ATAL Faculty Development Programme: The Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has launched the ATAL faculty development programme (FDP). The technical education regulator, All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy is an initiative that encourages and trains faculty members from AICTE approved institutions. It offers the faculty development programme under which training is given in various core areas.
The Education Minister tweeted “The AICTE Training and Education Academy (Atal Academy) is an initiative that inspires and trains faculty members from AICTE approved institutions. It offers a unique faculty development program under which training is imparted in various core areas.”
For the event, AICTE Chairman Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe, Vice-Chairman Professor M P Poonia, Member Secretary Professor Rajiv Kumar and Director, ATAL Academies, Dr RK Soni were also present for the launch of ATAL.
ATAL Faculty Development Programme Launch
As part of the launch, the Education Minister inaugurated 15 FDPs developed by the AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) academy. The ATAL Academy has already conducted 185 offline FDPs in 2019 – 2020 and 948 online FDPs in 2020 – 2021. It trained more than 1 lakh faculty members throughout the country from researchers and CBSE teachers to postgraduate students and industry people. For the year 2021 – 2022, the academy has planned to conduct 971 programmes online, because of COVID-19.
The academy has been conducting various FDPs in emerging areas of data science, cybersecurity, quantum computing, 3D printing and designing, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, robotics, and the internet of things.
Earlier, the Union Education Minister also met education secretaries of states virtually, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the education sector. He also reviewed the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) and the promotion of online education in states.
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