‘We believe in education for employment’

The Quest Interview with Archana S Sanil,Chairperson ,National College of Education & Management,Dombivali

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 17, 2013 12:17 am

What was the need for starting NCEM?

NCEM was the result of a strong need identified among students in Dombivali and nearby areas for an institution that would not only provide the best of education with modern techniques,but will also give them the right form of education that offers career oriented opportunities to earn a decent livelihood and sustain themselves independently. Catering provides ample opportunities in India and abroad in the hospitality industry and hence the need to provide specialised training matching international standards and with modern techniques. Moreover a practical approach to the education in the form of in-plant training at leading properties in the hospitality industry further gave them insight into the various departments of the industry.

How do you see NCEM five years down the line?

I would like NCEM to be the most preferred institution not only in Dombivali and surrounding areas,but also within the district in terms of the quality of education offered and the set of values instilled in students which will remain with them forever. Education for employment being the rationale of the institution,will appeal to both students and their parents.

What are your views on Right to Education Act?

The Right to Education Act is a welcome step by the government and has been a step in the right direction. But much needs to be done on the implementation front as the benefits of the law have to reach the people deprived of education. Morever,there should no misappropriation of funds allocated. Infrastructure should be developed in remote areas to give access to students who are deprived of education and sufficient funds be alloted to achieve the goal. Corporates need to be roped in to fulfil the objective. Support and appreciation should be given to corporates for their participation.

What are the assessment procedures for students progress and what is being done for weak students?

Assessment of students is done both internally as well as externally on a 60/40 basis for theory and practical respectively. Students are assessed every month and practical experience gained through in-plant training in various hotels is considered for evaluation from external observers.

Weak students are given special attention and training and are coached in a manner that they find themselves on a par with other students. The faculty is trained to handle each student according to his or her strengths and help students to cope with the curriculum.

The assessment procedures are transparent and discussed with the parents and students.

What recreational facilities are provided to students?

Excellent facilities are provided for both indoor and outdoor games. There is a huge playground with facilities for football,volleyball,basketball etc and an indoor playroom that offers carrom,chess,table-tennis etc.

Students are taken for study trips and excursions for practical knowledge as well as interacting with people. Picnics are also arranged for the students to relieve stress.

What place do moral values have in the holistic development of your students?

Moral values play a very important role in the development of our students. Our institution has pledged to instill moral values in every student. Right from the management to the teachers and students,moral values are practised and taught and respected. This has been the most precious aspect of NCEM for we have been able to give students not only international standards of education but also nurtured in them moral values that will remain with them throughout their lives.

They are nurtured in a gurukul environment where respect for the faculty,parents,elders,honesty,integrity,politeness,humility are instilled in them.

Visits to old age homes helps them appreciate the issues of aged and inculcates a feeling of love and affection for the elderly. The students go out of their way to help them at all times.

The students feel one with nature when they visit villages and rustic areas. They understand the need for improvement in living conditions of inhabitants of those areas.

Kindness to the flora and fauna around us and conservation of resources which are limited are also the lessons learnt by student.

What is the status of placements for your students?

We at NCEM are proud to announce that we have been able to ensure 100% placements for students. We have tied up with leading properties in the hospitality industry both in India and abroad,who are in touch with the HR to ensure placements for each student. Moreover,prior to their interview,we undertake special training for students right from writing of a resume to mock interviews,presentation skills,communication skills,etiquette,dress sense etc to help them perform well.

What is being done for the students from weaker sections?

Much is being done by the management for the weaker students in terms of making them strong in their field so that they are ready to face any challenge ahead. There is no distinction made between the rich and the poor students at NCEM. No concessions are given on the fee but such students are given the facility to earn and pay their fees by giving them various assignments in the hospitality industry. Special coaching is given to students to help them cope with their curriculum and be on a par with other students. The management sometimes goes out of the way to help these students in whatever way it can on a case-to-case basis.

National College of Education & Management

‘To empower individuals with professional skills and management education sought by industry leaders and lead them to global opportunities offering strong and secure career growth’ is the mission statement of National School of Education and Management,in its endeavor to provide the right education to students to ensure that they are capable for employment and sustain themselves independently to earn a decent livelihood.

National College of Education and Management is a private educational institution from the Manobal Trust,a trust whose aim is to provide quality management education to bridge the gap between academics and industry and provide quality human resources and infrastructure to businesses in India. Its founder member,Mrs Manorama Balkrishna Agarwal,is a visionary with a strong belief that quality education is essential in improving the lifestyle of our fellow citizens to fast track our nation’s growth towards becoming an economic superpower. It is with this goal in mind that she along with her team of dedicated professionals has undertaken the task of high quality education to students in an environment that is positive,inspiring,challenging and stimulating so that they become professionally competent and also mature,sensitive and responsible citizens of the country.

National College of Education and Management is located at Kolegaon-Dombivali in a calm and serene surrounding,away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is spread over a two-acre area that consists of a newly constructed modern 30,000 sq ft building, with adequate space for playground and other recreational facilities.

The vision of the institution is to be recognized among the top few educational institutes committed to development of highly knowledgeable and skilled pool of successful professionals.

National College of Education and Management is governed by body of professionals,academicians and enterpreneurs headed by Mrs Archana S Sanil as its chairman and Mrs Vandana P Kumar as its member treasurer,Dr Anuja Naik as its member aecretary and Mr S A Sanil as its member,Mr Puneet Kumar as its member secretary,Mr Chandra Naik and Mr Shivprasad Kulkarni and Mrs Manorama Agarwal among its body members.

Its advisory committee includes eminent professionals and academicians from various fields. They continuously evolve ways to improve productivity of the learning process and promote the culture of excellence. Prominent among them are Shri Ravindra Chavan (MLA),Shri Ramesh Patil (MLA),Dr Leena Lokras,Mr Sunil Khardikar and Prof Arvind Dhond.

The courses being offered in NCCHM and NCEM in association with

Alagappa University:

Hotel Management :

B.SC. in Catering and Hotel

Administration : A 3-year full-time undergraduate programme for students who have passed their 12th or equivalent in any stream. Also students who have obtained a 3-year Diploma in Hotel/Catering Tourism Management after 12th are eligible to be enrolled in second year of B.Sc. under the lateral entry scheme.

Diploma in Catering and Hotel Administration: A 3-year full-time Diploma Programme for students who have passed their 10th or equivalent examination.

Craft Certificate Course in Bakery and Confectionary: (Craft Certificate Course in Food Production)

A one year Craft Certificate Course for students who have passed the 10th Grade from any board.

Management Studies :

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): A 3-year full-time undergraduate programme for students who have passed their 12th or equivalent examination in any stream.

Master of Business Administration (MBA): A 2-year part-time postgraduate program for students who are a graduate in any stream.

MBA (Five Year Integrated Program):A 5-year part-time undergraduate program for students who have passed their 12th or equivalent examinations in any stream.

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