Best Practices

Best Practices 1: Project based learning


  1. To improve the ability to apply theory to practice and vice versa.
    By executing the projects, students will be able to see the applicability of    the learned theories which results into enhanced understanding of the theory concepts. Also, the issues faced during the project execution enables to explore more theoretical concepts. As a result, students gain knowledge in an integrated manner due to mutual reinforcement of theory and practice.
  1. To improve the practical skills of the student.
    Students will be able to get the training on using the latest tools and methodologies to develop applications and build systems.
  1. To impart skills to identify research problems.
    Normally, projects are defined by faculty members with certain degree of unexpectedness or hypothesis testing. While doing the project, the students are forced to read the latest research papers related to that problem. As a result, there is a high probability that the students will be able to identify new research problems.

The Context:

It is expected that the graduates produced from Indian universities should possess theoretical and practical skills. The theoretical knowledge includes fundamental concepts regarding subject. The practical skills include the ability to design systems, tools and develop applications. In engineering education, the theoretical concepts are being imparted through class room lectures and the laboratory skills in the dedicated laboratories. Unfortunately, the enough practical knowledge is not gained due to limited time available to impart practical skills. The issue of imparting practical education becomes unmanageable due to diversity of the students. As a result, the students are not getting expected practical and system development skills. The industry also feels that that the level of practical skills exposed to the students is not up to the desired level. Human resources with sufficient system development and practical skills are imperative for accelerating India’s growth potential. As of now, several companies are operating their product and service industries in India. Also, to solve India’s economic problems and increase high GDP, it is important that we develop indigenous technologies. We cannot expect foreign skilled man power to produce technologies and build systems to solve India’s problems. So it is very necessary to impart skill based education to current and next generation students by developing institutes to impart skills. At FrCRCE, we are striving to impart skills through project based training, introduced by our Academic Dean.

The Practice :

The faculty members identify suitable research projects carrying out cutting edge research. Also, the students who are getting admitted should be innovative. The research environment with PhD program will enable project based learning.

Evidence of success (Impact):

The project based learning enables students to participate in several  technical events/competitions  such as Hackthon, Formula Racing Car, Mavricks, Vaayushatra, E-yantra etc.

Problems encountered and resources required (Issues):

If not implemented seriously, it will create a negative impact: The project based learning should be taken seriously by faculty and students. It should contain exploration and development part. Unless faculty are interested, it is difficult to implement. The teaching should be of high quality, to encourage students for carrying project based learning. The institute should have a research environment.

Our college has set high quality teaching as the main goal for the institute. Based on the feedback from students and faculty, project based learning has implemented smoothly. The project based learning increases academic load on the faculty.

Best Practices 2:  Empowering Employability skills.

Objective: To enhance and empower quantitative and qualitative aptitude of the students for effective employability by providing proper training which is required for the placements so as to make them sound not only technically but also a versatile personality by understanding the needs of industries

Context: A professional course like engineering strives to get maximum number of its students placed through campus interviews. The increasing competition makes it imperative that apart from a regular degree certain skills are required by engineers. Industries while advertising for various posts even mention essential skills required along with the essential qualification. Various companies involved in the Placement drives in the institute had given the feedback that despite, the student being technically sound, he should be properly trained for the skills which are required for the placements recognizing the need, the student undergo internship with different industries. Regular industry interaction meet which involved a thorough discussion and interaction with HR’s of various company have helped us to understand the need of having student exposure to the recent technologies. In this context the institute has signed several MOU with different industries.

The practice:

As part of institute initiative we conduct various programmes to promote the employability skills of our students. We try make their technical skills are updated and communication and soft skills are in place. In this regard we conduct Career Guidance Seminars - a Seminar on Improving Employability Skills, and a training on Aptitude and Soft Skills Development - a Seminar on “How to prepare for an Interview”, a Training Programme on “Aptitude and Soft Skills Training”. In order to provide information on higher education development, we also conduct short-term programmes on Education Abroad. It has been our constant endeavour to make sure our students are updated and possess all the necessary skills that make them technologist. In last couple of years we have conducted several programmes related to improving Technical Skills and on higher education. Fr. CRCE facilitates the process of placement of students passing out from the Institute besides collaborating with leading organizations and institutes in promoting internship and training program of students. The Training & Placement Office provides the infra-structural facilities to conduct group discussions, tests and interviews besides catering to other logistics. The Office interacts with many industries in the country, of which nearly 30 companies visit the campus for holding campus. Having the vision of the institute that our students are a class apart and we constantly work hard to motivate our students and to make sure they are upto the requisite industry standards.