The two best practices implemented by the institution are :
- Aligning with emerging carbon neutral protocols and initiatives to reduce ecological footprints through measures of replacing existing devices with energy efficient devices and perpetuating campaign to sensitise all concerned and society at large.
- Design, market, organise and build culture of Software and Hardware Hackathon based on nascent technologies in tandem with evolving technology marketplace as institutional core competency.
Objectives of the Practice :
We as a higher educational enterprise committed to contribute to the evolving carbon neutral practices and protocols to avert the environmental catastrophe in time to come. We are keeping track of intergovernmental agreement on climate change starting from Kyoto to Glasgow We are enamoured by the fact that changing climate conditions driven national calamities and its cascading effects especially on poorer nations/ third world countries. We as a part of global south is coming together to fight this global distortional practices as a small part of the bigger whole. We believe that we can kind of standalone small higher educational institutes can create a chain reaction in our geography by fostering practices in our daily institutional life. We are extending this practice to contribute to the factors which create positive ecological footprints which in turn shall foster the spirit of social responsibilities in our students and sensitize them towards the world of deprivation, social disparities and marginalization. At TSEC, we engage students in meaningful carbon neutral initiatives instilling a sense of social obligations and responsibilities. We impress upon all the actors of the institute to restrain the consumption of natural resources & exhort them to disseminate the same in the families/communities around of their place of inhabitancy.
The Context :
The consumption pattern of the society has been exploded in exponential form which creates massive ecological footprints resulting in excessive carbon & methane emissions, deforestations and increased dissertation by excessive cattle grazing. We are witnessing radically different climate change patterns resulting in massive human miseries &
irreversible climatic patterns which drives social turbulence deprivation of basic amenities and perpetual; depletion of natural resources.
The Practice :
We as an institute of higher & professional education committed to reverse the process of accumulation of entropy through various means listed as under.
We understand the desirability of sustainability & impressing upon pupils & other associated above the necessity of carbon neutral practices. We also take initiative to educate young minds about systems trap especially ‘tragedy of commons’.
So, we also use different platform & communication channels to influence policy decision by various authorities & strive hard to work the systems towards achieving the goal of zero emission protocols. We also undertake to initiate research scholars to carry out energy efficiency processes specifically design & implementation of semiconductor chips and new architecture solution for energy efficient blockchain & quantum computing.
Our social outreach program also designed to sensitize people around the virtue to vegetarian food habits to reduce the population of grazing animals and excessive exploitation of seas for human consumption. We are also organizing seminars in the topic of climate change and ways & means of contributing to the cause of carbon neutral practices through carbon credits and other change of consumption pattern of human beings.
Evidence of Success :
We succeeded in organizing seminars and ground visit to educate students and staff. We encourage online meeting & expert lectures getting organised by chemical engineering department about sustainability issues and sustainable growth, alternative fuels and renewable energy sources.
We initiated academic research in ESG protocols and technological solutions for the attainment of the same by industrial behemoths.
Our NSS teams adopts villages & initiate them to sustainable practices even affecting life style changes. We as an institute replaced almost 80% of candescent lights with LED lights essentially to reduce the consumption of power. Our energy report is the testimonial for the same, so we carry out environmental audit periodically and also participating in tree plantation projects to contribute to the cause of forestation of land parcels which are being misuses by human greed. We as an institute migrated to digital systems & digitization and 80% of paper consumption got reduced from past year as all student submission and teachers file are stored/documented with Microsoft Teams cloud. We also completed fall ceiling work in all classrooms and some of the laboratories, 30% of laboratories to reduce the heat load for AC.
Problems Encountered and Resources required :
Limitation of funding from the University/ College /Other Umbrella bodies is significantly affecting our envisioned activities and programs. Other major constraint is identified as the time available between highly rigorous academic sessions and project activities.
Objectives of the Practice :
We observed that Indian University system thrive on theoretical rigor at the cost experiential learning. Our new curriculum is taking initiative to bridge the gap. AICTE & Ministry of Education, erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) initiated the concept & construct of hackathon which are designed essentially to offer focused effort by professional college students to offer digital solutions.
We as an institute grab the opportunity to popularize hackathon amongst undergraduate students starting from second year to initiate them to understand the process of solution building for a functional area which are real time in nature. The skewed curriculum orienting towards theoretical studies gets normalized by improving the participation in hackathon by majority of student community. The objective of helping the students to develop a temperament for understanding physical problem domain & functional area shall be massively improved by this initiative. The hackathons also contribute to further the cause of small & medium scale industries & government/municipal agencies which are starved of cash/funding.
The Context :
India as a nation is blessed with highly rigorous school education system which makes majority of the students coming out of schools (10+2) equipped with high level of mathematical and analytical integrities. Process designed to help pupils develop proficiencies in developing software and hardware solutions for digital systems makes them sought after in marketplace which is searching for talents who can create new age solutions, leveraging converging computational communication technologies. We are witnessing massive project funding in western economies in search of breakthrough technologies and technology driven practices. These advanced economies are limited by availability of techno savvy human capitals and are promoting international agreements for easy transfer of men and material across the borders. India as an Information Technology behemoth exports IT product and services whose value can be compared with revenue earned by Saudi Arabia in exporting their petroleum products. So, we are determined to create a supply chain of Human capital for National economy and to cater to this ever growing demand for digital technology savvy manpower to contribute to our wealth creation process. Hackathon is a tool to drive sustained innovation and crowdsource solutions to address challenges related to hardware or software and figure out a workable solution in a stipulated time. A hackathon is typically a time-bound competitive event where participants collaborate to build proofs of concept and minimum viable products for a specific pre-defined problem or to innovate.
Hackathon conceived by the political establishment at the PMO level and disseminated by AICTE and Innovation cell of Ministry of Education has been the single most important co-curricular activity. We remain focused in a state of “No stone Unturned” to embrace the culture of Hackathon amongst our learners, and results in creating a culture solution building. These competency building exercises of ours is also the biggest key differentiator.
We encourage maximum participation in Hackathons (software/hardware) getting organized at institute level , Govt. Of India, AICTE and multinational corporate essentially meant for developing solutions for public enterprises and succeeded in getting awards and cash prizes
The Practice :
We as an institute organise multiple Hackathons internally after carrying out a multitude of preprocessing. Teachers and students organise themselves to design problems which are socially relevant and also identify bottlenecks getting experienced by various business sectors , which encompasses agriculture , supply chain management, heath care , traffic management , digital commerce etc.
At the beginning of academic year and during admission to first year engineering, we explicitly high lights the massive efforts of the institute in investing heavily in terms of time and other resources as a key differentiator. This institutional culture and competencies catapult us in higher orbits of performance resulting in brilliant and productive outcomes of massive success in placements and admission to higher education.
We, as an institute are an early mover in initiating students to processes to help build competency in coding. Coding is essentially “Conversion of problem to logic”, which prompt/ nudges learners to relate theoretical moorings to real time applications and learner undergo metamorphic changes in their perspective of the real-world problems to be addressed.
We expose them to coding through class room engagement, practice sessions and nudge them to develop an interest in coding through online portals meant for training and evaluating students on their ability to remain focused for long time for a set goal, problem solving ability, competency in codifying problem definitions, developing computer codes with minimal time complexity, respect for extreme boundary conditions of problem definitions.
To motivate and inculcate students develop proficiency in coding and capable of offering solutions in Hackathons, we at the institute multiple events of hackathon namely “TSEC CodeTantra”, “TSEC Codecell” & “TSEC Code Storm” etc. Multiple societies are formed to actualise this process organising, marketing, and conducting hackathons. These societies are student bodies that aim to nurture a keen interest in building solutions algorithmically or architectural solution building amongst the students of TSEC and enhance their coding skills. Essentially a community of solution builders who wish to develop industry-relevant skills beyond academics, the societies were started in 2017. These societies populated with young and passionate teachers and pupils succeeds in bringing a self believe and competencies in nascent technologies, practices and tools. The institutes organise 4 software and 1 hardware national level Hackathons throughout the year.
Besides, students are encouraged to participate in various Hackathons and coding competitions conducted at state and national level by government agencies and IT/consulting companies like JPMC, Myntra, Ernst and Young, TCS, WIPRO.
Evidence of Success :
Campus placement drastically improved as our graduating students are performing well in “Coding Test”, which is single most important criteria for selection processes. Our effort to make “Hackathon “ as our core competency is bringing laurels and rewards in Hackathons getting organised by AICTE and other private entities. We are committed to take this process in the next orbit of performance in building competencies in newer coding techniques for autonomous vehicles and devices. Being the national level winner of AICTE conducted Smart India Hackathons (SIH), Ernst and Young (E & Y), JP Morgan Chase, TIAA are clear evidences of our successful practices in this regard.
Problems Encountered and Resources Required :
It is observed that the curriculum in practice prescribed by the university is not envisaging real time practices which can be learnt experientially and internalised by the students. Lack of case studies/success stories which can initiate them to real time problems and ways and means of addressing the same. Lack of industrial training/internship of higher duration is also affecting expected rate of penetration of these new age competency amongst the students.