By observing the manufacturing process at the industry students would be able to relate to the theoretical knowledge. Selection of the organization for major visit is based on the size of the industry it operates into, expected learning outcomes out of the visit and its relevance to the subjects taught in the respective term and few other variables.
The major visit is usually a full one day exercise. Select students are also involved in the organizing and logistics planning for the visit.
Minor visits are generally based on the respective major visit. Minor visits are initiated to give the systems perspective to the students.
Systems perspective refers to considering all behaviors of the system as a whole in context of its environment; which also talks about interactions and interrelationships between the system and its environment.
Systems perspective enables the students to link the importance of the processes, variables and practices of the forward and backward value-chain related to the main industry. It also enhances the operational level learning leading to in-depth and better learning for the students.
For example, a pharmaceutical company uses Glucose as a major raw material, starch suppliers, maize products suppliers, pharma equipment suppliers etc form the backward value chain - representing the supplier side.
In addition the hospitals, carrying and forwarding agents, distributors, retailers, doctors etc form elements of the forward value chain.
So the minor visits at Starch companies and maize farms helps the students to relate how shift in prices of maize, because of a bad monsoon impact prices of starch and glucose and its impact on the pricing of the pharma products and subsequent impact on sales and usage in hospitals.