Institutional Values and Best Practices
To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.
To promote the following core values:
Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and ideals had a great impact on our freedom movement. His ideals and values were with respect to education was focused on the whole development of a child and not just the mind. Mahatma Gandhi believed in the physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth of students. According to him education should inculcate skills in the students to earn their livelihood as well as help them to become healthy and happy individuals who understand their place and roles in the society, countryand the world and contribute to its growth. Gandhi said education is an all-round drawing of the best in the child and man in body, mind, and spirit. Literacy is not the end of education, not even its beginning. It is only one of the means whereby man and woman come to be educated.
Student teachers are prospective teachers who will be absorbed in various schools and will touch the lives of millions of children. So, it is important that they are made aware of Gandhi’s ideas on educational values, basic education, vocational education which has a significant impact on today’s educational context too.
Due to Covid -19 lockdown all the activities were planned on a virtual platform.
The following sessions were conducted :
Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Dept of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Govt of India and University of Mumbai – BOS in Education in association with MES’s Pillai College of Education & Research organized a Workshop on VENTEL (Vocational Education NaiTalim Experiential Learning) on 27th September, 2020 from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.. The program began with a formal welcome to all to the Workshop on VENTEL followed by the University Song.
Dr. Sunita Magre, Chairperson- BOS in Education, University of Mumbai welcomed all the participants and thanked the patrons of MGNCRE, University of Mumbai and PCER, Chembur for collaborating and making this workshop possible for all the participants. Dr. Reni Francis, Principal, PCER, Chembur also stressed upon the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi which is so relevant in today’s times. She spoke on the coordination of Head, Heart and Hand for being self-reliant in life.
Ms. Manisha Karape, Organiser MGNCRE, MoE, GOI emphasized the various initiatives under VENTEL and highlighted the objectives of the workshop.
The resource persons for the workshop were:
Dr. Ketki Satpute, Assistant Professor, Sree Narayana Guru College of Education
Dr. Dnyaneshwar Magar, Principal, Navjeevan Education Society, College of Education
Dr. Rajeshri Joshi, Assistant Professor, Seva Sadan College of Education
The workshop was highly appreciated by all the participants and it laid the foundation and gave direction for VENTEL activities to be adopted and practiced by each institution.
There were 80-90 registered participants who had filled the form mentioned below for their confirmation: https://forms.gle/AK2qw4KjUWjjGCaQA
The participants had joined the program in Google Meet Link with the following details:
NAI TALIM WEEK
University of Mumbai, Thane Sub Campus, Thane in collaboration with MES’s Pillai College of Education & Research, Chembur organised NaiTalim Week from 1st October – 7th October, 2020. There were a variety of sessions conducted for students of Chembur English High School.
Day 1: 1st October, 2020
Knowing our Mahatma (Online Quiz)
This quiz focused on Mahatma Gandhi,Father of the Nation whose values, ideals and leadership provided direction to the Indian Freedom Movement. The objective of this quiz is to create awareness about Mahatma Gandhi. Each question carries one mark. There were 15 questions in all.
Day 2: 2nd October, 2020
Session on Swachhata Diwas
The objective of this initiative was to highlight the Life of Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy that our young students need to imbibe in their lives. The students were oriented on Waste segregation through a detailed activity and gave them an understanding of dry and wet waste. The 10 Golden rules of maintaining and practising Swachh Bharat were also shared. Slogan writing competition and Knowing our Mahatma Quiz was also done with the students.
Ms. Annamma Paul – Principal, Chembur English High school congratulated the efforts of the Student teachers of PCER, Chembur and emphasized the importance of Clean City Green City. She also said that cleanliness begins from us and we need to take the right steps in keeping our city and country clean. Dr. Reni Francis quoted the words of Gandhiji ‘the future depends on what you do today’ and told the students that our actions today will lead to a bright and beautiful future tomorrow. Be wise in using our natural resources and careful in protecting our resources for the well-being of mankind. She thanked Dr. Sunita Magre, I/C Director Thane Sub Campus- University of Mumbai and the Management of Mahatma Education Society for their support and encouragement. The programme ended with a motivational song and vote of thanks. The teachers of both the institutions and student teachers had conducted the programme effectively. The participants enjoyed the event and gave positive feedback of the programme.
The session can be viewed by clicking the below link:
Day 3: Late Principal Mathews Chacko Online Elocution Competition
The Late Principal Mathews Chacko Online Elocution Competition was conducted as part of the activities held during the NaiTalim Week on 3rd October at 11.00 a.m.. The elocution competition was conducted by the student council of PCER, live online via Google Meet and the participants comprised of Second Year B.Ed students. The theme for the elocution competition was ‘Role of a Teacher with respect to Gandhian Values’. The competition was judged by Ms. Suma Lerin and Ms. Sivaranjini Ganeshan. The winners received e-certificates. The winners of the competition were :
First Prize: Ms. Shivani Mayekar
Second Prize: Ms. Benazeer Jamadar
The anchors for the programme were student council members Ms. Jeni James and Ms. Alisha Memon who ensured the smooth flow of the event. The judges appreciated the efforts of the participants, the smooth conduct of the programme and also encouraged the audience to take up such opportunities as good communication skills were an important aspect of a teacher’s competencies. Principal Dr. Reni Francis motivated the students to keep learning and take part in such events which would enable the holistic development of their personalities. The activity was in alignment with SDG 4 Quality Education. The Google Meet Link for the competition:
Day 4: 4th October, 2020
Sessions on Yoga
The yoga practitioners, Ms. Hansa Mamtora and Mr. Anup Thomas had pre- recorded warm up sessions and basic yoga sessions. These videos were sent to 5th-9th standard students who benefited a lot. Due to the COVID_ 19 pandemic, people across the world are in a lockdown stage. So this was a big opportunity for the students to understand and practice yoga staying back home and relate it with Gandhiji’s principles.
The following links were shared with the students:
Session 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_WoVRlJEL4
Session 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4apW88bmKQ
Session 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMMu754zedY
Day 5: 5th October, 2020
Session on Health Guide and Post Covid-19 Sanitization
The session included games, quiz, videos on precautionary measures against Covid-19, importance of precautionary measures on Covid-19 and managing mental health. The various activities to foster physical and mental health were also provided during the session. Posters related to Post Covid health Practices were also shown to students. Ms. Rimita who recovered from Covid-19, shared her story which was very useful to the participants as it gave insight to various things to be taken care of during this pandemic.
The session can be viewed by clicking the below link:
Day 6: 6th October, 2020
Story Telling Competition
Story Telling Competition was organised for 5th-7th standard students of Chembur English High School on 6th October, 2020. The theme of the competition was ‘Gandhian Values’. There were 21 participants in total. Each participant was given a platform to showcase their story telling skills. The stories were narrated with a lot of confidence. The judges were Ms. Sherry Jose, Ms. Benazeer Jamadar and Ms. Rashmi Shinde. The judges shared their expertise after the participation from the students. The winners of the competition were:
7th Grade, First position : Miss Bhargavi Sonawane
7th Grade, Second position : Master Anurag Gaikwad
6th Grade, First Position: Miss Azeen Hashmi
6th Grade, Second Position : Miss DrushtiKarkar
5th Grade, First Position: Miss Arya Shinde
Dr. Reni Francis, congratulated all the participants, winners and the organisers of the programme.
The session can be viewed by clicking the below link:
Day 7: 7th October, 2020
Mask Making Session
Students from the tutorial group of Dr. Swasti Dhar conducted a session on Mask Making with the Ninth standard students of Chembur English High School. After welcoming everyone, the students threw light about the importance of masks with a talk on General Awareness about Masks which answered questions such as why one should wear a mask, where the mask is worn, who should not wear masks and general do’s and don’ts about mask-wearing. This was followed by a talk on the different types of masks and who should wear them.
Students of CEHS were then taught how to make a simple unstitched mask from a piece of cloth at home. Instructions were given and the students followed the instructions and made the mask side by side. A video on how to make a cloth mask was shown and shared with the students.
Students were also told about the correct way to maintain and/ or dispose of a mask after its use. A quick recap test was taken via Google Form.
The session ended with a vote of thanks to all the patrons, Principals, teachers and students.
The session can be viewed at:
The responsibilities of conducting Nai- Talim experiential learning were shared among the student teachers. So if any one student teacher faced any connectivity issue then her peer took over the task. The sessions included various activities, videos, pictures and learners were constantly encouraged to share their views and their creative work.
Through this activity student teachers were oriented towards the importance and necessity of acquiring new knowledge and skills that were productive. They learnt new skills that would enable them to be self-reliant, as it had economic value and that would also develop their creative talents, and were environment friendly.
Formative Feedback was given on a regular basis to the student teachers as and when they conducted the session. Moreover feedback was also sought from the Principal and teachers of Chembur English High School . These holistic feedback gave an impetus to the students to face the camera and conduct meaningful activities with confidence and precision.
Since we were in a period of COVID-19 lockdown, all the activities were carried out in virtual mode. Our future plans are to have more number of activities spread to more schools on a physical platform. This will give more exposure to our student teachers as well as the impact of Gandhian week will be to a larger audience.
Education in Mahatma Gandhi’s view encompassed physical, spiritual and intellectual growth of students. It should give not merely the three R’S and some skills to students to earn their livelihood but also help them to become healthy and happy individuals who understand their place and roles in the society, country, nation and the world and contribute to its growth. Gandhi said education is the all round drawing of the best in the child and man in body, mind and spirit. Literacy is not the end of education, not even its beginning. It is only one of the means whereby man and woman come to be educated.
Student teachers are prospective teachers who will be absorbed in various schools and will touch the lives of millions of children. So it is important that they are made aware of Gandhi’s ideas on educational values, basic education, vocational education which has a significant impact on today’s educational context too. Some of the activities conducted as a part of this practice included
The following sessions were conducted :
The context that required the initiation of the practice: The United Nations is 2015 gave the Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call of action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success. These goals have become the key indicators in schools, colleges, educational institutions etc. Since the B.Ed course caters to the needs of the students in school and colleges we need to align the Course structure to the SDG’s Since the mission and vision of PCER focuses on global challenges, this best practice can be included in Criteria VII as Edu-2030 an attempt to cater to the needs of the global society.
Objectives of the practice:
The students will be oriented about the need for Sustainable Development Goals to be addressed in meeting our global challenges. This will include a detailed understanding of the 17 SDG’s and their impact on the society. The key competencies for sustainability will be focused through activities which will make each of the student teacher to take decisions judiciously.
Critical Thinking competency: The ability to question norms, practices and opinions, to reflect on one’s own values, perceptions and actions and to take a position in these situations.
Anticipatory competency: The ability to understand and evaluate multiple, possible and desirable actions and assess the consequences of these actions in dealing with risks.
Normative competency: The ability to understand and reflect on the norms and values that underline one’s actions and to negotiate sustainable values, principles and goals.
Strategic competency: The ability to design and develop social initiative towards SDG’s
Collaborative competency: The ability to learn from others, respect their needs, be sensitive to other’s needs and facilitate collaborative problem solving.
Self-awareness competency: The ability to reflect on one’s own role in the local community towards SDG’s and witness the global impact.
Problem-solving competency: The ability to apply different problem solving approaches and develop viable solutions to promote sustainable development.
These competencies will be addressed through movies, role play, scenario based learning, drama, field visit, expert talk, case study etc. All the 17 SDG’s will be catered and the student-teachers will be given an in-depth understanding by focusing on the specific learning objectives – cognitive learning objective, socio-emotional learning objective and behavioral learning objective.
Impact of the study:
This study will focus on developing the student teacher competencies about the SDG’s through the various learning objectives
The resources such as the arrangement of movies, role play and other teaching methods that will be needed in fostering the competencies of SDG’s.
Feedback mechanism and future plans:
A comprehensive feedback will be taken on the competencies of SDG’s inculcated by the teacher educator.
Dr. Reni Francis
The B.Ed. course grooms the student teacher to be competent at school. Today teachers face a lot of challenges in schools hence the B. Ed course should focus on enriching the competencies – Professional and Core Competencies. The best practice in student support and progression – IDEAL is an attempt to cater to the competencies for a teacher.