The industry-institute connect is becoming more and more prominent in recent days in making students in higher education institutions employable. But the Coimbatore Zone of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has gone a step further and included faculty too in its purview.
With the realisation that it was necessary to equip teachers before equipping students, the CII held some events to mark Teachers’ Day. The competitions, aimed at selecting the “best and most creative among the teachers of higher education institutions” in the region, had faculty from colleges and universities competing in two events, either individually or as a team of two.
And, it turned out to be an opportunity for teachers to don the thinking cap. But for a change, they did not do so for the sake of their students or the institution they were attached to. Nearly 70 of them did that to showcase their creative talent and domain at the CII event held in Coimbatore on September 8. And, those judging them were representatives from the industry.
As many as 31 teams took part in “Storm in a Tea Cup”, which involved a case writing exercise based on real-time experience in the industry, and 35 took part in “Into the Thinking Maps”, which had teachers teach a topic given to them using innovative teaching methodology. As many as 12 judges were formed into six teams, three each for an event.
“Storm in a Tea Cup” contestants visited industries and wrote a relevant case study that underlined some valid issue of the organisation. They presented the case study in front of the judges and also answered relevant questions. As many as 60 management students from various institutions witnessed the presentations and asked questions.
The “Into the Thinking Maps” contestants took 15-minute classes on any one of the following topics – cyber security, mobile computing, green infrastructure, gadgets for communication, green technology in automobiles, changing trends of fabric in fashion, India’s economic growth from 1947 to 2025, use of nano-science in day-to-day life, and mass media to touch lives.
The competition took off at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management with convenor of the CII Education Panel Senthil Ganesh, managing trustee, RVS Educational Institutions, formally welcoming the contestants.
After that it was a buzz of activity with presentations happening one after the other. After four hours of classroom sessions, the contestants and judges were a “tired but happy lot”.
The judges were appreciative of the effort that the teachers had put in.
It was a double role for the industry personnel as they served both as judges as well as became students listening to the lecture presentations. They assessed the preparation and presentation to be good.
Summing up after the competitions, Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Avinashilingam University for Women, and co-convenor of the CII Education Panel, said that the initiative was a novel attempt by the Coimbatore Zone of CII.
She suggested that the participants should take this experience forward and share it with other teachers in their institution.
Best eight finalists in each category will compete at the final round of the competition to be held on September 21. The teaching competition has been video-recorded and uploaded on Facebook in the Teachers’ Day competition page. Students can ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on the presentations. The presentation that gets the maximum number of ‘likes’ will get a special prize.