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Inculcating the research spirit in the faculty and students in order to achieve progressive technological advancements Research is a never-ending pursuit for knowledge that is used for advancement of society in the information era. Today’s world is evolving quickly by creating opportunities for new research efforts to improve peoples lives. Keeping up with the everincreasing wants and demands has become the most important factor. Continuous research and development of new products and initiatives has become necessary to fulfill such demands. This prompted the Institute to advance its RD activities, which focuses on a variety of autonomous disciplines and fosters multidisciplinary research. Teaching and research must coexist. The college promotes research in the following ways and means to achieve such goals: Sponsoring for seminars/conference/workshops/Orientation courses /refresher courses like STTPs, FDPs, SDPs, etc. by paying registration fee, TA/DA with paid leave. Financial incentives like paying registration fee for publications in journals and conferences and TA/DA for presentation of technical papers in various International/National conferences and special incentives for publication of research papers in good impact factors as well as Scopus papers. Modernization of laboratories with research facilities Exposure to international expertise by organizing invited lectures, work-shops, seminars and conferences etc. Providing high end computing facilities, with internet, WiFi, and other facilities The supporting staffs is also encouraged to upgrade their skills by being deputed to relevant authorized /recognized training centers in their respective trades/fields.
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A unique counseling process is followed in which every faculty are allocated 20 students as a proctor with an objective to constantly follow the student progress and accordingly suggest changes in the case of any deviation. For every faculty ranging from Assistant Professor to Professor level, 20 students were assigned to look after their academic progress. One reason why student’s opinion increases after using proctors is that they realize that proctors may be highly valuable throughout their course stay, even helping many students to accomplish educational advancement in the first place. Because most people do not focus on it, but here are some ways where proctors help students reaching their educational and evaluative goals. The most evident and easy way is that proctors help students by ensuring more equitable learning environment for all. The restrictions, such as how long it lasts and what materials are authorized or prohibited, are set by professors and administrative authorities. However, someone must police those laws, which is tough to do when students are dispersed all over the world. Proctors have a huge influence since it is clearly wrong to have some students follow the rules while others do not. By prohibiting cheating and giving everyone an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, proctors play a crucial role in ensuring the students who sincerely study and accomplish the work.
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Providing a safe environment for students is critical to our institutions overall success. There are a few things we can do to increase student safety at our college. With that in mind, here are several issues that our college has to address in order to increase student safety on campus. Ragging free campus is the prime motto of our institute since its inception. Some other gender sensitivity issues are also properly taken care like sexual assault, student safety that necessitates a particular set of prevention tactics. When incident statistics are examined, the significance of implementing prevention strategy becomes abundantly evident. While it is hard to provide a watertight solution to all problems that may arise on college campus, several colleges have embraced techniques such as teaching students on consent and taking a zerotolerance policy to incidences. The goal was to build a challenge, report, and support culture within the student and staff community by raising awareness of hate crimes and conveying the universities zero-tolerance policy. It is also crucial to give pupils with appropriate support services in order for them to handle any trauma caused by the experience. For many students, college is their first taste of independence working to a schedule, being safe, and taking responsibility for their own things. Along with its well-lit pathways, the college has increased student safety by employing a sufficient number of security staff and installing security cameras. Having a campus security team on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and security protocols in place, such as the usage of ID for admission, can help to keep unauthorized persons off campus.
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Enhancing students skills through Technical-hub (T-hub) an exclusive training department In today’s competitive driven world, many students are much afraid to follow modern career paths due to the fear of failure which overpowers their mind. Founded with the main intention to help students rid this fear, Technical hub follows a modern teaching system which not only encourages students to follow various new career paths but also makes them industry ready for their chosen future. Initially, when Technical Hub started, it had a small student audience with not more than 10 individuals. Today technical hub has more than 6-7 thousand individuals and the number keeps going up as the days pass by. Our body initially consisted of one man keen on sharing his knowledge with the student community. Today Technical Hub has more than 24 active teaching individuals who are certified by well-reputed companies and who happen to be few of the best in their field. Technical Hub is not only focused on making a good student to excellent by polishing their skills and increasing their knowledge in the areas they lack, but also encourages those individuals who have little technical knowledge and excel them in their chosen field. Apart from that, Technical-hub also happen to have finely trained professionals from multiple reputed organizations like Oracle, Red Hat, Cisco, Git Hub and VMware, who make the students more knowledgeable and technically sound.
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Title of the Practice: Holistic Development of Students
Objectives of the practice: The institute aims for holistic development of students in the areas of academics, research, social service and management.
Context: There is a need to define, develop, implement and measure student learning through the attainment of various outcomes ensuring graduating engineers from all programs demonstrate expected skill and competency.
The Practice: The institute focuses on training all the faculty members on outcome-based education to achieve a paradigm shift from the teacher centric learning system. Accordingly, the curriculum is designed to encourage analytical and problem-solving skills. Emerging technology courses like Data Science, Internet of Things and Robotics are introduced into the curriculum. Usage of online tools for teaching learning has increased significantly. Faculty and students are encouraged to complete certification courses through various MOOCs platforms. Students and staff are encouraged to pursue research and prototype development by providing necessary infrastructure support. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in various extension activities. Students are encouraged towards peer learning to inculcate the spirit of teamwork. Through academic excellence, research and development, social consciousness and leadership, the institute aims to create lifelong learning ability among students.
Evidence of success: Placements have improved by 5% when compared to the previous year.
Problems encountered and resources required: It is a challenge to make all the students attain the desired learning outcomes. The students are regularly sensitized by their mentors towards academics, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. It is necessary to regularly sensitize all stakeholders towards outcome-based teaching learning approach.
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Title of the Practice: Teaching Learning Practice
Objective of the Practice: To provide a learner-centric environment through Outcome-Based Education (OBE).
Context: As the institute became autonomous in the academic year 2017-18, the institute adopted an Outcome Based teaching learning approach.
Practice: The curriculum has been designed to offer different learner-centric learning experiences such as experiential, participative, and problem-solving methods. Students are encouraged to take up internships, industrial /field visits, and participate in skill development programmes. The institute has several ICT Tools/Resources to build a learner-centric learning environment. Students are trained regularly in new trends and innovative technology through workshops/seminars delivered by experts from industry and academia. Soft skills classes are conducted to improve the student's communication.
Evidence of Success: The Institute secured Six Pratibha awards for academic merit awarded by the government of Andhra Pradesh. Problems Encountered and resources required: Initially some teachers faced difficulty in adopting outcome-based education. This is overcome by rigorous training to all faculty in outcome-based education.
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Title of the Practice: Promotion of Self Learning
Objectives of the practice: To promote self-learning among students and faculty through MOOCs.
Context: The advent of emerging technologies paved the way for self-learning through MOOC platforms like NPTEL, Coursera and Udemy.
The Practice: The institute wants to train the students and faculty in emerging technologies, which is a challenging task, given the availability of resources. MOOC platforms like NPTEL and Coursera helped to overcome this challenge. The institute promotes self-learning of students and faculty by encouraging them to register and complete the courses through MOOC platforms. The institute will bear the entire course fee on behalf of students and faculty.
Evidence of success: With the support provided by the institute, faculty and students have successfully completed many courses through NPTEL. In the academic year 2018-19, the institute is recognized as “Valuable Local Chapter” with a rating of A by SWAYAM-NPTEL.
Problems encountered and resources required: Motivating the students to pursue self-learning posed a major challenge. Initially some students registered for a course and are unable to complete it due to lack of motivation. Faculty mentors played an effective role in motivating the students towards the completion of the course. The department of Mining Engineering secured the best performance award for their best performance in Swayam – NPTEL examinations during the year
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Title of the Practice: Engineering Projects and Community Service.
Objectives of the practice: To extend service to community through innovative projects.
Context: To encourage and motivate students to improve their performance in their specific domains leading to significant contributions towards the growth and development of the nation.
The Practice: The institute believes that knowledge and skill gained by students and faculty should support the purpose of community service. Students are continuously encouraged to pursue challenging problems and provide optimal solutions to them. Socially relevant projects are identified and allotted to a set of students. Progress is reviewed periodically by the project review committee, and suitable suggestions are provided.
Evidence of success: By collating the ideas of students and faculty, the institute has gained recognition at the national level. One project from the ECE department secured first position at AICTE-ECI-ISTE Chhatra Viswakarma Awards-2019.
Problems encountered and resources required: Attracting a greater number of students towards community service is a challenge. It requires interaction with people in the nearby community, understanding their problems and arriving at a solution. This is overcome by regular motivation by a project review committee.
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Title of the Practice: Student Support System
Objectives of the practice: To support the students for their all-round development and help them in the time of crisis.
Context: The Institute believes that personal care is needed by every student for their all-round development. In this context the Institute has started many initiatives to support the students.
The Practice: The institute has well defined mentoring system in place to motivate students for their academic progress, encourage students for co-curricular and extra- curricular activities and pay attention to personality development of students. Institute maintains a record of slow learners and conducts remedial teaching. Guest lectures and workshops are regularly conducted. The mentors counsel the students every fortnight and the progress of the student is communicated to the parents periodically. Career guidance is provided for the students to take informal decisions about placement and higher studies opportunities.
Evidence of success: The student support system of the Institute helped in the overall development of the students. One student of Petroleum Technology and One student of Mining Engineering secured Gold Medals at University level examinations.
Problems encountered and resources required: Mentors are facing difficulty in moulding some students due to their social/economic backgrounds. This consumes a lot of their quality time.
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Title of the Practice: Green Cover Campus
Objectives of the practice: To achieve environmental sustainability through energy conservation, reducing carbon footprint and waste management.
Context: The increase in environmental pollution and depletion of natural resources throughout the globe calls for immediate attention towards controlling pollution, conserving natural resources and protecting the planet for future generations.
The Practice: The institute believes in encouraging students to be responsible towards the environment as it is the need of the hour globally. In this regard, students are sensitized towards various problems related to environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and energy conservation. Our students participated in “One Student One Tree” initiative of AICTE. The Institute effectively manages solid waste, liquid waste and e- waste thus contributing to environment protection. Rainwater is effectively utilized through water harvesting to recharge the ground water level. Solar panels are installed on the roof top of the buildings for solar power generation and wheeling to the grid. Automobiles are restricted inside the campus and electric vehicles are deployed to reduce the carbon footprint. The Institute banned the single usage of plastic. Further, the institute conducted various awareness programs inside the institute as well as in the nearby community.
Evidence of success: The institute is recognized as “Cleanest Higher Educational Institutes” in the country by MHRD with third rank under Swachh Campus Rankings 2019. The institute is awarded with certificate of appreciation for notable involvement in “One Student One Tree” initiative of AICTE.
Problems encountered and resources required: It is difficult to plant ideas related to environmental conservation in the minds of students. It requires continuous sensitization and practical demonstrations of the problems concerned. The faculty members and NSS volunteers took this responsibility. Management has provided all infrastructure support related to rainwater harvesting, solar power and waste management. The institute has a well-curated landscape which creates a peaceful atmosphere inside the institute.
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Communication Skills Development through Campus Communication Skills Programme.
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There is a growing demand for language proficiency which is a main factor for employability in various sectors and to pursue higher studies. In this regard, courses on English communication skills and Employability skills are included in the curriculum. As most of the students are from rural and vernacular background, to provide the competitive advantage, communication skills training is offered through Campus Communication Skills Centre. The Campus Communication Centre provides a suitable platform for the students to prove themselves by participating in the language tasks and competitions with higher levels of motivation and with its strategy within and beyond college hours.
Campus Communication Skills Programme offers a platform both virtually and physically for the students to improve their language proficiency in a way that exposes them to global English and help them get rid of mother tongue influence. The learner centric approach provides students a free hand in learning.
The following activities are part of this programme:
Students who have undergone the programme have shown considerable improvement in their overall communication skills. This resulted in an increase of 55.8% in the placement for the academic year 2020-21.
Problems encountered and resources required:
These activities involved considerable amount of time on planning and scheduling the programs. Faculty members devoted significant amount of time besides their regular academic load to train students. Though these activities are meant for all students, only the interested students used to come forward to participate in these activities. Through constant motivation by proctors and publicizing the success of participants, more number of students has shown interest to participate. Activity rooms and seminar halls are equipped with audio and video facilities to enhance the overall learning experience.
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Title of the Practice:
Community Orientation and Environment consciousness
Objectives of the practice
The institute believes that community service and environment consciousness are essential to students for obtaining a holistic view towards society and environment as every individual is part of the society. It is essential for every individual to be sensitive to social and environment problems in order to make the world a better place.
The institute organized several extension activities to sensitize the students towards community needs. The students actively participate in social service activities leading to their overall development. There are two National Service Scheme (NSS) units, Red Cross Unit and LEO club in the instituteEvidence of Success:
NSS organized a residential seven-day camp in nearby villages (names) and activities were carried out by NSS volunteers addressing the social issues which include cleanliness, tree plantation, Environmental consciousness, AIDS awareness, Blood donation camp, Health check-up camp. Red Cross unit organized several campaigns such as cycle rally on completion of 100 years to Red Cross unit, mega blood donation camp, distribution of butter milk and masks to the policemen, Adopt a bowl and feed the birds during 2020-21. The institution distributed the food and groceries to the private teachers during pandemic and arranged the food packets to the poor during lockdown through Leo club unit.Problems encountered and resources required:
COVID-19 posed a major challenge as well as opportunity for community service. Due to restrictions of lockdown, it became difficult to gather members for community service. With continuous motivation by NSS officers and from the support of management, our NSS students and faculty played a major role in conducting the extension activities of 2020-21. Institute has taken necessary permissions to conduct these events during the pandemic. Further, sanitizers and masks were supplied to the volunteers for smooth conduction of the programs.
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Title of the Practice: Industry readiness in students to foster the growth of nation.
Objectives of the practice :
Today's global industrial scenario require professionals with a wide range of knowledge and skill sets, including the ability to lead team-centered projects, contextualized problem formulation, proficiency in communicating across disciplines and hands-on experience. As there is growing demand for skilled professionals in various sectors, the institute aims to produce skilled professionals to fill the demand.
The Institute provides training along with certification to students based on industry requirements in different domains from programming to automation like Data science, Software development, Android development, Cyber Security, Robotics, Mechatronics etc., Special focus is also given on communication and soft skills, so that they can be ready for the industry by enhancing their knowledge as well as skills.
Accordingly, the Institute has focused its efforts in educating future professionals in high-demand fields including
Campus offers a platform both virtually and physically for the students to improve their language proficiency in a way that exposes them to global English and help them get rid of mother tongue influence. The learner centric approach provides students a free hand in learning
Evidence of Success:
Problems encountered and resources required :
These activities involved considerable amount of time on planning and scheduling the programs. Faculty members devoted significant amount of time besides their regular academic load to train students. Though these activities are meant for all students, only the interested students used to come forward to participate in these activities. Through constant motivation by mentors and publicizing the success of participants, more number of students has shown interest to participate.Notes (Optional)
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Title of the Practice :Global Readiness in Ensuring Ecological Neutrality
The increase in environmental pollution and depletion of natural resources throughout the globe calls for immediate attention towards controlling pollution, conservation of natural resources and protecting the planet for future generations.The Practice:
Aditya Engineering College is an expansive, verdant, and eco-friendly campus. Carbon neutrality, renewable energy production and its utilisation, energy conservation, waste management, and plastic ban are just a few of the ongoing initiatives taken in the campus to protect and preserve our planet. The seriousness of the issue must be emphasised to the students. students are sensitized towards various problems related to environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and energy conservation.
The following measures have been initiated in the institute to donate to the great cause of environmental consciousness and sustainability.Carbon Balance
AEC has a 21,054 m2 open space and garden area. Flowering plants, particularly trees, operate as a sound barrier and heat regulator in the garden based on their therapeutic value and relationship to Vedic philosophy. Horticulturist supervises the gardens. Organic pesticides and fertilisers are used on plants Efforts are being taken to decrease the carbon footprint by adding plants and trees and minimising the vehicle usage.Biodiversity
Animals such as turtles, fish, cranes, ducks, rabbits, cows, and buffaloes are accessible on campus to help support the needs of the ecosystem's biodiversity.Renewable Energy:
In the year 2018, solar power production facility with a capacity of 500 kW was erected to cater the needs of the institute. Solar hot water systems with 12000 LPD capacity were built for the hostel buildings.Energy Preservation:
Facilities for water conservation are spread out across the campus in order to collect rain water, and recycle waste water. Campus is equipped with LED and Automated Street Lights. Electric vehicles are used for transportation inside the campus.Waste Management:
The Institute effectively manages solid waste, liquid waste and e- waste thus contributing to environment protection.Ban of Plastic:
Efforts are in place to minimize the use of plastic bottles, straws, and food packaging. The college imposed ban on single use plastic-wareEvidence of Success:
1. 37% of AEC is covered with open space and plantation area
2. 8 tonnes of vermicompost and 4000 Litres of Jeevamrutham generated from college biomass in 40 days and used as organic plantation feed
3. Ponds handle the 95000 KLD campus liquid wastes. Treated water irrigates all campus flora and agricultural land.
4. 11 harvesting pits, were strategically placed on campus
5. Open ponds with Aerators capture and store rainfall on campus
6. FRP Digested Food waste operated 4 m3/day biogas plant was made accessible for biogas generating
7. The institute is recognized as “Cleanest Higher Educational Institute” in the country by MHRD with 3rd rank under Swachh Campus Rankings 2019
8. The institute is awarded with certificate of appreciation for notable involvement in “One Student One Tree” initiative of AICTE
9. Student project “Smart Irrigation System using Arduino & GSM Module” under Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards 2018 secured 1st Position in Innovative Solution under Empowerment of Villages through Technologies
10. Different Flora
Problems encountered and resources
When it comes to maintaining the quality and performance of green environment during the course of their development and implementation, the costs may quickly add up. Deficiency of skilled labour to oversee green campus initiatives and guarantee consistent high performance. Maintenance costs for the installed facilities also add up. Accomplishing the desired objectives in the designated region requires constant coaching and mentorship. Management has provided necessary support to promote green initiatives in the campus.Notes (Optional)