Young adults today are under tremendous pressure in order to carve out a niche for survival in life. They are subjected to fierce competitions with peers not only in academics, but also in job hunting and establishing careers. It has long been felt that besides prescribed curricula, our students must be given additional training in relevant aspects so designed to widen their outlook and perspectives.
Accordingly, a student-centric module on ‘Personality Development Programme (PDP)’ is innovated to train our students, keeping in mind that the programme should be simple to manage, but rich in content and values. The goals are to -
Design of the Course: The course is designed to cover various soft skills, communication and interviews skills, basics of IT, travel tips, first-aid techniques, etiquettes, personal grooming, entrepreneurship, resume writing & career prospects, etc. The Practice is an outcome of our quest to prepare students to face the future with poise and confidence as they leave the College.
The Programme is a condensed form of ‘Finishing School’ designed and executed for short durations because most parents eagerly await the home-coming of sons & daughters for additional helping hands in the family.
Resource Persons& Collaboration: Resource Persons were engaged from the teaching Faculty of the College as well as local experts who are well-known in their professions. The College collaborated with qualified Medical Doctors of Aizawl Civil Hospital as well as faculty from Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences (RIPANS), Aizawl for teaching the basics of First Aid skills.
Uniqueness of PD Programme:
Most students from remote villages of Mizoram lack exposure to corporate modern day demands and are unaware of the nature and fierceness of competition for survival. The contents of the Programme are designed to augment and provide the following information on life-skills -
Evidence of Success
a) The programmes always met with astounding responses from participants. When it was first launched, most students eager to enjoy post-exam breaks and yearning to return to their respective hometowns, reluctantly come for the course. However, at the end of the Programme, suggestions for longer duration and wider topic coverage always featured in the Feedback/ Evaluation sheets.
b) Since its launch, (approx. 96%) have actively participated and benefitted from the Course.
c) More than 90% of the topics were found to be relevant. The Course provided students with necessary facilities and tools to face challenges that pertain to the lifestyles and scenario faced by young adults in today’s world.
d) The performance against targets and benchmarks, and the reviews gave strong indication that the Institutional Best Practice on “Personal Development” course can be successfully integrated in UG Colleges as an Add-on Course because it is innovative, flexible and student-centric.
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