Best Practice I:
Title of the Practice: Holistic Education for Employable Graduates.
Objectives of the Practice: Holistic education also referred to as ‘alternative education’ focuses on preparing students to meet any challenges that they may face in life and in their academic and professional career. Engineering curriculum developers and all the stakeholders involved in the education process must realize that it is a misconception to think academic achievement and professional success alone is sufficient to lead a happy life. Modern education, has lost sight of the concept of actively cultivating the development of the whole child; his emotions, his social skills, his spiritual beliefs, his participation and contribution to the country and his role in the world in general. Engineering graduates face a very complex life with anxiety and fear about their future. Many professional bodies especially engineering educators are voicing their concerns about how engineering graduates struggle to find balance and meaning in their professional and personal lives. Engineering education has to rethink and develop teaching systems in relation to for example, learning objectives, choice of teaching and learning methods, assessment and organizational culture. The students must have the 3Cs (Curiosity and Creativity, Collaboration and Compassion) for a prospective future to be built.
Proponents of changes in the engineering curriculum advocate a holistic and inclusive curriculum wherein technical subjects, science and humanities and soft skills form part of the curriculum. Holistic education helps in conceptualizing philosophical and abstract inquiries of life and also questions regarding the challenges in life and how to overcome obstacles, achieve success in both professional and personal life. Hence, holistic education allows students to evolve while they are young, as a complete individual who is equipped to face complex realities no matter what their apparent similarities or singularities are. A smooth blend of technical and non-technical, social subjects and humanities can enhance the quality of life of an engineer.
The Context: Excellence in Engineering Education from students' perspective is that students learn in the class rooms and on their own by listening, visualising, experimenting, experiencing, and going through practical training. The philosophy of education is to work with the use of Knowledge- Skill and Behavior. Four years prior to their graduation during the first week of registration an Induction program is conducted for the students to provide support for a successful transition and to create a career vision approach. Three years prior to their graduation, the students are sent as grooming professionals to experience the industrial and societal environment. Two years prior to graduation, students have an opportunity to work on experiential learning. And finally During the year of graduation, students are trained to cultivate a sense of accomplishment as employable graduates.
The Practice: We at GEC strive to impart holistic education to enhance the all-round aspects of graduates enabling employability. The complete focus is on “KNOWLEDGE-SKILL-BEHAVIOR” - the basic mantra of OBE. The entire process is a career vision approach starts with Induction Program and ends at employment routed though the Outcome based curriculum (Cognitive domain skill set) blended with (Internship, Industrial linkage, Certification courses, Skill development Labs, Placement Training Programs)- Psychomotor domain skill set, (student clubs, professional society chapters, participation in other co and extracurricular activities –GECFEST )- Affective domain skill set.
Evidence of Success
- Induction Program- 3 weeks as per AICTE/UGC guidelines.
- Internship- Compulsory for all third year students.
- Industrial linkages- through 32 collaborations and 41 MoUs.
- Certification Courses- NPTEL Local Chapter with rating of A.
- Skill Development Labs- APSSDC Center of Excellence in CSE, ECE,EEE,ME
- Placement Training Programs- Compulsory from 2nd year.
- Student Clubs- Nine clubs such as Cultural, Green, Literary, Innovation and Startup, Music and Photography, Coding, Techno, Quest, Electronics Hobby.
- Professional Society Chapters- ACE, CSI, IEEE, SAE, IE, ISTE, IETE.
- Students Achievements-
- Placement – above 70%.
Problems Encountered and Resources Required: The foremost challenge faced is time management by students and faculty at par. Further challenge lies in introspecting the ability of students. There was lack of motivation in students’ due to no direct credit and stretching of college hours to accommodate the activities at initial phase of implementation but motivation enhanced considerably viewing the achievements of holistically developed students in form of higher pay packages, admission in foreign universities etc. Students have exhibited certain traits like being responsible citizen, time management, effective communication skill (technical & non technical), leadership skill and lifelong learning. The deployment requires further strengthening and support from stakeholders.
Best Practice II:
Title of the Practice: Go Green Campus
- Goal: Environmental issues bring about thoughtful questions on the roles of Institutes in society. Irrespective of whether they are contributing to a better environment or worsening it, Institutions have to acknowledge environmental or green issues through impact research and measurement. Based on the approach GEC has significant Green Initiatives to
• Promote sustainability by creating awareness
• Share knowledge & expertise-Expert talks about environmental problems and possible solutions
Deploy eco-friendly technologies for greening and cleaning our campuses
The context: The main contexts are (i) Water Management, (ii) Waste management, (iii) Energy ( conservation and generation) and (iv) Landscaping and Trees. (v) Beyond the Campus Environmental promotional activities. (vi) Green, Environment and Energy Audits.
• The Internal stakeholders takes all measures to save the power.
• More than 60% lighting requirements are met through LED sources
Use of renewable energy: Interactive solar power generating system of 320 KVA is provided on the roof top of the academic buildings. With the installation of this system 70 to75% of the total electricity requirement is met. It also has additional advantages like:
a) no escalation in power cost for 15 years
b) upto 20% rebate in property tax under Green Building Norms ,
c) uninterrupted energy use during day time round the year.
Water harvesting: Water recycling or waste water treatment plant of XXXm3 or XXXX liters capacity has been constructed. The principle of the treatment is based on Phytorid (Sample) technology. The Phytorid Technology treatment is absorb surface flow type in which waste water is applied to cell/system filled with porous media such as crushed bricks, grave land stones. It consists of three zones (i) Inlet zone composed of crushed bricks and different sizes of stones (ii) Treatment zone consist of same media as in inlet zone with plant species and (iii) Outlet zone. Daily XXXm3 or XXX liters recycled water is available. This is being used for landscaping of the institute. Institute also proposes to further use this recycled water for flush systems. This would save 30% of fresh water. Rain water harvesting structures are in place which collects the roof top rain waters and discharges it to ground.
Efforts for Carbon Neutrality: By conserving and reusing energy the need fore xcessive use of fossil fuel scan greatly reduce, thus reducing carbon emissions. Installing solar panel shelps in reducing carbon emissions. The installation of XXXKW solar power systems has saved the amount of carbondioxide released into the air. Thus the emission of carbondioxide is well controlled with these efforts in the institute to achieve carbon neutrality.
Plantation: Every year students along with the garden staff plant trees. Plantation Drives are organized by NSS. Due to this program over the years the campus has become lush and green.
e-Wastemanagement: E-waste generated is first reused in the campus itself and replaced with buy back policy.