Sunday, 15 April 2018

The GIBS many layered system for student Performance Evaluation

Global Institute of Business Studies on the outskirts of Bangalore in Karnataka has been hitting the headlines in recent years. An effective system of learning and evaluation, internships and placements has brought immense recognition to the comparatively young institution. GIBS is certainly among the top business schools in the state and the country, and now aims for international horizons.  The courses taught include the postgraduate courses MBA and PGDM. The undergraduate courses comprise the BBA and BCOM.

 Approaches to study and scholarship, evaluation and performances have changed rapidly during the last few decades. Research and indeed common sense reveal that reading books alone do not suffice to build up a dynamic intellectual ability. Yet, even today the belief naturally persists that the greater number of books read, the higher is the knowledge, and that may be true in certain senses.
The electronic media have introduced us to several kinds of packaging information, unlike in the past when only books existed. Films and videos are certainly more interesting methods of knowing things and research reveals that memories are sharper and understanding is greater through such experiences. It is the media that have profoundly changed human life and thinking, study and work.

If study involved books alone, only the mind and brain would benefit, though that is important enough. Yet, in the real world of work, personalities and work skills matter so much. Soft skills are recognized as instrumental like the leadership, teamwork and communication abilities. Language proficiency perhaps in a foreign language too in addition to English would improve the chances at an international level.

Student involvement and interactive sessions are the answer even in the classroom rather than the traditional one way traffic with the students sleeping through teaching sessions with nothing to do but passively absorb the golden words of the teacher.  Activities based on the smart board with clips, the internet, audio and video interludes would break up the monotony and provide novel teaching experiences to keep the students on their toes. Excitement at learning new topics like an adventure would continue during the entire few semesters.

Sports, cultural and literary activities

While physical fitness would apply to every boy and girl, interests differ and the cultural and the literary mean different things to different students. While students cannot be compelled into anything, their aptitudes and interests decide the nature and extent of participation. While some would sing and dance, others would run and play.

Clubs and committees

A large variety of meaningful organizational and exploratory activities that work like practical applications of lessons taught attract many students.  Organizing programs, including the physical infrastructure, arranging for guests and invitees, food and seating, require a lot of work, zeal, patience and dedication, qualities needed for professional success too.

Assignments and project reports

It is a challenging task to succeed at the new generation college career! The students are kept perennially busy with a range of assignments and projects that often turn out to be too difficult to handle. Time is the most crucial factor besides the availability of study materials. The library and the internet provide ample inspiration by way of stimulating research materials. Guidance from the faculty and the seniors add to the preparation of sometimes excessively complex assignments and project reports.

Projects are often based on internships, study tours or learning events held in the campus or elsewhere. Bangalore offers an infinitely huge canvas to indulge the imagination and the ideas, dreams and vanities. In terms of industry connections, mega businesses crowd around the city and provide many channels to seek excellent apprenticeships and placements.

Presentations and Case Studies

After the comparatively passive learning experiences in classrooms like chicks in the nest that are learning to fly, independent presentations of researches before the students and the experts are proof of lessons learned successfully. Well prepared and successfully executed presentations are crucial in the knowledge building and personality expression besides the skills of facing an audience and speaking well. The expert handling of digital resources like the screen and the software in the computer would also be put to the test.

The case study approach to learning has attracted a lot of attention in universities around the world. Taking the examples of real events that happened in the corporate world, whether it is mergers or emergencies, trade wars or human resource problems, the situations are presented and possible solutions discussed and found.

Tests and Examinations

While testing is crucial as it has always been to find out in formal conditions what has been learned, the methods have changed. Unlike the pen and paper of the past, digital methods require additional computer skills. That is the way of the present and shows the way to the future.

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