The Maharashtra State Faculty Development Academy (MSFDA), Mumbai and IISER Pune, will jointly work to develop and implement capacity-building workshops for faculty members of universities and affiliated colleges under the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra.
The two organisations signed a MoU on October 20, 2021 in the presence Shri. Uday Samant, Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Shri. Vikas Rastogi, Principal Secretary.
From the MSFDA team, Dr. Nipun Vinayak, Executive Director (MSFDA); Shri. Pramod Patil, Joint Director (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan), and Dr. Vijay Joshi, General Manager (Academic) attended the meeting, while from IISER Pune, Prof. Jayant Udgaonkar, Director IISER Pune; Col. G. Raja Sekhar (Retd.), Registrar; Prof. Harinath Chakrapani, Dean, International Relations and Outreach (IRO); and Dr. Sourabh Dube, Associate Dean, IRO were present.
IISER Pune has been engaging with school and college teachers to impart skills to them aimed at helping teachers improve their science and mathematics teaching skills. Through these earlier initiatives, at the UG and PG levels, teachers across India have benefited from various workshops conducted by IISER Pune under multiple initiatives, including those conducted via Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CoESME) established under the PMMMNMTT Scheme of the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
As part of the current endeavour, IISER Pune will collaborate with the MSFDA to organise online as well as intensive in-person workshops on modern inquiry-based teaching skills, research-based pedagogies, and core philosophies of science and mathematics education.