FAQ - Support a SPoC for Conference
There are a gamut of reasons to attend a technical conference. From identifying your fraternity across India and networking with like minded professionals, attending keynotes by eminent speakers and maybe interacting with them, improving your knowledge base, etc. the reasons are diverse.
Attending reputable technical conferences can substantially improve your professional activities as a teacher and some of the learning (both tangible and intangible) can then be transferred to other members in your parent institution. This will help in creating an enjoyable work environment where there will be a group vision to strive for continuous improvement, both in terms of processes as well as products.
Since you are an Ambassador of NPTEL activities in your LC, we believe that you have already taken the first step for enhancing teaching-learning activities within your institution. We strongly believe that the conference participation will provide much needed impetus to empower you further in achieving sustained improvements. And this is in alignment with the larger vision of NPTEL - Providing access to high quality learning for every learner.
The reasons for restricting to IITs and IISc are the following:
The IEEE conference on Technology for Education is a conference primarily aimed at researchers and practitioners in the higher education sector. The focus of the conference is about ongoing research and practice in teaching-learning process and hence there will be no domain restrictions. To get an idea of the previous T4E conferences please visit the following links:
T4E2018 Homepage - Hosted by IIT Madras
Schedule of T4E2016 - Hosted by IIT Bombay
Thus if you can carefully think of metrics that can help in evaluating the effectiveness of your activities in percolating NPTEL courses within your institution, then it can be a good paper for this conference.
The webpage and call for papers for this conference is expected in couple of weeks (March 2nd or 3rd Week). The usual submission due dates are around first week of June and acceptances are notified by first week of August. Conference registration typically starts from August.
Yes Indeed. Anyone who is a SPoC is eligible.
A SPoC will be eligible for only one conference support this year.
For the year 2019, we have planned to provide support to a maximum of 40 SPoCs through this initiative. We are considering the requests in two blocks - Jan-June, 2019 and July-December, 2019. The initial target is to support 20 SPoCs in each of these blocks. But if there aren’t 20 requests coming in Jan-June block, the remaining will be carried over to the July-December block.
Currently, this benefit is applicable only for conferences being held in the year 2019. Based on the outcomes being reported, the continuation of the benefit will be decided by NPTEL.
The amount will be reimbursed only after participation in the conference. Also all bills relevant to the conference (as mentioned in the Google Form, the expenses are only applicable for the official itinerary) have to be submitted to NPTEL. If you are getting additional support for some part of the conference travel, then you are required to present copies of the bills attested from the head of your institution.
Typically a technical conference will have its own themes and areas. You will have to submit a paper to this conference which will be peer-reviewed and then accepted if found good. The presentation will be on the paper that got accepted. There are no other restrictions from our end.
We want this amount to be efficiently utilised for your expenses with regards to:
Any other use of this fund (say for some personal use like site seeing) is strictly not entertained. Please note that there is an upper limit for the conference support (25,000 INR).
Please find the link for the same.
Please do enter the complete URL of the conference page. e.g. https://t4e2018.iitm.ac.in/
Supporting Societies include AICTE, IEEE etc.