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(A)Best Practices

1. Title of the Practice: CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

2. Goal:

In line with the institutional vision, Co- Curricular Activities has been adopted as a best practice by the institution with the following objectives i.e.

       - To project an institution that moulds and provides all round development in the student’s educational phase.

       - To develop in the students the need for holistic growth- academic, physical, spiritual as well as mental development.

       - To tap and nurture the various inherent talents in the students.

       - To promote interaction, develop responsibilities and initiation of leadership training and qualities.

       - To promote healthy spirit of competition where students learn by experience(s).

3. The Context and Practice:

The prevailing system of higher education in the region focuses mainly on academic aspects and performance at the expense of other innate talents in the students.  In order to bridge this gap, Co- Curricular Activities has been adopted as one of the best practices by the institution. The rationale behind this practice is to ensure the artistic and creative talent development of the students   along with the pursuit of their academic degree. It also enables the teacher to act like advisor, motivator, communicator and coordinator so that the students could gain maximum of finer aspects of co-curricular activities. It develops a sense of belongingness among the students as well as the teachers. It helps the students to enhance social interaction, leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and self-confidence.

The itinerary of Co- Curricular Activities is charted out by the Dean in consultation with other concerned bodies which is included in the annual academic calendar. The various activities conducted are highlighted as follows:

Annual sports meet: The annual sports meet is organised to involve the students for physical and team spirit development. In the meet, students are identified on performance basis for selection to other meets.

Annual talent hunt day: This is organised by the institution to tap and show case the talents inhered in the students. The day witnesses participation of the students in displaying their skills and talents on an individual basis. 

Quiz, debate and essay-writing: These competitions are organised with the intent of knowledge assimilation, to develop rhetorical skills to enable simultaneous improvement  in academics also.

Painting, photography and slogan writing competitions: These programmes are conducted to nurture the creative and artistic skills in the students. The winners are shortlisted and the entries are shortlisted and sent for external competitions on the basis of relevance.

Co-curricular practice also includes cultural day, food exhibition, flower show etc. which showcases the knowledge/talents of the students in the art of meticulous and intricate arrangements and display of cultural attires, songs and dances, floral and food items.       

4. Evidence of success:

The positive outcome of the practice can be highlighted as:

  • Improvement in student’s attendance.
  • An increase in the confidence level of the students in facing the crowds/audience in any functions organised.
  • Such activities divert the student’s attention from harmful activities like drugs, alcohol, etc. it channelizes their energies in fruitful activities.
  • Improvement in the leadership qualities and teamwork.
  • Development of inter-personal and organisational skills.

5. Problems/Challenges:

There are some basic problems faced in the process which can be related as:

  • The tight schedule involved in the University laid –down semester term.
  • Financial aspects in the process of organising and awards to be given to the winners.

6. Notes:

Education being an all-round development of the body, mind and soul, it is with utmost care and deliberation that the institution aims to provide to the students avenues where they can be involved in a healthy and positive manner along with their academic pursuit. It is with the intent to nurture in the minds of the students the judicious use of free time for healthy development that such co-curricular activities are being organised by the institution to keep the young minds away from bad practices.

(B) Best practices:

 

      1. Title of the Practice: MENTORING PROGRAMME

            

      2. Objective:

      The objective of Mentoring is:

  • To achieve the vision of the institution viz., to develop all round personality of the students on progressive lines.
  • To provide a continuous learning process for both the mentor and the mentee.
  • To establish the mentor as a role model and to support the mentee for personal and academic development.
  • To establish a vibrant relationship between the teachers and the students that will ensure responsible behaviour and discipline.    

 3. The context:

  • The nature of students’ background i.e. catering to different socio-cultural and economic diversity necessitates mentoring being opted as one of the best practices by the institution. The absence of institutionalised system of having proper system of mentoring, guidance and counselling in the region along with the obvious fact that   most of the students are from remote areas and first generation learners makes it imperative on the part of the institution to provide mentoring i.e. guidance for all-round development of the students on academic as well as aesthetic lines.  Moreover, it is aimed to align with the institutional mission and vision statement aiming to develop students on progressive lines .i.e. to imbibe in the students a rational positive outlook towards life thereby making them responsible citizens.

  4. The Practice:

  • Mentoring session is conducted every Friday from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM on a regular basis. The session is compulsory for every B.A. (Arts) students to attend without fail.
    • Mentors are assigned 15-20 students for the whole duration of a semester each .i.e. six months.
    • The mentoring parameters are based on four aspects i.e. academic, attendance, career and general.
    • The mentors are provided with details of mentee’s performances in terms of academic (weekly test, class test, mid-term and end-semester exam) and attendance records. The mentor also keeps track of the mentee’s personal development such as co-curricular activities, discipline and career related issues. 
    • The mode of communication between the mentor and mentee can be established through different mode(s) namely- In-person, Phone and E-mail.
    • The practice of the mentoring system is evaluated by the Principal, Dean, Vice-Principals (Academic and Administration) bi-monthly so as to ensure quality and efficiency in practice.
    • The grievances of the mentees are taken up by the mentor and if necessary it is forwarded to the Principal for necessary remedial actions.

 

 5. Evidence of Success:

  • Improvement in mentees discipline, interaction and communication skills.
  • Improvement in students’ attendance.
  • Establishment of a vibrant relationship between teachers and students which has provided a congenial atmosphere in the class room as well as in the campus.

 6. Problems encountered and resources required:

  • The diversity in students’ background and upbringing i.e. lack in the art of effective articulation, introversion, indifferent attitude etc.
  •  Inadequacy in general guidance, career and professional related materials. This is due to the financial constraints faced by the management because the institution is dependent on grants.

 

 

 

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