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Institutional preparedness for NEP

1. Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary: The Vision of NEP, to provide high-quality education to develop human resources in our nation as global citizens, is well taken by our university. Ours is among the first Universities in the country to create awareness of NEP 2020. It can be said that the University is proactively working towards the implementation of the suggestions given in the NEP. In view of the NEP, the University implementing various reforms in line with NEP 2020, like: 1. Admission to any PG program irrespective of UG programs (w.e.f. AY 2020-2021) 2. Integrated PG Programs (w.e.f. AY 2023-2024) 3. Multiple entry- exit facilities implanted for all B.Voc programs 4. Choice-based credit system (w.e.f. AY 2017-2018) 5. Academic credit bank (Registration is completed on ABC portal and most of the students got ABC ID) 6. Honor and Minor degrees (w.e.f. AY 2020-2021) 7. Credit transfer (credits transferred from SWAYAM/NPTEL for 20% of the courses) 8. Six- month industrial internship (internship of six months in final semester w.e.f. AY 2021-2022). 9. Interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs (w.e.f. AY 2020-2021). 10. Development of curriculum with the involvement of all stakeholders (w.e.f. AY 2019-2020). 11. Frequent revamping of curriculum after every semester as per the need of the hour. 12. Introduction of open electives at the university level. (w.e.f. AY 2017-2018) Page 5/10506-01-2023 10:51:19 Annual Quality Assurance Report of DR. BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, LONERE 13. Mandatory subjects from emerging areas were notified by AICTE. (AI w.e.f. 2021-2022 & Cyber Security w.e.f. 2022-2023) 14. Proposed and started Incubation Center (established section 8 company in 2019). 15. Industry- academia linkages (signed MoUs with reputed institutes and industries for joint collaboration) 16. 20% of Mandatory Courses of each semester are to be completed through online platforms 17. Courses like Financial Management, Universal Human Values, Artificial Intelligence, Basic Human Rights, Employability and Skill Development, and Foreign Language studies are made mandatory by the University. To fulfill the requirements of NEP-2020 in letter and spirit, the University has decided to establish various schools such as: 1. The School of Engineering and Technology 2. The School of Health Sciences 3. The School of Management Studies 4. The School of Applied Social Sciences 5. The School of Marine Sciences and the School of Earth Sciences. It is proposed to start interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary & transdisciplinary programs under these schools in the coming 2-3 years.
2. Academic bank of credits (ABC): One of the provisions of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) is the introduction of the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC). The University has registered on the ABC portal. About 50% of students are registered on ABC portal and got the ABC ID. Academic Bank of Credits shall deposit Credits awarded by Registered Higher Education Institutions, for Courses pursued therein, in the Academic Bank Account of the student and the validity of such credits shall be as per norms and guidelines issued by the Commission from time to time. DBATU is an official member of the National Academic Depository which is a government endeavour to offer an online repository for all academic awards under the Digital India Programme. From 2012 onwards, DBATU is uploading students’ mark sheets and degree certificates through the nad.digitallocker.gov.in platform. The National Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) portal has now been integrated into the nad.digitallocker.gov.in platform and is currently live for the academic year 2021-22. DBATU follows a choice-based credit system for all of its programmes and resolution related to the ABC is approved by the Academic Council.
3. Skill development: Vocational programs are introduced based on National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) in the 13 affiliated institutes. DBATU aims at providing quality vocational education by combining classroom- centered formal education and training with experience sharing of Industry practitioners and internships in business houses. The focus is on integrated knowledge acquisition and upgrading human skills towards creating a new league of employable youth. The Institution is already conducting skill-based courses as designed by the university from Semesters 3 to 6 in various programs. Also, under the employability & skill development of students, the University has introduced the courses such as Product Design Engineering, Soft Skill Development, Universal Human Values, Basic Human Rights, and Communication skill.
4. Appropriate integration of Indian Knowledge system (teaching in Indian Language, culture, using online course): The preservation and promotion of India’s cultural wealth must be considered a high priority for the country, as it is truly important for the nation’s identity as well as for its Economy. In this regard appropriate integration of the Indian Knowledge system particularly teaching in Indian languages is important. Our University is recognized as a Nodal center for the translation of technical English books in the Marathi language. The university successfully coordinated for translation of 20 First-Year Degree and Diploma books. The university received appreciation from AICTE and the Government of Maharashtra.
5. Focus on Outcome based education (OBE): This university offers 16 courses across Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Sciences and Technology, Science, Social Sciences and Technology All these programmes are offered as outcomes-based education (OBE) which are designed keeping in mind the regional and global requirements. DBATU has implemented outcome- based education with clearly stated Programme Outcomes, Programme Specific Outcomes and course outcomes. All courses are designed with outcomes centred on cognitive abilities namely Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating. Apart from the domain-specific skills, learning outcomes at all levels ensure social responsibility and ethics, as well as entrepreneurial skills so that students contribute proactively to the economic, environmental and social well-being of the nation. The Course Objectives (COs) are also aligned with the PO-PSO philosophy. The syllabi of all courses have been designed with due consideration to macroeconomics and social needs at large so as to apply the spirit of NEP2020.
6. Distance education/online education: Due to Covid -19 pandemic, educational institutions in the country has increasingly involved in using digital platforms for engaging in classes and conducting conferences and meetings. Keeping aside the negative impact of the lack of face-to-face learning, online education has broken the geographical barriers creating interaction between experts and students from distant geographies. Opening up of the economy including that of educational institutions has paved the way for adopting the hybrid mode of education combining online and offline resources. This can be considered the new normal, which is envisaged in New Education Policy as well. Due to the experience gained during the closure period of Covid-19, access to online resources by educators and students will not be a constraint anymore. Faculties are encouraged to offer MOOC courses that promote the blended learning system of learning. The whole college campus is Wi-Fi enabled with digitally interactive panels installed in classrooms and hence no hindrance /obstacle in online education.

Institutional Initiatives for Electoral Literacy

1. Whether Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) has been set up in the College? Yes. The Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) has been set up in the University and it is functional too.
2. Whether students’ co-ordinator and co-ordinating faculty members are appointed by the College and whether the ELCs are functional? Whether the ELCs are representative in character? Yes. The students’ co-ordinator and co-ordinating faculty members are appointed by the University. Dr. H. N. Warhatkar, NSS Coordinator of the University has been appointed as Nodal officer, and three students representative Mr. Omkar Narayan Shinde, Mr. Navin Tukaram Kepede, and Mr. Prathmesh Ghuge have been appointed an Electoral Brand Ambassadors to create awareness among student and community at large. The letter of appointment has been communicated to the appropriate office of the District Administration. The ref number of the letter is: DBATU/Estt/Election/2021/187 dated 17/11/2021. The ELC is fully functional and several activities have been carried out in the university.
3. What innovative programmes and initiatives undertaken by the ELCs? These may include voluntary contribution by the students in electoral processes-participation in voter registration of students and communities where they come from, assisting district election administration in conduct of poll, voter awareness campaigns, promotion of ethical voting, enhancing participation of the under privileged sections of society especially transgender, commercial sex workers, disabled persons, senior citizens, etc. Various activities are conducted through NSS and ELC such as Street Plays, Essay competitions, Posters competitions, Pledge, Constitution wall, social media tools, etc. The University has received an appreciation letter from the State Election commission of Maharashtra for outstanding contribution to the activities organized on National Voter’s Day and Democracy Fortnight 2022 (SEC/IPRO-2021/C.R.I/Desk10 dated 31/03/2022).
4. Any socially relevant projects/initiatives taken by College in electoral related issues especially research projects, surveys, awareness drives, creating content, publications highlighting their contribution to advancing democratic values and participation in electoral processes, etc. 1. Digital contains such as posters have been created and used on social media tools to create awareness among voters. 2. A voter registration drive was arranged using Election Commission Portal on the University Campus.
5. Extent of students above 18 years who are yet to be enrolled as voters in the electoral roll and efforts by ELCs as well as efforts by the College to institutionalize mechanisms to register eligible students as voters. For the students in the University above 18 years of age, who are admitted to the conducted institute of the university, a voter registration drive on the University Campus was arranged using the Portal of the Election Commission.