For an institution to thrive and build a name for itself, it needs to be more than just a centre for knowledge transmission. How an institute transfers knowledge to its students is what defines the pedigree of an institute. While some may encourage rote learning, others might emphasise on the process of knowledge acquisition and adopt a more hands-on, reflective and experiential learning process. It is these institutes that make a name for themselves among the student community and are sought after by students. Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies is one such institute.
Benefits of Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is a more hands-on process of learning that emphasises on practical application of concepts, theories and problem solving techniques rather than learning by rote. It is clearly a superior method, for it involves a conscious reflection on the part of students. For management students, this method is indispensable as it prepares them for the competitive world after they graduate.
Experiential Learning at Manav Rachna
Manav Rachna offers a curriculum designed to foster experiential learning in students. The emphasis is on creating and honing analytical skills and focusing upon the practical and applied aspects of theoretical knowledge. Students learn through experiential methods like live field projects, workshops, action research, simulations, prototyping, role-playing scenarios, socio-drama/psychodrama, dance, meditation, case studies, seminars, industry interface, guest lectures and mentoring. All these activities accelerate learning and develop critical thinking and effective decision-making in students. The two years that they spend in campus becomes a meaningful process to transform them into effective professionals rather than being a means to get marks and a degree on the resume.
Unique pedagogy at Manav Rachna
The pedagogy followed at Manav Rachna focuses on skill development through a four tier mentoring program (peers/industry/faculty/alumni), academic affiliations, international student exchange programs, corporate social responsibility, extensive life skills classes and so on. This, along with being one of the first institutes in Delhi NCR to establish a Human Lab, highlights the institute’s thrust towards experiential learning and giving students a meaningful experience.
A major part of students’ training in the institute comprises interacting with society to understand and solve problems. To pursue entrepreneurship that is meaningful and beneficial to the society, the institute engages students in initiatives such as Ek Muthi Daan, adoption of Mohna village, incorporation of a skill and health development centre at Mohna village. Students of management also undergo a month long orientation program ‘Udaan’ to welcome them into the new phase through skill training and development workshops.
Manav Rachna promises students a rewarding experience throughout their course. Students enter as unpolished gems and are transformed into confident professionals, ready to enter the industry with gusto.
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