Best Practice-1: Skill based training
1. Objectives of the Practice
To identify various passions and skills among students
To segregate quick learners and slow learners
To cater the needs of the students
To train the students in all possible aspects to be readily employable
To make the students to get pass marks and get degree comfortably
2. The Context
Students admitted in our College are heterogeneous, in which some students could grasp the lessons easily while others lag behind in understanding their subjects. In order to treat all the students uniformly, if we start giving co-curricular aspects of training along with curriculum, the slow learners will struggle. If we do revision and coaching, the quick learners may feel underestimated. So, in order to cater the needs of the students, it is mandatory to segregate students into quick learners and slow learners to given what they require. At any point of time, if a slow learner starts performing in the tests, the student may be allowed to be in quick learners’ group.
3. The Practice
The students are segregated into quick learners and slow learners based on the results of previous end semester examination. A student failed even in one subject will be grouped in slow learners while other will be grouped in quick learners. Normally, classes gets over by 4.00 pm and the time between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm is termed as SCC/CCA session. SCC is Special Coaching Class and CCA is Co-Curricular Activities.
SCC/CCA will be conducted on all working days between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Slow learners will be given one 13 marks question and two 2 marks questions to study for first half-an hour and allowed to write the same answer as test during the next half-an hour. By this way, slow learners will be trained to study the subject little by little in each subject and paves way to get pass mark in the ensuing end semester examination, which is their primary target.
At the same time, quick learners will be assembled in a separate class room or lab, where they will be trained in aptitude, group discussion, interview practice, GATE coaching, English proficiency, Communication skills, certificate course, and other requirements of students’ choice. Mostly, these sessions will be handled by students under the supervision of a faculty member. Extra-Curricular activities (ECA) such as involving in sports, games and cultural events will not come under CCA. Those talents are allowed to develop after 5.00 pm. Apart from this, in order to train the students of SCC with CCA, a special session called ‘TATS’ (Technical Aptitude Training Session) is incorporated in the time table itself for the benefit of the slow learners. This session will be handled by a teacher unlike CCA.
4. Evidence of Success
At present, students are not showing that much interest in studying. They are heavily deviated by the use of mobile phones and its social media. Parents of such students are also not forcing them to concentrate on studies. This is the main reason for their lack of interest in their studies. This mentality is gradually changed during SCC class and made them to understand the importance of studies and students has changed from adapting to studies rather being idle.
On the other hand, students who underwent CCA are trained well and could able to face society with clear mind. Now the students could fetch job in top companies like TCS, CTS, INFOSYS in the pooled off-campus drive conducted by Anna University. Evidence is that more number of our college students got placement in off-campus interview process conducted by other colleges in recent years.
Inclusion of TATS in the regular time table has changed the slow learners to get placements in small companies, for which they are happy about that. Parents also felt happy about their son/ daughter who rose up to better position when compared to how they are when they are admitted in the first year.
5. Problems encountered and Resources required
The main problem encountered in implementing the SCC/CCA scheme is possibilities of demotivation among slow learners that they are separated from other. Even though faculty members explain the importance of attending SCC for slow learners, still the problem persists. In order to overcome this issue, a provision is given for slow learners to move to CCA classes, if they get pass marks in all the courses in their ensuing test conducted by the exam cell.
On the other hand, the resources required to conduct CCA classes for quick learners is the availability of class rooms. Since the entire college strength is divided into two groups, there is scarcity in class rooms. But this deficiency is easily sort out by utilizing the labs and seminar halls to conduct CCA classes. In some cases, while teaching communications skills and English, instead of students, it is felt that teachers may handle such classes. So teachers have to prepare themselves to teach English and communication skills.
6. Notes (Optional)
The best practice that has to be implemented in our college is to train the students for placements from their second year onwards. English proficiency and communications skills have to be imparted from the first year onwards to get the other talents easily.