Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: UGC launches master trainer training program

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As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign, UGC initiated the training of master trainers program in community-based participatory research.

As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign, UGC initiated the training of master trainers program in community-based participatory research. (Photo courtesy: PTI)

As part of the 75-week Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign led by the Government of India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched the Community-Based Participatory Research Master Trainers program under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0. The program was launched in a virtual event attended by over 500 faculty members from various universities and colleges across India.

Program details

According to Dr. Rajesh Tandon, member of the UGC expert group, there will be 7 regional centers that will bring dynamism and leadership to this program.

The regional centers are Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Agra), Gandhigram Rural Institute (Dindigu), Central University of Odisha (Koraput), Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (Nagpur), Tezpur University (Tezpur), National Law Institute University (Bhopal) Kurukshetra University (Kurukshetra).

These regional centers will recruit master trainers, organize batches of trainers for CBPR training and support them with locally updated learning materials periodically.

The coordinators of these regional centers also made a presentation focusing on their community engagement programs and their preparation for organizing master trainer programs.

NEP 2020 and Unnat Bharat abhiyan

Virendra K. Vijay, National Coordinator of UBA at IIT Delhi, said that this masters program has synchronized the mandate given by NEP 2020 with the goals of UBA 2.0 as well as the policy framework of UGC on the promotion of social responsibility in higher education.

He added that higher education institutions need to link their study programs to the practical reality and daily challenges faced by the community.

The new master trainer program hopes to give new meaning to the goals of NEP 2020 to transform lives and connect with society.

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