Institutional Preparedness for NEP
The interdisciplinary approach to learning is promoted by the college so as to expand the students’ horizons of knowledge. This is primarily achieved by: (i) Open Courses: Open Courses are offered in the 5th semester of UG programmes by the Teaching departments, namely English, Commerce, Business Administration, Psychology, and Computer Application. 5th Semester students of any programme of study can opt for any Open Course offered by these departments. This ensures an interdisciplinary mode of study. (ii) Add-on Courses: Members of the faculty offer Add-on courses, several of which are of an interdisciplinary nature. Add-on Course in Soft skills and Communicative English, Professional Etiquettes and Soft Skills, and Conversational English for Career were conducted by the English Department for students of other departments. (iii) Soft skill Programmes: Several soft skill programmes to enhance capacity building of the students in domains of computing, language proficiency, personality development, and health awareness, including yoga, are of an interdisciplinary nature. KJCMT is well prepared to offer interdisciplinary programmes as and when more academic flexibility is obtained by the implementation of NEP.
2. Academic Bank of Credits (ABC):
Academic Bank of Credits is an integral part of National Education Policy. The College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, and follows curriculum stipulated by the University. Therefore, college does not have academic flexibility. The college is prepared to follow ABC and register students in the National Academic Depository as and when University/Government decides to implement NEP.
3. Skill Development:
KJCMT promotes skill development sessions and programmes as a capacity building measure. Training in various disciplines of skill development includes soft skills, life skills, ICT skills, language skills, competitive training, and entrepreneurship. These programmes have been made mandatory by the management and conducted by all the departments with the vision that the entire student community should be benefited. All teaching departments have conducted these programmes. In the future, the college looks forward to implementing additional skill development programmes.
4. Appropriate integration of Indian Knowledge system (teaching in Indian Language, culture, using online course):
Integration of Indian knowledge systems, including Indian language and culture, is given importance in curricular and extracurricular domains. The study of Hindi or Malayalam is offered as an optional Common Course in all UG programmes. Events promoting these languages are arranged annually. ‘Hindi Divas’ and National Hindi Day are observed in the college. Seminars, intercollegiate and interdepartmental competitions are held to promote Hindi among students. All deliberations in theseprogrammes are in Hindi only. Add-on Courses such as Communication in Hindi and Functional Hindi are offered to encourage using Hindi as a medium of communication. ‘Vayanadinam’ (Reading Day) and ‘Basheer Day’ are observed to comprehend the rich heritage of Malayalam literature. Seminars and competitions are conducted in connection with these. In competitions held as part of the College Arts Festival, essay writing, elocution, poetry writing, and story writing are held in Hindi and Malayalam. Yoga is promoted among students as a true facet of Indian culture. Demonstration classes and regular yoga practices are followed in the campus. Ethnic Day is celebrated, during which programmes related to the cultural heritage and traditional art forms of different states of India are presented.
5. Focus on Outcome Based Education (OBE):
Outcome-Based Education (OBE) is assessed at three levels namely, Course Outcome (CO), Programme Specific Oucome (PSO) and Programme Outcome (PO). OBE emphasises a student-centric teaching learning process in which course curriculum is structured to bring out the most tangible outcome. These outcomes are mapped to show whether all the courses attain the desired goals, aims, and objectives. This mapping has been done for all students in UG and PG programmes (2020 admission), and the assessment has been published on the college website. This practise will be followed for all forthcoming batches of all UG and PG programmes. The College has implemented OBE within its limited academic flexibility as a preparatory measure to implement NEP.
6. Distance Education/Online Education:
Distance education/online education became routine modes of learning during the pandemic. Several digital platforms exist, namely Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex. All academic transactions, including class, test papers, assignments, and seminar submissions, were efficiently done through these platforms. Further, several webinars, invited lectures, and competitions were also held in those days. Digital platforms are being used to share notes, study materials, and PowerPoints with students. Faculty Development Programmes, webinars, and invited talks are being conducted using these platforms. The college encourages students to take up online certificate courses offered by SWAYAM-NPTEL and MOOCs. The college is geared up to offer ODL (Open Distance Learning) programmes as and when NEP is implemented.