A one day National workshop on “NAAC Documentation and Report preparation” was organised by the College of Science and Humanities, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram campus on 18th June, 2022 from 9.00 am to 4.00 p.m at Gallery Hall on the college premises. The meet was congregated with various intellectuals, academicians, and administrators. Nearly 150 faculty members, HODs and Dean of Science and Humanities, Vice principals – Admin and Academics, and Dean IQAC were present throughout the workshop. It was like grouping under a spangled sky in order to legitimize the ideologies of eminent and energizing personalities whose main motto is getting NAAC A++ Accreditation with 3.8 as its score.

The quintessence of Goodness is simplified as prayers dedicated to the supreme spirit. The first thoughts, words, and actions of everyday exert a great influence on the life of the individual and hence SRM Institute of Science and Humanities, Ramapuram campus began the day with the illuminating lights to get the blessing of God almighty which is in tune with the culture of Indian heritage.

Following the lighting of the lamp, the charismatic leader, a proactive thinker, an erudite scholar Dr C. Sundar, Dean, College of Science and Humanities welcomed the gathering with his spontaneous and powerful speech. He had pinpointed that every professor should have only one motto in mind – that is elevating the NAAC percentage to 3.80. He had envisioned the minds of the professors by stating that “When an institution grows, then automatically the individuals too grow and hence it is a high time to focus on our vision. As we have applied for both regular and online mode, it is essential to work in a dedicated and sincere manner placing our heart and soul into the process”. He had concluded his speech by remarking that excellence in work, and dexterity is the need of the present-day world.

The magnetic speaker, the percipience leader, and our IQAC Dean stressed the importance of following NAAC procedures in all walks of our life. He had emphatically said that quality is the trademark of winners and hence we need to bring quality to all our academic activities. After achieving our target, we need to know how to project ourselves in order to be outstanding. The session commenced following the astounding speech of the IQAC Dean.

The methodical leader Dr N.Asokan, Vice Principal, (Academic) emphatically said that the vision and mission of the college must always be helpful in achieving the expected target. We should always fix our target in order to plan things and after planning, one has to work tirelessly for the implementation of the same.

The inaugural session was followed by the enlightening and edifying speech of Dr Dharmathikari, the resource person who is an efficient speaker, an eminent personality, a multilingual person, a great mathematician, and a continuous learner, a powerful speaker, a wonderful listener, a proficient professor.

Dr Dharmathikari had informed that SRM has quality vectors as administrators and hence faculties are directed in the right way. He had further said that the first and foremost criteria to get NAAC accreditation is telling common things differently and attractively as per the words of the writer Shiv Kera who had said that winners do things differently. From the known concepts, he slowly moved towards higher notes which had enthused the mentors.

He had said that,

CID-3 is the secret of NAAC.

  • ‘C’ describes Creativity, Consistency, and Commitment
  • ‘I’ stands for Innovative thinking, Involvement, and
  • ‘D’ denotes Dedication, Devotion, and being

These nine virtues will support an organization to go to a higher level. Skillful communication plays a crucial role in NAAC. Achievable goals should be fixed every year.

The plan must be made for every year and the implementation of that plan must be documented appropriately, and truthfully as far as NAAC filing is concerned.

The institutional website and Standard Operating Procedure are the two pinnacles of NAAC. The institutional website must be updated daily and it must be documented properly. ICT, Industry based, outcome-oriented academic performance through collaborations MOU with neighbourhood community connect with technological applications of learning must be written on the walls and chambers of all the departments as NAAC is based on this.

Involvement of industry experts in the institutions for lecturing and training about certain technical skills which may help the student to get placement opportunities must be done every year. Business tours and carnivals must be methodized every year.

Each and every action of ours should be outcome-oriented and everyone should march towards it accordingly. For example, a blood donation camp must have the statistical data of the hospitals for which the blood is donated and in what way the society is benefitted from that camp must be mentioned in a report. It should have some national value. Along with University results, the college should have a list of placement students, the list of entrepreneurs, the list of students who has gone for higher studies, etc.

Collaborations MOU should be made. For example, a department can have an MOU with the panchayat and municipality for the upliftment of people in that area and all its activities must be benefitted to the state and national growth. Apart from NSS and NCC social activities, each department can have plans like this in order to enlarge its vision.

Growing technical demands transform every teacher into a facilitator and hence there is a tire need for each college to have state-of-the-art facilities and a technology hub. To say it in simple words, it should be an IT Park for both staff and students.

Maintenance of the daily records in an innovative manner is very important for NAAC. Clarity and Quality are the two aspects that are expected in the NAAC.

Placement-based courses are needed. ‘Smart’ is the success mantra of NAAC. That is – being specific, giving the exact details instead of generalizing them will get NAAC accreditation in a much easier manner. The reports which are not up to the mark are rejected by the NAAC committee and sometimes even a penalty is given to the concerned college. So, relevant details and time boundness are essential in NAAC. Updating oneself each and every day is very much essential in NAAC. Research must be made by all kinds of people. Research must go from paper to people and from lab to land. It must have some utilitarian value.

Criteria in-charges must explain in detail the various things that are needed for their criteria by going to each department. Funds and all other grants can be received by colleges who has a reasonable score in NAAC.

Activities should not be repeated in any criteria. No irrelevant matter should be there. A sense of listening, sense of proportion, and sense of priority is needed. Each individual must know what to speak and what not to speak when the committee visits. Significance must be given to NAAC core principles that are focused on national development. National and international awareness programs can be steered.

Talent must be exposed and encouraged. Every department should have wall magazines and the articles of the students must be displayed there with QR codes. Global thinking must be there. Quest for excellence should be there for all the staff and students. Code of conduct and core values are important in NAAC. Uploading and reporting must be done correctly and punctually.

Professional pride should be there and staff should have a hands-on, practical and positive attitude. A positive working environment must be visible in the college. Recognizing everyone is the most important need for the progress of an institution. The head of the institution must inspire everyone and must make them feel safer. Involvement of everyone is needed. Development of skills and potential, and effective evaluation is indispensable for NAAC. Internal assessment methods must be explained to the members.

Training for placement and competitive examinations must be marshalled. Apart from regular courses, add-on courses, communication courses, value-oriented courses, soft skill courses, job- oriented courses, etc. must be given to the students. Exposure to various fields and gaining as much knowledge as possible is the key to survival in this cutting-edge competitive world.

Every department should have at least two courses every year like online courses, department courses, e-courses, etc. A certificate must be given by the Dean. It must be initiated by IQAC. It must be endorsed by the academic council members.

NPTEL, MOOC, Udemy, Swayam, Coursera, etc. must be known to both staff and students. Courses must be divided into skill-oriented, value-added courses, etc. Repetition of Students should not be there anywhere in any courses. Every year there should be a modification in the name and the syllabus of the course. The academic curriculum should not be repeated in the certificate courses in any year. Courses must be divided and planned accordingly for each department.

The course must be open to all the students. A course must help them earn some money, improve their skillset, potential etc. For example, commerce students can have hacking courses. Employability training, cyber-crime, animation, accent training, corporate secretaryship, etc. Do not write ‘no, not, zero’ anywhere in NAAC. Everywhere some figure must be there. It should have at least 50% of the expected score.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if

it is to keep its edge.”

Apart from teaching and learning, documentation is also important in the present-day administrative world. Documents must have quality sentences. The institution must be digitalized every year. According to him, the four pillars of learning are very much essential for inflating practical wisdom, collaborative learning, attitude changing, punctuality, etc. He added that the above strategies would sure to rule the entire education world in the near future. Change is the law of the universe. Today’s students are the critical consumers of knowledge and so it is the right time to redesign the learning spaces hence we need to change in order to uphold our unsurpassed uniqueness in us. Teaching becomes a ceaseless profession if the professors have improved their efficacy and adaptability in honing their new skills. A luscious lunch paved the way for the much- awaited interactive session where the doubts of the professors regarding the documentation have been clarified. While mobile education, home school concepts, and community outreach programs are developing, “Micro Credentialing” has become an essential one in teaching and learning. His practical example induced the mentors to put forth numerous questions. The ease with which he answers kindles the others to have readymade questions. Though the questions seemed to be unique, the answers seem to be useful to almost all the faculties. At the end of the session, all the professors were contented as most of their doubts were meted out under the guidance of the touch bearer Dr. N.S Dharmadhikari who ignites innumerable minds on NAAC documentation. The realistic speech, the scientific examples, the mentor had created a cafe club at large and due to the assured freedom, the mentors were outpouring themselves with ease and that explicit the success of the orientation workshop.

The convener of the workshop Dr S. Vijayarani had exposed her gratitude in the form of a vote of thanks. According to the adage,

“Coming together is a beginning

Keeping together is progress

Working together is success”

Continuous pursuit of knowledge, working in collaboration, bridging the gap, clearing the queries, facilitating the mentors, and transcending them to a higher level are some of the ideologies of the eminent professor cum convener of the workshop Dr.S.Vijayarani who had organized the workshop and worked meticulously for the success of the same.

The workshop was attended by more than 150 teaching faculty, 11 non-teaching staff through physical mode and 240 participants from different colleges across the country connected through online mode.