In the present situation, the teacher at higher education level has the greatest role in moulding the future of the country. Of all professions, his is the noblest, the most difficult and the most important. He should be an example to his pupils. If a teacher has a vice, thousands are polluted. If he is dedicated and pure, thousands of children will be improved and the nation will gain from educated men and women of character. NPE (1986) made pointed reference that the quality of education depends on the quality of teacher but this calls for systematic training and development.
Academic Staff Colleges in India
Programme of action of NPE 1986 categorically mentioned a comprehensive programme for professional development of teachers through ASCs. Consequently, in 1987 the UGC sanctioned the setting-up of 48 ASCs. With certain addition, the number of ASCs has risen to 51. The main objective of Academic Staff Development Scheme is to enable academic staff to become effective facilitators of student learning through becoming effective managers of the conditions that affect learning. Besides Orientation and Refresher Courses, the Academic Staff Colleges organize Seminars for Principals/Heads of the University Departments, and short term programmes such as seminar, workshops, symposia, etc.
UGC-ASC, Shimla was established in June, 1989 and conducted its First Orientation Programme in Sept., 1989. It has pursued the objective of improving the professional competence of teachers in tertiary education with a difference. By the end of March 2004, it has organized 202 programmes (68 orientation programmes and 134 refresher courses) about 6500 teachers have participated.
Kindly see website: www.ascshimla.org for more details regarding schedule, application format, facilities, training methodology and performance of ASC.