The strength of our relationship with the students is our ability to gauge their strengths and weaknesses. Orientation Programme conducted at the beginning of the academic year is an effort on our part to fill-in the chasm that exists between the shared knowledge of students at the entry-level and the course requirements.
It is observed that NCERT syllabus as it is about 20-30% vaster than the previous state board syllabus. While those who have studied ICSE or CBSE in school are not much affected, but those from the State syllabus may find it difficult. Induction programme helps students to open up, think creatively and become responsible and independent students.
Induction programme for newly admitted students is conducted in line with AICTE/UGC Induction programme policy, every year before the commencement of the first semester classes. The objective of the Induction programme is to demystify what is expected of students in Intermediate level and to provide adequate foundation in the core applied science subjects and English limited to moderate level so that students do not face any difficulty when the classes commence.
The syllabus for the course is framed in such a way that equal importance is given to both Engineering discipline and personality development which includes soft skills, sports and cultural Activities. The duration of the induction programme is THREE weeks. The students are trained in Foundation courses, basics of programming and English apart from other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Syllabus for Mathematics includes concepts learnt at the intermediate level and also additional concepts which are essential prerequisites for engineering course. Orientation to Computers is aimed at familiarizing the students with use of computer and the fundamentals of programming languages and thereby enabling them to write small programmes in C language which is a part of I year curriculum for all branches.
The module on English is aimed at making the students better articulate in English thereby increasing their comprehension level and self-confidence. The sessions in the afternoon will be on soft skills, Sports and cultural activities. Eminent personalities from academia and industry, personality development trainers, and other noted speakers from institute such as Ramakrishna Mission are invited to give lectures to the students.
The sessions also include ice breakers, Sports and Cultural Activities for all round development. During this interaction of few days with the faculty, the students will come out of their hesitation and it will be the best platform for the students to interact with the faculty members, making it responsible for them to build strong relationships with faculty, advisers and other students. This programme has been conducted for the last three years for our students. The statistics show that, there is a gradual improvement of more than 20-30% in the overall performance of the students. Their parents have also deeply appreciated.
This induction programme will help the students to have a smooth transition to the Engineering course. The sound grasp of the fundamentals of the engineering subjects lays the strong foundation for the entire four-year programme. Our experience has shown that students who underwent the induction classes have fared extremely well in Examinations. Also, the students who have attended the bridge course in the previous years have appreciated the initiative usefulness.