To orient and augment the knowledge capital of teachers, administrators, senior functionaries, scholars and non-teaching staff of colleges and universities through well-designed, innovative, diverse training modules and continuing education programmes so as to pave way for their professional and career development and make them effective contributors towards knowledge society. 


To provide adequate opportunities for the professional and career development of teachers in higher education system within the framework of knowledge society and to inculcate values, motivation and the skills in their art of teaching.

To provide opportunity for the teachers of colleges and universities to update their knowledge in the subject, technology and acquire new methods of curricular transactions in each area of their chosen fields.

To enhance competencies, skills, abilities, knowledge, efficiency and motivation of teachers, administrators, senior functionaries, scholars and non-teaching staff of colleges and universities so that they can play an enabling role in the development of students, not only in terms of imparting knowledge and skills to them but also in their counseling, developing critical and innovative thinking, research, consultancy and extension work.

The Mandate:

In order to achieve the objectives laid down under the National Policy on Education (NPE, 1986) and its Programme of Action, an initiative was taken by University Grants Commission in the year 1986 and over a period of time, 66 Academic Staff Colleges (ASCs) were established in different universities. During the last two decades or more, the system of ASCs has come to be accepted well and established in the university system with plan to plan financial support of the UGC and cooperation extended by the universities in providing basic infrastructure and other support, required for functioning of the ASCs. As of now, a total of 66 ASCs are functioning in the institutions of higher education across the country.


In the Eleventh Five Year Plan, one more dimension has been added viz., Training in Information Technology and e-content development. With this, the UGC has extended the scope of training to administrative staff in colleges and universities. The ASC draw resources from the parent University as well as academic resources from other institutions within and outside the state according to the needs. They have functional freedom within the broad framework of the UGC guidelines. 


In line with the foregoing objectives and for achieving quality assured system for capacity building, continuous knowledge enhancement, new strategies of governance for promotion of innovations and creativity, new guidelines have been proposed by the UGC to transform the existing ASCs into two level systems in the form of a Scheme of setting up Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) and Regional Centres for Capacity Building (RCCB) in selected universities in the country to create new such systems commensurate with the expansion of higher education institutions by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with following broad plan of action. 


a) To organize specially designed Orientation Programmes (OPs) in pedagogy, educational psychology and philosophy, and socio-economic and political concerns for all new entrants at the level of Assistant Professor.


b) To organize advanced level and more discipline oriented Refresher Courses (RCs), for capacity enhancement and continuous knowledge up-gradation and exposure to emerging developments of faculty involved in teaching in institutions of higher education.


c)  To ensure that every teacher in higher education system of our country is exposed to an OP and a RC at least once during the first three to five years; of his/her career.


d) To organize specially designed OPs/RCs to enable the faculty involved in teaching and research in institutions of higher education to utilize fast growing Information and Communication Technology support to teaching and research.

The following main target groups have been identified for capacity building, knowledge enhancement and similar other programmes with the objective of a holistic approach focused on transformation of our institutions of higher education to a more facilitating academic environment conducive to innovations, creativity and quality advanced learning and research.

       i. Faculty members in institutions of higher learning engaged in teaching and research

ii. eacher Educators

iii. Key nonacademic functionaries in institutions of higher learning for better governance and to facilitate efficient use of various fast growing ICT resources and applications

iv. Research scholars