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The Quality Assurance Committee, Department of Business Studies, organized “Policies Awareness Program on New Policies’’ on Tuesday, 10th of March in BSIT 16C for the Staff of Business Studies Department. Mr. Pavan Kumar, Chair of the QA committee has given a brief introduction on the importance of the program on new polices and also informed about the policies to be covered and by whom. The policies covered in the awareness program were Health and Safety Policy, Academic Integrity & Honesty Policy, Curriculum Development & Review Framework and Examination Policy.

Mr. Ishaq Shariff, Lecturer, Chair of H & S Committee of BSD gave a brief presentation on ‘Health and Safety Policy’. He highlighted the importance of health and safety for Staff, Students and Visitors of SCT which are felt paramount in achieving the goals and objectives of the institution. He added that the scope is extended to all the units and facilities within the college campus and he ensured on the effective implementation of the policy statement within the institution. The speaker mentioned that awareness sessions were created for staff and students by conducting mock-drills and pasting emergency numbers in all important areas. The Health and Safety audits and inspections conducted in all college units marked the main feature of the committee. The procedures to be followed for exit at times of emergency, roles and responsibilities of the team at college and department level, evacuation procedures, procedures in the event of fire and accidents during work/ class/lab and electricity emergency procedures were also well explained by Mr. Ishaq.

Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan, Lecturer, Chair, R & C Committee of BSD, presented “Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy”. He emphasized that College is committed to keeping up with high standards of academic honesty and integrity among its staff and students by encouraging the use of proper citations and acknowledgments and dealing pro-actively with cases of all forms of plagiarism. He highlighted the various instances of Plagiarism, Procedures for dealing with staff and students' plagiarism including handing of violations as well as sanctions on violations. He also stressed on usage of Turnitin software which was embedded in the E-learning Moodle for Students assignment, Project reports and staff publications, etc.

Dr. Maksud Madraswale, the chair of the Curriculum Review and Development Committee of BSD, presented the specifics of curriculum review and development policy and explained the process involved in reviewing and revising the curriculum according to changing needs. He explained that curriculum review and development is a cyclical process involving a collection of feedback from the stakeholders, evaluating and summarizing the feedback, recommending suggestions for changes, implementing the changes and collecting feedback. He also explained that feedback will be collected both from internal and external stakeholders in the process of reviewing the curriculum following the changing needs.

Mr. Praveeth Kurumgott, the chairman of the examination committee of the BSD, presented briefly the examination policy. He expressed that the policy is intended to ensure that the examinations are conducted in an efficient and timely manner while maintaining integrity, security of resources, and complying with all applicable rules and regulations. He also highlighted the procedures for conducting regular examinations, re-sit examinations, approval of exam results, entering marks in CIMS and handling the student’s appeals on their results. He also enlightens on the guidelines related to implantations of Examination procedures – preparation of schedule, conducting examinations, assigning invigilation duties, dealing with cheating cases, etc.,

The Quality Assurance Committee, Department of Business Studies, organized “Policies Awareness Program” for New Staff – Dr. Ajay Kumar Sharma and Mr. Ricardo Biason, on Wednesday, 19th, and 20th of February at BSIT 16C.

Mr. Pavan Kumar, Chair of the QA committee has given a brief introduction to QA matter concerns, about the college Policies, Mechanisms and others. Also, informed about policies to be presented and by whom. Further, given a brief presentation on ‘Introduction to college policies – PMSs, Staff Performance Appraisal Policy, and Termination of Employment Policy. He highlighted the importance of the policies in achieving the goals and objectives of the college.

Dr. Shelly Monthly, a member of the QA committee, presented an overview of R & C Policy, Policy for Students and Staff Involvement in Decision Making, and Risk Management Policy. In her presentation, she focused on the importance of staff research and students’ projects, involving staff in decision making and stressed identifying hazards and mechanisms on mitigating them.

Mr. Basheer, a member of the QA committee, emphasized the Assessment Policy, Inter-department student transfer policy and Student transfers to SCT Policy. He introduced assessment components and mechanism for assessment. Also, presented rules and regulations on students transfers from one department to another department, one college to another college and etc.,

Mr. Qadri Syed Faisal, a member of the QA committee, highlighted the ETC helpdesk policy and Student Retention and Progress Policy.

Ms. Fazilathunissa, a member of the QA committee, gave a presentation on guidelines on Students' postponement, Student Academic Probation based on Student Postponement Policy and Student Academic Probation Policy. She also briefed the importance of documentation processes and procedures.

Ms. Ratna Chellappa, a member of the QA committee, delivered a presentation on “Policy for Succession Planning in CoTs”, “Enhancement of Student Discipline Policy” and Student Grievance Policy”. She has spoken on guidelines for enhancing student discipline and, also shared information on procedures for handling student grievances and recording of student grievance register.

In an effort to raise awareness to the Accounting students on the benefits and opportunities of becoming a member of ACCA ( Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ) a global professional accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification- an awareness session was organized by the Accounting Section in coordination with the Student Development Committee of Business Studies Department last March 3, 2020 at the SCT Multi Purpose Hall.

The Head of Accounting Section, Mr. Neil Raymond Saletrero delivered the Welcome Address and Rationale. He emphasized that the collaboration between the Colleges of Technology and ACCA is relevant and timely as it will equip the Accounting students with in-depth knowledge and develop their analytical skills, business acumen and accounting competence thus enhancing their employability in the future.

The invited resource speakers were Mr.Gibu Chacko FCA, Associate Partner at Crowe Salalah-member of Crowe Global ranked among the Top 8 global accounting networks together with Ms.Jeslin Kurian ACCA and Mr.Ali Ahmed Al Shanfari, both are also connected with Crowe. The speakers provided the students all the relevant information about ACCA including the ACCA syllabus and the level of knowledge expected at each level of the ACCA examination.

In between sessions, trivia questions were asked by the program host Mr.Ricardo Biason to the students and the winners received gifts. The success of the event was made possible through the efforts of the Accounting staff members, the Accounting Club officers headed by their president, Mr.Mohammed Aqil Al Hafidh and the active participation of the Accounting students.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized an induction program to the new staff member Mr. Ricardo S. Biason, Accounting Lecturer, to provide him understanding on ‘Information Management Systems (IMS)’ followed at Salalah College of Technology (SCT)

The induction program was scheduled on Tuesday, 18th February, 2020. The facilitators for the induction session were Ms. Seemab Rana, member of HRD committee, BSD, SCT, Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi, Probation Consultant, BSD, SCT, and Mr. Peeyush Dwivedi - Department Registrar, BSD, SCT.

During the first session the facilitator Ms. Seemab presented a brief introduction about Salalah College of Technology (SCT). Subsequently, the Vision, Mission, Graduate Attributes, Strategic and Operational Plans, Policies and Procedures, Hierarchy of Communication, Quality Assurance Requirements, and Staff Appraisal aspects were explained to the new staff member. Further the overview of the Business Studies Department (BSD) with regard to the number of students and the number of staff available in the department was communicated for his information. Also, for the clarity of the new staff member, the facilitator has elucidated the duties and responsibilities of staff while using the information management systems.

The second session facilitator Dr. Ramanadh, presented a brief introduction of Marks Management System (MMS) and the functioning of e-Learning. The aspects discussed were as follows: ‘Student Probation’, ‘Levels of Probation’, the ‘Role of Advisor in dealing with Probation Students’, ‘Advising the Courses’ and ‘Preparation of Scenarios’. Also, the inputs on the usage of e-Learning system were discussed with the new staff member. This session had specifically demonstrated uploading of course material in e-Learning and setting the grade book to enter the marks to the students.

The third session Mr. Peeyush, presented a brief introduction about CIMS- College Information Management System. The functioning of Quick links in CIMS was explained with a focus on the following: ‘Attendance Module’, ‘Students Marks Module’, ‘My Advisees’ Module’, ‘Incidents Module’, ‘Student Datasheet Module’. In addition to this, the necessary steps to be followed while generating Advising Reports, Attendance Reports and Time-table Reports were informed to the new staff member. Also, functioning of SARS-Students’ Academic Record System was oriented to the new staff member.

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