Teaching methods adopted in JSSTICE are oriented more to encourage self-study, analysis of content and participation of students in the various modes of teaching and learning. Towards that end, all admitted students to All India Service groups of 9 to 10 each separately for the two streams.
1. Formation of Student Teams
During the first week of the training, students are asked to form their own teams not exceeding 10 members each. They may do so based on gender, educational background, or choice of optional subjects.
Assignment of learning roles is done through the groups. Students shall help each other in the learning process. Five different learning processes are conducted in groups:
- News Hour and News Analysis
- Exercises in interpretation of Charts, Maps, Tables, Graphs, Précis writing
- Organizing Weekly Quiz Competitions between the groups on the topics of subjects taught during the week
- Organizing Fortnightly Debates on current topics of interest by and between the groups
- Discussion of difficulties among the group members
2. Lecture Method
All subjects (7 papers) shall be taught first through normal lecture mode. Lecturers use PPTs and internet interface in the teaching wherever appropriate. Certain video shows are also done and at the end of the video show the teacher analyses and summarises its content and relevance. Overhead projectors are available in the classrooms for use by teachers.
3. Special Lectures by Experts
The Institute occasionally invites eminent experts for special lectures. Students can also suggest names of distinguished scholars and experts.
4. News Hour and News Analysis Period
The groups of 9-10 students shall be given daily one or two newspapers and one or two current periodicals for reading as a group. The first hour in the morning is devoted to compulsory news reading in the library. Different members of the group separately read the news and select important and relevant items of news, events, articles, and editorials for discussion among themselves. Newspapers assigned to groups will be changed every day.
After discussion in the group, they prepare a summary by including significant points, keywords and gist for each item. They shall also scan it, photocopy it and upload it to their “what’s app” group.
The last hour of the day is reserved for News Analysis. All groups shall gather and one by one each group shall present the important and relevant selected news articles in the session. If the first group has presented say 10 items second group shall not repeat any of them, any other new items shall be presented. Likewise, the process will cover all 12 newspapers daily and some journal articles. News analysis shall be moderated and controlled by a faculty member /director. All else shall be done by the students.
All relevant selected items of news shall be classified into “Economic”, “Political”, “Scientific”, “Socio-Cultural” and other items. All the photocopied items shall be kept in the respective category of box files maintained in the library. Students who miss or for revision purposes can access these news files in the Library Reference Section. Important items also shall be circulated through “Whatsapp” groups.
5. Weekly Quiz Competitions
All the subjects taught during the week shall be covered in the weekly quiz competitions. One group by turn shall conduct the quiz, and other groups shall compete. The winning team shall conduct the following week’s quiz. All quiz questions and correct answers shall be compiled and circulated.
6. Fortnightly Essay Assignments
Every month there will be an essay test on chosen topics of current importance.
7. Personality Test
Mock interviews will be conducted and the entire process will be videotaped through CCTV, and feedback shall be given to the candidates. There will be at least two Mock Interviews during the training.