ASSET Program – Award Function

I am happy to share with all of you that the training of first batch under the ASSET87 program has been successfully completed. We trained a total of 490 students of the third year. We had 16 sessions of 3 hours each spread throughout the year and we had an overall attendance of over 70%. (More statistics will be shared in a future post).

There were some disruptions to our schedule due to the closing of all colleges in Tamilnadu due to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue but thanks to the unstinting support of the Principal and the staff of ACCET and the dedication and commitment of the training team lead by Mr. Sudhir, we managed to complete the training program in this academic year.

The final session of the program was conducted on April 17th the ASSET Program for 2012-13. We concluded the session with an closing ceremony which was attended in full strength by the 3rd year  and 2nd year students, The Principal and HODs also attended the function.

The closing ceremony started off with a speech by the ASSET87 Coordinator Vilva.

We had instituted awards for Top Leader, Top Communicator and Top Learner based on their performance during the training sessions. The selection of the students was made by the trainers using the guidelines provided by us. The following students were selected for the three awards:

Top Leader:    R Rhema (ECE)
Top Communicator:  K Jerlin (EEE)
Top Learner:  KJ Archana (ECE)

They received a cup, certificate and a pen-drive as part of the award. Each one of them expressed sincerely how this program has changed the way they talk and behave among their peers and family. Interesting to note that the top 3 were women and all of them had attended almost all the training sessions.

Ten other students were picked for their marked performance during the course of the training program

  1. M Yogalakshmi (CSE)
  2. Ragul (EEE)
  3. M Anees Ahmed (CSE)
  4. Osor Pertin (EEE)
  5. Shamitru (CSE)
  6. M Parani Bharathi (EEE)
  7. B Kohila (EEE)
  8. G Lakshmi Nivedetha (CSE)
  9. PM Hariharan (ME)
  10. Catharin Arathana (EEE)

These students received a merit certificate and a pen drive. All of them spoke for a couple of minutes and were very vocal in expressing gratitude to the ACCET 87 batch for giving them this training program.

Pen drives were given to the student volunteers who helped in organizing transport, food and logistics for the 16 training sessions.

Mr. Ravikumar (Placement Coordinator) gave a short speech where he suggested some changes in the training program content.

The Principal Ms. Mala gave her continued support for the program and said that she has been trumpeting this program wherever she talks as being one of a kind in any Engineering College in Tamilnadu.

The second year students had come in great numbers and expressed their eagerness to undergo this training program for the next year.

We presented the Master Trainer Mr. Sudhir with a ACCET87 Foundation watch as a souvenir. He has been a great source of inspiration for the students and he is extremely popular with all the students.

It was a great ending to the first year of the ASSET program.  As usual, Siva concluded the event with his Vote of Thanks.

On behalf of ACCET87 Foundation, I would like to place on record our sincere appreciation of our friend Sivanantharaja. Much credit for the great success of this program goes to Siva. He not only coordinated the program in Karaikudi but was always there to iron out the many issues that came up and he also took great taking care of our batchmates who went to the college to monitor the sessions.

I also want to thank  all our batchmates who attended the various sessions and gave their valuable feedback which helped us improve the program as it went by. I am sure that the next year’s sessions are going to be even better.

A many thanks are also due to Boby Thomas & Vilva. Boby has been in the background at all time taking care of the financial management and providing administrative support. From conceptualisation to execution, Vilva has been in the thick of the action at all times and has successfully steered the program. These two guys did an awesome job.

And many thanks to each of you for your financial & moral support. You made it happen!


ASSET Program – Closing Ceremony

The first year of the ASSET program is coming to a close next week.

The last 2 sessions of the ASSET Program will be conducted on Mar 19th (Tue) and Mar 20th (Wed). With this the students would have gone through 16 sessions over a period of 2 semesters. The feedback from the students and HODs have been very encouraging and they are eagerly looking forward to continuing this next year too.

The plan is to have a short closing ceremony on the last day (Mar 20th – Wed) where we will distribute some awards to the students who have shown very good progress. At the same time we would like to thank the trainers for conducting the sessions and the college for providing the infrastructure.  This will lay the foundation for the ASSET program for the next year.

Sivanandaraja has got permission from the Principal to have the sessions on the 2 days. On the second day (Wed – Mar 20) around 5 PM all the students, Trainers, HODs, Principal and Alumni from our batch will get together in Murugappa Hall to conclude this year’s program. The program should last about 45 minutes. Here is the tentative plan

  • Introduction and recap of the 16 session program (someone from ’87 batch)
  • Impressions/feedback on the program (volunteers of ’87 batch who attended the sessions)
  • Trainer’s view (Sudhir)
  • Comments from Ravikumar (placement officer)
  • Comments from Principal and HODs (who ever is willing)
  • Comments from the Students
  • Award ceremony
  • Vote of Thanks

Please feel free to give your ideas on the above program.

Most important –

Need as many of you to come to KKDI on the 20th for the closing ceremony. We started the ASSET program with a big band, lets close the first year the same way.

Thanks.


ASSET87 Session #3

I had the privilege of overseeing the third session of ASSET87. It was a day long event. 5 sessions in the morning and 5 sessions in the evening. The program was well attended. The energy and enthusiasm of students, trainers were infectious. The support from college was very good.

The trainers were competent and experienced in imparting similar training to other colleges. So they were able to deliver the content in a professional manner.

The session was on ‘Listening skills’. After the initial ice breaker session (group activity) audio was played and students were asked to respond to questions in the hand outs. Summary session at the end of the audio had students narrating their experience.

It was hectic but enjoyable day with powerful learning sessions.

ASSET87 has picked momentum. Students who missed first 2 sessions were seen attending. When asked they said ‘Initially we thought it would be another class room type lecture session. From our friends we found it is more of group activity based learning. Hence we want to attend and take the learning’.

The event was video graphed and would be uploaded here.


ASSET87 – Volunteers Required

The first 3 sessions of the ASSET87 program have rolled out smoothly even though there were some logistic challenges and trainer tantrums. The trainers have now settled down and the students have also got a feel of the course and how it will follow through. We hope the sessions will now become routine with everyone knowing what to do and when. However, with all the investment and work that’s gone into this program, it makes sense to have someone from our batch be present during each of these sessions.

The first session on August 22nd was supervised by me. Rajeshwar attended the next session on August 29th and Krishnamurthy audited the third session on September 5th. We have 4 sessions coming up in this semester on the following dates:

  1. 26/09/2012 (Wednesday)  – Dr. Kannan has already volunteered for this session.
  2. 03/10/2012 (Wednesday)
  3. 10/10/2012 (Wednesday)
  4. 31/10/2012 (Wednesday)

We need volunteers who can go on these dates to the college and spend the day watching / listening to the sessions. The idea is to not only show our commitment to the program, but also do a continuous evaluation of the trainers and the course content. This is going to help in improving the program in next semester and the following year.

By being a volunteering you not only help the ASSET87 Program it can also help you:

– If you are a Professorsit helps you design a similar program for your college
– Entrepreneurs and Businessmen can evaluate the program for their own company
– Others employed in corporates can recommend a similar program to their company

We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers at least per session. We will provide you guidelines on what to do when you are there. At the end of the session you need to file a feedback report and fill the Trainers’ Assessment Form. We would like to finalize the list of volunteers in about 10 days. Please let us know by replying to this post or email/phone us.

The Board of Trustees in the last meeting decided to cover travel & hotel expenses (at actuals), subject to a limit of Rs. 2,000 per session.

Thanks.


ASSET 87 – KPI’s

Dear all ,

Well begun is half done goes an old saying . The first two updates reminds me of this proverb .Thanks to Rajesh , Vilva, Kitta and all who have taken  time from their busy schedules to plan and implement such a wonderful programme .

The output of the participants  speaks highly of their enthusiasm, eagerness  and involvement  to make this effort a success . all groups  have exhibited a high level of IQ in putting their thoughts on paper .

The programme has started and participation is in earnest but   how we shall measure the success  of the  project . What shall be the KPI’s for this effort ? As measuring it after  this batch  passes out of college  is 2-3 yes away i suggest we find a short term goal for them and see how they have improved.


ASSET87 – Session #1

The first session of the much awaited Asset Program was held on Aug 22nd.

The day started with the 5 trainers arriving on college campus by KPN Travels from Chennai around 7:30 AM. Two guest rooms in the ACCETOSA building were allocated to the trainers. The rooms were adequate, but could be a lot better. Once they were ready, breakfast was served in the Principals adjoining room.

Each trainer was allocated a training room and students were divided into the 5 rooms. The rooms allocated were the PPT Hall, CAD Lab, Audio Lab, Metrology Lab and TIFAC Hall. The morning sessions had students from the EEE and ECE departments and was well attended. The sessions started with a 30 sec intro of each student. Our assumptions before we started the sessions were proved wrong. A majority of the students were communicating very well and we were surprised to see the enthusiasm with which students students were sharing their experiences. Even though there were a small number of students that were not opening up, I would say the majority loved to talk in what ever English they knew and many talked in fluent Tamil too.

The afternoon session was not well attended. The students of the afternoon session were from the MECH and CIVIL departments and we could see a difference between the morning and evening batches. The evening group were a little more closed and had to be pushed to come up and speak. There were more girls in the morning batch and more boys in the evening batch.

Parts of the session were also video taped so that we can share with everyone. Here is the 5-part video from the first session.

The above recording has 5 videos running one after another. You can also watch it on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL79F076C79DE972EE.

Each trainer also submitted their feedback on the students through a pre-designed evaluation form. This evaluation will continue throughout the 16 sessions and will record the progress on the students across 5 parameters.

Based on the “Exit Polls” taken from the students on the first day, everyone is very happy to be part of the ASSET program and are convinced it will help them in their career.

As the program continues, we hope to keep posting more information, pictures & videos on ASSET87.


A reflection on our long overdue fee to ACCET…

Dear ACCET87 friends:

I along with my family had a memorable time participating on our SJC; many, many thanks to the tireless work of the organizers – planning every small detail, engaging the right people to manage certain aspects of the events like the Master of the Ceremony, orchestra, etc. Rajeshwar, VP, Vilva,  Boby, Sivanantha Raja and team– Kudos to you! We are blessed to have leaders and volunteers like you in our midst.

As I was reflecting on the commitment and responsibility that we have undertaken in ASSET87, it is evident that we are going to need an ongoing monetary contribution commitment in addition to the volunteer and time commitments.

Well, first let me firmly state that the soft skills enhancement is a worthy cause. In fact, after many discussions leading to SJC, listening to all of the presentations on August 11th and talking to a few people on the engineering campus recruitment side after the SJC event (people who had nothing to do with our college), I am convinced that ASSET87 is a precedent/best practice that other colleges will eventually embrace.

Coming back to the topic of our commitment to ASSET87 and the funds that will be required to sustain it; I wanted to share my thought process when I made my first pledge and a few other things I realized as I continue to reflect about our college…

If I rewind a few months back, I was confident that we’d do a splendid job of organizing the SJC and do a sizable contribution similar to our seniors. I had the privilege of being inspired by one of our seniors who had a moving experience of participating in their golden jubilee event at Karaikudi two years back. Right then, I had made a commitment to attend ours in person and make a contribution. I am happy I was able to do both!

As I reflected sitting at the SJC and later, I realize that it has still not quite dawned on us as to how blessed we are to have been awarded this opportunity in 1983 to be a student of this college. So, I started thinking a few “what if”s – they always help me put things in a better perspective…

  • What if the ACCET fee had been Rs. 25,000 per semester – instead of the “close to nothing” that we eventually paid; could my parents have afforded to have me study at ACCET? What would have been the student loan when I graduated, if we had to take a loan?
  • What if like most other colleges started in mid-80s, there had been a “capitation fee” to get admission to the college? Could my parents have paid it? Probably not; I would have studied in an Arts college for a three year science or a commerce undergraduate degree; how different my life might have turned out?
  • What if I had to spend in $s for my college education? I already know the answer – not a hypothetical answer but a real one: I could not do my post-graduate studies after ACCET in USA; it was too expensive and we could not afford it. In US, majority of the people graduating have huge student loans that they end up paying along with their car and house loans for many, many years.
  • What if every college today was like our ACCET! As a parent today, how much do  I actually need to plan to save to get a college education for my children… To put this question in perspective, when we had our third child when I was 41 years old, my financially savvy friend commented that I should forget about retiring and work until and perhaps after my last one graduated to pay for upbringing and college.

Reflecting on these, I can’t but wonder what a blessing and gift ACCET has been to my life. Yes, I work hard, to be where I am today and trying to stay there and improve; but ACCET was the foundation that even made any of this possible.  Meena and my children are strong supporters of my contributions to the college now and am sure in future; particularly, after seeing the college in person, what it needs today to deliver the kind of education that we received, and the camaraderie and commitment of all of our batch mates!

Friends, it is time to reach in to our pockets and bank accounts and pay our college fee that have been due for the past 25 years! The beauty of this fee is that it is only due in our minds and hence the amount, late fee, interest and inflation adjustment – everything is up to each of us to determine. Even if you have made your contributions already, consider doing your own analysis and add to the contribution and make it an ongoing commitment, until we believe that our ACCET dues have been paid! I commit to doing my own analysis. Please share it with your family – you need their support and encouragement as well.

I am sorry for the long winded message, but this is an important topic deserves your time, attention and consideration.

Cheers,

Srinivasan R.S. ECE

 


ASSET – Part 2

Here is the second part of my post about the ASSET Program

The current semester would have 7 sessions on the dates listed below

1. Aug 22nd
2. Aug 29th
3. Sept 5th
4. Sept 26th
5. Oct 3rd
6. Oct 10th
7. Oct 31st

This will be followed by 9 sessions in the next semester starting Jan-2013

Course Content

In no particular order, the following will be the broad areas covered in the sessions

  • Greeting Etiquette & Mannerisms
  • Role Play
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Confidence building
  • Impromptu talks
  • Self-Motivation
  • Debates
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication Skills (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • News Paper Reading
  • Listening Skills
  • Extempore
  • Rapport Building
  • Group Discussions
  • Presentation skills
  • Comprehension
  • Leadership skills
  • Brain Storming
  • Attitude

The sessions will be interactive with role playing, games, audio and video sessions and less of classroom type teaching.

To measure the effectiveness of the course, a progress card is being designed which will capture before-and-after metrics for each student. A feedback mechanism to evaluate the trainer is also being put in place. After every session, we will get a summary report from the trainers with their comments.

Hope some of you can visit the college during these training sessions to get a first hand feel of how things are happening.

In the next post I will share some details about the trainers and their selection process.

Cheers!

Vilva