Nauni/Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Kingdom-based ‘Qedex’ for training faculty for improving the quality of teaching especially through the online mode.

The pact has been signed under the Institutional Development Plan (IDP) of ICAR’s National Agricultural Higher Education Project currently being implemented at the university. The MoU was signed at a virtual ceremony held at the university. 

Dr. Ravinder Sharma, Director Research of the university signed the agreement on behalf of the university while Stuart Blacklock, CEO of QASPIR represented Qedex. The company has also tied up with the Association of Indian Universities to provide virtual training to faculty in higher education institutions for enhancing their competencies in teaching.

Dr. KK Raina, Principal Investigator of IDP informed that QEDEX will include virtual training for faculty members. Under the agreement, 200 faculty of the university will be eligible to undergo a minimum of five courses each out of 300 courses offered on the platform.  

Dr. Ravinder Sharma said the pandemic has reshaped education worldwide and it has become very important that the skillset of the faculty is improved and they are equipped with the latest knowledge in modern teaching methodologies.

Stuart Blacklock said that the partnership will help to implement the New Education Policy 2020, which covers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers.

“Qedex will systematically cover the latest pedagogies regarding foundational literacy and numeracy, formative and adaptive assessment of learning outcomes, competency-based learning, and related pedagogies, such as experiential learning, arts-integrated, sports-integrated and storytelling-based approaches,” Blacklock said and further added that platform will create a private micro-community for the university.

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