The University of Burdwan

सा विद्या या विमुक्तये
Learning Leads To Emancipations

Generally, UGC-HRDC is entrusted with conducting Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses, Summer School, Winter School, Short term Courses, Workshop for Academic Administrators, Principal's Meet and Interaction Program for Research Scholars. UGC-HRDC, B.U. specially organizes lectures on Research Methodology and use of Open Access Resources and Open Source Software by conducting different courses. Teachers from across disciplines (i.e. Arts, Social Science, Science & Engineering) are being benefitted by using these resources. Moreover UGC-HRDC regularly publishes edited books with ISBN number and ACADEMY newsletter on the basis of different courses conducted by UGC-Human Resource Development Centre.
Director's Message
I am very much delighted to welcome you all to UGC- Human Resource Development Centre (UGC-HRDC), The University of Burdwan. It provides a platform, wherein, the teachers across the country get the opportunity to participate and to update their respective disciplines through various Refresher/Orientation programmes/Faculty Induction Programmes, Winter/Summer School Programmes Short Term Courses and Interaction Programmes that it organizes time to time since inception. The UGC-HRDC Centre (previously it was named as Academic Staff College) was set up by The University of Burdwan in June 1989 alike other UGC-HRDC Centres established by UGC across the country with a perception to enhance the quality of higher education by enlightening professional excellence together with advance development in pedagogical skills, up-gradation of knowledge and instilling of high standards of thoughts and practices in its teacher participants. The Centre believes that the participants of its various courses build up an understanding of numerous challenges before the present academic globalized world; while elevating their competence and enhancing their knowledge in different areas of learning.
Starting from the establishment of UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, The University of Burdwan, in June, 1989, the centre has organized 117Orientation Programmes, 01 Faculty Induction Programme 276 Refresher Courses, 28 Workshops, 06 Interaction Programmes, 11 Winter/Summer School Programmes and 40 Short Term Courses. The resource persons are invited from the renowned Universities / Institutes of West Bengal and other parts of the country.
The UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, The University of Burdwan makes a concealed bonding of academic fraternity with a view to scholarly exchanging thoughts with the participants, thereby stimulating their mental attachment with the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre. This enables us to accelerate hope and courage for conducting the courses smoothly. The natural beauty of Golapbag Campus accelerates and refreshes the participants’ mind who comes to UGC-Human Resource Development Centre to fulfil his/her one-step advancement leading to his/her career advancement.
The Centre also sticks to UGC guidelines in its functioning, activities and its implementation to its courses. All sorts of technological and modern facilities are given to our participants and resource persons. We have well equipped classrooms with an access to a computer laboratory, library and guest house facilities as well.
Prof. Arijit Ghoshal
Department of U.G.C.- Human Resource Development Centre
The University of Burdwan
Golapbag, Bardhaman - 713104
West Bengal, INDIA.
342-2656566, 2656549, 2558554    Extn.
Email   : [email protected]

Applications on prescribed form only obtainable from Burdwan University website ( duly forwarded by the Principal of the College/Head of the Department, Dean of the Faculty, Registrar are invited from College/University Assistant Professors (GR I , II & III), Associate Professors for the following Refresher Courses (21 days), Orientation Programmes (28 days), Summer & Winter Schools (21 days) and Short Term Courses (2 to 7 days).Faculties working in the Universities and Colleges , which are included under section 2(f) of the UGC Act, even though may not yet be fit under 12 (B) of the UGC Act are eligible to participate. It has also been decided that the teachers of colleges, which do not come within the purview of Section 2(f), but are affiliated to a University and serving at least two years uninterruptedly, are permitted to participate. However, they won't be paid TA/DA and other allowances for attending these courses.
The temporary , ad hoc , part time and contractual teachers (also from Private colleges) who have been teaching for at least three academic sessions in an institution which is affiliated to a university for at least two years may be allowed to participate in the Orientation Programme / Refresher Course / Summer & Winter Schools to enhance their skills.
Refresher Courses (RC) are open for participants having an Orientation Programme (OP) as pre-requisite qualification. However, in exceptional cases, a teacher may be allowed to complete a RC prior to completion of an OP. Also there should be a minimum gap of one-year between two courses subject to relaxation as per UGC rules.
Orientation Programmes (OP), are open for newly appointed Assistant Professors within two years of continuous service and all those teachers who require orientation for getting a higher grade will be allowed.
Summer & Winter Schools are open to all teachers (i.e. permanent, temporary, ad-hoc, part-time and contractual) whosoever is willing to participate subject to stream variation for either a Summer or a Winter School (Science/Arts/Humanities). According to UGC guidelines, the certificate issued to the participants will be considered equivalent to one Orientation Programme or one Refresher Course for CAS.
Short Term Courses are open for all faculty members.
Selection Criteria
  1. 75% participants are drawn from the institutions falling within West Bengal and up to 25% are taken from other states to promote national integration as per UGC Guidelines. In case sufficient number is not available within the state i.e. West Bengal, the UGC-HRDC takes participants from other states.
  2. A list of eligible candidates is prepared and uploaded in the website, normally one month before the commencement of the course.

Library Facilities
The UGC-Human Resource Development Centre has built-up a small useful library for the use of participants as well as university teachers and research fellows. It has 3562 volumes of books and some useful periodicals. The reading room consists of internet enabled computer facility which is well connected with the Central Library. Access to E-Journals and Databases can be available under the INFLIBNET's UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium. Emphasis is given on the use of peer reviewed open access resources available in the web and different lectures are conducted by the Human Resource Development Centre for this purpose. Participants have access to the Central Library on the main campus of the university also. The Wi-Fi Connectivity in the library enables the user to browse the internet without any interruption.
Facilities Available
1. ICT Laboratory
2. Photocopy/Printing/Scanning
3. WI-FI connectivity throughout the building
4. LCD Projector including hanging projector
5. Over-Head Projector
6. PA System
7. Fax
8. Internet Facility through LAN of University
9. Well arranged guest house facility
Lodging Arrangement
The Guest House is situated at Tarabag Residential Complex which is three kilometers apart from the Burdwan Railway Station. The natural environment of Tarabag Guest House is magnificent and the infrastructure provided by our Guest House is excellent. According to UGC guidelines those who will stay at the accommodation arranged by UGC-HRDC will not get any allowance for their board & lodging. Those who will not take UGC-HRDC arranged accommodation facility, will get D.A as per rules. Participants are requested to stay without any companion in the accommodation arranged by UGC-HRDC.
Important Visiting Places
The area of University of Burdwan is one third of the Burdwan town. The place in which the University is situated (both Academic and Administrative unit) now, was actually donated by the Maharaja of Burdwan.
The River Damodar flows over the western region of Burdwan town and creates a natural beauty on the bank of Damodar when the sun rises and sun sets each and every day. The Ramnabagan Reserved Forest is just on the threshold of the Institution and it is very refreshing for the visitors.
Burdwan is an ancient place with historical values. There are also many visiting places around the Burdwan town viz. Meghnad Saha Planetarium ,Science Centre, Golapbag, Rajbati, Sarbamangala Temple, Birhata kali Temple, The Curzon Gate, Kankaleshwari Kalibari, Bardhamaneshwar Shiva , The Burial of Sher Afghan, Kamalakanta Kalibari, Sonar Kalibari, Khawaja Anwar Berh (Nababbari), 108 Shiv Mandir near Nababhat etc. Anyone can visit these sites by town service buses or a rickshaw.
Upcoming Refresher Courses
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
Refresher Course in Synthetic Biology

Last date of application : 06-06-2022
Link for Application Form:

List of Participants
16-06-2022 to 29-06-2022Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Physiology-
Refresher Course in Gender Issues and Diversity Management

Last date of application : 20-06-2022
Link for Application Form:

List of Participants
15-07-2022 to 28-07-2022Economics, Women studies, Political Science, History, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Philosophy, Education, Physical Education, Law, Public Administration, Mass Communication and Journalism-
Refresher Course in Multiculturalism

Last date of application : 01-07-2022
Link for Application Form:
26-07-2022 to 08-08-2022Bengali, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Women studies, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Mass Communication and Journalism-
Refresher Course in Environment Science

Last date of application : 26-07-2022
Link for Application Form:
20-08-2022 to 02-09-2022All Science Subjects, Geography and Geology-
Refresher Course in Modern Indian Languages

Last date of application : 16-10-2022
Link for Application Form:
10-11-2022 to 23-11-2022Languages and Literatures-
Refresher Course in Nano-science, Nano-technology and Applications

Last date of application : 06-11-2022
Link for Application Form:
01-12-2022 to 14-12-2022Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Applications and Biosciences-
Refresher Course in Research Methods and Online Pedagogy

Last date of application : 06-01-2023
Link for Application Form:
31-01-2023 to 13-02-2023All Subjects-

Upcoming Faculty Induction Programs
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
1st Faculty Induction Programme

Last date of application : 17-06-2022
Link for Application Form:

List of Participants
12-07-2022 to 10-08-2022All Subjects-
2nd Faculty Induction Programme (AY 22-23)

Last date of application : 31-07-2022
Link for Application Form:
25-08-2022 to 23-09-2022All Subjects-
3rd Faculty Induction Programme (AY 22-23)

Last date of application : 22-10-2022
Link for Application Form:
16-11-2022 to 15-12-2022All Subjects-
4th Faculty Induction Programme (AY 22-23)

Last date of application : 05-01-2023
Link for Application Form:
30-01-2023 to 28-02-2023All Subjects-

Upcoming Winter Schools
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
Winter School in Development Studies

Last date of application : 12-12-2022
Link for Application Form:
06-01-2023 to 19-01-2023Economics, Political Science, International Relation, History, Sociology, Law, Education, Business Studies, Commerce, Mass Communication and Journalism-
Upcoming Workshops
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
Workshop on Professional Development

Last date of application : 24-09-2022
Link for Application Form:
19-10-2022 to 21-10-2022Administrative Staff of Universities and Colleges-
Upcoming Short Term Courses
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
Short Term Course on E-content Development and Online Pedagogy

Last date of application : 10-06-2022
Link for Application Form:

List of Participants
21-06-2022 to 27-06-2022All Subjects-
Short Term Course on Health, Hygiene and Nutrition

Last date of application : 22-08-2022
Link for Application Form:
16-09-2022 to 22-09-2022All Subjects-
Short Term Course on Quality Enhancement in Higher Education

Last date of application : 27-01-2023
Link for Application Form:
21-02-2023 to 27-02-2023Academic Administrators and IQAC Coordinators of Universities and Colleges-
Other Courses
Sl. No.Name of the Programme PeriodSubjectsStatus
Principals' Meet
10-03-2023 to  -

Usually expert members on the subject are invited to disseminate their valuable deliberations on the courses.
Assistant ProfessorM.Phil., Ph.D.  

Reforms undertaken in last two years
  1. Large number of applications is short-listed so that equal representation from every State is ensured and deserving individuals from different segments of the society attend the course.
  2. Up-to-date information about HRDC activities available on the BU website.
  3. Performance review practices, i.e., feedback analysis initiated to improve quality of different academic programmes. Feedbacks are analyzed after completion of the course and changes incorporated in the next programme.
  4. Digitization process started in the library.
  5. Cost effectiveness is taken into consideration in all courses.
Best Practices
  1. Interactive teaching - learning methods like problem-based learning, project based learning, web based learning etc. introduced in different programmes.
  2. Hands on training of advanced analytical instruments in the application areas of interdisciplinary sciences.
  3. Large number of applications is short-listed so that equal representation from every State is ensured and deserving individuals from different segments of the society attend the course.
  4. Performance review practices, i.e., feedback analysis initiated to improve quality of different academic programmes.
  5. Feedbacks are analyzed after completion of the course and changes incorporated in the next programme.
  6. Up-to-date information about HRDC activities available on the BU website.
  7. Rotation of Resource Persons / Programme Coordinators for each programme.
  8. Digitization process started in the library.
  9. This HRDC has submitted up-to-date audited reports and utilization certificates for all funds received and spent since its inception.
  10. Periodic Quality Review by the Local Programme Planning and Management Committee / Advisory Committee.
Outcome parameters laid down
  1. No. of Courses Conducted: It has already conducted 109 Orientation Programmes and nearly 256 Refresher Courses since inception. Besides, it has conducted 22 Workshops/Conferences for academic administrators including HoDs, Principals, Teacher-in-Charge etc., along with nearly 35 Short Term Courses for senior faculty members and employees.
  2. No. of Participants: A total of 3545 participants attended different Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses and Short Term Courses during Academic Year 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  3. Cost Effectiveness: Cost effectiveness is taken into consideration in all courses.
Feedback of participants
Feedback of the participants as per prescribed format has been maintained and analyzed for consistent review and quality enhancement with a long term goal of building a strong professional cadre of teachers by setting performance standards and creating top class institutional facilities for innovative teaching and professional development of teachers. Further, a five point scale grading system through feedback mechanism has been deployed for assessing the quality of teaching which helps to opt for Resource Persons of different discipline for the next courses.
Participants' feedback reveals :
  1. Thrust areas of different programmes are relevant to the present context.
  2. Proper balance is maintained between training related to research and teaching in different courses.
  3. Planning and management of the programme is good.
  4. Eminent resource persons invited.
  5. Some of the courses like Remote Sensing & GIS, Nano Sciences & Technology are very important and appropriate in line with the latest technological trend.
  6. Good infrastructure facility provided.