Regional Workshop on Research Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPTs) organised by Centre for Biological Sciences of CUSB (April 10 - 12, 2018(

The Centre for Biological Sciences (CBS) of Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) organised the workshop in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune targeted to teachers of under/post-graduate Science and Mathematics courses. This was fully-funded, national level workshop, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/ Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, Newton Bhabha Fund (British Council) and organised by the MHRD-supported Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CoESME) which is set up under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT)), at IISER Pune.

During the three-day workshop a panel of trainers had given the training to the participants which included Adita Joshi (Life Sciences), Dept. Of Zoology, University of Delhi, Charu Dogra (Life Sciences), Ramjas College, University of Delhi,  Prasad Bathe (Mathematics), Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu College, Kolhapur, Sandra Misquith (Chemistry), St. Joseph's College, Bengauluru, Sarmistha Sahu (Physics), Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College, Bengaluru. In addition to these IISER representatives Dr Apurva Barve, Coordinator, Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (COESME), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and Dr. Shilpa Jain, Program Manager, Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (COESME), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune also interacted with the participants. 

The organizing committee of this workshop consisted of all the faculty members of Centre for Biological Sciences (Biotechnology, Life Science, Bioinformatics) namely Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Dr. Asheesh Shanker, Dr. Gautam Kumar, Dr. Ajay Kr. Singh, Dr. Nitish Kumar, Dr. Krishna Prakash, Dr. Antresh Kumar, Dr. Lokendra Kr. Sharma, Dr. Amrita Srivastava, Dr. Tara Kashav, Dr. Manoj Panchal, Dr. K. K. Ojha, Dr. D. V. Singh, Dr. Vijay Kr. Singh and Dr. Anil Kumar.

This was a unique workshop of its kind for graduate and postgraduate teaching fraternity. It has received a positive response from all the corners of Bihar and adjoining areas.  Around 100 teachers from various colleges and Universities across the state have participated in the workshop. Aim of this workshop was to inculcate the research component in the graduate and post graduate level through curriculum of current teaching. During the workshop various component of RBPT were discussed in length. On the final day participant has designed their own RBPT to be implemented in their own respective colleges. 

Day 1 (April 10, 2018): There is no age-bar for learning new things and enhancing knowledge. In fact, if you are dedicated and devoted your knowledge combined with skills may increase many folds, said Prof. Ashok Kumar Ghosh during the inaugural session of three-days workshop on “Regional Workshop on Research Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPTs)” at Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Attending the workshop as the Guest of Honour, Prof. Ashok Kumar Ghosh, Head, Research Centre, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre (MCSRC), Patna and Chairman, Bihar State Pollution Control Board said that he had started his career as a lecturer at the early age of 21 years with A.N. College in 1972. Since then till now in the duration of 46 years, I had seen many transformations in teaching methods and pedagogy. When I started teaching there were three major tools namely, chalk, duster and blackboard, but in due course of time many tools had added including the computer and softwares like word, powerpoint, excel, etc. Keeping in mind the importance of computer I learned the same in 1996 around 25 years after I first joined the teaching profession, but today I am well-acquainted with computer and related software, said Prof. Ghosh. Similarly, the participants may enhance their knowledge by using contemporary tools of teaching, but old tools (techniques) like chalk, duster and blackboard still have the significance. Hope the participants would get maximum advantage of the tools and methods discussed by the experts during the workshop, mentioned Prof. Ghosh. 

Further, Prof. O. P. Roy (Principal, R. N. College, Hajipur) and Ex-Member, BPSC said that both theoretical and practical aspects are important for pedagogical practices and balanced must be maintained while teaching. Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha, Professor-in-Charge, CUSB Patna campus highlighted the importance of pedagogical tools in light of Mathematics and Statistics. 

Earlier after the formal inauguration of the three-day workshop, in his welcome address Dr. Rizwanul Haque, Head, Centre for Biological Sciences (CBS) greeted the guests and participants. This is one of its kind first workshop on pedagogical tools in Bihar and this region, and somehow challenging, but the large number of participants associated with Undergraduate and Postgraduate level teaching is very encouraging. He mentioned that it’s a prestigious opportunity for our University CUSB to conduct this kind of workshop in the Eastern part of India. This will open up ways to conduct many more such workshops and conferences to bring eminent scientists, researchers and teachers to this region and interact with teachers and students here. It’s an encouraging beginning and we are hopeful that this workshop would set a benchmark, mentioned an optimistic Dr. Haque. Dr Apurva Barve, Coordinator, Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (COESME), IISER also shared the brief outline about the workshop and introduced the trainers. While Dr. Jawaid Ahsan, Assistant Professor, Biotechnology and Co-ordinator of the workshop compared the first session and delivered vote of thanks.

Day 2 (April 11, 2018): Like first day the trainers trained the participants for the entire day.

Day 3 (April 12, 2018): Any type of teaching activity is incomplete without research that leads to enhancement of knowledge, said Padma Shri Prof. R. K. Sinha during the valedictory session of three-day workshop on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Renowned as ‘Dolphin Man’, presently the Vice-Chancellor of Nalanada Open University, Prof. Sinha said that for doing efficient teaching at higher levels especially at college and Universities the teachers must show keen interest towards the research and innovation. Studying books and giving lectures based on the information gathered from books is mere fulfilment of teaching job, whereas those who are really enthusiastic about doing efficient teaching regular upgradation / updation is must which can be achieved through research only. Usually the teachers (of colleges / universities) in Bihar complain about lack of resources about doing research, however, I did a record 20 projects in my 40 years teaching career despite many hurdles came on my way. There were lack of amenities and resources in my University, still I could do my projects efficiently and got exciting results. The reason I could succeed in doing research and innovation was my strong will and enthusiasm for finding out something new, the work on Dolphin was one of them, said Prof. Sinha. I urge all the participants (teachers) here who have come all the way from different colleges, universities and institutions of Bihar to develop the interest for research and make a distinct mark for themselves, mentioned Prof. Sinha. 

On this occasion Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha, Professor-in-Charge, Patna Campus, Dr. Rizwanul Haque, Head, CBS, Dr. Asheesh Shankar (Associate Professor, Bioinformatics) also shared their views with the participants. Dr. Jawaid Ahsan, Assistant Professor, Biotechnology and Co-ordinator of the workshop compared the first session and delivered vote of thanks. At the end the chief-guest Prof. Sinha given away the certificate to participation to participants, and wished them good luck for future. 



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