Profile for SSR – 1.3 Institute Preparedness for NEP

1. Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary:

The Vision of National Education Policy, to provide high quality education to develop human resources in our nation as global citizens, is well taken by our Institute. A    discussion among the faculty members has been initiated on the key principles of NEP such as diversity for all curriculum and pedagogy with technological innovations in teaching and learning, encouraging logical decision making and innovation, critical thinking and creativity. The Institute is affiliated to Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati where in Academic programmes are redesigned to include Multidisciplinary /Interdisciplinary courses as electives and institute started offering these
electives to students. In order to provide the holistic academic growth among students, Inter-disciplinary curriculum has been proposed which gives freedom to the student to choose their preferred options from the range of program offered by the institution. All the courses offered by institute are Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). Few of (them also include value based and environment-based subjects like professional Ethics, Environmental studies, principles of Management, project management etc. All programmes are designed in such a way that students get maximum flexibility to choose elective courses offered by other Departments and MOOC through SWAYAM.
It can be said that the Institute is proactively working towards implementation of the suggestions given in the NEP Guidelines.

2. Academic bank of credits (ABC):

Our institution preparedness in implementation of Academic Bank of Credits conforms to the guidelines of the affiliated university i.e., SGBAU. SGBAU being state university is an official member of the National Academic Depository which is a government endeavour to offer an online repository for all academic awards under the Digital India Programme. From 2020 onwards, SGBAU is in the process of uploading students’ mark sheets and degree certificates through the platform through its affiliated colleges. The National Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) portal has now been integrated into the NAD portal platform and is currently live from academic year 2021 onwards. SGBAU follows a choice-based credit system (CBCS) for all its programmes and is now in the process to pass a resolution related to the ABC in the Academic Council. SGBAU will formally register in the ABC portal as soon as the resolution is being approved by the higher academic bodies. For this purpose, Institute is in the process of creating centralised database of the college students. Through this database, where in the academic credits earned by the student from various courses will be digitally stored so that the credit earned by student previously could be forwarded when the student enters the program again. For monitoring ABC, proper technical support system will be created.

3. Skill development:

The institute has an established skill development cell which actively participates to strengthen technical, vocational, soft skills of the students. The institute has an established training cell which actively participates to strengthen the current trends required in industry, Campus Recruitment Training (CRT). The Institution is already conducting the skill courses as designed by affiliating university from Semester III to VI in various programs. Also, under the employability enhancement program for student in skill courses, the college has already been running courses such as soft skill development etc, Surya Mitra Training etc.

4. Appropriate integration of Indian Knowledge system (teaching in Indian Language, culture, using
online course):

In order to promote /integrate the local language, art and culture, it is the regular practice at institute that all NSS activities conducted in adopted villages are compulsory executed in local Marathi language. In Youth Festival organized at SGBAU University level our students are actively participating in various cultural events and received prizes and colour coats in many events at university level. Especially our college magazine is published wherein there are five sections for content in five languages namely English section, Marathi section, Hindi section, Urdu section, Sanskrit section. As most of our students are from rural areas of Vidarbha region they can share their thoughts in any language. This initiative of publishing college magazine with content from different language has got recognition at university level resulting in receiving best magazine
award consequently from last seven years. The efforts have been also taken by institute to teach foreign language. Training program for faculty and students for learning Japanese Language is organized in the institute in 2018-19. As a part of curriculum as per Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University gazette 2021 Part one -205, direction No. 42/2021 Date 09/08/2021 mandatory provision of conducting Orientation Program of 15 hours duration /MOOC to the students a) in V Semester on Indian Constitution and (b) in VI Semester on Indian Traditional Knowledge is introduced by University and Institute has started implementing it from 2021 onwards.

5. Focus on Outcome based education (OBE):

The institution, being affiliated with SGBAU university follows the guidelines as and when directed where in variety of approaches in teaching Learning process like lectures, seminars, tutorials/workshop/practical and project-based learning field work, technology enabled learning internship and apprenticeship and research work is already suggested and Institute is implementing it wherever possible. All the programmes are offered as outcomes-based education (OBE) which are designed keeping in mind the regional and global requirements. Course outcome of every subject well defined in the curriculum itself by SGBAU. The Institute has implemented outcome-based education
with clearly stated Programme Outcomes, Programme Specific Outcomes and course outcomes from 2019-20 onwards. All courses are designed with outcomes centred on cognitive abilities namely Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating. Apart from the domain-specific skills, learning outcomes at all levels ensure social responsiveness and ethics, as well as entrepreneurial skills so that student contribute proactively to economic, environmental and social well-being of the nation. The Course Objectives (COs) are also aligned to the PO-PSO philosophy.

6. Distance Education/Online Education:

The institution is already prepared, especially during COVID-19 pandemic situations and teaching learning process through different online modes likewise app, Google Class rooms, WhatsApp etc. the whole college campus is Wi-Fi enabled with LCD Projectors installed in each classroom and hence no hindrance /obstacle in online education. Post-pandemic, the online learning experience has been adopted by the faculty and students to full advantage of flexible blended mode of teaching learning. From 2019 onwards departments are exclusively using Google Classroom for sharing learning contents with students for most of the subjects / courses. The faculty members also prepared themselves by getting trained for using various MOOCs and other online platform for online teaching learning through FDP, STTP and workshops during lockdown period. Recently the institution has started using ITLE module of College Information Management System to make available all such type of e-content material prepared by faculty members to all students through online mode to meet the future challenges. During Covid -19 pandemic various programs, meetings, seminars for students were also organized by institute via online platform conducting conferences and meetings. The institute beingNPTEL Centre, students and faculties are encouraged to undergo MOOCS courses every year. Faculties are encouraged to offer MOOC courses at SGBAU which promotes the blended mode of learning of learning. These efforts can be considered as the new normal, which is envisaged in New Education Policy as well.