BEST PRACTICE - 1
TITLENurturing talents -A road to incite positivity
In the current scenario and InfoTech world, one of the major challenges is to build confidence. The younger generations are facing difficulty in accepting the failure. The mental instability and fear in facing the problems or even to communicate their need is a major challenge. Therefore, handling present day students has to be looked in differently and we have to get along with them to overcome their difficulty and problems encountered. One such practice as an institution what we thought is to identify their talent and nurture it. This resulted in personality transformation, confidence development, and successful completion of their studies.
- To elicit individuality and exhibit their talent
- To vanquish the barriers through equal opportunity
- To converge students of different traits into a single entity
- To develop or increase level of confidence to face challenges
- And to emphasize equality in all levels
Students from different environments predominantly remain submerged within their inconspicuous barriers; however, this has been overcome by various extracurricular and co-curricular activities organised by the institution. Many times, student tends to compare themselves with other students. This will result in complex development. PSGCP strongly believes that every individual is talented and has the ability to rise to the occasion. Hence, to overcome their complex and to bring zeal and dig out the treasure within each student, a suitable environment has been provided to the student community. Aiming to have overall improvement and to transform their personality; various management skills and extracurricular activities are planned apart from their academic endeavours.
Humanity & Arts are essential elements of education. Reading, writing, music, dance, painting, debates, sports, and social services are important keys that unlock human accomplishments. Every individual will be interested and spend time on any one of the above-mentioned areas. In the first year, the students are asked to state their area of interest by submitting the bio data form. Student Council President and faculty members will help the fresher’s to join the clubs accordingly. It helps the students to write their own stories rather than being trapped in someone else’s novel.
PSGCP constantly helps students to identify themselves and fine-tune their weaknesses and strengths. The practice adapted is the assigning of the students to different clubs and to make them to participate in extracurricular activities. The various club activities include MAD (Music Arts Dance), Science, Semmozhi peravai (Tamil club) & Media club. These clubs create opportunity for every student to showcase their talent. One major point is that these club events are organized by the students and for the students repeatedly, so that everyone can perform and exhibit their talent. From the students’ perspective, it helps them emanate their own essence.
At the start of the academic year, the sports secretary conducts various sports and field events to select the team for various games. The sports events teach them to win honourably lose gracefully, respect authority, team-work, and time management including physical fitness. It nurtures them to work hand-in-hand irrespective of the differences. Sports also develop the qualities of self-discipline, team work, and personal development. The annual cultural program is a mega event organized again by the students. It helps them to develop social, emotional, physical & creative skills by widening their minds. The debates & elocution competition paves way for organizational and marketing capabilities. It becomes a platform to show their creativity, uniqueness, and variety.
For the ON and OFF-stage events, the number of participants are always in surge and it indicates student’s untangling of the knots of fear. Academically oriented students of PSGCP constitute the Sir CV Raman Science club. This helps to develop strategic thinking to build their vision and ideas. It creates innovation of young minds to strengthen team work. There was a representation from Tamil students stating that those who have studied in Tamil medium are not getting enough opportunity to perform and this resulted in the birth of Semmozhi Peravai. Every year, during Pongal and Mahakavi Bharathiyar birth anniversary, Tamil speaking students are given opportunity to test their talent. This gesture nurtures them and also in the long run, their English-speaking skills also improved.
One of the visions and objectives of the institution lies in CSR activities. Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living. The Valarkarangal team created oneness by providing service to humanity. It bought hope and life to the downtrodden & the disheartened. Students involved in this activity will go with the mindset that, we may not be fortunate enough to change the whole world, but we are blessed enough to change the world of a single person. It makes them to learn how to work with hearts & with hands together. Currently, the entire institution actively participates without mentioning. It shows that the students have understood human values, social responsibility, and not all services for profit. This act helped to remove their complex.
Everybody is a genius. But if we judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is a loser. Believing this, every year, during graduation day, awards were given based on the individual capabilities to motivate them to reach higher.
Five Star award–Mr. Jithin was presented for his excellence in sports, cultural, academics, leadership, and social activist.
Best Outgoing student Award for community service- Mr. V Sai Dutt (responsible for CSR activity strengthening)
Manikantan, IAS (B.Pharm graduate)- "The Semmozhi Peravai Pulavar" award was given to encourage his talent in the field of Tamil literature and poetry. Currently, he is the first pharmacy graduate to become an IAS officer.
The clear transformation of students can be observed from first year to final year. They leave the institution with confidence. The evidence is our entry level and exit level bio data assessment.
One of the student feedbacks is “We are always blessed to get varied exposures in intercollegiate events, conducted by various Arts, Engineering, and Pharmacy colleges. Competing with them in their own platform and conquering them help us to boost our confidence and establish our team-work and brand”.
- Difficulty to bring in 100% participation: A set of students (around 15-20%) do not participate. These students talent is assessed by their individual activity. As a spectators thy observe others, this habit makes them to come out of their shell.
- Time management for the students to take part in all the competitions
- Inability to break their gadgets usage and take part in the competitions.
BEST PRACTICE II
TITLE OF THE PRACTICE:Holistic pedagogical approach for distinguished cognizance among students’ community.
The educational system in the present scenario is rapidly changing. Therefore, institutions have to adapt their pedagogy to meet the demanding scenarios of Higher Education. The learning ability of the students also changes rapidly. They want to have rapid growth in their career but they have diversions due to media and societal divergence. In this scenario, any higher education institution has to look for holistic approaches in the teaching learning process and understanding the psychology of the student community and this becomes an essential component.
OBJECTIVE OF THE PRACTICE:
- To adhere to basic principles of pedagogy for standard education and to bring desirable student attributes.
- To understand the need and basic psychology of the student community for improving student-teacher relationship and confidence.
- To introduce new methods and other ICT techniques to kindle students’ cognitive ability.
- To translate the theoretical knowledge learnt into skill through practical and hands-on training programs.
A suitable environment is required in Higher Education situation to have effective teaching learning process. PSGCP takes this as one of the major objectives and bring in joint productive pedagogical activity. The teacher, student, and the management jointly analyze and bring in quality education to satisfy the students requirement. There is a requirement for improving the language and communication skills for students because they hail from diverse areas. Language and communication are two of the prime factors to exhibit their talent as well as to achieve better teaching learning objectives. The teaching learning process also gets influenced by the atmosphere and it further influences their psychometric analysis and positivity in many circumstances. There is a necessity for a student to learn complex principles and to solve troubleshooting problems in a professional program. The classroom should have a conductive atmosphere to exhibit student talent and a healthy teacher student interaction and relationship.
The institution adheres to the basic principle and traditional way of teaching methods. The black board teaching is adopted widely in all the programs to have a productive outcome. Apart from this, the basic principles of pedagogy like improvising language, contextualization, problem solving methodology, and providing instructional conversation inside the classroom for participative learning are all applied; these practices give a holistic way of approach and improve the teacher–student relationship.
The student ability is also improved by understanding their basic requirements, mood, and attitude. This has been practiced and monitored by the class coordinators and mentors. PSGCP improves the student’s attitude in relation to their personal development by conducting programs on personality development. It has been organized under the title of emotional intelligence for professional success, behavior and body language, perception and attribution, and negotiation skill with assistance from the PSGIM faculty. Communication skills and effective podium presentations are given to students through them giving power point presentations from first year to final year. In a single year, students will make two presentations - one on general topics and the other on topics related to subject. In addition, the final year students will have mock interviews, personality, and temperament assessment by experts. This gives ample opportunity for the students to know their strength and weakness and improves their temperament. At the PG level, the graduates have compulsory journal presentation and given more independence.
In the present scenario, to have effective pedagogy, one should avoid monotonous method of teaching and bring in active interest for the student community. This can be achieved through effective utilization of ICT tools. The institution is adopting Kahoot to increase student participation and engagement. Moodle allows access to learning materials anytime, anywhere. Google classroom gives effective communication and sharing which in turn leads to increased student teacher interaction and a quiz-style teaching and learning method .The institution library offers a wide range of books and access to various e-journals and websites to update their knowledge. Several online courses like Coursera are given access to the students to improve their knowledge on their interested domain. Whenever possible, faculty also use you tube videos for explanations through animations that increases the understanding of the students. The students are also advised to use the teaching tools available in the public domain. These practices produce better cognizance and interest.
In any professional program, theoretical knowledge has to be applied in the industrial sector. This has been practiced in the institution as team activities in solving academic challenges, competency focused education, student - faculty interaction, community-based learning, field visits, facilitating critical thinking and improvising the writing skills.
EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS:
- The higher pass percentage and securing merit certificate at university level.
- The institution does not have any attendance problems for the students, showing their interest to come to college regularly and attend class.
- The students are able to completely and actively participate in assignments, podium presentations, and project works.
- In many instances, advanced learning students give their active participation in curriculum related activities, emphasizing higher education and research. Even the average performer and non-performer are able to leave the campus with confidence. Comparatively, the student placement is good and around 40% of our students are joining higher studies at national and international levels by cracking competitive examinations.
- The Institution always experiences high levels of competition for taking admission in its various courses. This is evident through the rapid seats-filling on the first day of government counseling.
- Our alumni enthusiastically recommend their relatives and friends to join pharmacy programs in PSGCP.
PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND RESOURCES REQUIRED:
- Adaptation of students to the college atmosphere in the initial phase of their course is a challenge.
- The students who could not adapt to the new environment quickly take longer time to accomplish their goals.
The availability of all the apps and their utilization is one of the challenges as it involves affordability.