BEST PRACTICES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19
BEST PRACTICE 1 2018-19
INFOSYS Soft-skills Certification.
As the industry emphasizes on good soft skill and technical skills, which are essential for any graduate to have a successful career, the institution introduced Soft skill certification through the Infosys Campus Connect Program The objective of Infosys Soft-Skills Certification program is to train 2nd year engineering students on Business Communication Skills and presentation, which will enable them to perform better in their careers. The underlying principles behind this practice are to ensure that the engineers and the management students passing out from our institution are equipped with good communication and presentation skills, enabling them to do better in the placements.
The features of this certification program are to provide hands-on and real-life experience with respect to soft skills and their presentation skills. The trainers ensured that each and every student is assessed individually and the certification is issued along with the scorecard. The challenges faced were convincing the students from rural backgrounds to take up this soft skills certification. And this was addressed by conducting orientation and motivation programs with renowned speakers from industry namely Mr. Sundar K.S., Infosys Campus Connect Head – Mysuru & Mr. Vinod Nayak from pathfinder.
The institution constantly takes feedback from the industry. The industry had regularly mentioned the improvement of the students’ soft skills to increase the placement percentage. Since college is an advanced partner for the Infosys campus connect program. The training and placement team took the initiative to conduct Infosys Soft Skill Certification for the 2nd year students. Student orientation program was conducted by Mr. Sundar K. S., Infosys Campus Connect Head, Mysuru, who spoke about its importance and how this program will enable all the students & in particular rural students to become better presenters. The training program was planned and external professional trainers executed the Infosys Soft Skills Module and assessments were carried out continuously. 523 students were trained for 100 hours on presentation skills, email writing skills and verbal ability. At the end of the training program students were given assignments to complete and a certification test was conducted by Infosys. The certificate received by the student is well recognized by the industry in India and abroad. The initial constraints faced by the institution were in convincing the rural students to take up the program. And the same was addressed through the orientation program as mentioned above.
The number of students who took the program were 523 and 430 students were certified by Infosys. 82% of students were certified by Infosys in Soft Skills. At an average of 320+ students are campus placed in last five academic years. More than 20 companies are visiting for campus recruitment. Due to the above factors more and more companies have signed an MoU for Skill Development. Example: Haritha Tech Serv, IBM, Wipro & etc. Institution has placed students in product companies, which insists on good communication and technical skills. Example: Ms. Sneha K, placed in Adobe Systems with 27.7Lakhs per annum. Mr. Mandeep Singh, placed in BYJU’s with Rs. 10.0Lakhs per Annum. Ms. Firdous, placed in TCS with 7.0Lakhs per annum package. Mohd. Amjad, placed in verifone, with 8.0Lakhs per Annum & Mr. Shreyas antin, placed in great learning with Rs. 7.0Lakhs per annum
The initial problems faced by the institution was in convincing the students who are from a rural background and this was addressed through the orientation program conducted by Mr. Sundar K. S. from Infosys, who motivated the students to take up this program. Selecting the right training company to train the students at a larger scale was addressed by evaluating English professional trainers based on their experience.
The above practices can be implemented for the institutions which are located in the backward regions, as students from rural areas lack in communications and soft skills
BEST PRACTICE 2 2018-19
ESTABLISHMENT OF INCUBATION & STARTUP CENTRE (BRICS):
To propagate entrepreneurship and startups in line with the Prime Minister’s vision. The institution set up the startup center namely BRICS (BITM Research and Incubation Commune for Startups (BRICS)). The objective of the incubation center is to provide entrepreneurship development programs to conduct Hackathons, provide financial and infrastructure support for students’ ideas and incubate the same. The underlying principle is to fund up to Rs. 3.00 Lakhs per project in collaboration with KITS (Karnataka Innovation Technology Society) under the flagship of the NAIN (New Age Incubation Network) program.
The features of BRICS are to motivate the students to become entrepreneurs. Regular entrepreneurship development programs are conducted by external resource persons to make the students and staffs understand the nuances of entrepreneurship and support given by the institution and the government. Ideathons and Hackathons are conducted and the ideas are shortlisted by the mentor for incubation. The shortlisted ideas are submitted to the KITS for necessary approval. The approved idea is funded to the tune of Rs. 3.00 Lakhs per project and also the institution receives Rs. 10.00 Lakhs per year for operational expenditure. The challenges faced by the institution are for the staff and students to balance their academics. The startup center is made open for 24hours so that students and staff can work on their idea during the non-college working hours.
Institution has been recommended by the state Govt. of Karnataka as an ecosystem of potential to be the venue of Startups. Karnataka Innovation Technology Society (KITS), Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science Technology Government of Karnataka recognized us and provided the required assistance and support to setup NEW AGE INCUBATION NETWORK (NAIN) viz., BITM Research and Incubation Commune for Startups (BRICS) startup centre. The BRICS empowerment series invited talks were conducted to disseminate information w.r.t. facilities and ecosystem provided by Govt. of Karnataka and Govt. of India. BRICS Incubation Centre was inaugurated on 16.2.2019. KITS will fund Rs.30.00 Lakhs for project development and Rs.10.00 lakhs for operational expenditure released in different phases. BRICS Ideathon 2019 was organized at our campus. More than 100 students participated and 16 teams were selected for the second and final round, which will be reviewed by KITS, Govt. of Karnataka. The best 10 projects will be granted Rs.3.00 lakhs each for further development. The constraint faced by the institution is the timely release of the funds the Government nevertheless institution has supported the students in the procurement of project materials in-spite of delay in releasing the grants from the Government. Female staff and Female students have to work on their idea during the non-college working hours which is a constraint, however, after the college working hours the institution has provided security and transport facilities for the female faculty and the students.
BRICS Ideathon 2019 was organized at our campus. More than 100 students’ participated and 16 teams mwere selected for the second and final round, which will be reviewed by KITS, Govt. of Karnataka. The best 10 projects will be granted Rs.3.00 lakhs each for further development.
The problem faced by the institution was the timely release of the funds from the Government nevertheless institution has supported the students in the procurement of project materials in-spite of delay. Female staff and Female students have to work on their idea during the non-college working hours, however, after the college working hours, the institution has provided security and transport facility for the female faculty and the students.
The Incubation Centre will enable the students to solve real-life problems in a cost-effective manner. The students will improve their design thinking and problem-solving ability. The risk-taking ability of the student will improve and enable them to become entrepreneurs. The Incubation center can also facilitate filing the patents.
BEST PRACTICES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18
Best Practices 1 2017-2018
Real-time Attendance System
The objectives of the Real-time attendance system are, the staff members mark the attendance on a real-time basis in the class and the students who were absent, an SMS is immediately sent to the parents. The principle behind this best practice is to intimate the parents about their ward attendance, so that there is more regularity among the students, which will, in turn, improve the students’ performance and their results
Before, the faculty used to mark the attendance in the attendance register, and during the internal assessment student’s regularity was analyzed and the same was communicated to the parents. This process took a lot of time to analyze and communicate with the parents. This did not immediately ensure corrective action that needs to be taken and concerned parents gave us the feedback to intimate their ward attendance on a real-time basis.
For the progress of any student, all the stakeholders namely Parents, Faculty, and the Management have to work hand-in-hand. Most of the Institution marks the student’s attendance manually and irregular student’s parents are not intimated about their absence immediately for corrective actions. To address this issue where student performance depends on their regularity, the institution implemented a real-time attendance system, where faculty immediately mark the student's attendance and the absentee’s parents will receive an SMS immediately and parents contact the concerned Head of the department or their proctors for corrective actions. Initially the constraints faced by the faculty were with respect to the mapping of the student’s names, delay delivery of the SMS to the parents and the need for faculty to have a portable device to mark the attendance.
This enabled the institution to reduce the number of absentee students in the class by 5% and also increased over all results in the higher semesters and in particular first-year results, improved by 9% compared to the previous year. The results indicate that the performance of the students improves once the regularity is maintained. The parents are also keeping due diligence on their ward, which is enabling the institution to work closely with the parents for the progress of their ward.
New software was developed and it had faced few technical issues initially with respect to the Mapping and Delayed delivery of SMS. The SMS Gateway was changed to address the above problem. Institution procured a new server to host the application and the application was implemented at a fractional cost. To make it successful, the Institution has to provide portable to all the faculty members to take the attendance. To address this, the system was made to access through the mobile device of the faculty or through college laptops by connecting through Wi-Fi. So this ensured, the entire process is implemented at a lower cost.
The software was implemented by Eduwize Software Pvt. Ltd., which costs less than 1Lakh. Since the price and cost are lower, this system can be implemented in all the Higher Education Institutions.
Best Practices 2 2017-2018
PROCTORING SYSTEM Each staff is allocated 18 to 20 students, who counsel and mentor them for their academic and co-curricular progress. Each student is provided with a proctoring book, where the proctor will discuss with the student and log all his previous academic details and his personal details. Students meet the proctors to discuss any problems faced by them both academically and personally. Proctors also log their examination details and look into the revaluation results aspects for the weaker students. Proctors regularly call the students’ parents as and when needed.
The objective of the above practice, is to allocate 18-20 students to each proctor. Each student is provided with a proctoring book to log the information. The underlying principle is, the Proctor (Teaching faculty) who is also the class teacher will regularly interact with counsel and monitor the students’ progress with respect to academics and students’ professional growth. The Proctor regularly interacts with the parents and updates the students’ progress. Chief Proctor (HOD) gets the overall information from their department proctors. The intended outcome is to improve faculty-student communication, results, placements, R&D, and participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
The challenges faced initially were the reporting mechanism and taking students into confidence with respect to its importance and benefits. Induction and orientation program for every student was conducted by the department heads to explain the importance and benefits of the proctoring.
The uniqueness of this proctoring practice is the faculty and the students are collaborating for the improvement through counseling and proctoring. This proctoring is not only to improve academics but also counsel with respect to higher studies, participating in various competitions, overcoming the students’ emotional challenges, and for their overall development. The constraints initially faced by the faculty are taking the students into confidence, so that the students express their concerns without inhibitions. Girl students were not that expressive with the male faculty and care was taken to inform the students to express their concern with their department's female faculty.
The overall results of the institution improved by 3.46% and the number of students participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities was 1811 against the total number of students. The number of students who have published papers is 82. Only a few students are dropping out of Engineering Education due to effective counseling and proctoring. This also results in better coordination between and student and teacher in various curricular and co-curricular activities. The above results indicate that, by taking students into confidence by removing the inhibitions, the students freely expressed their concerns, which enabled the proctor to suggest corrective actions and encouraged the students to improve academically and in extra-curricular activities.
The initial challenges encountered were, the proctors were not sufficiently trained to counsel the students and the students were hesitant to express their concerns to the Proctors. All the proctors were trained in counseling techniques by the senior faculty members in their departments. Faculty development program by NITTTRC also covered topics on Student psychology and understanding student differences. These two workshops empowered the proctors to counsel the students and take them into confidence. Awareness program on the importance of proctoring was conducted by the department heads and students were explained during the 1st year induction program, about the importance of proctoring and its benefits.
This practice can be adopted across the higher education institutions by training the faculty in counseling techniques and faculty can become a better proctor.