About UGC Human Resource Development Centre

BACKGROUND

In pursuance of the National Policy of Education 1986 and its Programme of Action, the University Grants Commission had identified 48 Universities for setting up Academic Staff colleges (presently known as HRDC) in the country in the year 1986 – 87 to cater to the training needs of teachers in the higher educational system. University of Mumbai was one of these Universities identified for setting up of University Grants Commission’s Academic Staff college and it was established in the year 1987. The UGC Academic Staff colleges are distinct entities in faculty development in tertiary education conducting specially designed Orientation Programmes and subject based Refresher Courses for College and University teachers.

PROFILE / NOVEL FEATURES

Our UGC Human Resource Development Centre (UGC HRDC), University of Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai – the commercial capital of our country. Mumbai, by virtue of its position, is the most cosmopolitan of our cities and we can say that Mumbai is the very microcosm of our country. Thus, we are uniquely placed in the composition of our teacher participants and in the availability of resource persons. Hence, we get participants with widely varying backgrounds, and their coming together in our programmes provides a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas which, in turn, results in all-round development of the teachers. We are also able to draw our resource persons from renowned institutions like TIFR, TISS, BARC, BSE, IIT, ICT and from other industries, government bodies, cultural centres, in addition to faculty from the University Departments. These unique features make our programmes attractive and widely appreciated by our teacher participants. Since its inception, UGC HRDC, University of Mumbai has so far offered 113 Orientation Programmes, 266 Refresher Courses and other Short Term Programmes benefitting more than 15,000 teachers. Our HRDC attracts participants from all over the country as we have been able to impart quality training through our Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses and Short Term Courses and now it has blossomed into a centre of excellence.

This was also acknowledged in the recent NAAC review wherein we have been ranked 7th amongst 66 Human Resource Development Centres in the country and rated as Performer with score of 62 which is the highest amongst all the Human Resource Development Centres of the Western States of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.