BEST PRACTICE 2
LIVE LAB – ‘Sajeev Prayogashala
Objectives of the Practice:
- To create the ability to surpass classroom and lab barriers by applying theory in real life situations.
- To enrich the curriculum and develop the entrepreneurial, technical and administrative skills of the students. .
- To provide hands- on learning opportunities that merge academics and campus facilities through skill based learning.
- To prepare students for attaining higher learning outcomes.
- To apply the aspect of multidisciplinary approach in education.
- To provide a space for students for innovation, leadership, enhance social commitment, community engagement and prepare students for careers after college.
- To foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, self-reflection, professionalism and sensitivity to one’s socio-cultural environment.
The college initiated the practice of live lab, ‘learning by doing’ in 2017 in the context of outcome based education and multidisciplinary approach in higher education. Live Lab strives toward a more holistic experience for the students, while focusing not just on knowledge delivery in higher education but on the application of knowledge in real life experiences. The college introduced this unique practice as it envisions attainment of higher cognitive skills by students through learning by doing. This experiential learning system helps students in applying their knowledge gained in the classrooms in a non-classroom environment. This practice assists the students in identifying their real interests and to carve their own path to success.
The college practices live labs on multiple levels: SWAAD (Student Work in Alternate and Allied Domains), Nurtury- Child Care Initiative, Student Social Initiative, Diet and Stress Management Clinic, Student Digital Initiative, Student Amenity Centre and BCM Voice. As part of this practice, the college calls applications from interested students to participate in various live labs. The live labs work according to the schedule put forth by the concerned departments. After screening by the concerned HoDs, students join live labs of their choice and get trained by respective faculty.
1.SWAAD (Student Work in Alternate and Allied Domains)
This unique practice, headed by the Department of Food Science promotes entrepreneurial skills, technical skills and managerial skills to motivate, train and support budding entrepreneurs. As part of this practice, students are given duties in the canteen and coffee shop on a rotation basis where supervision of menu, purchase, finance, and quality checks are done. Food Tic incubation centre initiates students to undertake product formulations through research, trial and error and standardization.
2.Nurtury- Child Care Initiative
NURTURY functions under the guidance of the Home Science department by providing classes on preparation of teaching aids and creative toys for assessing children with disabilities. Suggesting interventions and remedies for special children (Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), monitoring the growth and assessing the holistic development of children are also part of the initiative.
3.Student Social Initiative
The Student Social Initiative headed by the Department of Social Work in association with The Child Resource Centre organises programmes with regard to protection of child rights. As part of the practice, students coordinate ‘Student Durbar’- an open forum to discuss child related issues, street plays and summer camps. Students also coordinate the cultural event, ‘Samanuaya Sandhya’ and provide special training to the inmates of children’s homes and to differently abled children. This practice enables to create a literary space to voice child related issues in the journal, ‘December 10’.
4.Diet and Stress Management Clinic
The practice managed by the Department of Home Science provides right health tips and diet plans for staff and students. The live lab trains students about stress management techniques, basic nutritional and health assessment.
5.Student Digital Initiative
Under this initiative, students of the Department of Computer Science maintain and update all the LINUX installed systems in the campus. By using digital printing, students prepare identity cards for staff and students. Students impart e- learning skills among the women in the local community. QR codes are generated for all systems under this initiative for proper infrastructure maintenance. Through the programme, ‘Know our Campus Flora’, QR codes have been installed in trees and plants in the campus and all information regarding the flora can be taken by scanning the code.
6.Student Amenity Centre
The college has entrusted the conduct of the Student Amenity centre with the Department of Commerce from the year 2021. It functions as a center for providing various services on campus to the students, teachers, and nonteaching staff. This practice enables the students to familiarise with current business processes and practices. It helps in understanding consumer behaviour, develops good marketing sense and equips them to start their own enterprises. The students are also exposed to the fundamentals of banking and practical aspects of accountancy.
BCM Voice, a recording studio functions under the guidance of the Department of English. It gives them an ideal opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt through On-the-Job Training. This aims to update the college community on the latest events within the campus, embracing and fostering various cultural practices and making mass appeals to fellow students. It builds an inclusive atmosphere, allowing students to give a voice to their views, gain technical knowledge and build their confidence.
Evidence of Success
- Building of successful entrepreneurs
- Effective management of canteen and coffee shop in the campus.
- Development of new innovative products in the incubation centre.
- Inculcating research aptitude in the minds of students.
- Creation of healthy and practical food choices.
Nurtury- Child care initiative
- Creation of distinct learning aids and creative toys for differently abled children and learning disabled.
- Early detection of learning disabilities of children and prevention of behavioral problems in a later stage.
- Acquainting parents with the learning difficulties of children.
- Enhancing creativity of students.
Student Social Initiative
- Awareness to students about child related issues.
- Formation of civic responsibility, critical thinking and leadership skills.
- Strengthens community engagement.
- Enhancing social sensitivity of students.
Student digital Initiative
- Timely updation and maintenance of the computer systems in the college.
- Installation of QR codes in the systems
- Timely issue of the ID cards.
- Successful installation of QR codes in the flora on campus.
Diet and Stress Management Clinic
- Provides appropriate diet plans for staff and students
- Monitors and busts stress of the staff and students.
- Motivates staff and students to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Student Amenity Centre
- Enhancement of interpersonal skills
- Developing skills in accounting
- Building up inventory management skills.
- Augmenting fund management skill
- Platform for communicating information regarding various curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the campus.
- Development of communication skills of students.
- Updating students about the current scenario, local news and events.
- Acts as a key to foster ‘campus identity’.
In the varied contexts, the live lab provided the best practical learning experience to complement the learning skills of students. It acted as a skill enhancement centre for attaining higher cognitive levels of learning for students. This multidisciplinary learning approach helped students to break knowledge barriers and enhance the scope and depth of learning, thereby becoming highly competent professionals.
The SWAAD faced difficulty in teaching product formulations to students with no knowledge of the same, which later got solved through practice. The canteen managers found it difficult to manage the crowd of students during the tea break. This was solved by providing a coffee bar and a canteen aid on campus. The Child Right Centre had some initial difficulties in countering less cooperation from outside communities which was later resolved by proper communication with the concerned people. The Student Digital Initiative initially faced difficulties with regard to application of the large scale updation. With regard to the Child care initiative, the students have found it difficult to convince the parents of the children who are diagnosed with learning disabilities like ADHD. Inability to change certain eating habits and difficulty in sticking to long term eating habits by the clients are the major challenges faced by diet clinic. In the beginning while distributing the textbooks, The Student Amenity Centre faced a difficulty in managing the distribution of textbooks in the beginning, which later got resolved by taking orders and bundling books to the concerned departments. During the launching of BCM Voice, students faced difficulties in coordinating news.