Faculty Development Program (FDP)
All the activities organized by the College are focused on the comprehensive development of the students. One of the key measures is to gear up the faculty members to achieve this task, through various faculty development programs (FDP). Faculty development refers to that broad range of activities which institutions use to renew or assist faculty in their many roles. It is a planned program to prepare institutions and faculty members for their academic roles and to strengthen an individual’s knowledge and skills in the areas of Teaching, Counseling, Research and Administration. The goal of faculty development is to orient faculty members towards the skills relevant to their institutional setting and Faculty position, and to sustain their vitality both now and in the future. Evidently, Faculty development has become an increasingly important component of engineering education. Understanding these needs, several faculty development activities have been planned and designed to enhance teaching-learning effectiveness at all levels of the educational continuum.
Seminars and workshops are conducted in various Departments in core as well as multi-disciplinary areas. The workshops are conducted for the development of faculty intellectual ability and expose them to recent advances happening in the professional sector. Resource persons are invited from renowned academic institutions, industries and research organizations to share their expertise with the faculty in respective areas. The College also extends support to faculty for attending the seminar and workshop organized by other institutions. Many faculty have attended such programs organized by IITs, leading industries and research institutions.
Faculty exchange program
College has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Staffordshire University, UK, Iowa State University and University of Iowa from US, for faculty exchange, student exchange, research and development, starting of new courses, etc. Recently, two faculty have visited Staffordshire University, UK and another faculty will be visiting very soon.
Visit to Staffordshire University, Stafford Shire, United Kingdom
Prof D P Gaikwad from Computer Engineering and Prof A V Waghmare from Mechanical Engineering visited Staffordshire University, Stafford Shire, UK during the period 26/01/2013 to 14/2/2013. The objective of visit was to develop UK India Partnership and Support for Curriculum and Pedagogy of the ongoing work. Activities carried out during the visit are as follows:
- Attendance at lectures and seminars to observe UK delivery and to follow up with the teaching and research staff to evaluate UK approaches.
- Introduction to the concepts of the Staffordshire Graduate and the Staffordshire triple “E” employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship (EEE) enhancements as well as the Staffordshire Global Graduate scheme
- Discussions and planning session to provide dialogue and knowledge exchange on curriculum development
- Delivery especially with respect to the Staffordshire University context
- Discussion on the development of adaptations to current curriculum and innovative short course appropriate for delivery in the Indian context
- Planning for joint submission to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval of the proposed programmes
- Visiting staff engagement with the academic life of the FCET e.g. attending staff meeting, staff developments sessions, shadowing staff as appropriate.
Prof Mike Clement and Faculty of AISSMSCOE
AISSMS faculty with Dr Neil Hart and Dr Paul Byrne of Staffordshire University, UK
The Forum of Science and Technology (FST) provides a platform wherein the faculty interacts with the professionals invited from academia, research and industry. The aim of the FST is to introduce the faculty to the new concepts in education and new development in the engineering and science.
Faculty also organizes Webinars in the Institute on various areas of engineering. This activity facilitates an interaction of institutional faculty with outside professionals through ICT. Conduction of Webinar helps students and faculty to upgrade the knowledge in the respective field.
Research & Development
The faculty of AISSMSCOE is deeply involved in the Research and Development in identified areas of engineering. Faculty have received external funds to carry out research activities. Many research projects have been undertaken by the faculty with the support of College. The main objective of the R & D is to enable the faculty to think for innovative work in different disciplines and develop the technologies that would lead to sustainable development and generation of national wealth. Students are also involved in these activities along-with the faculty.
The interaction between the academia and industries is very important for the development of faculty and staff. Faculty have very close interaction with number of industries, as Pune is an industrial hub. Exchange of resource persons helps in strengthening the ties between the two. Faculty facilitates the visits of students to these industries and various expositions and exhibitions organized by the industries. This helps to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
Eminent people are invited to the institute to share their experiences and expertise with faculty. Some of the eminent people invited for such lectures are:
- Shri Sudhir Devare, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, and Government of India on “Rising India and Foreign policy challenges”
- Dr Prem Masand, on “Unburdening the burden of stress”
- Dr Hiremath, Consultant, NASA, USA on “Opportunities for engineers in space research and development”
- Dr Bhooshan Kelkar, IBM on “Mind Mapping and its use in organizational development”
- Dr Anant Dharmadhikari, former Director, Department of Ayurveda. Government of Maharashtra on “Management of Health”
Science exhibition is organized by the faculty and students for the school students of 8th to 12th standard to demonstrate basic fundamentals of science and create the awareness on science, on the eve of Engineers Day. More than 250 school students participated in exhibition. The objective of exhibition was to create the awareness and interest of science among the school students through experimental demonstration.