Director : Dr. Jagdish Joshi (I/c)
The Academic Staff College, Gujarat University has been working for excellence in higher education since 1987. It helps the lecturers in developing their skills. But there was no communication between lecturers and the college after they complete their courses from the college. It is not possible for them to be aware of the activities of the institution. In nutshell there was communication gap between them. There was no interaction between them. And interaction is the key in great examples of Indian heritage of learning and teaching like Nachiketa and Yama, Janaka and Yagnavalka, Arjuna and Krishna. It is very difficult to develop skills without interaction. So, we were thinking of some bridge between us. And at last the bridge is built. We are launching this journal to overcome this gap and make communication live. It will help you to be with us all the time. We will make you aware about the activities and plans of the college through the journal. It is observed that there are very few journals which provide launching pad to new researches and lecturers of the colleges. We will try to be platform for new researches and college lecturers. As we are living in the age of Knowledge Explosion, it is necessary for every lecturer to make him/herself update about the latest information in the field of education. The journal will help them. The primary function of the Academic Staff College is to lead lecturer towards excellence, hence the title of the journal is “Towards Excellence”. As Oxford Dictionary defines:
The U.G.C., Academic Staff College, Gujarat University was made functional in 1988. It has been working to fulfill basic aims of higher education suggested and expected by U.G.C director. The pioneer director was Prof. Ujamshibhai Kapadia. Prof. Rohitbhai Shukla Prof. A. R. Shah and Dr. A.A. Ahluwalia had worked as I/c Director of the college. Dr. B.M. Brahmbhatt is a director of the college at present.
The Functions of an Academic Staff College will be to plan, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate orientation courses for newly appointed college/university lecturers within the jurisdiction of one or more universities in a state. An ASC will also organise refresher courses for serving teachers, and orientation programmes for senior administrators and heads of department, principals, officers, etc. Specifically, an ASC will:
The thrust areas for each refresher course will be decided by the director in consultation with the course coordinator
Principal's Meeting/Workshop for Academic Administrators
Each ASC may organise one or two meetings of principal/heads/deans/officers in a year to:
Students at Ph.D./post-doctoral levels from the Centre of Advanced Studies/Department of Special Assistance centres may take part in the special interaction programmes to be organised by the RCCs under the RCs scheme. The interaction programmes should be in the form of workshop/seminars only. The duration of this programme should be about three to four weeks. The main focus of this programme will be interaction between Ph.D./post-doctoral scholars and teachers. The number of participants for this programme shall be 15 to 20. This interaction programme may be held once a year.
Expenditure on this interaction programme may be claimed separately and the student participants shall be treated at par with the participants in refresher courses in respect of payment of TA/DA.
For more detail visit www.ascgujarat.org