Refresher Courses are organized in line with the UGC guidelines. The disciplines covered are Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages. Apart from offering programmes in pure subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, English, Malayalam, Hindi etc courses are conducted in applied subjects as well as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary subjects. The Interdisciplinary programmes are Gender studies, Environmental Studies, Human Rights etc. Almost all disciplines are given due importance in selecting courses.

For the Refresher Courses, participation in the Orientation Programme is a prerequisite for admission. However, in exceptional cases a teacher may be allowed to complete a Refresher Course prior to completion of an Orientation Programme. Also, there should be a minimum gap of one year between two courses, though it may be relaxed if an adequate number of participants is not available or it is essential for the teacher to fulfill eligibility conditions for career advancement.The Refresher Course will be of two weeks duration, with minimum of 12 working days (excluding Sundays) and 72 contact hours (six hours a day). If a participant fails to complete the requisite contact hours in a programme, he may be permitted to make up for the backlog hours at own cost in another programme by the HRDC concerned.

Teachers' fellowships as well as Refresher Courses/Orientation Programmes are meant for professional development. A teacher interested in attending Refresher Courses (as per the requirements of career advancement) during the period of fellowship should not be denied the opportunity as it supplements his/her professional development. Therefore, the UGC has decided to permit the teacher fellows to attend a Refresher Course provided:

  1. He/she surrenders living expenses for the period he/she is attending the Refresher Course, and agrees to submit to the ASC an undertaking to this effect through the concerned research centre before joining the course.

  2. The Refresher Course is attended in the subject that is relevant to his/her research.

  3. No extension in the teacher fellowship is sought on these grounds.

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