The National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986, in its Programme of Action, proposed to enhance the motivation skills and knowledge of the teachers in the institutions of higher education through systematic orientation in specific subjects, techniques and methodologies, and thereby inculcate in them the right kind of values that would, in turn, encourage them to take initiatives for innovative and creative work. In order to achieve these objectives, an initiative was taken by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the year 1986 under which 66 Academic Staff Colleges (ASCs) were established in different universities over a period of time. As a part of this initiative, Academic Staff College was also established in The University of Burdwan (BU) in 1989. ASC, BU, used to organise various specially designed programmes, such as orientation programme, refresher course etc. to enhance motivation skills and knowledge of the in-service teachers through systematic orientation in specific subjects, techniques and methodologies. Later on, in order to come to terms with the changing higher education scenario due to the fast expansion in number of new institutions of higher education and substantial increase in the number of faculty positions and to achieve a quality assured system for capacity building, continuous knowledge enhancement, new strategies of governance for promotion of innovations and creativity, UGC proposed a set of guidelines, implemented from 1st February, 2015, to transform the ASC into University Grants Commission-Human Resource Development Centre (UGC-HRDC). Following these guidelines, the ASC of BU was also transformed into UGC-HRDC, BU, in the year 2015. Since then, it has been conducting Induction/Orientation Programmes for newly appointed college/university teachers and organizing Refresher Courses, Summer School, Winter School, Short term Courses for the college/university teachers, Workshops/Meets for Academic Administrators and Interaction Programmes for Research Scholars. UGC-HRDC, BU, is specially committed to address and use the challenges and the opportunities brought by the use of ICT and open content (OER and MOOC) for teaching and research in higher education institutions.

Director's Message

The University Grants Commission-Human Resource Development Centre (UGC-HRDC), formerly known as the Academic Staff College, of The University of Burdwan, began its journey in the year 1989. This centre is the first of its kind in the North-East India. Since its inception, it has been an ideal seat for the in-service teachers for upgrading their quality of teaching. It provides a platform wherein the in-service teachers across the country get the opportunity to update their respective disciplinary knowledge through various programmes that this centre organizes time to time following the guidelines of the University Grants Commission. At the same time, this centre also provides a platform to the teachers, officers, academic staff and principals of the Higher Education Institutes to enhance their competence to combat various challenges in their professional domains. The entire family of the UGC-HRDC, BU, always tries to extend all sorts of support to everybody concerned to make each programme successful. The centre is well equipped with ICT classrooms, computer laboratory, library and guest house facilities. Its effort has always been to provide the participants with an amicable academic environment where free exchange of thoughts and ideas is possible. Moreover, the natural beauty of Golapbag Campus always refreshes the minds of the participants who come to attend the courses offered by the centre.
I must extend my sincere gratitude to all the stakeholders of the centre for their sincere efforts towards its betterment.

Director, U.G.C.- Human Resource Development Centre

Prof. Sourangshu Mukhopadhyay
M.Sc.(Tech.) in Applied Physics,Ph.D.
Optical Parallel Computations, Optical data, image and information processing, Optical Soliton, Photonic communications, Electronic and opto-electronic Communications, Alternative energy resources (Solar and Bio), Environmental physics. In those areas he had contributed more than 270 papers published in International & national leading Journals , and /or presented in Symposia and Conferences. He has produced already eleven Ph.D Scholars and contributed two books in the research field of Optical Parallel Computation .Many of his works have been cited by many other authors in some leading journals.
Sourangshu Mukhopadhyay
U.G.C.- Human Resource Development Centre
The University of Burdwan
Golapbag, Bardhaman - 713104
West Bengal, INDIA.
Email   : [email protected]


Applications on prescribed form only obtainable from Burdwan University website (www.buruniv.ac.in) 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.

Selection Criteria

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


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.
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.