A One-Day Faculty Development Programme on Faculty Mentoring Resources Workshop was conducted on 01-12-2014.
Dr. K.E George, Principal, AISAT welcomed the gathering.
Rev. Dr.Clement Valluvassery, Manager,AISAT in his presidential address quoted “as teachers, we should open our hearts to be receptive to new ideas and to guide the students to a higher glory”. Morning Session was handled by Dr. Mary Metilda who is also a renowned international trainer as well as a senior faculty member at AISAT. She shed light upon various principles of effective mentoring describing several procedures. She Emphasised that Mentoring is successful when it happens naturally and informally. Faculty may not realize that mentoring includes informal ways of checking in with Students in their academics as well in their personality development. Mentoring is both a formal and informal activity, and can address all aspects of academic life, from balancing work and family obligations to advice about general aspects of life in order to advance and achieve our respective goals. An Effective mentor should nurture empathy and listening skills.
Afternoon session was handled by Prof.Jose Prakash, Associate Professor St. Alberts College, Ernakulam. He enlightened the fact that certain techniques and skills were necessary for mentoring the students. These include development rapport, effective listening skills, effective communication, observation of behaviour and most importantly asking the right question. Further on group activities were conducted out to a tremendous participation.