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To Curtail the Academic Stress of Engineering Faculty and to Develop Suitable Strategies by Way of Understanding their Expectations and Demands

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  • School of Management, SRM University, Chennai - 603203, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract


Objective: Teachers especially working in Engineering Institutions are under a great deal of stress related to various academic stressors. Academic stressors contribute to organizational inefficiency, high faculty turn over, absenteeism due to ill health, decreased quality and quantity of practice, increased cost of health care, and decreased academic satisfaction and at lost it will end up with professional burnout. Aim: The purpose of the present study is to investigate the academic stress and to reduce the impact of the academic stress by fulfilling the expectations of the faculties and their requirements at three different levels viz., Central, State, and Private engineering institutions. Methods: The locale of the study is Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The present research is exploratory in nature and was carried out on 53 engineering institutions located in Chennai and data were collected with a sample size of 62 faculties on judgmental and convenience sampling methods. Statistical Analysis: Self-administered questionnaires were used for collecting the data from the faculty of various Engineering Institutions. The factor listed, was identified using factor analysis from the faculties’ questionnaire. The pair wise variations analysis for the opinion of the faculty members of different categories of Engineering Institutions was arrived. The correlation analysis indicates that the option of the faculty members of engineering Institutions with respect to the importance level of different attributes were quiet similar. Findings: The successful maintenance of engineering institution is based on by fulfilling the needy expectations of the Faculties. There was a significant positive correlation between the faculty members of central and state engineering institutions. The study suggested that engineering institutions must align themselves to a strategy to deliver as per the main stakeholders expectations, where the stakeholder’s academic stress will be reduced to minimum and increases productivity. Application: The analysis of similarity and differences in expectations of the Engineering faculties of three different categories of Engineering Institutions provided valuable insights for improving the quality of exchange, value addition, and level of satisfaction through the reduction of academic stress of the faculties that would help in formulating a positive image in the minds of the students, parents, management and other governing bodies of the institutions.

Keywords

Academic Stress, Benefits, Demands, Expectations, Strategies.

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