To fulfill NAAC Criterion I, which is Curricular Aspects, institutions must:
- Ensure that the curricula are relevant to the local, national, regional, and global developmental needs. This can be done by aligning the Programme Outcomes (POs), Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs), and Course Outcomes (COs) with the needs of the stakeholders, including students, employers, and society as a whole.
- Provide academic flexibility to the students. This can be done by offering various elective courses, allowing students to choose their minors and specializations, and providing opportunities for internships and other experiential learning activities.
- Enrich the curriculum with cross-cutting issues relevant to Professional Ethics, Gender, Human Values, Environment, and Sustainability. This can be done by integrating these issues into the existing courses, offering dedicated courses on these topics, or organizing workshops and seminars.
- Have a system to obtain feedback on the syllabus and its transaction from stakeholders. This feedback can be used to improve the curriculum regularly.
Here are some specific tips for fulfilling each of the four Key Indicators (KIs) under NAAC Criterion I:
KI 1.1: Curricular Planning and Implementation
- Ensure that the curriculum is developed and implemented through a well-planned and documented process.
- Involve all stakeholders, including students, faculty, industry experts, and alumni, in the curriculum development process.
- Regularly review and update the curriculum to ensure that it is relevant and up-to-date.
- Implement the curriculum effectively through well-designed teaching-learning methods and assessment strategies.
KI 1.2: Academic Flexibility
- Offer a variety of elective courses to students, including interdisciplinary courses and courses on contemporary issues.
- Allow students to choose their own minors and specializations.
- Provide opportunities for internships and other experiential learning activities.
- Support students in pursuing their academic interests, even if those interests fall outside of their major.
KI 1.3: Curriculum Enrichment
- Integrate cross-cutting issues relevant to Professional Ethics, Gender, Human Values, Environment, and Sustainability into the curriculum.
- Offer dedicated courses on these topics.
- Organize workshops and seminars on these topics.
- Encourage students to participate in research projects and other activities that address these issues.
KI 1.4: Feedback System
- Obtain feedback on the syllabus and its transaction from stakeholders, including students, faculty, alumni, and employers.
- Use the feedback to improve the curriculum regularly.
- Make the feedback process transparent and accessible to all stakeholders.
By following these tips, institutions can fulfill NAAC Criterion I and ensure that their curricula are relevant, flexible, enriched, and responsive to the needs of their stakeholders.