Faculty Development Cell

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” said Albert Einstein. And kindling intellectual and professional growth is the prime purpose of the Faculty Development Cell (FDC) at Prahladrai Dalmia Lions Colleges  College.

One of the important objectives of this Cell is to conduct training programs for newly inducted and in-service faculty in the institution. Other activities of the FDC include preparation of e-learning materials, curriculum development, carrying out research in pedagogy and integrating ICT into teaching-learning process.The main objective of this cell is to sensitise and motivate the faculty to adopt learner-centred approaches, ICT integrated learning and new pedagogic approaches to teaching, learning and assessment tools in higher education. The development of these skill sets among teachers is the need of the hour. The cell organized two workshops for teachers in the A.Y.2019-2020.  Workshop on “An insight into Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and its recent amendments was organized on 27 th August 2019. The resource person invited for this workshop was Smt Yogini Ghare,Deputy Registrar, Academic Authorities Unit; Vice Chancellor’s Office , University of Mumbai. 35 participants from the nearby colleges participated in the said workshop.

2) Workshop on “Learning through Cyberspace” was organized on 23 rd August 2019. The resource person invited for this workshop was Dr. Agnes D’costa, Associate Professor, Pushpanjali College of Education, Vasai. The said workshop was attended by all teachers ofthe aided and self-financing courses.

The aim of the workshop was to provide hands-ontraining on:

  • Learning Management System (Using Edmodo)
  • Creating Massive Open Online Course using Eliademy
  • Google Classroom
  • Acquainting participants with SWAYAM

Last year the Faculty Development Cell of our college organized a Five-Day OnlineWorkshop on “Data Analysis Using Excel” for teachers of degree and self-financing courses from 18 th January 2021 till 22 nd January 2021.by Dr. SwatiDesai, Research Guide, JJT University was the resource person for this workshop.

Our job as teachers is to inspire our students to do their best, inspire hope, ignite their imagination, and instil a love of learning and this can be done best through empowering ourselves through learning. Armed with this objective our faculty Development Cell aims to empower the teacher with a treasure trove of knowledge for as Nelson Mandela says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Thank you

FDP : 2023-24


Faculty Development Cell in association with Research Centre under the aegis of IQAC organized Eight Days Online Faculty Development Programme on “Research: Methodology, Ethics & AI Tools” from February 1 to February 8, 2024. There were a total 110 participants.


Day 1: Inauguration & Keynote Address

Resource Person: Dr. N. Panchanatham, Former VC, Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University, Tamil Nadu

Extract of Discussion:

Research should prioritize addressing social issues with a focus on accuracy and verifiability. Panchanatham stressed the importance of thorough preparation, drawing parallels to Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s dedication to teaching. Just as Radhakrishnan spent extensive time preparing for his classes, researchers should commit to thorough preparation, upholding ethical standards in their work. An effective research abstract should seamlessly connect with a literature review, highlighting any gaps in existing research. It’s vital to maintain impartiality, verify facts, and use rigorous methodologies to ensure accuracy.

Young researchers benefit greatly from presenting their work in diverse locations, gaining exposure that goes beyond mere reading and writing. Practical knowledge complements theoretical understanding, especially in complex areas like qualitative research, which requires nuanced understanding of human behavior. Defining research problems clearly leads to more accurate conclusions, with ethical considerations guiding the process—ensuring questions are valid and reliable. The essence of research lies in continuous learning and interaction, providing a deep understanding of one’s subject and fostering professional commitment to development.

Day 2: Systematic Analysis of Literature Review

Resource person: Prof. (Dr.) Amarjeet Kaur, Department of Accountancy, Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management, Gurugram University, Haryana

Extract of Discussion:

The session commenced with an introduction to the concept and significance of research, emphasizing its necessity in academic and practical contexts. The importance and purpose of conducting literature reviews were elucidated, with a focus on classic patterns and frameworks such as Cooper’s (1988) taxonomy. This taxonomy delineates the key aspects of literature reviews, including focus, goals, perspectives, coverage, organization, and target audience.

Various types of literature reviews, particularly systematic literature reviews (SLRs), were explored. A clear distinction between traditional literature reviews (LRs) and SLRs was provided, emphasizing the structured and methodological approach of the latter.

SLR Methodology:

The process of conducting a systematic literature review was detailed through a comprehensive flowchart. This included methodologies for searching literature using keywords, utilizing primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, and employing the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) flowchart to guide the review stages—identification, screening, eligibility, and inclusion.

Analyzing Literature Review:

The critical importance of analyzing literature reviews was underscored, highlighting the value of synthesizing research findings and critically appraising the quality of selected studies.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants gained a deep understanding of the systematic literature review process, covering research question formulation, search strategy development, study selection, data extraction, and synthesis.

They acquired methodological knowledge on diverse frameworks and methodologies applicable to systematic literature reviews, including adherence to PRISMA guidelines.

Critical appraisal skills were developed to assess the quality and relevance of research studies, enhancing the rigor of literature selection.

Participants learned effective search strategy development techniques, enabling them to retrieve pertinent literature from a range of sources.

They grasped the process of data extraction and synthesis to derive meaningful conclusions from selected studies.

Collaborative research skills were fostered, emphasizing teamwork and cooperation essential for conducting systematic literature reviews effectively.

Day 3: Research Design & Methodology

Resource person: Dr. Kuldeep Sharma, Associate Professor, Dept of Accountancy, Hinduja College, Mumbai

Extract of Discussion:

The Research Design- its overall plan, structure and blueprint was discussed. Examples to understand the concept of research objectives, questions, data collection methods, sampling, data analysis were cited. He explained about the nominal and ordinal data, metric and non-parametric tests. He spoke about the various methods of data collection. 

Day 4: Analysis of Data & Interpretation

Resource person: Dr. Padmini Ram, Director- Urban Ethnographers Private Ltd, Bangalore

  1. Effective Utilization of Qualitative Data: Detailed methods were shared on how to leverage qualitative data effectively, accompanied by practical examples for better understanding.
  2. Challenges in Collecting Qualitative Primary Data: Common issues encountered during the collection of qualitative primary data were highlighted, offering insights into overcoming these challenges.
  3. Strategies to Address Data Collection Challenges: Dr. Padmini provided valuable tips and techniques to mitigate problems associated with qualitative data collection.
  4. Management of Qualitative Data: Techniques for managing qualitative data, such as transcription, paraphrasing, and other organizational strategies, were discussed to optimize data handling.
  5. Analysis of Qualitative Data: The session covered comprehensive methods for analyzing qualitative data, including indexing, data display techniques, observation using mind mapping, and various coding methods.
  6. Utilization of Log Sheets and Quizzes for Primary Data Analysis: Dr. Padmini elaborated on how log sheets and quizzes can be effectively used in the analysis of primary qualitative data.
  7. Activity Overview (Example Provided): An illustrative activity was presented to demonstrate practical application and reinforce learning objectives.
  8. Question and Answer Session: The session concluded with an interactive Q&A segment, allowing participants to seek clarification and deepen their understanding of the discussed topics.

Day 5: Statistical Analysis with special reference to Regression

Extract of Discussion:

Resource person: Prof. (Dr.) Sunita Arora, Department of Commerce, Government College for Girls, Gurugram

Dr. Sunita Arora’s seminar on Methodology, Ethics, and AI Tools was a comprehensive exploration of key concepts in research methodology, ethical considerations, and the practical application of AI tools. The session was enriched with practical insights and examples, enhancing participants’ understanding of crucial elements in the research process.

Framing of Hypothesis – Null and Alternate:

Dr. Arora began by emphasizing the importance of framing hypotheses in research. She explained the distinction between null and alternate hypotheses, highlighting their role in guiding research questions and hypotheses testing.

Type 1 and Type 2 Error, P-Value:

Participants gained insights into the concepts of Type 1 and Type 2 errors, critical aspects of hypothesis testing. Dr. Arora elucidated the significance of P-value in hypothesis testing, providing a clear understanding of its interpretation and role in determining the statistical significance of results.

T-Test and Regression Analysis:

The seminar delved into statistical techniques such as the T-test and regression analysis. Dr. Arora provided a step-by-step explanation of these methods, illustrating their application in hypothesis testing and data analysis. Practical examples using Microsoft Excel were demonstrated to enhance participants’ proficiency in these statistical tools.

Level of Confidence and Selection Criteria:

Dr. Sunita Arora discussed the concept of the level of confidence in statistical analysis. Participants were guided on how to select an appropriate level of confidence, considering the trade-off between confidence and the margin of error.

Critical Value and Paired T-Test:

The session covered the determination of critical values in hypothesis testing and its significance in decision-making. Additionally, Dr. Arora introduced the paired T-test, demonstrating its application in comparing means of paired samples.

Installation of Add-In Packages in Microsoft Excel:

A practical aspect of the seminar included guidance on installing add-in packages in Microsoft Excel for statistical analysis. Dr. Arora provided step-by-step instructions, empowering participants to utilize these tools effectively in their research.

Regression Analysis and Measurement of Scale:

Regression analysis, a powerful tool in predictive modeling, was thoroughly explained. Dr. Arora elucidated the measurement of scale in regression analysis, emphasizing its role in understanding the relationship between variables.

Regression Practical Examples Using Excel:

The session concluded with practical examples of regression analysis using Microsoft Excel. Participants had the opportunity to apply the concepts learned during the seminar, reinforcing their understanding of regression techniques.

Dr. Sunita Arora’s seminar successfully covered a wide array of topics, from hypothesis formulation to practical application of statistical tools using Microsoft Excel. The integration of real-world examples and hands-on exercises enriched the learning experience, equipping participants with valuable skills in research methodology and statistical analysis. The session not only provided theoretical knowledge but also empowered attendees to apply these concepts in their research endeavors. Overall, Dr. Arora’s seminar was a comprehensive and insightful exploration of Methodology, Ethics, and AI Tools in research.

Day 6: Supercharging Research with AI- A Methodological Revolution

Mr. Ramsagar Yadav, Assistant Professor, Raheja College, Mumbai

Extract of Discussion:

Mr. Ramsagar Yadav captivated the audience with an insightful presentation, diving into the intricacies of leveraging AI to enhance research processes. He elucidated on various aspects, including creating AI-powered presentations, utilizing tools like TensorFlow, and exploring free AI resources available for presentation purposes. Mr. Ramsagar Yadav also introduced the audience to innovative platforms such as Bard Website and ChatGPT, showcasing their utility in augmenting research endeavors.

Furthermore, he conscientiously addressed the limitations of AI, ensuring a balanced understanding of its capabilities and constraints. Engaging the audience with interactive MCQ sessions, Mr. Ramsagar Yadav fostered a dynamic learning environment, encouraging active participation and knowledge exchange.

As the session drew to a close, Dr. Sachin Bansode extended sincere gratitude to Mr. Ramsagar Yadav for his enlightening discourse. He emphasized the importance of embracing AI as a methodological revolution in research, echoing the sentiment that with the right blend of human ingenuity and technological prowess, new frontiers of knowledge await exploration.

Armed with insights gleaned from the session, attendees departed with a renewed vigor to harness the transformative power of AI in their research endeavors, poised to embark on a journey of innovation and discovery.

Day 7: Ethics in Research

Dr. Santosh C.H., University Librarian & Director, Publication Division, Central University of Haryana

Extract of Discussion:

Maintaining ethical standards in research is paramount to ensuring the protection and welfare of participants and upholding the integrity of the scientific process. Researchers must adhere to strict guidelines that govern the conduct of studies involving human or animal subjects. This includes obtaining informed consent, minimizing risks, and preserving confidentiality. Furthermore, researchers must disclose any conflicts of interest and ensure their methods are scientifically rigorous and transparent. By upholding these ethical principles, researchers can promote trust in the research community and contribute to the advancement of knowledge responsibly.

Day 8: Zotero: An easy tool for referencing

Dr. Shihab Illias, Research Assistant, University of Kerala

Extract of Discussion:

The highlight of the 8th-day session was Dr. Shibab Illias’ comprehensive presentation on Zotero, an acclaimed referencing tool designed to streamline the research process. Dr. Illias

elucidate various aspects of Zotero, focusing on its user-friendly interface, powerful features, and utility in academic research.

Key Takeaways:

  • Introduction to Zotero: Dr. Illias provided an overview of Zotero, highlighting its capabilities in managing references, organizing bibliographic data, and facilitating seamless citation generation.Also the Login Process was explained by him.
  • Practical Demonstration: Through live demonstrations, participants gained practical insights into using Zotero to import references from diverse sources, organize them into folders, and generate citations in different citation styles.
  • Integration with Web Browser : Participants learned how to integrate Zotero with popular web Browsers such as google Chrome, Firefox etc, enabling efficient insertion of citations and automated bibliography creation.
  • Integration with Word Processors: Participants learned how to integrate Zotero

seamlessly with popular word processors such as Microsoft Word , enabling efficient insertion of citations and automated bibliography creation.

The 8th-day session on “Zotero: An Easy Tool for Referencing” concluded on a high note, leaving participants enriched with practical knowledge and tools to enhance their research productivity. Dr. Shibab Illias’ expertise and engaging presentation style contributed to a highly interactive and informative session, resonating well with the diverse audience comprising faculty members from various disciplines.

As the curtain falls on this 8-day Faculty Development Program, the organizing committee extends its heartfelt gratitude to all participants, speakers, and stakeholders for their active involvement and support in making this initiative a resounding success.

Dr. Shami Nimgulkar Kamble – In-charge- FDP

Dr. Sachin Bansode – Member – FDP

Dr. Mahendra Pachadkar – Member – FDP

Dr. Jayprakash Yadav – Member -FDP

FDP: 2022-23

Faculty Development Program on “Application of R Software in Research” on 15th October 2022 in collaboration with Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics (MDAE).

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CELL-2022-23: Click here to view

FDP : 2021-22

1) One Day Workshop on “An insight into Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and its recent amendments in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission” in Association with University of Mumbai ORGANIZED BY Faculty Development Cell and IQAC

One Day Workshop on “An insight into Career Advancement Scheme (CAS)and its recent amendments in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission” in Association with University of Mumbai


Faculty Development Cell and IQAC
Saturday, 24th July, 2021 – 11.00 am to 1.45 pm

2) One Day Workshop on : Critical Thinking In Research

Feedback Analysis : One Day Workshop on Critical Thinking In Research on 29th September 2021

FDP -2020-21:

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The Faculty Development Cell of our college organized a Five-Day Online Workshop on “Data Analysis Using Excel” for teachers of degree and self-financing courses from 18th January 2021 till 22nd January 2021. Dr. Swati Desai, Research Guide, JJT University was the resource person for this workshop.

The following table gives a snap shot of all topics covered by the resource person in these five days. Practical application of the tools helped the participants in understanding the various concepts clearly and lucidly. The resource person was kind enough to share the research material with all the participants. 24 teachers participated in this workshop.

DateTopics Covered
18-01-2021Basics of Excel, Functions used in Data analysis
19-01-2021Frequency Distribution, Charts, Diagrams
20-01-2021Correlation Regression Analysis
21-01-2021Data Entry of Questionnaire, Coding
22-01-2021Tests of Hypothesis

The following chart describes the feedback of the participants:

Dr. ShamiNimgulkar-Kamble – Chairperson-Faculty Development Cell
Mr. SachinBansode- Member
Dr. MahendraPachadkar – Member
Dr. J.P.Yadav – Member

FDP -2019-2020

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