Considering that the Industry Collaborative Education and collaborative degrees are work-integrated learning programmes, it is essential that the applicant is engaged in work in the relevant professional areas.
The final offer of admission for such programmes would be based on the applicant's educational background, academic achievements, work profile, relevant work experience, profile of the employing organization and proposed mentor's profile.
The education in the Industry Collaborative Education programmes is characterized by person-centered approach where the rigour and standard are maintained on par with University's system of education on-campus. These programmes judiciously combine the flexibility and ingenuity of the outreach educational system with all the regular features of the on campus education system. Also, the learning and evaluation process draws upon the successful and established methodologies followed by the University.The work learning environment of a student under the Industry Collaborative Education programmes consist of two broad-based facets:
- Academic Environment created by Centre for Collaboration of Industry and Institutions (CCII) and Information centre based Instructors who are Faculty drawn from different disciplines;
- Student's own Work Environment from which assignments, projects, seminars etc., may emerge to integrate theory and practice. A (locally-based) Mentor imparts structured guidance and conducts certain evaluation components (see Role of Mentor);
Central aim to the educational philosophy of the Centre for Collaboration of Industry and Institutions (CCII) being the dialectical link between theory and practice, the student's own work environment provides an ideal ground where theory could be meaningfully combined with practice through Assignments, Case Studies, Laboratory-Oriented Projects, Work Experience, In-service Training, Internship, Thesis-Seminar and Dissertation. These evaluation components and courses search for evidence of self-study, time planning, conceptual understanding and application of the concepts in a real-life situation, self-reliant articulation, enthusiasm for, awareness of and participation in new pedagogy. One of the distinctive features of this system is the complete formalization of pursuit of education at the work-learning environment. An organization creates a work learning environment by providing academic sponsorship for the candidates as well as infrastructural facilities such as place for conducting formal classes/mentor interactions/examination apart from library, computer and laboratory access.
The work learning environment form a strict requirement in order to infuse a strong component of teacher-student contact through course instructors as well as Mentor (a senior officer of the student's own organization). Thus work-learning environment is a very important component of the person-centred learning process. There is in the design, a clear arrangement of periodic personal discussion in the work-learning environment with the students so that their progress is directly monitored by planned interaction. Further, the students at the work-learning environment receive help from mentors. Throughout the student's learning process, which is conducted in his own work place, through systematic self-study, and self-learning process, the student remains continually in contact with the course instructors for any clarifications. Thus the operation is an imaginative combination of the contact hours and tutoring of the on-campus system with the student-centred self-study feature of the outreach system and an organizational and pedagogic commitment of the collaborating organizations. The student is at once, a full- time student as well as full-time employee.
For each course offered by the University, there would be an Instructor, who is an Information Center faculty, drawn from the relevant discipline that is charged with the responsibility of the conduct of that course. This will be in terms of preparing question papers, evaluation of answer papers and answering student's queries apart from preparing instruction manuals, question bank, supplementary notes, etc. wherever required in order to strengthen the course.
For each course, there will be a Programme Guide, which will spell out the plan of study and evaluation scheme, prescribed text book / suggested reference books apart from other details. The evaluation schedule is also announced in the beginning of the session itself. All details pertaining to the operation of the course including grading procedures are shared with the students through this document. It is the responsibility of each student to acquire textbooks and other reference materials recommended for each course in the Programme Guide.