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5th National Conference on Indian Approaches to Teacher Education

January 10-11, 2004

Scope and Objectives

In the Indian educational scenario the teacher education needs of multidimensional approaches so as to meet the challenges and opportunities of the third millennium. In continuation of the proceedings of the 4th National conference on psychological approaches to teacher education organised by the Pondicherry Psychology Association created an essential impact on the Teachers. It has generated innovative ideas to be shared with teacher educators by applying Indian approaches. Teacher educators must be trained, to an array of future possibilities to mode of instruction, to approach innovative methodology, application of ICT, etc. Thereby the present teacher centered education and teacher educator centered education should be revamped to make education learner centered and teacher trainee centered through psychological approaches.

We hope that this conference will become a turning point in the development of a new approach to teacher education, which will carry in it the very best of what modern teacher education and psychological approaches have to offer. This conference is not for just paper presenting and discussing the issues, which are already been discussed and unsettled or ongoing. We try to explore innovative ideas and creative psychological approaches to teacher education. The conference will make you to think and work in a purposeful and meaningful direction by applying Indian approaches.

Objectives of the Conference

  • Exposition of various models of Indian education with special reference to teacher education
  • Exposition of various indigenous schools of thought in Indian education
  • Exposition of existing psychological approaches to Teacher Education
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Teacher Education a living force for the future
  • Development of practical applications of Indian approaches to Teacher Education
  • Developing research methodologies for Teacher Education
  • Developing Information Technology based teacher education

To achieve the objectives described above, there will be plenary sessions, workshops and concurrent technical sessions. Each of these sessions will be devoted to one of the main objectives. The plenary sessions will have invited speakers only.

Topics of the concurrent sessions

  • Psychological approaches to Teacher Education
  • Present applications and practice of Teacher Education
  • Indian approaches to Teacher Education
  • Research and development in Teacher Education
  • Indian approaches to new methodologies in Education
  • Futuristic models of Indian Education
  • Sri Aurobindo school of thought and Integral Psychology

Submission of papers

Participants are requested to submit their papers on any of the listed topics. To ensure a consistent high quality of all the presentations, participants will be requested to submit the full text well in advance and not later than 30th November 2003. Abstract and paper should be sent by email or hard copy with floppy disk in MS-Word format only. The selected papers will be notified on 15th December 2003. At the same time their abstracts will be made available to website www.indianpsychology.info so as to enable all the participants of the conference to inform themselves beforehand about the issues of their interest. No TA/DA will be paid to the participants.

Registration fee

Members Rs 500/- Research Scholars/Students/ Local Participants Rs. 300/- Non-members Rs 600/- Accompanying Person Rs 300/- Accommodation charges Rs. 200/- (for two days only)
Registration fee should be sent in advance by DD in favour of the Pondicherry Psychology Association and payable at Pondicherry
Registration of acknowledged participants is on Saturday, 10 January 2004, between 9.30 and 10.30 am. It will be at the conference venue itself. Please note that there will be no new registrations on the spot.
Venue Pondicherry is situated on the Coromandal Coast about 160 kms from Chennai. Every half an hour there are buses from Chennai to Pondicherry; the trip takes 3 hours. The venue for the conference is the Achariya College of Education, Villianur, Pondicherry - 605 110. (Phone : 0413-2667923)

Boarding and Lodging

Boarding and Lodging for delegates will be arranged at the College Hostel. The rooms will have double occupancy. You can also make your own arrangement in one of the many hotels in Pondicherry, on the registration form whether you want to make use of the college hostel or not.

Future Perspectives

The morning of second day of the conference will be devoted to a reporting session in which the important ideas that transpired during the conference will be highlighted. It should bring the depth and relevance of Indian approaches to education into focus and find ways to make it an essential part of teacher education and research.

A Report of the Proceedings

The Pondicherry Psychology Association has organised its 5th National conference on Indian Approaches to Teacher Education on 10 and 11 January 2004 at the Conference Hall, Achariya College of Education, Villianur, Pondicherry. This conference has became a turning point at the development of teacher education in a new approach, which would carry the very best of what modern teacher education and psychological approaches have to offer. It has created an academic environment by presenting and discussing the issues related to the Indian traditions and Indian system of education. The proceedings of the conference focused to explore innovative ideas and creative psychological approaches to teacher education. The conference has helped the delegates to think and work in a purposeful and meaningful direction by applying Indian approaches in education. At 10.30 am Inaugural Session was commenced with invocation by the students of Achariya College of Education. Mr. J.Arawindhan, Chairman, Achariya College of Education had welcomed the dignitaries and delegates.

Prof. Anil K. Bhatnagar, Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University was presided over the inaugural session. In a traditional way, he lit the Kuttuvilakku and had released the souvenir of the conference. At his presidential address, he stressed that teachers should understand the psychology of students. There should be a proactive role on the part of the learners so that teaching inside the classroom became better. Then he added that in addition to teaching, teachers should have frequent interaction with students and that would give an opportunity to identify them about the barriers, standing in the way of the academic advancement of the students.Thiru. K. Lakshminarayanan, Minister for Education, Pondicherry inaugurated the conference and had distributed the Best Educationist Awards to Prof. A. Panneerselvam, Former Director of Teacher Education, Chennai, and Prof. Mamota Das, Prof. and Head, Dept. of Education, Annamalai University, In his inaugural address he said that competition had become the order of the day particularly in the backdrop of globalization. Hence, teachers should gear themselves adequately to play their role as effective purveyors of knowledge and information.

Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, the organizing Secretary of the conference presented the scope of the conference. The main objectives of the conference were

  • Exposition of various models of Indian education with special reference to teacher education
  • Exposition of various indigenous schools of thought in the Indian education
  • Exposition of existing psychological approaches to Teacher Education
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Teacher Education a living force for the future
  • Development of practical applications of Indian approaches to Teacher Education
  • Developing research methodologies for Teacher Education, and
  • Developing Information Technology based teacher education

Prof. G. P. Thakur, President, Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Varanasi delivered the Key note of address and propagated that good delivery of subjects and contents of the curriculum by the teachers was more important than the acquisition of qualifications. He said that psychology had several features, which should be adopted in educational system, and the atmosphere in the educational institutions should also be such that students should be attracted into them. Rev. Fr. A.J. Lawrence, Secretary and Principal, St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science, Cuddalore delivered theme address. Thiru Theni C. Jayakumar, Former Minister and MLA felicitated Rev. Fr. A.S. Antonisamy, Chairman, Centre for Universal Ethics, Pondicherry, and Chairman, Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks.At 12.00 noon Plenary Session I was conducted on the theme: Futuristic Models of Indian Education which was chaired by Prof. G.P. Thakur and Prof A. Panneerselvam, Former Director of Teacher Education, Chennai co chaired and Prof. Mamota Das, Prof. and Head, Dept. of Education, Annamalai University spoke on the theme. In her address she highlighted the role of teachers and how best a teacher can play a vital role in the education system. She added that teaching is vocation and it is in the blood of each and every teacher.

In total five scientific sessions were conducted. The details of the Scientific sessions as follows: - Session I - Psychological Approaches to Teacher Education Chaired by Prof N. Balasubramanian Director, UGC - Academic Staff College, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and. Co-Chaired by Dr. R. Rajendran, Reader, UGC ASC, University of Madras, Chennai. Papers presented by Dr. R. Seshadri Naidu, Tirupathi. Mr. C. Kumar, Coimbatore, Mr. Premkumar, Cuddalore, Dr. N. Balasubramanian, Coimbatore. Prof. Syce Aroquiassamy, Pondicherry and Ms. B.Vimala, Annamalai University.The Scientific Session – II Futuristic models of Indian Education Chaired by Dr. R. Seshadri Naidu Director, UGC - Academic Staff College, Sri Venketeswara University, Tirupathy and Co-Chaired by Prof A. Senguttuvan, Prof and Head, Rajalaksmi Engineering college, Chennai Papers presented by Prof. P. Subramanian, Pondicherry. Mr. Giri Babu, Chennai.Mr. S. Jayavel, Madurai. Ms. Deepa K. Damodharan,Kerala.The Scientific Session – III Research and development in Teacher Education Chaired by Dr. R. Venguettaramane, Controller of Examinations, Pondicherry University and Co-Chaired by Shri Shaheed Khan, Moulana Azad National Urdu University Regional Centre, Bangalore. Papers presented by Prof. N. Gururajan, Pondicherry, Ms. G.Latha, Annamalai University, Dr. M. Doss, Pondicherry, Dr. S. K. Nagarajan, Annamalai University and Mr Premkumar, Cuddalore.

Presidential address he said in the eleventh plan the country would require 11 lakh teachers. There had been liberalization of the formalities on the part of the authorities in respect of obtaining No objection Certificates. He said he had information that in Pondicherry applications of scores of private players had been processed to open teacher training institutes or colleges of Education. There was generally a need to reorient or revamp teacher- training education in the country. Flexibility and innovation should be watchwords in this field.Prof. A. Gnanam Former Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore delivered valedictory address In his address he said that there should be focus on consciousness in educational experiments on the part of the academics. Psychologists should also tell the policy makers as to how the students could be made really literate. The trend of dropout of children was affecting the entire educational edifice. The academic load on the back of the child was also contributing a lot to this trend. He referred to the current progress of non formal or impersonal educational system, which is flexible. The Psychology Association on a trail basis could formulate some pilot study projects, which would be acceptable. Professional solution should be found out to tackle the current short comings in educational system. Prof. Gnanam also said that vocationalisation of education or courses or programmes had been achieved through the community college system and the choice based credit system an innovative arrangement to prevent dropout was also effective. He said that profile of students could be prepared from the early stage and the Psychology Association in Pondicherry could take up these suggestions for a trail.

Prof. G.P. Thakur President, Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Varanasi presented the following Recommendations of the Conference

  • All the teachers must be given periodical in-service training to develop their personality and aware of the recent developments
  • Involve training programmes to help teachers get distressed
  • Invariably all schools must have school counsellors to look after the socio - psychological problems of the students
  • Teachers must be given orientation towards Indian traditions and Indian approaches to education
  • To vocationalise the education at all levels to meet the challenges and opportunities.
  • To introduce community colleges to train the students for immediate jobs
  • Combine distance and traditional education at all levels
  • Teacher educators should concentrate on Indian psychological approaches in primary and secondary education
  • Choice based credit system and innovative approaches in higher education are the need of the hour
  • To adopt new mathematical models to help teaching of mathematics
  • Yoga should be included in the school curriculum as supplementary education

Thiru. N. Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry distributed the Best Psychologist Award to Prof. B. Mukhopadyay, Professor and Head, Educational Management, Technical Teachers Training Institute, Chennai and Best Educationist Award to Dr. R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Prof. and Head, Dept of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. Then he distributed Certificates to the delegates and Best Paper Awards to Prof N. Balasubramanian, Director, UGC - Academic Staff College, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.and Ms. Ruplekha Gupta, Research Scholar in Psychology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. These awards carry Rs. 500 each. Hon'ble chief Minister honoured Prof .B. Viswanathan for instituting the award in the Pondicherry Psychology Association. In his special address he said the Pondicherry Government has decided to encourage private sector to open colleges of education (offering B, Ed course) and also teacher training institutes as the Department of Education needed a large number of teachers to handle classes at various levels of schools. He said that the Government wanted to ensure that Pondicherry had achieved first place in literacy. Presently the Union Territory occupied third place in the level of literacy in the country. An Arts and Science college would also be opened by May this year at Villianur as part of the Government efforts to spread educational facilities in the rural areas also. He said that teachers should approach children after considering their psychological status. Efforts were on to score first rank in educational facilities here as had been achieved in health sector.

Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Organising Secretary presented the Report of the conference. The highlights of the report are

  • This conference was organised in continuation of the proceedings of the 4th National conference on Psychological approaches to Teacher Education held on 10 – 11 May 2003
  • 67 delegates and 143 student delegates have participated in the conference
  • Five scientific sessions were conducted in the following sub themes:
    1. Psychological approaches to Teacher Education
    2. Research and development in Teacher Education
    3. Indian approaches to new methodologies in Education
    4. Futuristic models of Indian Education
    5. Sri Aurobindo school of thought and Integral Psychology
  • 27 scholars have presented their papers in five scientific sessions.
  • Two plenary sessions and a special session "Young Scholar session" for student teachers were conducted

Prof B. Mukhopadyay and Prof R. Karpagakumaravel thanked and acknowledged for the awards, Dr. M. Sekar, Principal, Achariya College of Education, Villianur proposed vote of thanks. The conference proceedings came to an end with National Anthem.

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