Fergusson College (Autonomous), Pune
Internal Quality Assurance Cell
Higher education demands overall growth of the students and provide them learning opportunities and make them employable. It is not always possible to enrich curricula with all the knowledge and expertise needed for their academic progression and move towards internships and lead to placement opportunities. Hence, additional efforts by the higher educational institutes are essential to equip students and make them aware of new technologies and hands on experiments. Interdisciplinary learning is also needed to cater to industry needs.
The College/ departments organizes Hands on training sessions with the help of industries and research institutes and other higher educational institutes which help students in increasing their knowledge horizons and in a way equips them new techniques. Project based learning has been practised by the college over a long period of time in both the faculties, which has promoted sense of research among the students. Workshops on interdisciplinary areas especially on learning new techniques/software’s/technologies has provided an edge for our students and resulted in better placement opportunities. Learning and interacting with meritorious alumni and few sessions with present students has helped in grooming of students and helped in understanding new avenues/requirements in industries, research institutes and also in International Universities.
The overall impact of above -mentioned efforts has helped students and teachers to go beyond the curriculum and learn beyond the scope of the curriculum. Regular interactions with experts, scientists have helped students in widening their scope of learning. Apart from this, Career Summits and Sectorial Summits conducted in collaboration with recruiters and industries and industry HRs has paved way for both students as well as teachers in understanding industry needs and bridging the gap between academia and industries. Hands on training sessions especially for undergraduate students has equipped them in practically doing certain experiments/ techniques used in research institutes as well as in industries. Project based learning has given students an opportunity to do research, write papers and publish and in many cases, present their work in conferences. Learning of softwares/programmes
like ‘R” programming, “PYTHON” programming for life students has helped them to analyse data generated through research projects and provided an understanding of presentation of scientific data.
The purpose of education is not just preparing the students for a livelihood but also to make them good citizens and above all good human beings. Values of caring and sharing with the less privileged are one of the important elements of such education. It is our collective responsibility to empower the underprivileged to become self-reliant so that they can live with respect and dignity. It is our duty to uphold the human rights of all disadvantaged sections of society. Our college encourages a lifelong ethic of community service.
The college has a Social Outreach & Enabling Centre (SOEC) which gives an opportunity to the students to work with various civil society organizations. There are around 8 active organizations working under SOEC. They work for different causes and have different mottos. There are organizations working for blind students specifically and working for learning disabilities like Ankur and Prism. There are organizations working to educate the children from Below Poverty Line families like Doorsteps. There are multitasking organizations like Sevashayog working for more varied causes like women emancipation, menstrual hygiene and education. Muse, which is situated out of Pune, actively works through video calls.
Apart from the above, the College has been awarded with DBT STAR College Scheme. Eleven science departments are beneficiaries under this scheme. Every department carries out atleast one outreach activity under this scheme. The outreach activities carried out vary from poster exhibitions for general public, exhibitions on Scientist like Dr. APJ Kalam, Statistics in Army/ War/ How Alan Turing used Statistics and German’s Lost, Big Data Analysis (How Statistics is used in Internet.), Workshops for school teachers teaching Biology and Geography introducing teachers to Earth and Solar System, Evolution of the Earth and Topography and Landforms, hands-on training on Maps and Toposheet reading and on minerals, rocks, fossils and rock thin sections, workshop on ‘Introduction to the Exciting World of Microbiology’ for high school student, where the number of students benefitted is more than 200, workshop on ‘Understanding life-style diseases using Clinical biochemistry for high school teachers’ and Three-day programme on ‘Popularization of Science’ which included lectures by eminent scientists on various topics and hands-on session on the use of scientific toys made from simple daily use objects to demonstrate the principles of Science were conducted.
SAATHI Enabling centre has been established in the College. The objectives of this Center are to promote and help disabled students especially those with blindness. The center works for disabled students in their study and personality development. SAATHi also helps in identifying their skills, quality and abilities in them. As a part of their activities specifically for developing their academic abilities, the Center organizes various programmes and activities which include workshops, lectures by eminent persons for their overall development. SAATHI also provides study material for these blind students in form of recording of books prescribed in their curriculum. SAATHI provides writers for their exam and assigns student volunteers (called as peers) who help them in their office related work and their routine movements in the college campus. SAATHI also organizes local trips in nearby areas, which help them to build a friendship bond with other students.
The SAATHI Enabling Center conducts following activities and programmes for students with blindness.
All these activities have helped blind students to learn in academics as well as in their routine life and has created a sense of belongingness in them. The center has provided a conducive environment to promote the overall development of these students. Few achievements are, SAATHI, was awarded Drushti Sanman Puraskar" by Drushti NGO on 16th Feb, 2018.our students, Aniket Bende (TYBA) has won gold medal in international Olympiad of Performing Arts organised by Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangha at Dubai. Laxmikant got selected as probation officer in State Bank of India, Sanjeet Hoskoti (TYBA) wrote his own book named ‘My experiences and feelings of a dog’ in English.