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Learning Initiatives is the outcome of the University’s belief that learning takes root in an environment where students can appreciate the context of what they are being taught, understand critical concepts of their disciplines, and develop the ability to apply them to real world situations. Learning Initiatives has developed two special programmes to meet this goal.
Independent Study Period is a two-week period in December where students have a chance to experiment with their passion. The University offers a range of credited courses, rooted in disciplines like literature, design, science, language, heritage, humanities, and more, but cut across areas and specialisations. This includes block courses, studio-inspired experiential courses, courses on perspective and skill building, innovative experiments in learning, and more.
The Centre for Learning Futures at Ahmedabad University aims at inculcating a culture of collaborative learning. It is an independent centre that facilitates acquisition of knowledge and skills with a focus to improve comprehension of concepts, ideas, world-views, values, and theories. The Centre is also responsible for helping students improve comprehension of course materials and strengthen writing skills.
Ahmedabad University has evolved a unique framework in partnership with Olin College of Engineering to facilitate learning by engaging with the context and environment and applying it to real world problems. The University has introduced “Engagement and Application Based Learning and Education", or "ENABLE", where students are empowered to learn on their own through various techniques like Project Based Learning, Flipped Classroom, Discovery Based Method, etc. while the faculty act as a facilitators.
Through the Undergraduate Research Programme, URP, the university provides several opportunities to students to deeply explore an issue or an idea by either working on it independently, under the supervision of a faculty, or alongside a faculty member in their lab work or research projects. This programme tenders valuable preparation for graduate school and imparts exposure to a research-oriented career. It also provides an opportunity to work closely with a professor.
URP provides supervised research support that under certain conditions is eligible for credit. Contact the Office of Provost for details of the programme, eligibility, and support.
Ahmedabad University values the role of academic advising in the success of our students and our faculty members play an active role in mentoring students. We are developing a programme where each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will guide them academically, review their performance, and lead them towards meaningful careers. Initially the university will start a voluntary programme and grow it as the faculty strength increases. The Academic Advising and Tutoring Programme, AATP, will also include organizing an Advising Day at each school where advisors will counsel students in their programme requirements, performance and programme direction.
Additionally, the AATP will manage a student-run tutoring programme where senior students tutor their juniors who require academic support. Senior students provide academic support as teaching assistants.
Ahmedabad University has implemented a tutorial programme that facilitates students in resolving academic challenges in small groups. This initiative, as it grows, is aimed at enhancing the quality of learning and promoting a rigorous academic environment at the university. We will endeavor to organize tutorial sessions for every core course and plan for one hour of tutorial for every three-contact hours of teaching.