Student Counselling System
One of the important constituents of the guidelines for HEI was to mandatorily put in place a ‘Student Counselling System’ for effective redressal of grievances and challenges faced by students. IARE has constituted a Student Counselling System for creating a platform for students to interact and share their problems with the institute authorities at various levels. The institute involves faculty who act as mentors, guides, and sometimes local guardians of students. These faculty members interact with students and try to cater to their emotional and intellectual needs. They also guide students on their career prospects. The functioning of the Student Counselling System of the institute is as follows:
The main objective of mentor-mentee program that all students rightly educated and take right step towards building their carrier by supporting and guiding students for betterment of their academic growth, professional guidance, carrier advancement, course work specific, laboratory specific, employability and over all development and thereby contribute towards nation building.
Stage I: Assigning Mentors to Students
Teacher-in-charge of all departments are informed to assign mentors/guides to each student in the department.
- A group of maximum 15-20 students are assigned to a mentor.
- All mentors are required to hold meetings with assigned students regularly.
- A green book should be prepared to maintain record of performance in examinations, attendance and issues.
- The minutes of such meetings are to be recorded.
- Mentors are required to note down the concerns raised by students and take appropriate action to address the issue. If required, concerns/issues of students can be kept confidential.
Stage II: Submission of Report
Mentors are required to prepare report of all meetings and issues raised and addressed by students and the same is to be submitted to the Principal through HOD.
The guidelines for the Mentorship Program Guidelines for Mentor-Mentee Program:
- Faculty members should engage in mentoring students in order to enhance teaching-learning skills and the overall quality of higher education.
- The mentorship is intended to support building academic leaders who have knowledge, skills and abilities through guidance and counselling by mentors.
- For efficient outcome of the program, each teacher should be allotted a group of students by their respective departments for mentoring the students of the group assigned to them.
- All the departments should assign mentors for students, arranged with the faculty of respective departments who are engaged in teaching these courses.
- The aim of the mentor-mentee program is to ensure that the teachers are in constant dialogue with their students or mentees to cater to their learning needs.
- The mentors are advised to maintain regular contact with their mentees by organizing a meeting session at least once in a month.
- The mentors should maintain the minutes of the each meeting along with the attendance record, required details of the students (name, roll number and year of the students who were present in the meeting), and meeting details (date, time and link of the meeting).
- Any grievances received from the students should be resolved at the department level and the Action Taken Report (ATR) should be prepared.
- Mentors should submit the green books, minutes of every meeting along with the attendance record and the ATR, if any, to the Dean of Student Services and HOD of the respective department, at the end of each semester.
Some Unique Initiatives
Every year IARE conducts its popular JAAN-PAHCHAAN exercise for newly admitted students. The exercise consists of one-to-one interaction of all the first year students with the Principal, Dr L V Narasimha Prasad, and Dean of Career Counseling and Guidance (CCG), Dr. J Sirisha Devi. The main objective of the exercise is to remove the fear and hesitation among the first-year students in approaching the institute administration, right from their initial days at the campus. The sessions are used to create a new student database, which is used to improve their weaknesses and build-up on their strengths during their four years of stay in the campus. They are accordingly guided and helped to achieve their goals in life.
Darpan, a self-introspection session, is conducted every year by the Career Development Centre (CDC) for the third year students. It is a goal setting exercise that also helps sharpen students' presentation and public speaking skills and make them confident in their spoken language skills. Students not only feel sure to talk and present themselves, but also thoroughly enjoy the sessions.