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The New Policy on Education, commonly known as NEP-1986, envisaged the concept of Human Resource Development Centre (previously known as Academic Staff College)s for imparting University & college teachers a sort of orientation & training to equip them with pedagogical skills to enable them to face the classroom in a better way. The policy-makers might have realized then that if the teachers working at the primary, middle or at even senior secondary levels are bound to undergo a training program before they are inducted into this noble, but a challenging profession, why not the teachers  working at the highest level? This is how the 66 ASCs came into existence, which are scattered throughout the length & breadth of the country in Universities, fully supported by the UGC financially & whose performance is also monitored by them periodically. Undoubtedly, these ASCs have been pulling out all the stops to meet this dire need of the hour to augment the existing knowledge of the young teaching faculty in the form of the Refresher Courses in various disciplines, honing their pedagogical skills & widening their horizon in the form of, what is known as, Orientation Programs. Occasional Workshops for the budding Research Scholars, Interaction Programmes for the Academic Administrators, like Heads of the teaching Departments; Principals etc. are other hallmarks of the Human Resource Development Centre (previously known as Academic Staff College)s.

        Needless to say that the world has transformed rapidly & drastically in all the spheres, be it political, economical, scientific, social etc. since 1986. The modern era of (LPG & IT) i.e. Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization & Information Technology has brought about unprecedented developments in all the fields related with human life. In such a scenario, it is next to impossible for the field of academics to remain unaffected from them. The role of ICT in the classrooms, online teaching,  ever increasing  use of Internet, “Information Explosion” etc have on the one hand made the task of teaching easier, more interesting, but on the contrary, have put more responsibility on the shoulders of a teacher. The old traditional methods of teaching like “Talk & Chalk”, “Verbal Discourse” have to give way to the new ones with the changing times. The teachers of today have to have a sufficient knowledge of all the electronic gadgets in order to make an optimum use of them in the classroom in addition to the expertise in their respective disciplines. Moreover, it is imperative for them to refresh, enhance their knowledge constantly to live up to the ever growing expectations of the students’ community.

The role of a teacher has never been confined only to teaching & guiding research, but also to act as an epitome of social, moral, ethical, humane values for the society at large. And perhaps the latter role of the teacher has never been more crucial, more significant, more urgent than in the present era, when all these time-tested humane values are under threat.

        The compartmentalization of knowledge in various disciplines as of now needs to be given a second thought because “Holistic Development” is the need of the hour. A teacher has to come out of the shell of his/her own discipline & rub shoulders with the other disciplines in order to expand his/her horizon. Keeping abreast with the global changes in all the spheres is one of the prerequisites of not only of a teacher, but of any other educated human being.

        Ever since its inception, the Human Resource Development Centre (previously known as Academic Staff College) at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar has persistently striven to meet the above-mentioned & many other expectations of the teaching fraternity by facilitating interactions with the eminent academicians from a wide spectrum of disciplines besides the renowned personalities from the other walks of life. These interactions have been found to be extremely useful, beneficial, fruitful for the participants in achieving all these objectives as is borne out by their feedback.

        We commit ourselves to follow this path in the pursuit of holistic development of the teachers in a more vigorous, more efficient way in times to come as well.