Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management organised a one-week Faculty Development Programme titled ‘A Paradigm Shift in Teaching, Learning and Evaluation’ from 7th to 12th Feb, 2022. The FDP was concluded on 12th February where the session’s resource person was Prof. BS Balaji, Associate Prof., JNU, New Delhi. He talked about challenges and opportunities in online assessment. The valedictory session of this highly enriching FDP started with a brief review of FDP given by Dr Robin Kaushal, FDP Convener. The welcome address was delivered by the Secretary, Governing Body, SACCM, Mr D K Sindwani, followed by a formal address by the college Principal, Prof (Dr.) Vishal Kumar. In his address, Dr. Kumar acquainting the learners with the importance of online teaching, learning and evaluation presented a brief report of the sessions held in FDP. He also assured that such type of knowledgeable sessions will be a regular feature at SACCM.
Further, the much-appreciated Keynote Address was delivered by Prof Ravi Inder Singh, UBS Panjab University, Regional Centre, Ludhiana. Prof Singh emphasized the significance of online teaching and learning by explaining that integration of technology in teaching has demonstrated higher engagement and increased motivation towards learning especially among younger students, making them truly fall in love with learning. The guest of Honour for the valedictory session was Prof. Prashant Gautam, Director Sports, Ex- Chairman-UIHMT, Panjab University, Chandigarh who explained the relevance of such FDPs, particularly in post pandemic period, by highlighting the requirement of constantly upgrading the teaching, learning and evaluation processes. The valedictory session was presided over by honourable Chief Guest, Prof R K Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi. Prof Gupta elaborated that online learning is catalyzing a pedagogical shift in how we teach and learn. There is a shift away from top-down lecturing and passive students to a more interactive, collaborative approach in which students and instructor co-create the learning process. Emphasizing the need for “training the trainers”, he remarked that the Instructor’s role is changing from the “sage on the stage” to “the guide on the side.” At the end, formal vote of thanks was extended by Ms. Meenu Gupta, IQAC Co-ordinator, SACCM.