A Five-Day Faculty Development Programme was inaugurated at SJEC on 18th July 2016 at 9.30 am in Spoorthi Conference Hall. Senior academician and administrator, Professor Arala Rajendra Shetty, Ex Principal, SDM Law College Mangaluru was the Chief Guest. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director – SJEC. Dr Rio D’Souza, Principal (In-charge) – SJEC, Dr Prakash Pinto, Dean – MBA and convenor of this FDP, along with Dr Vincent Crasta, Dean - Student Welfare and Alumni Affairs graced the occasion.
Dr Prakash Pinto, Dean MBA and Convenor of the FDP welcomed the gathering and introduced the Chief Guest to the gathering. Lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries marked the inauguration of the FDP.
Prof. Shetty in his address spoke about relationship; which he stated is the essence of life. As an analogy, he stated that breathing is a relationship with the universe. He asked the audience to strengthen relationship with students by ignoring the generation gap, which will improve the faculty-student bonding, leading to effective classroom teaching. He further stated that reaction comes with prejudice but response comes without prejudice and hence teachers should be responsible. He went on to elaborate that, when people have to do their job, they could be tensed, but when they love and want to do their job, the situation is intense. Prof. Shetty classified human values as contemporary and classic and quoting the examples of Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Mother Theresa, expressed that classic values are beyond time. Prof. Shetty concluded his inspirational lecture by pointing to the necessity of having a human touch in whatever we do.
Dr Rio D'Souza in his address provided an overview of the FDP. The 5 day FDP is divided into 4 series and they are named as Spoorthi: series of inspirational workshops based on personality development of the faculty, Integra: concentrates on accreditation matters, Cornea: Orientation programs for new faculty, and Spandana: which are skill development programs for technical and administrative staffs.
Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo in his presidential address stated that this FDP series is aimed at the overall development of the Faculty, which is driven by 3 H- Head, Heart, and Hands. Head represents thinking, heart represents emotions, and hands represent skills. He asked the faculty to work with passion, make use of the infrastructure and build relationship with students with concrete actions.
Dr Vincent Crasta- Dean- Student welfare and alumni affairs proposed the vote of thanks.
Ms Olivia Sequeira, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics compèred the ceremony.
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