STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Meeting of the Academic Council for National Resource Centre (NRC) in Home Science, sanctioned to the University of Jammu by the Department of Higher Education, MHRD was held on April 12, 2019. Prof Neeru Sharma, from the Department of Home Science, University of Jammu was nominated as the Coordinator for the Academic Council. The members of the Academic Council were nominated as per guidelines of the NRC, which were eminent academicians drawn from the five specializations of Home Science- Prof Jatinder Gulati (Human Development), Former Dean Home Science, PAU, Ludhiana; Prof Naheed Vaida (Extension Edu) Former Director, Institute of Home Science, University of Kashmir; Prof Neelam Khetarpal Emeritus Prof (Foods and Nutrition) Former Prof and HOD (FN) and Dean (COHS) CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar; Prof Anjali Karolia (Clothing and Textiles) Professor and Dean, Department of Clothing and Textiles Faculty of Family and Community Sciences Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Prof Ritu Singhvi (Family Resource Mgt) Professor College of Community and Applied Sciences, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology. Udaipur. The local experts from the University of Jammu included Prof Rajni Dhingra, Dean Research Studies, Prof Rahul Gupta, Director HRDC, Prof Shashi Manhas, HOD Home Science, Dr Samridhi Arora, Dr. Sarika Manhas and Dr Nirojini Bhan. The Technical Experts were Prof K Srinivas, Head ICT and Project Management Unit, Chairperson Digital Learning Cell, NIEPA, New Delhi and Prof J.P.S Joorel, Director INFLIBNET, Infociy Gandhi Nagar, Gujrat. The meeting was held in the Seminar Hall of the Department of Home Science. At the outset, Prof Neeru Sharma described the agenda of the first Academic Council meeting of the NRC, which was to set up Course Objectives, time frames and Course Outlines for Online Refresher Course in Home Science, under the ARPIT (Annual Refresher Program in Teaching) Scheme of Ministry of MHRD, which would cater to the in service teachers, irrespective of their subject, management and seniority. The Refresher Course has to be uploaded on the SWAYAM Platform of the UGC. Prof Srinivas , who is a technical expert explained in details about the need, importance and methodology of development of MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and outlined the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Academic Council. Prof Joorel provided his inputs in the matter and assured all technical support though INFLBNET. In the post lunch session, the course outlines for developing a 40 hours online course, were worked out and each subject expert was allotted a section of it for further development, to be submitted within few days. The names of Content writers and Online Presenters were also listed down. The main focus of the course would be on Professional Development of Home Science Teachers and thrust areas would be Research Methodology, Pedagogical Technologies and Advances in Research in all the five areas of Home Science. It was decided that after the identification of the Content writers and presenters a technical workshop of 3-5 days would be held for them so that they become well versed with the development of Online Material, which should be plagiarism free.
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