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Academic Committee – Minutes of Meeting

Creation of the Committee

The college shall have a duly constituted College Academic Committee (CAC) to formulate long term and short-term development programmes for the college to achieve academic excellence in tune with the policies of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. The College Academic Committee is responsible for evaluation of the academic performance of students.
One of its goals is to ensure that students continue to make excellent academic progress toward graduation. The committee works closely with academic advisers and students in assisting students with the needed skills for academic success. At the end of each academic year, the committee reviews academic records of students to evaluate academic progress.

Objectives

  • To review the academic and related activities of the college
  • To plan for sustaining the quality of education and quality improvement.
  • To review the students and faculty development programmes to achieve academic excellence
  • To visualize and formulate perspective plans for the development and growth of the academics in the institution.
  • To promote research and extension activities in the college.
  • To promote teaching innovations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identification of adjunct, bridge, certification courses.
  • Coordinating with other various committees to conduct knowledge sessions.
  • To examine teaching plan, students-learning (syllabus) management and completion of other academic works.
  • Encourage innovative practices in teaching-learning.
  • Monitoring of regular class work, lab work and library activities.
  • Maintenance of quality in the day to day activities.

Members

Chairperson: Dr Mohan Thomas Nainan, Principal

Head: Dr Jaya Naidu

Members:

  1. Shilpa P S
  2. Veerendra
  3. Dr. Sindhu J

Curriculum Committee

The curriculum committee of a Dental College plays an instrumental role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of any teaching program, including integrated curriculum.

Goals

  • The ultimate goal of the committee is to ensure that the graduating student acquires the desired knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which are expected out of them by the time of completion of the course.

Objectives

  • To introduce integrated teaching within the setup and the availability of the desired resources.

Functions and Responsibilities

  • The curriculum committee members should do a Curriculum mapping, which comprises of assessing what is taught (viz., content, learning outcomes), how it is taught (such as learning resources and opportunities), when it is taught (timetabling and sequencing) and what all assessment methods are employed to assess the extent of learning among students.
  • This curriculum mapping is required as it aids in increasing the transparency of the curriculum and useful for the students as they can understand the links between each activity.
  • For the design and management of the integrated curriculum, it is the responsibility of the committee to take steps to ensure that students receive the most effective and relevant curriculum for their clinical practice.
  • The members of the committee have to decide the competencies which will be targeted through integrated teaching and whether the acquisition of knowledge or skills is progressive or not.
  • In the entire process, the Curriculum Committee has to work in collaboration with the Dental Education Unit (for the smooth execution and selection of appropriate teaching methods) and all the Heads of the Department (for the selection of topics which can be integrated) for the smooth implementation of integrated teaching in the dental college.
  • The role of the curriculum committee is not complete unless they evaluate the results of the integrated teaching periodically, which in turn include parameters such as academic outcome of students, review of individual courses, flaws in the timetabling, difficulties faced by the departments, assessment issues (to check whether assessment methods are in alignment with the teaching/learning method), and problems encountered by students.
  • Based on the evidence generated, the curriculum committee takes the desired action for the correction/modification of the existing problem.
  • To review Competencies-Review, evaluate, and periodically update the competencies of the entire dental education program
  • Ensure adequate coverage of all competencies throughout the curriculum
  • Ensure Vertical and Horizontal Integration

Horizontal Integration – Assess whether each course employs multidisciplinary, foundational concepts from the pertinent basic sciences disciplines that advance understanding of clinical practice

Vertical Integration – Assess whether the sequencing of courses provides a functional building of concepts to facilitate student learning

  • Make recommendations on curriculum course/structure based on feedback from the Quality Assurance Reports

Members

Chairperson: Dr Mohan Thomas Nainan, Principal

Head: Dr Shilpa P. S

Members:

  1. Dr Karpagaselvi K
  2. Dr Jaya Naidu
  3. Dr Mayurnath T. Reddy
  4. Dr Naveen Kumar
  5. Dr Manju M
  6. Dr Umadevi
  7. Dr Sujay Kumar