The Vice Chancellor Fellowship Programme for the calendar year 2014 has been announced by the University of Delhi. This programme aims at drawing academic talents amongst the faculty base of Delhi University. Permanent academic employees of DU under the age of 45 have to undergo a rigorous process to be selected among the 10 Vice Chancellor Fellows. These ten fellows are then based at Cluster Innovation Centre and conduct learning and research work for Delhi University.
The fellowship majorly aims at creating technology based open learning modules for massive numbers of students on open platforms in partnership with leading institutions on a worldwide basis. It also looks at “developing meaningful ideas, ways and means of providing instruction in the Foundation and Application Courses under the new undergraduate programme through technology based platforms or through production of reading/learning material in collaboration with leading international institutions.”
For this fellowship, about 95 academics applied for the programme that was announced in November 2013. The selected teachers for this year are Mahima Kaushik (Ramjas College, Chemistry), Monika Koul (Hansraj College, Botany), Neha Sharma (Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Computer and Electronics), Anant Pandey (Sri Venkateswara College, Physics), Swarn Singh (Sri Venkateswara College, Mathematics), Priyanka Pandey (Gargi College, Botany), Pankaj Khanna (Acharya Narendra Dev College, Chemistry), Suman Dudeja (Acharya Narendra Dev College, Chemistry), Meetakshi Pant (Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Commerce) and Shankar Kumar (Hindu College, History). Sri Venkateswara College is the only college with two fellows in this programme.
“I am very elated and excited to work at this level among sharp people from different backgrounds in a good and conducive working environment. It is an exciting opportunity to look beyond one subject and produce something in a trans-disciplinary way”, said Mr. Shankar Kumar, Associate Professor at Hindu College who is selected for the fellowship. He also happens to be the only professor from humanities background among the ten chosen academics. On the research related to FYUP for the fellowship he said,” I see myself as someone associated with FYUP from its inception and the idea is to infuse the changes by content building, collaborative research and technological platforms by reaching out to a multitude of students.”
These 10 teachers will be relieved of their responsibilities at their respective colleges once they start working for the fellowship. These fellows are expected ‘to provide big impulse to five flagship programmes of Delhi University’ and ‘create learning programmes and activities that are significantly in tune with modern technology based programmes’ as per the announcement made by the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University.