Best Practices

Best Practices are a set of guidelines, ethics or ideas that represent the most efficient course of action. Vidyalankar is a respected and established education brand and has firm foundations in academic circles for the past five decades. Vidyalankar Best Practices are the educational strategies, activities and approaches that have been shown through experience, research and evaluation to be effective and efficient. Best practices have been set forth by Vidyalankar Institute of Technology to ensure that each student gets maximum benefit from the educational experience at the institute.
Vidyalankar Best Practices serve as a general outline for a variety of situations. These practices represent the broad range of effective actions teachers take, and requisite conditions that teachers establish, to facilitate learning. Recognizing that teaching is both an art and a science, Vidyalankar Best Practices have been formulated for areas such as lecture practices, student affairs, workforce development, technology, innovation and administration.

Lecture Practices

  • Academic Administration Plans carefully designed and uploaded for each subject before start of every semester

  • Interactive Lecturing

  • Rhetorical Questioning

  • Group Discussions

  • Seminars

  • Visual Demonstration

  • Invited guest lectures

  • One-minute papers

  • Analogies and relating topics with real-life examples

  • Chain notes

  • Brainstorming

  • Class assignments (solving in class)

  • Home assignments, encouraging students to present information after researching and citing sources

  • Group Assignments to foster team spirit and sharing of responsibilities

  • Completely digitized notes and E-content generation

  • Technical Paper presentations

Active Learning Strategies

  • Study circles

  • Buddy system

  • Case Studies

  • Paraphrasing

  • Summarization by students of concepts learnt

  • Presentations by students

  • Mini projects-team building, planning, execution

  • Peer Teaching; Assigning parts of modules to students to present before the class and supplementing with teacher’s insights

  • Evaluating peer performance by Feedback

  • Exam Questions (EQs) and General Questions (GQs) booklets distributed to each student

  • Exam solutions uploaded on Vidyalankarlive immediately after exam ends for students to self-evaluate performance.

  • IPad learning and designing of e content

Beyond Syllabus Initiatives

  • Value Added Courses

  • Educational Visits

  • Library Visits

  • Book exhibition

  • Video recordings by students

  • Pop Quizzes

  • Role plays

  • Skits

  • Story Telling 

  • Poster making and Exhibition

  • Gadget Guru

  • Simulations and Games

  • Ice-breakers and fun learning activities

  • Multiple Choice Questions tests

  • Open book tests

Rewarding Learner Achievements

  • Scholars’ Day 

  • Best assignment certificates

  • Project competitions - Tantravihar

  • Celebrating achievements in newsletters such as Vector, Vibes and department newsletters

  • Vidyalankarlive initiative

Academic Administrative Affairs

  • Induction and orientation programs for students

  • Daily Lecture Record

  • Defaulter’s list

  • Letters and other communication with parents

  • Lecture adjustments by faculty or departments in case of absence to ensure 100% engagement; no ‘free’ lectures

Student Affairs

  • Department affiliated student committees (CESA, ITSA, EESA, ETSA, BMESA, MMSSA)

  • Professional Bodies (IEEE, CSI, ACM, IETE)

  • Student Council (Cultural, Technical, Literary and Sports Councils)

  • Student Development Committees (Entrepreneurship Cell, Personality Enrichment Committee, Hobby Club, Vidyalankar Volunteering Committee)

  • Alumni Directory

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Friday Paathshala

  • Publications such as Vector, V-Express, institute and department e-newsletters

  • Annual Festival Verve

  • Traditional Day

  • Tie and Saree Day

  • International Food Festival

  • Intercollegiate sports meets

  • Celebration of Engineers Day, World Water Day

Workforce Development

  • National and International Conferences

  • Short Term Training Programs

  • Faculty Development Programs

  • Annual Technical Journal

  • Consultancy

  • Teachers Day Celebrations

  • Research and Development Committees

  • Staff Welfare Committee

  • Women Development Committee

  • Staff Picnic and get-togethers