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Institutional Values and Best Practices

Vision
To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.

Institutional Values
To promote the following core values:

  • Contributing to National Development
  • Fostering Global Competencies among Students
  • Inculcating a Value System among Students
  • Promoting the Use of Technology
  • Quest for Excellence
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  1. Title of the practice: VENTEL Towards Holistic Learning
  2. The context that required the initiation of the practice:

    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 :

    • VENTEL Workshop
    • NaiTalim Week
  3. Objectives of the practice:
    The objectives of this practice are as follows:

    1. To create awareness of Gandhian Values among student teachers
    2. To enhance communication skills of student teachers
    3. To have sessions on Gandhian educational values
    4. To have a review and give feedback to student teachers
  4. The practice:
    Workshop on VENTEL (Vocational Education NaiTalim Experiential Learning).
    “The Indian youth needs to be empowered, and it can be done through good education and vocational training.”
    M. M. Pallam Raju

    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:
    meet.google.com/mwy-ktwd-aqh

    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:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_c–0SUUE6KpVFKYeBcjbCKewML5VKXu/view?usp=sharing

    Day 3: Late Principal Mathews Chacko Online Elocution Competition

    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:

    https://meet.google.com/grp-sbbt-zcg

    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:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JAuySkYtROnW04ChLPYeKFg4MX2fcppL/view?usp=sharing

    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:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zzzMeAYnsMVAz0tw1z4cO6efAnbHU9xq/view?usp=sharing

    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:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OwjtKVMHOjOsLL-Lpv4hR6T3bb0KiA-Q/view?usp=sharing

  5. Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them:
    • Internet connectivity
    • Experiential learning through virtual meet
    • Keeping learners motivated

    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.

  6. Impact of the Best Practice :

    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.

  7. Resources required:
    • Digital tools
    • Videos
    • Craft materials
  8. Feedback mechanism and future plans:

    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.

  1. Title of the practice: VENTEL For Holistic Learning
  2. The context that required the initiation of the practice:

    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 :

    • FDP
    • NaiTalim Week
    • Swach Abhiyan
  3. Objectives of the practice:
    The objectives of this practice are as follows:

    1. To create awareness of Gandhian Values among student teachers
    2. To enhance teamwork and interpersonal skills of student teachers
    3. To promote basic skill development among student teachers
    4. To develop dignity of labour among student teachers
  4. The practice:
    • FDP-Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education in collaboration with MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur organised the Faculty Development Programme for 5 days from 19th to 23rd August, 2019 for transacting curriculum on Community Engagement, NaiTalim and Work education through community engagement in Higher education institutions under the flagship programme of Mahatma Gandhi NaiTalim Abhiyan. This programme is based on Gandhian Philosophy. This programme aimed at familiarising the academicians towards rural community and enhancing skills related to the rural community engagement. It is in this context faculty development programme has been proposed to include both classroom training and field exposure. In our humble pursuit to revive the Gandhian principles of education in the modern era, the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education and Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai College of Education and Research organized the Faculty Development Programme on NaiTalim and Experiential learning.
    • Swachh Abhiyaan- In alignment with Gandhiji’s belief in keeping one’s environment clean a cleanliness activity – ‘Swach Abhiyan’ was carried out by the student teachers. The student teachers were divided into groups and they were given various areas for cleaning. They were provided with gloves, masks and the required cleaning tools. Some of the groups focused on dusting the walls, ceilings and classroom furniture. Few other students swept the floors and picked up the litter. The student teachers focused on all areas in their surroundings with their cleanliness efforts. They were very enthusiastically participating in the activity and were working together in getting their classrooms clean. They showed a lot of eagerness in doing this manual work and cooperated to get their surroundings clean in the given time period. Through this activity the students were made aware of the values practiced by Mahatma Gandhi that of cleanliness and dignity of labour.
    • NAI TALIM WEEK- A variety of activities that highlighted the basic teachings and values of Mahatma Gandhi was conducted through NaiTalim Week. Through participating in these activities student teachers gained greater insight into the thoughts and beliefs advocated by Gandhiji.
      1. The week began with a session on Basic Home Skills. The resource person was Mr. Shashitharan Pillai, who provided useful tips to repair leakages at home. Hands on experience were given on Basic Plumbing skills. It’s not essential to be depended on plumbers and carpenters for every minute thing at home. Students were made aware the importance of being little more aware and conscious so we can mend things without depending on others.
      2. The importance of financial planning was highlighted by Ms. Premila D’Souza, Senior Manager, Citizen Credit Bank. During this session the students were oriented about the importance of financial planning and making saving a habit. The students were informed about the various ways in which they could save a part of their income when they started earning. They were advised to begin the saving habit with a small amount which they can easily keep aside and later on increase the amount with up gradation in their income. The session also highlighted the aspect about taking loans and payment of EMIs and of having a healthy payment track record.
      3. A session on mental well- being was taken by Ms. Swati Thoda (Clinical Dietician – Pregnancy and Lactation Wellness, heartfulness meditation trainer). This program was done with association of Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur. Ms. Swati Ma’am, discussed the importance of mental wellbeing to remain calm and composed in our life. She further highlighted the importance of balanced diet in our daily life. Connecting with Gandhiji’s principles, she spoke the relevance of nonviolence and self-resilience to remain peaceful as well as successful in life. The session ended with practicing five minutes silence and concentration to develop mindfulness among us.
      4. Felicitation of local worker. In order to instil in the students the importance of all types of work and dignity of labour, a session was conducted to felicitate Mr. Ramkumar Yadav who works as a security personnel for the Chembur Campus of Mahatma Education Society and is the first person whom the students meet when they enter the Chembur campus.
      5. Cloth Bag Making Competition: A Cloth Bag Making Competition was organized with the objective to encourage self-reliance, basic stitching skills, wealth from waste. The students formed groups and prepared cloth bags. Each group had a unique idea of preparing and presenting the cloth bags.
      6. Collage competition: A collage competition was organized with the theme ‘Values’.The students participated in large numbers, the students formed groups and a group collage was created. Five groups created beautiful and meaningful collage depicting secularism, helping attitude, cleanliness, values of Gandhiji – simplicity, equality etc. , inter religious bonding. The class encouraged their classmates and creativity was displayed at its best as the student proudly posed for a photograph with their creation. It was indeed a day well spent remembering the Mahatma and his values through art. The winners of the collage competition were-
        1st Prize – Tamanna, Anaam, Shivani, Varsha and Angel
        Runner Up – Neha, Divya, Mamta and Pallavi.
      7. Salad dressing competition-To encourage skill development, to bring out creative skills and motivate student teachers to understand dignity of work and labour a Salad Dressing Competition was organised. The student-teachers showcased their salad dressing skills innovatively through beautiful designs of vegetable carvings and presenting the salads in an attractive way. The student-teachers participated whole heartedly displaying their creative skills in salad dressing
  5. Impact of the Best Practice:
    Through this activity student teachers were oriented towards Gandhian values. They learnt new skills that would enable them to be self- reliant and self-sufficient. They learnt the value of dignity of labour and also got the opportunity to develop their creative talents.
  6. Resources Required:
    • Experts from various fields to conduct sessions, stationery, craft materials, cleaning materials,institutional premises.
  7. Feedback Mechanism and Future Plans:
    Comprehensive feedback will be taken by the teacher educator on the different activities and remediation.
Title of the Practice: Edu- 2030.

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:

  1. To create awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. To develop competencies among student teachers on SDG’s.
  3. To develop activities for sustainability of SDG’s

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.

Competencies are:

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

  • Be sensitive about SDG’s
  • Foster SDG’s in their practice teaching lessons
  • Augment the knowledge of SDG’s and its impact in life.

Resources required:

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.

Implementation by
Dr. Reni Francis

  1. Title of the practice: IDEAL
    I – Identify roles and responsibilities of a Teacher.
    D – Define qualities and competencies of a Teacher.
    E – Experiential activities to cater different competencies.
    A – Assessing the competencies.
    L – Learning remediation and Peer Tutoring.
  2. The context that required the initiation of the Practice:

    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.

  3. Objectives of the Practice:
    1. To create awareness of the various teacher competencies among the student teachers.
    2. To develop the professional competencies (teacher) among the student teachers.
    3. To develop the core competencies (teacher) among the student teachers.
    4. To develop the teacher competencies among the student teachers through various activities.
    5. To implement different Evaluation process.
  4. The practice:
    • I – Identify roles and responsibilities of a Teacher.
      Take feedback from the student – teacher based on the qualities as perceived by student teachers on the attributes – personal, social, moral, ethical, emotional, culture fit.
    • D – Define qualities and competencies of a Teacher.
      The responses received by the Student Teachers will be checked and the apt statements would be selected. The rating scale would comprise of Core Competence and Professional Competence. A set of statements are made, and pre-test is conducted for the same. The results are analysed.
      Core Competence: A set of standards that are required irrespective of the teaching role
      Professional Competence: A set of standards relevant for the teacher as a professional in the school environment
      This would be framed into statements based on a 4-point rating scale
      E.g.: A teacher should always be polite.
    • E- Experiential activities to cater different competencies.
      Case studies/ Scenario based Learning
      Movie / Video Clipping
      Role play on student needs
      Personality development/ Grooming and Etiquettes
      New methods in teaching and learning:
      Gallery Walk
      Process Drama
      Learning Stations
      Blended Learning
      Inquiry Based Learning
      Circle Time
      TfU (Teach for Understanding)
      Success Stories
    • A – Assessing the competencies.
      Post – test would be conducted after all the activities are catered throughout the year. The Post- test is the same rating scale used as Pre-test to see the difference (if any) has occurred to the Student- teacher during the B. Ed course by incorporating the various activities.
    • Learning remediation and Peer Tutoring.
      The post-test results will be analysed. The student teachers who need attention and direction in the areas of teacher competence will be identified. Remediation in the form of Coaching and Peer Tutoring will be done:
      Coaching by the Teacher Educator Peer
      Tutoring by the student teacher (among the peers)
  5. Impact of the study:
    This study will focus on developing the teacher competencies among the student teacher which will enable them to be more accomplished at their workplace.

    • Being prepared for an interview
    • Personal grooming and Self awareness
    • Awareness of Do’s and Don’ts in classroom and workplace
    • Teacher empowerment
    • Celebrating Professional development
    • Classroom roles
    • Language proficiency
    • Walking the path towards an IDEAL teacher.
  6. Resources required:
    Teacher educator as a resource to prepare the competency rating scale, plan for different activities, Library resources, institutional premise as a resource.
  7. Feedback mechanism and future plans:
    Comprehensive feedback will be taken by the teacher educator on the competency scale prepared, different activities and remediation.