Monday, 29 April 2019

“Empowering Teachers in 21st Century Skills Education

A Five-day Faculty Development Programme on “Empowering Teachers in 21st Century Skills Education” has been organised by Dr.S. Mekala and  Dr.N. Thamaraiselvan from 29th April 2019 to 3rd May 2019 for the  
faculty members from Engineering Colleges at National Institute of  Technology - Tiruchirappalli. This programme is sponsored by AICTE  under Margdarshan Scheme.

The inauguration ceremony was conducted at 10.00 am on 29th April 2019  in the presence of Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, Director,  NIT-Tiruchirappalli, Dr.N. Sivakumaran, Margdarshan Coordinator, and  Dr R. Joseph Ponniah, Head of the Department of Humanities and Social  Sciences, NIT-Trichy.

Dr.S. Mekala, Programme Coordinator welcomed the gathering and briefed  the objectives of this five-day faculty development program that  equips the teachers to be competent in facing the challenges of the  
dynamic learning environment and stated that the 21st century Skills  Education encapsulates the social, personal, intellectual and  emotional skills which aim at preparing learners for meaningful and  
successful life in this globalized context.She added that such seed  skills have become necessary pre-requisites in this knowledge-based  economy of this 21st century. She mentioned that the dynamic  leadership of the Director had been the source of inspiration to  launch this event.

Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT-T delivered the presidential  address. She added that the capabilities of NIT-Trichy as a public  enterprise, are shared to the participants of the men tee and  non-men tee institutes through training the students and faculties  based on workshops and programmers like the FDP on “Empowering Teachers  in 21st Century Skills Education”. She wished great success to the  programmer coordinators for their initiative to disseminate skills  education to the faculty fraternity in higher education institutions.  
Moreover, she informed the participants to utilize the facilities at  our institute and she said this semester internship will be offered to  students in various departments.

Dr.N. Sivakumaran thanked the Director for providing opportunities to  organise FDPs and workshops and explained the Margdarshan scheme. In  addition, he congratulated the FDP coordinators for their diligence  
and stated that this was the first FDP organised under Margdarshan  scheme.

Dr. R. Joseph Ponniah delivered the felicitation address and  elaborated on the necessity of Communication skills and Thinking  Skills in acquiring a language. He appreciated the title of the FDP on 21st Century Skills Education and congratulated the coordinators.

Dr.S.Mekala, Programme Coordinator expressed her profound gratitude to  the Director, NIT-Tiruchirappalli, Margdarshan Coordinators and  Dr.N.Thamaraiselvan, Programme coordinator for their guidance and  
support. She also thanked the Experts who have accepted to share their  valuable insights in this programmer.  She also thanked the  participants for responding to this workshop as a men tee and  non-mentee participants who have made this five-day FDP a successful  endeavor.

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