Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT)
- 21 Mar 2020
- 2 min read
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Recently, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) informed Parliament about the Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT).
- 37,199 teachers were trained in 2018-19 under this program whereas in 2019-20, 1,46,919 teachers were trained.
- It is an initiative for online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform SWAYAM.
- For implementing ARPIT, 75 discipline-specific institutions have been identified and notified as National Resource Centres (NRCs).
- NRCs prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in a discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
- NRCs are located in a mixed range of institutions such as, Central Universities, IISc, IUCAA, IITs, IISERs, NITs, State Universities.
- The training materials are uploaded and made available through SWAYAM. NRC also publishes the list of the faculty who have been certified.
Massive Open Online Course
- MOOC is a free Web-based distance learning program that is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students. The government has launched SWAYAM platform for open online courses.
- SWAYAM platform is indigenously developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with the help of Microsoft.
- It is designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz.access, equity and quality.
- The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged.