Teaching-Learning Process in the PGDHM Programme
ASCI is a specialized institution with rich experience and acknowledged expertise in management training and development. The teaching/ instructional processes at ASCI are accordingly tuned to making the class sessions participative, interactive and experiential. The salient aspects in this respect are described below.
The pedagogy for the PGDHM programme involves a judicious mix of theoretical inputs, practice-oriented sessions, in-class assignments, exposure visits, case studies and analyses, theme-based group discussions, simulation exercises, management games, quizzes, role-plays, experience-sharing sessions, Trekking and project presentations.
A number of interactive sessions are arranged with senior executives from hospitals and health-care institutions, so that students are able to relate their learning to real-life scenarios, work-place challenges and stakeholder expectations, more closely.
ASCI faculty bring into the class room, their rich experience and wealth of expertise accumulated over the years in delivering the PGDHM programme. Liberal use of audio-visual aids is made. Accordingly, students find value in the dialogue, discussions, debates and deliberations that take place in the class on a wide variety of issues and challenges that are of concern to a current day healthcare management professional. Students therefore find the sessions interesting, interactive, enriching, educative, appealing and enjoyable.
The sessions in the class room are complemented and supplemented by exposure visits that ASCI organizes for the students. Visits to hospitals (under a unique Know Your Hospital initiative) and health-care organizations enable the students to understand and appreciate better, the concepts that they have been exposed to and gain a hands-on feel of the organizational challenges and situations typical of real-life scenarios. Such structured visits are interspersed and woven into the academic schedule. Students are also sent to hospitals to work on live projects at regular intervals, pan India. This gives them an envious edge
Programme Special Events
ASCI organises/ facilitates various curricular and extra-curricular events such as conferences, workshops, competitions, management festivals, cultural programmes, get-togethers as well as sporting events for the students. In any given academic year they attend a record number of conferences and workshops to get a comprehensive view of the Healthcare sector. The College has a laid-down policy of encouraging and offering full financial support to the students to present papers in prestigious conferences and seminars.
The Programme, over the years, has built a strong network of alumni who are in senior positions of significant responsibility in various organizations of repute across the globe. ASCI organizes Alumni Meet every year, which witnesses participation in large numbers. The Meet offers an ideal platform for all the graduates of the Programme to converge and connect with each other. Alumni are also invited to the College regularly to share their achievements, experiences and success stories with the students.
Sports & Games
It is important that the activeness and fitness of the students is maintained throughout the duration of the PGDHM programme. Accordingly, a series of sports and games activities are available for the students. Competitions are held every year. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in a variety of sporting events like swimming, billiards, chess, tennis, table tennis, badminton, caroms, croquet etc. available at ASCI. Students are also encouraged to use the on-campus gym facilities.
The Programme is truly enriching with a lot of learning opportunities. The daylong schedule typically begins at 0900 hrs and goes on up to 1730 hrs. The Programme is therefore rigorous in terms of schedule. Accordingly, students are expected to put in long hours of work.
To highlight, the salient aspects of the Programme schedule are:
- (a) Exposure visits, tests, quizzes, theme-based group discussions, sharing of experiences by students, participative & interactive learning sessions, group-work exercises, case study illustrations & analyses, role-plays, management simulation games, practical exercise sessions, special lectures, project report presentations etc. interspersed during the teaching modules so as to break the monotony and make the Programme more interesting, demanding and exciting.
- (b) Inter-disciplinary themes and sessions span across and/or figure in more than one module/week, depending on the exact timetable that would be drawn up.
- (c) Feedback on the programme and administrative facilities are obtained from the students at periodic intervals.
ASCI-PGDHM is thus a Hospital & Healthcare Management Programme with a difference. While hospitals are at the core, the Programme also looks at associated sectors which have a direct interface with the healthcare industry such as information technology, insurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The Programme prepares the students to shoulder cross-functional responsibilities in hospitals and thus aims at producing high quality managers for the healthcare sector. Graduates of the Programme emerge not merely as hospital administrators but as leaders who can think critically and generate new ideas for improved efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery. This is because the Programme offers a unique blend of operational and strategic inputs, coupled with inter-disciplinary perspectives and application-oriented methodologies. In addition to the core curriculum, a host of value-adding activities and events broaden the perspectives of the students. Centrally-located, well-equipped and picturesque campus provides the perfect environment for fun-filled learning. A complement of competent and experienced faculty provides industry-oriented inputs and experiential insights into the curriculum. In essence, students find themselves well-prepared to excel and make a mark, as they step into the industry.
Keeping in view the importance and objectives envisaged of the Programme as well as its academic rigor, students are evaluated at regular intervals. Comprehension of the students in the courses and capsules is graded using different measurement tools such as assignments, case study presentations, mini-projects, mid-term and end-term examinations. Summer projects and internships are evaluated through performance reports from external guides (from the respective organisations where the students intern) and dissertation reports along with presentations, evaluated by industry experts.
Award of Diploma
The AICTE-approved Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Hospital Management) would be awarded to students successfully completing the Programme as per prescribed criteria.