Teacher Training (August, 2011)
“The story of our success is inspirational but we cannot rest on our laurels, we press on and we shall.”
This line from the vision of the Chairman, Punjab Group of Colleges precisely delineates the tenacious resolve of the Group going ahead in the realm of education. At the moment it resonates conspicuously across the Punjab Province in the form of opening of new Punjab Colleges. The expansion is taking place in leaps and bounds because the Punjab College Education System has established its credibility, and it has been acknowledged as a symbol of quality education, by the parents in general and students in particular.
There is a long line of new colleges that have been opened, only in two years. In 2010, 19 new colleges were established. They are in Abbotabad, Burewala, Daska, D.G. Khan, Gojra, Gujar Khan, Hafizabad, Jaranwala, Jhelum, Kamoki, Khanewal, Mandi Bahauddin, Phalia, Sahiwal, Shahdara, Sheikhupura, Toba Tek Singh, Wah Cantt and Wazirabad. During the current year, i.e. 2011, coincidentally, again19 more new colleges have joined the family. They are in Attock, Chakwal, Chichawatni, Chiniot, Chishtian, Jauharabad, Jhang, Kahuta, Kasur, Kharian, Kot Addu, Layyah, Mailsi, Mianwali, Mir Pur, Narowal, Raiwind, Shahkot and Shakargarh. If we take into account the number of campuses fully functioning at this moment, the total number comes to a staggering 175 campuses. It is, undoubtedly an unprecedented growth. But secret of this success lies in the excellent results and record success of high-achievers students, in F Sc, I Com, ICS and B Com, every year. As Punjab College Education System is recognized as an esteemed name of quality education, therefore, all the newly opened Campuses are facing little ado in getting established, even in the remote areas. Mostly students give preference to take admission in our new campuses.
As the family is in an exceptional growth the challenge of quality is now multiplied. Therefore, to bring all the new members virtually in the fold and give them an indigenous feel and focus, a series of training programs have been chalked out to be arranged round the academic year. As a first segment, immediately, before the academic activities start, an Orientation session was arranged for the faculty of all the newly established colleges in the current year, to get them familiar with the PGC education climate and culture: academic as well as administrative__ a culture that is in vogue, tested and tried over the years. In the coming days, more training programs will be arranged, presumably, covering the whole gamut of effective teaching techniques. The main objective of all such training programs is, obviously, to inculcate a habit of Sharpen the Saw among the teachers, so that they can keep their teaching skills at the cutting edge.
As usual five centres were set up to garner the adjoining campuses. They were:
- Rawalpindi (Attock, Chakwal, Kahuta) ….. 1st August, 2011.
- Faisalabad (Chiniot, Mianwali, Jauharabad, Jhang, Shahkot)…. 04 August, 2011.
- Multan (Chichawatni, Chishtian, Kot Addu, Layyah, Mailsi)…. 06 August, 2011
- Gujranwala (Norowal, Shakargarh, Kharian) …. 08 August, 2011.
- Lahore (Kasur, Mir Pur, Raiwind) …. 10 August, 2011
AREAS OF TRAINING
The outline of the areas, touched upon in this Orientation Session is given below:
- Significance, Aims & Objective of Teacher Training
- PGC Family
- PGC Prevailing Education System
- Teaching Ethics Typical of Punjab College Faculty
- Motivation for Effective Teaching
- Power of Paradigm-Shift
- Proactive Teaching
Overall this session was a success in achieving its intended objectives. The turn up of the teachers from all the campuses was good. They showed keen interest in the presentations that was confirmed by the quality of questions they put at the end of the session. A feedback was also collected as to ascertain the areas of teachers’ teaching problems in the classroom. This input will be a guideline for us to chalk next out training programs in the days to come.
- Prof. Ghulam Rabbani Shah
- Prof. Hafiz Bilal Farooq
Training & Staff Development Institute
Attock, Chakwal, Kahota
Chiniot, Mianwali, Jauharabad, Jhang
Chichawatni, Chishtian, Kot Addu, Layyah, Mailsi