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  • BEST PRACTICES
    Best Practice I:
    Title of the Practice: Objective Outcome Based Education Practice
    Objectives:
    • To focus on student learning outcomes.
    • To train Graduates suitable to industry/entrepreneurship/research
    • To ensure Continuous Quality Improvement
    Context:
    Along with the traditional methods of teaching, Outcome Based Education is practiced in the institute. The traditional method focusing on ‘covering the content’ is giving much less thought to the ‘learning by the student’ and has been generating graduates with lower employability. The content-driven approach to teaching has been referred to as a teacher-centered approach where instructional objectives and learning outcomes are not comprehensively planned and informed to students. Stress on Lower Order Thinking Skills and Student assessment is not aligned to program outcomes.

    Practice:
    • Our institution is an affiliated college. As per the University guidelines internal assessment test, practical examination and university examination are the only ways of assessing the academic performance of the student. OBE includes quiz, assignments, seminar, presentations, etc., adopting Blooms Taxonomy. Continuous counselling was done to explain the importance of these activities in their academic and professional life which motivated the students to participating in the OBE activities.
    • Stating clear vision and mission of each program in line with the vision and mission of the Institution
    • Articulation of program educational objectives, program outcomes and program specific outcomes development of curriculum with broad knowledge areas specified by national and international bodies.
    • Establishing rubrics for measuring the learning outcomes with emphasis on attaining blooms levels
    • Feedback sought for curricular improvements and update periodically
    Evidence of Success:
    • It has been evident that students have become more confident and they have good learning experience. This has helped them in performing well in the University exams and helped in getting good placements.
    • Outcome based system facilitating easy and early assessment of learning Problems Encountered and Resources Required
    • Transition of members of faculty to new method has been challenging
    • Complete practice of Outcome based education is relative and a difficult task to present and defend to an external statutory body
    • Complete understanding of the Bloom’s levels of skills is an essential resource to be gained by educators.
    Best Practice II Title of the Practice: Energy Environment Consciousness: Carbon Neutrality Initiatives The context that required the initiation of the practice VSM College of Engineering, situated in Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari District is an important constituent of Konaseema green region. Keeping in view the degrading environmental Conditions, the institution realized its responsibility towards society by making the citizens aware of deteriorating environmental parameters and nudging them for adopting eco-friendly methods. Objectives of the practice
    • To infuse environment consciousness among students
    • To make the students realize the devastating consequences of climate change and global warming
    • To make students as well as general public at large aware of various green environment practices for reducing carbon footprints.
    • To develop required skills and expertise among students to deal with associated glaring challenges
    • To design, utilize and sustain such platforms where students learn and then involve citizens in various green environmental programmes and practices
    The Practice Environment education is a part of our curriculum. Our students understand the value of dividends derived from clean and green environment. The college has various societies for implementing various green initiatives viz, NSS, Green Club and Swach Bharat Abhiyan Team to augment students’ engagements and participation in various environmental awareness drives. On the recommendation of the IQAC, the Eco and Energy Conservation clubs (ECB) were formed under which a dedicated team of forty students organized various programmes in and outside the college for spreading the message of green environment. Eco Club and Energy Conservation Club have played a dynamic role in awakening and involving masses in various green practices by organizing activities on environment related issues, through rallies, door- to - door campaign, regular cleanliness drives of the campus, tree plantation, displaying instructions and writing slogans in the campus and outside as well, besides labeling all the plants and the trees in the college for their identification. Energy and Green Audits have also been carried out. The college installed a solar plant with actual power generation capacity of 150 kW and 600 units of power per day which is a very encouraging step towards using renewable and inexhaustible clean energy source, besides helping reduction in dependence upon the traditional thermal power source there by resulting into the not only the conservation but also decreeing drastically the carbon count. The college has been consistently transforming computer labs which reduce e-waste, carbon emission and energy consumption. All conventional lights have been replaced by LED bulbs and energy efficient AC Units. Energy consumption in the college has been reduced through enlightening inmates by arranging awareness programmes about the indispensability and compulsion of energy saving besides putting stickers (Switch-off the equipments and lights when not required!) on switch boards and all concerned places. Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them Sometimes it becomes a challenging task to convince masses and even students and staff who are unaware of the existence of poor air quality and its dreaded consequences to adopt green practices in everyday life. Impact of the Practice
    • Installation of Solar Panels is an example that will provide benefit in the upcoming years.
    • Use of natural resources with less carbon emission and enhanced Carbon Neutrality.
    • Reduction in the energy consumption in the college.
    • Use of renewable and sustained energy source besides no practice of burning waste.
    • Proper waste management system for all types of waste generated in the campus
    • The students volunteering whole heartedly for keeping the campus clean, and green.
    Resources Required The financial resources are managed at the Governing body level and funds received from various government agencies, and the available human resource in the college.