St. Xavier’s College in Jaipur has initiated a series of professional talks and workshops to align with the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) at the beginning of the academic year. The inaugural workshop on NEP was conducted by Prof. B. Thimme Gowda, former Vice Chairman of Karnataka State Higher Education Council. The workshop covered NEP’s implementation, scope, objectives, and benefits, emphasizing quality enhancement, global alignment, and positive impacts on the Indian education system. Prof. Gowda discussed changes like credit-based curriculum, multi-disciplinary education, skill enhancement, value-based education, and more. The three pillars of a sound education system (Knowledge, Skills, Values) and concepts like Project-based Learning (PBL), MERUs, ABC, and FYUG Program were elucidated. St. Xavier’s College expressed gratitude for having such an esteemed NEP creator and highlighted the urgent need for national policy implementation to foster responsible citizens. The Day 1 ended with a Vote of Thanks from Secretary NEP Taskforce, Dr. Shikha Arora Bakshi, summarizing the learning.
The third day of the NEP workshop, led by Prof. Fr. Dejus John Retnam from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata, delved into NEP’s core aspects. The workshop began with an invocation and welcome, followed by Fr. Dejus discussing NEP’s vision using a real-life example. The new credit system, academic bank of credits, and course structures were explained in detail, encompassing major and minor subjects, multidisciplinary and skill enhancement courses. Levels of education were outlined, along with insights into syllabus formulation, objectives, outcomes, and evaluation patterns. Faculty were encouraged to design curricula within the new framework, addressing concerns and uncertainties. The day’s takeaways included UG/PG structures, credit system, education levels, and curriculum design. The session concluded with gratitude from the Principal and a vote of thanks.
St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, conducted sessions on web designing and social media publicity on 28/06/2023. The session was led by Fr. Dejus J R, Professor and Head of the Multimedia Department at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. The aim was to impart detailed knowledge about web designing, social media publicity, advertising, and social networking for academic institutions. The day began with a Morning Prayer led by Dr. Gurneet Kaur Suri, followed by Principal Rev. Fr. Prof. S. Xavier SJ introducing Fr. Dejus. The session covered new technologies, domain names, optimization, usability, and more related to web designing. Fr. Dejus also discussed the nuances of social media networking, highlighting its benefits and drawbacks. The workshop offered a platform to explore new avenues for website development. The day concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Pushpanjali Saini.
St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, organized a workshop titled “NEP and its Significance towards School of Business and Rationale of the Syllabus for B.Com and BBA” on June 30, 2023. Prof. Sougata Banerjee, Dean of the Department of Management Studies at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, was the esteemed speaker. He shared his expertise on implementing NEP in business and commerce education, emphasizing the role of credit-based curriculum. Despite being an online session, he effectively covered the parameters of honors and research, major and minor disciplines in business and commerce. He highlighted practical applications of the NEP course curriculum and the importance of significant manuscripts in higher education. Prof. Banerjee presented the semester-based papers from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkatahis college as a case study, illustrating the credit-based framework of NEP. The session concluded with insights into future plans and enhanced understanding of NEP’s significance. The workshop collected written feedback from staff members to gauge their thoughts.
The day 5 of the National Education Policy 2020 workshop began with a session titled “Characteristics of Jesuit Higher Education.” Dr. Paul Newman, Principal of St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bengaluru, was the resource person. The day started with a prayer led by Dr. Mamta Pareek, followed by a warm welcome and introduction of Dr. Paul Newman. Dr. Newman’s engaging session covered various aspects of Jesuit Education, including its origins, relevance, and initiatives. He discussed Jesuit Higher Education in global and Indian contexts, emphasizing the six regions of Jesuit Higher Education and IAJU’s working groups. He explained the mission, purposes, and educational philosophy of Jesuit Higher Education, focusing on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP). Dr. Newman elaborated on the characteristics of Jesuit education, discussing its motto, culture, core values, discernment, and formation of agents of change. He concluded by highlighting the Universal Apostolic Preferences and the Jesuit pupil profile. The session was organized by AICUF, Eco-Friendly Club, and Rovers and Rangers, and ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Denny Shaji.
On July 5, 2023, St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, hosted a workshop on the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP). Dr. Paul Newman, Principal of St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bengaluru, served as the resource person for the event. The workshop, facilitated by NSS, UBA, and Red Ribbon Club, aimed to provide faculty members with a comprehensive understanding of NEP’s implications. Key highlights included discussions on the NAAC accreditation framework, self-assessment’s significance, Outcome-Based Education (OBE), stakeholder engagement, the shift to mandatory accreditation, the revised A&A framework, mentoring tools, criterion-weightage, and the revised grading system. Dr. Newman emphasized the importance of tools like the Mentoring Manual, Executive Summary, and the role of IQAC. The workshop facilitated a better grasp of NEP policies, processes, and tools. It encouraged knowledge sharing, problem-solving, and alignment with NEP goals.
The IQAC of St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur organized a session on the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in affiliated colleges on July 13, 2023. Prof. G P Singh, Nodal Officer – NEP from the University of Rajasthan, was the resource person. The session aimed to elucidate the university’s NEP framework, encourage interactive discussions, and address faculty members’ questions. Prof. Singh highlighted the differences between the university’s NEP framework and the state government’s draft, emphasizing curriculum alignment, pedagogy, and assessment methods. He detailed the three and four-year undergraduate program structure, credit requirements, examination patterns, and college-level implementation. The session facilitated participants’ engagement through a Q&A segment, enabling them to clarify doubts, seek guidance, and share experiences. Prof. Singh’s detailed responses provided valuable insights. Overall, the session informed attendees about the university’s NEP implementation framework and fostered discussions on challenges and opportunities. Such sessions contribute significantly to successful NEP implementation and collaboration among educational institutions.
The 3-day workshop on ‘Research and Publications for Academicians’ by Fr. Dr. Joseph Varghese CMI – Director, Research, Christ University, Bengaluru began with a quick assessment of the level of research awareness. The workshop highlighted three major areas:
• Developing a Research Idea and Conducting an Effective Literature Review
• Indexing Parameters and Manuscript Preparation: Writing for Impact
• Choosing the Right Journal