Best Practice-1

1. Title of the Practice      Earn While learn Scheme
2. Goal

 

The aim was to help the students coming from underprivileged sections of society, girl students and also to provide them a source of income in a way which does not hamper their studies. The goal was to provide a scope for employability in the campus itself. Moreover, the institute aimed at utilizing the talent of the students. The motive was also to make the students value the importance of hard work while learning and also instill in them the importance of hard earned money. Generally, in our society girls are not encouraged to get education. By this best practice, the institute aims to provide wings to girls students for realizing their dreams.
3. The Context

 

 

The institute is located in an area where many students come from villages and adjoining rural areas. Not only that there are children whose parents are farmers or diamond workers. Their financial condition is not so good but the passion to study is intense. It was felt that due to lack of finance after one year of study they opted for external course. There were many girls who discontinued their studies because they could not afford to pay the fees. In order to help these learners follow their dreams the college adopted this practice.
4. The Practice

 

This practice was started in 2006-07and since then has been successful. In order to implement it, simply, a notice was circulated that if students are interested in working before or after the college hours and have minimum computer proficiency may contact the authority. Initially only two or three students came forward but with the passage of time this practice became very popular because these students get respect not only from the teachers but also from their peer group. For the students it is a good opportunity because they can manage their studies and raise finance for their family easily. Commerce students work in the afternoon schedule and the Arts students work in the morning schedule. Along with earning they are also able to learn the art of managing, organizing & delegating. Generally, these students work as data entry operators but based on the quality of work they do, they are given important tasks as well. Students not only assist in data entry but they after one year assist the teachers in coordinating various competitions and activities also. If a student lacks proficiency in Excel or other basic computer courses, the other students train him/ her. So this scheme has become a double edged sword fine tuning the skills of the learners. Education for all is not just a myth but it has become a reality in this institute. No student is denied admission just because she/he cannot afford the fees.
5. Evidence of

Success

 

The college has a computer lab and now it functions almost as an office for data entry, data analysis, online admissions and even results. The students assist the office staff in various administrative works. The partial automation which has become possible in the institute can be attributed to these student service providers who are good in the use of computers and their enthusiasm and energy is endless. The strength of the students in the college is high and the administrative staff is less but because of this scheme the institute has now a body of expert administrators who manage the process of admission, result-sharing, mark sheet distribution, certificate preparation with ease.

When a student becomes a graduate or even post graduate, no monetary reward can equal the pleasure it derives from the sense of satisfaction. The greatest reward is that the institute is able to provide a support to the students not at the cost of their self-respect. The institute boosts their confidence, team spirit and they learn the art of time management. What is most striking is the fact that many students who have worked under this scheme have succeeded in academics also with first class to their credit. Hard work makes them realize the importance of perseverance.

Following are some of the students who have completed their graduation and post-graduation along with working under the earn while learn scheme and now they are working at various places:

Sr. No. Name Study Year of Passing Present Occupation
1. Maisuriya Zinal K. B.Com. 2015 Job
2. Makwana Geeta N. B.Com. 2013 Job
3. Rathod Neha M. M.Com. 2016 Job
4. Patel Nili A. B.A., M.A. 2016, 2018 Job
5. Parmar Zinal M. B.A., M.A. 2016, 2018 Job
6. Joshi Ekta P. B.A., M.A. 2016, 2018 Job
7. Pandya Divya P. B.A., M.A. 2016, 2018 Job
8. Patel Pooja P. B.A., M.A. 2016, 2018 Job
9. Solanki Karishma D. B.Com. 2017 Job
10. Prajapati Hinal M. B.Com. 2017 Job
6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required There was no big problem as such but the only concern was to raise the money to be paid as remuneration for their services. The money is now raised through College Fund. The following table highlights the number of students who have benefitted from this scheme in the last five years and the total remuneration paid:

 

Year Total Number of Boys Total number of Girls Total number of students who benefitted Total remuneration paid
2013-14 11 48 59 1,99,050/-
2014-15 74 318 392 5, 09,254/-
2015-16 85 350 435 5,20,093/-
2016-17 48 312 360 5,12,232/-
2017-18 19 86 105 5,74,154/-

 

 

2018-19 25 172 197 9,85,006/-
7. Notes

 

For this scheme to be implemented, one just needs to be sure of the tasks to be assigned to the students which match with their caliber. For its success, it isimportant to make the students feel comfortable and value their contribution in the development of the institute.
8. Contact Details

 

Name of the Principal:           Dr. Kishorsinh N. Chavda

Name of the Institution: J. Z. Shah Arts & H.P. Desai Commerce College, Amroli-Surat,     City:Surat ,      Pin Code:394107

Reaccredited Status: ‘B++’ Grade CGPA-2.94

Work Phone (Mobile): +91- 9825897197, Fax:  0261-2499382

Website: www.amrolicollegesurat.com

E-mail:[email protected]

 

Best Practice-2

1.Title of the Practice Social Inclusion of visually impaired in mainstream College

“Chalo Apnayein, Sapne Sajayein”

(Come, Let’s realize our dreams)

 

2. Goal

 

The aim was to do a service to community in a characteristic way. In Surat city there is a blind school but there is no scope for higher education for the blind. Therefore the aim of the institute was to come forward in extending this facility to the students who wanted to opt for UG or PG in our institute. The only aim was to help them realize their vision of becoming graduates and post graduates which could lead them to become independent and enable them to stand on their own feet. The goal was to make them a part of the mainstream life and let them face the challenges in their own way.

 

3. The Context

 

 

As pointed out earlier, an urgent need to open UG or PG classes for such students was required. Most of the colleges were reluctant to offer admission to visually impaired candidates urgently. Our institute and its management wanted to do something about it. Thus was born this scheme of social inclusion thanks to the effort of the Head of the Institute and the management.

 

4. The Practice

 

This practice was started in 2007-08 and since then has been successful.

The implementation stage was done in three stages:

·         The blind school was first informed regarding this and their response was positive.

·         Secondly, all the colleges were sent a letter of request to forward the application of the visually impaired students to this institute and not refuse their admission. The same message was conveyed to all the Principals of the South Gujarat area during the Principals Association meeting.

·         Most of the visually impaired students now take admission in our college as they came to know the facilities extended to them.

The next step was a little difficult as it required proper planning:

·         For that, with limited resources infrastructure was improved to cater to the needs of physically handicap students. E.g. ramps were constructed.

·         To encourage them to go in for higher education, their fees was also waived off.

·         Scholarshipswere also awarded.

·         Residential arrangement was provided with the help of Viklaang Shikshan Seva Trust run by an alumnus of the college Devyani R. Thakore who is the President of this Trust.  This Trust was formed in 2006 and the college has joined hands with the Trust since then. A house has been taken on rent with the finance provided by the Trust.

·         Mr. Dilipbhai G. Mahyavanshi, Senior Clerk of this college, takes special care of these students as far as their food, medicine and residential facilities are concerned.

·         Maid servant and cook were arranged to help them concentrate on their studies with the help of the Trust.

·         In case of any financial crisis related to the purchase of Groceryitems/ books/ foodetc. the donation is done by Jivan Jyot Trust and the teaching staff members of the college.

·         3 Desktops were also provided to them at the place of their stay with the financial assistance provided by UGC Grant.

·         16 I-pods were provided to the blind students with the financial assistance provided by UGC Grant.

·         Readers and writerswere arranged for them during exam.

5. Evidence of

Success

 

The college is the only one of its kind in Surat city and in entire South Gujarat region to practice this kind of social inclusion.

The following table shows the strength of blind students from the time the college started this scheme:

Year No. of students Total fees paid by institution
2013-14 17 33,465
2014-15 18 80,445
2015-16 17 86,840
2016-17 06 11,520
2017-18 02 6,950
2018-19 05 34,790

 

One most rewarding moment of success for this institute happened when one of the visually impaired girl students went on to become the Principal of the Blind School. Following are some of the students who have completed their graduation and post-graduation

Sr. no. Name Study Year of passing Present occupation
1. Parmar Ravibhai Ghanshyambhai B.A. 2017 Studying M.A.
2. Balsara Jayshree Amarabhai B.A. 2017 Studying B. Ed
3. Gamit Girish Sureshbhai B.A. 2015 Study
4. Vasava Nitaben Sankarbhai B.A. 2015 Study
5. Kazi Danishraza Zahiruddin kazi B.A. 2015 Further Study at home
6. Narola Vishalkumar Bhagvanbhai B.A. 2014 Job at Ahmadabad
7. Ahir Dharmesh Bhikhubhai B.A. 2013 Preparation of Government Exam
8. Variya Ashish Kanaiyalal M.A. 2013 Study
9. Lunagariya Bipinkumar Chhaganlal B.A. 2013 Teacher at Govt. primary School
6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required There were no problems as such but challenges were in the form of motivating teachers, creating a sense of understanding and sensitivity among the students and improvising the infrastructure.

 

7. Notes

 

The need to realize and understand our social responsibility is must. We cannot turn deaf ears to the problems looming the society at large. Social inclusion is more a matter of attitude rather than a matter of resources.
8. Contact Details

 

Name of the Principal:     Dr. Kishorsinh N. Chavda

Name of the Institution: J. Z. Shah Arts & H.P. Desai Commerce College, Amroli-Surat,          City:Surat,       Pin Code:394107

Reaccredited Status: ‘B++’ Grade CGPA-2.94

Work Phone (Mobile) : +91- 9825897197

Fax:  0261-2499382

Website: www.amrolicollegesurat.com

E-mail :[email protected]