Best Practices

Best Practice I:

Title Holistic Development: Mental Health
Goal Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood & adolescence through adulthood.

The college thrives to enhance mental health among its students so that they can:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contribution to their communities
Context Mental health problems can affect a student's energy level, concentration, dependability, analytical & reasoning abilities, optimism and performance. Research suggests that depression is associated with lower level of performance in every sphere of life and the continued depression & anxiety can further deteriorate the performance levels.

College students are one of the most vulnerable groups of people who could be prone to mental health issues. The pressure to get into a good university, coupled with stress to score good grades, parental expectations, immense competition, all result in stress among students. Other issues facing students include relationship problems, family and economic issues, bullying and discrimination which in turn affect their performance negatively and results into poor mental health.According to a study, around 37% college students in India are suffering from depression or some form of mental illness. India also has one of the highest student suicide rates in the world, and on an average, one student commits suicide every hour, according to the data presented by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).The college very well understands the gravity of this problem and hence is taking requisite significant steps in this regard.

Practice The college in its target of enhancing the overall development of the students with specific emphasis on their mental health actively organises activities in this regard. During the year 2018-19, following events were organised:
  • Participation in Online Ethics and values Exam (August,2018)
    - The occasion of World Equanimity Day is celebrated every year on 07 September by Satyug Darshan Trust, Faridabad. To mark this occasion an online exam on importance of Ethical & Value Education is conducted. This year 500 plus students of the college participated in this exam.
  • Happiness Market- (09-10-2018)
    - A Happiness market was organized by the students of student counselling cell and student council. Students demonstrated various techniques and ideas to raise the happiness level by setting up different kiosks.
  • Mental Health Day Celebration- (10-10-2018)
    - Dr. D.J. Singh (Director Refocus), Dr. Amarjot Kaur (Principal Convent School Jagraon) and Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur addressed the students on the importance of Mental Health.
    - Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur spoke on Yog and Meditation for better physical and mental health.
  • Meditation Session- (27-10-2018)
    - A meditation session was organized by the spiritual trainers from AYUDH organization, Kerala. A practical meditation session was also organized for teachers and students of the college.
  • Participation in UNO Exam (2018)- Under the aegis of UN Rio War and Peace decade long programme, thirty students of the college appeared for an online examination. The successful students were given certificates of excellence by the UN. Taranpreet Kaur, BBA final year student became the college ambassador. The college also received certificate from the UN recognising the active participation of its students.
  • Spiritual Talk by Anandmurti Guru Maa Gurpreet Hariji(20-02-2019) -A spiritual session was undertaken by Guru Maa Gurpreet Hari ji to create awareness about self and rise as confidant personalities.
Evidence of Success The college has been successful in conducting wide array of activities throughout the year with adequate involvement of the students. Moreover it has resulted in increased keenness from both institution and students side. The institute further aims to extend its practice for enhancing mental health among its students by conducting numerous activities that too on a wider scale involving maximum number of students.
Problems encountered and resources required Lack of awareness among students regarding mental health issues results in less involvement & participation in various events/activities/endeavours undertaken by the college. Additionally as the students do not understand the importance of this aspect so there is no whole hearted participation in online exam. Moreover the high fees of courses/exams/sessions relating to mental health further add to the problems encountered.

In order to conduct more programmes to enhance mental health of the students, more events involving diverse resource persons / experts from the concerned field needs to invited and this involves both infrastructural and financial resources.

Best Practice II:

Title Interactive Teacher Learning Process
Goal The education today seeks 360◦ development of the student and this can only be achieved through two way teaching process. Through interactive teacher learning, the college aims at developing overall personality of the student in terms of excellence in academics, sports and other curricular activities. Additionally through this practice the institution aims to inculcate the habit of self-development among the students so that they can have an analytical outlook towards different situations they face both personally and professionally.
Context An institution can be best defined in terms of its teacher learning process. The teacher learning process refers to the combined processes where an educator assesses learning needs, establishes specific learning objectives, develops teaching and learning strategies, implements plan of work and evaluates the outcomes of the instruction. However the current education scenario demands paradigm shift in this process in the view of making it more effective having long lasting impact that too holistically. All this can be achieved by making this process interactive. Interactive teaching is a means of instructing whereby the teachers actively involve the students in their learning process by way of regular teacher-student interaction, student-student interaction, use of audio-visuals, and hands-on demonstrations. The students are constantly encouraged to be active participants

The college acknowledges this necessity fully and hence has started adapting to this new process.

Practice Great teachers are nimble, observant, and responsive, always keeping an open mind about how to best engage their students and get them excited about learning—and that means considering trying out different interactive teaching styles in the classroom.

The college has always been upfront in assimilating the changes in education system actively. In its pursuit of making the teacher learning process more effective , the college faculty has adopted the interactive teacher learning process through following steps:

  • The college has 32 smart classrooms, 6 computer labs with Wi-Fi, equipped language labs etc. The faculty make judicious use of the technology by showing significant presentations on topics of their curriculum.
  • The faculty uses case study methods of teaching where in the students are presented with a problem cases which require practical application of the theoretical concepts they have learned.
  • Buzz sessions are conducted where in the students come together in session groups that focus on a single topic. In this every student contributes different ideas and thoughts pertaining to the topic.
  • Group Discussions are organised regularly on the topics from in and outside the curriculum so that the student learning is not confined to mere classroom only.
  • Q&A sessions – Before starting any new topic or concept the faculty initiates a significant question and answer session, allowing the students to raise questions while also assessing their awareness about the concept.
Evidence of Success The result of this practice has prodigiously reflected in the achievements of its students in every field be academic, sports and curricular.

In the year 2018-19 the students achieved following :

Academic

University positions 2018-19
First 6
Second 9
Third 8
Fourth 16
Fifth 9
Sixth 12
Seventh 10
Eight 11
Ninth 9
Tenth 10
Total 100

Sports

Level Position Total
I II III IV
National 5 3 1 - 9
State 5 4 2 - 11
District 1 2 3 - 6
Inter University 1 4 2 - 7
Inter College - 2 4 3 9

Youth Festival

Positions Zonal Inter-Zonal
33 4

The students of the college have been constantly excelling in every field due to their sheer dedication and diligent efforts of the faculty that focuses on all round student development.

Problems encountered and resources required In order to enhance the interactive teacher learning process, more courses, smart classrooms and other labs are required, ensuring that maximum numbers of students are benefited but college being a government institute, financial resources is always a cause of concern.