Preamble: During their four years’ journey through the under graduate engineering programme students often need mentoring, guidance and counselling from a loving elderly figure. Direct academic issues e.g. selection of electives can be easily communicated to the student. But finer nuances e.g. career options or fear of a subject/course need greater involvement of the mentor. Obviously, a student should have the same mentor all through the four years of his journey.
A similar system as discussed above, namely ‘Faculty Advisor’ exists in this college since 2005. To improve the institute’s present endeavour towards academic quality up gradation in line with NBA guidelines, it has become necessary to redefine/reform the existing system. The new system, when practiced diligently will immensely contribute in improvement of the overall academic quality. The students will be greatly benefited by continuous expert guidance.
Mentoring System: The new process has been established as ‘Mentoring System’. Each faculty will be the mentor of a group of 20 to 25 students. First year students will have mentors from the department of Basic Engineering & Science and second, third, fourth year students will have mentors from the parent department. Departmental faculties will continue to be mentors for the same group of students till their graduation.
Responsibilities: The mentor will perform the following functions. The list of course cannot be exclusive. A mentor can always do more for the benefit of the students.
HOD: The HOD will,
Academic committee: Institute’s academic committee will discuss mentoring related issues at least twice in a semester during its meetings and revise/upgrade the system if necessary.
The Institute is emphasising towards enhancement of enhancing the institutional ambience to better serve the needs of an ever-changing and dynamic learning community. Effective mentoring begins with the faculty and depends on the healthy relationship between faculty and students. Department assign faculties (acts as faculty advisors) for providing guidance for each year during admission till the graduation for same batch. The faculty advisors perform the following functions:
In electrical engineering programme, eight faculties are working as Faculty Advisors for the students. The faculty monitors their progress and reports to teacher-in-charge. This mentoring is for over all development of the student. Faculty advisor meets the students frequently and discusses various issues including class room lectures, laboratory performances, participation of seminar / conferences and technical event, any academic difficulty faced and career development.
Type of Mentoring done are:
For the Department of Electrical Engineering
Number of faculty mentors: 16
Number of students per mentor: 25
Frequency of meeting: Weekly (preferable) or Need based
Resolution of Academic Committee Meeting [Ref. No.: NSEC/AC/15/02/ dt. 12/03/2015]: The existing Faculty Advisors system is changed to Mentoring System