Friday, March 25, 2011



Teaching can be considered as a combination of knowledge and interpersonal skills. That means while teaching an instructor should not just maintain the quantity of his deliberation but also the quality of it. This quality of lecture can be provided with the help of interpersonal skills. These views were expressed by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University while addressing the concluding session of the Direct Trainer Skills Course in the Smart lecture Room of the Department of Soils, today.

Communication skills are the most important every time, everywhere, he said adding that the tone, volume, rhythm and emotions of the communicator play a vital role while dealing with students. He said that good motivation usually produces learning outcomes and a good teacher is really interested in students' thoughts, feelings and opinions. Feedback is one way that a teacher can tell how you are absorbing and integrating the materials and lessons, he said. As an educator the trainees will be able to model the principles and practices in their students their classrooms and outside, said Dr. Kang.

The major focus of the course was on systematic approach to training, role of trainer, planning training, coaching practice, review of the process, preparation by the trainer, importance of discussion, group exercise practice, etc. The programme was organized by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Meteorology from March 21-25. This was sponsored by Department of Personnel and Training (DPT), Govt. of India. Dr. L.K.Dhaliwal, Associate Professor of Agrometeorology and Dr. Inderjeet Mittal, Master Trainer of DPT were the Coordinators. Dr. Dhaliwal said that the course for this programme was developed by the Training Division of DPT, British Council faculty and Thames Valley University, U.K.

The Director of Research, Dr. S.S.Gosal said that training of trainers was vital as it help enhance the impact of transfer of technology. Dr. D.S. Cheema, Dean, College of Agriculture said that body language is the powerful tool to maintain healthy interpersonal skills and good verbal skills combined with effective body language create interest, long-lasting impression on the minds of students and off-course their involvement in the discussion. They said that the organization of such training programmes prove fruitful. The participants interacted with experts and shared their experiences.

Earlier, Dr. Yadwinder Singh, Head of the Department welcomed Dr. Kang, Dr. Gosal, Dr. Cheema and other dignitaries. Dr. Dhaliwal proposed her vote of thanks while Dr. Mittal explained the relevance of the course.
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