Union HRD Minister Smiti Zubin Irani on 01 July 2016 inaugurated Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre at the SGTB Khalsa College of the University of Delhi. Named after the second Sikh Guru this Centre has been created under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Training (PMMMNMTT) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India.
Also present on the occasion were S. Manjit Singh GK , President , Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee,S. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee and S. Tarlochan Singh, Former Member of Parliament and Chairman, Governing Body, SGTB Khalsa College. Prof K V Bhanu Murthy of Commerce Department, Delhi University and Prof N K Chadha , former professor of psychology.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said this is a unique institute in the sense that it has been created by some eminent teachers for the teachers. He especially lauded the efforts of Prof. A K Bakhshi, Chairperson of the Centre and Dr. Vimal Rarh, Joint Director of the Centre for their immense contributions in the field of e-learning including development of MOOCs. She assured the newly created Centre of all help including support for international collaborations.
Prof Yogesh Tyagi Vice-Chancellor University of Delhi applauded the creation of the Centre and assured it of all help and support. He said that with the help of MOOCs , higher education could reach to masses both rich and poor.
"The centre shall empower chemistry, commerce and economics senior secondary (+2) and higher education (both UG and PG) teachers of India in ICT skills so as to equip them to impart digital education efficiently to their students" said Dr Jaswinder Singh, Director of the Centre and Principal of SGTB Khalsa College.
Prof A K Bakhshi, Chairman of the Centre while presenting an overview of e-learning activities at SGTB College said that for the success of e-learning in India, we need high quality multimedia enriched MOOCs and ICT savvy teachers besides good infrastructure and connectivity. He said that time has come for India to create its own Virtual University.
Dr. Vimal Rarh in her presentation highlighted the future role of this Centre in respect of the various faculty empowerment workshops. She said that Centre proposes to conduct both basic and advanced level workshops to empower the teachers. Such teachers will not only be able to develop e-content but also manage virtual students-teachers groups.
The Centre has state of the art facilities consisting of one modern fully equipped training lab, one audio-video studio and is guided by a team of eminent academicians and subject experts with a vast experience in the field of e-learning.