BMSIT&M instills the spirit of "Do it Yourself" amongst the students through Project Based Learning (PBL), an initiative encouraging students to gain experiential learning. Students (in groups of 3 - 4) engage in PBL right from the first/second year itself. They carry out one project every semester in the area relevant to their courses and of their interest. All these projects (approximately 600-700) are exhibited on BMSIT OPEN DAY and evaluated by renowned industry executives, innovators, investors and academicians, once a semester. Cash prizes are awarded to best projects judged by the evaluators (80 - 100 projects) every semester encouraging students to do better.
BMSIT&M organizes an OPEN DAY: PROJECT EXHIBITION at the end of every semester to exhibit the Project Based Learning (PBL) work carried out by the students of the institution, similar to IISc open day. The projects exhibit the student’s ability to apply their learning to solve the real world problems. Several hundreds of projects in the emerging areas like IOT, Block Chain, Bluetooth, Cryptography and Network Security, Data Analytics and Data Mining, Automobile, Waste management, Android, Agricultural equipment, Health etc. are exhibited and their working principles are demonstrated. Experts from the industry and reputed academic institutions are part of the Judging team.
The institute has been striving hard to ensure that students are ready for either employment (self- or otherwise) or higher studies. As a part of this, Institute offers more than 20 open courses (duration of 25 hours each) at the beginning of every semester in the areas that are demanded by the Industry and beyond the University curriculum. A student from any branch and any semester can enroll to any of the courses offered by any of the departments. Every year, more than 1300 students are benefited from these courses.
Students and Faculty members are encouraged to complete online courses offered by NPTEL, Course era, Udacity, etc. More and more of them are reaping benefits of this open access to learning materials. The procured NPTEL resources have been made available on the Institute’s server.
A great emphasis is given to facilitate students’ industrial internships. Although, the time window available as per the university calendar is not very convenient to permit a long-term internship (like minimum of 3 months), in the last 2 years, more than 2000 students have completed industrial internships (of about a month each) in about 550 companies. Autonomous status would be well utilised to engage in industry internships very systematically.
As a mandate, all the Faculty members of BMSIT&M undergo a ten days industry internship every year (feasible time-window available in the University calendar). This best practice has been followed since 4 years, and it is proposed to extend the internship to at least 4 months in a year.
Effort is made to compel students to think originally by introducing mandatory questions in every internal assessment that are case-study-based and demand innovative solutions. They constitute about 40% of the question paper. These questions need not have one right answer and the solutions are discussed in the class after the assessment.
BMSIT&M has been a good place for students to pursue their entrepreneurial interests. More than 50 students have been pursuing their business prospects from the campus. Some of them are registered businesses and some other amateurs. A few of the ventures are social enterprises too.
The Board of Governors (BoG) of the institute which meets quarterly interacts directly with students to know about the quality of education, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and support services being provided to them by the institute. Their inputs are considered to improve the academic ambiance in the institute.
An effective feedback system is in place for students to give their feedback every semester about the teachers’ contribution in their learning process. They assess all theory, laboratory and project course teachers. Further, both students and staff give feedback on the quality of services (as applicable) like placement, canteen, library, transport, hostels, housekeeping, security, etc. All staff members (teaching, laboratory and office staff) evaluate the performance of Principal, Vice principal, and Deans. All staff in a department evaluate their HOD. Horizontal feedback among a department’s faculty members is also present. Feedback from parents and employers are also given due importance to improve the system. Wherever the score is less than 60% the concerns are addressed immediately.
All financial transactions of the college undergo statutory audit and the audit reports are published on the institute’s website. All BOG meeting proceedings are placed on the website regularly. Mandatory disclosure document is also available on our portal for any public scrutiny. Principal holds Townhall meetings with faculty members and all sections of students briefing them about the matters related to the institution thus making administration participatory.
Although having DABs is not mandatory by the University, BMSIT&M volunteered to constitute them in every department. These Boards have representation from all stake-holder groups namely, industry, research organisations, academia, employers, parents, and students. The DABs have senior professors from IISC, IITs, NITs or IIIT, accomplished scientists from National Research Labs and senior executives from industry. As such there are more than 10 professors, 11 scientists and 10 industry practitioners on various DABs. These DABs advise and mentor the departments to stay relevant to the industry and society and progress towards their vision.
Eminent persons from industries who are domain experts engage students to provide practitioners’ perspective of the course contents. They teach about 25% of selected courses, whereas the remaining portion would be taught by a faculty. This brings in both the theoretical and practitioners’ perspectives to the class-room discussion.
Almost all engineering problems are multidisciplinary in nature. Hence, to inculcate the practice of understanding the engineering problems from multiple disciplines, HODs and senior faculty members meet one hour every week, wherein one of them will present his/her research work and the members discuss it from their point of view. More than 130 lectures have been conducted so far. The proceedings of all lectures of Gnanavardhan are published once a semester in the form of a monograph. Further, Further, on-line exams/quizzes are conducted for all the staff members with regard to Outcome-based Education, NBA and NAAC evaluation processes, Cyber security awareness, National Education Policy and so on.
This centre has been created to help students to choose right university/institute and education programs for their higher education abroad, and avail financial support. The centre is manned by a highly experienced adviser who has served in US-India Education Foundation. The advisor also provides assistance relating to visa processing. This in-house service has prevented students from falling prey to deceitful/unauthorised agents. The centre has organised several workshops to students helping them in their pursuit of higher studies abroad. It has also helped faculty members to write good Letter of Reference.
The campus is lush green with about 750 varieties of plants/trees/shrubs and a great habitat for a variety of birds. All buildings are built with rain-water harvesting systems. The campus also has captive 350 kLD sewage treatment plant of its own. The entire garden in the campus is watered with these sources only and not a single drop of municipal and tube well water is used for this purpose.
The green waste generated by trees and plants are not burnt but composted in pits in the campus. The manure created would be used to fertile the garden again. While currently there are three composting pits, it is proposed to have an accelerated manuring facility soon.
Everyone on the campus strives to reduce the use of plastic and hence, the campus is environment friendly. Periodically students and staff together do ‘Shramadaan’ to ensure that campus is cleaned of garbage and litters if any.
As a part of the Swachcha Bharat Abhiyaan, OIKOS, the Eco club of BMSIT&M, has drafted the Institutional Framework, a copy of which has also been submitted to VTU. Under this action plan, "Shramdaan" a plastic cleanup drive is conducted periodically mobilizing the entire fraternity of BMSIT&M to maintain a cleaner outlook to environment and it is one of the top engineering colleges in karnataka.Proctoring System
BMSIT&M takes care of its students via a unique system - Proctoring System. The highlights of this are: