Best Practices

INSTITUTIONAL BEST PRACTICES

1. Title of Practice: Popularizing Science to Develop Scientific Temper: A College & Science Forum (NGO) Initiative

Objectives of Practice: Generate interest in science, discuss cutting edge development in science and technology, inculcate curiosity in young minds, and propagate scientific literacy.

The Context: The need to perform scientific experiments as hands-on-activity, using easy to understand methodology to inculcate interest in science. The purpose is to ignite curiosity in young minds and to overcome fear and exploitation by dispelling superstition and blind faith.

The Practice: Various activities such as workshops on electronic toy-making, demonstration of robots and drones and experiments in science conducted in summer camps, school-teachers orientation program, Science Day celebrations on HPT campus and schools of Nashik and remote tribal areas with the participation of our students and teachers as mentors and trainers. Guest lectures are also organized on advanced fields of science by eminent speakers from, DST, Homi Bhaba Science-Center, IUCCA, HPT College, academic and research institutions.

Evidence of success: Initiated in 1978, the practice continues till date. The summer-camp is a popular activity and parents are eager to enroll their wards. Guest lectures are well attended with interactive participation. More than 2500 students attended the tribal area Science-camp. All events were reported in newspapers.

Problems encountered and resources required: Though this activity receives tremendous enthusiastic participation and feedback from school children, parents and citizens; paucity of time, material and human resources often becomes a challenge.

2. Title of Practice: ‘Vision for Youth’ : Towords Holistic Development of Students

Objectives of Practice: Youth Empowerment

The Context: Concern for holistic development and student-centric education for developing responsible citizens, with a set of values, attitude and way of life that reflects principles of freedom, justice, democracy, tolerance, cooperation, pluralism, dialogue and understanding among diverse group of students; the college planned the program entitled ‘Vision for Youth’ which continued as ‘Inclusive Growth for Sustainable Development’ and subsequently emerged as ‘Smart Katta’.

The Practice: Lecture series on diverse topics were included in ‘Vision for Youth in Global Context’ were organized in 2012-14. This was followed in 2014-15 by ‘Inclusive Growth for Sustainable Development’ with the theme ‘Let Us Do More from Less for More’. The emphasis was on meaningful life and career counseling through lectures on understanding of ‘Inclusive Growth’ followed by an inter-department poster exhibition and competition. In 2015 to date, under ‘Smart Katta’ a series of lectures on contemporary topics like Patent and copyright, Integrity in Politics and Journalism, Make in India & Rural India, GST, Terrorism, Traffic Safety, Role of Youth in the Changing Scenario, Cyber Crime, Career counseling for Army recruitment, Demonetization, Youth Discipline, Health and Life-style were organized.

Evidence of Success: This activity has continued for three years and resulted in empowered and enlightened group of students who have put the learned values into practice through community work, tree plantation, working for environmental awareness, creating cyber security awareness, good communication skills development.

Problems encountered and resources required: The activity requires financial resources for inviting eminent speakers and renowned resource persons.