While pursuing Diploma/Under Graduate/ Post Graduate Engineering programme students often need mentoring, guidance and counselling from a loving elderly figure. Direct academic issues e.g. selection of electives can be easily communicated to the student. But finer nuances e.g. career options or fear of a subject/course need greater involvement of the mentor. Obviously, a student should have the same mentor throughout his/her course.
The process has been established as ‘Mentoring System’. Each faculty will be the mentor of a group of 8 to 12 students. First-year students will have mentors from the Department of humanities & Science and second, third, fourth-year students will have mentors from the parent department. Departmental faculties will continue to be mentors for the same group of students till their graduation.
The mentor will perform the following functions. The list, of course, cannot be exclusive. A mentor can always do more for the benefit of the students.
- Meet the group of students at least twice a month.
- Continuously monitor, counsel, guide and motivate the students in all academic matters.
- Advise students regarding choice of electives, project, summer training etc.
- Contact parents/guardians if situation demands e.g. academic irregularities, negative behavioural changes and interpersonal relations, detrimental activities etc.
- Advise students in their career development/professional guidance.
- Maintain contact with the students even after their graduation.
- Intimate HOD and suggest if any administrative action is called for.
- Maintain a detailed progressive record of the student.
- Maintain a brief but clear record of all discussions with students.
The HOD will:
- meet all mentors of his/her department at least once a month to review the proper implementation of the system
- advise mentors wherever necessary.
- initiate administrative action on a student when necessary.
- keep the head of the institute informed.
Type of Mentoring to be done
- Professional Guidance – regarding professional goals, selection of career, higher education.
- Career advancement – regarding self-employment opportunities, entrepreneurship development, morale, honesty and integrity required for career growth.
- Course work specific – regarding attendance and performance.
- Lab specific – regarding Do’s and Don’ts in the lab.