Principal Secretary, DPAR (Training) and Director General, Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru, Dr Kalpana Gopalan pointed at the huge shift in the field of education over the last decade calling it a ‘creative destruction’ that had impacted both teaching and learning.
Speaking at the valedictory of the 28-day long 109th Orientation Programme organised by UGC-HRDC, University of Mysore (UoM) on Thursday, Dr Kalpana said though the advancement in the technology had made the learning experience more convenient, it had brought with it a challenge of information overload.
“With the easy availability of internet and the generation shifting towards internet-based learning, there is growing demand for teachers of quality. All the things that schools control, teachers matter the most; more than class and curriculum,” Dr Kalpana said. “Teachers can impart information and knowledge that internet and social media can’t,” she added.
Underlining the importance of teaching profession, she said that it stood out. “Crucial responsibilities of inculcating knowledge, kindling inspiration and encouraging creative thoughts are all vested in the teachers,” she said, adding, “Teachers must build a rapport with students and be simultaneously approachable and authoritative.”
Dr Kalpana stressed the need for teachers to develop deep cognitive learning, creativity and ingenuity among pupils; drawing on research, working in networks and team and pursuing continuous professional learning as teachers.
Underscoring the vital role that knowledge acquisition could play in teachers’ lives, UoM Syndicate member Shruti Tharun Giri said that knowledge acquisition, knowledge transmission and knowledge creation were three important functions of the teachers and orientation programmes would help them at large.
As many as 43 assistant professors from Karnataka, Assam, Maharashtra and Kerala participated in the programme.
Director, UGC-HRD, UoM, Prof Lingaraja Gandhi was present.