BEST PRACTICES DURING 2018-2020
1. TITLE OF THE PRACTICE: PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT Personality is the sum of the characters that constitute the mental and physical being of a person including appearance, manners, habit, taste, and even moral characters. The personality of a person constantly undergoes a change and it can be developed for the better. Our programme seeks to adopt a holistic approach to learning. It works towards building confidence, mental health, image and creativity enhancement. It aims at bringing about positive change in our students who are positioned to face the greater challenges of life as they graduate from the college. It will also equip the students with the essential etiquette, protocol knowledge and refined social skills to enable them to face any social situation with confidence.
2. Goal: i) Develop the skills and potential of students. ii) Facilitate employability and establish careers. iii) To develop the personality of our students and mould them into responsible citizens.
3. Context: The youths of today are under tremendous pressure in order to carve out a niche for survival in life. They are subjected to fierce competitions against their peers not only in academics but also in job hunting and establishing careers. Besides their academic syllabus, it is felt that our students must be given additional training in relevant aspects so designed to widen their outlook and perspectives. Hence, a module for ‘Personality Development’ is designed for imparting these values, keeping in mind that the programme should be simple to manage, but rich in content.
4. The practice: The outgoing students of all streams undergo a short-term course on personality development at the end of their final university examinations. The course usually stretches over a period of two weeks within which different life skills are imparted to the students. The course content ranges from IT for everyday life Basic computer application Interview skills Communication skills Common errors in English Psychological development Basic first aid skill Travelling Traditional values Manners etiquettes First Aid skills Time Management Personal grooming Counselling on choice of career in various streams Spoken Hindi Private entrepreneurship Visual communication and Animation Resource Persons are engaged from the teaching Faculty of the college as well as renowned experts from outside the college who are well-known in their chosen fields. The College collaborates with able Faculty from Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences (RIPANS), Aizawl for teaching the basics of First Aid skills. Visits to RIPANS are sometimes conducted to enrich the programme. The Student Support Committee organizes the programme in collaboration with the IQAC and the programme is funded by RUSA
5. Evidence of success: The programme met with an astounding response from the outgoing students. Feedback/evaluation mechanism collected from the participants show that the program is well received. More than 90 of the topics were found to be relevant for participants. The course provided them with necessary facilities and tools to face challenges that pertain to the lifestyles and scenario faced by young adults in today’s world. Courses that are rated irrelevant are dropped whereas new suggestions made by the students are taken into consideration. The feedback mechanism is a good indicator that the course is a major success among the students.
6. Problems encountered and resources required: The course is designed to accommodate all outgoing students from three streams science, home science and computer science. Since their university examinations ended on different dates, we faced minor problem in setting a time slot that would be convenient for all streams. Secondly some students from rural areas are unable to attend the course as they often have to go back to their homes as soon as they finish their university examinations. Choosing topics that would benefit all students from all streams and finding the right resource persons proved to be a little challenging.
1. TITLE OF THE PRACTICE: MENTORING SYSTEM
2. Goal: i) To provide more contact hours between teachers and students. ii) To maintain proper academic and attendance record of students. iii) To minimize dropout rates among students. iv) To identify slow learners and advanced learners.
3. The context: The institute has followed the suggestion made by the QAC cum CDO, Higher Technical education to introduce the mentoring system. The institute felt the importance of integrating such a system into the college management system. It had promptly and effectively put it into practice in the past two years. With a wide variation in the student population with regard to educational and economic background, the system promises to provide a better understanding of individual students and bring out their highest potential. It also appears to be the most effective method/weapon for mitigating cases of dropout students.
4. The Practice: The IQAC had taken the initiative to implement this system. Every year the names of all students are collected and arranged according to their subject choice. They are divided into groups of 1015 students depending on the number of students. Each group is assigned a teacher/mentor who is responsible for collecting academic performance and class attendance of individual students. The teacher/mentor is given necessary information regarding his/her mentees and is expected to offer guidance and counselling as and when required. In isolated cases parents are called for special meetings with the Principal at the suggestion of the mentor.
5. Evidence of success: Though the system has only been implemented in the last few years, significant improvement in the teacher student relationship can be seen. The system has been useful in identifying slow learners and advanced learners. Based on the requirement deduced through a careful examination of each mentor’s report, the institute organizes a remedial class on different subjects within the syllabus for poor/slow learners. The remedial classes have become systematized after the implementation of this system. NEEDBASED remedial classes have proved to be beneficial to the students in particular and the entire college in general. The system has also been used to identify students who need financial support. The faculty has been contributing towards an endowment fund for students every month. The Corpus fund raised from the collection of such fund is distributed to students who are identified through the mentoring system. There appears to be a lesser number of dropouts since mentors can intervene before a student falls short of attendance or has been regularly abstaining from classes.
6. Problems encountered and resources required the division of students into group proves to be a tedious exercise with some students opting for other courses now and then. Due to time constraint the teacher /mentor is unable to have sufficient time with the mentees Most of our students are reserved and some are too complacent to come out with their problems thus limiting the mentor’s capacity to render help. The system does not incur much expenditure. It only requires utmost commitment from teacher/mentor.
7. Notes (optional): The IQAC continually strives towards the improvement of the system. Contact hours with the students are ensured by inclusion of Mentor’s –Meet in the academic calendar. The system helps in identifying the aims and ambitions of the students according to which career guidance classes are held. Mentoring reports are submitted to the IQAC to ensure that the programme is carried out effectively.
1.TITLE OF THE PRACTICE: Extension and Outreach Program
2.Goal: With the motto of the college “Lighted to Lighten” as our vision the college endeavours to make substantial contribution towards the society though extension services.
3.Context: The institute intends to carry out more extension programmes to cater to the need of the society and mould our students into responsible citizens.
4.The Practice: The Department of Computer Science has been conducting free computer clinic every year. In this programme the department repairs computers and laptops of students, faculty members and people residing within the vicinity of the college. Students as well as faculty members of Computer science are actively involved in repairing the software and hardware of computers/laptops of their clients for free. Information for such programme is given out through local newspapers. The Home Science department has been carrying out extension programs through voluntary works at crèches, old age homes etc. They have also been organizing free cooking classes for women of the locality where jam making and pickle making have been taught. The Institute has adopted a school and a committee has been set up for the purpose. Career awareness and skill development classes has been organized. Faculty members and students will be continually rendering their services towards this programme
5.Evidence of Success: Local community have expressed their gratitude towards the college for offering extension services like Free Computer Clinic, cooking class, opening of legal clinic in collaboration with Mizoram State legal Services authority which have benefitted the local community as well.
6.Problems Faced: With limited resources and time constraint the institute is not able reach its full potential.
7. With the adoption of extension and outreach programme as a Best practice the institute intends to further develop the practice in keeping with the college motto. More students will be involved so that they are taught social responsibility.
Copyright © Reserved ® 2020
Government Zirtiri Residential Science College
Accredited B Grade (CGPA 2.75) by NAAC in 2016
The only Model Science College in Mizoram by RUSA