Akal University celebrates the scholarly achievement of Assistant Professor Dr. Birender Kaur


We at the University are proud to celebrate not only the achievements of the students but also those of our dedicated and hard-working faculty members. We feel immense pride in sharing that Dr. Birender Kaur, Assistant Professor at Akal University in the Department of Education, received a Minor Research Project award from the Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) Gandhinagar, Gujrat.
The project is entitled “Techno-Pedagogical Competence of Pre-Service Teachers: Predictive Role of Cognitive Flexibility and Mindful Attention Awareness.” It is an exceptional achievement for Dr. Birender, Head of the Department of Education.

Initial Journey of Dr.Birender Kaur

Dr.Birender Kaur has a humble background, living in Kotakapura, a city in the Faridkot District of Punjab. She had a strong inclination towards studies since her childhood. Even though resources were not that accessible then, she stood by her studies with the continuous support of her family and teachers. She completed her schooling at Dashmesh Public School in Kotkapura only. She joined Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Kotakapura for her graduation and took admission in M.Ed at Khalsa College. Her pursuit of knowledge always helps her keep going. She completed her Ph.D. at Punjabi University Patiala. In 2017, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Education.


Embarking on the career path

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Birender embarked on her career trajectory. She worked in the Baba Farid Group of Institutes. In 2018, she joined as an Assistant Professor at Akal University, and since then, she has been working as Head of the Department in the Department of Education.
Dr.Birender worked diligently on several research projects. She is working collaboratively with Ms. Joanna Skelton from Oxford Brookes University. Being a research enthusiast, Dr. Birender has a broad vision that can contribute to society, specifically to the field of education.


About the awarded Research Project

In the modern era, the field of education demands the latest interventions. In fact, after the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional classrooms and technologies were significantly impacted. Research studies demand recurrent findings so that ongoing challenges can be tackled efficiently. Also, teachers need to prepare themselves for 21st-century classrooms.

It is a matter of great pride for Akal University as Dr. Birender has been awarded the research project. This is the minor research project from Punjab conferred to Ms. Birender Kaur. The project is entitled “Techno-Pedagogical Competence of Pre-Service Teachers: Predictive Role of Cognitive Flexibility and Mindful Attention Awareness.” It is awarded under Namo Mathrubhumi Mission Shardam Projects announced by the Centre of Research, Indian Institute of Teacher Education, Gandhinagar, Gujrat. The grant sanctioned for the project is 2,50,000.


The study will embrace the techno-pedagogical competencies of pre-service teachers. The study’s findings will further assist policymakers and teacher educational institutions in understanding traits that must be understood in teacher preparation programs.

Akal University Research Incentive Policy

Akal University has a great pursuit of research and innovation. Research Incentive Policy University assists researchers, innovators, and scholars to work passionately. University awards the achiever with great honor in case of paper publication, book or chapter publication, conference attendance, and patent registration. The University also pays them handsomely to aid their research and innovation.
This is the reason why Akal University is achieving milestones in the field of research and innovation. Recently, the University registered four patents under the guidance of Professor Pardeep Singh Cheema.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Gurmail Singh congratulated Dr. Birender on her landmark achievement. Dr. Birender wholeheartedly delivers her gratitude to the University, administration, colleagues, family, and students for their unwavering support and assistance. She said being a woman means many difficulties, but destiny will help us reach our destination if we keep going. Despite our failures and challenges, hard work, consistency, and perseverance are required.


The reception of this Minor research project is a significant achievement for Akal University. The project will be a substantial contribution to society. It will help policymakers tackle challenges in the education field, and preparing teachers’ programs will be easier then. Techno-pedagogical skills will help impart quality education, which is also cost-efficient. With the latest technologies and tools, internet connectivity education will be highly impacted. So, the findings of this research project will benefit the entire society.

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