Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Faculty Through Capacity Building programme in HEIs

College faculty, unlike the school faculty get it into the profession without any formal training or preparation. The new initiatives and challenges facing higher education, the responsibilities of faculty have become increasingly complex. This lack of preparation exacerbates the difficulties faced by faculty in navigating these changes effectively. 

Training and capacity building programs are frequently prioritized in schools, neglecting Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), despite their crucial role in shaping the educational landscape. This oversight can lead to a decline in quality within HEIs, impacting the overall effectiveness of education system. However, neglecting HEIs beyond schools creates gaps in development efforts, hindering overall progress. 

Faculty in HEIs encounter challenges such as limited access to training on modern teaching methods and technology, and use new teaching techniques focused on subject knowledge rather than teaching skills, which overlooks effective teaching methods and students’ engagement. In addition, there exists gap between teacher being trained and meet the diverse needs of students. Hence, there is a need for Professional Development and Career Advancement of the faculties at HEIs which can be achieved through effective human resource planning. It is indispensable to train all the teachers, recognizing their significant role in students' holistic well-being. 

It is essential to empower faculty through capacity building programs to fulfil their roles and responsibilities with exceptional creativity and excellence. Comprehensive training, integrating dynamic teaching methods, is crucial for transforming education to meet diverse student needs. 

Capacity Building Program focusing on inclusivity, self-management, and effective decision-making empowers higher education educators. Training the faculty with positivity, influences the student’s academic performance and faculty who participate in capacity-building programs gain modern teaching skills, resulting in better students’ achievement. Government funding and private sector involvement is necessary to support this initiative. It is indispensable to train all the teachers, recognizing their significant role in students' academic success. 

Capacity building initiatives also focuses on nurturing teachers into future leaders. Academic leadership fostered through training programs will have a significant impact on student’s performance. Empowering teachers with specialized skills not only enable them with enriching learning experiences but also enhances classroom effectiveness and prepare students for futuristic challenges and opportunities. 

Aligning with NEP 2020 objectives, implementing compulsory formal education for HEIs faculty would address these discrepancies, enhancing teaching quality and transforming institution as a centre of excellence.

Author Name
Ms. Bhagya G B
Author Designation
Sr. Assistant Professor, CESS