A bridge course for newly admitted students is conducted every year before the commencement of the first semester classes. The main objective of the course is to bridge the gap between subjects studied at Pre-university level and subjects they would be studying in engineering. The syllabus for the course is framed in such a way that equal importance is given to both Engineering discipline and personality development which includes soft skills, sports and cultural Activities. The duration of this course is 18 days with 100 hrs. The students are trained in subjects such as Mathematics, Computer Science and English apart from other co-curricular activities. Syllabus for Mathematics includes concepts learnt at the PU level and also additional concepts which
are essential prerequisites for engineering course. Orientation to Computers is aimed at familiarizing the fundamentals of programming languages and thereby enabling them to write small programmes in C language which is a part of I year curriculum for all branches. The module on English is aimed at making the students better articulate in English thereby increasing their comprehension level and self confidence. The sessions in the afternoon will be on soft skills, Sports and cultural activities. Bridge Course will help the students to have a smooth transition to the Engineering course. The sound grasp of the fundamentals of the engineering subjects lays the strong foundation for the entire four year programme. Our experience has shown that students who underwent the bridge course have fared extremely well in PHASU Examinations. Results improved from 56% to 85% in first attempt. Also the students who have attended the bridge course in the previous years have appreciated the initiative usefulness. Industry personnel like Hrs, CEO’s who visit our Institute regularly have acclaimed it as an eye opener and boosts confidence significantly.
The strength of our relationship with the students is our ability to gauge their strengths and weaknesses. Orientation Programmes and Bridge courses conducted by the different departments at the beginning of the academic year are an effort on our part to fill-in the chasm that exists between the shared knowledge of students at the entry-level and the course requirements.
Those who have studied ICSE or CBSE in school are not much affected, but those from the State syllabus may find it difficult. Bridge course helps students to open up, think creatively and become responsible and independent students. The objective of the Bridge course is to demystify what is expected of students in Pre University-level classes and to provide adequate foundation in the core applied science subjects and English limited to moderate level so that students do not face any difficulty when the classes commence. The sessions also include ice breakers, Sports and Cultural Activities for all round development. During this interaction of few days with the faculty, the students will come out of their hesitation and it will be the best platform for the students to interact with the faculty members, making it responsible for them to build strong relationships with faculty, advisers and other students. This course was conducted last year for our students. The statistics show that, there is a gradual improvement of more than 20-30% in the overall performance of the students. Their parents have also deeply appreciated.