EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME (ELP)
Experiential learning is one of the components of student READY programme with business curriculum-related endeavour. It aims at developing a cadre of skilled professionals who can create their own enterprises. Therefore, the course design of experiential learning is aimed at competence development through knowledge in all aspects of enterprise management so that the agriculture graduates can have complete understanding of field problems, project development and execution of their enterprise.
Experiential Learning (EL) helps the student to develop competence and capability, capacity building, acquiring skills, expertise and confidence to start their own enterprise and turn into “Job Creators instead of Job Seekers”.It provides the students an excellent opportunity to develop analytical and entrepreneurial skills, knowledge through meaningful hands on experience and confidence in their ability to design and execute the project work. The programme has carefully calibrated activities which help the students to explore and discover their own potential.
The objectives of the experiential learning programme are:
The experiential learning programme will be offered for one semester (180 days or 24 weeks) during the final year with a weightage of 0+20 credit hours. The students will have adequate experience in planning and managing an enterprise in totality starting from procurement of raw material to processing, production, packaging and storage of products, organizing resources and utilities, sale of products, maintain accounts and analyze profits. Finally, students will present their work along with a report of their performance.
As the programme is enterprise oriented, students and faculty (Manager of the concerned unit) are expected to attend the activities of the enterprise even on institutional holidays with total commitment, and without any time limit or restriction of working hours for ELP. The student who joins the unit has to perform the duties or functions as suggested by the Manager of the enterprise.
v Revolving fund will be given to each unit separately. Revolving Fund may be created to EL unit with the usual procedure followed in the University.
v Separate cash books have to be maintained at each EL unit by the Managers. Whenever Unit Manager transfers or retires, the cashbook and other registers pertaining to the unit should be handed over to the successor.
Twenty credits are recommended for EL programme of 180 days duration. The students will have adequate experience in planning and managing an enterprise in totality starting from procurement of raw material to processing, production, packaging and storage of products, organizing resources and utilities, sale of products, maintain accounts and analyze profits. Finally, students will present their work along with a report of their performance.
|S.No.||EL Activity||No. of Credits|
|1||Developing a Business Plan/ Project Proposal||1|
|I||Identification of the product to be manufactured|
|iii||Analysis of the existing status of the identifiedproduct and targeted market and customer|
|iv||Innovativeness and Creativity|
|v||Preparation of the project proposal with supply chain of inputs, personnel plan, production plan, finance plan, etc. and its preparation|
|2||Plan for the Production||1|
|i||Organization of resources|
|iii||Sequential grouping of activities|
|iv||Packaging and storage|
|v||Product pricing – physical inputs, man-hours, depreciation, etc.|
|i||Regularity in production|
|ii||Adhering to production plan|
|iii||Product quality assessment|
|iv||Maintenance of production records|
|iii||Assessment of sales performance|
|iv||Profit generated including C/B ratio, paybackperiod, etc.|
|5||Documentation and Report Presentation & Evaluation||1|
|Ii||Preparation of final report|
The EL programme will continue for 180 days ( 24 weeks) without any break. Accordingly the number of days can be adjusted for different activities based on the academic calendar given by the university. The schedule of the work is as follows. The duration and activities of EL can be adjusted proportionately for 24 weeks.
|S. No.||EL Activity||No.of Days|
|2.||Developing a Business Plan||10|
|3.||Training in Advanced Skills||10|
|4.||Plan for the Production||10|
|5.||Production & Sales||135|
|6.||Documentation and Reports||10|
|7.||Presentation and Oral Examination||2|