Management Colleges turning into Student driven college

August 09, 2017

Students can play vibrant role in making Management Colleges a big success

Scores of debate at management and faculty levels are brain storming to cultivate the best amongst the management students into a top class leader in management colleges.

Waljat college of Applied Sciences, Dean Prof. Dr. S. L. Gupta, ponders, “is classroom teaching enough?”

According to Dr. Gupta, “I am sure there won’t be any college relying entirely on classroom teaching. A lot of good management colleges are paying attention to activity based learning. Thus, the concept of summer and winter training program has become important in the course to give students practical exposure about the market.”

Dr. Gupta, who teaches Business Management with a vast experience of over three decades further says,

“It provides an opportunity to know the market well, to talk to the industry people which help them evaluating each variable before taking any decision.”

Activity-based learning (ABL) describes a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching. It’s core premises include the requirement that learning should be based on doing some hands-on experiments and activities.

The idea of ABL is rooted in the common notion that students are active learners rather than passive recipients of information. If a student is provided the opportunity to explore by their own and provided an optimum learning environment, then the learning becomes joyful and long-lasting. Now the question arises, how can we implement such activity based learning into Management Colleges? Wonders Dr. Gupta.

INVOLVE STUDENTS

An extreme form of one such idea which can be implemented is to allow students to participate in the process of running an institute.

The essential strong pillars of any institute are its illustrious alumni, full-time faculty and numerous visiting faculty members from the corporate and industry, opines Dr. Gupta and further adding, he says, “Involving students to participate andinteract or work with them will help both students and the institute. There are few good institutes which follows this model of ‘student driven college’. They work in as student’s council or committee members and look after each important aspects of running the institute.”

The focus is on to encourage students’ participation in the decision making process that shapes their future as well as that of the institute. In fact, students, with their direct involvement in committees can actively plan, organize, direct, implement and control all the events and activities in the college campus with able guidance and resources provided to them by the faculties and administrative staff respectively, Dr. Gupta feels.

The objective is to assist students to achieve holistic growth and to add more value to a student's life and give them an opportunity to express themselves. The level of participation has gone so far that the students themselves organize and take care of the campus placement with help of college networking.

Gone are those days where students and the management thought that a student will get placement in the later part of the second year. Nowadays, Management and even students sets their priority the moment he takes admission in any repute management college, Dr. Gupta feels.

“It’s more like a co-creation strategy from management perspective. In fact, we can take it further to include parents of the students into the process of managing the day to day affairs of colleges. Make them a member of various committees like canteen, Anti-Ragging etc. give them the responsibility of deciding the menu for student’s mess or canteen within the allocated budget. This will not only reduce the institute accountability/responsibility but the student and their parents will have a sense of belongingness and hence would improve the perception of college in society at large, suggests Dr. Gupta.

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