2019-2020

1] Title of the Practice: Proactive Activities During COVID – 19: Academic And Non -Academic
2]The context that required the initiation of the practice (100 – 120 words):
The sudden eruption and immediate spread of Corona Virus Pandemic caused a chaos in all aspects of personal and social life of man. Many people literate as well as illiterate were rendered jobless as well as homeless. The field of education was also affected adversely. In March 2020, when the first lock-down was imposed at national level, the time when final examinations had already started or were scheduled to begin very soon. This resulted in increased anxiety and tensions in students, staff. parents and administrators of educational institutions, irrespective of the level of students, staff. parents and educational institutions.
During Covid-19, the college administration as well as teaching staff joined hands to do their bit in helping students, class IV workers of our college as well as for common people. To cope up with the challenges surfaced due to Pandemic, quite a few non-academic activities were carried out during this period. The teaching staff, present students as well as the alumni association of the college came forward to help the people in need at this time of distress.
Some of these activities have been described under two sub-headings Academic and Non-Academic.
3] Objectives of the practice (50 – 60 words):
• To enhance the quality of learning and teaching even though when students and faculty members were locked up at  their homes
• To fulfil the needs of students and keep them updated during lock down
• To help the parents concern about finishing syllabus and Improve the efficiency and effectiveness during lockdown
• To Improve user-accessibility and time flexibility to engage learners in the learning process
4] The Practice (250 – 300 words) :
It was at this time that the administration and teaching staff unanimously took the decision of making quality video lectures on topics of content prescribed at Undergraduate and Post-Graduate level classes of various programs by Hemchand Yadav University, Durg, Chhattisgarh. These lectures were then uploaded at the official website of our St. Thomas College, Bhilai so as to benefit the students of our college, the same were then up-loaded at Hemchand Yadav University, Durg official website by the University, so that it can be benefitted to all  the students of all colleges affiliated to Hemchand Yadav University, Durg and also on You-tube so that the students all over India could be benefitted.They also provided masks for the class IV workers of the college. Masks were also distributed by the Commerce department and NSS wing of the college. The Chemistry department of the college made Sanitizers for the use of the college members.
5]  Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them (150 – 200 words) :
The staff of our college did not have any prior training and experience of developing e-lectures and video lectures. They developed these by learning from lectures of other experts up-loaded on You tube and mutual help. It was a challenge to distribute the bedsheets, masks, sweets etc. since the corona was at its peak, both the receiving and giving ends followed all the necessary precautions strictly. Thus no case of Corona was reported during and after the successful completion of all the activities.
6] Impact of the practice (100 – 120 words):
An immediate and effective response to the crisis was to go digital. Developing robust online platforms has become necessary to offer continuity in learning. Yet in a tier two cities like Bhilai  with vast disparity in socio-economic backgrounds of students and the quality of educational institutions, the shift has not been easy. The digital divide has been further widening the gap, and needs urgent attention from both public and private educational institutes  as the crisis continues. Good teachers, refreshed curricula and effective tools were developed to ensure students stay involved and active in the learning process.
Opportunities for student mobility and practical exposure through exchange programmes, internships, participation in conferences, and more could likely be off the table for some time. Innovative new forms of collaboration and alternative paradigms are needed to drive learning, research and teaching. Sharing of knowledge between institutions globally through joint-teaching, virtual guest lectures, etc. could give students an enriched global perspective in these difficult times.
A paucity of contemporary teachers has been a pressing challenge already, and it is growing more serious. Faculty are being called upon to redesign course content to meet the current and future needs. Moving away from traditional pedagogies in most average institutions, the demand for quality educators will shape the way higher education moves forward from this crisis.
7] Resources required :
All the resources required in cash and kind were pooled by staff-members, present students and members of the Alumni Association. The staff used their personal Smart phones/mobiles to develop the lectures.
8. About the Institution
i. Name of the Institution : St. Thomas College, Bhilai
ii. Year of Accreditation : 2017
iii. Address : Ruabandha Bhilai
iv.Grade awarded by NAAC : 2.77
v.E-Mail –  stthomascollege_bhilai@gmail,com
vi. Contact person for further details : Principal [Dr. M.G.Roymon ] email id mg1122
vii. Website : stthomascollegebhilai.in
BEST PRACTICE II:
1] Title of the Practice:   Helping Hands Extended
2]The context that required the initiation of the practice (100 – 120 words): One fact that all members of St. Thomas College, Bhilai can certainly boast of is the presence of family -environment in the college campus. The college is like an extended family of the staff and students. All come forward to help those in need, whether they are the members of college and also for those who require help are outside the four walls of the college. Thus, in Best Practices II, an attempt as been made to describe the help provided within the college premises and those provided outside the college campus.
All the members of our college come forward collectively to help any member of the college during their needs. The staff members have collected quite an appreciable amount and provided it to non-teaching as well as teaching members, to lessen and share their financial burden
3] Objectives of the practice (50 – 60 words): Besides helping the in-house members, members of St. Thomas College also take initiative of helping the other needy people residing in Bhilai, so that some of the necessities of such people can be met with by different social organisations functioning in Bhilai.
4] The Practice (250 – 300 words) : The son of one of the non-teaching staff- member, class IV worker, suffered from a chronical disease. He could not bear the expenses of the treatment, hence all the other members of the college collected an appreciable amount and gave it to this non-teaching member of the college.
Similarly, sibling of a teaching staff member also suffered from a chronical disease. He was also provided with financial help, by the other members of the college. A number of social organisations are working actively in Bhilai, for the welfare of needy people, like Vriddhashram- which looks after the old people who are abandoned from their family, Mother Teresa Ashram caring for diseased and isolated people young and old, Nayandeep Vidhyalaya-school for blind children, Akshay-patra cooks and distributes food packets to needy people and so on.
The students and staff members of the BBA department visited to Mother Teresa Ashram to donate various items of daily use and donated in Cash too.
These activities started with the Vriddhashram. The Alumini association of the college distributed Bed-sheets  sweets along-with cash donation of Rs.7500/ at Vriddhashram in Pulgaon, Durg on October 30,20219.
5]  Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them (150 – 200 words) : Being a voluntary initiativeobstacles were negligible.
6]Impact of the practice (100 – 120 words):
The satisfaction one feel good about giving to the needy especially when they are our colleague. Being able to give back to those in need helps oneself to  achieve a greater sense of personal satisfaction and growth. The most obvious reason of  giving back to the society is that we  can create a profoundly positive impact on those in need.
7]Resources required : Resources Required:
The financial help was provided by collection of amount on voluntary basis by the college members.
8. About the Institution
i. Name of the Institution : St. Thomas College, Bhilai
ii. Year of Accreditation : 2017
iii. Address : Ruabandha  Bhilai
iv. Grade awarded by NAAC :  B
v.  E-Mail :
vi. Contact person for further details : Dr. M.G.Roymon
vii. Website : stthomascollegebhilai

2018-2019

1.     Title of the practice :Art of Giving

  1. The context that required the initiation of the practice (100 – 120 words): The practice of giving is a strong demonstration of love toward others. This practice was initiated to inculcate in the student community, the habit of giving and tendency to feel socially responsible. In the forthcoming decade, social responsibility and personal well-being are expected to be closely intertwined. Each individual needs to be aware of the problems plaguing their community and the contribution they can make to bring about a difference. As brilliantly showcased in the recent events of mass panic, individual support and contribution has become key to sustainable and holistic growth of the society of the future.
  1. Objectives of the practice (50 – 60 words):
  • To arouse the students to work for the welfare of the society
  • To serve a public purpose such as enriching the lives of people in the community.
  • To create a sense of cooperation integration and unity among the student community.
  • To make the students aware about the various problems in a community and help them in providing knowledge and knowing about the main causes that affect their social life.

  1. The Practice (250 – 300 words) :

·       Participation in Kerala Relief Fund: 55 individuals of the department Donated 100 Rs each for the supply of Sanitary napkins. BSc II year and MSc students assorted and packed medicines collected systematically. ( 27th of August 2018 ). The faculty members also donated their one month salary for the Kerala Relief Fund voluntarily. The NCC and NSS unit also contributed goods and essentials for the flood affected residents of Kerala.·   Akshay Patra: 32 M.Sc Students and 5 staff  DonatedRs. 6300 to Akshay Patra – Unlimited food for education for Mid Day Meal of 7 school children for one year. NSS and NCC volunteers coordinate with Akshaypatra Foundation every year and provide their services.

  1. Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them (150 – 200 words) :
  • Students, more often than not, are unaware of the multitude of ways they can contribute to the society. Awareness campaigns and information drives have been organised to educate the youth of the potential they hold as a contributor to the society.

6.Impact of the practice (100 – 120 words):

  • To feel good about giving to the needy. Being able to give back to those in need helps the students to achieve a greater sense of personal satisfaction and growth.
  • Creating a positive effect. ; the most obvious reason of  giving back to the society is that doing so can create a profoundly positive impact on those in need.
  • Giving to others improves self confidence of the students and their self worth.
  1. Resources required
  2. About the Institution

i. Name of the Institution :

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iii. Address :

iv. Grade awarded by NAAC :

v. E-Mail

vi. Contact person for further details

vii. Website

Title of the practice : Skill Development.

  1. The context that required the initiation of the practice (100 – 120 words) : Skill Development programme main goal is to work with students to increase their chances of getting job. It aims to develop the students full potential and awaken to work for well being , self and others. It gives a chance to learn important skills required not only of getting jobs but also for succeeding in them. Skilling youth to enhance their employability and enabling them to be effective contributors of nations growth and development assumes paramount importance in the current contest.
  2. Objectives of the practice (50 – 60 words): To gain employability skills along with their graduating degree to find a suitable career options by imparting knowledge, skills and competencies. It aims at fostering inner potential in students stimulate their critical thinking inculcate a sense of civic responsibilities increase their skills through cutting edge teaching and learning methods.

To foster socially conscientious students grounded in respect for people and concerned about the welfare of others.

  1. The Practice (250 – 300 words): A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and St. Thomas College, Bhilai on National University Students Skill Development (NUSSD), NUSSD program being a unique initiative on skill development designed and undertaken by TISS our college and NUSSD – TISS agree to explore and assist in developing mechanisms that will serve to encourage and enhance cooperative work between the institutions in areas of mutual interest, such as delivery of NUSSD courses through a dynamic partnership. NUSSD courses are based on a comprehensive skill development model that will have the elements of English Communication, Digital / Computer Skills, Financial Literacy, Legal Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development and Soft Skills, Civic Responsibility and also will add on a specialization in a specific domain to make the graduating youth employable. All these courses have been developed by institutions possessing excellence in their respective fields. TISS conducts the courses and award them a Certificate or Diploma which enhances their skills and employability. Graduating students will not only have a degree in their chosen stream but will acquire a diploma in a job oriented discipline. NUSSD programme through its community Development component , focuses on inculcating values of civic responsibility and teaching the students to work together effectively in complex environments to find practical solutions to some of India’s most pressing and persistent social issues.

Certificate in Management and Soft Skills is awarded after the successful completion of all Foundation Courses. Similarly, after he completion of required hours of training on Domain Courses a student will be awarded Diploma in that Domain.

Apart from NUSSD programme Various programs are organized for the all round development of M.Sc students.

  1. Inter Departmental Activities:
  • Motivational Talk on Plant what you can harvest later (Resource person: Mr. Pratik Sharma, Asst Prof, Department of Commerce on 13.10 2018)
  • 3 day Workshop on Application of MS office in Learning Process ( Resource person: Dr. Mohan Patel, Asst. Prof, Department of Physics and Electronics on 12.3.2019 to 14.3.2019)
  1. Intra Departmental Activities:
  • Indoor Team Building Activity based on medicinal plants was organized by MSc Final year students for MSc First year and BSc students.
  • Skills in communication and awareness raising : Dengue and Cancer awareness was organized by HOD for MSc students
  1. Obstacles faced if any and strategies adopted to overcome them (150 – 200 words):

There was dropout of students because they were unaware of the importance of having a certificate in soft skill.

6.Impact of the practice (100 – 120 words) :NUSSD courses are designed as modular programme administered online through classes and field work. The course credits are spread over three years of graduation and in each year the students will gain five credits of taught courses followed by 15-30 days of field work/ internship on appropriate work location. Field work and internship in urban / rural contexts in community and industrial set up are organised. During the training students will be introduced to the purpose of NUSSD programme and the need of skill development through a series of interactive sessions at the college.Students enrolled and certified in NUSSD programme in the year 2017-18 was 93 and PG Students were 47 and in the year 2018-19 is 77 and in domain course were 26

  1. Resources required :
  • ICT enabled classroom
  • E notes
  • Handouts
  • Whatsapp Group
  • Books specifically published by TISS for NUSSD Programme

2017-2018

1. Title of the practice: Creative development periodicals

2. Goal:The initiative aims to tap into creativity of students& let them reap its benefits for their academic & personal development. Creativity will let them to engage with the world without being judgmental. It will give them freedom to take risks, try new things & overcome inhibitions in a healthy way. It will enhance their self-awareness in the sense that self-expression will get better when adequate time & energy are invested in developing one’s own ideas. Learning to trust one’s instincts will boost their confidence & raise self-esteem. Challenges & obstacles are part & parcel of life. However, creativity will assist them in devising resourceful ways to solve the problems encountered.

3. The Context: In recent times, the job market has evolved in terms of career opportunities and work culture. Employers prefer a creative employee who can come up with innovative ideas for the growth of the company& not just someone with a specific skill set. Jobs that involve creativity skills are also more future-proof as they are difficult to be replaced by robotics or computers.

Creativity is no longer seen as the character trait of artists or musicians, rather it is applicable across domains, from engineering, to biology, to business. It is not just about thinking outside the box; it is exploring the boundary between what one knows & what one has not yet thought about.

Creativity & innovation have become one of the top strategic priorities in organizations. Most of the big companies around the word practice the “20% rule”. They encourage their employees to keep aside 20 % of their daily work schedule to explore new ideas.

4. The Practice: Creativity is innate but it is often ignored or blocked off with curiosity replaced by familiarity, open mindedness with factual understanding, imagination with tried & tested methods and active problem solving with apathy.

St. Thomas College understands the importance of study life balance for students and how a creative outlet can help in building social values & ethics among them. It believes that the very first steps in strengthening creative skills are to recognize them, understand them & celebrate them. Then only, these skills can be practiced & developed.

As someone once said, there is no right way to be creative. Taking this adage into account, the college gives free rein to artist’s muse to channel their creative energies unimpeded by writer’s block. It publishes an institutional magazine SANTHOMIAN that provides a platform for the budding talents to showcase their creative skills. It lets them voice their opinions & express themselves in a manner that is respectful, thoughtful &impartial.

The editorial team for the magazine includes a student editor who not only coordinates with students interested in getting their creations published but also assists the faculty members in short listing, editing & proofreading the submissions.

The magazine unfolds students’ imagination, gives life to their thoughts, thus unleashing a wide spectrum of creative skills which includes not just writing but also sketching, painting & photography. It helps them to refine their skills related to writing, editing, design, layout preparation& photography. It enables them to put skills they learnt in classroom into practical application.

Being involved in magazine work directly or indirectly, they learn the ethical imperatives of editorial activity like for instance facts are to be distinguished from opinions, voicing an opinion does not equate to belittling someone, evidence is to be weighed before reaching to a conclusion etc. This helps them in understanding the meaning & importance of objectivity. Working along with their teachers, they learn to present their ideas in an unbiased manner &be able to meet deadlines effectively without reeling under the pressure of time constraints.

Exploration & channelization of creative urges of students in the college is not just limited to the annual college magazine. They are let to blossom naturally through other forums as well.Students learn to appreciate diversity, respect differences, value ideas of others & get inspired through wall magazine Boutonniere and newsletter Elite that exhibits artworks also.

Apart from the in-house periodicals, college gives the opportunity to students to share their creative write-ups with Darpan, the quarterly magazine of MGM fraternity.

5. Evidence of success: Creative endeavors give an opportunity to feel intensely, observe keenly, think deeply & express distinctly. Being a part of college magazine as editor or contributor was no different. The students of the college were allowed to make creative & editorial judgements under the guidance of faculty members. This empowered them to challenge the status quo constructively in their writings & also sharpened their skills of decision making.

It helped them in divergent thinking that enabled them to ask questions, challenge assumptions, identify problems and seek & justify solutions. This proved particularly useful in debate & extempore competitions wherein the participants are expected to think & communicate under pressure. The creative minds of the college were efficient when it came to ideating, defending one’s standpoint and thinking on the feet. Their convincing candour not only impressed the judges but also disarmed their opponents.

Young writers find their first exposure through the medium of college magazines only. Two students of the college have successfully published books of their poems. Their regular submissions not only kept the creative juices flowing but also improved their writing skills. Appraisal by peers & teachers alike inspired them to dip their oars into the turbulent waters of emotions & sail it to the shore of publication.

6. Problems encountered and resources required: The resources required for publishing college magazine include editing software; design software; photo-editing software; printing facility; articles, poems, photos, sketches & paintings; adequate budget to cover printing costs and last but not the least manpower-editors, proofreaders, coordinators& contributors (poets, writers, photographers, painters).

The enthusiastic participation of students every year is proof enough of the success of the college magazine, but it was not without surmounting some obstacles.

(i) Though prior notice was circulated for magazine submissions & every possible care was taken by the editorial team to incorporate them all in the final draft, late submitters complained of being left out.
(ii) Some students considered editor’s suggestions for changes to be judgemental.
(iii) Some hesitated to share their creative ideas with others.
(iv) Some reacted negatively when they were enquired about the originality of their submissions.

2. Title:Communicative English Course

2. Goal: The primary goal of this short-term certificate course is to enable the students attain & enhance competence in the four main language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading & writing. It seeks to make them proficient in English language so that they will be able to communicate confidently & effectively in everyday situations. It will help them to develop their skills in vocabulary, grammar, presentation & interaction, thus ensuring that any shortcomings in aptitude or practice will not hinder effective communication. It will give them ample scope to internalize English so that they will be able to overcome their inhibitions & embrace their second language as their native one.

3. The Context: It is impossible to deny the global presence & importance of English language. It is used extensively in all the essential fields like business, commerce, judiciary, journalism, broadcasting, science, technology, politics & education system. As it’s a part of the school curriculum, students generally study it just to pass their exams but they are not committed to its mastery. Familiarity with the theoretical part is never enough to guarantee success in learning of a language. Inadequate practice of the concepts learnt in class impedes their understanding of the nuances of English& inconsistency in its orthography. Sometimes mother tongue also interferes in English language learning with students facing syntactic, phonological, semantic &/or morphological problems when they transfer the skills acquired in native language to English. The lab addresses all the above-mentioned issues by providing a strong platform for supportive interactive learning without time constraint wherein students are exposed to usage of functional English.

4. The Practice: The onus of enhancing English knowledge skills among the learners lies with the institution. Keeping this in consideration, a well-equipped ETNL laboratory was set up in the college. It provides a three months training to both undergraduate and postgraduate students based on the ETNL module. The module includes topics of phonetics, parts of speech, letter writing, group discussion & public speaking. The registered students also get valuable tips for preparation of various competitive exams like IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT etc. The theoretical & practical aspects of all these topics are covered in the duration of 120 hours.

The entire course can be broken down into the following parts:
1. Introducing Communicative English – The first part of the course includes a brief introduction about course & its contents, the inherent challenges and the learning outcomes. Then the students are familiarized with the modules they have to complete in order to pass the course.
2. Learning through real life examples – The students are exposed to real life videos so that they can know how people converse with each other in their daily lives. They are then instructed to imitate & analyze those conversations.
3. Learning through real life scenarios- Groups are formed among the students and some real-life scenario is given to them on random basis. They are told to enact it using the concepts learnt in previous sessions. They can also made to participate in impromptu group discussions, presentations, debates & speeches to make them confident in English usage.

The course promotes structured learning using an unambiguous pedagogy with individualized instruction & immediate evaluation thus taking conversational skills of the students to the next level. It develops listening skill that was the most neglected in the traditional English class though listening accounts for about 45% of the time people spend communicating followed by speaking (about 30 percent). Listening well helps students in non-linear processing of English thereby enhancing their comprehension. They are also acquainted with phonetics to develop their speaking skills which was also a neglected aspect in traditional English teaching. Grammar was practiced only in writing but not in speaking. The language lab helps in building a good vocabulary and enables the learners to pronounce properly. It also improves their writing skills thus helping them to apply their knowledge practically by writing in a simple & logical way. They can understand the degrees of comparison, reporting in passive, use of modal auxiliaries & implied meanings in literature.

5. Evidence of success: The psychological privacy provided by the microphone promoted the speaking ability of students. The anonymous nature of lab system took away the pressure and they were more open towards learning from their mistakes. Given the self -guided learning, they were able to grasp concepts at their own pace& practice regularly. The language lab is learner centric with visual stimulus & selective audio materials keeping them active for longer periods of time. This increased the attention span of the students and their concentration in the classroom teaching was improved. Private conversations of teachers with students on individual basis kept objectionable behaviour&/or disturbances in check in the lab and this in turn improved the discipline in the regular classes. Greater class participation was seen among students who didn’t hesitate to give answers to questions asked by the teachers or discuss their doubts. They were able to overcome their fear of public speaking and were able to express their opinions with more clarity. Their PowerPoint presentations also became more refined as they were equipped with language skills & knowledge of kinesics. They voluntarily participated in college level quiz, elocution, &essay competitions to sharpen their newly acquired skills. Some went on to bring laurels for their alma mater by outstanding performances at university & state level competitions.

6. Problems encountered and resources required: The language lab is set up in a computer room having the resources of 16-20 soundproof compartments called cubicles (or hearing booths) with table & seat for learners, microphone, headphone, recorder, console (or instructor’s booth), master tapes, monitoring equipment, distribution switches to direct programme to learners, monitoring switches to listen to learners, intercom switches for two way communication, group call switch (general instructions), all call switch (for announcements) and control room (containing records, tapes & other equipment).
Despite the successful implementation & positive outcome of the course, some problems were encountered.
(i) Transition from mother tongue to English took time & tutor had to personally explain the instructions.
(ii) Tutor had to start from the basic level & move on to next level included in the module for students coming from rural background.
(iii) Often conversation during the role play sessions was quite slow as many students first framed the sentences in their mother tongue & then translated it in English.