Kaizen 2022– An yearly faculty training program was conducted on 30.09.2022 and 01.10.2022. Faculty development programs aims at enhancing the academic and intellectual environment in the institutions by providing faculty members with enough opportunities to pursue research and also to participate in seminars / conferences / workshops. Participation in such program would enable faculty members to update their research and pedagogical skills.
This time the training program on “Make an impact as a Mentor” was conducted on 30.09.2022. The program started with a prayer by Asst. Prof. Antony Joseph of mechanical engineering department. The welcome was delivered by Prof. Asha K R, HOD Mechanical Engg. The Principal Prof. Dr. S. Jose delivered the presidential address. Kaizen 2022 was officially inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Manoj Francis Marottickal, Asst. Manager, AISAT followed by lighting the lamp. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Ramadas T, Assoc. Prof., ME department. Later on, an extremely interactive session was led by Mr. Baiju PAM, transformational life coach and mentor. The talk was held at the Einstein hall for all faculties present on that day.
The speaker elaborated that Mentoring is a reciprocal and collaborative at-will relationship that most often occurs between a senior and junior employee or between a teacher and a student for the purpose of the mentee’s growth, learning, and career development. Effective mentors often act as role models and sounding boards for their mentee and provide guidance to help them reach their goals. Mentoring can be formal or informal. In an informal environment, mentees set goals, but they are usually not measurable and the relationships are unstructured. For a formal mentoring relationship, there are actionable and measurable goals defined and set with determined requirements. Mentoring is not coaching and not counselling. Mentoring relationships are based upon advice giving and direction while coaching is not. Counselling is a paid-relationship in which underlying mental or psychological issues are addressed with solutions given by a medical professional.