MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL
Virtual International Conference on Implementation of NEP 2020 In Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges
The International Quality Assurance Cell Organized a two day virtual international conference on implementation of NEP 2020 in higher education institutions: opportunities and challenges on December 1 and 2, 2020. The conference was inaugurated by Dr S C Sharma, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The main objective of the conference was to collaborate with the experts in the field of higher education, for arriving at an action plan for Implementation of NEP 2020 in higher education institutions. In his inaugural address, Dr Sharma highlighted the need for revamping the educational systems, as the world is undergoing rampant changes in the knowledge landscape with various scientific, innovative and technological advancements. He threw light on the critical areas of the NEP, including the focus areas concerning academic adventure and institutional integrity. He revamped on the ‘light but tight’ regulatory approach of the government in implementing NEP 2020.
The welcome address was delivered by Dr Fr Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru. In his welcome address, Dr Augustine referred to the education system in ancient India which was rooted in, not just in the acquisition of knowledge, but in appreciation of life experience and the liberation of one’s own self. He also stated that Kristu Jayanti College, following the footsteps of the founder members of the CMI, strives to fulfil its mission to provide educational opportunities to all aspiring youth, by creating opportunities for academic excellence and by building global competencies in a dynamic academic environment.
The prelude to the conference was presented by Dr Justin Nelson Michael, Director, Centre for Research. Dr Calistus Jude, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, delivered the vote of thanks.
The first session on Effective Governance and Leadership in Higher Educational Institutions was coaxed by the keynote address of Dr Rishikesh B S, Member, Sub Committee, Taskforce on Implementation of NEP in Karnataka & Associate Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India.
Dr Rishikesh started the session by shedding light on a brief background on NEP 2020. He emphasised on the point that there is a need to ensure that the educational institutions align with the objectives of NEP 2020. Dr Rishikesh also re-emphasised on NEP’s weight on the broad-based holistic education and effective governance.
The second session of the conference was on Reforms on Professional, Vocational and Teacher Education, by Dr Leena Chandran Wadia, Chief Consultant, Committee for Draft NEP and Member, Drafting Committee, NEP 2020. Dr Leena started her presentation by exploring the symbolic meaning of the Mobius strip icon in the Draft NEP 2019, which figuratively represents education as a continuum- ‘with no beginning and no end’. Developing on the perceptions of the previous sessions, Dr Wadia stated that the foremost challenge India is facing in higher education is “a small quantity of high-quality educational institutions”. The speaker discussed in details the opportunities and challenges in the integration of vocational and professional education. She also talked in volumes about the principles used to arrive at the Draft of NEP 2019 (DNEP). Dr Wadia also shared the importance of evenly investing in student and faculty development, balancing contributions to research, teaching, student wellbeing and in the larger spectrum of the society and country.
The keynote session III under the title “Internationalisation of Higher Education- Opportunities and Challenges”, began with the introduction of the resource person Dr Philip G Laird, Vice Provost, Trinity Western University, Canada. “Global collaboration between institutions is a marathon, not a sprint.” said Dr Laird on the outset, displaying the image of a runner on the virtual screen. Through the metaphoric association, Dr Laird sets up his view that international collaboration is about building trust and relationships over time. He continued his talk focusing on the ‘New Global Normal’ scenario in the world, as an aftereffect of the covid-19 pandemic. He pointed out that the global pandemic has brought in both challenges and opportunities.
On the one hand, the pandemic has affected the structures of social functioning and pushed down millions into economic havoc. On the other hand, it has enabled people to think differently, to figure out alternative solutions to problems. In the course of the lecture, further emphasis was given on the necessity of international collaboration on research initiatives, and for facilitating the student and faculty development. The session was concluded with an interactive session, in which the resource person and the participants articulated their point of views.
The fourth session of the virtual international conference was vivacious with the erudite presence of Dr Y Narasimhulu Former Vice Chancellor, Rayalaseema University, Andhra Pradesh. He spoke on the topic” Move with the Times” and he mentioned that Covid 19 pandemic has allowed the students and teachers to look into education through a novel perspective. Online education, according to the speaker, has led the world to take the path of transformation in everything they were doing in academia. As many of the transactions are online now – online meetings, virtual transfers, virtual seminars and the like, he encouraged the audience to keep an open mind and to adapt to the changing landscape of education. ‘We need to be flexible in our academic approaches and be ready to fit in the changing scenarios in the field of education’, said Dr Narasimhulu. The session came to an end with an interactive session between the Dr Narasimhulu and the participants of the conference.
In the Fifth session, Kristu Jayanti College presented a working model for the implementation of NEP 2020 in the institution. The session under the title preparedness of NEP Implementation was presented by Dr Aloysius Edward, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management and Dr Gopakumar A V, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, Bengaluru. The Session primary acknowledged the institution’s openness towards the implementation of NEP 2020. It emphasised on the importance of having an action plan and preparedness to embrace the new wave of academic transference. The session addressed the challenges and discussed an action plan to turn the challenges into opportunities. Delegates from other academic institutions raised their concerns, and the discussion positively strived to solve the doubts and concerns.
The keynote session VI was delivered by Dr S Srikanta Swamy, Academic Consultant, Research and Analysis Wing, NAAC, Bengaluru, India. The speaker started the session by sharing the key highlights of NEP 2020. The speaker stressed on aspects of NEP 2020 relating to the pedagogical dissemination of quality, value and flexibility. He also added that real education should go beyond the classroom teaching to train the young minds to develop an analytical mind. According to the speaker, teaching is pre-planned behaviour, and it is important to merge child development theory and teaching theories. Dr Swamy exalted that teaching involves many factors such as motivation and inspiration to the learners to take it to a higher level in a manner that learning becomes a continuous process. He also stated that the commitment of the teachers, their passion and interest levels of the teachers are important.
The two-day virtual international conference witnessed the flocking of ideologies from various strata of Higher education, deliberating institutional excellence, building uniqueness and the challenges and opportunities of NEP 2020 implementation.
The critical discussions of the virtual international conference were:
1. To ponder on an action plan for Implementation of NEP 2020 in higher education institutions.
2. The ‘light but tight’ regulatory approach of the government in implementing NEP 2020.
3. Thrust on upholding the four main principles of Indian constitution: liberty equality, fraternity and justice as the hallmark of all higher education institutions.
4. Emphasis on effective governance in the institutional and university level.
5. Challenges Indian education system is facing at present with the “small quantity of high-quality educational institutions”.
6. Opportunities and challenges in the integration of vocational and professional education
7. Internationalisation of higher education- opportunities and challenges
8. Concerns of the digital divide between the haves and have-nots.
9. Flexibility in academic approaches and the readiness to fit in the changing scenarios in the field of education.
10. The need of an action plan and preparedness to implement NEP 2020.
National Conferences [November 13 - 14, 2019]
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru organized National conference for the 11th successive year with a relevant and emerging issue discussing the “Role of Higher Educational Institutions in Promoting Lifelong Learning and Inclusiveness” on 13th and 14th of November 2019. The inaugural ceremony on 13th November was presided by Rev Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal of Kristu Jayanti College. The chief guest for the inaugural session, Prof. S. N. Hegde, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Mysore, stated that Higher Education and research are instrumental in advancement and transfer of productive knowledge to constitute social, economic, cultural and scientific assets of our country. Lifelong learners can be groomed by conscientious teachers by creating exciting and challenging learning environment.
The first keynote session by Prof. Yagnamurthy Sreekanth, Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru on “Dimensions of Inclusive Learning and Teaching” emphasized on evolving inclusive curriculum design, delivery and assessment methods. He called for collective efforts among educationists to promote inclusive learning and teaching for engaging students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible to all.
The second keynote session on “Effectiveness of Open and Distant Learning in Higher Education” was addressed by Dr. Jose Cherian M Head, School of Education, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore who enlightened the delegates on the types of ODL, its objectives and need today.
The third session on “Enhancing Quality through Inclusiveness in Higher Education” was by Dr.Aradhna Yadav, Director - Patel Institute of Science & Management, Bengaluru enlightened the participants on the employability factors through vocational courses and the urgency to make higher education accessible to everyone. The session also put forth a need to revamp the school education system to uplift the society to meet the industrial age.
The deliberations of the Second day of national conference commenced with 20 thematic paper presentation sessions. The fourth keynote session “Promoting Lifelong Learning – Future of HEI” was chaired by Dr. Ravichandra Reddy, Former acting director of NAAC and Senior Academic Consultant – EMS. Prof. Anitha Kurup, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Head of Education Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru in the keynote session insisted that we need to focus more on the increased student capabilities through pedagogic changes, and technology tools. Prof. Anitha also challenged the teachers to bring in contemporary content to class every day and the ability to create challenging assessment for the students and stressed on the importance of blended learning approaches in education and training sectors.
The fifth keynote session on “Draft New Education Policy 2019 - Inclusive Education and Lifelong Learning” was chaired Prof. Mariamma Varghese, Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Prof. Leena Chandran Wadia, Senior Consultant of the committee on the New Education Policy 2019 highlighted the benefits of real autonomy of higher education institutions in order to offer broad based liberal education.
The conference served as a platform for 106 delegates from 23 higher education institutions from 7 different states across the country to come together and share their thoughts on various aspects on lifelong learning and inclusiveness. The participants of the two days conference decided on strategies to promote lifelong learning by
The chief guest for the valediction of the national conference was Dr. Janardham, Registrar IC and Registrar Evaluation, Bangalore North University who appreciated Kristu Jayanti College for the quality initiatives taken in the journey towards excellence and in imparting value based education. The conference concluded with the announcement of the theme for the 12th National IQAC Conference to be held in November 2020.
National Conferences [November 16 -17, 2018]
Dr. N. Nagambika Devi IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Karnataka inaugurated the Conference and highlighted several successful and unique practises carried out by the State of Karnataka especially the Sahayog Employment Enhancement Skill Initiative efforts undertaken in the Govt colleges. She suggested that the higher educational institutions have the responsibility of making positive impact on the neighbourhood, groom socially sensitive youngsters and make education more accessible to the less privileged. In his presidential address, Rev. Fr.Josekutty P.D the Principal of Kristu Jayanti College encouraged all the educators that any institution can build its uniqueness when they serve the people with clear purpose by providing quality education and strive for excellence in all aspects.
The first session on Developing Unique Practices for Enhancing Excellence in Higher Educational Institutions was steered by the keynote speaker Prof.V. S. Prasad, Former Director, NAAC and Former Vice Chancellor of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. Professor Prasad was of the view that accepting autonomous status itself helps a higher educational institution to experiment and evolve unique practises. The speaker resonated that there is no tailor made formula for developing unique practises. The institution should experience and evolve its own practises that are context specific and institution relevant fulfilling the goals of higher education. The first session was chaired by Prof. K. Sudha Rao, Former Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Open University who concluded that building uniqueness is a progressive activity and any institution will be known only for its uniqueness.
The second session of the conference was on Preparedness of Higher Educational Institutions towards Changing Environment was chaired by Dr. Shakuntala Katre, Senior Academic Consultant, EMS, Bangalore. The keynote speaker was Dr. Kathan Shukla, Professor, Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The session was a journey starting with the Current Scenario of Teaching Learning Practices adopted in higher educational institutions in the country where success is determined in reproducing model responses in a timely manner. He presented a comparative analysis of different methodologies and was of view that Indian higher educational system lacks accountability and that could be one of the reasons for not moving forward. Institution can position itself as teaching intensive institution, research intensive institution or a mix of both. The chairperson Dr. Katre remarked that Indian higher system has a deficit of trust, truthfulness and tolerance. As the Indian scenario is in the transformative phase, class room management system has to be continued in addition to technology enabled learning to provide better accessibility towards higher education.
The third technical session on Change Management in Higher Educational Institutions was addressed by Prof. Bipin V. Mehta, Executive Director, Swarnim Start-up & Innovation University Gandhinagar, Gujarat who elaborated on how management of change is carried out in higher educational institutions. He provided successful models of change that are initiated by Indian educational institutions today and concluded that any change management should have clear measurable goals for it to be successful. The chairperson of the session Dr. V. Immanuel, Principal, Rev. Jacob Memorial Christian College, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu voiced caution about reckless change management and insisted upon a planned change.
The day two of the conference started with 22 delegates presenting papers on the various subthemes of the conference. The Session IV was a Presentation of Unique Practices by Dr. Dhaval Pujara, Director, Research & Innovation, Nirma University. Dr. Pujara had a multitude of ideas and observed that even though India had expanded in terms of numbers in higher education, quality of education was never seriously looked upon. The speaker highlighted several successful practices such as the rigorous attention shown towards the Faculty Development Programme and the opportunities provided to the students to pursue courses and initiate innovative ideas. The chairperson Dr. M.L. Joseph illustrated the various good practises adopted at St.Alberts college, Kochi. The fifth-session on Presentation of Unique Practices by Dr. Meena Chintamaneni, Registrar, NMIMS University, Mumbai, illustrated the evolution of NMIMS University from 1981 with one student to one of the most sought after University today. Dr. Meena rightly said that to bring in quality we require only right attitude that is self-driven.
The two day conference witnessed the flocking of ideas from 96 participants from 10 states of India representing Higher Education institutions building uniqueness and institutional excellence. The key suggestions evolved in the deliberation were
• Opening doors of Higher educational institutions to impact the surroundings and make education accessible to all
• HEI should focus on their goals and values to find their uniqueness and identity.
• Evolve practices that are context specific and area specific
• HEI must evolve practices that focus upon the emerging trends – grooming students skilled for future
• Attitude of resisting change is to be resisted and planning of implementing effective changes to be carried out
• Academic, research and administrative responsibilities of educators to be clearly defined and demarcated
• Education to be designed to cater to young generation learners and Managing the changing attitudes of the learner has to be taken earnestly
• The role of the Assessment agencies is to measure quality and the institutions have the complete prerogative to ensure quality culture which is self-driven
• Change management in higher education should be measurable
• Periodic Skill Enhancement training of faculty members to enable them to be the drivers of change.
The Chief Convener of the Conference was Dr. Aloysius Edward, Co-ordinator of IQAC and was ably supported by the members of Internal Quality Assurance Cell. The common theme that reverberated in the two day Icon was ‘uniqueness cannot be replicated and every institution should learn and evolve its own uniqueness through its experiences’
National Conferences [January 18-19, 2018]
The 9th National conference on the Role of Higher Educational Institutions in Sectoral Equilibrium and National Well-being was held on 18th and 19th Jan 2018 in Kristu Jayanti College. The inaugural ceremony on 18th Jan presided by the principal of Kristu Jayanti college- Rev Fr. Josekutty P D. Dr. Calistus Jude, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, welcomed the gathering and Dr. Aloysius Edward, Convenor of the conference gave the prelude to the conference. The chief guest for the inaugural session, Dr. Jerome Bove, Scientific and academic Attache’, French Embassy in India- - Consulate General of France , described in his inaugural address, the initiatives taken by French govt to improve collaborative research, to encourage start-ups and also the French foot print. He lauded the management and IQAC for holding such conference with relevant theme of skilling the youth of India which would accelerate the growth of Indian economy further. Prof. Ramya B, Co-convenor of the conference proposed the vote of thanks during the inaugural ceremony
Session 1: RECENT INITIATIVES OF HIGHER EDUCATION TOWARDS BALANCED SECTORAL GROWTH
Chair Person: Mr. Sanjeev Patil ., Principal, Jaee Foundations’ Gurukul Degree College, Kalaburagi
Keynote Speaker: Dr.S. Rajaguru., Principal, Sri. Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyala College of Education, Coimbatore
The keynote speaker for the session insisted on the India’s heritage which helped in the higher education in ancient days. Sir also reminded that we are living in a ‘PUNNIYA BUMI’ with lots of resources. He revealed various statistics and evidences from Vedas, Epics and Indian Scriptures related to education. Lord. Macaulay’s education gave huge strength for Indian education system which helped in scientific inventions. He raised a question to the audience that such a legendary country is facing challenges in retaining the values in the education. The reason is value crisis in educational system. Sir insisted on the importance given to agriculture in the past and in future. He also explained how agriculture and rural life will help students in learning values. He advised the educational institution to include agriculture in the curriculum. Sir insisted that agriculture is important for the national well-being.
He also envisioned that Education is the manifestation of perfection. Sir mentioned the difference between educated and literate people. He also quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy towards education that is 3H( Head,- cognitive, Hearts- affective & Hands- psychomotor).
The new educational objectives given by UNESCO in the 21st century is related with yoga
1. Learning to Know – Gnana yoga
2. Learning to Do – Karma Yoga
3. Learning to Live together – Saga yoga
4. Learning to be – Saga - yoga
There is a massive growth of higher education institution in India. The quality of the education accounts to less than 1% of the population of the country. Only 6% of the institutions are there for higher education. National Knowledge commission planned to increase the higher educational institution five times within 2015, but till 2017 they achieved only 50% of the target. The challenges faced by teacher to provide quality education are Social challenges, Economical challenges, Political challenges, Cultural challenges, Political challenges, challenges from science and technology and pedagogical challenges.
To overcome all these challenges the following factors should be considered before implementing the educational policy
1. Curriculum development
2. Training to teachers
3. Infrastructure facilities
Three types of generation are
X Generation - people using old technology (Old TV, Old Computer, Radio etc.)
Y Generation – People Using technology (Old mobile)
Z Generation – People using social media (Skype, Face book etc.)
To focus on the Z generation the teachers should update them every day.
Exceptional students should be given special attention. The following are the different types of exceptional students. Physically challenged students, sensitively challenged students, cognitively challenged students, behaviorally challenged, perception ally challenged, and socially deprecated students. Communication is not common for all the students.
There are two types of Learners in the class room Analytical thinkers (Intellect) and Global thinkers (Creative). Discrimination should be there in the class room. It will help in value development.
Mr. Sanjeev Patil , chairperson of the session in his concluding message envisioned the challenges for growth in the higher education system. He also suggested conducting meditation for students to focus on discipline and mentoring of the students. The session was highly inspiring and emphasized on the challenges in the higher education system and the measures to overcome these challenges.
Session – II
Contribution of Indian Universities towards Innovation in Diverse Sectors
Date: 18th January, 2018 Time : 1.45 PM
Chairperson: Prof.MARIAMMA VARGHESE
Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
Keynote Speaker: Prof. S. Parasuraman
Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
The chairperson set the tone of the session by highlighting the broad values and vision an institution stands for can be of application to the society. The chairperson congratulated Kristu Jayanti College in its continued efforts to make valuable contributions to society.
Dr Parasuraman started the session by stating that the fundamental elements of Universities are students and teachers. Teachers are people with certain level of maturity and teaching profession always deals with young people. He was of the opinion that if young people of this country is properly utilised there is no looking back for this nation. That is the area where Higher Educational Institutions plays a vital role whereby they can bring in societal change through young people.
The speaker spoke from his own vast experience elucidating each of his points with an experience he encountered. He discussed about the migrant work force in Kerala, the situation of young women in Assam ,the problem of dehydrating coconuts in Nicobar islands without pollution and how HEI’s can study these kind of societal situations and to suggest what best can be done in these kinds of situations. Students working with communities can identify their problem easily and can develop suitable solutions often working much better than an outside solution brought in to solve the problem.
Dr Parasuraman narrated the examples of TISS student projects turning out to be internationally acclaimed programs like Child helpline with the toll free no- 1098 imitated by Ms.Jeru Billimoria and how Mr.Mohammed Tariq’s work with beggar home turned out to be the Koshish program. He narrated the setting up of mobile courts at beggars home in Delhi helping the beggars.
The speaker briefed upon the school social work program, National University Student Employement Program and how through all these HEI can implement skill development programs. He was of the view Indian universities can do so much provided there are teachers who makes things happen.
He expressed his concern that in spite Government implementing many programs like Mid- day meals, Gram Vikas Yogna and many more- India remains hungry and poor due to the leakages in the system which in turn is a result of deterioration of personal values and ethics. He suggested all the members present to ensure that their institute should, connect with community, understand their problem, do macro level planning and come out with grass-root level projects to practically resolve the problems of rural India.
Many a time we have a specific description for a human being and if the person do not fit into that description, society has problem towards accepting those people. We do not much bother about how an individual ended up in that state. Sir illustrated the projects done by Action Aid to illustrate what young people can do to bringing in change of poor people.
He urged that every HEI institution should make sure that there is no poverty around their campus and every HEI should do a self check about what they are doing for the society.
He concluded his session by stating that the need of the hour was moulding students who are disciplined and got an urge to bring in change. All the social innovations should be sustainable and should be done by community participation. Higher educational institutions can take a definite lead to bring in Scoietal innovation to improve the quality of living. .
In the concluding address the Chairperson -Prof. MARIAMMA VARGHESE, Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai appreciated the efforts taken by TISS and emphasised on the possibilities available for autonomous institutions and universities to explore new ways to connect with community by incorporating such activities in the curriculum and evaluation process..
Keynote Session 3
Role of HEIs in skilling challenged youth
Chairperson: Fr. Felix Chackalackal,
Manager St. Pauls College, Kalamasserry, Senate member, MG University
Keynote speaker: Dr. Shivappa IES
The chairperson, Fr. Felix Chackalackal , Manager St. Pauls College, Kalamasserry, Senate member, MG University started the session by quoting that “Skill India and India will skill you.” He commented that 93% work force belong to rural areas and hence there is urgent need to develop the rural areas by introducing and modifying technology.This would lead to national development.
The Keynote speaker Dr. Shivappa IES, said that he started his life from a humble background and that he finished his PhD by taking bank loan. His dream was to contribute something to the community and established his own NGO’s. He was sorry to reveal the fact that the ratio of unemployment is 58% and that 62% of the postgraduates are unemployed. 97% of the labourers are unskilled and we don’t know whom to blame for all this.
The education system has to be changed. It should not be restricted to just completing the syllabus without being bother about the fate of students. As a teacher, what have I given to the society and what is my ultimate goal is to be questioned. He emphasized that we should not be restricted by our own boundaries. Many handicraft sectors have disappeared. In his humble effort to revive cottage industries, he has established 5000 self- help programmes. He is involved in the design, development and transformation programme for rural based cottage industries. By giving marketing assistance, an entire village an entire state and thus entire country could be empowered. Since IRDP, NRDP etc. has failed, government of India is trusting NGO for implementing the programme. He showed his concern that Government is neglecting the cottage sector. The empowerment of rural sector could be a solution to unemployment. To get the right candidate for the right job is very difficult. Government policies are hindrance for economic development.100% placement is possible by special training programme in skill development. He insisted that internships leading to placements should be made compulsory in courses. He concluded by saying that he is leading a peaceful life as 5000 people whom he has given employment are blessing him.
Fr. Felix Chackalackal concluded by saying that 98% of his students are OBC but he has 92% results. He said that it was because of the curriculum and in house training facilities available to the students. He expressed his discomfort that the government of Kerala is not giving sanction for new courses and not supporting private institutions.
Day 2: Paper presentations (9.30 am)
Keynote Session IV 11.00am
Impetus on higher education on renewable resources, agriculture and rural development
Chairperson: Dr. Ravichandra Reddy,
Former acting Director-NAAC & Senior Academic Consultant
i. Dr.Gangadharappa, Professor Emeritus, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru
ii. Dr.Shivanna, Vice Chancellor,University of Agricultural Science,Bengaluru
Chairperson Dr.Ravichandra Reddy, Former acting Director-NAAC & Senior Academic Consultant introduced the topic to the audience.
First Keynote speaker Dr.Gangadharappa, Professor Emeritus, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru gave a thorough analysis of renewable resources, agriculture and scope of rural development.Out of the population of 121 crores, rural population is comprised by 83.34 Cr and Urban that of 37.71 Cr. Majority of the population depends on agriculture as their livelihood. In Karnataka, out of a population of 6.1 Cr, Rural population comprises 3.74 Cr which is more than more than half of total population. He highlighted the rural income disparity in India. If we consider the natural resources, out of the total cultivatable land in India, gross cropped area is 195mha while net sown area is 141mha.The rest which is a very large area cannot be used for cultivation which is quite alarming.The percentage of geographical area having total forest cover is only 21.23%.Water is very important but very scarce for cultivation. Population, poverty and encroachment are major issues.
Production of commercial sources of energy in India-both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources should be taken into priority. Various forms of renewable energy include biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind energy.
Usage of biofertilisers and rain water harvesting should be greatly promoted. Though we have 75.7mha of rainfed area, the net irrigated area is only 65.3mha. In order to treat people as social beings, the standard of living should be improved by improving health and education. Increase income and quality of living could lead to human development. More people are living in rainfed areas and development takes place around these areas. To increase productivity in agriculture, there should be breakthrough in research. Ministry has introduced few programmes like IAAP(Intensive agriculture distress programme), IADP(Intensive agriculture area programme), High yielding variety programme, National food security mission, RKVY(Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. Research and sustainability in water and soil is the need of the hour.
Rainfall pattern is erratic and rainfall distribution is erratic. The coastal belt has a reduction of rainfall by 16%.These issues have to be addressed. Information accessibility should be made more. Only 23% of technology reaches the farming community.
Higher education in agriculture
The first university was PUSA. If we look at the agricultural institutes in India,SAU-62,Deemed-5,CAU-2,Central University-4.Total no: of universities is 73.The number of agricultural institutes is 64,national research institutes is 15.Wehave to create facility in agricultural research.
Challenges in higher education are facilities, funds, genetics and breeding. We must incorporate technology to improve food production and food security. The problems of small and marginal farmers are price, credit and monsoon. For farmers to take up technology, they should be competent enough and this is possible by empowering them with good resources, higher education in higher institutes of research.
The second keynote speaker Dr.Shivanna, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Science, Bengaluru started the session by saying that India has 75 agricultural universities and 800 universities. Nalanda University was the first university in 5th century. It is our duty to take India to international standards. Our people are second to none and steps ae to be taken to stop the braindrain. Emphasis has to be given in the areas of soil, water and biodiversity towards rural development.The current usage of water is ata an alarming rate of 3800 lt/day/person. Water is a major problem as rainfall is scattered and there is a lot of tension between the states for sharing of water.More than 95% of water goes to the sea and is is not used.
India is producing275 million tonnes of food grain,300 million tonnes of fruits,160 million tonnes ofmilk,10 million tonnes of fish,20 million tonnes of meat which sums up to 780 illion tonnes of food production which was made possible due to advanced technology.Higher education coupled with technology has led to an increase inquantity of food production.
It is not possible to increase the area of cultivation due to geographical reasons.26 million hectares 0f land is not cultivated.10-15% 0f land has been taken away due to industrialization.10 million hectares of land has sick soil,not suitable for cultivation.To produce 1 kg of rice,we need 5000 lt of water.Natural rsources are declining.higher education coupled with technology has to find a solution to increase food production with the available rains.We should advocate and promote these issue by coupling with facilities in institutions.
The complicated problem is that 95% of resources is enjoyed by 2% of people.How to distribute resources uniformly is a big question.The rural people use resources more judiciously.Inndia is highly skilled and we are inferior to none in knowledge.We should focus on technology driven socioeconomic development.There is a tremendous growth in higher edication in the field of agriculture in India.The first agricultural University came into being in Karnataka in 1960.Now,it has grown to 53 universities.Women constitute about 565 I agricultural University.
It is the responsibility of the academecians to improve the quality if higher education.The criteria of education should be to serve the society at large.To improve quality,faculty,facilities and quality students should be there.
During the fifth and final key note session was on the title- Draft Higher Education Policy towards Sectoral Growth and National Well-being, Dr. Leena Chandran Wadia, Senior Fellow, Observer research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai and Consultant, Draft Committee, National Education policy, GoI stated that the complexity of Indian HEs is indefinable insimple terms. Draft HE policy has attempted to address on key issues and provide solution. As higher education providers we can endeavour to address basic issues such as concentrate on student learning, enable learning by doing, engage in extension activities at grass root level. Dr. Viraj Kumar Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, PES University, Bengaluru Consultant, Draft Committee, National Education policy, GoI, who was also a keynote speaker, spoke about the requirements a sound education policy must old- there shouldn’t be a gap between objectives abd leaqrning outcome. Dr. Shakuntala Katre, Senior Academic Consultant, EMS, Bangalore , the chairperson concluded the session by stating that a national policy might not suit every section. The emphasis must be on Education for making a life and not for making a living. This conference witnessed a number of deliberations on various dimensions regarding the role of HEIs in skilling India which is by enhancing various sectors of India-especially Agriculture sector, rural/ cottage industries, energy sector, and also the ways to reduce divide among the social sectors
There were 14 eminent resource persons from various walks of life who addressed the participants during the 5 key note sessions.
There were 45 participants from different /5 states of the country that made this conference a great success. 24 research papers on the various sub themes of the conference were presented and were published in the UGC indexed journal- International Journal of Higher Education & Research. As a concluding remark the points that would likely be to taken to the notice of policy makers that evolved during the sessions were
1. Having agriculture as a subject from school till graduation
2. Taking grass root level project- with compulsory community engagement programmes for all HE courses-
3. Instead of developing a technology and then trying to implement it; understand the needs of the society and develop technology that suits the need and resolves the problem
4. Reviving cottage industries
5. Improving the budget allocation for agriculture
6. Setting up more HEIs for agricultural studies
7. Educational policies at different levels of should be connected, right from primary to the highest level.
During the Valedictory session, Mr. S Chandrasekhar, Managing Director, Bhoruka Power Corporation Limited, Bengaluru, the chief guest, appreciated the theme of the conference and stressed on the role of HEs in bringing in sectoral development. He suggested, the agriculture and Production GDP must rise from the current 16 to 25 and the service sector must come down from 70 to 50, so that there is more employment opportunities and development in the nation. Dr. Justin Nelson Michael, co- convenor of the conference proposed the vote of thanks.
National Conferences [January 19 - 20, 2017]
The conference was inaugurated by Shri. Krishna Byre Gowda, Hon. Minister for Agriculture Govt. of Karnataka.
In his inaugural address he voiced his concerns about why India as a nation is not driven by excellence. He cited numerous areas where we as nation is considered as a reckoned player but not as the world leader in that area. He concluded that every individual should be driven with a passion to excel and higher education is a platform to inculcate this culture - that is wanting to be the best.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr.Aravind Sreenivasan, Dean iON Academy,Tata Consultancy Services. His address talked about how technology is enhancing learning. He talked about the convergence that is happening in the educational field, the technology enabled alternate delivery models and the new avenues where conventional system to be replaced with technology and its advantages. Connect – change and collaborate with the aid of technology and concluded that we should use technology as an accelerator to further our education.
The prelude to the conference was given by Dr.Aloysious Edward , Coordinator of IQAC.
Sir resonated the relevance of the conference theme and stated that the gap in Indian higher educational system in terms of access, equity and quality can be bridged only through effective use of technology.
The first session of the conference was on Enhancing Teaching-Learning Effectiveness through Technology Intervention .The keynote speaker Prof. R. Mahesh,Dean, Faculty Affairs, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani.
The session discussed the reasons for why educational institutions should come up with bold innovations,what can be the strategies for providing quality education with economic advantage and what can be the new delivery and sustainability models and the role of IQAC in ensuring quality education.The session was chaired by Dr. SHAKUNTALA KATRE Senior Academic Consultant, EMS, Bengaluru concluded that outcome based assessment can to some extend build the gap that is existing in the educational field.
The second session on Modern Technological Advancements in Higher Education was steered by the keynote speaker Prof. Adinarayana Kalanidhi Vice-Chairman, Common Wealth Science and Technology Academy for Research & Former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai and was chaired by Dr. RAVICHANDRA REDDY Former Acting Director of NAAC, & Senior Academic Consultant. The session was a proposal by the speaker on the Need For Dynamic Accreditation .Prof. Adinarayana detailed out the drawbacks of the existing accreditation systems and how technology can be used for dynamic accreditation process. He concluded that dynamic accreditation by the various agencies can be catalystic in improving academic gradation across the world.
The third technical session was on Learning Benefits and Barriers in the use of Technology.The Keynote Speaker Prof. M.G. Sethuraman Director – IQAC, The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Deemed University, Gandhigram The session was chaired by Prof. K K Pande,Dean Academics,Teerthanker Mahaveer University,Moradabad. The session detailed out the changing scenario in education,the drivers of change and the pendulum swing happening in higher education. Sir stressed upon the need for inventive thinking and innovative teaching, why technology should be used, what is its potential and what are the barriers in the Indian context. The entire session was presented with lot of anecdotes peppered with humour by the Prof.Sethuraman.He concluded the session by throwing the question whether we could break through the barriers?
The second day of the conference started with Delegates presenting papers on the various sub themes of the conference. The fourth session of the conference was on HEI Policies regarding Integration of Technology in Education by Prof. Sudhanshu Bhushan Head, Dept. of Higher & Professional Education, National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. The session was chaired by Prof. MARIAMMA VARGHESE Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. The deliberations of the speaker was around the Hamboldt’s Philosophy .He was of the view that teacher should integrate research and teaching and should be learner centric ,but to integrate technology into teaching and to adopt it ,suffient support system should be in place. Which is lacking in the current Indian context.
The last session of the conference was a case study on Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in Higher Educationby By Dr.Jayaram G,Dean,Acdemics,VIT University and the session was chaired by Dr.E S J Prabhu Kiran,Vice Principal Fr. Muller Homeopathic Medical college, Mangalore. The session dealt in detail about the ERP systems in place in VTU and how it is enabling the decision making processes.
The two day conference had 84 participants from 39 instituions, 11 universities from 6 states of the country.
The conference witnessed the flocking of ideologies from various strata of Higher education.
It threw light into how technology is impacting the educational field.
The ideologies that revealed in the national conference were
1) Higher educational institutions should inculcate the culture of striving for excellence in every individual.
2) Technology should be used for change and collaboration in the teaching learning system
3) The Use of technology for providing quality education for economic advantage from all the stake holders’ point of view.
4) The role and responsibility of educators is that they must first embrace the technology for impacting the change.
5) Using the technology is more important than knowing the technology in the educational field.
6) For adoption of technology into teaching sufficient support systems should be in place.
The conference convener is Prof. Alosiyus Edward and ably supported by the members of internal quality assurance cell.
Considered as the best innovator of our times Steve Jobs said, Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.
An Individual using the right tool, at the right time for the right purpose even today remains a challenge.
Let us use this tool technology to do wonderful things bringing in a difference in the field of education.
National Conferences [Jan 21-22 2016]
The 7th National Conference organised IQAC was held on 21st and 22nd Jan 2016. There were 12 resource persons/ speakers to address the gathering and 49 participants from various institutions from different parts of India. 17 research papers were presented during the paper presentation session which were held in 4 different panels. The conference convenor was Prof. Aloysius Edward, Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management, Co-ordinator – IQAC.
The 7th national IQAC conference on relevance of interdisciplinary approach in higher education was inaugurated by Dr. R. NATARAJAN, Former Director, IIT Madras and Former Chairman, AICTE ,Chairman, Board for IT Education Standards of Karnataka The speaker started his address by touching upon the different dimensions of knowledge the spatial and temporal dimension. He stressed upon the fact that we should adapt to change as well as create change for better. Dr.Natarajan said that development should be sustainable and illustrated the various sustainable development goals with the academic, professional social and environmental dimension of knowledge.
The talk highlighted on the changing character of knowledge and the skills required for twenty first century and the desirable characteristics of twenty first century teachers, students and graduates. Some of the challenges in the field of research, the need for promoting research by educational institutions. The reason for disconnect between what the teachers teach and what the students learn and what is expected from the student .
The speaker threw light upon the importance of having a paradigm shift required in the field of education where a new culture of learning by doing has to be evolved Dr.Natarajan concluded that the need of the day is increasing capacity, improving quality and reachability and enhancing Research and development in the field of higher education.
In his presidential address Rev. Fr.Josekutty P D, The Principal viewed that in the today’s world education should change from the tunnel education to garden path model. He exhorted the educators to impart skills with the right attitude as education empowers individuals and empowered individuals empower the society.
The conference proceedings and the first issue of ‘Chavara’ the international journal of business research was released during the inaugural ceremony.
Dr. Calistus Jude A.L. Dean, Faculty of Sciences; Kristu Jayanti College welcomed the gathering. A prelude to the conference was given by Prof. Aloysius Edward,Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management, Co-ordinator - IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College.Ms. Ramya B, Associate Professor & Member IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College. delivered the vote of thanks,
REPORT –SESSION 1
Sustainable skill development initiatives: Case Study
Chairperson: Dr. E .Jerome (Principal –Indian Academy Degree College)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. S Margatham (Dean-Faculty Engineering), Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore
Rapporteur: Ms.Susan Sanny
The Chairperson catapulted the session by embarking on elaborating the origin of the term Sustainability. He expressed the need to create an ambience to promote Knowledge, Skill and Development leading to Holistic development. He stated Information, Reformation, Formation and Transformation can enhance and improve the quality of Education.
Prof.Margatham delved into the intricacies of the topic. She said that India is one of the few countries in the world where the working age population will be far in excess of those dependent on them .This has increasingly been recognized as a potential source of significant strength for the national economy, provided we are able to equip and continuously upgrade the skills of the population in the working age group. She said that unless schools effectively develop vocational education and a deep knowledge of global affairs the likelihood of a barren skill landscape looms large. The transformation of the Skill Landscape is paramount and for this the policy makers need to change the way education is imparted at school level. India has the advantage of the demographic dividend and 80% of the entrants do not have Skill Training. The four challenges faced are the Economic Challenge, the Inclusive growth challenge, Demographic challenge and the Employability challenge of the educated .The percentage of employability in our country is abysmal and therefore the main target should be to identify the lacunae and focus on rectifying the problem. One of the main reasons for youth unemployment is Skill mismatch and shortage of right talent and these needs to be addressed at the earliest. Vocational skill are important and comprehensive insights into India’s skill reservoir can help in scaling up the employment opportunities .After tracking the skill gap, policy makers can aim at skilling and re-skilling the students.
The Government of India has set up the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) as an autonomous body which will coordinate and harmonize the skill development efforts of the Government and the private sector to achieve the skilling targets of the 12th Plan and beyond. The NSDC was formed by leading industry associations and the Government as a Public Private Partnership to catalyze and enhance the role of the corporate and private sector in skill Development. The NSDC funds skill development initiatives, Sector Skill Councils and other activities related to skill development including the setting-up of large scale, for-profit sustainable vocational institutions in the country, by encouraging private sector participation and providing low-cost funding for training capacity.
The focus should be to initiate vocational education, vocational training, general education and skill development .The curriculum needs to be restructured with 40% general education and 60%industrial training with predefined entry and multiple exit options. Life Skills and industry specific skill can put us on the right trajectory. The case study showed that there is a need to provide career oriented skills education to students currently pursuing higher education but are actually interested in entering the workforce at the earliest opportunity; The session enumerated the prerequisite to provide opportunities for employable and certifiable skills ,opportunities for up-gradation and certification of traditional / acquired skills of the learners irrespective of her / his qualification or age; and to provide opportunities for community–based life-long learning by offering courses of general interest to the community for personal development and interest.
Prof.Margatham wound the session by quoting Shri Narendra Modi-“Skilling is building a better India.”If we have to move India towards development, then Skill development should be our mission.
The session showcased practical examples and enumerated the need for Sustainable skill development initiatives. The interactive session helped in widening the horizon of the participants in perceiving the topic.
REPORT –PLENARY SESSION I PAPER PRESENTATIONS
Chairperson – Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work
Date: 21st January 2016 Venue: Conference Hall
The Paper presentation by delegates at 7th National IQAC Conference on Role of Higher Educational Institutions in Reinventing Skills for Global Competency commenced at Conference Hall of Kristu Jayanti College on 21st January 2016 at 2 pm. The session was chaired by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work. Mr. Jose Paul welcomed the gathering and handed over the session to the Chairperson. Dr. Richard addressed the delegates and shared his views on improving the skills of Youth to ensure global competency. Dr. Badri H.S, IQAC Coordinator, Presidency College, Bangalore presented his paper on “Nurturing Skills: Building the workforce of the future”. He proposed the need of merging traditional education and exposure to work experience to build a positive attitude in students. Mr. Badri stressed on the importance of Higher Educational Institutions’ involvement in creating and recreating skills in students through Employability Enhancement programmes, Vocational education and training, promoting the use of technology and providing proper guidance.
Ms.Anto Juliet Mary, Associate Professor, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore expressed her ideas as a paper on “Bridging the skill gap in the global labour market: Indian Perspective”. Ms. Mary based her paper on a study conducted among students on Choice based credit system. As per her study, 64% students believed that CBCS assured flexibility and creativity and 41% were in favour of academic reform to mould them to be competent at the new avenues opened up through Globalism. Ms. Mary concluded the presentation by terming CBCS as a flexible learner centric system which propelled the academic institutions to actively take up more researches. Dr. Rohini V.S, Assistant Professor, PG Department of Economics, Vivekananda Institute of Management, Bangalore presented her paper on “Higher Education Institutions-The Purveyors of Skill Development”. Dr. Rohini promoted the concept that a skilled workforce can lead our country to social and economic development. She stressed on imparting 16 types of skills which are required to ensure better employment opportunities. She pointed out that the uneven geographical outreach of Higher Educational Institutions is hindering the rural Youth from accessing the training in skill sets required for a sustainable livelihood.
Ms. N. Jayalakshmi, Research Scholar, National Law School of India presented a paper on “Higher Education-Challenges and Solution”. Ms. Jayalakshmi reminded the delegates about the Universities of Nalanda and Takshashila which provided formal education to our ancestors. She upheld the significance of value based higher education to empower people to combat social injustice and provide synergy for socio-political transformation. Ms. Jayalakshmi listed out the revival measures in Higher education through proper organization and governance, restructuring and reformation of system, fast tracking the sanction of funds and inculcating research culture among students.
Dr. Meera Krishnappa, Principal, Dr. NSAM First Grade College, Yelahanka spoke on her paper on “Soft Skills and their importance for Careers”. Dr. Meera described about the research conducted with the objective of understanding the perception on importance of soft skills and employment among 343 students in her college. 30% of students had clarity on the concept of soft skills. Majority of students were in agreement to the need for leadership skills and communication skills to move up in career. She concluded with a suggestion based on the study that the Higher Educational Institutions should undertake hands on efforts to make a better change in the system.
Mr. Lokesh Sharma, Research Scholar, Bhaggwant University, Ajmer presented a paper on “Strategic Brand Management of Food Products in Emerging markets: Review of Theoretical Contexts used in literature”. Mr. Sharma explained the need of building a brand with use of well etched out strategies. The Management must engage experienced professionals in the strategic formulation to maintain the standards in the field.
Mr. Beeraiah D, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce and Management, Government First Grade College for Women, Ramanagara presented a paper on “From Education to Employability”. Mr. Beeraiah illustrated on how our economic policy increased the employment opportunities in private sector. He urged the delegates to look into the need for upgrading the syllabus as per the requirements of the industry.
Prof. Kumari Veenu, Head, Department of Environment and Public Health , St. Anne’s Degree College for Women, Ulsoor unveiled her paper on “Revamping & Reinventing Higher Education for Societal Transformation through Human Revolution”. She threw light on the less discussed topic of a steep rise in the number of crimes committed by educated Youth in our country. Prof. Veenu emphasized on moulding the Youth focusing on their Interpersonal skills, Positive mental attitude, Spiritual growth, Financial management, Crisis management, Value education and Personality development as an individual with Social Responsibility.
Mr. Surendra H, student of Center for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Mysore presented a paper on “Skill Development and Poverty Reduction: Contemporary Reviews”. Mr. Surendra invited the attention of delegates to the need of attaining Millennium Development Goals through providing free Vocational training to the vulnerable and marginalized Youth in the country.
Dr. Jonas Richard A, Chairperson of the session appreciated the delegates who made the session lively with their Paper presentations. He stressed on the need of the hour to think and act on how to improve the Education system in accordance with the global scenario. The session came to an end with Vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Zita Varghese.
REPORT –PLENARY SESSION II PAPER PRESENTATIONS
Chairperson – Dr. Molly Joy, Head, Department of Psychology
Date: 21st January 2016 Venue: Panel Room
The papers presented were
Mrs. Alfa Mary Kurbah, Lecturer, Co-ordinator-IQAC St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education, Shillong - Generating Good Practices In Teaching Among The Student - Teachers of Colleges of Teacher Education, Shillong
Prof. Anuradha , Astha Shukla, Don Bosco Institute of Bioscience and Mgt.Studies - Higher education a ladder to enhance your skills
Ms. Sowmya, Ms, Manickamala, Department of English,Krupanidhi Degree College ,Bangalore - Soft skills : a driving force for one’s success in career
Ms. Venissa N. Shenoy , Ms. Anto Juliet Mary M Assistant Professor, Mount Carmel College ,Palace Road, Bangalore - Employability Skills: Enhancing the Employability Skills among Undergraduates to meet Industry requirement
Maheswari.M, Assistant Professor, Knowledge Business School, Salem, Tamil Nadu, Amuthasenthuran.S, Dineshkumar.S, Master of Business Administration, Student, Knowledge Business School, Salem, Tamil Nadu- A Study On Nurturing Functional Skills For Employability
Mr. S V Mularidhara, Assistant Professor,Department of Commerce and Management, Prof.K.Nagarathnamma, Principal,Government First Grade College, T.Narasipura – Management education in India and responsive higher education Instituions: Challenges and prospects.
Report –Session II
FOSTERING INDUSTRY ACADEMIA PARTNERSHIP FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Chair Person: Dr. RAVICHANDRA REDDY
Former Acting Director - NAAC, & Senior Academic Consultant, EMS, Bangalore
Keynote Speaker: Shri. T.R. PARASURAMAN
Deputy Managing Director & Member of the Board,Kirloskar Toyota Textile Machinery Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru
Rapporteur: Mrs. Reena Rani
Dr.Ravi Chandra Reddy set the tone of the session “Fostering Industry Academic Partnership for Skill Development” and handover the session to Mr. Parasuraman the Key note speaker.
The speaker started his session by explaining how the entire market dimension has changed from a sellers’ market to buyers’ market. The epicentre of any organisation is its people and the organisations that had long term goals always focussed on Human resource development.
The keynote speaker framed his speech into three dimensions
1. Knowledge base
2. Experience base
3. Attitude base
According to Mr. Parasuraman ” competition is the order of the day” and to beat the race we need to have all three basic component in order, missing of any one of these is like a flower without a fragrance.
Knowledge: a child gets from school and college. He further emphasize on the basic concept should be very clear in school and college. Teacher should have a clear concept and can use number of methods to teach. According to Mr. Parasuraman today’s education is lacking the basic concept.
Experience base: A student learn while practicing in industry and develop the skill
Attitude base: a very important component to have a successful life and child learn from his parents, school, college and society in large .To mould the attitude he emphasize on moral education and life skills. Because right attitude will bring growth in personal and professional life.
He further talked about 6 works for better life
1. Team work- understand everybody in team
2. Foot work – set right track (attitude)
3. Hard work- no pain gain
4. Head work – usage of common sense
5. Network- come out from inner shell
6. Homework – What I learn today and what better can I do tomorrow
He conclude his talked by screening a 3 minute video on Toyota Training Institute. The video showed the initiatives taken by the institute in enhancing the skills of its workforce through a holistic approach.
Questions arised from the gathering included any specific initiate a college could take to collaborate with industry and How best an industry can participate in skill development?
The Chairperson summarised the session and concluded there should be an exchange from people coming from industry and teach and teacher going to industry to learn. The chairperson was of the view that academicians have a greater role to play in moulding the character of the students.
Report –Session III
BRIDGING THE SKILL GAP IN GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET AND INITAITIVES OF NATIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (NSDC)
Chair Person: Dr. SHAKUNTALA KATRE
Senior Academic Consultant, EMS, Bangalore
Keynote Speaker: Mr.Ashok Paimidi,Regional Director,NASSCOM ,Bangalore.
Rapporteur: Ms.Mary Jacob
The chairperson began the session by saying the present generation are IT informed, net generation who only requires proper guidance to shift to global scenario. Mr.Ashok Paimidi with an overall experience of 27 years shared his work experience from 2009 onwards. He began his talk by presenting a video of NSDC and told that the name of the programs change but the fundamentals remains the same. He shared several statistics on the labour force, women education etc. and justified that with the skills a country improves. He discussed on the megatrends that are presenting an altering business landscape such as growing elderly population, rise in middle class growth, interconnected global trade, growing emerging economies and enabling technologies. He also said that the new age business will be a fusion which requires humans to work with machine. He elaborated on how integration of skill development into academic cycle of higher education framework was possible. He explained the institutional framework for skill development being created in the country by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship with government and private sector initiatives. He insisted on the Prime Minister’s Vision stating the importance of skills for the youth of today. He briefed on the NSDC’s 3 Pronged Approach of create, fund and enable to catalyse private sector Investment. He listed the Key NSDC Initiatives like Setting up of Sector Skill Councils, Making Skilling “Aspirational” through a focused media campaign, Funding of Vocational Training Institutions, Lead India’s participation in World Skill Competitions etc.. He mentioned that MSDE through NSDC has created 40 Sector Skill Councils in Priority Sector, large workforce and Priority Sector and there are more in process. Sector Skill Councils aligning Training with Industry do the training need analysis, curriculum development, rollout of training, assessment and certification. He presented an analysis of Sector-wise and State-level district-wise skill gap studies. He explained with examples on how the Qualification Pack (QP) which is thelogical grouping of various NOSs required to perform a Job Role is defined. Education levels versus Interpretation of NSQF Skill Levels were presented and to explain the importance of a skilled person in today’s world. He elaborated on the NSDC Higher Education Model frame work which is being supported by a number of States and Ministries as well as education institutions, schools, colleges and universities. There were 2 options – Option A and Option B and mentioned that option B is preferable for the institution. He highlighted the International opportunities available through the various MOU with Australia, Canada etc. He gave an overview of NASSCOM, Industry structure and various talent facts. He also mentioned on the IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM. The activities of SSC NASSCOM were briefed by the speaker. He said that India is emerging as the world’s leading center for digitisation initiatives and it is the second largest in the world in availability of emerging skills. Finally he listed the top skills in demand in technology, domain and soft skills. Platform engineering, data scientists, migration to new technologies , user experience design and mobile apps are the top skills in demand in technology. Software Engineering, Mathematics, Banking, Doctors, Economists and Lawyers are in demand in the domain category. English communication, Customer interaction, Project Management, Leadership skills and Presentation skills are looked for in soft skills. He also provided a list of Top 20 firms which account for ~1.25 million India based employees. During the audience interaction he took up the question from Dr.Nelson and explained the entire process of how an institution can tie up with NASSSCOM or NSDC to conduct various courses. He also informed the audience that majority of research and development happens in India. The chairperson finally concluded the session by stating that the trainers have to be trained first to infuse skill development in students.
Report Session IV
ENHANCING COGNITIVE, FUNCTIONAL & ATTITUDINAL SKILLS FOR HOLISTIC EXCELLENCE
Chairperson- Prof. MARIAMMA VARGHESE
Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Womens University, Mumbai
Keynote Speaker - Prof. SUHAS PEDNEKAR
Principal, RamnarainRuia College, Mumbai
Rapporteur – Ms.Reena Rani
The Chairperson Prof. Mariama spoke about the importance of holistic development and handed over the session to the key note speaker Prof. Suhas.
Prof. Suhas began his talk with few questions .
Which is the famous equation of this century? E=mc2 was the answer aired by the audience. Hee further describe the equation in educational world is e=f, that is Education is equal to future. The speaker viewed that education helps to turn the mirror into window and detailed on what is holistic education and the purpose of life.
The speaker gave his perception of educational institution which is like a living organism and related it with the characteristics of living organisms like Open System, Alignment with larger system, Import energy, Transform energy, Specialization, Out Put and Equifinality
The speaker explained the experiences of Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai by giving first an introduction about the college and its uniqueness, the challenges faced during the journey and the achievements .Professor spoke about the role of teachers and viewed that teaching is incomplete without research.
Chairperson summarised the session stating that the basic training in teaching profession is also required.
SESSION V-PANEL DISCUSSION
Panel discussion: Re inventing Skills for Global competency Moderator
Shri Sanjay Padode Secretary, Centre for Developmental Education & IFIM Business School, Bengaluru
Mr.Aravind Warrier Senior Business Partner & University Relations, People & Organization, Novo Nordisk Pvt. Ltd.
Mr.Ramu T Srinivasaih Founder and Director,Lekha Wireless Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Mr.Suhas GY Head HR & IT ,L & T Construction Equipment Ltd.
Mr.Vikram Vageesh Senior Project Controller,Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr.Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi Co-founder and CTO,Crayon Data
Rapporteur :- Ms.Susan Sanny
Welcome and Introduction: Ms.Sharmin Thampi
The concluding session-a panel discussion on Re inventing Skills for Global competency– was moderated by Shri Sanjay Padode. He said that globalization is deeply transforming the context of the lives of many people around the world. Those who are educated to understand those transformations are likely to benefit from globalization. The groundwork to expand knowledge and skills must begin early in order to develop high levels of proficiency as well as help youth recognize the relevance of their education to the world in which they live in. Global competency is helpful not only from an economic standpoint but as a cornerstone of democratic leadership and citizenship.
Mr.Aravind Warrier of the Pharma industry felt that there was a huge scope in the health care domain and there was a requirement to initiate 360 degree learning and promote in-depth organisation management. He emphasized that need based learning is paramount and the stakeholders should have three practicalities namely –learn, relearn and unlearn.
Mr. Ramu kick started his talk by explaining the essential prerequisites to become an entrepreneur namely courage, positive outlook, accountability, integrity, and clear objectives. He emphasized on networking skills and elaborated about the working of his business venture. He concluded by stating that an entrepreneur needs to be persistent and innovative and can contribute effectively only if- as Steve Jobs rightly remarked “ Stay Hungry ,Stay Foolish.”
Mr.Suhas peppered his session with anecdotes and highlighted the need to visualize, adapt to change and to be the change. He stated that while basic skill development and workforce preparation skills are important in the education system, a paradigm shift must take place recognizing that in order to be truly globally competitive, we must be globally competent.
Mr.Vijaykumar talked about the erroneous notion that knowledge is skill .He felt that analytic skill is essential and cross domain and emphasized that skill savoir-faire is needed to create and recreate.
The educational paradox lies in the disconnect between the superb institutional capacity of schools and colleges and their underperformance in preparing students to invent a future that appropriately addresses the global challenges and opportunities shared with their fellow world citizens. The moderator Shri Sanjay Padode felt that the need of the hour is to reinvent skills for global competency.
The valedictory function of the 7th national IQAC conference on relevance of interdisciplinary approach in higher education was addressed by Mr.Srikantan Moorthy, Executive Vice President, Infosys. In his address Mr.Moorthy illustrated the changes that are happening in the world.He referred to the scenario where machines are competing with human beings illustrated by Mr.Ray Kurzweil the renowned American author. The following thoughts were shared during the session. The world economic forum predicts that the 4th industrial revolution is revolving round internet of thoughts. The speaker highlighted one aspect of the revolution especially with respect to food production as the amount of food requirement is going to be increased in many folds. Understanding the basics and building on the basics, critical thinking to solve the challenges of daily life and human values are important as it creates self-awareness, helps to think about the ethical implications of the actions and to work collaboratively. The speaker conacluded the talk by stating that Survival of the fittest is true now than ever before! Fitness comes from the skills built through education.
The welcome address was done by Prof. Jeo Joy,Controller of examinations and the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr.Justin Nelson Michael Director of Research, Kristu Jayanti College. The conference report was presented by Ms. Anita.C, Member IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College.
National Conferences [Jan 22 and 23 2015 ]
The 6th national IQAC conference on relevance of interdisciplinary approach in higher education was inaugurated by Dr. Prof. (Dr.) V.N. RAJASHEKARAN PILLAI, Former Vice Chairman & Chairman – UGC, Former Director, NAAC & Ex-Vice Chancellor.
In his inaugural address Dr. Rajasekharan Pillai touched upon the various aspects of Indian higher education. He was of the view that the various aspects of Indian higher education are not said in a desired voice. He observed that if we look into the input to output ratio, the most rewarding sector in India is the educational sector. Prof.Pillai expressed happiness on the theme selected for the conference that is based on interdisciplinary approach.
He was of the opinion that inter disciplinary is a very confused term. Each discipline has its own pedagogy, experiments, approach and interdisciplinary is not mixing of disciplines. Each discipline has its own way of functioning and it should not be confused with mixing of disciplines. In multidisciplinary approach also individual disciplines stands separate and quoted the examples of physics of music and politics of literature. The integration of disciplinarily approaches is the need of the day as many problems of the day like climate change etc require that kind of an approach. The speaker stated that the strategy of one discipline helps in solving the problem of another discipline .His address detailed out the structure of inter disciplinary approach, its structure and its application. The address emphasised on the fact that the interdisciplinary approach should take into consideration the context of the society in which it is applied .All the inter disciplinary approach should enhance the quality of life.
In the presidential address Rev. Fr.Josekutty P D, the principal expressed that in the modern world, team work is required for excellence. Education should empower the students, make them employable and to be effective in their life to make positive contributions to society.
Prof. Aloysius Edward Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management, Co-ordinator - IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College welcomed the gathering.
A prelude to the conference was given by Dr. Justin Nelson Michael, Director of Research, Kristu Jayanti College and Dr. Calistus Jude A.L. Dean, Faculty of Sciences; Kristu Jayanti College delivered the vote of thanks,
Report –Session 1
Charting an effective CBCS
Chairperson: Dr.ShakuntalaKatre (Senior Academic Consultant ,EMS,Bangalore)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. S. Albonse Raj ( Vice Principal, Loyola College, Chennai)
Rapporteur: Ms.Susan Sanny
The maiden session set the ground on which the later sessions were to lay the foundation and build the structure of the conference.
Dr.Shakuntala Katre introduced the topic by stating that choice based credit system has undergone a sea change and invited the keynote speaker to foray into the topic.
Prof. S. Albonse Raj manoeuvred the session by providing the participants with the ammunition needed to think proactively and emphasized that CBCS is not a panacea for all ills affecting the society.
He asked the delegates to consider the CIAMP(C=Choice , I=Inter disciplinary, A=Acquiring more credits, M=Mobility,P=Pace) Model and not a cloistered intellectual model. He said that the CBCS is premised on a different theory of knowledge and analysed the epistemological foundations underlying CBCS.
He enumerated the roadblocks that hinder CBCS namely:
* Multiple variants of CBCS
* Predisposition of the academic staff
* Dilution of standards
* Administrative labyrinth
* UGC proposes /University disposes
* Students opting the easy way out
Grandiose plans to implement CBCS can be effective only when a bi-trajectory model is worked out.There is an urgent need to address the access issues through enabling programmes, MOU’s, Genuine restructuring of Curricula, Value education and by initiating credit equivalence.
Higher education institutions should reorient the staff to the CBCS model, provide mentoring facilities and translate academic policies after intensive research to avoid serious lacunae.
Report –Session II
Building Global Competencies through Interdisciplinary Approach – A Case Study
Chair Person: Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College.
Keynote Speaker: Prof.Chandrakant Kokate, Vice Chancellor – KLE University, Belagavi.
Rapporteur: Mrs. Mary Jacob
The chairperson welcomed the gathering and said that building interdisciplinary approach is a challenge and need of institutions. Prof.Chandrakanth Kolkate introduced KLE as the deemed university of health sciences. The extreme shortage of medical facilities in the region, promoted the KLE Society to establish the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College at Belagavi in 1963. Jawaharlal Nehru medical College is a centre of excellence in Medical Education, Research, and HealthCare services at the national and international level. The college is recognized by the Medical Council of India and has a 1000 bedded free charitable block as well as the 1000 bedded Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre on campus. Both these facilities are to expose the medical students to a holistic approach to medical science and its practice, in rural and urban areas. The college also runs a rural hospital - Dr. Kamal Medical Centre, 150 KMs away at Ankola. The speaker claims that the high standards maintained by the College have attracted students from all over the world. Several collaborations with ICMR, WHO, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA, for teaching and research, have vastly enhanced the reputation of the College. The Chief Minister of Perak, Malaysia, acknowledged the high academic calibre of the institution by signing an MOU to set up a similar college in Malaysia.
He stated that Quality is the essence of professional education and the process of teaching - learning and evaluation is its life-line.He told that the Interdisciplinary approach brings about mutual benefit from partnership and the overall impact can be much greater when two partners function in phase and resonance. It is also necessary to create WINWIN relationship for both partners. He told that it is practically impossible to excel in all collaborations but a good network of collaborations is required to enjoy the benefit of collaboration. The collaborations can allow us to share experiences and use the capabilities. HE said that our country has excellent network of IITs and IIMs but there are no linkages with small affiliated colleges. He insisted we should not hesitate to take help from established institutions and benefit the creativity. He emphasized that collaborations are required to strengthen the existing strengths, to weaken the weaknesses, to multiply the opportunities and to face the challenges. He said that the collaborations are needed to ensure that the best quality education is given to the students as the quality is the essence of professional education and the process of teaching.
He shared the experience of the teachers of KLE being sent to foreign universities. There was huge expense on KLE University in the beginning but in the later stages the foreign university delegates visited KLE campus and continued the collaboration.KLE was given a huge grant in 1998 and was selected to be the country co-ordinator.US health secretariat visited the campus, continued the scheme and provided huge grants. He made it clear that initially there is lot of struggle to establish the credentials. The KLE College of pharmacy has collaborations with Rhodes University, South Africa and Goa College of Pharmacy, for faculty and student exchange program. He also mentioned that it is useless to build files of correspondence without collaborative ventures to satisfy the NAAC committee. He stated that Vision without action is day dreaming and action without vision is a nightmare. He briefed the SOCRATES approach for global competency as:
Strategy: He insisted on the strategic approach of making the blue print by interacting with reputed institutions and establishing the contacts. It is necessary to be focussed in this approach
Ownership: He said that the institution should identity its strong areas and provides it to others. He insisted that it is necessary to identify people with a visionary approach give them the freedom to make and own it. The people will work towards the promises made in the document.
Continuous improvement: It is required to work continuously towards the goal and each phase is evaluated.
Resources: All the available facilities and capabilities are to be utilized to the maximum.
Assessment and Audit: Continuous assessment and audit should be done irrespective of NAAC visit. Documentation should be a continuous process.
Training: Continuous onshore and offshore trainings are to be provided.
Evaluation: He insisted on the evaluation system to be very strong.
System: The entire institution should be focussed and move towards the goals set.
He stated that “Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of sincere efforts with skilful execution and vision to see obstacles as opportunities”
The interdisciplinary approach is required for collaborative learning, curriculum enrichment, faculties, staff and student exchange, departmental collaborations and for sharing infrastructure. The research expense can be reduced by sharing the infrastructure as insisted by UGC.
He quoted an example of the difficulties KLE University had as a private university in setting up a new program Master of Public Health (MPH). Vice chancellor had to then sign an MOU with the uuniversity of Michigan School of Public Health, to mould the students into true Public Health Professionals .Interdisciplinary approach is required to build the research capabilities and inputs and also for organizing joint academic and professional events. It will also provide a way for various extension activities.CBCS is not implemented in health sciences as KLE doesn’t want to experiment on it. On this regard a dialog has to happen with the medical Council of India and then it can be imposed.
He said the teacher is the motivator of the academic process and a lifelong learner. As change is bound to take place the teacher has to be change to take up the responsibility. He emphasized that the teacher is the only creature to bring the change in higher education for younger generation. He concluded by saying that we should always remember PAINS-Positive Approach InNegative Situations and urged the teachers to be positive minded.
Finally in the interaction when asked about the credit acceptance from foreign universities he said that KLE could admit only 15% of foreign students. When asked to increase the intake by Malaysian it set up a separate college for Malaysian students USM-KLE International Medical Programme by reemploying the retired teachers.The visiting Chief Minister of Perak, Malaysia made note of the impressive achievements of the college and signed an MOU to set up a similar institution in Malaysia. He said that acceptance of credit awarded by the foreign university depends on the attitude of the affiliating university as UGC permits the student to be away from the headquarters for six months.
Report –Session III
Inclusiveness in higher education for national development
Chair Person: Fr. Ambrose Pinto, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Bangalore.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. JANCY JAMES, Former Vice Chancellor – University of Kerala & Mahatma Gandhi.
Rapporteur: Mrs. Anita.C
The chairperson introduced the topic stating that after the Mandal commission, inclusiveness in education is a highly debated issue.
The keynote speaker Dr. Jancy James started the session by briefing on interdisciplinary approach, stating that most of the time in the Indian context the contribution towards one’s own discipline becomes limited. Education is a door to knowledge, growth and development and India has a rich tradition of education stating the examples of Nalanda and Taxila. In ancient and medieval times education was only for acquiring knowledge. Indians never related knowledge with development or knowledge as an asset for the nation till India became independent. After independence the preoccupation of development came which insisted on education for generation, creation and dissemination of new knowledge. India is an emerging country with demographic dividend clearly to our advantage. The speaker briefed upon the UGC document for 12th plan, which states on inclusive and qualitative expansion of higher education. The speaker presented the statistics on gross enrolment ratio of developed, developing and world average. Presenting the statistics the speaker was of the view that target of gross enrolment ratio at 30% by the year 2030 was a challenging task. She pointed out that the reason is the left out people are the marginalised of the society and statistics proves this fact.
A huge amount of 500 billion is required to achieve the 30% gross enrolment ration. It is not enough that the cream of the society gets access to education. How to achieve the inclusiveness is not yet thought in a realistic and intelligent manner. Taking into consideration the nation’s financial resources she suggested that extensive use of digital resource could be a solution. , allowing all sections to come and access education through digital world. She was of the view that the system should be flexible and should not differentiate between online learners. In India no proper research is conducted on how inclusiveness can be brought. Education in the neo liberalist scenario has become a commodity. Every move in liberalisation should consider marginalised also. The injustices are most cruelly displayed at higher education. Identify the requirements of the people who get enrolled for higher education and offer them their choice was also suggested.
She was of the view that Kristu Jayanti College should prepare a document a scientific one on how inclusiveness can be done. The country has the responsibility to give higher education also. The speaker concluded by reiterating the individual’s right for right education.
The chairperson expressed his views of
• Education must cultivate good attitudes and knowledge is subject to humanisation.
• Take up a survey of 15 years of Kristu Jayanti experience on the Jayantians on the state of living.
• Challenge the current economy i.e. from global economy to local economy.
• Government should intervene in education and sited the Kerala model of including marginalised in economics which has put Kerala in the forefront of education and health among Indian states.
The chairperson Fr. Ambrose Pinto concluded that education is for thinking and unless the marginalised is included in nation building the nation cannot progress. We should look at education for all.
Report –Plenary Session I Paper Presentations
Chairperson – Dr.Molly Joy ( Head, Department of Psychology, KristuJayanti College)
Dr. Anitha.S , Assistant Professor and Ms. Aswathy S.S ,Research Associate of Dept. of Personnel Management,Loyola College of Social Sciences,Thiruvananthapuram presented on the“Inter Disciplinary Approach for Engaged Knowledge Building: Loyola Model”. They briefed the process of student progression under various levels .They demonstrated the Interdisciplinary Tools used for the holistic development of the student at Loyola College and the multifarious skills acquired by students.
MoirangthemMomocha Singh,Assistant Professor, Central University of Karnataka presented on“The Academic Audit for Future Buildings:A Conceptual Study”.He presented on the current education systems especially in higher education .He also discussed on how an academic audit could promote a healthy and enabling teaching learning environment.
SibyJohn,Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean Research, Planning and Development PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh presented on “Project-Based Interdisciplinary Approach in Engineering Education”. The presenter discussed the competences required in engineering graduates. He introduced Project based learning, its benefits and Project Based Learning practiced at PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh.
G.Sasi, Assistant Professor, P.S.N.A College Of Engineering, presented on “Relevance of Interdisciplinary Approach In Higher Education Process And Its Outcomes”. The presenter stressed on the interdisciplinary approach becoming an important and challenging technique in the modern curriculum and how it synthesizes more than one discipline and creates teams of teachers and students that enrich the overalleducationalexperience
ShailajaKonek ,Asst.Professor ,Central University of Karnataka presented on “Inclusion of Skills and Knowledge – A way driving to employability with quality and Excellence”. The presenter explained the role of interdisciplinary approach in producing graduates with Intellectual diversity by the inclusion of skills and knowledge. An analysis of how interdisciplinary approach enforces in constructing the career platform for the graduates was made. A study on the challenges of interdisciplinary approach in higher education in the Indian context was also made.
ShilpaTripathi, Assistant Professor, Department of I.T, S.S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Altinho, Goa and Rahul Tripathi, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Goa University presented on “Bridging the gap between Preaching and Practicing Inter-disciplinarity: Role of Information Technology” .The presentation explained Interdisciplinarity and its importance in higher education. It also elaborated on how Information Technology is enabling interdisciplinarity.
Ms. Muktha Kumar, Assistant Professor and Ms. NirmalaJoseph ,AssistantProfessor,St. Joseph’s College of Commerce (Autonomous),Bangalore presented on “ Inter-Disciplinary Approach in Higher Education - The CBCS Way”. They presented the emerging need for incorporating CBCS into the curriculum design and to create a conceptual framework for a CBCS model .An analysis of the issues and challenges associated with a CBCS system was also made.
Dr.J.Achyutha Devi,Controller of Examinations, RBVRR Women’s College, Narayanguda, Hyderabad,Telangana presented on the “CBCS Issues & Challenges -A Case Study”. She talked on the imbalance between teacher student ratio, Inadequate infrastructure, the problems faced by the students on choosing the subjects and issues on Re-admitting students from Non-CBCS to CBCS.
Report Session IV
Innovative Interdisciplinary Approach for Holistic Transformation – A Case Study
Chairperson- Dr. S. SRIKANTA SWAMY, Additional Director, Centre for Research, Christ University, Bangalore.
Keynote Speaker - Prof. MEENAKSHI GOPINATH, Mentor, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi
Rapporteur - Mrs Mary Jacob
The chairperson welcomed the gathering by quoting that teacher is an ever learner. He insisted on teachers doing research, publications and various extension activities. He said that the interdisciplinary research can lead to scientific collaborations and innovative research can bring about holistic transformation.
The keynote speaker Prof. MEENAKSHI GOPINATH began the session by narrating a story which depicts the importance of out of box thinking. She stated that expansion is about option generating and in consciousness it is all about discovering the potentials of a student. She said that each individual is an artist and it is the institution to unlock the potential. She used an example of celestial swan which is comfortable in land, air and water to highlight on the tremendous refinement and discrimination. She insisted on each of us getting on to the kernel of understanding different context.
As true knowledge leads to liberation she insisted that the colleges have to look beyond the limits. She added on by saying we have to move from notion of limits to possibilities. Institutions have to nurture global citizens by transcending egocentric and idea centric approach. She said that taking ownership makes everyone feel better and work better.
She told that the true discovery is to have new eyes and it is the perception what makes the difference. She said Kristu Jayanti College recognises the sacred need every day and we need to make the students see the extra ordinary in an ordinary. She quoted examples of Krishnamurthy School where the students watch the sun rise to portray the importance of some meditation for self reflection.
She said that everyone has multiple intelligence but as they grow up they are conditioned by the social behaviour. Intelligence provides alternatives, envisions the future, provides multidisciplinary approach, synthesizes mind and builds a creative mind. She insisted not to step into the same river twice as there is a change in every second. Teacher should possess humility and then the students can be their best teacher. She said that life has ill defined problems and we need to learn and relearn. As all universities are moving towards globalisation there is the need to make students question and wonder the marvels of universe. She insisted the teacher to make a sacred covenant to make a huge difference.
She insisted on having a transdisciplinary approach by including education for peace in the curriculum. She also urged to design the curriculum with considering the pain on the planet earth. Education should aim to remove violence and build imagination, creativity and peace. The institution should be the transmitter of living traditions. There is a need to bridge the gap between India and Bharath. A dialogue with the student has to be fixed to look on where the student has pitched his or her aspiration. When there is a lack of civility in the campus we need to disagree without being disagreeable. Undergraduate space should inspire the student for a lifelong learning. Collaborative learning is what the international learning is talking of. There should be a social focus with regard to Higher education. Men and women should work in collaborative manner providing both healing and energizing space. She narrated a story to demonstrate on how having new eyes can transform the workspace. She quoted that the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers - will reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.
She concluded the session with a quote by Eliot “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”.
During the interaction session when asked about foreign collaboration she said that all the universities invest in UG space and we live in an interconnected world where the borders and boundaries can disappear. We need to be confident and open to engage with faculty and student exchange programmes. As we are good at training of mind, neuroplasticity of brain and healing traditional, we can make it available to the rest of the world. She made an observation that in India private universities make effort for foreign collaborations but in other countries governments make the efforts for it. She insisted that India needs to understand the neighbourhood and integrate peace with curriculum.
The chairperson concluded the talk by insisting that there could be holistic transformation by sharing the knowledge in a multidisciplinary approach. Innovative interdisciplinary approach can exist in terms of variables selected for the methodology, statistical tools and mathematical models used. The focus should be on the specialized subject wherein 30 to 40% can be on the other interdisciplinary subject. He concluded by saying that higher the education the ethical values should also increase.
Session V-Panel discussion
IMPACT OF CBCS ON EMPLOYABILITY
Moderator: Dr. Ravichandra Reddy
Industry : Mr.Narendra Kumar B.S
Parent: Ms.Libby Sharieff
Student: Mr.Blesson Paul
Rapporteur: Ms.Susan Sanny
The fifth session tinkered not just around the fringes of CBCS but went a step further in expressing a need to churn scholars amphibiatic enough to excel in the academic as well as in the employability arena.
The panel discussion was an eye opener to understand the essence and impact of CBCS on employability. The talks synergised to the conclusion that institutions need to be careful and systematic while introducing CBCS. A subject that promotes employability needs to be offered.
Prof.M.Prakash, Prof.SevugaPandian , Ms.LibbySharieff and Mr.Blesson Paul enumerated the benefits of the CBCS model.
Mr. Narendra Kumar B.S cautioned against the introduction of too many choices. He stated that that the industry focussed at immediate requirements.The core needs require to be addressed otherwise it will be a liability.
Dr.Ravichander Reddy said that the time was ripe to sow the seeds of CBCS model in an organized mode. Valedictory Function.
The valedictory function of the 6th national IQAC conference on relevance of interdisciplinary approach in higher education was addressed by Dr. Prabhu B Ullagaddi, advisor, AICTE,New Delhi. In his address Prof.Ullagaddi was of the view that today’s education system prepares a student for a carrier for life and creativity part is missing in the current system. India has made appreciable growth in higher education and do not have the problem of unemployment instead unemployability. Today the criteria to choose a course by a student is based on what is the brand of the course, brand with good placement history and parental pressure. We should reduce the gap between the educational institutions and industry. Sited the summary of Yashpal report. The courses offered by National Skill Development Corporation were cited as an initiative from government to bring in choices in education. The address concluded by saying that life is inherently interdisciplinary.
The welcome address was done by Prof.Gopakumar M V, Dean of Humanities and the vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. Ramya B, Associate Professor & Member IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College. The conference report was presented by Mrs. Anita.C, Member IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College.
The conference convenor was Prof. Aloysius Edward, Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management, Co-ordinator – IQAC.
Virtual National Conference on NEP 2020: A TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATIONAL POLICY FOR ASPIRATIONAL INDIA
Kristu Jayanti College in collaboration with Bengaluru North University and Centre for Educational and Social Studies [CESS] organized a two day Virtual National Conference on NEP 2020: A Transformative Educational Policy for Aspirational India on September 15 and 16, 2020.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. C. N Aswath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka.
Inaugural Address: Dr. C. N Aswath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka. The inaugural address by the Chief Guest of the Conference started with a deep appreciation of the topic of the Conference NEP 2020: A Transformative Educational Policy for Aspirational India and the message it conveyed. He bemoaned the lack of dynamic changes in the field of Education and mentioned that the Trust Deficit was probably one of the main reasons behind the stagnation in our educational system. He stated that the National Educational Policy would facilitate the participation of the entire society in the betterment of the Educational System which would focus on the important issue of how to live and function with the system within which we live. He also urged that we consider the challenges that the society faces and urged that we all be part of the solution as that was the main purpose of learning. Education should facilitate enlightenment and the eventual process of becoming good human. We should create learners who are creative, critical and concept learners who learn not just for the sake of a degree. He also affirmed the fact that the Government is willing to empower and facilitate all these changes and to bring it to fruition to ensure that India becomes a superpower and that quality education along with the convergence of technology would be able to reach all the people even those in the remotest areas. He further avowed that the Government is committed to address all the challenges that may arise in facilitating this Convergence of Education and Technology maintaining that Internet connectivity is now a basic necessity like water. He concluded with the exhortation that Kristu Jayanti College, CESS and Bangalore North University should not limit themselves to a particular jurisdiction but attempt to pass on their best methods of teaching and learning to all who wish to learn and assist in the creation of such an Environment that facilitates this. The creation of an Awareness to this effect has to be created and that would make a big difference in the education scenario. He concluded by congratulating and appreciating the three institutions involved for their commitment to making positive changes in the process of facilitating the transformative Educational Policy and thanking them on behalf of the people and Government of Karnataka.
Prof. M.K. Sridhar Member , Committee for Draft NEP 2020 Member, University Grants Commission and Member, Task Force of Implementation of NEP in Karnataka
Prof. Sridhar started off with the an opening gambit of introspection to consider whether we wish to be part of the solution and look for opportunities and where to find these opportunities, stating that NEP is not the policy of the government but it is the policy of the people as he went on to trace the origin of the policy and the journey of its creation and formulation.
In a rhetorical question as to how to make Karnataka a vibrant knowledge society he stated that it is the it is the aspiration of the people that has shaped this policy that has taken 5 ½ half years to be formulated. He stated that the policy encompasses the inputs of more than 3 lakh comments and feedback from all the sections of the different minorities in India. It was only after processing all this that the 66 page policy was finally formulated. It is in fact the consolidation of the aspirations of all stakeholders including minorities and people from all sectors of society, in other words it is the aspiration of 132 crores of people.
Presidential Address: Prof T.D. Kemparaju, Vice Chancellor, Bangalore North University
Prof T.D. Kemparaju stated that we have a greater responsibility to carry forward the vision and mission of the NEP policy and its objectives and oversee its successful implementation in letter and in spirit
Prof. T D Kemparaju, theVice Chancellor of Bengaluru, North University give the presided over the meeting. Rev. Dr. Augustine George, Principal Kristu Jayanti College welcomed the gathering and the inaugural session ended with the Vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Aloysius Edward, Co Ordinator of IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College.CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE REPORT
Faculty Development Programme [May 11-18, 2020]
The Virtual Faculty Development Programme on “Role of Teachers in Quality Enhancement and Accreditation” was organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru from May 11, 2020 to May 18, 2020. The NAAC has set its quality metrics to an upright standard by incorporating scientific and technological principles accurately due to the widespread concern of quality and relevance of higher education. The seven day FDP aimed to help the teachers to understand the accreditation process and their role & contribution to the process. The FDP witnessed a participation of 718 teachers which include principals, deans, academic coordinators and heads of various departments across the 18 states.
The Virtual FDP was inaugurated by Rev. Dr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. He explained the changing paradigms in the education system and the need of skill enrichment of teachers. The seven-day programme focused on the seven quality parameters of NAAC and the role of teachers in quality education. The first day, May 11, 2020 had the session on Assessment and Accreditation Framework & Curriculum Planning and Design by Dr. Aloysius Edward J, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management & Director, IQAC. Sir has explained the quality framework, core values of higher education and role of teachers in HEIs. He also explained the curricular aspects and had an interactive discussion with the participants on Holistic Curriculum.
The second day of the FDP was on Teaching-Learning & Evaluation by Prof. Ramya B, Head, Department of History and Member, IQAC. Madam focused her session on the impact of TLE efforts of the institution on students of different backgrounds and abilities, the different types of teaching learning experiences provided, usage of Information and Communication Technology [ICT] learning resources, the teacher enrichment and adoption of Outcome based Education and Evaluation. She also explained about student satisfaction survey and how to map course outcome and programme outcome.
On May 13, 2020, the third day, the session had Dr. Justin Nelson Michael, Director, Center for Research & Professor, School of Management as the resource person on criteria 3 - Research, Extension and Innovation. He explained the criteria key indicators which include Promotion of Research and Facilities, Resource Mobilization for Research, Innovation Ecosystem, Research Publications and Awards, Consultancy, Extension Activities and Collaboration.
Infrastructure & Learning Resources and Governance & Leadership was the topic of the session on fourth day. The session was addressed by Dr. Aloysius Edward J. Sir explained the participants about the Adequacy of infrastructural and ICT facilities for teaching-learning and facilities for cultural activities and sports & games, Library automation, e-resources and usage rate, IT facilities : Student – computer ratio, Bandwidth and facilities for e-content development, Average Expenditure incurred – Infrastructure augmentation, library and maintenance and the various policies which include Maintenance policy – physical, academic and support facilities and IT Policy covering wi-fi, cyber security and budget allocation. Sir also discussed about the need of Linkage between IQAC, accounts section, IT section and Library.
The next day, on May 15, 2020 Dr. Calistus Jude A L, Dean, Faculty of Sciences addressed the participants on Students’ Support and Progression. He started the session by listing various student support services, its role and the responsibilities. Sir explained in detail about various scholarship schemes, capability & skill enhancement programmes, redressal Mechanisms, placement support, extracurricular Activities and alumni activities.
The sixth day session was on Institutional Values, Best Practices and Green Initiatives by Dr. Aloysius Edward J and Prof. Priya Josson, Department of Life Sciences and member, IQAC. The session mainly had the discussion on Activities initiated by the Institution for the promotion of gender equity and the best practices and institutional distinctiveness by sir. Madam explained the participants about Environment consciousness and sustainability – energy conservation, waste management, water conservation, quality audits and inclusive environment, Human values and professional ethics – constitutional obligations, code of conduct and national/international events, and Policies : Green and Code of Ethics.
The final day of the FDP begun with the detailed description on Developing Data Management System by Prof. Anita C, Department of Computer Science and Member, IQAC. She started the session with the basic introduction about data, information, need for DMS. Madam showed the broad classification of data in an Educational Institution and the ways to collect the data, clean the data and process it. She showed a demonstration with excel on how to perform basic data management operations effectively.
The seven day virtual FDP concluded with the valedictory address by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. Father in his address explained about 4As of success mantra which are Awareness, Attitude, Action and Accomplishment. He wished and encouraged the participant’s success in their role as a teacher. The participants a highly appreciated all the sessions of FDP and gave a feedback to conduct more number of activities. The vote of thanks was given by Prof. Aruna Devi K, Department of Computer Science and Member, IQAC. The formal feedback was collected from the participants through Google form and the FDP resources were shared with the participants. The e-certificate was generated with QR stamping and distributed to the participants through the college website. The entire 7 day programme was conducted through Zoom meetings.
Faculty Development Programme [April 24-30, 2020]
Online- FDP on Outcome Based Learning Approach in Higher Education
Date: April 24, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Dr. Aloysius Edward J, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management and Co-ordinator, IQAC, Kristu Jayanti College
Number of Participants: 640
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Kristu Jayanti College organised a faculty development programme [FDP] on Outcome Based Learning Approach in Higher Education. 640 participants from 18 states and one participant each from Germany and the USA participated in the Virtual FDP. The Faculty development was organised used the virtual meeting software zoom.
The FDP was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Josekutty, Principal Kristu Jayanti College and in his address, he highlighted the changing scenario of higher education in the COVID-19 pandemic period. The FDP had 6 sessions on various aspects of outcome-based learning.
Day-1 of the FDP discussed the traditional education system, the challenges of 21st century education and the paradigm shift from traditional educational system to outcome based education. The various aspects of outcome based education like the need for OBE, the principles of OBE[SCDE- student cantered, clarity in focus, designing down, and exceeding expectations and expanded opportunities], the implementation of OBE across the world were discussed in detail. The first session concluded by detailing the graduate attributes as per the Washington accord.
Day-2 of the FDP focused on outcome-based learning which is a learner centric approach. The role of the teacher is that of a mentor or guide and the entire philosophy revolves around what the learner learns is far more important than what the teacher teaches. The steps, approaches and framework of OBL was detailed out. The linking of vison and mission of the department/institute with the objectives and outcomes of the course. Programme Educational Objectives (PEO) is defined as qualities or specific goals describing expected achievements of graduates in their career and professional life after graduation. Guidelines for writing an effective PEO was discussed. Learning outcomes in terms of Programme outcome[PO] and Course outcome [CO] and the guidelines in framing learning outcomes were discussed. The significance of learning outcome and its component like the performance component, condition and criterion component and the need for the PEO to be consistent with the mission of the institution was discussed.
Day-3 of the FDP focussed on the domains of learning. The domains of learning as per the Bloom’s taxonomy the psychomotor domain, affective domain and the cognitive domain was explained in detail with the help of suitable examples. The outcome-based learning provides clarity to teachers, students and employers. The different aspects of assessment and evaluation, and the difference between formative and summative assessment were elaborated. Ensuring validity and reliability of the tests, the content, criteria and construct wise aspects of tests were discussed. An outline on the various methods used for estimating the reliability of tests. Test item analysis with the help of facilitation value [FV] was detailed for descriptive questions with the help of an example.
Day-4 of the FDP was on test item analysis with the help of facilitation value for multiple choice questions. The discrimination index and the calculation of the discrimination index and the effectiveness of distractors, were elaborated with the help of an example. The last part of the session was on evaluation rubrics. The need of rubrics, the components of rubrics, the types of rubrics were explained.
Day-5 First part of the session was on Mission and Vision, Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), Program Outcome (PO) and their consistency with vision of the institution. The approaches to outcome-based learning and linking it with the vision and mission of the institution. the speaker elaborated the program educational objectives/ outcome and course outcome and how to write program educational objectives and course outcomes consistent with the vision and mission of the institution. How to write program educational objectives, the mapping of PEO and PO, mapping of course outcome and program outcome, mapping of outcome-based curriculum with graduate attribute, attainment of program outcome and course outcome, impact of assessment system on teaching and learning. the various direct methods and indirect methods were discussed.
Day-6 focused on the mapping of programme outcommes and course outcommes using the indirest method. The different learning style methods – the input model, perception model, processing model and the understanding model were explained. The speaker was of the view that Best learning takes place , when Instructional Style matches Learning Styles. The various aspects of teaching effectiveness research and the various methodologies used for evaluating the effectiveness were highlighted. The most frequently used criteria for measuring teacher effectiveness like student learning based on mean student performance on a common final exam in a multi-section course, student motivation for further learning which is the frequency of students enrolling in advanced courses in the teacher’s area of study and the most frequently used criteria of student Instructional ratings. Quantity and pacing of instruction, organised lesson delivery and positive classroom climate played a vital role in teacher effectiveness. Last topic of the session was on high inference and low inference teacher behaviour.
The speaker concluded the session by stating that “A Teacher promotes learning, nurtures creativity and touches lives. Teachers are always students and lifelong learners.”
The FDP came to an end with a valedictory session. The vice-principal Fr. Augustine George addressed the gathering and appreciated Prof. Aloysius Edward for his proactiveness, clarity of thought and readiness to share the knowledge. Ms. Anita. C , Member, IQAC proposed the vote of thanks. The FDP on outcome based learning was highly appreciated by all the participants.
Faculty Development Programme [April 22-30, 2020]
Online- FDP on Outcome Based Learning Approach in Higher Education
Date: April 22, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Dr. Shymal Kumar Das Mandal, Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur.
Dr. Kaushik Kumar Bhagat, Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur.
Number of Participants: 229 [Kristu Jayanti College – 159, External Participants – 70]
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Kristu Jayanti College organised a faculty development programme [FDP] on Outcome Based Learning Approach in Higher Education for faculty members of Kristu Jayanti College and 70 participants from various colleges across India.
The FDP was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Josekutty, Principal Kristu Jayanti College and in his address, he highlighted the changing scenario of higher education in the COVID-19 pandemic period. The FDP had 6 sessions on various aspects of outcome-based learning.
Day-1 of the FDP focussed on accreditation and outcome-based learning, the Washington accord and NBA guidelines. the challenges and needs of 21st century education like improving student engagement , equipping students with the 21st century knowledge, skills and attitudes, making continuous improvement in curricula and incorporation of better open educational resources for more effective teaching, ensuring an examination system that reinforces teaching and learning, kindling lifelong learning and teaching a large class were discussed. The graduate profile as per Washington accord was explained in detail. The session culminated with giving a brief overview of NBA guidelines on accreditation and the advantages of accreditation.
Day-2 focused on outcome-based learning. Role of a Teacher is to guide and mentor students and the approach adopted in outcome-based learning is a learner-centric approach. The key issues of OBE like the skillset required by a student, how to guide the students to achieve the required skill set, how to evaluate the attainment of the outcome and finally how evaluation system reinforces the teaching and learning were discussed. The various approaches to design outcome-based Learning was detailed out. The 21st Century Program Structure and elaborate explanation of Program Educational Objectives and how to write the Program Educational Objectives ensuring the consistency with the PEOs and mission of the institution were explained. The programme outcome, the course outcome, the relationship between course outcome and programme outcome and the attainment of programme outcome and course outcome were detailed.
Day -3. The session on day 3 was on assessment & evaluation. The session discussed about the interrelationship between assessment and evaluation, the Impact of examination system on teaching and learning, the issues in assessment and evaluation, the factors inhibiting assessment, the diagnostic, formative and summative assessment strategies. Ensuring validity and reliability of the tests, the content, criteria and construct wise aspects of tests were discussed. The various methods of estimating the reliability of tests, test item analysis with the help of facilitation value, discrimination index, effectiveness of distractors, were elaborated with the help of an example. The evaluation rubrics, its need, when to use the rubrics, developing a rubric, the types of rubrics were also discussed. All these concepts were narrated very clearly with the help of an example.
Day–4. This session of day 4 focussed on enhancing learning experiences and effective e-content development. The resource person for this session was Dr. Kaushik Kumar Bhagat of Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur. The use of augmented reality and virtual reality in enhancing learning experience was elucidated with very effective examples. The various aspects of effective online content development and the do and don’ts of e content development were detailed using examples. The information about various open educational resource platforms, the different types of licences and its features, software’s for interactive augmented and virtual reality content development and various open source simulation platforms were also discussed.
Day–5 was on Mission and Vision, Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), Program Outcome (PO) and their consistency with vision of the institution. The approaches to outcome-based learning and linking it with the vision and mission of the institution. the speaker elaborated the program educational objectives/ outcome and course outcome and how to write program educational objectives and course outcomes consistent with the vision and mission of the institution. How to write program educational objectives, the mapping of PEO and PO, mapping of course outcome and program outcome, mapping of outcome-based curriculum with graduate attribute, attainment of program outcome and course outcome, impact of assessment system on teaching and learning. the various direct methods and indirect methods were discussed. Dr. S. K Das elaborated on how to use the direct methods of examination, assignment and the indirect method of alumni feedback, exit survey and employer feedback to validate the attainment of the outcome.
Day–6 focused on good teaching attributes and characteristics. The various aspects of teaching effectiveness research and the various methodologies used for evaluating the effectiveness were highlighted. The most frequently used criteria for measuring teacher effectiveness like student learning based on mean student performance on a common final exam in a multi-section course, student motivation for further learning which is the frequency of students enrolling in advanced courses in the teacher’s area of study and the most frequently used criteria of student Instructional ratings. the calculation done in order to arrive at the teacher effectiveness like correlation between specific evaluation of instructional dimensions and student achievement, instructional dimensions and overall teacher rating. Day-6 had a practical session where in the resource person looked into the data feed into the IIT Kharagpur’s online platform related to . The resource person checked the various course outcomes and gave necessary feedback on each of them and answered all the queries regarding the same.
The FDP came to an end with a valedictory session. The principal Fr. Josekutty P D addressed the gathering and Ms. Anita. C , Member, IQAC proposed the vote of thanks. The convenor of the FDP was Dr Aloysius Edward J., Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management and the Director of IQAC. The first Virtual programme organised by the IQAC of Kristu Jayanti College during the lockdown period was highly appreciated by all the participants.
Faculty Development Programme [June 12-13, 2018]
The programme was presided by Fr. Principal and the chief guest was Dr. Latha Pillai, Advisor to NACC. In his presidential address Father recalled the Journey of Kristu Jayanti College. He was of the view that the educational system is witnessing a lot of change.
The change of students from job seekers to job providers and the dimension of the course changing from single disciplinary to multidisciplinary and the agility of the workforce were highlighted. He appreciated the efforts of the teachers in making Kristu Jayanti what it is today.
The chief guest of the day Dr. Lata Pillai appreciated the growth of the college and the enviable position it has reached in such a short span of time. She was of the view that the institution has all the potential to become a state university by the 25th year of its existence. She related organizations as living beings and like living beings organizations also got a life cycle. She categorically stated the difference between the corporate organizations and educational institutions. She was of the view that in the Indian system which is highly over regulated, it is extremely difficult for the institutions .The prime challenge of any educational institution today is how to make themselves socially relevant. The student profile is changing and the educational system is also witnessing a change from learning outcome based to graduate outcome based education and how the strategic plan meet will enable the institution to adapt to these changes is to be seriously looked into. The inaugural session enlightened the crowd with the current and future aspects of education and enumerated the different new perspectives to be looked at.
Keynote Session I
EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT
Dr. Ganesha Bhatta
Principal, MES Teachers’ College, Bengaluru
The experienced teacher and administrator, Dr. Ganesha Bhatta took the participants on a voyage of reaching out to young generation learners in a very interesting manner.. The session focused on various dimensions of Knowledge development in higher education such as Attitude and Perception, Acquired and integrated knowledge, extending and refining knowledge, use of knowledge effectively and productive habits of mind. Student must be aware and be able to apply inductive and deductive reasoning, error analysis and critical thinking to tough world situation
Teachers must be able to evaluate their effectiveness and respond appropriately to feedback. The desired change in the students is possible only with the involvement of Student, Teacher, subject and activities.
His anecdotes and examples keep the participants enthralled
Keynote Session II
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT & INSTITUTION BUILDING
Shri. Dileep Ranjekar
CEO, Azim Premji Foundation, Bengaluru
Employee involvement in the missions and visions of an organization, and the types of employee commitments towards an organization remain at the center of designing any management strategy. An employee with greater organizational commitment has a greater chance of contributing to organizational success and will also experience higher levels of job satisfaction
Shri. Dileep Ranjekar, in his session asked the faculty members to do a self- assessment of their desire to be a faculty member, an educationist and be self- motivated. The commitment towards the organization will happen if the vision and mission of the institution is understood and responsibility of actions is shared by all. The institution must focus on “Commit to people-first values” and Support employee development
PLENARY SESSION I (MINI AUDI II)
HOW TO INSPIRE YOUNG MINDS?
Mr. Edwin Moses
Group Vice-President, Oracle
Number of participants: 48
Mr. Edwin Moses held an inspiring and thought-provoking session on the topic. He raised many questions to the audience with the intention of creating a discomfort about the existing system. How prepared are we in this changing in this scenario of drastic change in the world of education? Citing the example of Intel on how they fell in their business from the world top to a very low status, he commented that only a paranoid survives. Now education is at a strategic inflation point. The Turkey effect is very much applicable in the case of education too which is a message that teaches us that only one who will survive is not the most intelligent or strongest, rather it is the one who is ready to quickly adapt to most recent changes. He focused on
• Ignite curiosity in young minds
• Expose youth to role models
• Implant self- confidence in the minds of students
• Rediscover story telling which is and art that will never die
• Make learning addictive
He suggests that we need to plan our classes in such a way that class room is only a place to solve problems; preparation and studies for students should happen in libraries. Always bear in mind that we are teaching a youth when we are not sure of the future requirement. The session was very lively with fruitful discussions
SESSION II (MINI AUDI III)
Dr. Pratibha Jolly
Principal, Miranda House, New Delhi
The session on academic leadership was rightly addressed by Dr. Pratibha Jolly, the Principal of the college Miranda House that has been ranked adjudged as the best college in India, according to government rankings of educational institutions. The session was greatly inspirational to young academic leaders of the college. The session highlighted the changing dynamics of India and how higher educational institutions and its leaders too need to be professionals with multi-skilled expertise. For the smart future, investments in Human and social capital, building traditional and modern Infrastructure, encouragement of technology and Quality education becomes essential.
The institution must show attention to the students and provide enigmatic leadership that cultivates pride and belongingness to all its stakeholders. The leadership that can look into future trends is indispensable. She stressed on having
• Technology investments for future
• Think Big and Have Big inspirations – Push Peripheries
• Develop skills for the future of work - Novel and adaptive thinking, Trans-disciplinarity
• Outpace problems, Engage and build communities
• Build love, legacy and pride of the institution
• Promote Activity based learning and Blended learning
SESSION III (CONF. HALL I)
INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT METHODS
Dean – Academics, VIT University
Dr.G Jayaraman, Dean-Academics, VIT University was the resource person for the plenary session on “Assessment in Academics - Criteria and Methods “ .Professor started the session by highlighting the meaning of the word assessment from its latin origin means to sit beside. He said assessment is to increase quality whereas evaluation is to judge quality. He also insisted that assessment is an ongoing, positive, individualized and feedback providing and evaluation is judgmental providing closure applied of standards and shows shortfalls. Both requires criteria, uses measures and are evidence driven. He quoted Albert Einstein and Stated that education is not learning but training of mind to think. He insisted that the module development should contain the aim of module, learning outcome, threshold assessment criteria, level descriptions translated to subject descriptions and assessment method to test achievement of assessment criteria .Every academic program assessment should have an explicable statement of what a student should learn , require students perform each outcome and access how well students benefit outcome.
Dr.Jayaraman spoke on various challenges in implementing assessment methods like the class size, student faculty ratio, student diversity, time constraints, dedication, perception on assessment methods and mapping to learning outcomes. In an assessment subjective assessment and effectiveness in communication must be considered. Blooms taxonomy to remember, understand, analyze, apply, evaluate and create should be followed. Assessment criteria should be defined with course outcome and outcomes should be aligned with programme educational objectives. He also spoke on the types of assessment like work integrated assessment, diagnostic assessment, criterion referenced assessment, synoptic assessment, ipsative assessment and dynamic assessment. Dr.Jayaraman also spoke on the absolute grading methodology and assessment by faculty, peers, self and third party. He also enlightened the audience on the various methods of assessment like examinations to answer in essays/MCQs/Open book/closed book/notebook, group discussions, case studies, poster or oral presentations, individual or team projects, developing portfolios, debates, short lectures, activity based skills and time bound assignments. He insisted on continuous assessment rather than continuous evaluation. He also said that the course outcome should be mapped to assessment. He ended the session by mentioning that learning should be an enjoyable process and not to induce stress.
SESSION IV (CONF. HALL II)
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN MODERN LEARNING
Dr. Sethu Raman
Director, IQAC, Gandhigram Rural Institute
ROLE OF TEACHERS IN ENHANCING ACADEMIC AND
June 12 - 13, 2018
Internal Quality Assurance Cell
Date : 12.06.2018
Time : 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Resource Person : Dr. Sethu Raman, Director, IQAC, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamilnadu
To inculcate knowledge on Community engagement in modern learning and identify various methods & approaches towards community engagement.
Dr. Sethuraman, Director – IQAC of Gandhigram Rural Institute initiated the session by narrating a story that inspired the participants about the significance of education for life. He said that the Four dimensions of the education system are Teaching, Research, Extension and Employment. Thus the Extension activities are very important as Teaching and Research. He explained the purpose of Outreach activities and the objectives of the extension programmes. One cannot delink from the community as all are part of the society. It is the responsibility of the students to educate the people in the rural area about the Government schemes that are beneficial to them. Dr. Sethu listed various possible methods and approaches: Participatory Rural Approach (PRA), Camps, Campaigns, Participatory Training, Rallies and procession, Field visits, Personal Contacts, Cleaning, Conduct Street plays, Theatre art, games, Team Interaction, Folk Songs & Folk Arts. He discussed in detail about the types of extension programmes:
1. Institute Sponsored
2. Department Initiated
3. Project based Extension
4. Curriculum based
He mainly focused on the department initiated extension activities that include Mushroom cultivation, Smokeless chulah, Defluoridation plant, Village Information Center, Community Bio Gas Plants, and Awareness against female infanticide. He gave the details of Project funding agencies that support village extension programmes like ICAR, HUDCO, ITN Sanitation, Ford foundation, Coconut cooperative project, Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission Project etc. He also insisted to conduct consultancy or training with specific focus on Rural development like Fruits / Vegetables preservation training, Rural governance & administration, Conflict management, Micro finance etc. He discussed with the participants the list of vocational training programmes conducted by Gandhigram institute. Few of the skill training courses conducted by the students like Digital photography, Basic videography, Domestic home appliance service and maintenance, Household wiring, Tailoring, catering etc. helped the village people employable also. He also added list of other efforts that can be conducted is value education, science teaching in schools, career guidance, dental camps, pollution control measures etc. He concluded the session with the remarks on Quality indicator of outreach activity.
The participants learnt the significance of extension activities and its impact on the learning ability of the students. The session was very interactive and useful as it covered all the aspects of Community engagement in Modern learning.
FDP & ASP Meet 2018-19
Role of teachers in enhancing academic and institutional excellence
June 12, 2018
Keynote Session IV (Mini Audi III)
Report on Academic excellence beyond curriculum by Dr. Anil Joseph Pinto, Registrar, CHRIST (Deemed to be university) The session stated with the definition of University and history of Universities in India and abroad, and its contributions. University teaches universal knowledge and hence it is not logical to call some of the Universities of present days with the same terminology. The contribution of Buddhism in the development of world famous universities is noteworthy. The Humboldt University which was established very early by Dr.Wilhelm Humboldt had a very strong foundation and policies which are even followed now by many governing bodies like NAAC.In fact Humboldt University, was the first to have course work for Ph.D which is being implemented in our Universities now. He also explained about the concept of University by Rabindrtanath Tagore of adopting a village and trying to find a solution working with them,which he implemented in Vishwa Bharati University. Some of the important goals of Univesities are to produce knowledge for state, disseminate knowledge and train future knowledge producers.
An idea is determined by human reason and personal influence of teachers or students plays a role in shaping an idea. Academic excellence beyond curriculum leads to institutional development.Universities are outcomes of inter generational generosities. As quoted by Nandan Nilekani,Universities are very agile and robust. He emphasized that we should have a vision for ourselves.An individual who has vision and values only will be able to take initiatives. We have to be ready to pay the price, if we wish to realize our vision. Publishing for local communities, professional extension and social extension are some of the initiatives to acquire academic excellence beyond curriculum. He concluded the session by triggering the question of ‘If not me,who? and if not now, when? Can we put in our efforts to attain academic excellence beyond curriculum.
Keynote Session V (MINI AUDI III)
ICT APPLICATION IN TEACHING AND LEARNING – CASE STUDY ON THE USAGE OF LMS
Date : 13.06.2018
Time : 9.15 am – 10.30 am
Resource Person : Dr. Pavanaja U.B, Chief Consultant, Microsoft
The resource person started the session by illustrating the relation between information, knowledge and wisdom. He stated that in today’s world often information available in internet in often mistaken as knowledge or wisdom. The world’s most famous search engine Google always points to information. He was of the view that education should be edutainment to capture attention and imagination of the student.
He illustrated briefly on the advantages and disadvantages of a teacher in a class room compared to online learning. The main thrust was given to how the teacher can touch the mind of a student and influence the student while that was not possible in online learning. The different dimensions of e-learning were elucidated and how multimedia can play a pivotal role in education was discussed. He quoted some examples [Celestia for learning planetary motion] which were available currently used for illustrating some concepts which otherwise can only be imagined. He was of the opinion that multimedia enabled learning should complement conventional teaching and learning process. The resource person illustrated the learning cycle structure.
The various web based learning systems like LMS, collaborative learning elements, digital repositories, white board, webcasting, virtual class room and online assessment were discussed.
The importance of the design and development of content for ICT enables learning also came up for discussion. The resource person drew the difference between fully online and blended systems by using examples.
The second part of the session was on how PowerPoint presentation could be made more effective while using for teaching and learning purpose. The various aspects of designing the presentation like the selection of font, its size, and color were made clear using examples. The use of animation and embedding audio and video content in presentations were also illustrated. Clearly the dos and don’ts in designing the PowerPoint presentation were done. The session ended by illustrating how to web cast a PowerPoint presentation using a mobile phone.
Keynote Session V (MINI AUDI III)
CREATING HAPPY CLASSROOMS – THE WAY FORWARD
Date : 13.06.2018
Time : 10.45 am – 12.00 pm
Resource Person : Dr. Ushy Mohan Das, CEO & Chief Coach Dr. Ushy’s Wisdom Works, Bengaluru
The resource person started the session by highlighting the fact that a human being dies only once and therefore an individual should strive to live stronger every day. Dr. Mohandas conveyed all the information using simple anecdotes peppered with humor.
The importance of communication to connect with the people was highlighted. She was of the view that while we connect with people we feel very happy. Happiness has to be internalized by increasing awareness about oneself, connecting with people and by time management. The teacher should bring stories to the class room and the importance of appropriate gestures, adopting correct postures and the importance of smile was highlighted. The importance of activating the right side of the brain was highlighted as majority of the people do not do anything which will activate the right part of the brain. She suggested meditation and right brain functional activities which will activate the right side of the brain from where emotions related to happiness and well-being are triggered. The session ended with highlighting the role of teachers in motivating the students and making the class rooms an environment friendly for learning and growing.
Faculty Development Programme
Title: Orientation on NBA Accreditation
Number of beneficiaries: 15
List of Resource Persons with details:
Prof. Sunil Kumar Gupta, Former Vice- Chancellor, Himachal University
Objective: To orient faculty members on NBA accreditation
Dr Sunil Kumar Gupta, spoke on the changing higher education scenario and the need for creating a competitive edge in the educational sector. He introduced the significance of NBA accreditation, its key aspects and the role of documentation, processes for obtaining NBA accreditation
He answered various queries by the faculty members related to NBA and also encourage the college to go ahead for NBA Accreditation
Faculty Development Programme
Title: Annual strategic planning: Special talk on Role of faculty in Quality enhancement
Number of beneficiaries: 151
List of Resource Persons with details:
Prof. Sunil Kumar Gupta, Former Vice- Chancellor, Himachal University
Objective: To enhance and upgrade the knowledge of the faculties on Quality enhancement
Prof Anita welcomed the Guest and the participants for the faculty development program on “Role of teachers in Quality enhancement”. Rev Fr Josekutty P D, Principal , Kristu Jayanti College, welcomed the guest and appreciated the efforts of IQAC for arranging such academic enrichment programs.
Dr Sunil Kumar Gupta in his speech, he focused on the changing scenario of higher education and the necessity for quality of faculty. He emphasized the skills such as knowledge, expression of clear thoughts, communication skills and ability to teach and research. He suggested passion can go a long way in bringing about efficiency..He reiterated that the identity of a teacher lies in Teaching quality and methodology. He also insisted that original research, writings and publication add value to the credibility of a teacher.
He also Suggested that Kristu Jayanti College, being an autonomous educational institution, it has a wide scope and independence to experiment new changes and implement them effectively
Annual Educators Meet [May 11-14, 2020]
The Virtual Meet of School Educational Leaders on Promoting and Sustaining Excellence in School Education was organised by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru in collaboration with United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). The four-day online meet scheduled from May 11 to May 14, 2020 aimed to strengthen the academic leadership at the secondary school level , exclusively for Principals , Educational Administrators and Management Representatives of Schools . The event witnessed a participation of 475 academic leaders from across the globe , with delegates from 10 different countries.
Virtual Meet of School Educational Leaders was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal , Kristu Jayanti College . Father said that every individual possesses eight types of intelligence and helping the children, identifying and nurturing these intelligences are the primary responsibility of an educator.
The four day programme had nine sessions and one panel discussion. Two sessions were on Sustainability Development Goals and was addressed by Dr Sally Elizebeth form University of Auckland and Ms Isabelle Tibi, Global Citizenship Education Consultant, World Federation of United Nations Associations, New York.
The sessions focussed on educational leadership , promoting positive student mental health, embedding sustainable development goals in school education, new directions in mentoring and evaluation, ICT in education, redefining excellence for slow learners and content development skills with social media. The meet also had a panel discussion on the strategies to manage the impact of COVID-19 in educational system moderated by Fr.Philip. The session concluded with the valedictory address of Rev. Dr. Augustine George ,Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College in which he said that the only constant in life is change and the educators should be equipped to move forward with changes. The platform was an opportunity for the principals and administrators across the globe to connect online with a large community of educators , to plunge in innovative ideas for dynamic and progressive growth thereby promoting and sustaining excellence.
Annual Educators Meet [May 2-4, 2019]
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Kristu Jayanti College organized Third All India Educators meet entitled ‘Uniqueness – Pathway to Excellence in School Education’ from 2-4 May 2019. 130 delegates from 20 states across the country participated in the Educators meet to connect with dynamic and progressive educators and to share their uniqueness thus building a path to excellence - making the Third All India Educators Meet successful. Dr. Jonas Richard, the convener of the program welcomed the gathering by quoting ‘Parents are the first teachers and teachers are the second parents for students’. Dr. Aloysius Edward, Coordinator of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell gave the prelude to the Educators meet. Dr. Aloysious Edward, Coordinator, IQAC was of the view that the system of education should focus on learning rather than being more exams oriented. He elucidated the emergence of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies which necessitates a totally different set of skills than what is being taught by today. In fact, the contradiction is that we are equipping the learner for jobs which may not be present tomorrow. To be unique, the educational institutions should bring in an innovation ecosystem and inculcate that in the learner to be relevant in tomorrow’s world. Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, the Principal gave the Presidential Address in which he asserted the fundamental purpose of schools with some analogies as that of a home, reservoir of wisdom and knowledge, observatory for the future, a fort and as a temple of values and concluded that ultimately it is education that prepares one for the future.
Smt. T N Gayathri Devi, Joint Director, Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT), Government of Karnataka was the Chief Guest for the occasion. In her inaugural address, Smt. T N Gayathri Devi appreciated the teaching community for being a teacher, a mentor and a guide who shapes the future of students. She highlighted that education should mold responsible citizens equipped with skills and knowledge. The importance of language education and providing the right teaching-learning environment was also highlighted. She described the various initiatives of her department for bringing in quality in education. Smt. T N Gayathri Devi concluded her speech by stating that vibes of positive thinking and adding a pinch of creativity will greatly influence the teaching-learning process bringing good results.
Dr. Aruna Wadkar, Founder and MD, Harvest Education Transformational Solutions advocated revolutionary thinking as opposed to evolutionary thinking in the students by giving them the courage to unlearn, so that they can progress with enthusiasm and excitement into an uncertain future, not with trepidation, hesitation and unquestioning obedience. Shri. Venkata Suresh Lolla, Principal, Global City International School, Bengaluru shared the various options available for the campus safety and security of children supported by several Government agencies. Dr. Varghese John, Former Principal, Union Christian College, Kerala highlighted the 5 components involved in Quality Education according to UNESCO / UNICEF- 1) Learners 2) Content 3) Processes 4) Environments and 5) Outcomes. Dr. R. Vijaya Saraswathy, Founder & CEO, Godwin Academy President, WE GIRLS NGO emphasized the fact that positive discipline happens when we know to handle visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills and demonstrated several techniques for sharpening memory and practicing better time management for the students.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Professor of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru discussed the concerns and opportunities of social media usage in the present generation and how the educational institutions can contribute to the healthy usage of it. Bro. Paul Raj S International Facilitator & Mentor, Montfort International Group of Educational Institutions spoke on the role of educational institutions on the psychosocial development of Gen Z Learners. Mr. P. Suryakumar, Managing Director, GanitGenie Pvt. Ltd, Chennai demonstrated various online test platform, application software such as GeoGebra, and how it can be integrated into teaching and learning. Ms. Geetha Krishnan Founder, Ekam Learning Consultants enlightened on the need to attain skills of the future which has to be developed now. Ms. Geetha insisted on acquiring several skills like computational thinking, social intelligence, virtual collaboration, new media literacy and soft skills like problem solving, persistence, motivation, self-control, confidence, teamwork and ethics.
Mr. Bansy Kalappa, Political Editor, The New Indian Express Bengaluru emphasized on the skills an educational leader should possess in media management for the betterment of the educational institution with several examples. Few delegates shared several best practices in holistic education. Dr. Senthil Kumaran A, Chief Confluencer, The Learners Confluence, Bengaluru shared his thoughts on building uniqueness and thereby developing the culture of excellence in school education. Mr. Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Director & Team, IT for Change, Bengaluru gave an introduction to various free and open source software and enumerated the various initiatives taken by educators across the country to enhance the learning experience through ICT. The three-day educators meet concluded with the valediction. Prof. Ravichandra Reddy, Former Acting Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), was the chief guest for the valedictory session. Prof. Ravichandra Reddy stated that quality and excellence must be the vision of every educational institution. He also stated that learning through technology is the future. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal gave the concluding remarks and appreciated the organizers and the participants from across the country in making the Third All India Educators Meet a great success.
Annual Educators Meet [May 3-4, 2018]
The second edition of All India Educators Meet organized by the IQAC of Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru has witnessed its curtain raiser on May 03, 2018 at 10 AM. Prof. Dr. Shashiranjan Yadav, Vice Chancellor, India Institute of Teacher Education (IITE), Gujarat was the guest of honour. The three day meet with the theme ‘Enhancing Learning Experience through ICT’ aimed to strengthen the academic leadership at the secondary school level witnessed a participation of 82 academic leaders spanning across 12 states in the country and one global representation.
Dr. Aloysius Edward, Dean, Commerce and Management, welcomed the gathering followed by a presentation of brief outline about the Educators meet by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Convenor of the Conference and Head, Department of Social Work. The guest of honour Prof. Yadav addressed the gathering on, “Only skilled people with computer knowledge will survive in the future. It is the time for educators to bring creativity and innovation in learning for the betterment of younger generation.” He also expressed that India is at the threshold to conquer the world, since the country is situated on a triveni sangam of huge population of youngsters as human assets, widespread use of English language and democratic use of technological innovation.
Rev. Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, in his presidential address said that "Academic is not confined to teaching and learning. Technological interventions bridge the gap between teachings and learning hence the educational institutions need to keep abreast of technologies that will enhance the learning experience of millennials.
The three-day educators meet was divided into eight sessions coupled with cultural programs and a city tour. Dr. Virajkumar, Professor from IISC, Bengaluru through the first session on Perspective building of ICT in schools emphasised on the potentials of language translation, the pros and cons of smart question and answers with the support of artificial Intelligence and the necessity of leveraging computers for automation of question generation and evaluation.
In the second session Shree Na. Vijay Shankar, the founder of Naavi (the cyber law college) unleashed the potential of technology to start a university/ a course anytime anywhere. And also highlighted the three fundamental issues you should be conscious while adopting technology in schools like the IPR hurdle, the connectivity issues and the challenges of distribution.
Ms. Sonia Garcha, member of CSpathshala, in the third session posed a question; do we need technology to teach computing? And through various games and mind mapping she proved, computing can be taught even without technology.
Moderator Dr. Gopakumar A.V, (Dean of Humanities, Kristu Jayanti College) begun the panel discussion by stating the statistics with regard to Education and Gross Enrolment Ratio of 33% reveal the challenge that educators are facing today.
Panellist Dr. Mohammed Sayeed, mentor of Pearls International School, Bengaluru took the breath away for a second by teaching the new set of ABCD that prevail in most of the educational institutions. He also highlighted the necessity of achieving an apt mind-set to operate the tool sets and the skill sets.
Panellist Rev. Fr. Jerone, Principal, Claret Higher Secondary School, Chennai exemplified few key issues like the modern educational system focuses on the academic goals than holistic development. The time allocated for Sports activities and extra-curricular activities are compromised and shortened for the purpose of achieving ‘academic targets’.
The Panel discussion also witnessed vibrant question answer session from several participants who expressed their concern about the present system. They identified several areas of lacunae as well as shared some of the innovative practices adopted by them in their respective institutions.
The second day of the conference focused on the implementation of ICT application in schools using open source software. Mr. Gurumurthy K and team from IT for Change threw light into the concept of open source software, cyber security issues and implementation of cyber security in school campuses.
The hands of session on FreePlane, geogebra, marble, audacity and phet was an eye opener into the quantum of resources available as open source software in various domains. The resource person exhorted the participants to seriously use open source softwares instead of proprietary ones.
On the third day, Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Professor of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS Bengaluru enabled the participants to retrospect on their social media behaviour. He also highlighted the physical and psychological impact of excessive usage of mobile phones. He encouraged the participants to have a non - judgemental attitude and effective communication with the students to tackle technological addiction.
Ms. Meera Venkat, President and CEO of Rise Global world trade center opined, an academic leader must be a doctor, a soldier, an accountant, a philosopher and an architect. She further emphasized in a dynamic academic environment, it’s time for us to give up the dominating leadership and it is essential to adopt behavioural and situational approach.
Dr. Bindu Tirumalai, Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai spoke about the future of ICT in Indian Schools. She spoke on the obvious and non-obvious changes that had taken place in Indian schools since 1980s. This information was an eye opener to the participants with regard to how some things hadn’t changed, even though it was perceived to have been.
The three-day Educators meet came to an end with a valedictory program on 5th May, 2018. The Chief Guest for the valediction was Dr. Ravichandra Reddy S, Former Director, NAAC. The programme was presided by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College.
The session started with a welcome note by Dr. Justin Nelson Michael, Director, Research and member of IQAC followed by presenting the report of the 3-day Conference by Dr. Juby Thomas, faculty member, Department of Journalism. In the valedictory address Dr. Reddy emphasized the need of Quality assurance in education. He stated quality and excellence should be the vision of every higher education institution. Acquisition and enhancement of quality is a great challenge faced by almost all higher education institutions. He further discussed the challenges of ICT enabled teaching and learning in infrastructure, content curation and technological updating. The session ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Ramya B, Member of IQAC and Faculty member of Department of History.
Annual Educators Meet [May 4-6, 2017]
A three day national level workshop on management of change for progressive secondary education for the Principals and Faculty members of high school and higher secondary school was held at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore on May 4th - 6th 2017. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized the workshop with an aim to prepare the secondary schools to be globally competent. The broad objectives of the Workshop were:
Globalization and concurrent demands on educational delivery and services are a hallmark of the 21 Century, apart from the need for innovative technology adoption. Many political, economic, technical and technological changes that are taking place in the country, call for appropriate and timely changes at all levels of Education. While considerable efforts are evident to reform education in general and Secondary Education in particular, institutions are unable to keep pace with the changing times.
In this dynamic world, change is imperative and institutions must go an extra mile to reposition, renew, reorganize and systematically adapt to the changing times. There are several challenges that confront the Management, as well as other stakeholders of secondary education institutions, and many a times there is resistance to change on the part of the teachers and even administrators. Hence, the workshop focused to discuss on individual, institutional and technological management in the present era.
Shri. B C Rao, Managing Director, Kennametal and Mr. Hendrikus van Dord, Executive Vice President IETO, Fr Josekutty PD, Principal and Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru were present at the inauguration of the program.
The following resource persons addressed the participants on various aspects of secondary education.
This Workshop was specially designed to appraise the participants with the nuances of the changes as expected, and to give a clear insight into the need-based mechanisms which they need to adopt to be successful in their specific tasks. Around 75 representatives from various institutions from seven states of India participated in the workshop. The three day workshop was divided into eight keynote sessions.
Keynote Session I: Reaching out to the Learners through Aptitude Testing and Counseling
Keynote Speaker: Dr. ASHOK H.S. Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychology, Bangalore University
0 Introduction & Welcome: Ms. Ramya B, Faculty Member, Department of History, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The first keynote session of the workshop made an introduction to the type of learners and learning. Different learners have different levels of prior knowledge, motivations, effort, and learning styles. The Efficiency, effectiveness, and planning made by teachers increases the quality of curriculum. One needs to acknowledge that the students have different levels of prior knowledge and cognitive abilities.
Dr. Ashok highlighted several behavioral aspects of learners that require attention of the teachers and counseling. He suggested conducting a need assessment through Parent and teacher interviews, Behavior rating scales, Formal assessment, Behavior observations as well as Informal assessment. It helps to understand the various challenges faced by the learners to determine the reasons for commonly found issues such as Bullying, frequent changing of schools, Conflicts with teacher, forced competitiveness, absence, falling grades and learning disorders
Through discussion the resource person encouraged the delegates to bring forward the common reasons of behavioral problems. Some of the reasons highlighted were relationships issues, Peer motivation, wanting to spend time with peers but without parental supervision, conflicts with parents, friends, influence of media and Internet.
The resource person also suggested contacts of various agencies that provide with aptitude testing tools such as National Library of Educational & Psychological Test (NLEPT) Catalogue Of Tests Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education, National Council of Educational Research and Training Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, Psychotronics, Bangalore, National Psychological corporation Kacheri Ghat, Agra and Rupa Psychological center varanasi
The session made the participants to reflect upon
• Knowing one’s own teaching style
• Understanding different learning styles of students
• Adopting diverse teaching methodologies and strategies to reach out all types of learners
• Being mindful and respectful of the needs of students
• Deciding the right approach through aptitude testing tools and counselling services
Keynote Session II: Classroom Management for Effective Learning
Keynote Speaker: Dr. H.S. Ganesha Bhatta Principal, MES Teachers’ College, Bengaluru
Introduction & Welcome: Ms. Anita.C, Faculty Member, Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The session by Dr. H S Ganesha Bhatta focused on the varied aspects of class room management for effective learning.M
The speaker introduced a new definition for teacher from his personnel experience stating that Tolerance, Earnestness, Acumen, Character building, Humor, Enthusiasm and Receptiveness are the qualities that stands for a teacher.
The session highlighted on the characteristics of an ideal teacher for effective class room management were:
Among all the desired characteristics, competency of the teacher are the most important as this is catalytic in enabling a teaching to make use of the best of his other capabilities. The speaker was of the view that the personal qualities of a teacher like capacity of the teacher to develop good inter personal relationships and the self-esteem of the teacher plays a key role in effective class room management. Dr. Bhatta highlighted on how a teacher can monitor self-effectiveness in class room management through evaluating various outcomes.
The teacher should have a good judgment regarding what works better in each class room environment to manage it effectively.
The speaker highlighted on various qualities of the teachers and the students that can work for a better learning experience. He detailed on the qualities and actions of an outstanding teacher and exhorted each one to do their best to imbibe those qualities. The session ended with a ten point oath and twelve commandments for a teacher.
Dr.Bhatta beautifully explained each of the concept he spoke using beautiful anecdotes from his experience. The session was highly interactive with the audience raised many queries about effective class room management mostly from their own experiences and the speaker answered all of them in an exemplary manner.
Keynote Session III: Role of Multiple Intelligence in achieving sustainable development of the Learner
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shakuntala Katre, Former Senior Academic Consultant, NAAC
Introduction & Welcome: Ms. Juby Thomas, Faculty Member, Department of Journalism, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
Dr. Shakuntala Katre began the session by highlighting the changes in educational sector. She opined the change is for both the students and the institutions. Hence the institutions have the challenge of understanding the 21st Century learner. She explained who is a 21st Century learner? They are baby boomers, digital media users or digital natives, multitaskers, hyper communicators and gamers. Hence, institutions must focus on creating a student centered learning atmosphere. Thus understand the nature of the learner and the needs of the learner. At present most of the institutions focus on a monotonous way of teaching learning. Several Scholars have already identified a gap in the teaching learning process and thus give a rise of the need for differentiated learning.
By drawing inspiration from Howard Gardner Dr. Katre explained multiple intelligence and the need for an academician to understand that every individual possess multiple intelligence. She said Gardner in the late early 1980’s, identified that individuals possess eight or more relatively autonomous intelligences. Individuals draw on these intelligences, individually and corporately, to create products and solve problems that are relevant to the societies in which they live. The eight identified intelligences include:
• Linguistic intelligence
• Logical-mathematical intelligence
• Spatial intelligence
• Musical intelligence
• Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
• Naturalistic intelligence
• Interpersonal intelligence, and
• Intrapersonal intelligence.
According to Gardner’s analysis, only two intelligences that is linguistic and logical mathematical have been valued and tested for in modern secular schools; it is useful to think of that language-logic combination as “academic” or “scholarly intelligence”. In conceiving of intelligence as multiple rather than unitary in nature, the theory of multiple intelligences represents a departure from traditional conceptions of intelligence first formulated in the early twentieth century, measured today by IQ tests. By focusing on this Dr. Katre emphasized that in the 21st Century the academicians and institutions must take an initiative in differentiated learning. The session was concluded with a group activity of evaluating the institution. The resource person distributed two questionnaires for SWOC and Gap analysis to evaluate the participants’ institution and suggestions were provided based on the queries of participants.
Keynote Session IV: Online Educational Resources
Keynote Speaker: Shri. Aravind Srinivas, Tata Consultancy Services
Introduction & Welcome: Ms. Mary Jacob, Faculty Member, Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The fourth keynote session on Online Educational Resources was delivered by Shri. Aravind Srinivas, Dean, ION Academy, Tata Consultancy Services. He started the keynote address by stating the forgetfulness that comes with writing as stated by Socrates. He said that the technology tools have to go farther in education. He called the teacher as digital migrants and the students of today as digital natives. He made a comparative analysis of digital immigrant and digital natives. He briefed on the various online education channels like the audio and video tools, synchronous and asynchronous tools. He made a comparison on the intrinsic stimulus of teachers to explore and experience, co-create with customers, unlearn and to be the leaders to drive the change with the extrinsic stimulus in integration of online, hybrid and collaborative learning, data driven learning and assessment, students as creators and the agile approach to change. He also spoke on the onion layer theory of learning stressing on the importance of the personality, perception and cognition, environment and the multi-dimensional instructions. On speaking about the characteristics of the online educational resources he mentioned that the content has to be tailored to the target audience and leverage the micro learning approach. The online educational resources must be easily compatible with the existing system and it should be easy to use. The resources should also integrate multimedia content. He stressed on the power of collaboration and sharing facilitated through the use of YouTube, blogs, Wikis, Social Network, mobile apps etc. He said that the teachers have to accelerate towards technology adoption. He spoke on the teacher centric online resources like the creation of lesson plan, hosting various types of content videos, presentations and audio files, building various types of assessments, question bank sourcing and item response theory based question paper setting. From the student centric perspective the online resources should be accessible subject, chapter and term wise. The student should be able to read and download manuals, guides and books and take digital assessments. From the establishment viewpoint the online resources should support in announcements using notice boards, colourful banners, emails and SMS messages. The resources should also allow sharing of circulars and notifications with the chosen groups and maintain records of all communications. He concluded the session by stating that the teachers with the right mind-set, passion, focus and rigour with the adoption of technology can achieve excellence.
Keynote Session V: Institutional Management
Keynote Speaker: Shri S.Giridhar, Chief Operating Officer, Azim Premji University.
Introduction & Welcome: Ms. Anita.C, Faculty Member, Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The session started with the speaker giving a statistics about the state of literacy in India. He exclusively illustrated the statistics to give details about what percentage of Indian population is not having access to school education and among those who have access to schooling almost forty per cent of them are first time learners. This is a great challenge for the nation. The speaker shared his views on institution management primarily with respect to the domain in which Azim Premji University is working that is to contribute to the realisation of a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.
The talk dealt with management of school education and higher education. The first half dealt with how institution management of schools happening especially with respect to schools in rural India. The speaker shared all the ideas what he wanted to convey about institution management through narrating the management of a village school by two teachers of Varatharhatty village in remote Karnataka. The activities of the two teachers Mr. Lingappa and Mr. Hanumanthappa had converted the village school in Varatharahatty into a school which is quoted as a model school for other schools in Karnataka. The speaker was of the view that in spite of minimal resources, the institutions that were managed the best were the ones in which inviduals were self-motivated, individuals who could appreciate themselves and were smart in leveraging the available resources. Mr. Giridhar quoted inspiring real life anecdotes from rural India to supplement all the points.
The second half of the session focussed on management of higher educational institutions. The speaker felt that teacher capacity building is not taken seriously in India. Since the teacher is a product of an incompetent system, the incompetence of the teacher affects the existing system making it a spiral from which it is very difficult to deliver the expected outcome.
Mr.Giridhar felt that the people who manage the village schools in rural India are no way inferior to people who manage large educational institutions in the cities of India. The speaker concluded the session with his view on some aspects which should be taken seriously in managing higher educational institutions. They were Teachers and students should work together, always recruit the best, bureaucracy to be kept minimal, Encourage research and publication among teachers and students and involve the teachers in admissions. The session was open for questions and the participants asked questions on diverse aspects of institutional management for which the speaker answered them all with clarity. The whole message of the session was how an Individual can act as the catalyst for change, enabling to manage the institution in a better way.
Keynote session VI: Assessment and Accreditation of Schools
Dr. A. Senthil Kumaran, Chief confluencer, The Learners Confluence.
Introduction & Welcome: Mrs. Priya Josson Akkara, Faculty Member, Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The session by Dr. Senthil Kumaran was a very lively and interactive one in which there was an active involvement of the participants.
It started off with a simple question thrown at the audience as to why the rhyme “Jack and Jill went up the hill” didn’t have Ram and Sita in Jack and Jill”s place. Then came a series of questions like “What are the probabilities of having a well on the top of the hill?” and so on. The questions raised by the speaker made the participants to think and analyse a simple nursery rhyme in a way they have never analysed before. This interactive exercise made the concept of analysis and assessment clear in the minds of the audience. Taking a rhyme as an example, he made the audience assess as to
• Why certain things have to be taught in specific ways?
• What should be the outcome of teaching a particular topic?
• Are there any other methods to teach the same topic to achieve the same objectives?
• If we devise a method to achieve an objective and it does not work out, how do we assess it?
• What are the criteria for assessing?
• What should be the measures taken to achieve the same objectives if it fails work in a particular way?
The concept of assessment was made very simple and clear to all by taking day to day examples.
The theme for the workshop “Management of change for progressive secondary education” was summarized into a simple equation 4A+2I=C which stated that Assessment, Awareness, Acceptance, Attitude of the Individual together with the Institution leads to Change. The terms for 4A, assessment, awareness, acceptance and attitude was made clear to the participants. Assessment is to look deeper and analyse. We should be able to analyse as to why certain practices are done. We assess people according to our awareness and experience. Emphasis was given on PFW-Perceptive frame work. The speaker was of the opinion that compliance based assessment is not right. Before we step out to do anything, the 5W+H question needs to be asked. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How it could be done should be analysed and decided.
The speaker stressed upon the need for school practices to be personalized as each individual is different. He explained about the different governance frameworks for accreditation like the Deming, EFQM/EQUIS, MBNQA, NAAC, AICTE-NBA, QCI School accreditation, CBSE-SQAA, KHDA-DSIB and Singapore Excellence Model. Quality management system was also dealt with in detail. If we take a quality school performance model, the heart of it will be the Vision, Mission and the Values. Educational processes will lead to holistic development of students through school governance and the performance to be measured and improvement to be monitored. Students, parents, staff and administrators should work towards this goal. An institution learns from and individual who learns. While preparing lesson plans, importance should be given to the objectives. We should emphasize on remarks. People seldom make comments about remarks as to what went right or wrong. Only if these things are done continually, there is scope for assessment and improvement.
Finland was taken as a role model country for education where their goal is to create active, good, happy citizens. Our vision, mission and objectives should be prepared after a good thought process. The learning practices should ultimately culminate to the vision of the institution. The values should meet the objectives. When we make an improvement plan, it should lead to quality improvement. Management of academics, co-curricular activities, institutional and financial management should go hand in hand to achieve the best results. When the input is customer requirement and output is customer satisfaction, it is achieved by continuous improvement of the quality management system. It is a cyclic process involving the management responsibility, resource management, product realization, measurement, analysis and improvement.
The points to be taken care as we march forward are
• SLT to agree on any frame work
• Identify a strategic core group
• Decide on implementation plan
• Communicate to all stake holders
• Education and training of SCG
• SCG members should conduct their individual assessment using the agreed framework
• Look out for strengths and areas for improvement.
The post tea session of the workshop followed a less traditional format than the afternoon’s proceedings. It was designed to elicit the maximum contribution from all the participants, and aimed in different ways to promote reflection and deeper exploration of the themes emerging from the afternoon’s presentations and discussions. The variety and richness of discussion at the workshop made it impossible to draw together in the final discussion all the insights, observations and proposals for action that had emerged during the course of the day.
The session concluded with a note that the take home gain from attending workshops is the networking and bouffet of experiences. The session on “Assessment and accreditation of schools” was very relevant as it gave the participants a basic idea about the practices and processes involved in the assessment and accreditation of schools. It imbibed confidence in the participants to go back to their respective schools and implement it according to individual needs and requirements. The expectation is that individuals and organizations will have been motivated by these discussions to take up the themes most appropriate to their sphere, and create more developed plans of action.
Keynote Session VII: Digital Learning Devices
Keynote Speaker: Dr. S Ravichandra Reddy, Former Acting Director, NAAC.
Introduction & Welcome: Mrs. Anita.C, Faculty Member, Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The speaker started the session by explaining about the evolution of learning. Starting with the recording of knowledge using leaves and stone tablets to recording the information in digitised format, the speaker elaborated on how teaching methods had evolved along with education technology. Dr.Reddy threw light on how the digital technology is transforming the newer educational culture from modern to post-modern culture. The speaker elaborated on the modern education ecosystem. The on-going paradigm shift in education was illustrated with respect to its advantages and stated that evolution of education technology in higher education is synonymous with evolution of digital technology. The different online resources currently available were detailed out with its benefits. The main advantages of digital learning devices were learning is personalised, managing the learning by the learner or learner state control .The speaker cautioned that great care has to be exercised while setting the objectives of leaners and teachers in a digitally mediated learning environment. Any institution employing digital learning devices should be clear about the quality imperatives involved in employing technology.
Time, place, path and pace of learning have taken a three sixty degree turn by employing digital leaning technology and this one of the greatest advantage of using digital learning devices. Dr. Reddy talked in detail about the benefits of the digital learning technology mainly learn efficiently, learn fully, learn in the best way, learn from anywhere, engage a world-wide audience, build learning modules quickly, and improved instructional techniques.
The speaker detailed on understanding the attitude and nature of the plug and play generation and cautioned that thorough care has to be exercised while designing digital content and digitally mediated interactions. The feasibility, scalability and quality sustenance in using education technology has to be thoroughly studied before adopting any form of digitised learning method. The reasons why digital learning is so important and can no longer be ignored was explained in detail. The speaker was of the view that Blended learning which is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods and flipped class room methodology can work better than full-fledged employment of digital learning techniques. Dr Reddy conclude by stating that one should learn digital technology with respect to learning adopt, adapt and enjoy using it.
The second part of the session was a review of the activity which was carried out for gap analysis of each institution. The scores of institution were listed and queries regarding the various aspects of gap analysis were answered.
Keynote Session VIII: Leadership and Motivation of Teachers
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mariamma A Varghese, Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT University, Mumbai
Introduction & Welcome: Mrs. Ramya B, Faculty Member, Department of History, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The session provided a culmination note on the three day workshop, by motivating the teachers who make the most significant contribution to the art of learning. They need mastery in Leadership as it is the art or process of influencing people to strive willingly and enthusiastically towards the achievement of group goals. The resource person highlighted various principles of leadership required in the teaching profession such as technical proficiency, seek responsibility and take responsibility of actions, making sound and timely decisions, setting the right example, developing a sense of responsibility in them and others, ensuring that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished and building team spirit.
The speaker also explained some of the theories of leadership include: Trait theory , Behavioural theory, Contingency theory, Invitational theory, Transactional theory and Transformational theory.
The resource person also insisted upon the need for the young teachers to be self- motivated. Motivation is a means to reduce the gap between one’s actual state and some desired state Whether it is to excel in a sports field or in the 'ivory tower‘, they must be motivated or driven to it, either by themselves or through external stimulus. Motivation is a kind of internal energy which drives a person to do something in order to achieve somethingA teacher who is inspired and sold on maintaining a positive attitude at all times becomes a teacher that students and staff will enjoy learning from, working with and being around. Learning is interrelated to motivation. In education, instructors need to use motivation techniques in order to motivate the students to learn. It is essential to increase student motivation as it can make a student more competent
The resource person wanted the academicians and management to create right conditions for the teachers motivation. She laid out three conditions that can promote the development of internal motivation:
• A warm, responsive, and supportive environment.
• Enough autonomy to have a sense of self-determination.
• Guidance and structure, including information about expected behaviors, why they’re important, and consequences for not engaging in them.
She as a teacher and leader advised the delegates to create self- condition for their growth. Areas to work upon oneself are
• A vision/mission - for professional life
• Self-motivation -to control your destiny
• A job - ideally, one in line with your mission
• Support - a good boss and a mentor
• A plan - a path to attaining your goals
• Skills - some you have, some need development
• A balanced life and Continual re-assessment
In short, the session was highly motivating which said “As we go about our lives, we should remember that each one of us matter, that each one of us has it within us to make a difference”.
Virtual interaction with Padma Vibhushan Prof. K. Kasturirangan
The first session of the annual strategic plan was held on 3rd June 2020 at 11 am. The session was a virtual interaction with Padma Vibhushan Prof. K. Kasturirangan, [The Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan and chairman NIIT University, Neemrana, Chairman, National Education Policy, 2019 and Former Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)].
Fr. Josekutty P D, the principal gave the opening address and highlighted the role of annual strategic plan in ensuring the growth of the institution.
Dr. Kasturirangan addressed the gathering on the 'The Future of Indian Higher Education System - Opportunities and Challenges’. The talk presented a panoramic view of the Indian education and educational policies especially the important proposals of the draft national educational policy. The speaker reflected on the critical importance of school education and cited some of the most relevant issues in Indian higher education. The importance of providing a liberal undergraduate education was highlighted. The empowerment of faculty through engagement and capability enhancement and the importance of synergising research and quality education were underlined. Integrating professional and general education and the need for institutions organically evolving as a multidisciplinary institution was emphasised. The need for empowered governance and autonomy of higher educational institutions and integration of technology at all levels of education were elucidated. Dr. Kastruirangan was optimistic that India as a nation is evolving in the right direction and he was confident that as a nation we will be able to overcome all the challenges pertaining to education in a longer duration of time.
The session concluded with the vice principal, Fr. Augustine George proposing the vote of thanks.
On 18 July 2014, Dr. Anima Nair, Director, Kaleidoscope had an interaction with the psychology students of Kristu Jayanti College. The intention of the workshop was to understand Autism and was very useful to the students to deal with the autistic children. The speaker clearly gave the complete information on Autism and care for autistic children. Sense Kaleidoscopes is a vocational training center for children (over the age of 12) and young adults on the autism spectrum founded with the aim of ultimately getting them to become employable according to each individual's ability.
Mr. Anantho, Therapist at Athama Shakthi Vidalia addressed the Psychology students on 18 July 2014 about the therapeutic alliance between the client and the therapist also explained how it can help the client to improve in his/ her life.
Academic and Administrative Audit
29th and 30th of August 2019
National Conference on New Paradigms in Academic Innovation
May 8-9, 2014
National Conference on Indian Higher Education in the 21st Century- Five Decades Ahead: Challenges and Prospects
November 29-30, 2012
FDP on Basic Academic Mentoring Skills
Training for MBA Accreditation Process by NBA
Special Lecture for teachers on Role of Faculty in Quality Enhancement
Special Lecture for teachers on Journey towards becoming ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ [CPE,CE]
Training for Faculty members
May 1- 3, 2014
Training for Faculty members
Workshop on Curriculum Design and Development
Faculty Development Programme
03.06.13 & 04.06.13
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