Title of the Practice
Developing the entrepreneurship skills among students
Objective of the Practice
Entrepreneurship skill development aims at training the students in the essential of conceiving planning, initiating and launching an economic activity or an enterprise successfully.
The practice is aimed at developing self-reliance of the students and makes them optimistic in venturing into self-employment or entrepreneurship skill in the competitive job market.
- To promote and develop entrepreneurship for skilled manpower as well as self-employment by utilizing infrastructure.
- To create awareness among faculty and students about various facets of entrepreneurship as an alternative career option and also to highlight the merits of pursuing such an option.
- To facilitate and conduct various informational services relating to promotion of entrepreneurship.
- To network agencies of academic institutions and Research & Development (R&D) organizations to foster entrepreneurship and self-employment with special focus on backward areas. To act as a policy advisory body with regard to entrepreneurship.
Most of the students feel uncertain about their future career but they show least interest in entrepreneurship because of their family and social background.
The best practice was initiated in the context of providing the students with the environment of Entrepreneurship Development by Self Learning, Flexibility in Pace of Learning, to enable Design Orientation while remaining quality conscious and to inculcate the skills of entrepreneurship.
We organize "Marketing Fair", annually in the college, to encourage students to host bazaar on campus, make and sell their own products such as handmade bags, book marks, chocolates etc.
The invitee speaker, who is a renowned entrepreneur, addresses students about the different facets of entrepreneurship based on his experiences. The talk intends to stimulate the knack and aptitude. This kind of practice inspires them to venture into small entrepreneurship or local self-employment in future. In this activity each group is expected to come up with a product or service with the investment given to make profit. The objective behind this activity is to expose the student to entrepreneurial skills such as marketing, managing cash flow, taking decisions etc.
Entrepreneurial ventures help in creating innovative products and services, creating more jobs, improving the earning and spending capacity of people and thereby revitalizing the economy. In this session, four of the college alumni, currently running their entrepreneurial ventures successfully, were invited to address the students.
The activity provides students an opportunity to create business even out of waste, and equips them to sell the product in market.
The Evidence of Success
Through these initiatives, the interactive learning enhanced team spirit, learning capabilities and soft skills of the students. It created an environment to think out of the box, innovate and find solutions for the problems around them. It also created a sense of responsibility for addressing the marketing problems. Students feel happy with the profit of their sale and they are inspired when they get appreciation from the college staff and visitors from the locality.
- Wild Vegetables' Food Festival - about 20 students participated in Wild Vegetables' Food Festival on 10th October 2019. They prepared seasonal and locally available wild vegetables with their native recipes and had arranged the the dishes with jowar, bajra, rice, ragi, corn flour rotis. They explained the nutritional contents and medicinal properties of all the wild vegetables.
- The Marketing Fair was organized to develop the entrepreneurship skills among students on 13rd December 2019. Students were briefed and motivated to participate in the event. In this event 76 students participated. Following stalls were set up by students in the marketing fair:
Food stalls, fun games, stuffed toys, art and craft items, imitation jewellery, cosmetics.
- Sharada Kite Festival was organized by the Pune District Education Association and it was conducted by our college on 2nd February 2020. 650 students participated with 30 stalls (designed fabrics, mehendi and tattoo stalls, food and beverages item, art and crafts, traditional sports and entertainment shows.
Problems encountered & resource required:
- Due to rural background most of the students lack in Linguistic Skills required for effective communication.
- They do not adequately recognize economic opportunities and possibilities of business development.
- Expert guidance in Entrepreneurship through the medium of Guest Lecture Series is much required.
- The Library needs to be better equipped with the latest books and journals relevant to Entrepreneurship Development.
- The participants need to be assisted in developing self-awareness, confidence, personal thinking, ability to take risk, willingness to change and persistence.
Title of the Practice
" Fostering the responsibility of Social Welfare "
Objective of the Practice
- To promote a culture of community engagement, community-campus interface that enriches research and creative activities, in order to address societal issues, and contribute to the public good.
- To enable the students to work in community. The programme aims to inculcate the responsibility of social welfare among students, and of providing service to society without any bias.
- To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve the students in the problem solving process.
- To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- To acquire leadership qualities with democratic attitude.
- To develop capacity to meet emergencies and national disasters.
- To practice national integration and social harmony.
To explore how community engagement could be activated at the Anantrao Pawar College, required understanding more deeply the values and principles that guided community engagement in the rural context.
The broad themes that emerged from the analysis included conceptual issues, student values, principles, processes behind engagement with rural communities, social justice, and learning from the community and transcending social challenges. In addition, diverse cultural groups, students, and teachers would learn valuable lessons from the community, such as unity and bonding with the community. This learning motivated us for positive behavior that promotes social tolerance, personal and interpersonal development, and openness to social diversity. This conscious approach could be complementary to both teaching and research within the college.
The college has been actively working towards strengthening community engagement as the basic sphere of learning. Community-campus engagement has essentially taken the following forms: i) Sharing knowledge with the community ii) Connecting community service with academics iii) Connecting community knowledge with research iv) Developing innovative courses and curriculum and v) Social innovation by students.
The college has adopted Pirangut, Kharawade and Mukaiwadi villages in Taluka Mulshi in District Pune. The UG and PG students of Anantrao Pawar College and villages were the target group for the activities.
The activities are planned for students.
- Orientation, learning and training to the students.
- Field application and reaching out to the communities where the students spend few hours in field work in the adopted villages. The activities include exposure to the realities of rural environment, sensitization to special needs of the local communities.
- Impact study and documentation were students undertake an impact study and prepare a report on the outcomes of the projects implemented in the village.
The faculty has done some research directed to understanding community engagement in Mulshi Tehsil. The college has made attempts to integrate advanced knowledge and skills with prevalent social issues.
Evidence of Success:
The activities were conducted to enhance community engagement with campus -
- Blood donation and health check-up- From 25th July, 2019 to 25th July, 2019- No. Of Participants 108.
- Clean and Healthy India Campaign- From 01st August, 2019 to 08th August, 2019- No. of participants 200.
- Flood relief rallies- From 22nd August, 2019 to 22nd August, 2019- No. of participants- 182.
- Polling Awareness Rally- From 18th October, 2019 to 18th October, 2019- No. of participants- 78.
- Constitution Day- From 26th November, 2019 to 26th November, 2019- No. of participants- 33.
- NSS Corona Warriors- From 11th April 2020 to 26th May 2020- No. of Participants- 58.
- Cleanliness drive at Mukaiwadi Ghat- From 08th August 2019 to 08th August 2019- No. of Participants-79.
- Cleanliness drive at Mukaiwadi Ghat- From 27th January 2020 to 01st February 2020- No. of Participants- 175.
- Social and Economic survey of Kharawade village and Gram Vikas survekshan of Kharawade Village - 23rd December 2019- No. of Participants- staff 5 and students 15.
- NSS Camp at Kharawade -From 18th December 2019 to 20th December 2019. No. of Participants- staff 5 and students 94.
Problems encountered and resources required:
- Problems encountered are inadequacy of resources; non-availability of latest techniques and technology for operating the blood donation programme and lack of awareness in citizens of in and around Pirangut.
- Many of the citizens are not interested to enroll due to many reasons. Frequently awareness programs like expert lectures, play performances needs to be organized by the college. For this fund is a major crunch.
- Visit of the students to the villages is not a continuous process due to their academic schedule.