Functions of an Academic Staff College will be to plan, organise,
implement, monitor and evaluate orientation courses for newly appointed
college/university lecturers within the jurisdiction of one or more universities
in a state. An ASC will also organise refresher courses for serving teachers,
and orientation programmes for senior administrators and heads of department,
principals, officers, etc. Specifically, an ASC will:
Formulate a programme of
orientation along the broad guidelines given above.
Identify resource persons in
various fields of specialisation for running the orientation course and
refresher courses, and familiarise such resource persons with the philosophy and
guidelines for the courses. The list of resource persons should be approved by
the chairman of the advisory committee of ASC.
Set up a
documentation-centre-cum-library for reference and source materials necessary
for the courses.
Produce specially designed
material required for effective implementation of the courses.
Organise, monitor and
evaluate courses for teachers
Create a culture of learning
and self-improvement among teachers so that it becomes an integral part of the
educational system at the tertiary level.
programmes for heads of department, principals, deans and other decision-makers
to familiarise them with the philosophy of orientation to facilitate reform in
higher education through appropriate modification of the management systems at
The refresher courses run by
the ASC will provide opportunities for teachers in service to exchange
experience with their peers and to mutually learn from each other.
Provide a forum for serving
teachers to keep themselves abreast of the latest advances in various subjects.
Provide opportunities to
further widen their knowledge and to pursue research studies.
Provide an introduction to
new methods and innovations in higher education so that the participants can in
turn develop their own innovative methods of instruction.
The thrust areas for each
refresher course will be decided by the director in consultation with the course