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Soft Skill Training

Centre of Teaching Learning and Development (CTLD) of TMU focuses on growing and enhancing students' skills that evolve them from a student into a professional. To become a ‘Professional’ requires many more things than just academic excellence. To develop such skills, CTLD trainers play a vital role at TMU to ensure they become an asset to the industry.

Goal

To transform TMU students professionally and socially into a highly proficient and socially responsible human being.

Context

In the last two decades, the technological changes have been so fast and abrupt that only creative & innovative organizations will survive. Creativity and innovation is possible when employees work in teams with trust and cooperation using minds’ analytical capability. Hence, in the current competitive environment, only highly competent people with excellent soft skills, including emotional and social skills, are assets, and the rest are liabilities.

The Practice

Development of the following:

Curriculum has been designed to impart these values and skills and have been made part of the syllabi. The courses are offered through a range of exercises such as group discussions, role play and other activities.

  • Soft skills
  • Emotional skills
  • Social skills
  • Analytical skills

Evidence

The University management has created a full-fledged department, which is manned by highly qualified and experienced trainers in their respective specialization. In current scenarios, where data and information are available in a tap onto your mobile screens, what becomes distinctive in a person are soft skills, emotional skills, social skills, and analytical skills. At TMU, CTLD trainers develop these skillsets in every student, thereby making them confident professionals.

The Colleges’ recent placement figures prove that our students are deemed more fit and industry-ready due to their training with CTLD trainers.

Problem Encountered & Resource Required

Problems: Since CTLD courses are value added courses they are not mandatory for any student; hence, the training sessions were taken lightly by students. Therefore, every principal, HOD, coordinator and CTLD trainer had to ensure that the attendance improves to at least 90%.

Resource Required:

  • One big sized dedicated modern training room which could accommodate 60 participants with sufficient space to carry out various activities in which participant movement becomes essential.
  • State of the art ICT facility.
  • An audio and video recording system by which participation of students recorded and replayed for feedback and improvement.

Green Energy

An Education institution is responsible for imbibing the right values in the students. Hence, to teach the students their duty towards their environment, the university absorbed and exhibited those values by becoming a green University. A huge step towards it has been the solar power plant installation across the campus.

Goal

To Implement the Green Campus practice at Teerthanker Mahaveer University.

The Context

Solar energy is the energy present in sunlight. If harnessed by solar panels, it can be converted into electric energy and be used to replace the electricity that runs on coal or water, a rapidly depleting non-renewable source of energy and one that causes severe pollution.

Renewable energy technologies such as wind power and solar photovoltaic devices have achieved significant cost reductions over the last decade and are expected to continue to do so.

The Practice

In India, plenty of sunlight is available, but it all goes to waste. The country should benefit from this, and we should opt for solar energy instead. Though solar energy installation is a considerable investment, it is a permanent solution to the environmental problem. Following this theory, TMU has taken a step further by putting the theory of “GREEN INITIATIVES” into practice. We have an energy requirement of 5Lakh units/month. At a time of such an environmental crisis, we need to adopt such environmentally-conscious approaches and reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can. With its green initiatives, TMU leads by example. With great pride, we have installed the ON GRID solar System of the capacity of 1 Mega Watt, or we can say 1000 KVA, which is capable of producing approx. one lakh units/month. Grids of solar panels have been installed on our campus in various locations on 14 buildings to utilize solar energy. Solar panels cover around 70 % of the terrace area. In an on-grid solar system, solar power is produced only when the grid is available. The power supply gets completely cut- off in case of a grid outage. Hence, one needs to depend on back-ups such as DG sets for emergency power supply. The power shut down happens, mostly in case of safety and technical reasons.

Evidence of Success

The electricity demand has always been ahead of the supply. We have an energy requirement of 5 lakh units/month. By our solar system, we have achieved the production of 1 lakh units/month which saves approx Rs 12 lakh per month and environmentally reduces the amount of pollution which will be produced in the production of 1 lakh units/month. In the future, we are planning to increase our capacity by 550KVA.

Problem Encountered & Resource Required

  • Solar panel installation is in different locations that make it more complicated and required more manpower.
  • Synchronization problem were faced as our current solar system is synchronized with hydel power only, not with generators that result in loss of units when we use the generators.
  • The surface of terraces was not flat as required for solar panel installation.

Contact Details

Mr. Yogesh Kumar Sharma

Senior Engineer, Construction Engineering & Maintenance Department
  • Address: Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad (U.P.) 244001
  • Landline: +91-591-2476805
  • Email: er.maintenance@tmu.ac.in

Mr. Naveen Kumar

Solar Engineer, Construction Engineering & Maintenance Department
  • Address: Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad (U.P.) 244001
  • Mobile: +91-7903045672

Establishment of Centre for Teaching, Learning and Development (CTLD)

Objectives

  • To develop one's personality in a work environment.
  • To induce professionalism thus enhancing placement opportunities and prospects for the students.
  • To make students industry ready and socially responsible.
    • Above objectives are achieved by developing:
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Creativity & innovation skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Verbal ability
    • overall personality
    • Emotional skills
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • Reasoning abilities

Context

Back Ground: Economic reform in 1992 onwards in terms of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation has allowed operations of large numbers of foreign companies in India. Liberalisation and privatisation have also opened the door for Indian private entrepreneurs to operate freely.

The above phenomenon had created huge demand of skilled personnel. However, demand was not met by the supply, as we had very less higher education institute in the country. Therefore, central and state governments opened many HEIs. Along with that, many private players also opened HEIs. This has led to supply taking over demand of qualified students. Many of the HEIs have not focused on skill development and overall personality development, which can make them better employees as well as better citizens. According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report, 89 percent of recruiters say when a hire doesn’t work out, it usually comes down to a lack of soft skills.

Thus, due to severe competition, in every industry, companies and organisation are hiring people who are having skills like good interpersonal skills, skills of creativity & innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability, verbal ability, emotional intelligence, appealing personality and good citizenship.

Local Conditions:It is pertinent to mention that TMU admits large numbers of students who are located within the radius of 75-100 Kms. Most of these students are from rural background. Their schooling has been in Hindi medium and overall development in terms of soft skills is below average. However, TMU being socially a responsible higher education institute always welcomes them if they meet minimum admission percentage and take the pride in developing these students at par with other students.

In view of above, TMU decided to ensure that its students have requisite soft skills and quantitative attitude. The Domain specialists may not be in position to impart these skills and therefore, four years back, TMU, decided to create a centre, which is manned by specialists in Soft skills and Quantitative Aptitude. Hence, the Centre for Teaching Learning & Development (CTLD) was established.

The Practice:

  • Courses: Centre for teaching learning and development has designed three soft skills non-credit courses and six quantitative aptitude non-credit courses. The above referred soft skills are developed through following topics:
    • Personal growth and improvement in personality
    • Perception
    • Positive Attitude
    • Values and Morals
    • High Self motivation and confidence
    • Grooming
    • Goal setting and action planning
    • Effective and assertive communication
    • Decision making
    • Time Management
    • Presentation Skills
    • Happiness, Risk Taking and facing unknown
    • Resume Building
    • Occupational research
    • Group Discussion
    • Personal Interview
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Understanding Self and Others
    • Stress Management
    • Managing change
    • Handling Feedback and criticism
    • Conflict Management
    • Cordial Interpersonal Skills
    • Negotiation
    • Team work
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Manners, Etiquettes and Netiquettes
    • Job Seeking
  • Faculty Development Programme (FDPs): Faculty members are considered as backbone of any educational institution. It is the responsibility of faculty members to transform their students into excellent professionals and socially responsible citizens. However, without some capsule refresher courses on latest development, they may not be able to perform their jobs well. Therefore, CTLD on regular basis conducts FDPs to give inputs on all the interpersonal skills topics, which improve their effectiveness in and outside the class rooms.
  • Boot camp: A specially designed, 20 days boot camp training is imparted to students just before the placement session to brush up the soft skills, verbal ability and quantitative aptitude.
  • Other interventions: CTLD also organises many competitive events, which are open to all the students of the university to develop their communication skill, team spirit, verbal ability, cortical thinking, problem solving skills etc. Major ones are:
    • Vocabaddicts: Center for Teaching, Learning and Development (CTLD) organizes a Vocabulary competition for all the students of University to develop their vocabulary, hence communication skills. “Vocabaddicts 2021”, grand finale was held on 23 Oct 21. Soft skills trainers of the CTLD while teaching, emphasize lot on good communication skills in English language. However, during interaction with students, it was observed that the vocabulary of many of the students is poor, hence, they do not find suitable ward when needed, which leads to poor communication. Keeping this in mind Vocabbdicts competition is held every year in which 1000s of students take part in various rounds. Photographs of grand finale 2021 are attached.
    • Brain Manthan:Every year, a mega event, Brain Manthan is organised by Centre for Teaching, Learning and Development (CTLD) in three stages for Students of all the Colleges of the University. The purpose of this event is to develop organising skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, rationality, reasoning skills, teamwork, and decision making skills among the students of the University, as above are the 21st Century skills and every student must possess them to perform well in life. (Copies of Photographs of 2021 event are attached.)
    • Company specific training: As the process and pattern of selection by various reputed organisation are different, CTLD conducts capsule training for specific company.

Evidence of Success

  • Successful placements despite of pandemic situation.
  • Students successfully cleared the competitive examinations .
  • Satisfaction of students expressed through testimonials.
  • Excellent participation by students in Vocabaddicts-1 & 2 and Brain Manthan competitions.

Problems Encountered & Resources Required:

  • As the courses are not directly linked to earn the degree, some students do not take the SS & QA training seriously.
  • High attrition rate of trainers.

Notes

It has been found during research that 80-90% of selections during interviews and effectiveness in personal & private life depends on the soft skills. Hence, departments like CTLD are the need of the hour for any quality higher education institution as it helps in developing over all personality, discipline, dedication & motivation, and positive thinking, critical & creative thinking & problem- solving skills etc. TMU is one of the leading institutions, which has established a dedicated in -house centre to develop above skills.

Incentivization Schemes for Research Promotion (ISRP))

Objectives

  • To encourage the faculty for quality research and its publication in national and international journey.
  • To organize research-based seminars & Workshop.
  • To encourage faculty members to participate and present their research papers in National and International Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/Symposiums.
  • Knowledge creation and dissemination.

Context

Research is careful search for new facts in any branch of knowledge. The question of quality of research underscores whether the facts gathered through research enriches the knowledge ecosystem in a significant manner. Thus, the question of quality of research has become most important. As our country is developing nation, promotion of research is very crucial. This could be achieved, only by enabling the researchers by focusing on their core research work with a support system and helping them to gain the necessary funding, required facilities and sufficient time for research work. Therefore, promotion of research is a need of the time. The University initiates research activities through the motivation, and providing basic research facilities and incentives to the faculty and the students. Major share of the time of the teachers in a university is devoted to teaching; and research is given less importance in their routine activities. Unlike university teachers, college teachers are generally not given any incentive or motivation for their achievement in their research activities. Therefore, some encouragement is required on the part of the Management to motivate teachers to undertake research programmes. The University aims to improve overall research performance and promote research activities undertaken by various departments / faculty members. The incentive scheme provides the means to assist the research activities or reward staff with successful publication or presentation of research outputs.

The Practice:

The University has implemented the Research promotion regulations called Teerthanker Mahaveer University Regulations on Financial Assistance to faculty for promotion of research. These regulations have the following schemes for financial assistance:

  • Faculty Participation in Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/FDPs. (Annexure-01)
  • Incentives for Research publications. (Annexure-02)
  • Promotion for Intellectual Property (IP) from Research like patents/Start-ups/Industrial Designs/Copy Rights.
    • Patents/Industrial Designs.
    • Copy Rights.
    • IP generated in collaboration with the External partners.
    • Commercialization and Benefit Sharing.
    • Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Start-ups.
  • Consultancy projects.
  • Incentives on External Funded projects. (Annexure-03)
  • Seed Money Project Scheme. (Annexure-04)
  • Financial Assistance to faculty pursuing Ph.D. from the University.(Annexure-05)
  • Research fellowship (Ph.D.).(Annexure-06)

Annexure - 01

Faculty Participation in Conferences / Seminars / Workshops / FDP's

The financial assistance per annum in this category shall be as follows

S No Level Professional Development Fund (TA / DA & Registration Fee )
1 Professor Up to Rs 40,000/-
2 Associate Professor Up to Rs 30,000/-
3 Assistant Professor Up to Rs 25,000/-

In case the university diputes the faculty to attend a particular seminar / conference / workshop or event or similar nature, (If Director / Principal of the college or the University Administration finds that the representation by the universitry in such events is in the interest of the university and the same is approved by the Vice Chancellor, he /she shall be entitled for the reimburessment in the following heads.

  • Registration fee
  • Travel Expenses as per the TA rule of the University
  • Boarding and Lodging charges up to Rs 3,500 / for a Professor ,Rs 3000/ for Associate Professor and Rs 2500 /- for Assistant Professor per day.
Faculty Support for Workshop/ Conference
S.No Academic Year No. of Faculty Financial Support Provided in INR
1 2016-17 68 326000
2 2017-18 93 439870
3 2018-19 81 372070
4 2019-20 95 467000
5 2020-21 118 574000
Total 455 2178940

Annexure-02

Incentives for Research publications

To encourage the faculty for contributing towards the research publications, the University provides incentives as per the following scheme.

S. No Database/level of journals for publication Incentive (Rs)
1. Publication in journals indexed in UGC CARE list, Indian Citation Index  3000
2. Publication in journals indexed in Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science  5000
3. Book by National publisher with established peer review system 6000
4. Book by International publisher with established peer review system 8000
5. Chapter in a book of National publisher with established peer review system 1500
6. Chapter in a book of international publisher with established peer review system 2500
7. Full Paper publication in conference proceedings with ISBN numbers 1500

Financial support for Research Publication 
S.N. Academic Year No. of Research Publication No. of Faculty Financial Support Provided in INR
1 2020-21 18 20 41416.64

Annexure-03

Incentives on External Funded Projects.

The faculty is encouraged to apply for funding for major and minor sponsored research projects. Around 2.5% of the total sanctioned grant is also provided to the grant awardee as an incentive. Relaxation in terms of teaching work load is also provided in order to facilitate quality and on time delivery of the research work.

Annexure-04

Seed Money Projects Scheme.

The Seed Money Grant Scheme of TMU, Moradabad is designed to stimulate competitive research in strategic areas of national or international importance, to promote innovative product and technology development, and/or to facilitate the start of research programs which will potentially develop into creative ventures on their own through external funding. The faculty can utilize this grant to start the research work without waiting for a grant from external agency.

Financial support for Seed Money
S.N. Academic Year No. of Seed Money Projects sanctioned No.  of Faculty Financial Support sanctioned (in INR)
1 2021-22 20 38 283,000

Annexure-05

Financial Assistance to faculty pursuing Ph.D.

TMU encourages its faculty members to enroll for Ph.D. and provides 50% fee relaxation to the registered scholars. Institution provides duty leave when they go for data collection. Teachers are provided with various facilities such as free internet access, laboratory and library facilities, on line resources, research journals etc. Research Fellowship of Rs 20,000 is also offered to candidates for full time Ph.D. programme to facilitate and encourage meaningful research along with teaching assistantships to meritorious candidates.

Financial support in form of scholarship to Ph.D. Scholars
Academic Year No.  of Faculty Financial Support Provided in INR
2017-18 1 50000
2018-19 6 300000
2019-20 8 400000
2020-21 21 1600000
2021-22 19 1900000
Total 55 4150000

Annexure-06

Professional Support for Ph.D. Fellowship
Academic Year No.  of Faculty Financial Support Provided in INR
2020-21 8 280987
Total 8 280987

Evidence of Success: The University has observed successful outcomes in research in the last few years.

  • The number of Ph.D. registrations has increased from 6 to 234 within five years.
  • 2481 research papers have been published by TMU faculty members, in the past 5 years in Scopus/WoS indexed Journals, UGC care journal and other reputed database.
  • More than 29 faculty members have been awarded with a Ph.D. degree, who availed the financial assistance scheme.
  • of Full-time research scholars is 77 out of which 12 scholars have been incentivized under research fellowship scheme
  • The number of Ph.D. Supervisors presently is 124.
  • Rs. 20 lakhs research grant has been received by the University within a year (2020-21).
  • Faculty members have submitted projects to funding agencies like DST, ICMR etc.

Problems Encountered:

The research cell faces some challenges when working in the most demanding field of Research.

  • Faculty members in medical and medical - allied programmes seem less interested to register for Ph.D. as it is not mandatory rather desirable, for promotion purpose.
  • The faculty members are not able to devote all their time to research on account of their academic commitments and administrative responsibilities.
  • The continued motivation of the faculty is always a challenge.
  • Effective training and motivational sessions are required to clearly explain the usefulness of these practices. The practice has been in place since the last more than two years and because of its immense benefits has been adopted throughout the University.  

Resources Required:

  • Management provides considerable budgetary allocation to meet the expenditure in this regard.
  • The University provides infrastructure for such services.
  • Existing infrastructure with additional and advanced lab facilities.