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BEST PRACTICES-I
1. Title of the Practice
Bilingual teaching and developing core competencies

2. Goal
The students who are admitted to various courses have come from schools where the medium of instruction is mother tongue viz. Tamil. This handicaps most of the students from understanding lectures in English. They are unable to acquire enough subject knowledge. In University examinations, they are unable to write a single sentence in English correctly in main disciplines. Performances in examinations are very poor. Many students are unable to pass their examinations. They are losing confidence and motivation. Thus the responsibility of a teacher is to impart not only knowledge but also some skills to achieve core competencies. Considering the mediocre level of students in studies and their insufficient potential, bilingual teaching method has been adapted to reach the students.

3. The Context
About 95% of our students hail from families of agriculture labour, coolies, menial vendors etc. Since most of the students have parents who are partially or completely illiterate, they have to overcome the conventional apathy. Empowering these students through the powerful tool of education is the main task of our teachers. The college functions with the ultimate aim of constituting itself into a centre of higher learning. We have oriented this vision to expand the knowledge base of our students and sharpening their employment skills. Medium of instruction viz. English is the main hurdle. Thus, bilingual teaching (English and Tamil) is indispensible. This strategy wins the confidence and helps them understand the subject slowly.

4.The Practice
The class teacher teaches the subject in English and explains the concepts in Tamil. Thus he is using both Tamil and English in teaching. Slowly the understanding of the subject takes place. In seminar presentation, the students are asked to present paper in English and if any hesitation, the students are allowed to answer questions in Tamil. Hence both languages are used. The main aim is to make the students understand the subject matter. Study materials are also provided to them. Gradually, it is ensured that the students are properly motivated and enthused to undertake and enjoy the scholarly responsibilities implicit in the course of study they have chosen for themselves, Students are advised to speak in English in the class. Answer papers are valued and students are given right type of advice as to how to write in English. In project works, the students are directed to write introduction, profile and analysis. While correcting assignments and tests papers, the students are given training in writing good English. Both spoken and written English are gradually imparted along with main subjects starting from Tamil instruction. This type of teaching method facilitates the students learning the subject easily. Simultaneously they are accustomed to learn English as well.
In the circumstances aforesaid, educating our students involves stupendous task of dragging them out of their intellectual lethargy and insensitivity to knowledge, considering the mediocre level of students in the institution and their insufficient potential.
Most of the graduates are not employable for want of knowledge and skill. This sad state of affairs may be due to the students’ socio-economic background, study in Tamil medium and non – exposure to current developments. To arrest this trend, teaching method aids in developing core competencies such as communicative skills and subject skills that will go a long way in the development of students.

5. Evidence of Success
Overall pass percentage has shown an improvement. Students could understand and listen to the lectures delivered in English. The percentage of attendance is high. They like to attend classes. Some students try to talk in English. Most of the students are able to appreciate lectures and their performance is good in internal tests and examinations. PG students are able to write projects. During their field work and internship, they value our efforts taken in this direction. Students acknowledge it with gratitude. They welcome the innovative steps in introducing add-on courses and conducting coaching classes for the development of communicative aptitude and reasoning skills. Students feel that this is a right step at right time taken by the college to enhance their performance in placements. Though this practice is time consuming and demanding, in many respects, innovative teaching and developing core competencies help the students to attain academic ascendance.

6. Problems Encountered And Resources Required
It is very difficult to motivate the students to come out of their cocoon and start using English. The process is taking place slowly. There is a shortage of trained persons to handle classes on aptitude and reasoning. Most of the students are low percentage scorers in HSC. As a result, it is not easy to sustain their concentration and interest. The students do not prefer week-end classes for competitive examination as many boys are self-employed for livelihood during week end. The regular college ends at 4.30 P.M. Girl students cannot remain in classes after 5.00 P.M. as they have to reach their homes in time.


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BEST PRACTICES – II
1. The Title of the practice
Donate Blood and Save lives
2. Goal:
The students donate blood to all those in need thereby saving lives. The students prefer to donate blood mostly on need based basis. The poor, downtrodden and vulnerable sections are the major beneficiaries. This college inculcates this quality from the beginning. NCC and NSS officers render their tireless services to arrange blood from the students. This is the best practice followed by this institution.

3. The Context:
In addition to the need based blood donation, students donate blood in the Blood Donation Camp organized at the Govt. General Hospital, Karaikal. Blood donation programmes include
1. Conducting Blood donation rallies
2. Blood group identification campaign
3. Blood donation.
The list of donors is always with the NSS and NCC units. For any emergency, one can contact and seek the institution help for any number of units of blood. The students do this service proudly and conduct awareness rallies to pool more number of donors. This practice has enhanced the image of the college in the public and has been a matter of pride for the college.

4. The Practice
Blood group identification is carried out at General Hospital, Karaikal. General Hospital keeps the donors’ registry, and it contacts students in case of emergency. Vinayaka Mission Medical College and Hospital also approaches for blood. On need based level also, the students are sent to donate blood. The college has organized a mega blood donation Campaign in the month of October-2013.

Doctors from JIPMER were invited. 100 students participated in the camp. Perunthalaivar Kamaraj institute of Engineering and Technology, Bharathiar college of Engineering and RVS College participated in the camp. Among the participants, 27 students belong to this institution. Both NCC and NSS volunteers
participated in blood donation rallies organized by Karaikal District administration. All the School children took part in the rallies.

5. Evidence of Success:
More than 50 students donate blood and save lives every year. The success story is that this college student can be approached at any time in emergency whether they are in the college or in the hostel or in their house. The beneficiaries are appreciative of the services of NSS officers and the students.