Policies and Principles

Programmes

  1. The diploma and degree programmes that MLCU offer are livelihood, career, and entrepreneurial centred. 
  2. They are oriented to the development needs of the state, region, and country.

Experiential Learning

MLCU encourages the broad use of experiential strategies and tools, recommending that at least half of the learning time be spent in experiential learning. As part of experiential learning, internships are encouraged and supported in MLCU. Internships serve several purposes:

  1. Experience in hands-on skills
  2. Develop attributes of confidence, maturity, and agency
  3. Demonstrate analytical, critical reflection, and decision-making skills
  4. Develop interactive skills with other professionals in the field
  5. Become more familiar with the world of work
  6. Obtain cross-cultural experiences

Self Directed Learning (SDL)

The UGC Guidelines for Master’s degree programmes have the following provision: “the students shall be encouraged to study some part of the syllabus themselves and shall be given assignments, so as to make use of the library, laboratory, internet and such other facility.”

Self-learning is any study form in which individuals have primary responsibility for planning, implementing, and even evaluating the effort. Most people prefer self-learning to teacher-directed learning. In self-directed learning, individual learners become empowered to take more responsibility for decisions associated with learning. Self-directed learning, in its broadest meaning, describes a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying resources for learning, choosing and implementing learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.

In self-directed learning, learners themselves take the initiative to use resources rather than simply reacting to transmissions from resources, which helps them learn more and in a better way. Lifelong, self- directed learning (SDL) has been identified as an important ability for graduates. It has been shown through many studies worldwide that the self-directed method is better than the teacher centric method of learning.  Teacher directed learning makes learners more dependent and the orientation to learning becomes subject-centred. If a teacher provides the learning material, the student is usually satisfied with the available material, whereas if a student is asked to work on one’s own, he or she invariably has to explore extensive resources on the subject.

In MLCU, self-directed learning is implemented through individual and group projects and encourage students to:

  1. Collaborate with the teaching faculty and peers.
  2. Transfer learning from one situation to another
  3. Participate in study groups, internships, electronic dialogues, and reflective writing
  4. Engage in dialogue with teachers seeking helping with sources and resources, promoting one’s critical thinking and evaluating outcomes.
  5. Participate in innovative programmes such as individualised study options, non-traditional course offerings, open learning programmes, computer-mediated instruction and others.

Methods of Assessment

The University follows the Continuous Formative Evaluation method. Continuous formative evaluation refers to any form of frequent assessment such as assignments, presentations, individual and group projects, fieldwork, study tours, peer evaluation, self-evaluation, journal review, internship reports and many more others. These are conducted during the course with the goal of giving students early and continuous feedback on their performance, so as to help students correct gaps and improve during the semester. 

Student centred

The University:

  1. Acknowledges their individual differences, backgrounds, and abilities
  2. Uses multiple and innovative methods of learning
  3. Emphasizes on learning rather than teaching 
  4. Provides students with hands-on experiences 
  5. Makes assessment of student learning by continuous formative evaluation
  6. Provides career guidance and career preparation

Research

  1. Is community-based and relevant to the development of society
  2. Emphasis is given to: 
    1. Interventions
    2. Community-participative programmes
    3. Cultural rootedness, and 
    4. Revitalisation of indigenous knowledge 
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