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NAAC Director is Guest of Honor for the Campus Day of Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamApril 30, 2013
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Dr. H. A. Ranganath, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was the guest of honor for the Campus Day of the Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham on April 30, 2013. Sampujya Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, Vice-Chairman, Mata Amritanandamayi Math and President, Board of Management, Amrita University presided over the event and delivered the benedictory address. Dr. Ranganath released the Campus Magazine, Amritakshari and newsletter, Samved and presented excellence and appreciation awards to faculty, researchers and students with outstanding achievements during the colorful ceremony.
In his address, Dr. Ranganath said, "Amrita provides a holistic education to students. With divine blessings, I am sure that the university will bring laurels to the country and become an important model in higher education. Across the global level, we need to have Indian institutions in the academic ranking lists. Amrita has all the ingredients and the critical mass to move forward and aspire to a rank in the global lists".
Expressing happiness at Amrita's initiatives towards bringing quality in higher education and research, he complimented Amrita, "If all universities were like Amrita, the role of regulatory agencies like NAAC, UGC and MHRD would diminish significantly". Amrita University had secured 'A' grade from NAAC for all its campuses and programmes in 2009.
Padmashri Dr. Ashok Jhunjunwala, Professor, IIT Madras and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India was the Chief guest for the Campus Day celebrations.
Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita addressed the gathering and outlined several new initiatives and policy directions of the university to achieve quality and excellence in research.
He said, "Amrita, having completed the first 10 years of its existence as a university has done very well on several fronts. Amma’s message to us, is to make the university into the top research university internationally, particularly by emphasizing on research that has a strong flavor of direct societal benefit."
In this direction, he informed that the University's academic council had approved the following proposals:
- i) Making it compulsory for each M. Tech., MS (Engineering / Science), MD, DM, MS, MCh, Fellowship and other super speciality students to publish a paper in a Scopus indexed conference or journal. The paper should receive an accept, for the student to be eligible to graduate.
- ii) Making it compulsory for all Ph. D. students who have passed comprehensive examinations, to publish one Scopus indexed conference or journal paper every year.
- iii) All faculty members, Assistant Professor or above, to qualify for a promotion or double increment, are required to publish at least one Scopus indexed conference or journal paper every year since their previous promotion or increment.
- iv) All B. Tech. students, if they are to be considered for award of distinction at the time of graduation, are required to show that they have submitted a paper for publication at a conference or journal (national or international). This is in addition to the requirements already prescribed for the award of distinction.
Dr. Ranganath also visited the centres of excellence in Biotechnology, Wireless Networks & Applications, E-learning, Virtual Labs and AMMACHI Labs at the campus along with the Amrita University IQAC coordinators, Dr. Sriram Devanathan and Mr. Prashant R. Nair.
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Mr. Prashant R.Nair, Assistant Coordinator, Amrita IQAC was a resource person for the UGC sponsored National Summit on Higher Education for the 21st Century: Changing Realities and Challenges at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore on 25 February, 2013. He gave a presentation on Applications of ICT in Higher Education and also chaired a session on the same theme. PSGR Krishnammal College is one of the colleges identified by University Grants Commission as a college with potential for excellence.
In his presentation on ICT for education, Prashant showcased AMRITA's usage and wide deployment of in-house ICT-based tools like A-VIEW, AUMS and telemedicine, which have contributed in a large measure towards organizational innovation and quality sustenance.
The summit was inaugurated by Dr. S. Sivasubramanian, Former Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University. Various sessions and presentations included role of private sector in higher education, symbiotic development of teaching and research, skill development, sustainable partnership with industry, quality in higher education, Brand identity & international dimensions for higher educational institutions.
Resource Person in NAAC sponsored seminar on Quality Enhancement in Higher Education through Best PracticesJanuary 9, 2013
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Mr. Prashant R.Nair, Assistant Coordinator, Amrita IQAC was a resource person for a NAAC sponsored National seminar on Quality Enhancement in Higher Education through Best Practices at Sri Narayana College, Coimbatore on 9 January, 2013. He gave a talk on Best Practices in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning for the seminar.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. K. Kunhikrishnan, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kannur University. Various sessions of the seminar included TQM in higher education, industry-institute partnership, Best practices in outreach, Attainment of academic excellence, Use of ICT and role of government in quality enhancement.
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A delegation from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham participated in the 1st World Summit of Accreditation (WOSA) 2012 organized by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi, from 25th to 27th March, 2012. The summit was inaugurated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Honorable Union Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) of Government of India.
The Amrita delegation consisted of University IQAC Coordinators, Dr. Sriram Devanathan and Mr. Prashant R. Nair and the IQAC Coordinator of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, Mr. Sanjivi Arul. The summit focused on several international accreditation frameworks and systems like the Washington Accord, ABET, EUR-ACE, AASCB, and AMBA.
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Dr. Sriram Devanathan, Professor and IQAC-Coordinator, delivered the following expert lectures as part of an ongoing lecture series conducted on a weekly basis using the platform of AVIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-learning World).
AVIEW is a state-of-the-art framework that provides a rich interactive social environment for E-Learning. It provides a great opportunity to a teacher to teach in a live interactive mode to various geographical locations across India. This has been developed by Amrita University under the sponsorship and and direction of NME-ICT (National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology).
The events were organized on March 07, 2012 on AVIEW Quality Initiatives and on December 14, 2011 on Six Sigma for Education Technology.
The talks were webcast live to numerous colleges across the country, and each lecture concluded with an interactive session with the participating institutions for questions.
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Mr. Prashant R. Nair, Assistant Coordinator, Amrita IQAC, was one of the resource persons for a NAAC-sponsored National Level seminar on TQM in Higher Educational Institutions – Challenges and Perspectives at RVS College of Arts and Science (Autonomous), Sulur, Coimbatore, on 27th January, 2012. He gave a talk on,Strategies for Private Universities/Institutions towards TQM – A case study.
The national level seminar was inaugurated by the Registrar of Bharathiar University, Dr. P. Thirumalvalavan. The talk focused on various strategies employed by Amrita University for securing the ‘A’ grade in the NAAC accreditation process. The accreditation was for 5 campuses, 14 schools, 120 programmes, and over 200 departments of Amrita, spread across the three states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. NAAC recognizes this as one of their most complex accreditation exercises in India.
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On 6th September 2011, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Shri M.D.Shah Mahila College of Arts and Science, Malad (W), Mumbai organized a one-day seminar on Innovation in Education at Surajba Hall of the College.
Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani, Assistant Professor and IQAC Coordinator, Department of Management, Amritapuri campus was invited as resource person for the seminar. In his presentation Dr. Vachhrajani covered areas of need of innovation in education, views of teachers and teaching, methods and mechanisms of innovation in education. The presentation covered various aspects of best practices in innovation. He also inaugurated news bulletin of the college's IQAC, showcasing quality-related activities.The Seminar had more than 100 participants which included educators from various leading educational institutes of Mumbai, IQAC members and student representatives of IQAC. The presentation was followed by a one-hour question and answer session, where Dr. Vachhrajani answered queries of faculty related to quality assurance and innovation in higher educational institutions.
Guest of the seminar, Sri Mohanbhai Patel, ex-Sheriff of Mumbai and leading industrialist said that there is no better time to conduct such a seminar like this. He emphasized on key differences in innovation approaches taken by western colleges and Indian colleges based on his years of international experience.
"Seminar was a great learning experience for all participants", said Dr. Deepa Sharma, Principal of the college.
M.D.Shah Mahila College of Arts and Science is a unique women institute where large number of students come from economically and socially under privileged background. The college is affiliated to SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.
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Dr. Sriram Devanathan, Professor and Amrita IQAC-Coordinator, conducted a two-day workshop on Quality Methods for scientists and engineers at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), Trivandrum, on Oct 25-26, 2010. The topics for the training included basics of data analysis, statistical process control, and measurement systems analysis.
National Conference on Quality improvement concepts and their implementations in Higher Educational InstitutionsDecember 16 - 19, 2009
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The Amrita IQAC and the department of Mathematics of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, organized the National Conference on Quality Improvement Concepts and their implementations in Higher Educational Institutions at Amrita University, Coimbatore campus on the 16th and 17th of December, 2009.
Four technical sessions saw the presentation of over twenty-five research papers from delegates representing various educational institutions from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala.
These papers covered different aspects of the following topics:
• Total Quality Management in Higher Education
• Six Sigma Quality in Higher Education
• Statistical Quality and Quality Improvement in Higher Education.
The Amrita experience in securing the NAAC accreditation of ‘A’ grade for all its campuses and programmes was also showcased.
The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Ashoka Chandra, Former Special Secretary, Technical Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and Principal Advisor, International Management Institute, New Delhi on 16th December, 2009. Dr. V. Raju, Dean- Engineering, State University of New York at Farmingdale, USA and a past Commissioner of the Technology Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA was the guest of honor for the inaugural.
Dr. M.P. Chandrasekharan, Dean-Engineering, Amrita and Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, Amrita also addressed the gathering.
Some of the distinguished speakers and their addresses for the conference included:
- Prof A. Rajagopal, SQC & OR Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Coimbatore, “Inspiring the Indian Students for Future Challenges Through High Level Quality and R & D work”
- Dr. S. R. Devadasan, Professor, Production Engineering Department, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, “Achieving Global Competitiveness in Engineering Education by Implementing Quality Models via ABET based Accreditation”
- Dr. R. Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, “Six Sigma in Higher Education”
- Dr. C.V. Rao, Professor, Department of Statistics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, “Analysis of Means – A Graphical Method for Quality Improvement”
- Dr. K.K. Suresh, Professor & Head, Department of Statistics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, “Applications of Total Quality Management”
- Dr. K. Ganesh, Consultant, Global Business Services, IBM India Private Limited, Mumbai, “Value and Value Chains for Education in India”
The conference was sponsored by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of Government of India, DRDO, CSIR and BARC.
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AMRITA IQAC has been encouraging various schools and campuses of AMRITA University to observe World Quality Day Celebrations annually. World Quality Day was introduced by the United Nations in 1990 to increase worldwide awareness of the important contribution that quality makes towards a nation's and an organization's growth and prosperity.
At the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus, on 10th November, 2009, an Essay Writing Competition on the topic, “What quality means to me”; was organized for various sections of the campus community, i.e., Students (English), Faculty (English), Academic Administrative Staff (English) and Estate Office Staff (Malayalam & Tamil).
On this occasion, Dr. Sudhakar Achath, Professor of Operations Management at Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore, who had been recently conferred the 17th Dewang Mehta Business Award for Best teacher in OM, was felicitated by the University. AMRITA Registrar, Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy presided over the event. AMRITA IQAC coordinator, Dr. Sriram Devanathan delivered the theme address. Prof. M. Elangovan introduced Dr. Achath to the august gathering.
The event was organized by the AMRITA IQAC along with the support of faculty members, Dr. C. Jayasree (Civil Engineering) and Mr. Arun Kumar (IT).
A poster session/exhibition was also conducted for the benefit of the student community.
The prize winners of the various events were : -
1st Prize: Ms. Maya Bhargav CBCMU3MAC0902 (BA Mass Comm)
2nd Prize: Ms. Dhivya K. CB1007EE113 (B.Tech EEE)
1st Prize: Mr. V.K. Gokuladas Corporate & International Relations
2nd Prize: Dr. Ajay Kumar M.P. Corporate & International Relations
ADMIN STAFF (TAMIL)
1st Prize: Mr. M. Mahesh Kumar ECE Department
2nd Prize: Ms. B. Srirajarajeshwari ICTS Department
ADMIN STAFF (MALAYALAM)
1st Prize: Ms. Bindya Balakrishnan Civil Engg Department
2nd Prize: Mr. Saji T. Estate Office