FDP on “Research Methods and Data Analysis using SPSS and AMOS”

The Faculty Development Programme has been organized by JIMS Kalkaji in association with QT Analytics, a Statistical Consulting, Training and Education provider. The FDP is being conducted by professional experts and eminent academicians from May 22-27, 2017 in Kalkaji Campus Conference Room.

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Blunders that can blow your resume

Do you usually wonder whether your resume had been read by your prospective employer? Does the phobia of your application being lost amidst competitive candidates a common worry to you? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the two or both of these questions, you have reached to the right site to gain answers.

We all have dream jobs and a good, well-structured resume is the first weapon in the hands of the applicant that can make him or her win battle for the best job in the market. It is commonly told that if you don’t tell well, you can’t sell good. It is firmly believed in the professional world that one rarely gets a second chance to make first impression. Resume is the first communication that happens between a candidate and an employer even without seeing each other. The decision of whether or not to meet in person is processed only after screening resume prior to scrutinizing digital footprints of the applicant. It is worth your time to spend and build your resume. Following are a set of few tips that I would like to share:

  1. Label ‘Resume or CV’

More often than not it had been observed that the candidates write out resume or CV as a main heading to the document. How many a times, have we observed a toothbrush or a biscuit being labeled as a ‘product’? This is a cliché and must be stringently avoided.

  1. Focus on ‘me’

Just imagine someone talking to you even for a single minute about their past, present and future, how long would you be interested to listen to such a person? Same goes for your prospective boss or employer: if you won’t talk through your resume about how can you help the organization you wish to apply for, how do you even imagine your selection?

  1. Faking

It is a common error to bloat about achievements and listing up skills that one does not really possess and remember, interview is a situation where all that had been printed on the page is screened, scrutinized, quizzed and verified. To filter out milk from water is very facile for any interviewer, so do it at your own risk.

  1. Cliché Career Objective

‘To be a fruitful asset to the organization where I can enrich my learning and growth’ is a hackneyed phrase under the category of career objective. The job that is being looked forward to by the prospective employee promises and beholds along with career aspirations, his or her financial well being too. Thus, it is quintessential to carefully and candidly draft it.

  1. Listing roles not results

Many a times, while talking the might of the previous jobs, candidates tend to focus more on their previous job roles, duties and tasks assigned than the results achieved. The prospective employer is interested in calculating objectively the contribution of the candidate for the job and thus working upon the framework of salary.

  1. Listing accomplishments without date

Accomplishments such as winning sports or dancing competitions during schooldays stand good stead to communicate an overall groomed personality. But blowing your own trumpet, should be done cautiously.

By Ms Jyoti Kukreja

Assistant Professor

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Role of Data Analytics in Education

Data Analytics is the process of drawing and interpreting conclusions and decisions from huge data sets through varied techniques of data mining, predictive analytics, clustering, classification and visualization. In Education sector, a lot of data flows in and out every day in form of students, faculty, staff data, attendance records, test, exam and mark sheets data, textbooks reference, cafeteria menu etc. but little has been done with this structured, semi-structured and unstructured data on how to store it in a meaningful manner and draw effective conclusions and reports from it. Now days, lot of technological softwares have crept into Education in form of advanced softwares, flipped classrooms, smart boards etc. but yet a lot of opportunities are awaited for better data gathering and analysis.

Education analytics and data mining captures learning patterns of students, evaluation of effectiveness of study material, time and effort spent on each activity, attendance, frequency of meetings with faculty members, test and assignment submission on time etc. For example, Moodle, or Desire2Learn, Learning Management Systems (LMS) help to track time invested, frequency of postings, login attempts and development track of students much similar to what Google Analytics does on web and social network traffic. Such LMS techniques though are good to track completion of an assignment but fail before analytics where distributed social and information networks are more authentic and trusted through visual dashboards and scoreboards interpretation.

Data and Learning Analytic tools, if applied to Education, will help to monitor how inputs produce and influence output and various factors that contribute to learner success. It helps each student to study and progress in a course as per their level, understanding, convenience and learning capacity as data analytics ensures flexibility, adaptability, regular updates and retests in courses taught making them more concurrent with industry and academic standards of other National and International institutes. It helps in analyzing a student not only within campus but in external world too.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, neural networks, fuzzy logic, language recognition are thus now combined with routine teaching pedagogy and collaborative learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Open Study Tools, Learning Management System (LMS), SAP etc. are highly promoting analytics in Education sector. However, it is still facing some issues related to capturing soft elements of learning such as motivation, group discussions and face to face interactions. Data privacy, security and ownership are yet to be resolved as to determine who will be accountable for maintaining data warehouse, data access for different sets of users, access privileges, monitoring authentic usage of resources, correct dashboard interpretations etc are currently a big question to be answered. But if analytics is seriously taken in Education sector, emphasis should be more on techniques of evaluating the analytics models and understanding in which contexts those analytics are not valid. The complex challenges that institutes face can, at least partially, be resolved through analytics applications.

By Ms Palak Gupta

Assistant Professor

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FDP on “Case Based Methodology”

The faculty development programme  has been conducted in JIMS Kalkaji by Mr Harsh Verma on 6th May 2017. The session was extermely interative and was based on “case based methodology”.

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Education- The Road to Knowledge and  Economic Superpower

India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and soon poised to take over  even as a knowledge superpower. However, this would be possible only if education enables that thrust. Future growth of an economy will depend upon the level of knowledge intensive sectors  and employment that the country is able to generate. Herein, lies the importance of quality education and higher impetus on further research and development.  Knowledge economy not only generates employment opportunities but also foster social welfare and economic development by including the human capital as a factor of production, thus emerging as a key driver to economic growth.

 

Human resource development occupies centre stage in all government policies, program me  and initiative. For any economy to be effectively emerge as knowledge economy, skill development and  sustained use of new innovation is fundamental to it. The development of this human resource has to become the new objective of education institutions who have to orient themselves and their curriculum in knowledge  generation, creation and transfer of knowledge in order to  meet the growing demand . A developed human resource contributes to the economy by manner of informed individuals who are far more prepared to embrace globalization. A well designed education policy and flexibility within the adoption promotes higher understanding, deep analytical thinking, intuitiveness  and competencies to face modern challenges. This element of education not only builds skills and competencies but also imparts the individual with a positive attitude, problem solving abilities and above all take ‘risks’ to attempt solving these problems in an innovative and novel manner. Thus, the education one receives not only benefits the individual alone but society, nation and the world at large.

 

India, undoubtedly, is making strides into the education sector and empowering itself to emerge as knowledge economy. However, the country suffers from a major limitation in this regard and that is we are still imparting low- quality education. This impacts the skill level and competency as a national force to meet new challenges of globalization. Unfortunately, for a long time in the past, country failed to bring about any positive and far reaching reforms to meet the new demands of a growing economy. The adherence to colonial past and inability to invest in developing human resource has left India with a huge ‘Human Resource Defecit’.  India remains trapped in ‘middle-income’ syndrome which has traditionally emphasized on only enrolment and not on child’s learning, It has failed to nurture the spirit of innovation and skill development. Hence despite the enrolment figures rising and people graduating in their disciplines, the sheer fact is that more than half of this graduate youth is unemployable. Gender bias in education still remains high and out of the total drop outs in middle and senior school, a majority of them are girls. Thus, absence of quality in education along with absence of flexibility in choices at all levels in education are some of the serious barriers to enable India becoming a knowledge economy.

 

Hence, India needs to act on an urgent basis to transform the quality of education imparted in the country. This quality approach has to take into consideration not only the ‘what’ of teaching but also the ‘how’, ‘Why’ and ‘where’ of it. The entire system requires to be revamped to empower an individual with the necessary skills, knowledge and multi disciplinary skills. Elements of teaching must endeavor to inculcate values, ethics, team spirit and respect for divergent opinions.

Ms Sanjeela Mathur

Associate Professor

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Experiential Education

A system based approach where there are always things in black and white , there is always a right or wrong situation, there is one and one way of looking at a situation and the perspective has to be of the teacher who puts alphabets  and numbers and feeds them into the minds of young learners and never gives a chance to understand their orientation to things and situations. But is that how things should work or is there a need to completely revamp the ideologies set by the standards of the  education society.

There is definitely a huge cry and demand to let them be the self learners, learners who want to absorb concepts by imbibing them in their understanding in a way that they do not ever forget. But is there a pattern that can be broken and we can evolve in the field of education in a system where learning is there for both the parties involved in the exchange of information.

The traditional model of education for all schools and colleges has been speaking about lecture cum discussion or as we may say a chalk and talk method. This has always been the only way to impart education to the fraternity of youth for tomorrow but with the changing and evolving times it has become of prime importance to change the pedagogy as well. The new term is called as “Experiential”.

Experiential, as the word describes is gaining experience while you are learning. A very famous proverb says “Tell me and I ll forget, Show me and I may remember but make me do it and I will surely remember”. Gaining learning through experiencing through engaging activities is the need of the hour.

What could be the methods for making it experiential?

So there have been numerous studies now to find out on this aspect and some of them speak about methods like activities, games, simulations amongst many others .Many private schools have also adopted the model of letting the students be given the liberty to express in the most natural environment as it can be rather than through route learning for which the impact has been felt for a temporary period. Many colleges as well have started to adopt the model and are giving their students a wholesome experience learning through live projects, demonstrations, internships programs, student exchange programmes , constant interaction with the external turbulent environment .

Experiential mode of education is still evolving and institutions are beginning to realize the need to change the methodology and  are working towards giving a much more enhanced, powerful and effective approach by engaging them in the process of self learning  and development. There has be a pledge taken by the entire society of parents and teachers  to make this system work  and be able to see a completely different product for tomorrow who has the ability to engage , tackle and solve situations through various alternatives .The change is happening though slow but the realization has already happened for the good.

By Ms Gopika Kumar

Assistant Professor

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Guest Lecture by Mr. Nishant Chakarwarti

A guest lecture was organsied on 29th March,17 on “Career Awareness”. Students of BBA & B.COM(H) attended the guest lecture. It was an enlightening and informative session for the students.
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” Rotaract Activity ” Sapling plantation

Sapling plantation was done by students of BBA and Bcom Courses on 7th April 2017. The students prepared stuff like jewellery box, pen stand, paper weight and decorative items from waste material.

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Activity on Road Safety

Road safety pledge and poster making activity was conducted in all the classes on 12th and 13th April, 2017.

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Farewell 2014-2017 Batch for BBA / BCom H

 Farewell to BBA / BCom H for Batch 2014-17 was organized on 15th April, 2017 at Paradise Banquet Hall, Vasant Kunj from 12 pm to 5 pm. All the students participated with full enthusiasm and zeal.

 

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