The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has approved a Faculty Development Centre in Tripura University under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) and accordingly a Faculty Development Centre has been established in the Tripura University in the year 2016.
Faculty development has a critical role to play in promoting academic excellence and innovation. FDC will incubate and nurture, on a continuous basis, the professional development of teachers and will create opportunities for professional growth. Faculty development is an essential element of institutional effectiveness. The extent to which the institution supports faculty development will be strongly reflected in levels of the engagement in learning activities, conduct of research and ultimately fulfilling the objectives and goals of the college/university/institute. Faculty development programmes include the four possible types of development: personal (interpersonal skills, career development, and life planning issues); instructional (course design and development, instructional technology); organizational (ways to improve the institutional environment to better support teaching); and professional (ways to support faculty members so that they fulfil their multiple roles of teaching, research, and service). Faculty development is a broad range of activities that institutions use to renew or assist faculty, supervisors, preceptors, field instructors, educators, and status appointees in their roles. These activities are designed to improve an individual’s knowledge administration, leadership and research. The extent to which the institution/universities supports faculty development will be strongly reflected in levels of the engagement in learning activities, conduct of research and ultimately fulfilling the objectives and goals of the university/institute. Faculty who is engaged in professional development, experiences benefit also in terms of increased vitality, better informed in terms of development taking in various spheres of education and allied fields, innovations and scholarly learning. Moreover, faculty professional development contributes to the effective use of emerging technologies and establishes a firm foundation for the overall development of high quality programs and curricula. Faculty development programmes include the four possible types of development:
Personal: This includes development of interpersonal skills, career development, and life planning issues.
Instructional: Course design and development, instructional technology is major component of this type.
Organizational: Organizational type describes the ways to improve the institutional environment to better support teaching.
Professional: Professional ways to support faculty members so that they fulfil their multiple roles of teaching, research, and service.
These faculty development programs are designed so that the teachers are helped to update their subject knowledge, learn new teaching and research methods, and utilize the information technology to understand the developments in their subjects as well as other interrelated areas of study. They are also required to analyze the course contents vis-a-vis the requirements of the society. The main emphasis is on inculcation of certain teaching, research, extension and managerial skills and conceptions among the college, university and national level Institutional teachers. The teachers are made to realize their role in solving the problems of the society.
They are motivated to become self-reliant and competent for shouldering the responsibilities of education in the contemporary society. So, all-in-all, faculty development has a critical role to play in promoting academic excellence and innovation. The major part of this Centre demands the training of teachers, researchers of very young age (basically entry level) to different age group (senior level) through systematic programs starting from the entry-level (School/Colleges) to highest level (University/Institutional level) in the different areas for teaching to specialized/advanced areas of research for all-around enhanced institutional quality and innovation.