Specific Objectives of the Sub-project

Each specific objective will produce results and outcomes that have to be expressed in terms of time and measured with performance indicators.

The overall objective of the proposed project is to modernize the existing teaching-learning systems for plant science of Department of Botany through the development of job market oriented course curriculum and through the integration of ITC system in all sectors of teaching-learning system. The project has following specific objectives:

1. Modernize and update curricula for all Plant Science theoretical and practical courses

The existing curricula of all theoretical and practical courses offered for undergraduate and master’s program will be modernized and updated. The new curricula will reflect the social need and job market demand. The modernization and update will integrate recent knowledge and advanced techniques which have resulted from the development of molecular biology, particularly relevant to recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, proteomics, genomics and developmental genetics. This includes 32 theoretical and 12 practical courses offered to 900 students every year in 16 programs in five academic years. Important textual materials for all theoretical courses will be developed in Bengali. Laboratory manuals for all practical courses will be developed using most advanced techniques available for plant science. The laboratory guidebooks will include those techniques which are most relevant and most used in cytology, plant physiology, genetics, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, developmental genetics, plant pathology, plant ecology, limnology, plant systematic, ethnobotany, environment management, biodiversity and microbiology.

The programs and guidebooks will be available in electronic format on a website, which will be easily accessed by students through their personal computers or at the central library or departmental seminar library.

Strategies and main development activates

Updating course curricula:

Form a teaching-learning updating committee (TLUC)for each participating academic units Benchmark state of the art teaching-learning strategies in Plant Sciences in national and foreign institutions.

Design and updated all course specific curricula according to the guidelines set by the TLUC.

Revise new subject content with TLUC and provide the new selection to all participating academic units.

Developing theoretical course specific Bengali text books:

At least one text book for each of the 20 theoretical courses will be developed in Bengali.

Request TLUC to design guide lines for developing Bangla text books for individual theoretical course.

Course leaders will be requested to design and prepare the Bangla text books.

Adapt the new texts books to the participating courses, all Bangla text books will be transformed into web based digital format for uploading on the internet. Bangla text books will be uploaded to departmental website and the website visitors will be counted.

Revising and updating the 11 laboratory manuals and developing 1 new lab manual:

Request TLUC to update the laboratory manuals for the 12 practical courses.

Design and prepare new laboratory manuals.

Adapt the new laboratory manuals to the participating courses. Transform all guidebooks into web based digital format for uploading on the internet.

Upload the new digital laboratory manuals to the departmental website for web visitors.

2. Upgrade and modernize academic infrastructure of the department

Improving lecture room space and environment:

Optimize the class room and laboratory capacity and improve its architectural design, safety and environmental quality.

All classrooms will make attractive, comfortable and more spacious by architectural rearrangement of seats, lighting system and lecture platform. Each class room will be equipped with at least one computer and internet access, one multimedia projector (MMP), one audio-visual system, white board etc. for creating interactive environment for teaching and learning. It is expected that improving and optimizing 9 class rooms by architectural rearrangement will increase physical space by 25%.

Strategies and main development activates

Define the terms of reference

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and teaching aid equipment.

Integrate the refurbished and modern lecture rooms into the departmental teaching-learning system.

3. Modernizing practical laboratories

All subject specific laboratories will be modernized by installing appropriate scientific instruments and required chemicals. Each laboratory will be equipped with two computers with internet access, one MMP and one microphotography digital display system. Light system, lab table and seating arrangement will be renovated and rearranged. It is expected that improving and optimizing 12 practical laboratories by architectural rearrangement will increase lab space by 20%.

Strategies and main development activates

Leaders of the subject specific laboratories will be requested to prepare a requirement list.

Define the terms of reference.

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and purchasing new equipment for practical labs.

Implement the refurbished and modernized practical laboratories.

4. Modernizing departmental central lab

Departmental central laboratory (already in use) will be equipped with expensive and much needed instruments in order to avoid repetition and to reduce cost. Central lab will be equipped with air conditioner, DNA isolation, cloning and documentation equipment, DNA sequencer, thermal cycler, fluorescent and UV microscope, high resolution light microscope attached with digital display and documentation system. One scanning electron microscope will be installed is central lab. Central lab will be provided with necessary ICT system, computers, MMP and IPS.

Strategies and main development activates

Define the terms of reference.

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and purchasing new equipment for central lab.

Integrate the renovated and modern central laboratory into the departmental teaching-learning systems.

5. Modernizing departmental seminar library

Departmental seminar library will be provided with appropriate and updated subject specific text books, periodicals, journals and other forms of learning aid materials, such as educational CDs, DVD, microfilm etc. Digital catalog will be developed for all available study materials present in the seminar library. The library will be equipped with ICT system for accessing internet based digital learning resources. At last one hundred twenty computers inter connected with LAN and with high speed internet access (1 computer: 4 students) will be installed.

Strategies and main development activates

Departmental TLUC will be requested to prepare a list of requirement. Define the terms of reference.

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and purchasing new educational materials and equipment for seminar library.

Implement the renovated and modern seminar library.

6. Developing a bioinformatics laboratory and departmental digital data base

A bioinformatics laboratory (physical space available) equipped with 25 computers, two server and other required ICT gadgets. An ICT engineer will be hired to establish and run the bioinformatics laboratory. The bioinformatics lab will develop and maintain departmental teaching-learning website, digital data base and also conduct practical class required for computer and bioinformatics courses. Bioinformatics lab will be provided with IPS and air cooler.

A digital database for important teaching, learning and research materials will be developed in bilingual version (Banlga and English). The database will include

  • Subject specific lab manuals
  • Subject specific text materials
  • Recent break through research findings
  • List of subject specific expert teachers (internal and external)
  • List of subject specific examiners (internal and external)
  • Students database (present and ex students)
  • Departmental all activity information (notice, events, examination, results etc.)

The database will be uploaded to departmental website. The database will be created, maintained and regularly updated by staffs employed in bioinformatics laboratory. All departmental academic staffs and students will be provided with user ID and password to access to the database. Students and teachers of plant science of other institutions will also have access and use this database upon request for providing user ID and passwords in exchange with nominal membership fee. It is expected that all teachers, students and researches involved in plant science or plant science based disciplines such as agricultural sciences in public, private and national universities will be benefited from the digital data base.

Strategies and main development activates

Departmental TLUC will be requested to prepare a list of requirement for digital data base.

Define the terms of reference.

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and purchasing new ICT equipment for Bioinformatics laboratory.

Implement the renovated and modern seminar library.

7. Modernizing of departmental botanical garden, research field and herbarium museum

A master plan will be developed for the modernization of botanical garden. Botanically important and endangered plant species will be collected and planted in the garden as per the master plan. Departmental research field will be improved through developing proper irrigation and drainage system. Departmental herbarium museum will be refurbished with modern herbarium equipment and ICT facility. A digital database on different plant species will be developed and uploaded in the departmental database.

Strategies and main development activates

Departmental Botanical Garden management committee (already present) will be requested to prepare a list of requirement for improving botanical garden, research field and herbarium museum.

Define the terms of reference.

Start competitive bidding and sign contracts for refurbishing works and purchasing new planting materials and equipment for Botanical, research field and departmental herbarium museum.

Implement the renovated botanical garden, research field and herbarium museum.

8. Academic staff training

Training program for academic staffs will be initiated for achieving skill in computer and ICT based interactive teaching methodology.

Strategies and main development activates

Academic staff training (local)

Define the terms of reference.

Develop training courses.

Start training program for academic staffs on computer and ICT based interactive teaching methodology.

Use new instruments and techniques.

Discuss initial results and exchange experiences among all courses.

Academic staff training (abroad) and inviting visiting professors

Define the terms of reference.

Evaluate and select 3 academic staffs for training abroad.

Start training program abroad.

Implement the training outcomes.

Select and invite 2 visiting professors, expert on interactive education.

9. Administrative staff and lab assistances training

All administrative staff and employees will be trained for computer literacy. Lab assistance will be trained on how to run and maintain valuable scientific instruments.

Strategies and main development activates

Define the terms of reference.

Develop training courses through TLUC.

Start training administrative staffs and lab assistants on computer literacy and lab equipment maintenance.

Implement the training outcomes.

10. Enhancing scientific infrastructures

Modernization of each laboratory with new scientific equipment will insure access of all students to the new experimental courses, its methodologies and techniques and to conduct research.

Strategies and activities.

Purchasing of scientific equipment for laboratories:

Define terms of reference for all equipment that will be purchased.

Receive purchased equipment.

Install new laboratory equipment.

Do final course adjustments in accordance to course and teaching-learning needs

11. Measuring and evaluating outcome indicators

Measure student approval rate of selected courses.

Provide indicator reports to Head of Monitoring and Valuation Committee.

Summarize conclusions in report.

12. Academic staff perception surveys

Design the perception surveys and sample.

Carry out the surveys.

Report the survey results to the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Make the necessary adjustments and improvements.

13. Activities involving for 4 specific objectives

Create a Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Monitor progress of objectives by collecting information and expert views.

Oversee all survey designs and applications.

Apply satisfaction surveys to students, academic staffs and administrative staff.