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Faculty Development Program -Quality Improvement Program (QIP), 2011 4-19 July 2011

Session I: Speaker: Dr. P. K. Jain; Topic: Present Education System- Student, Faculty, Parents and Management Point of View; Date: 4th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary:  The present education system in India is the western education, which was introduced by the British rule and soon became solidified in India as number of primary, secondary and tertiary centers of education. The educational system in India has faced a basic dilemma ever since its introduction by the British. These are some faults that are found in the current education system. Several children do not even get a basic elementary education. The rich and upper middle class in cities find decent quality private schools to send their children to. Even in these schools, getting a pass in the exams is the priority, not learning. Even these schools fail in teaching various arts, and in particular common sense to children. Both the private and government schools in smaller towns and villages are uniformly pathetic. Even if a student graduates from a higher secondary school, there are not enough colleges. The only hope left to most high school graduates is correspondence education. The graduates are mostly unemployable, because of poor quality course material and teaching in the colleges. The UGC chalks many points to improve education in India but is not taking any immediate steps to develop the educational system of India. So, it is in the hands of the government of India to take necessary steps against the challenges faced by the present educational system of India and to improve the level of the present educational system to a standard level.

 

Session II: Speaker: Prof. Kumkum Sinha; Topic: Importance of Summer Internship Programme (SIP); Date: 5th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary: SIP- Summer Internships Program is extremely beneficial to students, or anyone looking for hands-on expertise. As an intern, one can develop knowledge, competencies, and experience related directly to ones career goal. It helps in learning valuable new skills and getting the practical experience that employers want to see on prospects resume, one is also given an opportunity to explore in his/hers field of interest before “officially” entering it. 

A student, as an intern gets the biggest opportunity of his life, to learn the intricacies of the various subjects and choose, which specialized field of his industry suits him well, and wants to choose it as his career field. Successful internships build self confidence of students and enhance their self esteem. It helps in behavioral modifications and emotional balance. Students learn to be independent and responsible.  Stipendiary internships provide sustenance to financially weak students. Good companies provide handsome stipend and performance based incentives. Get to know the market standards and requirements. If the student is associated with large firms or companies, then the internship experience adds great value to his resume, which in future is of great help to pursue his career in the filed of his choice 

 

Session III: Speaker: Dr. V. K. Jain; Topic: Relevance of NBA Accreditation; Date: 6th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary: National Board of Accreditation (NBA) was constituted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), as an Autonomous Body, under Section 10(u) of the AICTE Act, 1987. It was set up to periodically conduct evaluation of technical Institutions or Programs on the basis of guidelines, Norms and Standards specified by it and to make recommendations to it, AICTE or to the Council, or to the Commission or to the other bodies, regarding recognition or de-recognition of the institution or program. 

The goal of NBA is to develop a Quality Conscious system of Technical Education where excellence, relevance to market needs and participation by all stake holders are prime the major determinants. NBA is dedicated to building a technical education system, as vendors of human resources that will match the national goals of growth by competence, contributions to economy through competitiveness and compatibility to societal development. NBA will provide the Quality bench marks targeted at Global and National Stockpile of human capital in all fields of technical education. 

 

Session IV: Speaker: Prof. Vidushi Sharma; Topic: Code of Ethics for Teachers; Date: 7th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary: The academic ethos and teaching profession have come a long way since the time when there were no universities but only learned men seeking reliable and fundamental knowledge. We have examined earlier that societies have changed and with them universities have changed too. The obligations of the teachers in the form of discovery, acquisition and dissemination of knowledge have not changed but the conditions in which they are to be brought into action have changed. Even as the Centre plans to introduce a “code of conduct” for universities to become effective and transparent, a leading academic has highlighted several loopholes in the system that needs to be plugged to improve quality of education and research. 

 

Principles of Ethical College and University Teaching

1. Content Competence 

2. Student Development 

3. Avoid Dual Relationships with Students 

4. Confidentiality 

5. Respect for Colleagues 

6. Valid Assessment of Students – Transparency of the system

7. Respect for Institution 

 

Session V: Speaker: CA Prashant Jain; Topic: Critical Analysis of the Present Curriculum; Date: 8th July, 2011; Time: 11pm to 12noon.

Summary: In examining the current status of Indian education, a striking pattern emerges in the form of the lack of curriculum relevance to students’ lives. As a product of the Indian primary education system, we can personally attest to the vast disconnect between academic topics studied and our life as a student. As a result, classroom learning has a tendency to take place on a very superficial level, leaving students unaware of the connection between classroom material and their own realties. The practice of following curriculum solely for the purpose of garnering high examination results and the over-specialization of one discipline at an early age contributes to current Indian education tendencies that continue to encourage rote learning instead of critical thinking skills. The lack of autonomy of teachers in choosing their curriculum is yet another explanation behind the persistence of the ‘textbook culture.’ Thus, by evaluating the present curriculum more relevant and meaningful syllabus can be developed so as to identify the students learning habits, teacher’s objectives and the student’s objective of joining a certain course. This helps in the overall personality development of a student which makes him employable in the present competitive world.

 

Session VI: Speaker: Prof. Rashmi Farkiya; Topic: Role of Regulatory Bodies in Improving Quality Education; Date: 9th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary:    A regulatory body, in the context of education, is an external organization that has been empowered by legislation to oversee and control the educational process and outputs relevant to it.

The various quality problems in present education system is that policies and procedures have not been streamlined to handle the vast load on education system. 

The are external interferences and pressures in all  aspects of education 

There is wide variation in admission policies adopted by various institutions.

The regulatory bodies can come a long way in improving the quality issues in today’s present education system. The can focus on autonomy: operational, financial and academic autonomy coupled with accountability so as to improve the quality of education in India.

 

Session VII

Speaker: Dr. Mona Tawar; Topic: Organizing FDPs/Seminars/Conferences and Workshops; Date: 11th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary: Enlistment of ideas and practical solutions is good to have in mind when organizing a conference. Holding a successful conference year after year constitutes a hallmark of excellence for a professional society or an educational institution. While many factors contribute to the success of such a meeting, a key factor is careful planning and organization. The presentation described a systematic approach to conference planning and organization: (1) making preliminary analyses and assessments; (2) obtaining the agreement of co-sponsors; (3) selecting key conference officers; (4) organizing conference committees; (5) selecting the conference site, hotel, and dates; (6) developing the conference master plan; (7) following through and implementing planning decisions; (8) anticipating and managing contingencies; and (9) coordinating post-conference activities. Using a systematic approach simplifies the task and makes it possible to run an annual meeting successfully.

 

Session VIII:                

Part I: Speaker: Prof. Sadhna Mandloi; Topic: Evaluation System with respect to B-Schools; Date: 12th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 3pm.

Summary: The overall performance of a student is indicated by the assessment tools which are embedded in the academic structure itself and allows academic progress to be assessed on a continuous basis. The evaluation system in management institutes or B-Schools is thus integrated and holistic. Typically, a course could include one or more of the following components:

Class Participation 

Tests & Quizzes 

Projects (Group & Individual) 

Research 

Assignments 

Term Papers 

Case Studies 

Seminars 

Mid-Term Examination 

End-Term Examination 

 

Part II: Speaker: Prof. Anish Patel; Topic: Generating Student’s Interest in Lectures; Date: 12th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4:30pm.

Summary: Lecturers/Instructors are expected to prepare organized, interesting, and helpful presentations. A traditional lecture style in which the lecturer presents information and works examples can be efficient and organized in covering material. However, it might not be the most effective in getting students to learn and think about the ideas in class. If students are asked questions or involved in some other way, they have to actively think about the material and process the information and ideas themselves. "Active learning" occurs when students participate and are guided towards understanding a topic in their own words. Traditional lectures provide students information, which is one role of lecture. If the goal is to increase the number of facts and amount of information students have, then giving them lists that they record is one way to do it. Questions, discussions, and activities, on the other hand, require that students think and form summaries and conclusions in their own words. If the goal is to increase a student's ability to ask questions, reason, think of counterexamples, and compare and contrast different ideas in the course, then a more participatory class might be advantageous. Alternatives to straight lecture include group work, activities, discussions, and asking questions. For most instructors, planning and practice will be needed to make alternative styles of teaching effective and comfortable. To increase the amount of time you have in class to let students participate, you could ask them to do readings before class or assign them a question or two to think about outside of class.

 

Session IX: 

Part I: Speaker: Prof. Rakesh Gupta; Topic: Importance of Library; Date: 13th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 3pm.

Summary: A library can be considered a store – house of knowledge. In dictionaries the word “library” has been defined as “a building or room containing a collection of books”. A library renders a great service to the society. There are a large number of Public Libraries maintained by the local authorities throughout the island.

 A library plays a very important role in promoting the progress of knowledge. There are many people who love reading. But they can’t afford to buy books because the prices of books are very high. So when one becomes a member of a library, he can borrow valuable books. A member can borrow two books at a time and he can keep it with him for two weeks. Libraries are particularly useful for poor children. Even those who are better off can’t afford to buy all the books they require for their studies. For instance, invaluable books like Encyclopedias and large dictionaries cannot be purchased.

The future of library will be as a knowledge center that is dynamic, where not only the librarian, the “books” (whether real or virtual), and the users engage in an interchange of ideas — but the library architecture acts as not only a surrounding framework, but also as a healthy “space” where ideas can flourish, live, grow and even be protected.

 

Part II: Speaker: Prof. Nidhi Shukla ; Topic: Institute Industry Interface; Date: 13th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4:30pm.

Summary: Universities and industry, which for long have been operating in separate domains, are rapidly inching closer to each other to create synergies. The constantly changing management paradigms, in response to growing complexity of the business environment, today, have necessitated these two to come closer. A productive interface between academia and industry in the present times of knowledge economy is a critical requirement.

 

In institute industry interface, the management institute remains in continuous touch with the industry for overall developments of the management students. The students are made to interact with the corporate world at frequent intervals so that they can imbibe corporate culture and norms followed there. A productive interface between academia and industry is a critical requirement for inclusive growth.

 

Session X

Speaker: Prof. Rashmi Choudhary; Topic:Present Education System-Corporate Viewpoint; Date: 14th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4:30pm.

Summary: Education has a very broad and deep meaning; it is not confined to time or space, it is an attitude, a constant search for learning founded on an insatiable curiosity. An "educated" person is not only someone who knows a great deal, but someone who wishes to learn in any circumstance, who poses questions, who probes, reflects and assimilates, to gain both knowledge and wisdom. 

The present system of higher education does not serve the purpose for which it has been started. In general education itself has become so profitable a business that quality is lost in the increase of quantity of professional institutions with quota system and politicization adding fuel to the fire of spoil system. This increases unemployment of graduates without quick relief to mitigate their sufferings in the job market of the country. The drawbacks of the higher education system underscore the need for reforms to make it worthwhile and beneficial to all concerned. 

India aspires to be powerful, it wants to play a role in the international community, for that to happen, its economy has to grow multifold and for that to happen, it requires a huge force of entrepreneurs who could transform it into a nation which produces, from the one which only consumes. 

 

Session XI

Part I

Speaker: Prof. Jitendra Chouhan; Topic: Faculty-Student Relationship; Date: 15th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 3pm.

Summary: The teacher-student relationship lies at the foundation of the educational process. As a matter of sound judgment and professional ethics, faculty members have a responsibility to avoid any apparent or actual conflict between their professional responsibilities and personal relationships with students.

 

When faculty and students work together in the deep collaborative learning process, the relationship between student and instructor takes on a new form. Some students view instructors simply as guides who point them in a given direction. Others may want a mentor and ally to support the life and learning journey in more substantive ways. When student and instructor acknowledge that they’re both learning, the instructor’s offering becomes more dynamically connected to the student.

 

As teachers, the professors encourage the free pursuit of learning of their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their discipline. Professors demonstrate respect for students as individuals and adhere to their proper roles as intellectual guides and counselors. Professors make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that their evaluations of students reflects each student’s true merit. They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student. They avoid any exploitation, harassment, or discriminatory treatment of students. They acknowledge significant academic or scholarly assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom.

Part II

Speaker: Prof. Veena Dadwani; Topic: Co-Curricular Activity and Student’s Growth; Date: 15th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4:30pm.

 

Summary: Co-curricular and extra curricular activities are an integral part of the curriculum which provide educational activities to the students and thereby help in broadening their experiences. Co-curricular activities can be defined as the activities that enhance and enrich the regular curriculum during the normal school hours. Whereas extra curricular activities are the activities that take place beyond the normal school hours wherein the students are encouraged to participate voluntarily in activities like NCC, athletics etc.

 

Its Importance

These activities are designed to meet the needs of the students and cover a broad / wide range of their abilities and talents. Such activities stimulate the interests in the students and provide equal opportunity to all the students to participate. These activities enhance the learning experience of the students and help in recognizing and developing their inner skills such as leadership qualities, creative or innovative skills. Co-curricular and extra curricular activities give the students a chance to think out of their box and get creative ideas of their own with the help of a guide / facilitator. These activities help the students in developing a richer learning experience by giving them a chance to think in new ways to solve a problem or answer a question. Students need to take time outs to do more than just studying and co-curricular and extra curricular activities give them a chance to relax, refresh and mingle easily with others. In short, these activities prepare the students practically for their future.

 

Session XII

Part I

Speaker: Prof. Himanshu Gupta; Topic: Importance of Undergraduate Programs; Date:16th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 2:30pm.

Summary: In India it takes three or four years to complete a "graduate" degree. The three year undergraduate programs are mostly in the fields of arts, commerce, science etc., and the four year programs are mostly in the fields of technology, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, agriculture etc. However, for medicine, law and architecture, the period has been five years.

UG Programs are the crucial tool to generate professional skills in an individual so that they may become competent for professional environments. However an individual should not choose stream only as per the trend but should evaluate own calibers interest related to the requirement 

Part II

Speaker: Prof. Varun Keshari; Topic: Professionalism at Workplace; Date: 16th July, 2011; Time: 2:30pm to 3:15pm.

Summary: Professionalism is the expertise that a professional has of a certain field. In the workplace, professionalism refers to an individual doing their job, with sincerity and genuineness. Professionalism leads to logical and unbiased decision. In the absence of professionalism, the concepts of "politics" and "mind games" find room to breed. But, this explanation is not enough to understand the concept of professionalism. These days, every salaried employee with a degree considers himself a professional. If that fact was worth any salt, professionalism would not be hard to find and tough to keep in the corporate sector, right? 

Well, then how do we understand professionalism in the workplace? Professionalism at work requires an individual to possess these characteristics: 

Knowing oneself and being in control of one's reactions and work related antics. Losing control over one's temper is not considered professional at a work place.

Handling constructive criticism. Constructive or not, criticism is a part of any working experience. As such, as a part of professionalism at work, one needs to be receptive of criticism. While giving the criticism a thought and following it through if it is constructive and ignoring it if not.

One has to be aware that workplace conflicts are natural and hence inevitable. It is not in human nature to be around so many people for so much time on a regular basis, under occasional stress, and yet manage to be conflict-free. The point is to harness that conflict into positive productivity and leave it at that.

Session XIII

Part I

Speaker: Prof. Mukesh Gupta ; Topic: Problems Faced by Students during Post Graduation Programme; Date: 18th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 3pm.

 

Summary: Students are the “Basic Building Block” of the country. While time spent at college is a fond memory and a happy experience for most, college life is not without its rough patches and problems. While each person’s problems are unique to their current circumstances, I know that there are a few problems that almost all college students deal with at least once during their time at college. Today's Students are the future for tomorrow, for any country. If our present has problems, definitely it will grow gradually in future also.  So, we should try to handle the problems of present so that we can make a bright future of country for tomorrow. 

Part II

Speaker: Prof. Neha Zanzariya ; Topic: Academic Performance Indicators for Teachers; Date: 18th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 4pm.

Summary: A performance indicator or key performance indicator (KPI) is a measure of performance which usually defines the success factor. It is a method to measure the degree to which key objectives are achieved. The basic objectives of Performance Indicators is to view performance snapshots at various levels, assess current situation and determine root causes of identified problem areas, set goals, expectations and trend the performance of the selected individual. It also helps to keep a record and tell a story, benchmark against your goals, helps new teachers achieve their full potential, provides fair, effective and consistent teacher evaluation in every educational institution and lastly promotes professional growth.

The various performance indicators for Teachers are as follows:

Teacher, Teaching quality, Research paper publication, Innovations, Communication skills, Concern for students, Ethics, Co curricular activity, Knowledge, Currently updated, Qualification, Strength, Coordination, Desire to achieve, Leadership, Creativity, Honesty, Interpersonal relationship, Punctuality etc. 

 

Session XIV

Part I

Speaker: Prof. Ankita Jain; Topic: Ethical Values in Education System; Date: 19th July, 2011; Time: 2pm to 3pm.

Summary: Education is a golden way to empower people to improve their activities or diversify them, increase their income, get and interpret information and make decisions, strengthen social cohesion and participation and promote ethical values. Education is a mission and not profession. The whole education system in India is running on damage control. Ethics are the desired norms of behavior set by society to guide us what is wrong and what is right. Ethics involves critical reflection on morality, including the ability to make choices between values and the examination of the moral dimensions of relationships. Ethics refers to the code of conduct that guides an individual while dealing with a situation.

Values are things that an individual believes to be intrinsically worthwhile or desirable, that are prized for themselves (e.g., truth, beauty, honesty justice, respect for people and for the environment). Values are our fundamental beliefs which guide us to judge what is right or wrong. Every unethical practice done by student is a mere reflection of unethical on the part of all parties responsible for his formal and informal education. If we want to produce people who share the values of a democratic culture, they must be taught those values and not be left to acquire them by chance.

Part II

Speaker: Prof. Sumit Zokarkar; Topic: Challenges faced by Confidential Section in an Autonomous Institute; Date: 19th July, 2011; Time: 3pm to 3:30pm.

Summary: The College autonomy was recommended by The Education Commission (1964-66) for promoting academic excellence. Autonomous Status is granted by University Grant Commission in India. A Permanent Affiliation with Parent University is a prerequisite for Granting Autonomous status. The fundamental objectives of giving autonomy to institutions are as follows:

Autonomy to prescribe own courses of study and syllabi

Autonomy to use modern tools of educational technology 

Autonomy to evolve methods of assessment of student’s performance, the conduct of examinations and notification of results

Autonomy to promote healthy practices in education 

The work flow in the confidential section of an autonomous institute consists of three steps which mainly includes pre-examination, exam conduction and post examination stages. The major challenges faced by the confidential section are as follows:

Maintaining wide spectrum of Subject Experts

Quality of Paper Setting

Non specific, incomplete and irrelevant questions

Illegible writing

Negligence of moderator

Evaluation pattern

Large Variation from person to person

No standard marking pattern

Time consuming

Procedural Delays

Record keeping

Student Grievances

Complexities of Year Back and ATKT Students 

Dealing with accounts / payments

 

Part II

Speaker: Prof. Shweta Mogre; Topic: Teaching Methodologies for College Students; Date: 19th July, 2011; Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Summary: Teaching methods can best be defined as the types of principles and methods used for instruction. Need of different Teaching Methods arises from various reasons such as Due to subject demand, to meet the purpose of making the students understand the subject/Topic, for making the topic more interesting, for time saving, to make work easy and to make students more attentive in the class room. The various types of Teaching Methods are: 

Lecture and Lecture With Discussion

Class Discussion

Case study

Role Play and Panel of Experts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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