The best practices identified are as follows:
- Employability Skills Development
- Attaining Academic Excellence through Faculty Advanced Learning Programmes
I. Employability Skills Development
Title of the Practice: Training students for holistic development
Objectives of the Practice:
- To train the students on life skills so that they can excel in their academics
- To train students to towards preparing them fro Campus Recruitments
- To train students to build a career for themselves, as per their potential, they gain after training.
- Students from vernacular background need additional training to acquire the skills expected by recruiting companies.
- Most of the students admitted through lateral-entry i.e., with a diploma qualification, need more grooming to perform on-par with the other students.
- Training students to improve their chances of getting recruited in Product Development and Consulting companies so that they have a better start in their career.
- The Institution provides a well-structured skill training program to all the students.
- The Institution has included Communicative English, as part of the curriculum, in Semesters I and II, to improve the communication skills of the students. As part of this, every week, each class of 60 students is divided into 3 groups of 30 each and Phonetics, Communication and Reading labs are conducted for them, on a rotation basis.
- The students undergo 56 hours of training in III Semester and 56 hours of training in IV semester, on LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) skills. This is done with an objective towards improving listening, understanding, comprehending and representation skills of students in their regular subjects, thus helping them to improve their academics.
- During the III and the IV semesters, each class of 72 students is divided into two batches, each of 36 students. One trainer for each batch conducts the sessions. The purpose of dividing the students into two batches is to give personal attention and to make every student participate in every activity thus encouraging participative learning.
- During the V and VI semesters training is provided on soft-skills such as Quantitative, Logical, Aptitude, Verbal, Reasoning, etc.) for preparing them for Placements and competitive exams. The students are also provided with online practice tests every week.
- The classes conducted during the III, IV, V and VI semesters are outsourced to third-party training partner. This is done to provide the students with the industry requirements as the trainers are all professionals at these skills and are exposed to the latest requirements of the industry.
- The third-party training partner also takes care of providing online tests to the students every week and monitors the performance of the students.
- From the academic year 2017-2018 the Institution has also included Technical Skills Training into the curriculum, for the students graduating in the year 2019. This is owing to the fact that the model of recruitment by various companies had become more specific. The Technical Skills Training includes IT related skills namely Fundamental Programming Skills, Advanced Programming Skills and domain specific skills.
- The CRT (Campus Recruitment Training) program conducted during the summer vacation between VI and VII semesters involves 140 hours of training to reinforce the skills acquired during III, IV, V and VI semesters. Besides this, the students are trained in Group Discussions, Resume Preparation and Interview Skills. The students are also given company-specific online practice tests every alternate day, during this training period.
- Pre, mid and post assessment tests are administered by Cocubes, a reputed on-line assessment and hiring agency. The pre-test helps in identifying the training needs of the students and for customizing training based on their competencies. The mid and post assessment tests help the students understand areas of improvement and proficiency acquired respectively. The pre-test is conducted before the CRT. The mid and post tests are conducted during and after the CRT.
Evidence of Success:
Placement Summaries for the last 5 years indicate that the students have been performing consistently well and are recruited by reputed companies and the average pay package has been increasing year-on-year.
- 2014-2015 – 524(75%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 3.25 LPA
- 2015-2016 – 568 (78%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 3.5 LPA
- 2016-2017 – 549(79%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 4.00 LPA
- 2017-2018 – 476(67.42%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 4.25 LPA
- 2018-2019 - 513 (73.33%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 4.5 LPA
- 2019-2020 – 551 (79.48%) students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs.5.25 LPA
- Some of the students, though capable, could not afford the training due to their economic background. But, the college supported those students by extending financial assistance.
- Professional trainers for conducting the training
- Resources to conduct the training i.e., video lectures on topics in communication and aptitude, on-line exams for practice purpose, company-specific mock tests, etc,
II. Attaining Academic Excellence through Faculty Advanced Learning Programmes
Title of the Practice: Supporting faculty members in enhancing their knowledge.
Objectives of the Practice:
- Help the faculty members to enhance and update the domain knowledge
- Students also get benefitted with the enhanced knowledge levels of the Faculty members
The Context: Improving the quality of the Teaching-Learning Process.
- Faculty are encouraged to pursue Ph.D degree and are given paid leave from 90 days to 180 days. and/or reduction of workload and financial support of up to Rs.15,000/- towards tuition fee, contingency, Thesis preparation, etc.
- The Institution encourages faculty to attend Faculty Development Programs(On Pedagogy, Outcome-Based Education(OBE), Research Methodologies, etc.), Orientation courses, Refresher Courses, Workshops, Training Programmes on recent and emerging technologies to update their knowledge and skills.
- The Institution enables faculty members to present/publish research papers in national and international conferences. Faculty who wish to attend conferences within the country or in other countries are supported financially.
- The faculty are deputed to various industries to get trained on latest technologies under the Train-the-Trainer programme.
- The faculty members are provided with registration fee, Travel Allowance(TA), Daily Allowance(DA) and On-duty/Academic leave for attending the above programmes.
- The Faculty are encouraged to undergo on-line courses offered by NPTEL/Coursera and other reputed service providers for strengthening and updating their subject knowledge. The faculty have to complete at least one certification course in each semester.
Evidence of Success:
- Out of 163 faculty, 40 faculty have completed their PhD and 50 faculty are pursuing their Ph.D.
- 165 publications in UGC Journals and 14 publications in other reputed journals.
- 186 publications in International Conferences and 88 publications in National Conferences
- Faculty members have obtained certification in courses conducted by NPTEL, Coursera, etc. Some of them have been awarded Elite and Gold merit certificates based on their performance in the NPTEL courses.
- 1) It is difficult to depute faculty for long-term FDPs, Refresher Courses, Orientation Programmes, etc., during the semesters when academic sessions are in progress.auth.log