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A one-day online faculty development programme (FDP) was organised on Thursday June 25 for the faculty members of Loyola College, Manvi, Raichur. In a first of its kind, the sessions were held on digital platforms.

Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director, AIMIT said that it was a happy occasion as two colleges in north and south Karnataka were connecting today. He said that these are difficult times due to the lockdown; however, academic work is in full swing. “It is an opportunity to explore the digital world of education in these times,” he said.

Fr Pinto said that one of the major priorities of the Jesuits over the next 10 years is to concentrate on north Karnataka works, especially education; he wished the teams well and hoped that the gap between north and south Karnataka would be bridged soon.

The topic for the day was ‘21st Century: Teaching learning skills for educators’. The programme was conducted in three sessions. In the first session, Dr Rowena Wright, Dean (Academics), Dept. of MBA spoke about ‘Leadership skills for teachers’ and how to create effectiveness by introducing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. She also spoke about classroom management.

The second session was conducted by Dr Rajani Suresh and Dr Beena Dias on ‘Communication Skills & Personality Development’. In the third session, Dr Dhananajaya K and Ms Sumitha Achar spoke about ‘Going Digital’ and also the role of ICT in teaching, learning process, content creation and creating College ERP and LMS. All the sessions were spoken from the angle of education in rural areas.