Focused on the needs of students in Corona pandemic

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Dr Neha Patel

In our transition from offline to online, we continued to focus on the needs of the students and adapted towards innovative methods to engage students in the online sessions, says Dr Neha Patel, Director, Som-Lalit Education and Research Foundation, Ahmedabad, in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Som-Lalit Insitute of Business Management Studies (SLIBM) is a name synonymous in the area of Management in Gujarat since more than 20 years. We, at Som-Lalit believe in an all-inclusive development of the students. In the two years that the students are with us, they undergo a metamorphosis in their thought process, goal formulation, approach towards life and society. One of the major reasons for our success is the relationship enjoyed between the faculty and the students and our strong alumni of more than 3000 students can assure that.

Management is a course which focuses on holistic learning of the student. In our transition from offline to online, we continued to focus on the needs of the students and adapted towards innovative methods to engage students in the online sessions. At SLIBM, we believe that being in the line of education is not merely a job but we are responsible for shaping these students to not just become successful professionals or leader but also better citizens. Since the college campus closed from the third week of March 2020; 1) our campus was given to volunteers who prepared food packets for distribution 2) Our students created positive videos to spread the message of being positive which we uploaded on social media. 3) Our senior students took it upon themselves to guide first year management students.

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On the academic front, a) the faculties provided the students with individual assignments related to their subjects. The assignments were practical in nature but involved the application of the concepts taught. The assignments were unique, interesting and individual in nature ensuring that each student worked to their best capacity b) There were also online test conducted periodically to ensure that the students keep themselves updated with the different courses taught in their semester. Depending on the nature of the course c) Few faculties video recorded their classes and sent it to the students and the conducted doubt solving sessions post that. These proved to be very effective for courses like Research Methodology and Production Operation Management. d ) Generic on line sessions were conducted with the students to address their concerns regularly. They were encouraged to hone other skill sets which were important from their future career prospects e) Aptitude as well as concept based test were conducted regularly with an eye kept on the performance of each student f) Summer Intern ships is mandatory for all students wherein they work under their mentors in the industry/corporate for six to eight weeks to gain practical exposure. The guidelines issued mandated that the students were not to venture out for their summer internships but the institutes were to give them projects. Our faculties discussed with students about their areas of interest and assigned projects to them wherein weekly reporting was mandated.

The institute has worked on the philosophy of being for the students, by the students and of the students and whether we are in the offline or online space, we have always strived to never leave our focus from the well being of our students.

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