Best Practice I
SREE NEELANKANTA GOVERNMENT SANSKRIT COLLEGE – PATTAMBI
Learning management system (LMS)
In order to pace with the changes in the learning practices of the time, College has established Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS is installed, designed and maintained by using the resources absolutely from Institution itself. This platform provides a space for pooling available online learning resources and educational platforms, online interaction between students and teachers and students themselves. The process of evaluation, advances in teaching and learning practices, information mechanism and overall academic management could be practiced and propagated through LMS. Other than the extension of existing programmes in the college, courses in specialized areas like competitive exams and in required areas are being conducted.
As the college is placed in a rural area and majority of students are from distant villages, the time they can spent after the official college hours is minimum. For getting continuity of the learning process a platform where students can interact with themselves and with teachers is an essentiality As it is opened only to enrolled members it maintains a classroom ambience. The portal can be accessed by a mobile app and this enables the students to interact with study materials at anytime and anyplace. For this purpose College is running a dedicated server. Students and teachers are provided with Institutional ID and mobile application. Facilities include Virtual Classes, Video presentations, Study Materials, Model Examinations, Group Chat, Discussion Forum, Databases; System managed Grading and Evaluation, Glossary and e books. Also LMS is equipped with around fifty educational tools which are used in the purpose of content transaction and evaluation. All the continuous evaluation process is now migrated to online and all administrative and other Institutional communications are also given through this platform. Development of E-content, knowledge repositories and other web resources is also an important dimension of the project.
Already digital indexing and online digital archive is ready for public use through LMS. Digitalisation of manuscripts and formation of its online archive is at underway. An attempt is started to revise and online publishing of already translated science books. Delnet, Inflinet and learning platforms initiated by MHRD,UGC,DCE are also incorporated on this platform. College is concerned about extending these services for educational department in the state and for other educational institutions. Currently, LMS in Pattambi College is the platform for the entire administration for the interactions for the Higher Secondary Teachers programme which is conducted by higher secondary Department, SCERT along with Department of Collegiate Education. As a part of this attempt a YouTube channel which provides video lessons and live streaming of academic seminars is already in the public domain. An LMS studio for video recording, editing and web screening is already set up in the college all modern facilities. From its short history of LMS in the college is already proven that it is capable to generate enough funds for the development of this centre and for other academic requirements.
New concepts in Educational technology like blended learning and flip class room learning practices are implemented in the college through this LMS Platform.
LMS is run by IQAC and maintained by LMS monitoring cell. Financial management is under the supervision of college PTA
Annual Report: 2017-18
The college Learning Management System (LMS) was introduced as part of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell’s commitment to provide support to students in addition to their regular courses. For this a learning management system that works based on the open source programme-MOODLE was installed with web address https://sngscollege.org/online by Dr. Santhosh HK. Our LMS was design to suit the needs of both the teachers and the students simultaneously. It providesmore than 50 variety of tools to provide notes, video lectures, online live classes, Assignments, Evaluation or Tests, Surveys, Feedbacks, etc. and the students. Among these most wide used Activities and Resources by our LMS system this year are as follows:
Resources- These are materials provided by the teacher to the students
Files: the teacher provides a picture, document, spreadsheet, sound file, video file, etc which the students can directly view or download and access.
Folders: The teacher provides more than files that organized in a folder or share sub folders relate a single topic or subject
Page: The teacher creates a single scrollable web page with the robust HTML editor that a student view like other normal web pages with pictures, videos, notes, hyperlinks, voice recordings, etc.
URL: Used by teacher to share their web contents or external content to the students via web links which can be access within our LMS window (embedded) or as new tabs by the student on their web browser. Its helps the teachers shared their files in google drive, you tube or other video/audio contents, relevant web pages, online slide presentations, etc.
Book: A resource to share multi-page content or notes with a book-like format
Activities- These are contents where students can interacts with the teacher or other students.
Database: A record or database that students can create, maintain and search entries.
Forum: Enables discussions by students with teachers and other students
Glossary: Allows students to create and maintain a list of definitions, like an encyclopaedia or a dictionary
Assignment: It helps teacher to give assignments which the students can be uploaded as files or voice/video recording or typed text and evaluated with comments and graded online
Quiz: It’s used for tests which allows the teacher to set tests or quizzes that can be automatically or manually valued with feedback at time of tests, immediately after the test and after the exams. Thus the Quiz activity not only helps evaluated the students but also guides the student to learn the topic.
Feedback: An activity which teacher can use to collect feedback or survey about the topic
Lesson: An activity where teacher can design contents in flexible ways to cater the needs of students at different learning levels in the same class.
Big blue button: Helps the teacher create real-time on-line classrooms within the LMS portal for online class or face to face discussion with students
A committee for monitoring the functioning of the LMS was formed chaired by Dr. Santhosh H K (HOD Malayalam and IQAC Co-ordinator) and at least one member from each of the Departments of the college. All the courses (Subjects/papers) were created on the LMS portal by the LMS administrators. Later, the LMS Monitoring Committee created a database and inducted all teachers and students into this LMS portal with help of trained student volunteers. The committee decided to provide a training session to teacher and students of the college. For this two separate sessions were given to teachers at EDUSAT Hall by Dr. Santhosh H K and general orientation about LMS for students by LMS monitoring committee, followed by training by teachers to their respective department students. Teachers and students on regular basis used the LMS to support their classroom teaching-learning process. The activities were monitored and the difficulties faced by the teachers and specifically the students were addressed regularly by the members of the LMS monitoring committee. The implementation of LMS was whole heartedly received by all the department faculties and pupils.
In addition to these, two new add-on courses for competitive exam aspirants from outside the college were introduced for higher secondary school teachers (HSST) PSc exam training in Chemistry and Malayalam. These modules served around 80 students in Chemistry and around 240 students in Malayalam. A nominal fee was collected from these participants by the PTA to run the expenses related to hosting and maintenance of the LMS Web Portal. The programmes were greatly appreciated by the participants and successfully complete it goals.
Annual Report: 2018-19
A fresh committee was nominated by the college council head by Dr. HK Santhosh to monitor the functioning of our College Learning Management System (LMS) Portal and it activities. The Moodle based LMS portal was upgraded to the latest version and new users from teacher and students were created. The LMS portal was used by the teacher to provide notes in form of PDF document, files, spread sheets or presentation, video lectures, share relevant web pages and materials and to host online interaction. For this various Resource tools such as “ File”- to share files, pictures, audio and video, “Folder”- to provide contents related , “Page”- web page created on LMS by teacher, “URL” to share web contents on LMS such as Wikipedia, “Book” to create multi-page content or notes with a book-like format by teachers, etc and Activities including “Quiz”- for continuous evaluation, ”Assignment” for uploading and valuing assignments, “Forum” for discussion among teachers and students, “Bigblue button” for online live interaction, etc were used. Also new tools such “Attendance” to mark attendance of students and “H5P interactive” for developing HTML5 based interactive teaching contents which would include multiple features in single section such as interactive videos, tests, games, presentation, etc were installed as plug-in extension to the existing Activity/Resource of LMS.
All the existing and newly joined faculties and students were given hand-on training by LMS Monitoring team and were introduced to the changes and updates in LMS portal. New user creation and of database updating was done by the LMS team with the help of trained students from our departments. Internal or Model exam for semester were done for various courses on regular basis in addition to providing support materials.
Three new add-on courses for UGC-NET coaching were introduced this year on our LMS portal in addition to the two higher secondary school teachers (HSST) PSc Training in Chemistry and Malayalam last year. One course was for UGC NET paper 1 – a general paper for Arts, Language & Humanities NET/JRF aspirants and the other two courses were UGC NET paper 2 to for Malayalam and Arabic. A nominal fee was collected from these participants by the PTA to run the expenses related to hosting and maintenance of the LMS Web Portal.
By the end October 2018 a separate Moodle based LMS platform website was started to support the Higher Secondary Teachers programme which was organised by the higher secondary Department, SCERT along with Department of Collegiate Education courses held at 20 centres state wide. For this our LMS hosted as spate site at the web address https://sngscollege.org/HSST. The course was attended by higher secondary school teacher (HSST) from all around Kerala.
Annual Report 2019-20
SNGS College Pattambi LMS database was upgrade to support more than 2000 user this year. A new committee for monitoring LMS activity was selected and head by Dr. Santhosh HK. Newly teacher and students were enrolled as user to the LMS provided with institution ID, required training and orientation programmes. Apart from the earlier resources new tools including “Journal”- that enables teachers to obtain students feedback about a specific topic, “Podcast”-that enables participants to create a podcast and publish episodes consisting of video or audio files, meeting tools such “Webx meeting” and “Jitsi”, etc were installed. Teachers and students used the LMS portal during academic year along with the regular classes and greatly appreciated its use during Lockdown period in March 2020 when classes were suspended due Covid-19 pandemic. Since the LMS was already in place as a practice at our college it easier for the teachers and students to shift to online class via LMS and other programmes with little additional training sessions provided by the LMS monitoring Committee
5 new add-on courses were introduced this in addition to all the earlier add on courses, i.e 2 courses for HSST training in Chemistry and Malayalam and 3 course in UGC NET General paper and Paper 2 of Malayalam and Arabic. One course each for UGC NET paper-2 in Commerce, Economics and Sanskrit by the respective departments was started. By the end of September 2019 two separate PSc coaching courses for the post of Assistant Professor in Commerce and Malayalam were initiated. Around 70 aspirants registered for Commerce and around 240 for Malayalam PSC coaching courses.
Also we provided online training course of two week duration using our LMS facility to teachers of various schools and colleges in and out of the state. Two such completely free online Moodle based LMS training courses with around 300 plus participant were organised by the LMS Monitoring Committee and resourced by our LMS system on the web address https://sngscollege.org/training/ during the COVID 19 lockdown period. Also a course on free and open sourced citation manager “Zotero” was organised by the LMS committee during this Pandemic period to teachers and research from various college in and out of the state.
Best Practice 2
2017 – 18
PROF NARAYANAN CENTRE FOR PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE. (SUPPORTED BY IIT PALAKKAD
The aim of the PROFNARAYANAN CENTRE FOR PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE is to contribute to the understanding of science by the public, intensification of the concept of reason and to develop technology and know-how to resolve requirements locally. Currently, the center is supported by IIT Palakkad and the procedure for officiating as collaboration is in the pipeline. By ‘public’ we mean the largest possible audience from the nearby places of the college. The center is supposed to engage with organizations or people who have the power and ability to propagate or oppose the ideas especially with scholars in other sciences andin humanities, engineers, journalists, politicians, professionals, and artists.
Understanding’ in this instance gives both the beauty and content of science.
The goal is for the public to appreciate the concept of reality which science forwards about the natural world, its falsifiability and how it proceeds.
Ultimately this process should provide an insight into the connectedness of science and their everyday life. Science here means, not only the natural and mathematical sciences but also the history of science and the philosophy of science as well. However, preference should be given to specialties that express or achieve their results mainly by symbolic manipulation, such as Particle physics, Molecular biology, Cosmology, Genetics, Computer science,
Linguistics, Brain research, and, of course, Mathematics. These are the areas where the idea of abstraction is highly positively used and because of the same thing, communication to the public is at stake. The activities of the center will be supported by IIT Palakkad and coordinated by IQAC in the college. A committee involving teachers from the college and IIT will involve in the planning of different types of programmes. Primary goals To bring the issues in the society to a scientific platform and to analyze the same in the light of reason. The task of communicating science to the layman without having the risk of oversimplification is not a simple one. The Center is supposed to hold meetings on current issues to cultivate a scientific perspective. How to have minimum self-sufficiency in using technology, in energy solutions and in rural area is also its primary target. Responsibilities Because of the importance of communicating with as wide an audience as possible, any such efforts should be directed primarily towards the education of non-specialists and laymen. How to transform the society in terms of reason by bringing them continuously to discussions with materials and scholars, is the prime responsibility.
Interaction of the center with the society should have the pedagogical range that goes beyond the conventional teaching methods. The lectures and programmes should address the different strata of the society, effectively. The center is supposed to interact with political, religious, and other societal forces too.
To revise and to reinvent the science teaching and learning, the only way is to engage with neighboring schools and to work with them. Ongoing Projects 1. A lecture of a contemporary intellectual on subjects related to science, history of science, philosophy, and politics of science has to be organized. 2. Plastic recycling machine for the conversion of plastic bottles into useful things is already set up as the project work of physics students of 2018-19 under the center. Investigation to find out convenient temperature for different types of plastics is going on. 3. A workshop on molding glass is planned to have in Nov 2018. 4. A two-day workshop for formulating the methodology for translating science to Malayalam conducted in November in association with Malayalam Department. 5. Three two day workshop, mathematics for physics teachers,physics for chemistry teachers and chemistry for biology teachers will be conducted. 6. Solar lights is planned to install as the project work of students. 7. Biodiversity study of forest area in Ramagirikota is in the initial procedures.
Digitizing the knowledge and art tradition of Pattambi
Pattambi Sri Neelakanta Government Sanskrit College is a Special Grade College and has been in the Center of Excellence list of the State Government since 1993. Pattambi College was selected as the Center of Excellence for Languages when the Center of Excellence project was redesigned at the state level in 2019-20 focusing on departments. It is envisioned as a Center for Oriental Studies focusing on Sanskrit and Malayalam research.
1. Sanskrit and Malayalam sections were formed in Pattambi College at the same time as it was established as a Sanskrit school in 1899 and became an affiliated college at the University of Madras in 1911. It has the oldest Malayalam and Sanskrit departments in Kerala. Recognized as a Research Division in 1977, these two departments have already produced a number of excellent writers, linguists and teachers in Kerala.
2. A Center for Oriental Language Research was established in 1997 by the then Vice President. Shri. KR Narayanan inaugurated the function
3. Numerous research papers, initiatives and publications have already been published by the two research departments.
1. To lead academic activities that give a new direction to the study and research of Sanskrit and Malayalam language literature.
2. Digitize past archives and documents in the field in Kerala and create extensive archives and repositories.
3. Enable the application and integration of new technology in language learning and research.
4. Nilanadithadapadanam (Study of the river banks of River Nila) and archiving of traditional arts have already been done by both these departments. To continue the good work in this area.
5. Enable methodological accuracy and modernization in language research.
6. Share new academic insights into the field of linguistics with the general public.
7. Develop extensive research projects in collaboration with other language departments.
8. Coordinate academic activities in the field of linguistics.
9. Enable excellent research publications in this area.
10. Introduce the contributions of Punnassery Nambi, his colleagues and students in the field of linguistic education to the new generation.
An amount of `1 crore has been sanctioned for the development of this center
The Malayalam Department has been conducting the Poetry Carnival for the last four years. This is the largest festival conducted exclusively for poetry in India today. It is also the largest cultural festival and academic activity organized by a college in Kerala. As part of the Carnival, exhibitions entitled Legacy of Nila and Legacy of Punnassery College were organized.
Digitization of more than 400 college manuscripts is underway.
Punnassery Nambi Lecture Series and Foundation Day are celebrated every year.
The Malayalam section has designed a portal that coordinates Malayalam research of various universities in India.
Created a digital repository of old magazines.
Vijnanachintamanis digitization activities started.
Documentation of traditional art forms in the river banks of River Nila is underway. A Blue-ray theater has been completed for the show.
Both the departments are producing research publications.
Preservation and digitization of palm leaves were initiated. The students were trained in this area.
Students were trained to read ancient works and translate them to Devanagiri script.
The Malayalam Research Journal Consortium has been launched to convert Malayalam academic research publications into online peer reviewed journals.
Digital index of Malayalam school textbooks were prepared.
Innovative projects were published in book form.
Organized Malayalam Arabic Poetry Translation Workshop and South Indian Youth Poetry Translation Workshop.
Reprinting of ancient works.
Lecture Series by Punnassery Chair