CPDP), with a focus on faculty induction, pedagogy, domain knowledge, and leadership.
Pradhan disclosed this during the launch of the “Malaviya Mission – Teacher Training Programme.” He highlighted that the renaming would directly benefit over 15 lakh teachers by contributing to their capacity building.
The renaming aligns with the Central Sector Scheme “Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT),” initiated in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To optimize resources and promote the capacity-building initiative in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Pradhan emphasized strengthening the synergy and integration between HRDCs and PMMMNMTT centers. These efforts aim to popularize the entire capacity-building endeavor as Malaviya Mission (MM), with 110 institutions identified as part of the Malaviya Mission, consisting of 66 HRDCs and 44 PMMMNMTT centers, collectively called Malaviya Mission Centres.
The “Malaviya Mission – Teacher Training Programme” was organized by the UGC in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, intending to provide tailored training programs for teachers. Pradhan stressed the importance of enhancing education quality across all levels by infusing excellence into teaching methods and teacher development.
The training program focuses on various themes, emphasizing the holistic development of teachers and learners. It aims to encourage teachers to become lifelong learners, positively impacting students’ holistic development.
The two-week online program encompasses eight themes related to curriculum and content for faculty capacity building at higher education institutions, including Holistic and Multidisciplinary Education, Indian Knowledge Systems, Academic Leadership, Governance and Management, Higher Education and Society, Research and Development, Skill Development, Student Diversity and Inclusive Education, and Information and Communication Technology.
This initiative aims to foster innovative teaching methods, enhance pedagogy-related skills, and promote ethics and human values rooted in Indian culture. Additionally, the program encourages teachers to engage in quality research aligned with local, national, and global needs and emphasizes the concept of the Indian Knowledge System and its real-life application. The training program offers various formats, such as Faculty Induction Programmes (FIP), Short-Term Programs, and Refresher Courses, to meet diverse educational needs.