Beyond Curriculum Training on Value Added Courses
Beyond curriculum training programs on value added courses are included for making students industry ready and empowering them for high-end employability, higher education and self-entrepreneurship
In the globalized 21st century corporate workplace, the work environments are usually multi-skilled and various domain-specific technical skill areas are in great demand. The Institute provides training programs for every student in specialized courses with certification to give them added employability potential. These courses, run by industry professionals, leverage them towards more specialized jobs in various sectors. They also provide requisite value addition and knowledge enrichment giving them a competitive edge over others in future career advancement.
The Institution provides well-structured Beyond Curriculum Training (BCT) programs for all students of all Streams, from the 2nd year onwards.
The screening of the learners, based on their passion and tastes, is initiated in the 1st Year through a Diagnostic Test and a Bridge Course held, which provides a means of improving their behavioural and other aspects. This categorization provides a basis for the later offering of specialized courses to them from their 2nd Year graduation onwards.
The details of the formulation and execution of these training programs are mentioned below:
Most of the recruiting companies now expect the students to have advanced programming skills irrespective of the branch of engineering or technology they pursue. This is the learning gap that the BCT program hopes to bridge.
Name of Department
Name of Subjects in BCT basket
CSE & IT
Introduction to Matlab, Mobile Application Development, Ethical Hacking, Python Programming, Automatic System Design Using Arduino, Game development using Python, System Vulnerability Analysis and Solution
System Vulnerability Analysis and Solution, Basics of Automata theory, Introduction to Machine Learning , Python Programming, Mobile Application Development, Shell Programming, PHP Learning , Full Stack Web Development, OriginLab for graphing and analysis, Ethical Hacking, System Vulnerability Analysis and Solution
Introduction to IoT, Application of CASPOC using PV syst software, Python Programming, Mobile Application Development, PCB Design using PROTEUS, System Vulnerability Analysis and Solution
Introduction to Data Analysis, Introduction to IoT, JAVA Programming, Python Programming, Time and Task Management, Nanoscience in Food Technology, Automatic System Design Using Arduino, Food Safety Training and Ceritification
Nanotechnology & Nanosensors, Mobile Application Development, PHP Learning, PCB Design using PROTEUS, Fundamentals of Big Data , Ethical Hacking, System Vulnerability Analysis and Solution
With the implementation of BCT as one of the Best and popular practices of the campus, well executed by faculty, staff and students, bringing good results for ON-Campus recruitment, start-up culture, a combined effort of the Institution and students, the Institution has achieved very good results during on-campus recruitment processes. This has led to the increase in the quality, as well as, the number of recruitments. Placement Summaries for the last 5 years indicate that the students have been performing consistently well and are recruited by reputed companies and the average pay package has beenincreasing every year.
And all the above, a holistic development culture in the campus which may reflected through our placement records shown here:
2016-2017 – 77.86% students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 2.4 LPA
2017-2018 –79.79% students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 2.4 LPA
2018-2019 – 88.94% students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 3.6 LPA
2019-2020 – 80.75% students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 3.8 LPA
2020-2021–83.235% students secured jobs with an average pay package of Rs. 3.9 LPA
Whenever the reformations are enforced for the betterment of learner, their acceptability is always found to be a challenge, as they always look for easy going learning and show less interest to learn out of the box, especially when it is linked to their curriculum. To overcome this challenge, the Institution has designed BCT basket, linking to some of the rewarding activities like Internal Hackathon, Technical Fest, show your talents etc. to build the team spirit amongst the learners and incentivize their skills enhancement through BCT.
It is always a challenge to motivate the Faculty for their involvement in such kind of additional practices other than the regular routine. At the same time, without the faculty involvement, no such practices can be made the Best Practices of the Institution.
The management of the Institution has supported the leadership of the campus for additional incentives, benefits for the faculty to put their efforts to make this BCT as benchmark and Best Practice for the campus.
Community Development Initiatives
Enabling humanitarian activities by the students leading to their involvement in amelioration of living conditions for the socially and economically disadvantaged and overall community development.
In the 21st century, academic programs increasingly include a community focus, social orientation and environmental conservation perspectives. Guru Nanak Institute of Technology (GNIT) also believes in caring and sharing, spreading the hope of betterment among the socially or economically disadvantaged. And Students, associated with Faculty, have constituted one club, “PRAGATI,” to promote such activity under Unnat Bharat Abhijyan. For years the Institute has been fostering donations or funding activities, aiding organizations providing humanitarian relief and encouraging students to contribute to community support services. Inspired by the spirit of selflessness inculcated through social welfare programs, students and alumni have emerged as role models in promoting community improvement.
The Institution has been evolving this practice by encouraging welfare and social outreach activities of every kind. Students are involved in aiding the underprivileged through active aid and support. In developing this practice, the warm Mentor-Mentee relationship already pre-existing in the Institute has further motivated and inspired the students to work for social development. Some of the important initiatives undertaken by the Institute include the following:
The following practices under PRAGATI initiative of GNIT are made as our Best and Most appreciative practices since the beginnings of the Institution:
Progressive Rural Advancement Globally Accepted Traditional Initiatives
GNIT has a chequered history of community service through the NSS activities of the students, and the diverse activities of the self-financed NSS Unit, organized since 2009-10. Students regularly participate in campus cleanliness drives like “Swachh Pakhwada”, rallies on “Save Water” to spread awareness on societal benefits. Donations to charitable organizations like Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa), the Ramkrishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, are regularly made by students, and there are goodwill visits to old age homes and orphanages to nurture values of compassion and social justice.
The Institute maintains a plastic-free campus, with special bins and collection points. Students play a notable role in the collection and awareness raising efforts in banning plastics.
Book donations to underprivileged children like the Community Library Project (TCLP, New Delhi) and for small community libraries in Kolkata and adjoining areas have helped many children get books and educational materials.
All Resource Persons are gifted saplings in the Institute and all faculty and staff presented saplings as incentives. This encourages sustainable thinking among students.
The Institute has been a lifeline in organizing of blood donation camps. Camps have been organized on campus since 2013, mostly in association with Barasat District Hospital, North 24 Parganas thereby saving countless lives.
Students distributed masks, food grains and essentials to the people worst affected by the lockdown in April 2020. They contributed to the PM and CM’s Relief Fund through donations and by organizing the online fundraiser “Felicific”. They also participated in relief camps for villagers in the Sunderbans affected by the devastating cyclone Amphan, by distributing babyfood, plastics and other building materials.
During the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2021, the Institute organized a free vaccination drive on campus, in association with Belle View Clinic and CMRI, Kolkata, where more than 5000 citizens have been vaccinated through GNIT.
GNIT, led by the Chemistry Section, took the lead in preparing organically safe, WHO-approved hand sanitizers during the first lockdown. These were distributed among people in need in the local community.
The impact of various social outreach and community-focused activities has been far-reaching, setting records in community service: