New Delhi: The Anthropology Department of of Utkal University has become the first National Resource Centres(NRC) of Odisha. The union human resources development(HRD) ministry has notified 75 NCRs including Utkal Universtiy Anthropology Department in the country for online refresher programmes for higher education faculty through SWAYAM.

The HRD Ministry has launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM. In the first phase, the NRCs would be tasked to prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in the discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

A varied set of institutions such as, Centres under the Ministry’s Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) located in Central Universities, IISc, IUCAA, IITs, IISERs, NITs, State Universities ; UGC’s Human Resource Development Centres( HRDCs), National Institutes for Technical Teachers Training (NITTTRs), IIITs, Open Universities have been notified as NRCs. These NRCs cover wide ranging disciplines of Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Humanities, Language Teaching, Commerce, Management, Education Planning and Administration, Public Policy, Leadership & Governance, Library & Information Science, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Assessment and Evaluation, Pedagogy and research methods , cutting edge areas of Nano-sciences, Internet of  Things, etc.

Under this initiative, all in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority will have an enabling opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines through the technology based online refresher course. The NRCs will develop the Refresher Module which will include the latest trends in their earmarked discipline by 15th June each year. The training materials will be uploaded and made available through SWAYAM to all the teachers w.e.f. 1st October each year and based on the response, the course can be repeated in the following January. NRC will publish the list of the faculty who have been certified by 31st December, 2018. UGC will issue order/regulations for the purpose of Career Progression and APIs.

Faculty can benefit from this initiative as it is highly flexible and can be done at one’s own pace and time. The NRCs will revolutionize professional development of faculty by catering to massive numbers by leveraging ICT and online technology platform of SWAYAM.

List of discipline-wise National Resource Centres (NRCs)


S. No. Name of Institution/University Discipline
National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) Educational Planning and Administration
RIE Mysore Teacher Education
Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya Sagar (M.P.) Social and Rural development
Central University of Kerala Curriculum design & e- Content Development
Central University of South Bihar Education
Central University of Jammu Human Resource Development
Central University of Haryana Personal-Emotional Development and Counseling
Banaras Hindu University Indian Culture & Heritage Studies
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya Hindi Literature &  Linguistics
Aligarh Muslim University Teacher Education in collaboration with RIE Mysore
IISc, Bangalore Physics
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune Climate change
NIT Warangal Mathematics
Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Electrical engineering
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER, Bhopal) Information and Communication Technology in Science and Maths Teaching
Tezpur University Mass Communication and Journalism
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu Design and Manufacturing
Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Delhi Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Mechanical Engineering
IIT Patna IoT (Internet of Things)
IIT Madras Metallurgy
IIT Bombay Energy systems engineering
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeta, Delhi Methodology of teaching Sanskrit
Ramanujan College, New Delhi Human Rights, Environment and Ethics
Savitribai Phule Pune University Leadership and Governance
Central University of Rajasthan Public Policy/Administration
Coimbatore Institute of Technology Structural Engineering
National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training and Research, Bhopal* Assessment & Evaluation
Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune Astronomy & Astrophysics
Banasthali Vidyapith Management
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar Tourism and Hospitality Services Management
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Advances in materials for health and energy
National Institute of Technology, Silchar Water Resources
Mizoram University Educational research
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad – 500 046 Research Methodology for Social Sciences
Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur – 492 010 Psychology
Guru Ghasidas University GGU Campus, Bilaspur – 495 009 Life Sciences
University of Delhi, Delhi -110007 History
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – 110025 Gender/ Women Studies
Goa University, Teleigao Plateau, P.O. Bambolim, Goa – 403 202 Marine Science
Gujarat University, Nairangpura, Ahmedabad – 300 009 English Language Teaching (ELT)
Saurashtra University, University Road, Rajkot – 360 005 Language & Literature (Gujrati-Hindi)
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra – 132 119 Law
Guru Jambheswar University of Science & Technology Hisar – 125 001 Pedagogical innovations and Research Methodology
Ranchi University, Morabadi Campus, Ranchi – 834 008 Tribal and Regional Language
University of Kashmir, Hazarat Bal, Srinagar – 190 006 Arts and Humanities
Karnatak University, Pavati Nagar, Dharwad – 580 003 Sociology
Dr. H.S. Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar – 470 003 Zoology
Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur – 482 001 Political Science
Dr. B.A. Marathwada University, Aurangabad – 431 004 Science & Technology
University of Mumbai, Vidya Nagari, Mumbai – 400 098 Economics
Nagpur University, Amba Vihar, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur – 400 022 Disaster Management
Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati – 444 602 Skill Development
Utkal University, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneshwar – 751 004 Anthropology
Pondicherry University, Lawspet, Puducherry – 605 008. French
University of Madras, Centenary Building, Chepauk, Chennai – 500 005 Political and international Studies
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh – 202 001 Urdu
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi -221 005 Earth Science
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi -221 005 Agricultural & Veterinary Education
University of Calcutta, 92, A.P. Chandra Road, Calcutta- 700 009 Mathematics & Statistics
NIT Durgapur Chemical Engineering
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad Biomedical Imaging
IIT Ropar Manufacturing
IIT Kanpur Aerospace Engineering
IIT Roorkee Architecture
IIITD & M Jabalpur Design
IIITM Gwalior Operations management, Project management, Innovation Management
IIIT Dharwad Information Technology
IIIT Pune Electronics & Communication & Computer Science Engineering
NITTTR Bhopal Assessment & Evaluation
NITTTR Chandigarh Electrical and Electronics Engineering
NITTTR Chennai Civil & Environmental Engineering
NITTTR Kolkata Mechanical Engineering
Mohanlal Sukhadia University Biotechnology
IGNOU Library & Information Science