Academic Excellence

NEP Preparedness

  1. Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary:

The National Educational Policy was announced by the Government of India in the year 2020 and adopted by the Government of Karnataka is the first state to adopt it in the year 2021. The Government through the NEP would like to bring back the ancient system combined with the integration of modern technology and curb the commercialization of education in the country. This apart, promoting Indian Languages and protecting the culture and ethos of Indian values is one of the objectives of NEP. The vision of the Policy is to instill among the learners a deep-rooted pride in being Indian, not only in thought, but also in spirit, intellect, and deeds, as well as to develop knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions that support it. The institution believes that the commitment to human rights, sustainable development and living, and global well-being, thereby reflecting a truly global citizen. The institution framed a committee that was responsible to implement the NEP-based curriculum in line with the national vision across all the programmes it offers. In addition, various sub-committee was constituted led by the respective Heads of the Departments who discussed the curriculum framework in detail in their respective specializations setting academic standards and benchmarks of quality and excellence in education offered at IADC-A. The committee believed in providing clear, understandable, and consistent guidelines on teaching and learning standards and set expectations for the academic staff working at IADC-A in terms of teaching and allied academic activities. Finally, the committee insisted to offer a high-quality education to students of IADC-A to reach their full potential through student-centered learning. In the light of this, the institution has redesigned all its academic programmes to include Multidisciplinary /Interdisciplinary courses as electives. All programmes are designed in such a way that students get maximum flexibility to choose elective courses offered by other Departments. It can be said that the institution is proactively working towards the implementation of the suggestions given in the NEP.

  1. Academic bank of credits (ABC): 

IADC-A follows a choice-based credit system (CBCS) for all its programmes. Under the NEP framework, each Discipline Core (DSC) is four credits, while Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC) and Open Elective Course (OEC) are of three credits, Skill Enhancement Course is one credit. The students will now have the flexibility with exit options offered to them at multiple levels. One hour of lecture is equal to one credit, one hour of the tutorial is equal to one credit (except for languages) and two hours of practical is equal to one credit. The Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) component is for 40% weighting and the final exam component is for 60% weighting. 

The NEP framework allows multiple exit options for students. For example, the student who completes his first-year bachelor’s programme with 50 credits can exit with a certificate course. A student who completes his two years bachelor’s programme with 100 credits can exit with a diploma course, and with 3 years with 138 credits can exit with a bachelor’s degree, while a student who completes his four years with 180 credits will exit with an Honours Degree. 

  1. Skill development: 

As per the NEP, the committee identified a gap between the current state of Learning Outcomes and what is required should be bridged. The institution to ensure the inclusive and equitable quality of education for students for lifelong learning, more emphasis on skills and values-based courses are designed under the new NEP based curriculum. The Skill Enhancement Courses (SECs) are meant to improve the skill levels of the students in various domains such as cognitive skills, analytical skills, employable skills, transferable skills, and communication skills etc.  A few examples are Digital Fluency, Health and Wellbeing, Environmental studies, Yoga, cultural activities etc. 

In line with the Government of India, National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and requirements of Industry 4.0. This newly adopted curriculum and the training imparted will help students to get fully trained in accordance with NSQFs to enhance the employability of our graduates as per the industry’s current human resources requirements. In this regard, the institution has signed an MoU with IBM SkillsBuild which is a free access digital learning platform with more than 7500 learning activities that focus on industry-relevant skill development through the lens of domain-specific experts for students and job seekers. On successful completion of certain courses, students can earn IBM certified badges and certificates which help them showcase the 21st Century industry-relevant Technical, Professional, Essential Skills that they have acquired. The NEP based curriculum expects more testing of higher-order cognitive skills, transferable skills etc. at various levels of degree programmes offered by the institution. The NEP curriculum designed and implemented includes transferable skills which will be of value to students not only during the academic study but in other contexts, such as during their working lives. These skills include interpersonal skills such as communication skills and teamwork; digital/computing skills; entrepreneurial skills; problem-solving skills; research skills; and self-management skills time-management, work planning etc.

  • Appropriate integration of the Indian Knowledge system (teaching in Indian Language, culture, using online courses):

IADC-A encourages learning of the national and regional languages which are embedded into various Programmes it offers. The institution is keen to provide an understanding of the cultural values permeated by the literary works in various languages. Further, Indian Ethos and Ethics in the curriculum of various programmes that teach cultural values in Indian tradition so that the students imbibe value orientation in the subjects they study.

  1. Focus on Outcome-based education (OBE): 

Indian Academy Degree College Autonomous (IADC-A), Bangalore follows an approach of outcome-based education (OBE) system which inculcates the student-centred learning and teaching methodology. The Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs) Programme Outcomes (POs), and Course Outcomes (Cos) are carefully crafted catering to local, regional, and global needs and aligned with the national goals and institutional vision and mission of higher education. Graduate performance is measured in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude and ensures the overall development of the student is given due weightage during the measurement of Programme and Course Outcomes. The OBE framework shall guide the learning and teaching process within the institution and is embedded with the design and delivery of the programme in to achieve the outcomes framed.

  • Distance education/online education: 

Due to the pandemic, that hit the entire world, the institution had a very smooth transition from face-to-face learning to online learning. The institution also evidenced gradually that blended learning is more effective than traditional face to face learning. This may be for several reasons. Firstly, a blend of online and face to face learning gives learners the opportunity to see, interact with and understand the subject content in a variety of contexts. Secondly, online learning can be more personalised: it has the potential to allow learners to follow their own interests or learning pathways. Thirdly, today’s students are digital natives who expect to learn via technology. They may sometimes find too much old-fashioned classroom teaching to be de-motivating. The institution adapted to online teaching through G -Suite. In addition, various Asynchronous learning activities through digital and live short videos on important topics were made available to students to provide the basic idea of the important concepts. For this purpose, the institution has framed an Online teaching requirements policy. The institution has conducted webinars, classes, and guest lectures via online mode not only during the pandemic but also continues to provide otherwise. For example, youth day was celebrated via online mode where students were provided access to attend a workshop. Various skills build activities are offered online, students are provided access to E-Pathasala wherein they can register for various courses and get the certification. There is ample opportunity under the NEP based curriculum to offer certain courses online which the institution has used for delivering courses like yoga, digital fluency, health and wellness etc. Faculties are encouraged to offer online courses which promote blended learning. The institution has signed an MoU with Stockbyte application to provide them additional resources in the form of lectures, case studies, expert talks etc. and have free online access to the resources.

Nep Preparedness - Indian Academy Degree College- Autonomous

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