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How Innovations and Best Practices can Transform Higher Education Institutions : A Case Study of SIMS


  • Aithal, Sreeramana
  • Rao, Srinivas
  • Kumar, Suresh


Education has become competitive so as the educational institutions. In order to survive the competition, institutions have to improve the quality of their services. Changes in culture, aspiration and levels of skills required in securing employment for students, force higher education institutions today to rework on their educational models and add value to each and every aspect of their service. Innovations and best practices serve to enhance quality and add value. Srinivas Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), which combines technology, management and social service education has identified and implemented innovations and best practices to differentiate itself among the competitors and to add value in its educational services. In this paper, we have discussed innovations, small and big, developed indigineously and implemented during last four years. They are broadly classified under six key aspects namely "curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, consultancy and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, and governance, leadership, and management". The paper also contains some of the institutional and individual faculty best practices having visible impact on the quality of higher education imparted by the institution. The best practices concern admission, fees, attendance, teaching, performance, skill building, employability, student involvement, collective learning, value addition, ensuring transparency, information dissemination etc. Finally two institutional best practices are elaborated with its aim of practice, underlying principles and concepts, particular contextual features or challenging issues that have had to be addressed in designing and implementing the practice, and its implementation, including its uniqueness in Indian higher education, evidence of success, identifying the problems encountered and resources required to implement the practice.

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  • Aithal, Sreeramana & Rao, Srinivas & Kumar, Suresh, 2015. "How Innovations and Best Practices can Transform Higher Education Institutions : A Case Study of SIMS," MPRA Paper 71381, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:71381

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    1. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Suresh, 2016. "Academic Support through Information System : Srinivas Integrated Model," MPRA Paper 71747, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2016.
    2. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Suresh, 2017. "Interconnecting Theory A and ABC Model of Organizational Performance," MPRA Paper 78999, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Feb 2017.
    3. Aithal, Sreeramana & Aithal, Shubhrajyotsna, 2019. "Transforming Society by Creating Innovators through Skill & Research Focussed Education – A Case Study of Srinivas University," MPRA Paper 95151, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Suresh & Kumari, Deekshitha, 2015. "Societal Expectation And Institutional Accountability In Higher Education," MPRA Paper 71992, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Aithal, Sreeramana, 2016. "Student Centric Curriculum Design and Implementation – Challenges & Opportunities in Business Management & IT Education," MPRA Paper 74365, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 19 Sep 2016.
    6. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Suresh, 2016. "Maintaining Teacher Quality in Higher Education Institutions," MPRA Paper 72240, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Aithal, Architha & Aithal, Sreeramana, 2018. "How and Why Wharton Business School became World Topper – A Case Study on Organizational Quest for Excellence of First US Business School," MPRA Paper 85727, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Aithal, Sreeramana, 2016. "Study on Research Productivity in World Top Business Schools," MPRA Paper 72246, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Suresh, 2016. "Analysis of Choice Based Credit System in Higher Education," MPRA Paper 71743, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Aithal, Sreeramana & Kumar, Anil & M, Madhushree & R, Revathi, 2018. "Investigation of Business Strategies in Higher Education Service Model of Selected Private Universities in India," MPRA Paper 85726, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Aithal, Sreeramana & Aithal, Shubrajyotsna, 2016. "Student Centric Learning Through Planned Hard work - An Innovative Model," MPRA Paper 73621, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Best practices in higher education; Innovations in Higher education;

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    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration

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