1.

Title of the Practice

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VALUE ADDED PROGRAMMES FOR ALL STUDENTS

2.

Objectives of the Practice

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The objectives of this practice are

  • To bridge the gap between Institution and Industry
  • To enrich the knowledge of students beyond the curriculum
  • To prepare the students for placement
  • To inculcate life –long learning among the students for career development and growth
  • To facilitate the  students to get certificates from renowned industries and other agencies

3.

Context

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As the institution is affiliated to Anna University, the students have to follow the syllabus prescribed by the University for various courses. The Rapid advancements in Science and Technology have put forth the demand for more flexibility in the curriculum and syllabus. However, the institution has no control over the curriculum based syllabus and the University revises the regulations every four years only. Further, the industry too needs employable graduates. Therefore, Value Added Courses /Value Added Programmes serve as a tool to bridge the gap between the university curriculum and the industrial needs. Resource persons/Experts from industry and renowned agencies provide the students an awareness on state of the art technology and also improve their skills. This enhances the knowledge of the students and develops their personality. The value addition through such programmes/courses provide confidence to the students to face challenging interviews and secure placement as well as plan their career.

4.

The Practice

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A committee consisting of qualified professors and experts from industry is constituted to formulate the value added programmes and major contents of the syllabus for the same. External Resource persons and Internal staff who are specialised in the relevant area are assigned to handle these programmes. The sessions for value added courses are allotted in the regular timetable itself without any loss of class hours for regular course work prescribed by Affiliating University. If necessary, extra class hours or working hours beyond the regular time period are given to accommodate value-added programmes in addition to regular subjects. Hands on training and/or practical sessions are encouraged to supplement theory classes, wherever required, so that the students can gain expertise in trouble shooting also. The practice is followed for all the students from semester III to semester VII.

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Evidence of success

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  • All the students gain knowledge beyond the curriculum and get trained in industry specific requirements. This has increased and sustained the placement of students.
  • The students acquire sound technical skills demanded by the industry. This has given the confidence to do quality project by all the students.
  • The students are able to participate in project contest and win prizes/ awards.
  • The number of patents filed by the students and project guides have increased.
  • The students are able to appear for certificate programmes and get certificates e.g. NPTEL

6.

Problems encountered and Resources required

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  • The identification of Resource persons from Industries is quite demanding.
  • Time management is a necessary problem to balance the regular academics, tests and Value Added courses.
  • Slow learners find difficulty in managing the regular subjects based on University Curriculum.
  • As it is necessary to work beyond college working hours, day scholar students especially girls find tough to reach home late.
  • It is also a challenging task to arrange transport.
  • There is a need to establish centre of excellence in collaboration with industries.

7.

Notes(optional)

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The curriculum based syllabus under Choice Based Credit System given by Anna University extends the scope of learning to some extent but value addition beyond the curriculum is a necessity. The university should have a plan to include Industry Specific Projects and training as a part of the curriculum in future.