Memorandum of Understanding

with Various Institutions and Organisations

Salesian College, with its two campuses in Sonada and Siliguri, has a number of agreements with various educational institutions and organisations for the purpose of mutual benefit of the college students, faculty, management and the partnering institutions. The college is ever seeking to partner with institutions and organisations for carrying on its task of giving a holistic education to its student community and for the overall development of the Academic Community.The following briefly elaborates the central theme of all the agreements entered into by the college.

The MoU with Naandi Foundation for its CSR Livelihood programme-Mahindra Pride Class Room, has been entered into to explore collaborations for increasing employment potential in theState of West Bengal and Sikkim by enabling supply of skilled manpower in the desired sectors, strengthening the training infrastructure related to the requisite skill set, as well as by adopting new age technologies as per the demand of industries.

The MoU with ninemember institutions of AIACHE; Sophia Girls College (Autonomous), Ajmer, Christ University, Bangalore,Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore, CMS College, Kottayam, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Rajagiri,Lady Doak College, Madurai, Bishop Kurialacherry College, Kottayam, St. George’s College, Aruvithura,Patna Women’s College, Patna,is for the purpose of Faculty & student exchange programmes, sharing of resources and infrastructure, and organization of joint activities in research, co & extra – curricular areas.

The agreement between International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, is for working on the Indo UK R&D Project, Residential Building Energy Demand Reduction in India (RESIDE). This (RESIDE) research project aims to understand energy use in India to improve house construction to reduce energy use. The results will be curated into a ‘data bank’. This also aims to understand in a better way as how electricity is used in Indian homes to identify ways of managing and reducing its use. The research findings will be published in academic journals and conference papers, for dissemination to a wider audience.

The agreement with IUS Education Group spread over Europe and Latin America intends to collaborate on projects related to education and social inclusion. A series of seminars have been already executed and a book project is underway. The member institutions in the network are all of the same vision and educational mission across the world. These institution endeavour to practise the preventive system, the pedagogy of positive attention to the creative engagement of students on campus. 

The institutions that are party to the agreement are all Don Bosco institutes. The agreement was signed in September 2018 in the UNISAL campus of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The agreement with Newman University, Birmingham, United Kingdom, has been undertaken for the purpose of establishing specific educational relations and cooperation between the two participating institutions in order to promote academic linkages and to enrich the understanding of the cultures of the two countries concerned. The agreement consists in a student/Faculty exchange programme. The agreement seeks to encourage international educational cooperation and exchange between the institutions in the areas of students exchange, exchange of faculty and staff, collaborative research projects, exchange of information, library acquisition and publications, special short-term programmes for professional and academic groups, online distance programme, promotion of lectures, research workshop, symposia and other activities jointly developed by the two institutions.

 The agreement with St. Andrew’s College, Mumbai, is for the purpose of Faculty and students’ exchange programme, joint research programme and cultural exchange.   The agreement with YI, a subsidiary of the Confederation of Indian Industry, has been entered into for the purpose of Industry-Academia linkage for students to benefit through practical exposure and interactions with industry and its allied activities.  The agreement with Cafe Melange has been entered into for conducting events by Pianazzi literary Society of the college.  The agreement with Assam University, Silchar, is for the Publication of the book project “Knowledge, Theorization and Rights” 

Memorandum of Understanding

(MoUs)

1. Residential Building Energy Demand Reduction in India – a collaborative venture with International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad (IIITH).

a) Objectives of the Practice:

The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) had discussed at length about the use of electricity in Indian homes and the ways of managing and reducing its use. Hence, a project was launched and Salesian College became a partner in it. The project is titled as “Residential Building Energy Demand Reduction in India” (RESIDE). The research programme is in collaboration with Salesian College Sonada (West Bengal), Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur), Oxford Brookes University and the University of the West of England (United Kingdom). The research is jointly funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Newton Fund (UK) and the Department of Science &Technology (India)

Salesian College Sonada has been appointed as the study/survey partners of the field study in Darjeeling Hills. The field will be carried out under the supervision of Fr. (Prof) George Thadathil.

On 1st September 2018, the team leaders of all the institutions had a meeting organized by IIITH, Hyderabad and formally the project was given shape for its beginning with a formal contract signed. The duration of the project is five years (31st December, 2022).

The Context:

This (RESIDE) research project aims to understand energy use in India to improve house construction to reduce energy use. The results will be curated into a ‘data bank’. This also aims to understand in a better way as how electricity is used in Indian homes to identify ways of managing and reducing its use. This involvement will be kept confidential. The research data and findings will be anonymised. The flexibility part of the project is that any of the household, if in any case, feels that the researcher is intruding on his/ her privacy or is unhappy for any reason; they are free to withdraw from the project at any time without giving a reason. The research findings will be published in academic journals and conference papers, so they can be disseminated to a wider audience and scrutinized by other academics.

The Practice:

IIITH project on “Residential Building Energy Demand Reduction in India” (RESIDE) wishes to create a movement in the field of energy reducing in India in order to:

Empower Salesian College as an academic community with social actors concerned about managing the energy focusing on a variety of homes in different locations. Provide increased visibility for all the existing socially respectful practices in the region. Identify templates for the best practices which might constitute a source of inspiration in the society; Encourage member universities to improve their social policies and practices; Propose a credible alternative to traditional ways by introducing service learning on a national, regional and international scale.

Evidence of Success:

The various worldwide ranking systems for the colleges and the university have been created within a competitive context. These rankings have been based mainly on the performance of colleges/universities in terms of educations as well as the social policies and on the level of social responsibility.

This project is a process of reflection with the goal of implementing a reference framework based on the level of social responsibility of colleges. Salesian college has strengthened its social links with the neighbouring communities living in the margins. The college has setup separate office for the implementation of the project, and for the survey work the members have been selected from among the faculty of the college. The duration of the project is five years and is on the progress with enthusiasm aiming for a good result.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required:

It is to be noted that it is not convenient to reach out to the people of the region, as there is no transportation facilities in some of the targeted areas and also the cost of the transportation is high. Besides, most of the people in the Darjeeling hills preferred to spend their vacation in the plains especially in the winter, so it will be difficult to collect the exact data from the selected house. Apart from this it will also be difficult to convince the people to installs the device on their electricity metre box and collect the details of their electricity bills as required in the project, as most of the people show reluctant in this issue. The timing for common engagements and the sharing of knowledge gathered from each of the specific locations withothers is to be worked out on mutual agreement. The project leaders needing assistance on the ground to carry forward the projectis the prime human resource required for its continuity. The enthusiasm generated by the common study possibility of similar problems being faced by the survey team in different places and bringing the same learning to the class room as service learning is the brighter side of the project thus far.

2. Skill development training to increase employment opportunities for the unemployed youths – a collaborative venture with NAANDI Foundation, Mahindra Pride Classroom.

b) Objectives of the Practice:

The NAANDI Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust incorporated under the Indian Trusts Act, Telangana, India and Salesian College Sonada and Siliguri Campus, West Bengalwish to explore collaborations for increasing employment potential in the State of West Bengal by enabling supply of skilled manpower in the desired sector, strengthening the training infrastructure related to the requisite skill set as well as by adopting new age technologies as per the demand of industries.

This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into November, 2018 between Salesian College, Sonada & Siliguri Campus West Bengal andNaandi Foundation (The Mahindra Pride Classroom is a flagship Corporate Social Responsibility Livelihood program of the Mahindra group and is fully implemented by Naandi Foundation).

The Context:

The purpose of this model is with specific reference to Employability skill building programs. The scope of training shall be limited to Language – Communicative English skills, Life Skills, Aptitude, Interview and Group Discussion. The same shall be decided after discussion with Salesian College, Sonada& Siliguri Campus West Bengal. It is also to mobilize the eligible candidate for the required skill training program at the training centre of a selected district for 50 Unemployed youth to start with training. Based on resultsthey undertakes to train about 500 candidates in a year in various skills such as Life skills, Soft skills & Interview skills that will improve the employability chances of the trained candidates.

The Practice:

NAANDI Project on “Skill development training to increase employment opportunities for the unemployed youths” wishes to create a movement for the less privileged in order to:

Empower Salesian College as an academic community with social actors concerned about the disadvantaged young people keeping the charism of its Founder;

Provide increased visibility for all the existing socially respectful practices within Catholic universities;
Identify templates for the best practices which might constitute a source of inspiration for universities within the public charitable trust network and others;
Encourage member universities to improve their social policies and practices;
Propose a credible alternative to traditional ways by introducing service learning on a national, regional and international scale.

The NAANDI Foundation has launched the first stage of an ambitious work program aimed at supporting universities/colleges on pedagogy and systemic university/college management.

Evidence of Success:

The various worldwide ranking systems for the colleges and the university have been created within a competitive context. These rankings have been based mainly on the performance of colleges/universities in terms of educations as well as the social policies and on the level of social responsibility. Public policy tends to take into account assessment standards made up of the same type of criteria and dismiss essential values that Catholic universities struggle to put forward in today’s societies.

NAANDI Foundation is undertaking a process of reflection with the goal of implementing a reference framework based on the level of social responsibility of colleges/universities.This project is timely as many of its member universities are currently reflecting on their own Catholic identity and the concrete way in which the same should be implemented both within and outside their premises.  Salesian college has strengthened its social links with the neighbouring communities living in the margins. The students started more interactions with the communities which is educative for the college students and in turn a source of additional support to the people living in the margins.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required:

Skill development is very required concept in countries like India. Presently skill development is a very trending concept. The main problems that we faced in implementing the project are low industry interface as a result of which the performance development sector is poor in terms of placement records and salaries offered. The enrolment of the students remain low as the vocational training is not considered desirable by the students and they prefer a regular degree because it is more valued than a certificate, other things being equal. Moreover, due to the unsatisfactory placement records and low salary offers after the training completion, high training cost does not appeal the target population. Salesian college worked on the platform to share this knowledge and these diverse perspectives to build new initiatives and collaborations, deepen the knowledge pool on skills and facilities the creation of institutional knowledge and capabilities.

3. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) between premier educational institutes and members of AIACHE and re-accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC for research cooperation, exchange of information and research samples, publication and intellectual property rights.

Objectives of the Practice:

This MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING [hereinafter MoU] was made and entered into on Wednesday, 28th of November 2018 among the following Institutions :

Salesian College, Sonada-Siliguri, West Bengal
Sophia Girls College (Autonomous), Ajmer, Rajasthan
Christ University, Bangalore
Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore, Karnataka 
CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala 
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Rajagiri, Kerala
Lady Doak College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Bishop Kurialacherry College, Kottayam, Kerala 
St. George’s College, Aruvithura, Kerala
Patna Women’s College, Patna, Bihar

These institutions are involved in research, education and training in all/some of the disciplines of Basic Science, Humanities and languages and well known in their respective locations. These institutions shall engage in cooperation in various spheres.

The Context:

MoU among these ten institutions are administered by a joint committee.

Objectives:

Faculty & student exchange,Sharing of resources and infrastructure, Organization of joint activities in research, co & extra – curricular areas.Areas of Research Cooperation in Geographical Knowledge  Exchange, Remote Sensing, GIS,Humanities,Languages. Forms of Cooperation in Joint research projects,Academic projects/ programmes, Seminars and lectures on topics of mutual interest and relevance Public outreach.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required: 

Problems could arise from information sharing or copyright which has been dealt with by provisions mentioned in the MoU. Any problems arising shall be looked into by an advisory council.

3.5.2 Number of functional MoUs with institutions of national, international importance, other universities, industries, corporate houses etc. during the last five years (only functional MoUs with ongoing activities to be considered) (10)

Organisation with which MoU is signed Name of the institution/ industry/ corporate house Year of signing MoU Duration List the actual activities under each MoU year wise Number of students/teachers participated under MoUs Link of relevant document
Confederation of Indian Industry CII
Young Indians
2018
1 yr
Programs towards this is planned
23
www.salesiancollege.in/naac/Criteria 3/mou/yi.pdf
Cafe Melange
Cafe Melange
2018
2 yrs
To conduct events by Pianazzi literary Society
17
https://www.salesiancollege.in/naac/criteria%203/cafemelange.pdf
ASSAM UNIVERSITY
Assam University, Silchar
2018
2 yrs
Publication of the book project "Knowledge, Theorization and Rights"
30
https://www.salesiancollege.in/naac/criteria%203/assamdonbosco.pdf