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Dynamics of Higher Education in India and Canada: Vice Chancellors’ Summit

SHASTRI FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SFDPVE)

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is pleased to announce a call for Applications for Shastri Faculty Development Programme For Vocational Education (SFDPVE) faculty members/educational administrators from its Canadian and Indian Member Institutions of good standing to study and learn best practices through exposure to respective Canadian or Indian Institutions. This programme aims to identify faculty from member institutions of SICI providing vocational education to get an exposure to the community (vocational) college system in both countries. This will bring an international perspective to the training imparted to students at Indian institutions. This programme is designed for faculty who wish to bring a change in his/her university by understanding the Canadian/Indian education system, interested to develop curriculum through their visit to Canadian/Indian institutions, willing to build up a course and wish to teach a module/part of a course in the visiting Institutions. The programme will provide an opportunity for personal enrichment and professional development.

SFDPVE facilitate visits by faculty from Shastri network imparting vocational education up to three weeks with the objective of helping them to understand the pedagogy, skill sets and curriculum of vocational courses available within the Indian/Canadian vocational education system. An Indian faculty will visit Canadian institution and Canadian faculty will visit Indian institution for this purpose. The three-week long enrichment would enable them to gain sufficient exposure to develop a module on international perspectives which can be introduced to their existing curriculum and pedagogy to prepare the faculty to deal with international labour market.

This is expected from the awardee that s/he will train the people upon returning to his native place from his/her newly acquired knowledge under this programme. The awardee will conduct workshops to share the enrichment and learnings through the Shastri award with identified institutions in the similar domain. One of the important components of this facilitation would be to train the trainer/resource person in the major areas of vocational education to train a group of faculty to impart advance knowledge and introduce new pedagogy.

As per the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), MHRD has prioritized many areas of vocational education, such as Agriculture, Applied Arts, Automobiles, Communication, Construction, Economic & Finance, Entertainment, Information and Technology, Printing and Publishing, Tourism, and Para Medical.

The SFDPVE programme will involve: -

  1. Outward Mobility (identified faculty from Indian vocational institution to visit Canadian vocational college);
  2. Inward Mobility (identified faculty from Canadian vocational institution to visit Indian vocational College).

Inward/Outward mobility with the aim of following activities can be proposed/undertaken:

  1. Train the Trainer
  2. Conducting Workshops in relevant/priority areas as identified by MHRD, GOI
  3. Exploring opportunities for collaboration between identified Institutions of vocational learning

In addition to above mentioned activities, interesting ideas to build-up a joint programme between Indian and Canadian institutions will be encouraged.

Priority Areas of MHRD for Vocational Education (Source: As defined on AICTE website) 

1.      Agriculture: a) Food processing b) Farm Machinery & Power c) Soil and Water conservation d) Green House Technology e) Renewable Energy

2.      Applied Arts: a) Fashion & Technology b) Interior design c) Jewellery design

3.      Automobiles: a) Auto Electricals and Electronics b) Engine Testing c) Vehicle Testing d) Vehicle Quality e) Farm Equipment & Machinery

4.      Communication:  Mobile Communication

5.      Construction:  Construction & Building Technology

6.      Economic & Finance: Retail

7.      Entertainment:  Theatre & Stage Craft

8.      Information and Technology:  Software & Development

9.      Printing & Publishing:  Printing & Packaging Industry

10.    Tourism:  Tourism

11.    Para Medical

Eligibility:

  • Faculty from all UGC/ AICTE approved Vocational Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics in India, that come under SICI member Institutions, are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty from all Federal and Provincial Government approved Vocational Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics in Canada are eligible to apply that belongs to SICI Network.   

Application Requirements:

  • Complete application along with all required documents at GMS Portal https://www.sicigms.org/login
  • Incomplete applications will not be entertained.
  • Employer’s endorsement is a must for application submission to avoid any unanticipated problem later on.
  • Minimum of two reference/support letters to be provided towards your candidature.
  • A letter of invitation from the host institution is a must.
  • Certificate of Ethical Approval (if applicable).
  • Copy of the Passport. 

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Effectiveness of the proposal to the concerned institute in India or Canada (15 points)
  • Expected Outcome of the proposal (15 points)
  • Objectives and Relevance of the proposal submitted in present era (10 points)
  • Educational Profile of the applicant (10 points)
  • Budget (Applicant may try to arrange additional contributions from other sources and from his/her own institution also) (10 points) 

Value of Award: 750 CAD per week

Applications/Proposal with equal/partial contribution from the candidate’s institutions will have an advantage.

The fellowship package will include-

  1. Economy class airfare from the place of origin to the place of affiliation in the most direct route
  2. Visa fee
  3. Overseas Insurance

Duration:  3 weeks.

Disbursement of Funds:

  • 45% of the award amount will be disbursed upon signing of letter of agreement between SICI and recipient’s institution (closer to the date of travel)
  • Second installment of 45% will be disbursed upon submission of mid-term report and expenditure statement and remaining 10% to be released upon submission and approval of a final report to SICI by the recipient

Application Form: Apply online at GMS portal https://www.sicigms.org/login

Reporting:Applicable to successful applicant only. Upload your final reports in prescribed format at https://www.sicigms.org/login

Report Format for Indian: 

Mid-Term Report: Coming Soon 

Final Report:  Coming Soon

Report Format for Canadian: 

Mid-Term Report: Coming Soon

Final Report: Coming Soon

Employer Endorsement  : Form 

Application Deadline: December 17, 2019 by 5:00pm (IST).

Contact Address:

Ms. Reshma Rana Verma
Programme Officer 

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)
5 Bhai Vir Singh Marg
New Delhi 110001
Call us at: 011 – 2374 6417; 2374 3114; & 2374 2677
Email: siciapplications@sici.org.in

Important Note:

  1. All the Grants/Fellowships will be subject to receipt of funds from MHRD, Govt. of India. 
  2. Shastri Institute reserves the right to change Fellowship amount and number of awards.
  3. The maximum limit for application form is 10 MB. Kindly compress your files if exceeding 10MB size.
  4. Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification.
  5. The decision of Adjudicators with respect to awards will be considered as Final decision.