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Published by Raji Rajan, 2019-12-19 09:25:51

Best Practices

Best Practices

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Best Practices

Every academic year the College aims to rigorously review and improvise the existing
academic and administrative practices. It includes innovation of ideas which could be
successfully implemented into feasible practices to impart holistic education. Below
listed are the best practices that were developed and improvised over the years:

A. Best Practice - 1
1. Title of the Best Practice
Engaging Students in Quality Enhancement Processes
2. The Practice
• The Internal Quality Assessment Cell (IQAC) of SJCC organises student participation

programmes periodically.
• Student Council / Governing Body is consulted on various matters of student welfare

and other policy matters.
• SJCC Alumni representatives are part of Board of Studies.
• Events such as Open House for students and some exclusively for Girl Students are

3. Evidences of Success
It is our observation that students are keenly interested in understanding the quality

initiatives of the college. Many of the students have voluntarily participated in
activities that provide them with an opportunity to envision actions embossed with
quality. Regular feedback has enabled the institution to add value to the existing
academic and administrative practices, thus making it student-centric.

B. Best Practice – 2

1. Title of the Best Practice
Professional Certifications Integration with Graduate Programs
2. The Practice
At St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, the various Integrated Professional Programs

offered along with Bachelor Degrees BBA and B. Com are as listed below:

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• Chartered Accountancy (CA) • In-depth teachings of the Catholic
• Company Secretary (CS) Church to ensure that they are deep
• Association of Chartered Certified rooted in the faith.

Accountants (ACCA) • Teachings include value-based learning
• Chartered Institute of Management sessions.

Accountants (CIMA) • Newer teachings from the church are
• Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) discussed as part of Faith Formation.
Currently, SJCC offers the B. Com
• To foster a deeper understanding of
program in integration with ACCA, the Sacraments, Traditions and Beliefs
where students are exempted from in each of our students.
taking up examination for 6 courses
under the program, as these papers 3. Evidences of Success
are integrated in the B. Com program Students who have been part of faith
of SJCC. From the academic year
2017-18, SJCC has been offering BBA formation sessions have adopted a
program integrated with CIMA and holistic approach in their lives. They are
students have the option to undertake better-prepared to face the challenges
challenging courses and pursue their in both- their professional and personal
various interests. lives.
3. Evidences of Success
SJCC’s student performance, as a D. Best Practice – 4
result of intensive training, has been
exemplary. In some cases, the overall 1. Title of the Best Practice
result has been higher than the all India Bridge Courses for Slow Learners
statistics. SJCC Students Performance 2. The Practice
Record is presented below: Students who are from non-commerce

Professional SJCC Statistics All India background or students who did not
Program Exam Statistics pursue Mathematics as a subject of
CA 67.2% study after matriculation are the target
CPT- May 2018 59.3% 28.06% audience of such Bridge Courses. This
CPT – Dec 40.2% 44.12% course is also mandatory for students
2018 17.98% who score less than 50% marks in
IPCC Accounts or in Mathematics. The
Bridge course is a three-week program
C. Best Practice – 3 (sometimes even four weeks depending
on the requirement of the students)
1. Title of the Best Practice conducted before the commencement
Faith Formation Sessions of regular undergraduate classes. The
2. The Practice pre-assessment criteria are based on
Faith formation sessions include the the marks obtained by the students
in their pre-university examination.
following: After the Bridge course, students who
score marks lower than 50% have to
reappear for the same exam but such

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requirement has hardly risen. The by the examination department,
success ratio of the improved quality including each student’s photograph.
is verified with the feedback collected In case of any discrepancies, the
from the students all these years. examination coordinator intervenes
3. Evidence of Success for rectification.
Students are able to excel in exams, as 3. Evidence of Success
is evident from their assessment marks The efforts taken towards the
and performance in the subsequent implementation of these new steps
exams. Their improved confidence have improved the efficiency, reliability,
allows them to participate in various transparency and accuracy in the
curricular as well as co-curricular examination system of the college.
activities and excel in those with good The seamless systematic generation of
results. The results of the students examination documentation including
have been always been a hallmark of the results declaration, has given the
their capabilities, as well the success of Institution the advantage of uniformity
the programme. The written feedback in the assessment. Not to ignore, the
of the slow learners has given positive number of cases of malpractices has
input to conduct such programs on reduced to a great extent along with
regular basis. lesser numbers of the errors.
E. Best Practice – 5 F. Best Practice – 6

1. Title of the Best Practice 1. Title of the Best Practice
Integrated Software for Examination International Collaborations
2. The Practice 2. The Practice
St. Joseph’s College of Commerce aims International academic collaborations

at providing a robust environment with Swansea University, Wales, UK;
to its students as well as the faculty ESDES, France; Kobe College, Japan;
members in terms of teaching, and Dulles University, USA, give a
learning and evaluation process. The global outlook to the students for
entire pre-examination process is ERP lifelong ventures. It provides a holistic
based, involving all processes from the framework for combined efforts,
online examination fees submission. effective engagements, and helps
The issue of consolidated marks card is address areas of possible co-operations
also through the same system. At the and collaborative efforts in graduation,
time of admission, examination forms under-graduation, research, cultural
are scrutinized class wise, checked for exchange and dual degree programs.
subjects, subject groups, name, code A group of selected students from
number etc. and then processed further. the college visit the aforementioned
Hence, a checklist is provided where all Universities along with faculty
the information pertaining to students is members. They witness and try to learn
stored for further communication. This from the academic culture as well as
information is used when the students’ understand the learning possibilities at
Examination Hall Tickets are generated

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a global level. Likewise, students from Summative assessment and Formative
these International Universities visit St. assessment gets split into 70:30
Joseph’s College of Commerce and learn ratios respectively. With this split, the
not only about the academic teaching- students get ample opportunities to
learning practices in the college but improve their core academic skills as
also enjoy cultural cuisines, the cultural well as life-skills.
programmes, shopping experiences in In core skill areas, subjects which are
India. Such exchange programs enlarge more technical in nature have been
both the Universities students’ vision, given summative importance for end
not only for their individual possibilities term assessments; while research
but also global challenges. This further projects, the involvement of the
is intensified with the collaborations students in outreach programmes,
of NGOs. It has been observed that presentations through PowerPoint,
collaborations with few NGOs such as etc are considered as formative
U & I, Bhumi, etc. encourage social role assessment areas. Observation criteria
and responsibilities among students. and feedbacks mechanisms-formal
3. Evidence of Success and informal are devised during the
Students, who have been part of the learning phase in the formative sessions
selection processes and witnessed the to direct the students effectively in the
academia of foreign universities, have right directions. Some of the formative
shown a holistic approach towards sessions are not graded but used as
life; be it professional or personal. feedback for the students to improve
They have shown a marked difference before the summative assessment.
in comparison to other students, in Such differentiations in assessment
terms approachability, relationships help the students plan and groom
and perseverance in matters related to themselves in the subjective knowledge
academics, and co-curricular activities. and life skills. This system also makes the
They exhibit pro-activeness and a faculty members/teachers recognize
positive attitude, thus bringing an students’ participation in co-curricular
extra edge to their work qualitatively. and extra-curriculum activities like
These are some of the highlights found outreach programs, field visits,
in our students which paves the path Industrial visits, sports events, debates,
of success for them. discussions, JAM sessions, NCC, NSA,
G. Best Practice – 7 etc. These are vital for the students’ life
skills and personality development. It
1. Title of the Best Practice also noted that languages incorporate
Comprehensive Evaluation System diverse kind of tasks such as creative
2. The Practice thinking and writing, in terms of essays
The scoring of marks is taken into or regular personal journal, and oral
presentations build the student’s
consideration for both, the approaches confidence level off stage as well as on-
of continuous and comprehensive stage, thus nurturing critical-thinking
system of evaluation design. Thus the among students.

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3. Evidence of Success 3. Advantages
Almost all students have shown their • Various tie-ups and collaborations with

interest in co-curricular activities which foreign universities and professional
pertain to comprehensive assessment bodies.
processes. Students have developed • Introduction of courses which have
a fine positive attitude towards Global relevance and Demand.
themselves as well as others which • Greater industry - academia
is an essential life-skill. Along with it, integration.
students have excelled in activities • Enhances scope for student
like sports and co-curricular activities participation and experiential learning
such as debates, group discussions, 4. Evidence of Success
community representation which has • Positive student testimonials and
groomed their personality overall. feedback have been received.
The success of these students can be • The CBCS approach has led to an
witnessed with their final score card as increase in the rate of placement and
it contains all the evaluation grading. opportunities for the students.
H. Best Practice – 8 I. Best Practice – 9

1. Title of the Best Practice 1. Title of the Best Practice
Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) Social Inclusion in Education
2. The Practice 2. The Practice
In the CBCS, the awarding of the degree Students, irrespective of their

is based on the number of credits background, are granted admission
earned by the students from 4 major to SJCC. Special efforts are also made
sections: by various cells in the college such as
i. Languages the Equal Opportunity Cell and the
ii. Core Course and Elective Courses Quality Assurance Cell to ensure that
iii. Co-Curricular Activities all students have a quality student life.
iv. Extension Activities Scholarships are also made available to
The students of the second year have all deserving students.
the choice of selecting two open 3. Evidence of Success
electives from a list of diverse multi- • The number of students who come
disciplinary subject topics that they from underprivileged backgrounds
wish to study during the duration of and complete their degree and secure
their degree. The third- year students placements has increased.
have the choice of selecting one elective J. Best Practice – 10
from a list of five major electives which
further consists of four core papers and 1. Title of the Best Practice
one skill-based paper. Greater Attention to Sports

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2. The Practice academic year to ensure that students
Admissions through sports quota have exposure to the industry.
3. Evidence of Success
includes talent search in the field of • Since these credits are compulsory, all
sports, at micro level and appropriate students have to complete the course
training is provided by the college in order to graduate.
throughout the academic year. There • Students have further built their CV
also exists a continuous monitoring and secured jobs too.
system which enhances performance L. Best Practice – 12
and contributes towards excellence in
the respective sporting events. 1. Title of the Best Practice
3. Evidence of Success Industry Collaborative Education
• SJCC conducts many sporting 2. The Practice
tournaments around the year including • Courses are designed in collaboration
its own sports fest ‘Spiel’.
• The rising number of students who with industry experts.
qualify for various State and National • Industry professionals train faculty
team from college indicates a steady
rise over the previous years. members and enable them to teach
• There has also been an increase in the and execute specialized material.
number of students who have taken up • Students gain knowledge through guest
sports-related careers. lectures and field visits to understand
K. Best Practice – 11 the workings of the industry throughout
the course.
1. Title of the Best Practice 3. Evidence of Success
Credit Courses • High rate of successful student
2. The Practice placements in the past academic years
• Each course, course objective and M. Best Practice – 13

course outcome is designed in 1. Title of the Best Practice
collaboration with professionals so as Comprehensive & Continuous Student
to ensure that the course is market
relevant. Feedback System
• Regular internal assessments and tests 2. The Practice
are conducted to evaluate the students • Students can write their feedback/
on their progress.
• A continuous feedback system is grievances 24/7 to a designated Email
followed to ensure that student opinion ID.
is taken into consideration. • A systematic Student Feedback /
• Students have to take up compulsory Survey is conducted by the Internal
industrial visits at least once every Quality Assessment Cell (IQAC) once
every semester.

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• The students are asked to rate the 3. Evidence of Success
instructor of their concerned subjects Assessment in OBE model shows
on various vital parameters.
positive trends of students achieving
• The students’ responses are course learning outcomes.
automatically analysed on a 10- point O. Best Practice – 15
scale by the system and it is monitored
by a mechanism under the control of 1. Title of the Best Practice
Principal. Dissent and Discuss
2. The Practice
3. Evidence of Success • The college encourages students to
• The quality of teaching has improved
organize debates on various topics of
drastically, bettering the institution’s public importance
national ranking. • Provide the students with a platform
• There has been a consistent for discussion in the various fests, open
improvement in the rating of teachers mics, Comverse and Spotlight sessions
over time, reflecting the betterment in conducted during the academic year
the quality of teaching. • Inculcating the art of dissent in the
N. Best Practice – 14 students
1. Title of the Best Practice • Organizing debates as part of classroom
Outcome- Based Education assignments and allotting marks for the
2. The Practice same
The Institution follows Outcome Based 3. Evidence of Success
Education (OBE) model of learning that • Students have learnt to express their
has created the space for the institution opinions while also exercising their
to redesign its curriculum, teaching- sensitivity towards various issues
learning process and assessment. In • Students have visibility in various
order to create an outcome based spoken and written public forums such
curriculum, the institution’s specific as social media blogs, college fests,
programme education objectives open mics, etc.
(PEOs) were first designed. These P. Best Practice – 16
objectives, led to the development of
Programme learning outcomes (PLOs). 1. Title of the Best Practice
Programme education objectives and Service Learning

the Programme learning outcomes 2. The Practice
form the base for the development • The students of the college, under
of the curriculum containing multiple
courses, each with specific objectives. the initiative of the Student Council,
Course objectives help in deriving the volunteer themselves for the cleaning
course learning outcomes (CLOs), the and maintenance work of the college
competencies required and indicators campus once in a month, relieving the
of the same. For 481 course Course house-keeping staff from their duties
Outcomes (COs) have been designed.

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on this particular day officially tagged guidance. Classes are handled by two
as the ‘Big Day Off’
faculty members which enables better
• Traffic awareness programme, concentration and the students receive
voluntary cleanliness drives, social visits greater individual attention
to orphanages and old age homes are 3. Evidence of Success
other ways through which the college • Students were able to clear doubts
propagates the realisation of service- inside the classroom more efficiently
based learning. and quickly because of the presence of
• Rural camps conducted by the two teachers
institution also sensitise the students • Positive feedback was received from
to the various problems faced by the students about the understanding of
people living in the rural areas nearby. the delivered content
3. Evidence of Success R. Best Practice – 18
• Service oriented activities of students
are reported in newspapers 1. Title of the Best Practice
• Many students join NGOs to work for Education for All
the society because of the exposure 2. The Practice
and learning they receive on these During admissions, the received
outreach programs
• Pursuance of a career in service and applications are segregated and
social work by the final year students scrutinized with great care to
Q. Best Practice – 17 identify students from disadvantaged
backgrounds. After the admission,
1. Title of the Best Practice conscious efforts are made to execute a
Shared Teaching seamless integration of these students
2. The Practice into the mainstream student body. It is
• Lesson plans are prepared by both ensured that there is equity, in terms
of opportunities, provided to all the
the faculty members in collaboration. students. The institution has introduced
Such a practice becomes effective as a wide range of schemes like fee
the subjects under shared teaching concession, fee payment in instalments,
in a single classroom are framed and scholarships, mid-day meals, bridge
designed by the two faculty members. course classes, special classes, remedial
• Prior discussions, appropriation of the classes etc. to bring about effective
topics are done before the curriculum inclusion of such students. Progress of
is implemented, thus prioritising the these students is tracked periodically in
range of diversified students’ potentials. order to devise timely intervention.
Topics are thoroughly discussed and 3. Evidence of Success
each of the teacher’s expert domain • The number of students from the
is identified so that there is efficient underprivileged sections of the society
sharing of syllabus who apply to study in the college
• Students receive greater attention and • The number of admissions granted to
get better accessibility to the teachers’ students irrespective of their social

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• The number of students who clear the The Practice
papers, acquire their degree and secure With the resources available through
jobs through the college placement
cell textbooks/online materials, the
students are pushed to explore inter-
S. Best Practice – 19 connective reading materials, explore
the diverse nuances of a particular
1. Title of the Best Practice topic and identify as researchers, the
Curriculum Advancement gaps and lapses of a particular area
2. The Practice of interest and concern. The teachers
• Deliberation of the changes in induce such inquisitive and expanded
reading practices by strategically
curriculum by the Board of Studies, deliberating the curriculum content in
comprising of subject teachers, the classroom and also through certain
academicians, student representatives co-curricular activities.
and Industry representatives This method of teaching adopts the
• Incorporation of changes in the flipped classroom model to improve
curriculum the teaching-learning process in the
• Regular staff enrichment programmes classroom. Students have access to
and deliberation focused on curriculum existing material through online/
advancement textbooks along with continuous
• Promoting research on campus guidance of the teacher.
to help the staff map the latest Evidence of Success
advancements in their respective areas Learning of students is enhanced
of specialization. through critical thinking, in-class
• Encouraging faculty to attend seminars instruction based assignments and
and workshops and present research discussions.
papers U. Best Practice – 21
• Mobilization of learning resources
which are searchable, accessible 1. Title of the Best Practice
and shareable for curriculum Participative Governance
implementation 2. The Practice
3. Evidence of Success Governance activities within the
• Increase in the number of new
interdisciplinary courses college are carried out via the following
• Achievement of the status of academic sources:
recognition of certain courses. • Student Council
T. Best Practice – 20 • Feedback Mechanism
• Exit interviews
1. Title of the Best Practice • Staff Performance Evaluation
Mentored based Andragogic • Open house

programme for Research Methodology

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• Grievance Redressal Committee W. Best Practice – 23
• Parent Orientation and PTA 1. Title of the Best Practice
• Vibrant Alumni, BOS/Academic Council Student Diversity
2. The Practice
and Governing Body The institution follows a system of
• Extended IQAC
3. Evidence of Success admission without any bias. Students
• Positive feedback from the students from a diverse crowd including non-
• Positive Parent Feedback traditional learners, first generation
• Selection of Best Outgoing students by students, quick learners, academically
challenged students and students
the Alumni from different linguistic, social and
V. Best Practice – 22 cultural backgrounds are admitted into
the college. These students are also
1. Title of the Best Practice provided with necessary support and
Student Support advancement opportunities.
2. The Practice 3. Evidence of Success
The institution conducts Holistic • The number of students from diverse
sections of society who apply to study
Development Programmes throughout in the college
the academic year to ensure that the • The number of students who come from
students develop on the personal diverse backgrounds and complete
as well as professional fronts. This their degree and secure placements
is facilitated through Mentorship • The number of admissions granted
Programs, Parent Teacher Association, to students irrespective of their
Staff Performance, Evaluation Report, backgrounds
an efficient Campus Ministry, Bridge
Course and Remedial Classes Training X. Best Practice – 24
& Placement Cell, Career Counseling, 1. Title of the Best Practice
Sexual Harassment Prevention & Education Beyond the Classrooms
Redressal Cell, Equal Opportunity Cell, 2. The Practice
Grievance Cell, Scholarships, Mid- day At SJCC, education beyond the
meal schemes and the Anti Ragging
Cell. classroom is achieved through the
3. Evidence of Success following ways:
• Improved student feedback over the • Professional Certification Programs
past few years • Outbound Learning Programs
• Increased level of student placements • Internships – Corporate & Social
through the placement cell Sector
• Extremely efficient student mentoring
and counselling system

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• Extension and Community Outreach Y. Best Practice – 25

• Involvement in Associations, Business 1. Title of the Best Practice
& Literary Clubs, E cell, Women’s forum, Promotion of Entrepreneurial Spirit
Choir 2. The Practice
• Creating events such as E-Series that
• Sports
promote a sense of entrepreneurship
3. Evidence of Success

• Outreach activities of students are • Introducing a culture that encourages
creativity, innovation and risk
reported in newspapers acceptance through forums such as
• Compulsory industrial visits and social

visits are conducted every academic • The BBA Entrepreneurship program
year also encourages entrepreneurial

• Many students join NGOs to work solutions to societal needs

for society because of exposure and 3. Evidence of Success
learning they receive on these outreach • Several guest lectures and workshops
conducted by entrepreneurs

• The increase in the number of students • Introduction of professional courses
who have taken up a career in sports, and credit courses related to

theatre, music and other artistic fields entrepreneurship.

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