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CIPS Evaluation

Evaluation of JKCs by Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS)

About the study

The JKC programme has been running for a period of 7 years and the Department felt the need to evaluate it in terms of the achievements in the stated objectives with which the centre was established. CCE approached Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) to take up a state-wide study on the status of JKC centres and suggest suitable recommendations to reinforce the programme.


Mechanism

The study was conducted in 53 Government colleges (10 colleges in Phase I and 43 colleges in Phase II) across Andhra Pradesh in 2013 – 2014. Capturing five major stake holders’ opinion on Jawahar Knowledge Centres Training Programme – Students, JKC Mentors, JKC coordinators, Principals of the College and Employers, the study brought together the opinions from 1803 students, 91 mentors, 44 Principals, 54 JKC coordinators and 27 employers.


Observations by CIPS

The overall report by CIPS presents that all the stake holders are very positive about JKC and the students expressed that they opt for JKC programme to acquire better skills, government jobs, and higher studies. The curriculum of JKC meets the present requirements and 90% of the students are under the impression that the program meets their expectations.


Recommendations by CIPS

CIPS has given the final report which offered specific recommendations relating to four major areas of JKC training programme i.e., I. Curriculum II. Placement assistance III. Organisational Structure and IV. Financial Sustainability for strengthening JKC activity.


Implementation of Recommendations made by CIPS:

The stakeholders’ opinion gauged through the study provided the required inputs for refurbishing the curriculum, adopting measures towards financial sustainability of the programme and also the institution specific problems faced while running the JKC programme. The Department initiated following activities for the implementation of CIPS recommendations


1. Curriculum

Steps taken to improve the quality of curriculum transaction

JKC Monitoring Cell at O/o CCE devised a monitoring mechanism of uploading the day wise schedule of all JKC centers to ensure the hours prescribed for transaction of JKC curriculum are followed in all the JKC centres and in all the batches for successful completion of prescribed training duration. On line feedback form has been developed by JKCMC to gather the students feedback and grievance regarding the training programme for successful rectification of problems encountered by students. Monitoring of JKC training activity through video call and conferencing has been initiated to ensure effective curriculum delivery by installing Skype in 13 Nodal JKC centers of A.P, which will be further extended to all Degree Colleges in the state. Printing of the JKC study material has been taken up by the JKCMC. The Subject Experts Committee meeting was convened for the preparation of draft JKC study material. The Review Committee reviewed the JKC material prepared by the expert committee. Printing of the material is in the process.


2. Placement Assistance

Steps taken to improve job opportunities to students

Institutional level Students’ cell guided by JKC coordinators are constituted in each college to look at the local job opportunity and help the coordinators and mentors in activities relating to placements. A database of JKC student profiles along with their academic achievements (From 10th onwards) is made accessible at institutional level to contact employers as well as to strengthen placement assistance. To share job drives among institutions, colleges are instructed to communicate the schedule of job drives to other colleges in the district thus enabling the students avail the placement opportunities. To increase the number of placement drives at district level, HR mentor is engaged at each district ID College. The HR mentor with the help of JKC nodal coordinator shall ensure that all the JKC trained students attend the placement atleast once at the district level.


3. Organizational Structure

A state level advisory body is constituted for JKC involving Company representatives/entrepreneurs, University nominees (State and national level), Professional agencies, Academicians, Principals, e.t.c. This committee shall review and analyze the market trend and make necessary recommendation for the programme to meet the future needs. The first meeting of the committee is scheduled in the month of January 2015.


4. Financial Sustainability

 

Measures to make JKCs financially sustainable. With regard to Financial Sustainability of JKC training programme, CIPS stated that very low honorarium given to mentors is the major problem confronting the JKC programme and hence recommended to enhance honorarium of JKC mentors for uninterrupted JKC activity. Hence the Department requested Government to consider enhancement of honorarium to Full time Mentors. A registration fee of Rs.50 is being collected from all students to utilize the amount for the State level coordination of JKC activities and also for improving placements by JKCMC Centralized printing of the JKC study material has been taken up by the JKCMC to reduce the cost of production of the material and also to provide students with quality material.