Various Best Practices are implemented in the institute. AICTE New Delhi has also recognized these best practices and they have published it on their web site ( https://www.aicte-india.org/sites/default/files/FINAL%20BEST%20PRACTICES%20IN%20AICTE%20APPROVED%20INSTITUTUIONS.pdf)
There are many challenges and also opportunities for educational institutes like other sectors. DKTE’s Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji has adopted best practices to make the best use of these opportunities and counter the challenges. Best practices include innovations in Teaching-Learning process; interaction with industries and institutes. Because of the effective implementation of these best practices, the institute is able to get equipments worth Rs.22 Crores, state of the art laboratories, training and 100% placement opportunities from the industries for students and faculty members. The followings are the best practices followed in the institute:
1. Credit Transfer Scheme for students: As per the MoU signed with various prestigious National and International Universities like College of Engineering Pune (CoEP), Technical University of Liberec etc., where students goes for one / two semester and earn credit for the semester.
2. Compulsory In-plant Training for students: Students undergo training in various sectors of industries for two months after fourth and sixth semester. In the in plant training, students thoroughly observe the industrial practices and work under the guidance of technicians of the industries. Also, they undertake mini projects as per the needs of industries. The duly completed diary will be submitted to the institute and will be evaluated for their performance in the industries. Students are exposed to actual work culture of industries. Due to this practice;
3. Industrial Tour for students: At the end of fifth semester, students go for industrial tour for about a week. In this tour students are accompanied by their mentors. During the tour, students visit various industries situated across the country. Students are exposed to the industrial practices and interact with the persons in the industries. The experts in the industries also deliver lecture to the students. This exposure improved the learning ability of students as they can observe class room concepts practiced in the industries.
4. Pre-Placement Test: In order to prepare the students for campus interview, department conducts a test at the start of final year. Questions of this test are framed based on the nature of interviews conducted by companies in the past.
5. Mentoring Scheme: The Mentor Scheme is a unique opportunity for students to come in contact with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession. A faculty member is a mentor for a group of 15- 20 students. A mentor is allotted to a group of students in the first year itself and mentor and the group move together up to the final year. This mentoring scheme is conducted in a structured way. The mentor and students meet at least one hour in every week as per the schedule in the time table.
6. Visit of Faculty to industries: Industries continuously adopt new technologies and practices to meet the customer requirements. Usually faculty members rely on text books and magazines to teach students. In order to acquire the knowledge of industrial practices, faculty members, in a group, visit the industries in every semester and observe the industrial practices and interact with technicians of industries. This updated knowledge of faculty member will be imparted to the students.
7. Soft Skills Programmefor Third and Final year students: Due to the stiff competition during placement interviews, students have to perform well not only in technical interviews but also in personal interviews. Apart from technical knowledge acquired through the regular curriculum, students should also exhibit the soft skills during campus interview and also during their career. Soft skills programmes are conducted by experts for a week or more than that during first and second semester of second and third year. Students actively participate in these programmes and their soft skills are improved.