DATE:
February 7-11, 2022
PARTNER ORGANIZATION:
National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Kolkata
PARTICIPANTS' PROFILE:
The target participants of the program are administrators, managers, principals, professors and teachers/instructional staff of TVET institute in India


Background

The issue on the “quality of TVET” for both institutional and program aspects are no longer perceived as an internal concern, thus, this becomes serious issues of all the concerned stakeholders. Quality Assurance (QA) system reinforces responsibility and accountability to all TVET leaders and also ensures quality program outcomes. Furthermore, QA underpins on effective managing and utilizing of all Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) resources and encourages participation of all in carrying out planned programs with unified mission, vision and goals.

For recognition and long life, TVET institutions are expected to improvise their teaching-learning environment, Faculty competency, Students’ performance and overall program outcomes. Institutions, students, employers and the public at large - benefit from the external verification of the processes carried out through the accreditation process. With accreditation, confidence and assurance on quality to the stakeholders, including students is given and also institutes get benefit from the process of continuous quality improvement.

For the accreditation of any program, there are different criteria. Documentation and keeping the records of students, faculty and other stake holders has to be done. The faculties of these institutes need to be aware and interested in dealing with processes and procedures to be followed for the accreditation of various programs of the institute.

Therefore, this program will involve in making the participants understand about various teaching methods, aspects of continuous improvement in their respective institutions, which will lead them to accreditation. Also, this program covers different components of any kind of certification that can be used for programs that consider them doing best for better outreach and excellence in different ranking frameworks. The processes and procedures to be followed for the accreditation of a program can be applied to all the programs of the institute. This will ensure the long running of the program, while meeting the vision of the institute.

The program is a training workshop type to provide capacity building in recognizing the difference between institutional accreditation and program accreditation requirements.

Some group work activities will also equip the participants with deeper understanding and appreciation of the importance and benefits of quality assurance towards drawing up an accreditation system.



Objectives

At the end of the program, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of Quality Assurance in both program delivery and institutional operations;
  • Understand about various teaching methods to uphold quality and continuous improvement for better teaching-learning environment in their respective institutions as part of QAS and to be used as evidence for accreditation;
  • Increase the participants understanding on different components of accreditation and certification that can be used for more institutional outreach and development;
  • Guide and motivate other faculty and students for the development and long running of the program.
  • Recognize and apply the processes and procedures of both Institutional and Program Accreditation.



Program Contents

The delivery of the online program design follows a spiral learning approach, beginning with overview of core concepts, to be followed by progressively deeper application of the concepts and finally, a self-directed learning approach through action planning.

The main contents of online training program are:

Theme Papers

  • Theme Paper 1: Overview of TVET Quality Assurance System
  • Theme Paper 2: Program Accreditation as Quality Assurance for TVET Programs
  • Theme Paper 3: Accreditation Criteria and Teaching-Learning Processes
  • Theme Paper 4: Institutional Accreditation as Quality Assurance for TVET Institutions Operations and Work Procedure
  • Theme Paper 5: Course wise and Program wise outcomes
  • Theme Paper 6: Attainment of COs and POs
  • Special Presentation: APACC Accreditation as External Quality Assurance
  • Theme Paper 7: The Role of the Skills National Assessment and Certification System as Quality Assurance
  • Theme Paper 8: Students, Faculty and Facilities
  • Theme Paper 9: Establishing Quality Assurance System in the TVET Institutes.

Group Work Activities:

  • G/IWA 1: Answer Online Quiz
  • G/IWA 2: Answer Self-Assessment Checklist to determine the level of Quality Assurance System in Delivering Programs.
  • G/IWA 3: Answer Online Quiz
  • G/IWA 4: Determine the TVI readiness to undergo APACC Institutional accreditation
  • G/IWA 5: Answer Online Quiz
  • G/IWA 6: Develop Action Plan
  • Self-assessment report and accreditation visit



Instructional Strategies

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

Different instructional methodologies will be utilized to effectively train the participants for this short-duration program. Some of these methodologies are listed below:

  • Virtual lectures
  • Group and individual tasks
  • Workshops and exercises
  • Online assessment



Program Facilities

To conduct the program smoothly, the following facilities are required:

  1. Internet Connection (5Mbps or higher) preferably wired LAN or WiFi
  2. Virtual Room (for Opening, Closing Ceremonies & Invited Talks)
    • Zoom App installed in mobile device or personal computer
  3. Desktop Computer or Laptop
    • Webcam, Speakers and microphone or earphones with microphine
    • Computer/laptop (Individual participant*) with the following specifications:
      • Core i3 (equivalent or higher)
      • 4 GB RAM or higher
      • Zoom App
      • Google Chrome browser
      • Any office suite software (MS Office, WPS Office, Google Drive, etc.)



Program Management and Resource Persons

Program Supervisor (CPSC) Prof. G. L. D. Wickramasinghe ([email protected]) is the first Sri Lankan and the 12th Director General of CPSC. He is also the concurrent President of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC).

Prior to his appointment as the Director General, he was a professor at the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka since 2015. Here also held key administrative posts during his career: as a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Vocational Technology (2016-2019), former Chairman of the Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) of the University of Moratuwa (2015-2016), and former head of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology (2009-2012).

He also served as the Chairman of Alethea International School (2017-2021), an independent non-executive Director of Orit Apparels Lanka Ltd. (2014-2016), and Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (2010-2015). He also served as the Director of Technical and Quality Assurance of Brandix Textiles Ltd (2013-2014). He also served as chairman and member of various public sector strategic and technical committees.

He also published over 60 research publications on topics related to textile engineering and educational management, of which over 30 are international refereed journal publications.

He was honored with 18 national and international awards including Emerald Literary Award (2018), President's Award for Scientific Publications (2017), and NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publication (2016, 2011). The World Education Congress also honored him with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in “Sri Lanka Education Leadership Awards” in 2018.

Prof. Wickramasinghe is a graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering from the University of Moratuwa in 1993 by which he obtained first class honors. He finished his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2003. He also obtained a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching, the University of Arts London, UK in 2006 and an MBA in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2008.


Program Supervisor (NITTTR Kolkata) Prof. Debi Prasad Mishra is the present Director of National Institute of Technical Teachers’ training & Research (NITTTR), Kolkata. He has been actively involved in teaching in higher education for more than 25 years now. He held the prestigious position of ‘Former Chair Professor, Indian Oil Golden Jubilee Professional Chair Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur’.

He has a rich experience in research in Combustion and Propulsion. He has been an active researcher in the fields of ancient Indian education and ancient STEM of India. He believes in and propagates humanistic model of education.

He has published more than 238 research papers in International/National Journals. He has undertaken more than 38 research and consultancy projects from various agencies, research labs, and industries. He has developed 6 online courses under SWAYAM Platform, a national initiative of MHRD. Besides this, he has designed and developed a unique MOOC course, “Introduction to Ancient Indian Technology” on the SWAYAM platform of NPTEL. He has published three edited books and developed 10 lectures in ‘Ancient Indian Science and Technology on Swayamprava TV. Over the last 10 years, he has delivered several invited lectures on ancient Indian science & technology, and culture & tradition to more than 5.5 lakh people across India to revive and reestablish the ancient scientific and technological culture of India. He has also delivered several invited talks on ancient Indian spiritual knowledge systems organized by different organizations pan India.

Prof. Debi Prasad Mishra is a very popular motivational speaker. He has contributed to disseminating the ancient Indian Education system nationwide through several webinars, conferences, and workshops.

As the Director of NITTTR Kolkata, he regularly interacts with the trainees of different online training programs and takes a keen interest in improving the programs. Even though his lectures and interactions with the teacher trainees, he tries to infuse in them the ethos and spirit of a humanistic model of education. At present, he is working in the area of developing a transparent feedback mechanism for the online training programs being conducted by NITTTR, Kolkata.

At the national level, Prof. Debi Prasad Mishra has been the pioneer in leading mentor training program, an initiative of MoE and AICTE. Under his able leadership, NITTTR Kolkata has conducted several mentor training programs for senior faculty members of different institutes of higher education across the nation. He has also published a few papers in Engineering Education system.


Program Coordinator and Resource Person Therese Tan Lee ([email protected]) is working as an International TVET Consultant. Her recent engagement with APACC (Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission) as Member Accreditor in the last onsite visit for the 4 TVET Institutes in Pakistan, November 27 – December 14, 2021. She also worked as the Lead Consultant for the TVET Teacher Training on 21st Century Skills and Online and Distance eLearning under the BEAR II Project for East African Countries, UNESCO IICBA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2021 – January 2022. She was the TVET International Adviser and Expert for the NVQS Nepal Project under Swiss Contact on NVQS Competency Level of Framework for Generic Competencies, Master Assessor Training and Assessment, Development of Competency Assessment Tool Manual in 2020. She was engaged by CPSC as a Faculty Specialist and the Chair of Projects and Consultancy Division for 2 years. She has a vast experience in the TVET sector for 23 years and has engaged in several international projects and training programs in different countries like Philippines, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nepal, Malaysia, Fiji Thailand and Bhutan in January 2018 – December 2019. She has also experienced working with international organizations for projects and programs such as the United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), BEAM – ARMM Australian Aid funded program and German International Cooperation (GiZ) Manila. She was also an International Adviser in the Swiss Contact Project in collaboration between CPSC and NSTB (National Skills Testing Board) Nepal in regards with training of Master Assessors and preparation of the revised Directives, Guidelines and Assessor Course Manual in Assessment and Certification of Nepal’s NSTB.

She has handled various programs on quality assurance, accreditation and quality management systems as Program Coordinator held for Malaysia, Fiji, Bhutan and the Philippines. She had been a Resource Speaker during the 10th Regional Policy Dialogue - advancing the quality of TVET in ASEAN – the practice of quality development and quality assurance - Implementation of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) in ASEAN held in Yangon Myanmar in 2019. Ms. Lee is also one of the Team Leaders of the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) in charge of the onsite visits and online evaluations held for the different Asian countries.

She was also appointed as a Regional Coordinator in Ethiopia under GiZ (2010-2015) TVET Reform where she was immensely involved in the preparation of various National TVET System documents such as Standards Development, Assessment tool, training Master Assessors, developing Competency Based Curriculum, Implementing Guidelines for Cooperative Training, and Quality Management Systems for the different TVET institutions and other programs related to TVET. Ms. Lee also served as a Senior Technical Education and Skills Development Specialist in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) (2004-2009) in the Philippines.

Ms. Lee earned her Master in Public Affairs Major in Education Management at University of the Philippines, Los BaƱos. She also earned a Comprehensive Academic Requirements for Master’s Degree in Technology and Home Economics in 2007 at the Laguna State Polytechnic University in Laguna, Philippines. She also completed her Graduate Certificate in Distance Education at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). She finished Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education, Cum Laude and First Honors for Academic Excellence at Laguna College Arts and Trade, Laguna, Philippines in 1998.


Local Coordinator and Resource Person Dr. Rayapati Subbarao ([email protected]) is working as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at NITTTR Kolkata. He obtained Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and M.Tech. in Thermal Engineering from IIT Delhi.

Dr. Subbarao has more than 18+ years of experience in Teaching, Research & Development and Training. His previous employers include IIT Delhi, VIT University, Vellore and BIT.

He has 95+ publications in reputed International Journals and Conferences. He has been a reviewer of journals and reputed conferences. Reviewer for ASME GT India 2014, 2017, 2019 FMFP 2015, 2016 and AIMTDR 2018. Session chair in reputed conferences like ASME GT India, ICAER and CAE. He was involved in works like UNESCO-UNEVOC program, EU-Asialink program, CPSC, Manila and ABET, USA accreditation. Earlier, he had worked in USA and visited Korea for presenting papers. His areas of research are Turbo machinery, CFD, Counter Rotating Turbines, Combined cycle power plants and Alternative fuels. He is a Member of various Professional societies like Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer (ISHMT), Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP), Combustion Institute (India), Indian Society of Technical Education and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Resource Person Adrienne Abril ([email protected]) has been working at the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) since February 2007 and currently holds the position of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) Officer.

Prior to this, she held various administrative positions in CPSC such as Executive Secretary and Projects and Consultancy Division Officer.

As APACC Officer, she manages the administrative functions of APACC including planning and implementation of on-site visits, board meetings, accreditors’ training and retraining, and meetings of the Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA).

She acted as resource speaker in APACC orientations and accreditors’ training and coordinated study tour programs on behalf of CPSC. She was involved in 29 APACC institutional evaluations as documentation officer in India, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Philippines from 2009 up to present.