Best Practice 1 :Organized by Department of English
1. Name of the Best Practice: Social Cause through Language Lab
2. Objectives of the practice:
- To avail the language laboratory to the students of other schools in the vicinity
- To make optimum use of language lab
- To ensure social attachment of the institution
- To establish social and educational rapport with other educational institutions
- To attract students of the vicinity towards the Institution
YashwantraoChavan College is located at sillod. The location of the college is in predominantly rural area. There are a number of schools in the vicinity of the college. The students of these schools are from agrarian background. Many of them do not know the concept of language lab. They are not fully aware of technological innovations and Gadgets used in teaching learning process. They have a sense of curiosity and eagerness for these pedagogical instruments. The teachers of department of English considers it their responsibility to make the language lab available to these rural studets from neighbourhood community so that they can get first -hand experience of learning in a language lab. Department deems it as a part of their social attachment and responsibility. Although the language lab is meant for the college students, it is also made available to the students of the surrounding schools. The teachers of the department engage the lectures of these students with the help of PPT presentation in language lab. These students are also given practical experience of using the computers in the language lab and acess the orell software used in the language lab.
4. The Practice:
A program for the students of IXth and XthstandardofManikraoPalodkar English School, Sillod was arranged in the department of English on 02/01/2020 under the “Social Cause through Language Lab” activity. The objective of the program was to make the facilities of language lab available to the students from outside the premises of the college. This will give them experience of ICT based learning. The program was a joint venture of English department and ManikraoPalodkar English School, Sillod. These students were taught lessons from their textbook with the help of projector and PPTs. The program helped the students acquire knowledge through ICT enabled learning. At the beginning of the Program, the Principal Dr. A. A. Pandit held a dialogue with the students of ManikraoPalodkar English School, Sillod. After that Dr. Smt. R. P. Palodkar, Asst. Prof. J. D. Pardeshi, Dr. Vishnu Shelke and Mr.SanjeevDaud conducted the lectures covering various points of the syllabus of IXth and Xth standard with the help PPT presentations.
At the beginning, head of the English department Dr. Smt. R. P. Palodkar made a PPT presentation on ‘Developing a Story’. She described important elements of developing a story including introduction, climax and conclusion. Mr. J. D. Pardeshi elaborated on the important elements drafting a Speech including salutation, introduction, main body, suitable examples, clear-cut conclusion and thanks with the help of PPT presentation. Dr. V. C. Shelke made a PPT presentation on Information Transfer: Verbal to Non-Verbal. Mr.Daud made a PPT presentation on Report Writing. Through his presentation he explained the important elements of report writing including Title, headline, date line, introduction, body of the report and conclusion.
In the last session students received hands-on experience of handling the electronic gadgets in the Language Lab. In this session they watched the movies based on Moral Stories. Principal of the college Dr. Ashok Pandit visited the session and expressed satisfaction on the activity of the department as well as the response of the students.
At this time the department also collected feedback of the students about their experience of learning lessons in Language Lab. Students expressed satisfaction and also thanked the department and college for making Language Lab available to them. At this time Head Mistress of ManikraoPalodkar English School, Sillod Mrs.Ghodke, teacher Mr.SanjivDaud were present along with the teachers from English department.
5. Evidence of Success:
The success of our best practice is reflectedin the feedback given by the students and the teachers as well. Students get satisfaction by learning their lessons in language lab,as a result, the students of other schools are willing to visit our language lab. Every year we get overtures to get our language lab available to the other students. In last five years, the students form different schools of the vicinity have visited the language lab. Moreover they want to come here again and enjoy the fun of education.
6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required:
In the implementation of this best practice department of English encountered some problems. One of our problems is lack of space to accommodate more students at a time. Since there are 15 student consoles in the lab, we could not accommodate more than 15 students at a time. So we allowed two students to share one student console system at the same time. To overcome this problem we intend to expand the language lab in the future. Another problem was that the students of the remote area, despite their willingness, could not come to the language lab due to the inconvenience in their home-returning schedule.
Title of the Practice: Social Survey
The institution is always striving for quality enhancement of the students. As a part of the same, the sociology department of the college conducts social surveys to study various problems in the society. College students participate in this social survey. The objectives of this social survey are as follows.
- To study various problems in rural society.
- Conducting social surveys by college students.
- To create awareness among the students about rural life.
- Creating interest in research among students.
- Developing a scientific outlook in students.
Our college students are mostly from rural areas. Various schemes are implemented at the government level for rural development. But do these schemes benefit people in rural communities? If not here’s a new product just for you? What problems are seen in rural society? Are students in rural society aware of these schemes? What is theparticipation and role of students in rural development? This social survey is a sincere effort to make students aware of the importance of these questions.Among the many problems that appear in the rural society are village sanitation campaigns, addiction, sewage planning, womens’ health problems, droughts, problems caused by excess rainfall etc. Challenging issues have been studied through this social survey.
Under the Sociology department of the college, a social survey of various issues in the rural community is conducted during the month of December-January every year. For this, the principal of the college, Dr. Ashok Pandit is an important contributor to the Department of Sociology. Under the guidance of Head of the Department of Sociology Dr. G. N.More, Prof.Mrs. I. C. Salunke conducts social surveys in collaboration with these students.Every year two or three villages in Sillod tehsil are selected for this survey. The problems of the people of that village are known at the primary level by taking the basic information of those villages. In order to study the problems in depth, a scheduled questionnaire is prepared. This allows people in rural areas to meet in person and ask questions to fill out information about the problem. And from this information, solutions to the problem can be suggested.
Along with quality education, the main objective of higher education is to create awareness among college students about scientific approach, research attitude, use of technology and problems in rural society. To achieve this objective, various initiatives are implemented at the college level. But going to the actual society and conducting social surveys from the students helped to develop the level of knowledge of the students.
Evidence of success:
Explaining the results of research studies conducted through social surveys, it was found that students studying in college and participating in social surveys acquired the ability to observe events in the society. The students realized the importance of observation. The students practiced studying in a scientific method.The social survey gave the students an opportunity to study the life of the actual rural people closely. Students had the opportunity to explore the causes of problems in society.
Problems Encontered and resources:
There were many difficulties encountered while conducting social surveys. The difficulties encountered while conducting the survey are as follows.
- The information received from male respondents in rural areas during the survey was less than that of female respondents. Male respondents used to go out of the village for work.
- The survey participants were expecting financial benefits from the respondents.
- It was not possible to involve all college students for the survey.