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Best Practices

Describe two best practices successfully implemented by the Institution as per NAAC format provided in the Manual.

Best Practice 1: SNEHAMRUTHAM Best Practice 2: Operation MQAT

Best Practice 1: SNEHAMRUTHAM – A Social Outreach Program

“ManavaSevaMadhavaSeva” – Service to Mankind is Service to God.

Any society's destiny is determined by the character and competency of its youth. Young people require supervision to help them develop character and competence by giving them direction and a feeling of purpose. They require partnerships that exemplify and convey high expectations. They must participate in activities that are both difficult and motivating, as well as educational. Many of the conditions for young people's development of character and competence have deteriorated in recent years. Young people frequently face inattention, low expectations, cynicism, or communal strife. If we want to establish a society where young people may reach their greatest potential, we must improve all of these conditions. Considering this, our College initiated a social outreach programme called SNEHAMRUTHAM.
SNEHAMRUTHAM is a monthly project of supplying food for almost 500 patients and bystanders at Governent Hospital Pathanamthitta in association with Divine Karunalayam Charitable Trust. The project was inaugurated by Hon’ble Municipal Chairman Mr. Suresh Kumar. Volunteers felt so happy when they got a chance to feed the helpless patients. Since 2017, the project was going on without fail and many were fed by our College.

Objective:

As an educational institution, MOUNT ZION tries to impart the idea of ‘Concern for the other’ to our students, for we believe that the ultimate aim of education is the harmonious coexistence of all living beings.
The objectives of the initiative “SNEHAMRUTHAM” is:
1. To donate food to worthy people or organisations in order to counter poverty and hunger.
2. To alleviate food insecurity among the weaker sections of the society.
3. To cultivate social responsibility among the youth of the nation.
4. To impart the value of ‘concern for the other’ among the students.
5. To implant an empathetic and socially responsible attitude among the students.

Context:

The Institution's goal and objective include providing value-based education. The College's institutional social responsibility aids in the development of social relationships. Our students have the chance to make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate in society through SNEHAMRUTHAM initiatives. The College aims to implant qualities of sharing and caring for members of backward sections and disadvantaged of the society. Students' organisational abilities develop as they actively participate in planning and coordinating various efforts.

Practice:

On a monthly basis MZC supplies food for almost 500 patients and bystanders at Govt. Hospital Pathanamthitta in association with Divine Karunalayam Charitable Trust. This paves a way to bring about student community interaction into practice which in turn contribute much towards the overall development of students. Students get an opportunity to realize the value of money and they came to know that how the money they spent on luxury could be used effectively for the society.

Evidence of Success:

1. Students could be implanted with an empathetic and socially responsible attitude which is considered to be a core element of true education.
2. Students could interact well with the weaker section of the society which enabled us to impart practical value based education to them.
3. Since the inception of SNEHAMRUTHAM in 2012, more than 35000 patients and by standers could be fed and served by the students.

Number of beneficiaries under SNEHAMRUTHAM

Problems Encountered:

1. It's difficult to motivate and involve a big number of pupils in these activities.
2. Maintaining student discipline outside of the College campus is a big job.
3. The staff and student volunteers are constrained by the semester pattern of examinations.
4. Funds/resources are limited.


Best Practice 2
Title: “Operation MQAT” - MOUNT ZION QUALITY ASSURANCE TOOL
Objective:

The objective of Operation MQAT is ‘Quality in Education’, so Operation MQAT strive to raise responsible good professionals by providing platforms that offer quality checking and evaluation as well as reporting. Operation MQAT endeavours in imparting value based education which is enshrined in the vision and mission of the Mount Zion College of Engineering, Kadammanitta, Pathanamthitta.

Context:

As a new quality assurance system to classify examination questions which is based on Blooms Taxonomy by considering different program outcomes and course outcomes was introduced by the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. MCA department of Mount Zion College of Engineering, Kadammanitta, launched a mission called “Operation MQAT” for developing a software framework to evaluate question papers and to classify them based on their quality according to the quality standards recommended by KTU as well as to provide a report.
As part of Operation MQAT, a quick confab to finalise a possible design and framework of MQAT was carried out. Participants used that occasion to ventilate their propositions and more earth shattering ideas were cropped up. Different levels of selection procedures were carried out to select a prime developer from the student’s side. Finally Miss Anjali Raj who was listed as one of the advanced learners of MCA department has been selected as a backbone of operation MQAT.
The operation MQAT was instigated with the leadership of Mss Anjali Raj with the support and guidelines of faculty members of MCA department, finally the software MQAT was developed. Different levels of testing and trial runs made it suitable to be deployed in different departments to augment it to the list of their commodity software’s.

Practice:

Various departments of Mount Zion College of Engineering, Kadammanitta, started using MQAT in Internal Examinations for classifying questions and to ensure quality in question paper preparation. Practice shows that MQAT is a good tool to classify questions. The report generated by it is suitable to update the questions and rebuild the structure of the questions.

Evidence of Success:

Since the advent of Operation MQAT, it is evident that the students with all intellectual traits of Mount Zion College of Engineering could confront their examinations with more confidence and less fear. This, in turn, reflected in the overall learning attitude of the students of the College.

Problems Faced:

The entire project team meets monthly to review progress and any problems encountered.From the experience of the past history of usage of MQAT, it found that any significant problems have not been encountered so far.