BEST PRACTICES I
1. TITE OF THE PRACTICE: THE DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL ACTIVITIES.
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PRACTICE:
- To provide the right kind of leadership in all walks of life.
- Motivate students to be a socially aware and responsible citizen.
- To strive to promote equality and social justice and to reduce the social and cultural difference.
- Help to enhance the all-round personality of the students.
- The aesthetic development like character building, spiritual and moral value.
- Activities help the talents of young minds and give them an opportunity to develop their specialized skills.
- Such activities like participation in debate, drama, music etc. help in achieving better education.
- Students are introduced to a whole horizon of activities that give them better insight.
3. THE CONTEXT
Activities which complement but are not part of the conventional academic curriculum. Participating in them not only develop students academic potentials but also other aspects of their personality such as self-esteem, self-confidence, social cooperation, and leadership skills. Activities should be educationally relevant so that they can associate with it. The sole goal of education should be to ensure the holistic development of students. Holistic development is basically the development of everyone’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative, religious values and feelings. Activities develop skills for life and career of students. Departmental council activities provide an opportunity to the students to share their creativity. The logic behind these activities is so that students who are under achieving are able to get the one on one attention that is needed to help them. They are also open to students who show exceptional skill in their studies and are able to develop ahead of their peers.
4. THE PRACTICE
Literary and co-curricular activities are organized by each department for the development of linguistic skill and mental faculties. Debate, discussion, declamation, speech, story writing, essay writing are some of the literary and academic activities. Besides these activities develop an aesthetic sensibility and provide an opportunity for better understanding of culture. Activities supplement and complement the entire aesthetic as well as spiritual development, which are the essential components of education.It help in developing features like speech fluency and extempore. Such activities are a good platform to excel. Leadership skills are enhanced by the selection of President, secretary, treasurer, class representatives.
5. EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS
Departmental council activities not only make the students active and energetic but also enable to harness the in-depth potential of students. It enhances knowledge in many domains, which benefits the student as well as college, activities are a good platform to promote leadership quality. Creativity form of expression serve as nourishment for the soul. Music enriches the soul and symbolizes the language of love. Every year each department conduct many program/activities under association. These activities provide the opportunity to the learner for self-expression. Activities have academic and literary activities like Debates, painting, exhibition, pot decoration, Rangoli, music and fine arts develop an aesthetic sensibility of the learner. These are helpful in unfolding and extracting the hidden beauty in the mind of students. Cultural activities provide better knowledge and understanding of our rich cultural heritage.
6. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND RESOURCES REQUIRED
- Many faculty members believe their primary role is to create knowledge and all other roles are secondary, therefore activities that divert student energy from classwork and counterproductive.
- Student participation /response is not very enthusiastic towards participation.
- Funds for giving prizes is limited.
BEST PRACTICES II
1. TITLE OF THE PRACTICE: Creating Research culture
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PRACTICE:
- To establish an excellence center of research.
- To promote research culture among the faculty and student.
- To promote research culture by encouraging high-quality research activities among the faculty and student.
- Promote and facilitate collaborative or interdisciplinary research and enhancement of research networking capacity and infrastructure.
- Foster excellence and innovation in teaching in the Humanities, Science and Commerce.
- Increase and effectively manage the resources and research support for its members.
- Contribute to the university’s strategic educational and research mission and to support synergies between research, teaching, and learning.
- Transfer and mobilize knowledge gained through research for the benefit of society.
- Increase the number of publication in indexed journals.
3. The Context:
The college is a unit of higher education which aims at providing high-quality education at a low cost. Gone are the days when academicians can sit in ivory towers and look down upon lesser mortals. The current demand of the society is for the learned to come down to earth and return to the society what they have received in a more beneficial form. The repute of any educational institution rests on the teaching-learning process and Research activities. The research, therefore, is the backbone for the development of the students, teachers and the Institution The college being conscious of this state of affairs, has been giving dynamic thrust towards developing and augmenting the research activities of the college to keep abreast of the advances in the fields of science, commerce and arts.. Inculcating research aptitude in faculty members and students has taken priority almost equal to the teaching-learning process. The competency of the students to face the challenges of the society at the end of their tenure will be enhanced not just by their grades and ranks but the ability to apply their knowledge, analyze the problem, synthesize a solution and evaluate the outcome. These skills are developed by working on real-time projects during their academic career. In order to direct the students along these lines, the faculty also have to be fully equipped in planning and guiding research. Just as much as the teaching-learning process is a partnership between the teacher and the student, so also is the research and development process in which the guide and the researcher have an equal role to play. In most P.G. Courses dissertations and projects based on real situations and according to social needs are been completed by students.
The outcome of the research should be relevant to the societal needs and a section of the society at least should be direct beneficiaries. Therefore, taking up research activities shapes a person with moral responsibility and a value system that enhances his/ her commitment towards fulfilling the needs of society. Thus the college wishes to showcase the R&D activities of the college as one of the best practices.
4. THE PRACTICE
- Faculty pursuing Ph.D and with Ph. D. degrees are encouraged to attend and present papers in national and international conferences to get exposed to recent and emerging trends in their fields of interest.
- Eminent researchers are invited to campus for delivering lectures during National and International seminars/ workshops/ conferences organized by the various departments in the college to boost the knowledge level of the faculty and the students.
- The final year students have to take up and complete project work. Turning this to the advantage of students, the nature of project work assigned to the students is of quality and sometimes a portion of the research work carried out by the faculty members. Such a practice lifts the level of the students to a higher platform of the knowledge domain.
- Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with GBU & I.T.S. engineering college and other agencies and such a practice plays a vital role in the interaction of faculty and students with the industries and design projects in collaboration with them. These Institutions has rich library facilities also which act as a catalyst for students in preparing research materials.
5. EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS:
Eleven departments have been recognized as research centers by C.C.S. University, Meerut since the last cycle of NAAC we have increased research scholars from 2 to 47.2 faculty members have been conferred with Ph. D in the last five years and 4 faculty members are actively engaged in pursuing the degree.
6. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND RESOURCES REQUIRED:
- The sustained motivation of students and faculty is always a challenge
- Time constraint is a spoke in the wheel, in planning and execution of research especially during formative and summative assessment processes and when other responsibilities are assigned.
- Timely funds from agencies are always welcome.
- If the funding agencies can point out the reason for rejecting the proposal or offer suggestions for improvement, it will go a long way in the development to faculty and hence the students.