Bombay Teachers' Training College organizes two-day National Conference on the theme 'Interdisciplinarity: A Game-changer' on 24th and 25th October 2018

Venue: Bombay Teachers' Training College, Mohini Hiro Punwani Auditorium, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai 400039

Bombay Teachers’ Training College, managed by the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board, has carved a niche as a reputed center of teacher education in South Mumbai, since its inception in 1969. The college is located in the central business district of South Mumbai, and is a stone's throw away from heritage monuments like the Gateway of India, the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum). The college is affiliated to University of Mumbai & recognized by NCTE. The college has been consistently accredited ‘A’ Grade by NAAC in all its three cycles.  It offers teacher education programmes from pre-primary to doctoral level. The college is less than 3 km distance from the Churchgate and the C.S.M.T. stations - the terminal stations of the local rail service which is the lifeline of the city.

About the National Conference:

Interdisciplinary curricula at the higher education level offer students the opportunity to work with knowledge drawn from multiple academic disciplines and industry. The conventional university curriculum in Indian higher education is commonly structured by traditional academic disciplines like arts, commerce and science. These disciplines have failed to address all of the current and emerging challenges; interdisciplinary approach of designing curriculum at undergraduate, postgraduate level and Research programmes is the need of the hour. Interdisciplinary approach shall focus to blur the boundaries between different disciplines. The interdisciplinary and collaborative courses should create opportunities for training of students and market fit. In fact, interdisciplinary studies programmes should become an integral part of Higher Education.

 The main aim to introducing interdisciplinary courses and programs is to integrate the contributions of different academic disciplines or fields of study so that topics, problems, and phenomena under study are explored and interpreted in a holistic way.

  The aim of this national conference is to bring together experts from different disciplines, professionals and personnel from the industry on one platform; so that an exchange and sharing of vision and best practices can occur. The conference organizers are driven by the motive of national and global needs in the current context.

 This is the age of collaboration and the higher education institutions need to join forces to contribute to interdisciplinarity. This will ensure horizontal and vertical mobility.

Pre-Conference Proceedings:

The papers will be published in conference proceedings with ISBN 978-81-938567-2-7 approved.

Objectives of the Conference:

1.      To provide a platform to the experts and professionals for sharing ideas and practices for interdisciplinarity in education.

2.      To reflect on core content and critical pedagogy for interdisciplinary programmes.

3.      To explore different ways to reform the present structure of higher education.

4.      To devise channels to network and collaborate between educational institutions (Corporate and NGO’s) and market /industry.

5.      To design new interdisciplinary courses and corresponding choice based credit system to transform the higher education.

6.      To provide alternate higher education system driven by market and industry needs.

 Sub-themes of the Conference:

1.      Promoting interdisciplinary research

2.      Capacity building among faculty

3.      Curriculum development

4.      Pedagogical reforms

5.      Technological interventions

6.      Choice based curricula

7.      Cafeteria approach of offering course content

8.      Individualized education

9.      Blended learning

10.  Learning across disciplines

11.  Renovating educational spaces

12.  Industry academia linkages

13.  Striving for global standards

14.  Changes at the policy level

15.  Assessment and accreditation

16.  Partnership and networking

17.  Skill oriented education

18.  Linking university courses with employment

19.  Integrative skills

20.  Emergence of professional courses

21.  Entrepreneurial education

22.  New trends in assessments

23.  New Models of PPP (Public Private Partnerships)

24.  Designing intensive internships in interdisciplinary programmes

25.  Case studies

 The conference aims to mark the quest for quality through plenary sessions, expert inputs, research based paper presentations.

Target Audience / Participants:

The faculties of arts, science, commerce, management, teacher education and other professional courses; and the student community of all these institutions of both graduate & post-graduate, research scholars at all levels; educational administrators, researchers, professionals from corporate sector, personnel from NGOs, curriculum designers, and policy makers – may register for this national conference.

Guidelines for Paper Submission

 This conference invites papers that explore and interrogate issues related to interdisciplinarity in education. The papers can be written in English, Hindi or Marathi. Interested educationists/ scholars/ faculty/ research fellows are invited to submit 250-300 words abstract (including keywords). Full text for a manuscript is limited to 3000 words (12 points, Times New Roman in .doc or .docx format only) with references in APA format in A4 size. Marathi & Hindi fonts should be Krutidev 55. Manuscripts accepted in this conference will be peer reviewed and published in Pre-Conference Proceedings with ISBN. The ISBN number will be intimated shortly.

The abstract and full paper must be submitted to

Important Dates
Abstract submission: 1st October 2018
Abstract acceptance: 7th October 2018
Full paper submission: 20th October 2018
Conference dates: 24th & 25th October 2018
Mohini Hiro Punwani Auditorium, 1st floor, 
Bombay Teachers’ Training College,  
Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, 
Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, 
Mumbai - 400 039.

There are several hotels at one-minute walking distance from the venue, and the closest ones are:
1. Sun City Apollo Hotel
2. Hotel Suba Palace
3. The Gordon House Hotel
4. Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel

The YMCA is located at 2-3 minutes walking distance from the venue.