Innovations and Best Practices
Best Practices 1
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.
PCGE’s all new admitted students participate in Aazadi play, a world record regarding number of the cast in a drama, staged every year. A cast of 600 to 800 stage this drama, which is based on the Indian freedom struggle from the year 1857 to 1947, written by Dr. Raghava Prakash, the Director of the college. The rehearsals are conducted for approx 12-13 days along with the regular classes, without any loss of studies, and the drama is presented on the famous stage of Jaipur, Ravindra Manch.
It opens up every student, boosts his/her confidence, and ignites a feeling of a freedom-fighter for his/her own life. After acting in this drama, every student becomes more knowledgeable regarding Indian freedom struggle, more responsible, more co-operative and more confident about future achievements in his/her life. He/she becomes more academic, and beyond all these, he/she develops a faith and possibility of participating in sublime events.
Wider participation in cultural events:
Various Clubs frequently arrange extra-curricular activities. Greater participation of the students is observed in annual cultural activities— Rasrang and very frequent participation is recorded in inter-college, inter-university, state and national level competitions of games, sports, cultural activities, scouting, NSS and NCC activities.
These events provide ample opportunities to the-most of the students to express their emotions and creativity. The activities are common everywhere but the maximum participation is our special feature.
The unique feature in research of the college is to involve maximum undergraduate and postgraduate students in small research projects that make them aware of social realities and develop their research attitude.
Best Practices 2
It is a programme to prepare the student as a competitor for various examinations and even for life. In PCGE, we have adopted Competition Syllabus as an additional curriculum. ‘The Competitor’ is for aptitude enrichment, including the studies of Mathematics, Reasoning, General Knowledge, English and Communication Skills and Life Skills. .
- A special cell for Competitive Exams The Competitorhas been established.
- The college has appointed additional faculty for Maths, Reasoning, General Knowledge, English (Written and Spoken) and for Personality Development (Special resource persons for drama, dance and interview preparations.
- The syllabus, notes and question banks are prepared and reviewed for these programmes every year.
- Competition classes are held for two hours every day.
- A test schedule is prepared and MCQs-tests are given on OMR sheets.
- Results through OMR machines are displayed on the same day or the following day.
- The teachers discuss the least attempted questions in the classes and provide additional academic guidance on these issues.
- It is a package of 19.5 months for graduate students. (5+5+5+1.5+1.5+1.5 months)
- Thus an enriched environment for competition is generated in the college from July to November every year and then our utmost focus is on the University syllabus from December to February.
- Summer classes are arranged for the students who are preparing for various competitions e.g. ICS, RAS, PSI, SSC, IBPS, Police, LDC, Acctt., Patwar, CAT, CPT, CS (Foundation), etc. from July to November for all the three years of Under graduation courses B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. etc. and two years for Post graduation courses M.A. and M.Com.
- Summer classes are also held from fourth week of May to first week of July every year.
- As a result, 1000 of students have been selected in various competitive examination from his college.
Honoring the curriculum of the University of Rajasthan, the affiliating University, PCGE students have been either toppers or merit holders invariably in the university exams for last five years, PCGE deliberately adopted Competition Syllabus as an additional curriculum e.g. BA + IAS, RAS, PSI and other courses; B.Com. + CPT, CS (Foundation) etc. details can be seen in ‘The Competitor’
It was adopted in 2006-07, the inception year of the college with 13 students. Since then, it has become a propounded and a systematic programme of the college. Perhaps, PCGE has been the first college of its kind in India, having competition-combined syllabus in 2006-07.
Now this programme is known as ‘The Competitor’ included in the ‘Best Practices’ of the college. ‘The Competitor’ is now an independent programme in its functioning e.g. curriculum development, text material preparation, teaching schedule, evaluation and feedback review system, placement of the students, with the help of placement cell (Pratishthan-प्रतिष्ठान)
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.
- 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.
- Inspire of the essentiality and programmes of the teacher training in all the quality conscious institutions, teacher training is the most challenging area of education. We require not only knowledgeable and skilled teachers but teachers who play with their own creativity and ignite the creative aspect of the students also.
- After a long experience of teachers’ training, PCGE’s management evolved a Self-Directed Training programme where every teacher learns out of his/her own efforts. The only thing required is a strong attitude for learning (i) analyzing deeply his/her particular action and (ii) by sharing experiences with other teachers.
- Observation of peer teachers, sitting in their classes and thus experiencing all educational activities with a researcher’s attitude, grows every teacher’s insight, knowledge and skill, tremendously.
- In this process the teacher becomes more candid, a fast learner, self-researcher, active participant and strong education-actor, giving enjoyment to his/her students and at the same time enjoying himself/herself also (like an actor in a drama). PCGE has been shaping its orientation in this fashion.
- The targets are swinging far and high but it is a motivating movement towards this direction.
- 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.
- 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.