Best Practice 1
Title of the Practice: Competence Enhancement Programme
PCCOE&R prepares the students through its Competence Enhancement Programme for all facets of career planning, viz. employment prospects, entrepreneurial ventures, postgraduate studies and others like research and development. The Institute endeavors to improve both individual and Institutional culture to produce better graduates who are technically sound and have professional attitude, skills and temperament needed to meet the community's evolving and dynamic demands. Almost all students get desired career opportunities through implementation of Competence Enhancement Programme
Objectives of the Practice
- To develop the technocrats who are competent not only for their first job but for a diversified future profession too.
- To inspire students to explore their creative potential and to be able to think innovatively.
- To train the students on communication, soft skills, social inclination, recent trends and technologies to achieve Programme Specific Outcomes.
- To inculcate industry oriented technical and professional skills for campus placements and future career.
- To enable higher-studies-seeking students to select appropriate higher education programme.
- To enhance entrepreneurial skills and facilitate with the necessary resources viz. process, technology, know-how, etc
NASSCOM and many other agencies have reported that a meager 25% of graduates are actually employable. PCCOE&R has accepted this challenge as an opportunity. Engineering industries and technology have experienced spectacular growth in the past few decades and this has completely transformed the job market's scenario. Today the Technical Educational Institutes need to develop technically sound and ethically-morally-professionally integrated Engineers and Entrepreneurs having social inclination.
Students entering Institute are from varied backgrounds like rural/semi-urban/urban, who face difficulty in meeting industry requirements and need various qualities including technical competence. To overcome this hurdle, the Institute has designed a comprehensive Competence Enhancement Programme. Through this programme, students develop knowledge, skills, attitude, behavior and social orientation, to achieve quality placements, higher education and entrepreneurship as per their inclination.
To achieve a holistic development in the students, PCCOE&R has taken several initiatives for all the students as given below;
Further, to know the preference of students towards various career options, a survey is conducted and analyzed. It is apparent from the graph below that a majority of students prefer to secure employment provided through campus placement drives, followed by some students opting for higher studies and competitive examinations. A very small percentage of students wishes to embark on entrepreneurial venture
As per students’ preference, Institute’s dedicated cells provide additional inputs to prepare the students for various options like employment, higher studies and entrepreneurship.
Employment (Training & Placement)
A team of Principal, HoDs and T&P coordinators have designed year-wise rigorous programme for four years to prepare the students for placement. In First year, students are trained in Communication and Foreign languages. The Institute has qualified Soft-skills faculty, who train the students with English language, communication skills, business communication and interpersonal skills. To gain proficiency in foreign languages like Japanese and German which is an added advantage to the students for placements, PCCOE&R arranges additional sessions for foreign languages. In Second year, training in Soft skills is added. Industry-standard seminars/workshops/add-on courses in domain skills are given. In Third year are added Aptitude, Mock interviews and GD. Aptitude development training is given through external agencies like Facenow Academy, Campus Credential, Ethnus, etc. Institute also assists students in obtaining internships in the industry. In Final year, exhaustive campus placement activities are done. All this has been illustrated in the flow-chart below;
Higher Education and Competitive Examinations
Higher Studies and Competitive Exams Cell has representation from all Departments, to promote and assist the students for examinations like GRE, TOEFL, GATE, UPSC, MPSC, etc. Institute has published a Career Guidance Handbook giving details of Entrance/Competitive examinations and scholarships for higher studies. Various seminars/talks/workshops by experts, government employees and alumni are organized on career guidance and civil services examinations. International Relations Cell (IRC) provides guidance about international programmes and scholarships. IRC has MoUs with several foreign universities through which, students and faculty are sent to pursue higher studies in concessional tuition fees. The illustration below explains the same process in brief;
As shown in the above flow-chart, PCCOE&R has formed an Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) in collaboration with Institute Innovation Council (IIC), with well-defined policies. EDC is the platform for students venturing to take up entrepreneurship. EDC guides students to convert their ideas into commercial products, in filing appropriate IPR, in formalities like Udyog Aadhar, Shop Act License and seed funding. Budding entrepreneurs are provided with space, computer system, networking, guidance, etc. to embark on their venture. EDC has organized training programmes on startups and entrepreneurship, IPR awareness, Innovation Day, India startup Day, Product exhibition in collaboration with IIC.
Evidence of SuccessThe success of Competence Enhancement Programme is evident from the impact and success stories given below;
Following table shows number students that have been placed, have gone for higher studies and have become entrepreneurs in last five academic years;
Problems encountered and resources required
Designing and implementing Career Enhancement Programme was met with several challenges, as described below. However, with appropriate scheduling and perseverance, the Institute has implemented the Programme successfully.
- Previously non-circuit branch students who are having less exposure in programming, were deprived of better opportunities. Institute has thus started Platinum Project for all students from Second Year.
- A few students are lagging in appropriate aptitude. To improve their aptitude, Cocubes Assessment Tests are conducted from Second Year itself.
- Some companies recruit candidates on the basis of global certifications like AWS, Microsoft-Azure, AutoCAD, Google, etc. Such certification training is often costly and demands additional time and efforts. PCCOE&R provides training, guidance and funding for global certification.
- Earlier, students preparing for higher studies lacked the resources like study material, coaching, programme information and scholarships. Institute has taken initiatives like formation of study circle, provision of study material and arranging training programmes.
- Majority of the students opt for campus placements. Students need to be motivated to undertake entrepreneurship for which, the Institute takes a number of initiatives.
Best Practice 2
Title of the Practice: Project Based Learning
Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an innovative practice used to implement Outcome-Based Education in which students do multiple projects every semester throughout their programme of 4 years. To map the outcomes, Institute has taken 12 defined Programme outcomes (POs) and Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs) as reference. Out of these, the first four POs and some PSOs are strongly addressed through University syllabus. In order to strengthen the remaining POs/PSOs, to address the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, in view of matching with recent trends of technology and meeting outcomes of PCCOE&R, PBL was introduced by Institute in the academic year 2017-18. PBL encourages students to execute innovative projects by applying their Engineering knowledge at different levels from First year to Final year.
Objectives of the Practice
The Overall objective of PBL is to create a platform to address multiple objectives and to attain the final outcome for students. Major Representative Objectives are to;
- Develop problem solving skills, team skills, critical thinking
- Strengthen POs/PSOs attainment
- Enhance quality of BE projects
- Perceive recent trends in Engineering/Technology
- Design and accomplish research projects
- Nurture research attitude and societal inclination by working on societal/industry problems beyond curriculum
- Inculcate interdisciplinary approach in product development activity and entrepreneurship.
- Learn report writing/prior art of plagiarism.
- Enhance collaboration, interpersonal communication
- Teach professional ethics, values
PBL is learning-by-doing a range of multiple skills through projects. Students connect with community to identify real life problems. They develop their projects right from First year to address the aforesaid objectives. PCCOE&R provides financial support and an environment conducive for PBL in the form of R&D,innovation labs and other necessary support. This promotes students’ experiences, abilities, learning style and perspective. It also provokes collaborative thinking and investigation. PBL bridges the gap between curriculum and practical needs. Faculty mentors provide insights on various projects, presentation and technical writing skills. Visits to industries, science parks enlighten students on recent trends in technologies and act as content beyond the prescribed syllabus.
Students are assessed progressively and transparently with rubrics, considering idea of the project, problem solving skills, solutions reached social awareness and team spirit. PBL is a hands-on activity that stands apart from traditional models of instruction./p>
There is a well-defined documented process and a system that is followed from First year to Final year. The theme behind implementing PBL is to get students ready for industries/research/ entrepreneurship.
In First year, a training program is organized to develop skills in multi-disciplinary domain. Students identify a problem and showcase their solution-ideas in a poster and a model. An exhibition and competition of these poster and models is organized.
In second year, the Department faculty members allot projects depending upon their own expertise and students’ caliber. Best-out-of-waste philosophy is exercised by utilizing e-waste, scrap, unused components. An exhibition exhibits students learning for developed models.
In Third year, projects are allotted keeping in mind the Final year projects (part of curriculum) which are research/societal/environmental/application oriented. In case of multi-disciplinary projects, students and domain expert faculties from different Departments work together. Students do literature review, gather data and upgrade themselves with essential skills. The work is presented as a Seminar, which is reviewed by industrial experts and students get inputs for their Final year projects.
In Final year, know-how gained through PBL unfolds as curriculum project.
The detailed process is as follows;
- Department assigns a PBL coordinator.
- PBL groups of 4-6 students are formed.
- Groups are assigned with faculty mentors based on domains. A dedicated time slot is allotted in time table for mentor-group interaction.
- PBL coordinator schedules reviews with other faculties twice in a semester to monitor the progress.
- Financial assistance from the Institute is provided to each project based on recommendation of guide/HoD.
- Students are provided with 24×7 Wi-Fi enabled project labs, innovation center, workshops, library, recent literature, online journals and proceedings
- At the end of year, PBL exhibition is held at institute level where all the departments exhibit/demonstrate their work. The work is assessed by higher authorities and industrial experts on attributes like problem solving, communication skills, environmental and social awareness, individual and team work, professional ethics, etc.
- Best PBL projects are awarded with certificates and prizes. Some project models are used in classes by faculty to demonstrate the theoretical concepts. Products developed as part of PBL activity help students in their startups.
- Principal and faculty experts conduct sessions on IPR, which helps students protect their innovation by filing appropriate IPR. Research based concept are processed for participation in conferences and for journal publication.
Various resources provided by PCCOE&R are shown below;
Evidence of Success
PBL background is effectively reflected in the overall quality of Final year projects, in research papers published by students, awards won by students in Project competitions, in students’ participating in National level competitions like Hackathon, SAE, Supra, etc. and in overall attainment of POs and PSOs.
The related evidences of success are as follows;
- Students initiated their own innovation groups (Innovaters8teen, EcozBolt) to develop new projects and innovative product and generate revenue.
- Growth in participation in National, university, state level, intercollegiate competition.
- Improved PO attainment (graph in additional information)
- Developed add on projects/Models/Charts. Departmental lobbies and laboratories have been decorated through the PBL activity.
- Formation of different student clubs and participation in various Events like SAE- BAJA, SUPRA, TIFAN and Drone Projects
- Won 4 prizes worth rupees 1 lakh in Smart India Hackathon.
- Winners in TIFAN, SUPRA, GOCART.
- Awareness about plagiarism achieved.
- There is an improvement in number of PBL participation, quality BE projects, research papers, products developed, industry sponsored projects and projects on sustainability as shown below;
The evidences of success are as follows;
Problems encountered and resource required
A student enrolling to First year is unaware of research and innovation. It is a task to generate interest about research in their minds. To address this problem, introductory sessions on IPR and PBL are conducted in Induction program. Domain specific trainings like IOT-embedded/Robotics 3D S-max/Web development/3-D printing, etc. are given. Project labs/Innovation Center is developed in each Department. Visits to Science Park, industries, internships and library resources are conducted.
Managing time for the PBL activity and its implementation is challenging. However, with 24×7 availability of project laboratories and innovation Centre, student groups are able to work on schedule and complete their projects by deadlines.
Purchase and manufacturing expenses of materials/components for the development of a working model or product is challenging for students. However, Institute provides financial support through a budget of 5 lakhs for successful implementation of the project. Students are made aware about CBS through PBL activity.