Walk with a Scholar

Walk With a Scholar (WWS) scheme proposes to arrange specialized mentoring programs for students in Under Graduate Programs in Arts, Science and Commerce and to provide guidance for their future. The scheme introduces the idea of mentoring and builds on the concept of mentor as a ‘Guide’ and ‘Friend’. It has been observed that the students in Arts, Science and Commerce Colleges do not get necessary orientation to prepare them for employment or guidance necessary to select areas for higher study. The mentoring scheme for students will be purely voluntary in nature. It will be open for all students entering the first year of the Under Graduate Programme of Study.

Walk With a Scholar (WWS) scheme proposes to arrange specialized mentoring programs for students in Under Graduate Programs in Arts, Science and Commerce and to provide guidance for their future. The scheme introduces the idea of mentoring and builds on the concept of mentor as a ‘Guide’ and ‘Friend’. It has been observed that the students in Arts, Science and Commerce Colleges do not get necessary orientation to prepare them for employment or guidance necessary to select areas for higher study. The mentoring scheme for students will be purely voluntary in nature. It will be open for all students entering the first year of the Under Graduate Programme of Study.

The Scheme aims at giving necessary orientation to needy students, to prepare them for employment and give them necessary guidance, motivation and necessary mental support to identify appropriate areas for higher study as well as employment. The mentoring scheme should be planned to identify the opportunities available for the scholars, the areas suitable for them, the manner in which the scholar should proceed before them and evolve ways by which they can be acquired.

Guidelines for Walk With a Scholar Programme

Preliminary Steps- Preparation
1. The College Council should identify a College level Coordinator for the WWS Scheme from the faculty of the college. Preference can be given to faculty who have worked as placement officers or coordinators of career guidance unit in the college.
2. The scheme should be discussed by the College Council and amongst the faculty members.
3. The College Council should act as a Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the Programme and the Coordinator should function in consultation with the Principal and the College Council

Student Selection Procedure
1. Students (Scholars) of first year Degree Programme alone are to be included in the Scheme
2. The students of First Year UG Programme should be made aware of the Programme, for which, a meeting of the first year UG students may be convened at the college level and the scheme and objective explained to them
3. Applications should be invited from willing candidates for enrolment
4. Students selected for the Programme should have secured at least 60% marks At the Higher Secondary/Plus Two level. This stipulation of minimum marks is not applicable for SC/ST students
5. The number of students identified under WWS Scheme, should not exceed 30. If the number of applicants exceeds 30, the College council should evolve a method of selecting the required number of students so that the neediest students and those genuinely interested in the scheme alone are selected

Identification of Mentors:
1. For the purpose of mentoring, two categories of mentors are to be identified. One will be ‘Internal Mentor’ and the second will be ‘External Mentor’
2. The Internal mentor has to be a faculty from the Institution in which the student (Scholar) is studying. They should be persons who are able to do mentoring and support the scholars and act as a Guide, in building their career. Each Internal Mentor will be in charge of 6 students. So an institution admitting 30 students in the WWS Scheme must identify 5 Internal Mentors.
3. The list of Internal Mentors identified by the Institution should be forwarded to the Director of Collegiate Education latest by 10th October, 2012
4. Internal Mentors will be given training/instructions by the Directorate of Collegiate Education/Higher Education Department, for a minimum of 8 hours, in imparting guidance to the students. The schedule related to the Training Programme will be intimated to the Colleges in due course
5. External Mentors have to be identified from persons working in Industry, as well as from Professions like Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, Law, Hospitality, Media, Business, Teaching, Administration or from any filed as found necessary according to the local needs of the Institution/students. External Mentors can be persons working in the State and Central Public sector. Reputed persons from Private sector may also be identified as External mentors. Proven expertise and merit must be the criterion followed for identifying External Mentors. Consent of the person must be ensured before including a person as an External Mentor. External Mentors can be identified by the institution locally or they can be identified from the list that will be made available by the Higher Education Department/Collegiate Education department. Each ‘External Mentor’ will be in charge of 5 students. Hence a total of 6 ‘External Mentors’ will have to be identified by each institution (Arts/Commerce-2, Science-2, Language-2).
6. The list of ‘External Mentors’ identified by one institution may be made available to the Higher Education Department/Directorate of Collegiate Education and also to other Government Colleges if required, so that their services and expertise are made available to larger number of Scholars, under the scheme

Implementing the Scheme:
1. Students selected under the Programme will be paired to two mentors. An Internal Mentor and an External Mentor. As far as possible, women external mentors should be allotted to girl scholars
2. A college should identify 100 hours in an academic year (20 hours per Internal Mentor for 5 Mentors) for Internal Mentoring
3. A college should identify 30 hours (5 sessions (hours) per External mentor for 6 External Mentors) in an academic year for External Mentoring
4. The schedule for the mentoring may be decided at the Institutional level and intimated to the Director of Collegiate Education. Proper records related to the attendance of students and mentors may be maintained.
5. The progress of the Scholar must be evaluated at regular intervals by the Internal and External Mentors and necessary corrective measures taken to meet the desired objectives