Innovations and Best Practices
Jagriti : Students Awareness Programme
The aim of Jagriti is to make the student, the learner, aware of himself/herself about his/her goals of life, his/her strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges (SWOC), to plan how to maximize the strengths, to overcome the weaknesses, to avail himself/herself of the opportunities and finally, to convert the challenges into opportunities and achievements.
Thus PCGE has formulated the following aims and objectives of Jagriti—
- To make the student aware of the meaning of his/her own life.
- To do the SWOC analysis by each and every student himself/herself.
- To make the student prepare a strategy by himself/herself to transform the challenges into achievements.
- To identify the weaknesses like: fear, hesitation, lack of confidence, ignorance of aims and the process of self-development and of the society.
- To improve his/her self-image, to make him/her aware of his/her inherent capacities and to develop confidence that he/she can do.
- To train the students by conducting special training programmes along with regular academic activities but the training programmes themselves must be student-centric, activity-based, interactive, participative, evaluative, analytical and creative.
The practice includes:
A three–day Personality Development residential camp, a highly enjoyable activity, is held in the college campus. Each and every student who seeks admission to PCGE, for the first time, has to attend this camp and reside here for 3 days and 2 nights before joining the regular classes of the course. In this camp the trainers introduce many learning concepts to the students regarding the aim of life itself, and then the aim of learning.
This orientation training is arranged in a group of 30- 35 girls and boys. The training is full of activities, open discussions, analyzing the aims and outcomes of the activity by the participants themselves. Discussions are held with the help of videos, films, games and sports, yoga, aerobics, self written self directed skits, dances, singing etc.
The teachers create an environment of fearlessness, encourage the students to ask questions, appreciate participation, arrange group discussions, quizzes, invite individual and group presentations by the students, ask the students for a brief address to the class and also give small awards for some activities. This extended behavior of the teacher melts the students to learn and to live lively. In addition to this one day is scheduled as Students Presentation Day when teacher does not teach but the students give presentations on the white board or with PPTs every month.
Classroom activities are framed with intermittent question-answers, vibrant discussions, presentations, quizzes, etc.
Worksheets in Teaching & Learning
Worksheet method is a vital part of PCGE’s Pedagogy as our faculties have observed that the least achievement is possible through lecture system, although maximum efforts are put in by the faculties. Hence, worksheet method aims at making teaching-learning process simplest, interesting, interactive, and inclusive of all the students. B.Com. faculty of PCGE introduced this method in the practice for the first time in 2014-15 and produced tremendous results in University Exams. Later, it was adopted in all the streams.
Reinforced by this experiment, PCGE has adopted an innovative method of teaching-learning through worksheets in all the streams to increase comprehension capability, reinforce concepts, enhance communications, organize materials, monitor student’s behaviour and share information with substitutes.
It is being executed with proper strategy, in well planned way, in all the courses with more details. For this the faculties are trained in several workshops based on worksheets with a participation of the experiences of the faculty, during the vacation time, and such sharing is continued during the whole sessions.
Worksheets in PCGE has become an effectual tool in ongoing efforts encouraging all the students to engage their brains, first at home and then during classroom activities, solving complexities as far as possible by the students themselves.
After a good exercise of teacher made worksheets with students, students themselves start preparing worksheets along with a better struggle with the texts of the books.
- In Indian education scenario especially in Rajasthan, a genuine student-centric approach is still an innovation. In ICS, RAS and other important services, interview is essential where analytical mind of the candidate is tested. To groom an analytical mind, student-centric approach is not only desirable but inevitable.
- We have to make the student himself/herself conscious for becoming a leader of his/her own learning.
- Though it has been a difficult effort to change the teacher-centered or text-book-centered approach into a student-centered approach, PCGE has aimed at adopting this method.
- PCGE teachers are making the students pro-active in their whole approach and behaviour, by attempting ‘worksheets’ well before discussing the topic of the syllabus.
- Appreciating them while asking and answering questions, developing book reading skills by key words, and comprehension activities, encouraging individual and group presentations, attracting them to do some research work beyond the syllabus and inviting them to participate in drama, dance, games-sports and other extra-curricular activities; and thus transforming them into a thinking and articulating person.
- This has been a great struggle with the boys and girls of very remote villages and specially with the students from tribal belts of Rajasthan, but it has been the most required and effective innovation in this college, and also the most fertile area for learning for faculty and management both.
- With the fact that we are all emotionally underdeveloped in our families, schools, colleges, and in our society as a whole, the development of our emotions is essential which has been badly neglected in the past and more or less throughout the world. The yearly feedback-cum-planning meetings of the teachers and workshops have constructed this perception and it has been decided to touch the emotional part of every learner, with a balancing mode. Consequently, sharing of personal problems increased among the teachers, as it happens in a family also; co-operative activities emerged and affectionate behavior of the teachers was evolved even in their teaching practices.
- PCGE has taken initiation in this field of effective domain, though a long and complicated path is lying before everyone here, but it is evident that PCGE is creating better learners, better teachers and better students in the college with better emotional development.
- Emotional bonding among teachers and with the management also is evolving, like in a family.
Attitudinal Orientation of the Students and Staff
The founders of PCGE have gone through a rich experience of school teachers training in Govt. sector with the conclusion that— the transmission of knowledge and skills happen only when a learner is positive in his learning and pro-active with his creativity. This experience is transformed into an educational pedagogy in PCGE. It has led us to start attitudinal training for both the teachers and the students for effective transaction of knowledge or skills. This sort of orientation has been immensely fruitful before any training of knowledge and skills. The details of this innovation are in the ‘Best Practices’–Jagriti.
- Deciding small targets, making efforts to achieve them, analyzing the outcomes formally and informally and then moving for the next target with an upgradation have been an essential practice of the college.
- PCGE adopts this method of functioning, having frequent and brief sharing meetings, evaluating the actions, redesigning it and redoing it. This keeps PCGE aware, probing, experimenting and in an achievement-celebrating mood.
- All the stakeholders– teachers, non-teaching employees and students, feel that they are surely moving ahead and their actions are definitely meaningful, all the time.
- The process of continuous assessment and evaluation of the students is the key factor for designing and performing all the curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Learning is an ongoing process and it is our precious learning that the achievements in academic field cannot be a point of satisfaction but co-curricular activities like teaching math, reasoning, general knowledge and development of soft skills like— analytical thinking, creating new concepts and expressing them explicitly. So, PCGE has developed a regular evaluation system for math, reasoning, English & GK subjects also.
- PCGE has developed a continuous monitoring system interweaving the learning and evaluation systems side by side, that has revolutionized the whole college education system.
- The college constantly revises its programme execution through the classroom observations, bi-weekly OMR tests, class tests, term tests, pre-university tests; objective type tests and written tests.
- Tests on OMR sheets are arranged fortnightly as per examination calendar.
- Results are declared on same day or the next day. Test papers are analyzed in the class regularly.