Experiential Learning experiences through Meaningful teaching

It was one of the chief driving forces for creating an institution of his own - to revolutionize the science of teaching, aiming at making technical education more accessible to ‘the less talented’ children and those branded as 'dullards'.

Students in the field as a part of their 'experiential learning'

Multiple intelligences class rooms

Today, a vast majority of the teachers of this institution have been trained regularly by MHRD’s National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR). As a result, multiple intelligences Classroom teaching practices have been adopted in the classrooms. Blended learning systems that combine face-to-face instruction with other teaching modes such as technology-based-Instruction has to be adopted in place of the conventional ‘chalk and board’ method. JRPC places a high value on the quality of teaching and learning experiences occurring inside classrooms. Our lecturers do not just lecture, they mentor. Here, engineering subjects are not seen as a list of steps/rules to be memorized but as a way of looking at the world that really makes sense.

Line follower robot

In every classroom, teachers are encouraged to hold passionate discussions among students so they would uncover the procedures, properties and proofs for themselves. Taught this new way, engineering subjects especially those that demand good problem solving skills seem transformed. The resultant output is that learning is not dull misery but challenging, stimulating and even fun. We are grounded on the platform that teaching is for understanding and not for covering the syllabus and definitely not for churning high scorers alone.

Students of the II year DME branch study the concept of ‘laminar flow’ in the coursework ‘Fluid Mechanics”. To demonstrate its applications, the Innovator-In-The-Making (IIM) team fabricated a ‘water arch’ that welcomes the guests at the entrance. Students

Students demonstrating the ‘water arch’

On-the-job Industrial training blended with academics

JRPC is committed to providing students with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. Hence, at JRPC, every student is encouraged to attend a training course in the weekend at one of the industries in his core area of study. This provides him a broad and holistic perspective into the design and execution of classroom-learned concepts while studying in college.

Students at 'On-the-job Industrial training'

For this purpose, the college has signed MoUs with ISO-certified core engineering companies and also with TIDITSSIA (Tiruchirappalli District Tiny, Small Scale Industries Association). The Training and Placement office provides students with professional career guidance, contacts potential employers and arranges interviews and trainings for the students. The student employment rate in Mechanical Engg has been very close to 100% mainly because employment after their study at the college does not come in as a rude shock, but it has been gently percolated into them.

Centre for Excellence for technical teaching in rural areas

To provide a platform for this experiential learning, JRPC set up a Centre for Excellence in Technical Teaching that aims to be resourceful in fulfilling the mission of experiential learning inside JRPC campus and its immediate rural neighbourhood. Some of the activities of the centre are creating working models utilizing the infrastructure and human resources of JRPC. The feature that makes these models stand out is that they are assembled/fabricated mostly out of the scrap material and low-cost material that are gathered from the society. Many of these models are packed as a kit and taken by our Teacher-In-The-Making(TIM) team to the neighbourhood schools.

Owing to this training of delivering short talks and demonstration both within and outside the classrooms, students have dispelled their fear of communication and have developed the skill of 'thinking off the feet'.

Interactions outside classroom

Inclusive technical education for special children/children with learning disabilities

Since 2011, in line with the Founder’s thinking, special children with varying degrees of mental development and learning disabilities have been admitted to JRPC. The true problem remains in identifying special tutors with technical knowledge and owing to the limited availability of such people, technical teachers with a passion for technical teaching have been mentoring and tutoring these children. These children are given the extra care for teaching and examination presentation. JRPC supports the special tutors who handle the pedagogical learning issues of these children. Special efforts have been taken with the office of the Commissioner of Technical Education towards meeting their special requirements during examination.

On completion of their technical education, these children are in need of assistance for placement and towards this frontier, JRPC has signed 2 MoUs local industries that work with differently abled people. It is thus 'Inclusive education' in reality with a purpose of providing them a sustained livelihood through technical skills.