Autonomy may be defined as a functional status given to the Institutions, by the University Grants Commission (UGC) by giving greater flexibility towards purely academic development for improving an academic standards and excellence.
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Objectives of Autonomy
An Autonomous Institution carries a prestigious image for the students and the teachers.
- It can determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi, restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs
- It can also offer need based short term courses for the benefit of the students
- It can use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards and greater creativity
- It can also promote healthy practices such as community service, extension activities, projects for the benefit of the society at large
- It can award the degrees on behalf of the university by providing more academic and operative freedom to function better with credibility
In Brief, Autonomy reflects:
- Efforts for Excellence in academic performances
- Capability of self-governance and
- Enhancement in the quality of education.
The major stake holders of an autonomous institution are:
BENEFITS OF AUTONOMY
The Autonomous Status accords an institution with the freedom to frame the syllabus and customize it as per the needs of the Indus try. Students are taught the latest and relevant technologies to make them competent in the market. Experts from various industries and experienced academicians from reputed institutes are consulted in the process of framing the syllabus. Dedicated efforts are made to ensure that the syllabus framed is “Employment Centric”.
Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS)
Annamacharya Institute of Technology & Sciences follows the ‘Choice Based Credit System’. CBCS has numerous advantages over the conventional system. Rather than evaluating student-performance using marks and percentages, which many a time can be very inconsistent and unfair; CBCS uses Credits and Credit Point Averages (CPA) to evaluate student-performance. Using Credits and CPAs instead of marks and percentages provides a more holistic metric to measure student-performance.
Better Subject Choice and Electives
The earmarking feature of CBCS is that students in addition to studying the core subjects from their branch can also choose from a wide range of elective subjects from other branches as well, i.e., students from non circuit branches (Mechanical and Civil) can opt for electives offered by the circuit branches (Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication and Electrical & Electronics Engineering) and vice versa. This way the CBCS seamlessly incorporates and encourages an interdisciplinary approach towards higher education which is adopted by Universities across the India.
Employability Becomes Easier
In today’s competitive marketplace, there is a huge demand for proficient technical and management professionals. Practical training and a curriculum meticulously framed to meet the requirements of the job market are imparted to the students to make them readily employable. The overall syllabus is framed in such a way that students get to study more than two labs per semester, which in turn helps them gain more practical knowledge. In addition to this, hands-on project which is an important part of the curriculum plays a vital role in making students ‘employment ready’.
Equal Weightage is accorded to both internal and final exams. Both the Internal and the final exams are conducted by the Institute.
Students, who fail to attend the final examination due to justifiable reasons, have a provision to take ‘supplementary examination’ immediately after the semester results are declared. This feature of autonomy is extremely beneficial to students since they can clear their back-logs immediately rather than carry it forward to the next year.
Students are provided with multiple opportunities to intern at various Industries and MNC R&D; Laboratories, during their vacation time to groom them for the Industry.
Students graduating from Annamacharya Institute of Technology & Sciences (Autonomous) are awarded ‘degree’ from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Anantapuramu, Andhra Pradesh.