Engaging Culturally Diverse & Socially Relevant Learners at Jaipuria Noida
Jaipuria Noida, with its stellar faculty and highly ranked departments and programs engages the next generation of professionals, researchers, and leaders to make what they learn —a part of themselves. As part of its continuing outreach initiatives, students at Jaipuria Noida can now find themselves connected and engaged beyond their regular campus programs – with a view to become more socially relevant.
“The teaching is of no use if the learning doesn’t take place”, Dr. JD Singh, Director General for Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida says. Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first the amount of time and effort students put in their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities that are highly linked to student learning.
Addressing this, in addition to the regular feedback survey system at the end of each trimester, the management of Jaipuria has gone a leg up in collecting information from all its students (even alumni) about student participation in programs beyond their classroom activities. For instance, they are questioned about library facilities, with the administration, at the hostel, or the faculty. “The idea once again is that we get to know if there are any gaps, or where can we improvise or do better. There are a few things at the end of our imagination, and these surveys give us an insight as to whether it would be possible to give it shape” adds Dr. JD Singh.
Once the excitement of graduation is over, there is a world of opportunities available to students as an alumnus. Students here remain lifelong members of the campus community and maintain ties with Jaipuria-Noida in part through their interactions that identify them with the institution, before and even after graduation. Besides holding Students Survey and Satisfaction Survey programs, the institution simultaneously also proposes to support an Alumnus survey which aims to tap information through recruiters about ex-students on their present designations, knowledge and skills, on how well they are doing or what additional trainings do they need to be equipped with.
Another interesting feature that Jaipuria-Noida aims to dive in by the middle of this year– is an Opinion Survey of Neighbourhood which would solicit opinions through neighbourhood organizations and systems. “The idea here again is that all stakeholders must be able to give us insights by which we could do better.” Dr. JD Singh adds.
Additionally, as part of future initiative, current students would act as both experts on social change and responsible citizens. They and others would join public issues surrounding social organizations and municipality, for instance, go down to a TB foundation or volunteer to Red Cross and see if they can experiment to sort out some issues with them. Contrarily, new entrepreneurs from smaller industries would also be invited on campus to share their problems. Some faculty and students would be assigned on it as a project, and would work out sustainable solutions. Again this Management Clinic, as classified would be a free of cost initiative.
Student engagement needs a foundation or support system in place that involves faculty, students and the institution. And this holds true for the community as a whole. Another proposal would be to invite nearby smaller industries to use Jaipuria Noida’s library and books at their discretion. Dr. JD Singh ratifies, “The community should get a chance to use the same and take advantage of the present resources and benefit from it. These are some of our small initiatives that we hope to undertake in the near future and encompass a shared responsibility towards our society,” he concludes.
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