“CHINTAN SHIBIR” of Principals held on 11-12 December 2015 at Mumbai.

Sanitary Inspectors’ Diploma Course has been a flagship course of the All India Institute of Local Self Government since inception. The Principals or the Course Coordinators of the course are the backbones & key personnel for effective & smooth running of the course curricula. For the purpose of close interaction amongst the groups of principals of some selected centres as well as interaction of the centre incharge & the administrative wing of the Head Office at Mumbai, had been awaited since quite sometime. Hence H. O. has arranged a quick get together of selected centres incharge, in the form of a CHINTAN SHIBIR under the chairpersonship of Dr. Soni, the experienced faculty in undergraduate, P. G., teaching as well guide of the Ph. D. students in life science subjects of the Saurashtra University for two days at Andheri premises of H.O., on 11 & 12 December 2015. It has been an innovative idea & long desired by the centres to meet in this forum so as to understand teething troubles & at times major local issues of different centres & the strategies evolved at the periphery to overcome them.

The agenda drawn by the training div. was very exhaustive involving all facts currently practised by each centre in form of centre wise presentation. The crux of the discussion & presentation remained focused on the following issues mainly, on which suggestions were called for.

1. Role of Principals, qualification required, selection of faculties & subject experts & salary structure of the Principals & remuneration of faculties.

2. Exhaustive length & breadth of contents of the syllabus & need to curtail it, so as to match with the qualification of the students seeking admission & also match with the main job functions of the Sanitary Inspectors & equivalent health workers.

3. Teaching methodology, no of optimum hours per major topic paper wise, no of optimum hours to be allotted to the field work & site visits, etc. Suggestions were called for.

4. Examination methodology in vogue, internal assessment & its weightage in practical group & need to amend it.

5. Assessment of class & field attendance & a system of penalty in practice and need to amend it.

6. Need to form an expert committee mainly to recast the course curriculum optimising the size, no of modules, preventing overlapping & duplications, with a view to make it more student friendly.

The interactions remained quite fruitful & good exchange of information could be sought.