The 1st Year Engineering Course initiated with Induction cum Acquaintance (IcA) program on 5th June 2017. As the name itself implies, this course helps the students pass on the transition period between +2 and B.Tech in a smooth manner. The various schools of Vel Tech namely School of Computing (SoC), School of Electrical & Communication (SoEC) and School of Mechanical & Construction (SoMC) have composed a variety of activities to facilitate the Freshman Engineering Students to get acquainted with a professional program like B.Tech. The activities include the foundation subjects like Technical English, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Chemistry and MATLAB. The program also includes activities of hands on experience like MATLAB, playing with spreadsheet, Build my computer, Hands on 3D printing, my first project (CDIO), power point game,minor project on electronic spreadsheet& PPT, my game through C and my MATLAB project. In addition, there are a variety of career building activities like International Relations, Research & Development, Industry Relation, Corporate Talk, Corporate Tour, Online Learning Resources MOOC, NPTEL etc.
The foundation courses of this IcA program aim at making the students know about the applications of basic scientific principles for solving the issues related to Engineering; Conceive new idea, design and make prototype of object for specific application; understand the uniqueness of the department; the pros and cons of doing a project; importance of research in professional education; acquire the skill set to become employable etc.
Activities like Corporate Talk and Corporate Touraim at achieving relevant learning, making engineers practice on a personal and informal basis, improving study skills, providing exposureto the best industry practices and the latest technologies in the industries. The online learning resources like MOOC, NPTEL etc. try to explore the various platforms available for learning and to enhance the knowledge beyond the scope of curriculum.
This IcA offers a unique program like Gender Sensitization & Psychology which brings in ingenious, unbiased and rational outlook among the students which curtails gender discrimination.
The program includes students’ interaction with the Nobel Laureate of 2015 in Physics Prof. TakaakiKajita, Director- Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo, Japan. Many of the suspicions regarding physics and cosmic rays were clarified by the Nobel Laureate.
The varied aspects of IcAhelp the students quench their thirst of technical knowledge. On the whole, this course is a short journey where in the pursuit of students towards knowledge has met with a concrete destination.
The SSH stands apart from other institutions of higher education and technology, since all faculty members are well trained in Outcome Based Educational methodologies to impart the knowledge, which not only forms the basis for further academic achievement of excellence in science and technology but also lays foundation for faculty and students to pursue a successful professional career in research and higher level of teaching.
This school takes care of imparting fundamental knowledge and skills that are required for first year engineering students through Active Learning Methods, team projects, open-ended problem solving, experiential learning and engagement research which are the integral elements of engineering education. About 50 per cent of academic delivery process is happened through active learning methods such as Jig-saw, Think-Pair-Share and Peer Instruction. MOODLE and MOOCs help the students to gain self/independent learning skills. Most of the courses, including the unique courses such as Introduction to Engineering, Design Thinking, Mathematics courses of integrated nature and Biology for Engineers, fall under the foundation course category, are offered by this school under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which enables the different category of learners to achieve mastery level.
The Dean, who has two decades of experience in teaching and research, leads the school with the support of department heads and first year student head. One of the best practices of the University is “Mentoring system” which redresses the student related issues. Every mentor (faculty) is assigned with twenty students, who monitors students academic progress keenly and molds the students with the cooperation of parents. Academic process in a semester is monitored through indigenous Course Management System, under which, Course Coordinator of each course conducts a series of seven meetings with concern faculty during the semester (two before the commencement of the semester, four during the semester and one after the semester) and takes remedial measures for enhancing attainment of course outcomes.