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EQUIP DAY and EDUQUEST 2015: Recognising improvement initiatives and innovative teaching practices

Published on December 23, 2015

On December 15-16, 2015, Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) organised EQUIP DAY 2015 and EduQuest 2015 at the Institute of Engineers. The aim was to recognise the efforts of schools in Jamshedpur in various areas of school functioning. Several improvement initiatives such as Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP), PANKH (improvement projects by students), and INNOTEACHING (innovations in teaching learning by teachers) are components of the Tata Education Excellence Programme (TEEP).

EQUIP DAY 2015

Mr. NK Sharan, Vice President, TBExG, welcomed the jury, participant’s principals, teachers and the school management committee members present. He stressed that for change to happen, one needs to be armed with tools like EQUIP. For EQUIP, 16 projects were shortlisted out of a total of 58 for presentation before a jury comprising of Mr. RP Tyagi, former Senior General Manager, Tata Steel; Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Head - TQM, Tata Steel and Ms. Rekha Seal, former Ethics Counsellor, Tata Steel and TBExG. The jury selected 8 projects for implementation review prior to recognition at the TEEP annual function.

Improvement projects were submitted under guidelines specified in the EQUIP workbook, one for each type: problem solving, innovation and executing task. Teachers are trained on EQUIP tools by TBExG; over 450 teachers and principals have been trained on quality improvement tools so far.

All 16 teams were awarded certificates of participation. Jury member Ms. Seal stated that schools should benefit from each other’s EQUIP projects by sharing and learning. Jury member Mr. Kumar gave away certificates of participation to the teams that made the presentations that day. Jury leader Mr. Tyagi also gave away certificates of participation to the remaining project teams. He reiterated that quality was a necessary lifestyle skill for every person. Mr. P Ramesh of TBExG conducted the proceedings.

EDUQUEST 2015

EduQuest 2015 catered to three categories of schools, depending on the process maturity levels:

  • REGULAR: Schools with established processes
  • BASIC: Schools implementing basic processes
  • SARAL: Rural and semi-urban schools implementing SARAL processes

SARAL and BASIC schools have participated in EduQuest for the first time this year. The presentations and awards were in four major categories:

  • INNOTEACHING for Regular schools
  • PANKH for Regular schools
  • INNOTEACHING for Saral and Basic schools
  • PANKH for Saral and Basic schools

At the start of the function, Mr. Sharan welcomed the jury, principals and teachers. He elaborated the ease with which schools and students could connect across the world and access any information instantly.

Post evaluation, 10 participants under INNOTEACHING for Regular Schools were shortlisted by a team comprising Ms. Sushmita Ghose, JUSCO, and Ms. Nidhi Basu, TML. These shortlisted projects were evaluated by a jury comprising Mr. DD Pathak, HR consultant; Dr. Anita Gupta, education trainer and consultant; and Sister Mridula, Principal, Sacred Heart Convent. The innovations covered a wide range of teaching methods like personalised powerpoints, advertisements, trump cards, ‘Pictionary’, Ludo and Tic-Tac-Toe. Finally, five INNOTEACHING presentations were identified by the jury for recognition at the awards function.

PANKH for Regular schools was a unique attempt to showcase the enquiring mind of students. Students of 13 schools submitted 18 projects, of which 5 were shortlisted by an evaluation team comprising Ms. Nandita Sinha, education trainer and consultant, and Ms. Sunanda Shah, faculty, Carmel Junior College, for presentation before a jury. Two of these winning projects will be recognised at the TEEP annual awards function.

A total of 12 PANKH projects were submitted by 7 participating schools under PANKH for Saral and Basic Schools. Five of these projects were shortlisted for presentation before a jury. Of the 5, 2 projects were selected by the jury comprising Mr. Pathak and Ms. Ashu Tiwary, Principal, Motilal Nehru Public School.

Under INNOTEACHING for Saral and Basic Schools,a total of 16 INNOTEACHING projects were submitted by 4 schools.Five of these papers were shortlisted for presentation before a jury, of which 2 have been selected by the jury comprising Mr. Pathak and Ms. Tiwary.

While Mr. Ramesh conducted the proceedings, Ms. Ruchi Narendran gave away certificates of participation to all the teachers and students who presented their projects at the event.

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