Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Who can join the FLAIR Programme?
For joining the programme a faculty member must belong to a Government/Aided Arts and Science College/Teaching Department of any one of the five Universities of Kerala (Kerala, MG, Cochin, Calicut and Kannur Universities)/ a Government/Aided Engineering College.
He/she should be having less than five years of service (other teaching service such as those in Schools will also be counted) and have at least 20 years of remaining service (25 years in the case of University Departments).
Also, to join the programme one needs to:
be willing to undergo a performance evaluation at all stages during the journey in the programme.
Is joining the programme mandatory for the new faculty members?
No. Joining the programme is a voluntary decision to be taken by a faculty member.
How can an interested faculty member join the programme?
Interested and eligible faculty members can join the programme during the month of June every year by submitting an application in a format prescribed by the FLAIR Secretariat. In case of a large number of applications exceeding the available seats, a selection process will be carried out to select members. A list of selected faculty members will be published before the first week of July in the FLAIR Website.
Can the members who joined during the first three years continue in the programme?
FLAIR Programme is a capacity building programme for faculty members that involve continuous training at different levels. Hence members from the previous years can continue in the programme and get the benefits of training.
Is attending the FLAIR Induction Training mandatory for continuing in the programme?
Induction Training programme is the comprehensive basic training offered to all new members. Without attending the training programme, members cannot avail the advanced training in the programme.
What are FLAIR Internships? How are members selected for the internships?
FLAIR Internship is the most advanced training being offered by the programme. Internships provide opportunities to faculty members to spend four weeks with a mentor (Senior Professor) of a reputed national/international institution to observe best practices in teaching-learning/research. Proposals are invited from members in the month of July for National/International Internships. Selection process involves screening of proposals and a personal interaction. Based final scores obtained from the proposal and personal interaction, a list of selected faculty members will be published.
Can FLAIR members who already underwent Internship apply again for Internship?
Faculty members who already underwent internship of FLAIR programme can apply again. However, they will be considered again if there are no eligible fresh candidates. But FLAIR Interns of the earlier years will be eligible for Short term training in National Institutions.
Is there a selection process for Short term training programmes of FLAIR that are offered in national institutions?
No. Faculty members are selected for Short term training programmes in national institutions based on their subject, interest for the training and number of short term training programmes already underwent through the FLAIR programme.
What are the responsibilities for FLAIR Interns?
Internship is offered to members with the objective of promoting implementation of best practices in higher education in the Colleges/University Teaching Departments of Kerala. All FLAIR Interns are supposed to document a best practice in higher education during their internship and implement it in their parent institution after return. Also, there will be monitoring of the implementation of these best practices in the respective home institutions of the members.