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NRIT

Code Of Conduct

A) CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS, NON TEACHING STAFF AND STUDENTS

PRINCIPAL

1. The Principal should always be honest, fair, objective, supportive, protective, and law abiding.
2. Should implement new ideas and plans to execute the college's vision and mission.
3. Should we promote democratic values on campus and make the campus a liberatory and emancipatory space? 4. Listen to staff and student’s ideas and set a supportive tone.
5. Ensure that the staff and students are aware of the rules, policies, and procedures laid down by the college.
6. Should be just and fair in interactions with staff and students.
7. Should establish effective channels of communication and ensure ease of access to staff and students.

TEACHERS

I. Teachers should:

1. Adhere to a responsible pattern of conduct and demeanor expected of them by the academic community.
2. Seek professional growth through study and research.
3. Contribute to knowledge building through meaningful participation and sharing of ideas at professional meetings, seminars, conferences, etc.
4. Maintain active membership of professional associations and organizations, and build networks and alliances within academia.
5. Perform their duties in the form of teaching, tutorial, practical, and seminar work and carry out all responsibilities assigned by the institution in matters relating to admission, invigilation, and assessment.
6. Participate in extension, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, including community service.

II. TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS

1. Teachers should accord dignity and respect to all students across gender, caste, class, religious, and ethnic locations.
2. Respect students’ rights to freely express their opinions.
3. Be fair and impartial to all students, regardless of religion, caste, political, economic, or social status.
4. Celebrate diversity within classrooms, not just in terms of social locations but also in terms of capabilities, and strive to meet their individual needs.
5. Encourage students to improve their academic performance and also contribute to the community.
6. Inculcate among students a spirit of critical inquiry and the constitutional ideals of democracy, patriotism, and peace;
7. Students must not be humiliated, belittled, objectified, or body shamed.
8. Be mindful of the fact that each student is different and has different boundaries and sensitivities.
9. Treat students with kindness and compassion.

III. TEACHERS AND COLLEAGUES

1. Conduct themselves with absolute dignity and decorum in their dealings with senior and junior colleagues and students.
2. Speak respectfully of other teachers and render assistance for professional betterment;
3. Be mindful of prejudices along caste, class, gender, ability, and ethnic lines and do not allow them to interfere in their discharge of duties.

IV TEACHERS AND NON-TEACHING STAFF:

1. Teachers should treat the non-teaching staff as colleagues and equal partners.
2. Teachers should help in the functioning of committees and cells comprising both teachers and non-teaching staff.

V. TEACHERS AND SOCIETY

1. Teachers should:

1. Recognise that education is a public service and therefore should keep the public informed of the educational programmes that are being provided;
2. Be aware of social problems and take part in such activities as would be conducive to the progress of society and the country as a whole;
3. Perform the duties of citizenship, participate in community activities, and shoulder the responsibilities of public offices;
4. Refrain from taking part in, subscribing to, or assisting in any way in activities that tend to promote feelings of hatred or enmity among different communities, religions, or linguistic groups.

2. NON-TEACHING STAFF

1. All institute employees must perform their duties efficiently and diligently in accordance with the college's rules and regulations.
2. All staff members should display the highest possible standards of professional behaviour.
3. Punctuality and discipline are of utmost importance.
4. Every staff member shall maintain the appropriate levels of confidentiality with respect to student and staff records and other sensitive matters.
5. Every staff member should be respectful and dignified in interactions with students, teachers, and colleagues.
6. Staff members must refrain from any form of harassment or discrimination based on existing legislative norms relating to gender, sexuality, age, and marital status.

GENDER POLICY

1. The institution recognises gender as a student’s social identity that can be male, female, transgender, or non-binary. Given the systemic nature of gender discrimination, our approach to gender issues has been an integrated and holistic one, focusing on challenging gender stereotypes and subverting commonsense perceptions of culturally prescribed gender roles. We believe in integrating and embedding gender concerns into every activity on campus, including teaching, research, and administration. Every constituency on campus, that is, students, teaching, and non-teaching staff, is sensitized on gender issues on a regular basis through workshops, interactive sessions, and a short-term certificate course. The Gender Issues Cell exists as a mandated body as per Section 3.2 (15) of the UGC Guidelines (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2015. The Gender Issues Cell (GIC) works in close association with the Internal Committee, which addresses all complaints of sexual harassment within the Institute as per Section 4 of the UGC Guidelines (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2015.

Objectives

• To promote a nuanced understanding of gender as a social location and how it intersects with other marginal locations of caste, class, disability, and ethnicity
• To ensure equitable access and use of resources, sustain spaces for conversations around gender and sexual identities through regular gender audits and sensitization programs.
• to support a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of sexual harassment.
• Recognize discriminatory behaviour toward people in gender marginalised positions, such as cis-women, transgender people, or people with non-normative sexualities and expressions. • To strengthen institutional mechanisms that redress incidents of gender-based discrimination
• Train and sensitise students who can champion gender awareness through workshops and other activities.
• To support advocacy on gender sensitization and establish collaborations and linkages with women’s rights and trans advocacy groups.
• To establish a Women’s Studies and Research Center.

C) RESEARCH POLICY

• Research helps to create new avenues in knowledge, promotes critical thinking and innovation, and enhances the teaching and learning experience. The Research Policy of NRI Institute of Technology (NRIIT) facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and research across disciplines, building cultures of teaching and research that recognise different aspects of being a teacher, researcher, and scholar. Recognizing the need for transformative research, a "Research Committee" has been constituted to encourage action-oriented and collaborative research that touches people’s lives in significant ways and creates a just social order. A robust and dynamic research culture exists across all departments, which conduct activities to develop and promote the scientific temperament and research aptitude of all scholars.

Objectives

1. To provide a conducive and rigorous research environment in college
2. To enrich the teaching and learning process through the empirical experiences of both students and faculty.
3. To encourage faculty members to publish research papers in journals of repute and to undertake various research projects of social, scientific, and academic importance.
4. To organise seminars, conferences, and workshops on research methodology, academic writing and publication, research ethics, etc.
5. To identify and share information about different research and funding opportunities announced by various academic, research, industry, or government organisations like UGC, DBT, DST, BIRAC, ICSSR, and so on.
6. To promote collaborations with international and national institutions of higher learning and to promote research-based linkages with industry
7. To create awareness about patents and intellectual property rights and motivate researchers to apply for patents.
8. To encourage more teachers to apply for recognition as research guides and for departments to apply for recognition as research centers.
9. To encourage faculty to undertake consultative research projects.
10. To ensure quality, integrity, and ethics in research, we strictly prohibit plagiarism at all levels and provide online tools to facilitate its monitoring.

D) THE POLICY AND THE PROCEDURE FOR MAINTAINING AND UTILIZING PHYSICAL ACADEMIC AND THE SUPPORT FACILITIES

These policy guidelines aim for equitable allocation and efficient utilisation of available facilities and infrastructure. This will result in a quality learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. This policy also provides a framework for the optimal use of physical assets as well as a regular review of the infrastructural needs of the college. Maintenance of infrastructure, equipment, and other facilities is either carried out at the institutional level or on an AMC basis. The college allocates a budget at the beginning of the academic year for all infrastructural requirements.

Objectives

1. Establish standard operating procedures for the use of physical and academic facilities.
2. Optimise the utilisation and maintenance of college facilities.
3. to periodically review the needs of infrastructure and plan for the future.

This policy applies only to the use of those facilities located on campus.

Utilization and Maintenance of Common Physical Facilities Utilization: 1. The college has open space on the ground floor that is typically used for common college programmes such as the celebration of Independence Day, Republic Day, or any other open gathering as needed. On other days, this facility is available for the purpose of parking staff vehicles.
2. The use of common facilities like seminar halls, conference rooms, and an auditorium is allotted for the programmes of the college by the registrar of the college on the basis of availability.
3. Sports facilities can be used with the permission of the Sports Director of the college and on the basis of allotted time.
Maintenance: 1. The admin manager, being the maintenance head, prepares the routine and specific maintenance schedule for all physical infrastructure and allocates duties to the respective staff.
2. The maintenance schedules are executed with the support of both internal and external agencies.
3. The college has appointed a person to look after the facilities like the seminar hall and the auditorium. This staff brings to the attention of the admin manager any maintenance that has to be done. These requirements are then put before the principal for approval.
4. On the basis of the type of work and budget, either the principal or management takes care of the allotment of work.
5. This standard operating procedure for maintenance is followed at all times. Policies of Academic and Support Facilities
Utilization and Maintenance of Class Rooms: Classrooms are used for regular lectures and are assigned based on the timetable and student population.
1. Non-teaching staff is responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the classrooms.
2. An infrastructure committee has been appointed to supervise the maintenance of the equipment and infrastructure of the college.
3. All infrastructure-related complaints are communicated to the Infrastructure Committee.
Utilization and Maintenance of Laboratories (Dry and Wet): 1. Laboratories are allotted for practical sessions based on a timetable given by the college.
2. Standard Operational Procedures for handling various chemicals, equipment, and instruments are to be strictly followed.
3. The stock register is maintained and updated regularly.
4. Stock verification and inspection have to be carried out by the departments at the end of the academic year.
5. The disposal of old and obsolete equipment, chemicals, and instruments is standard procedure.
6. Safety training for support staff is conducted periodically.
7. The maintenance of computer laboratories is taken care of by the laboratory in charge. System administrators have been appointed to take care of the repair and maintenance of all computers and servers.
8. Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMC) are made for various equipment and software, e.g., photocopier machines and internet facilities.
Utilization and Maintenance of Library: 1. At the end of each year, the librarian notifies all departments and requests that they keep the required number of books on hand for the following academic year.
2. The library can procure books on demand from faculty and students. After getting approval from the heads of departments, the book list with price is submitted to the principal for further action. After getting budget approval, books are purchased for the library.
3. The first-year students are instructed to procure an identity card, which also enables access to the library.
4. A student can borrow three books and one magazine at a time for a period of one week. They can renew the book for another week if there is no reservation for that particular book. If they fail to return the book on time, a nominal fine is charged.
5. Students can borrow books from the reference section for a day.
6. Faculty can borrow any number of books and journals at any time.
7. All the functions of the library, i.e., book borrowing and lending, etc., are monitored by fully automated library software.
8. The library is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on normal working days and on holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the year.
9. Library membership is necessary to use the library. A barcode number is issued to the users, which is attached to the college ID card.
10. During annual maintenance, if any books are found missing by students or faculty, they are fined as per the cost of the book.
11. The books are weeded out at the end of the academic year to make room for new books.With the approval of the faculty, worn-out and out-of-date textbooks are weeded out on a regular basis.Old books are bound and kept. Pest control, dusting, and cleaning are done on a regular basis.
12. Stocktaking is done regularly.