Best Practice 1
Title : Value Orientation for holistic development
Consistent with the vision of the college, the Value Orientation Programs primarily aim at enabling each student to realize her full potential through a comprehensive training in Life Skills. They seek to empower each student to seek guidance from within as embodied in the College Motto- 'ATMA DEEPO BHAVA' ( Be your own guiding light).
The objectives of our Value Orientation Programs are as follows:
Value Education plays an important role in addressing the following issues which threaten the growth and development of the young generation today:
In view of the above, the institution has deeply felt the necessity for imparting Value Education and is continually engaged in upgrading the quality of the same.
Imparting value based education has been a long-standing best practice of the Institution. Since 2005, our college has collaborated with Vivekananda Nidhi, Serampore, Institute of Value Orientation and Environmental Education for conducting innumerable programs on Human values, Environmental awareness, and the relevance of the Indian Knowledge System in today's world.
Some of the highlights of the Value Education imparted by the college in the last few years are as follows:
1. Annual Value Orientation Camps: Under the supervision of college teachers, students are sent to Value Orientation Camps of 2-3 days duration in Vivekananda Nidhi, Serampore where they undergo intensive training on Self Management based on the principles in ancient Indian texts such as the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. The Camp activities include:
(i) Self governance and Leadership training
(ii) Interactive lectures on the relevance and importance of values based on the Indian Knowledge System,
(iii) Practice of Pratyahara meditation for increasing calmness of mind and concentration and reducing stress.
The Camp was held from 22nd -25th March 2018, 27th - 30th March in 2019 and 27th- 28th August in 2022.
2. A Stress management workshop for students ( on 26-03-18) and a 3-day Workshop for teachers and non-teaching staff on "Value Orientation for Self Management and Self Empowerment: The Indian Way" (3rd -5th Nay, 2018) were held at the college in collaboration with Vivekananda Nidhi.
3. Online Lecture Series on 'Human values in the present scenario' and online Open forum discussions on Stress Relief have been held for the students during the pandemic from 11-06-2020 to 26-06-2020.
4. A 3-day Online Workshop for Students titled ' Relevance of the Srimadbhagvadgita in the present day ' was held in 2021.
5. A one day Workshop for teachers and non-teaching staff on Self Management Skills and Basic Yoga for better Work- Life Balance was organized by the IQAC on 14-05-22 .
6. A Webinar on Value Orientation, Forum Theater and Rural Development was organized by the College in collaboration with Vivekananda Nidhi and the Institute of Value Orientation and Environmental Education on 18-09-2021.
7. The different departments also hold Stress Management and
Motivational lecture sessions. An Add-on Course titled 'Human Values as reflected in Sanskrit Texts' was organized by the Department of Sanskrit from 25-04-22 to 13-05-22.
8. The solid foundation on Value Education built over the years has prompted the college to enter into collaborative ventures in this field . The first endeavor in this direction, A Special Lecture Series on the ' Relevance of Values and Value Orientation in the New Normal ' was held in collaboration with Vivekananda Nidhi and Narasimha Dutta College, Howrah from 04-03-22 to 06-03-22.
Evidence of success
Students are immensely benefited by the Value initiatives of the College as evidenced by the feedback received from them after the completion of these activities. A large number of students are motivated to join the NCC and NSS to offer volunteering services for various types of outreach activities.
The emphasis placed on value Education in the College has earned it a unique reputation for discipline and orderliness.The teachers are constantly engaged in the inculcation of good moral values in the students through their guidance in day-to-day activities. Respect for teachers and elders, tolerance and inclusiveness is encouraged inside and outside the college. The college students have a reputation for orderly behavior and obedience even in times of widespread student unrest regarding different issues.Students manage their activities in an orderly manner and show punctuality and decorum. Any instance of unruly behavior is firmly dealt with.The programs conducted by student bodies reflect good taste and inclusiveness.
Problems encountered and Challenges faced
In the busy academic and curriculum related activity schedule of the present CBCS system, the college finds it difficult to find time to organize as many programs of this nature as it would have liked. Because of this, such programs are being held in online mode in recent times in order to save time and reach out to a larger number of students.
Other than the time constraint, very little difficulty is faced in the conduct of these activities. It is fortunate that the college has adequate infrastructural resources and the manpower necessary to conduct these programs with great success.
Value Orientation Programs in other Institutions
The institution is fortunate to have among its faculty teachers with considerable expertise in the field of Value Education. Dr. Suchhanda Sen, Associate Professor of the Department of Mathematics, is an experienced Value Educator and regularly conducts Value Orientation Programs in the College as well as in other Institutions. Experienced teachers in the Sanskrit Department are also involved in the conduct of these programs. This internal expertise has prompted the college to launch, in 2021, JDC-Springboard-a unique comprehensive 5- module Women's Empowerment program for outgoing batches(classes 9, 10, 11 and 12) of Girls' Schools. The first module consists of Interactive training sessions on Value Orientation, Leadership and decision making . The program was designed and conducted entirely by the teachers of the college. It has already successfully completed two sessions in two Girls Schools in the city. More schools have shown interest in this program and plans for carrying out more programs of this nature in other Institutions are in the pipeline.
Best Practice 2.
Add-on Courses for Career Orientation, Skill Development and Social Awareness
The Objectives of the Add-on courses conducted by the college are:
1. To prepare the students for higher education and research by giving them a valuable exposure to emerging areas of research in their subjects.
2. To enhance employability and entrepreneurship development through training in soft skills and personality development and foreign languages.
3. To increase awareness on cross-cutting issues like gender sensitivity, environment and human rights.
4. To acquaint the students with software-based applications and research methodology in their subject areas.
5. To provide Life Skill training through a comprehensive Value Education Program.
6. To enable students to break away from compartmentalized thinking and adopt a multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary approach to the learning process.
While the undergraduate curriculum provides the student with a sound knowledge foundation in their subject areas, it has become essential these days to equip them with additional skills that meet the demands of a rapidly evolving job market and also prepare them for careers in higher education. Skill Development training for enhancement of employability and Capacity Building is the need of the hour and the college has devoted much time and resources towards this.
A good training in soft skills, including overall personality development, improvement of communication skills, writing resumes, facing interviews, making presentations and participating in group discussions, is considered an asset in any employment sector. Exposure to cutting-edge research topics, both subject-specific and multidisciplinary, helps them to extend the frontiers of their knowledge and prepares and motivates students aspiring for careers in teaching and Research. Development of gender sensitivity , environmental awareness and other cross-cutting issues ensure all round development of the individual and fosters values like empathy, tolerance, compassion and inclusiveness. All these aspects are addressed in the development of add-on courses by the college.
The college has offered a variety of 30 - hour Add-on Certificate Courses over the last five years. An Outcome-Based Approach has been adopted by the college in the design of these courses.
The subject-specific courses aim at exposing the student to frontier areas of research which sharpens their interest and motivates them to take up higher studies and research. These courses also provide training on aspects of research methodology and acquaints the students with the use of subject-related computer software, data analysis and visualization tools which are routinely used for research purposes. These courses are designed by the college teachers, are free of cost and have been made compulsory for the students, so that each student gets the opportunity to acquire some additional skill alongside their degrees. The courses include hands-on laboratory work and assessment through assignments and tests.
Dropout rates in the first semester due to inability to cope with the undergraduate curriculum has prompted the college start an Add- on course on Basic Mathematics and Basic English to address the lacunae in basic mathematical skills and language proficiency.
The skill development courses are taught by professionals from reputed institutions at easily affordable course fees.
Subject-related courses (2022)
Multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary courses
Entrepreneurship and Skill Development
(1 year courses )
2020 ( in online mode)
Evidence of success
As a result of these courses, students are equipped with enhanced employability skills and find themselves in a better position to face the professional world. The feedback received from the participants after the completion of these courses indicate their satisfaction regarding the content and delivery of the course curriculum. Student progression data also reveal that many students are employed in sectors where the soft skill training received in the College is of great use.
Problems encountered and resources required
The introduction of more innovative add-on courses without encroaching upon the time that needs to be dedicated to the teaching of the main undergraduate and Postgraduate programs presents a challenge. It is also difficult to allot classroom space for these courses when regular classes are in full swing. These problems are addressed to a certain extent by holding such courses in online mode .
Fortunately, the college has adequate infrastructural capacity to arrange for these courses at an affordable fee. However, for add-on courses on more advanced topics, infrastructural upgradation is necessary and more funds are required.
Add-on Courses in other Institutions
The college is exploring the possibility of collaboration with other institutions for the purpose of conducting add-on courses, especially on areas of Value Orientation and Skill Development for which it has ample expertise. A small step in this direction has been taken in the add-on course on 'Groundwater Quality:General Idea, Data Acquisition, Representation and Present Scenario' , which was attended by students from other Institutions. We are looking forward to further collaborative ventures in this area.
Goal of the practice: To ensure that no student gets compelled to drop out of study midway.
The context: Due to pandemic, large number of students faced financial crisis. To give them a bit of relief, college announced full Admission-Fee-waiver to 250 students of even semester.
The practice: Students who do not get help of any kind of Govt Scholarship and whose parents got jobless during pandemic are given total fee waiver.
Evidence of success: Almost 250 students applied and granted to get their fee waived. No significant percentage of drop-out was noticed as had been feared at the beginning of pandemic.
Problems encountered and resource required: College had to bear extra financial burden but managed to do so for sake of students’ welfare.
2. Title: JDC-SPRINGBOARD-2021-A women’s empowerment programme meant for girls of local Bengali-medium schools.
Goal of the practice: To empower girl children at school level through life skill training.
The context: College teachers normally notice lack of certain life skills among students when they first join college. This experience pioneers the idea of training girls of local schools.
The practice: Local schools are offered the proposal of online training their students regarding different life skills like leadership and decision making, basic conversational English skill, basic yoga, career counselling etc. Schedule of 30 hours training has been sent to willing institutions. The training was accomplished through online live sessions.
Evidence of success: Almost 80 students of class 9 to 12 enrolled. Since, the programme was interactive, only senior students of class 12 were accommodated. 34 students participated and certified by college.
Problems encountered and resource required: College teachers took the initiative and the practice is welcomed by all stakeholders.
Goal of the practice: To ensure that large number of girl students get themselves enrolled for NCC through College NCC Unit.
The context: The college has one of the largest Girls’ NCC Unit in Bengal which remains engaged in various co-curricular activities throughout the year.
The practice: Students are encouraged to join NCC at the time of admission and are given concession in terms of class attendance during their attendance at various national and state level camps.
Evidence of success: Every year students achieve various awards given by NCC. In 2019-20, two students were selected for and awarded GOVERNOR’S MEDAL among thousands cadets for their overall performance among
Problems encountered and resource required: Designated teacher and students enjoy their role.
Goal of the practice: To inculcate moral values in students
The context: College has long relationship with Vivekananda Nidhi, A Charitable Trust in collaboration with which moral education is taught to students.
Evidence of success: Every year large number of students join the camp on their own.
Problems encountered and resource required: The practice is welcomed by all stakeholders.
Goal of the practice: To ensure that maximum number of students get the scholarship given by West Bengal State Government to girl student through institution.
The context: Every Girl enrolled in higher education is eligible to get one-time scholarship of Rs. 25000/- given by state government through institution only.
The practice: The whole process is portal based and needs be done through college in time and college remains responsible for downloading, uploading and coordinating of the whole system.
Evidence of success: It was so successfully done that college has been awarded 2nd Best Prize in Kolkata district in 2018-19 by Govt. of West Bengal.
Problems encountered and resource required: Designated teacher, staff enjoys the work despite much hardship.
Goal of the practice: To enhance internal bond among all stakeholders through decentralization of work and participation of all.
The context: Administrational organogram encourages participation of all stakeholders in college management.
The practice: College Governing Body (GB) consisting of representatives of different stakeholders takes major decisions…Principal as Secretary of GB executes those in practice with the help of Teaching, Non-teaching staff and students thus ensuring decentralization and participative Management.
Evidence of success: College is free from big problem and unrest.
Problems encountered and resource required: The practice is welcomed by all stakeholders.
Goal of the practice: An effort to give Retirement Benefit to college appointed non-teaching staff.
The context: Measure are to take so that College appointed non-teaching staff do not feel alienated from Government appointed full time staff who enjoy different kinds of retirement benefit.
The practice: College deposits certain amount of money to the PPF account of staff every year. The amount is decided by GB from time to time. The scheme is optional.
Evidence of success: Almost all college appointed non-teaching staff avail the benefit.
Problems encountered and resource required: Not much to mention.
Goal of the practice: To make students aware about environment, to realize its importance, its effect on human civilization.
The context: Study of the subject is included in the under graduate syllabus. The college utilizes this opportunity in imbibing love for mother-nature in its students.
The practice: All final year students are taken to East Kolkata Wetland for a day trip where they learn about flora and fauna, take measurement of water pollution with the help of various instruments. They do household survey too. Later, they submit their report which are evaluated by concerned teachers and marks are given which is added to their final score sheet. The trip continues for 6 to 7 days and all the teaching and nonteaching staff extends full cooperation in completing the program.
Evidence of success: 100 per cent students join the program without fail.
Problems encountered and resource required: So far no mention worthy problem has been faced by college in practising the practice.
Goal of the practice: To enhance inclination towards research among college teachers and outside researchers
The context: College Research Committee took initiative towards publishing E-Book every year to create research orientation not only in teachers but also in students.
The practice: Every year at the beginning of the Academic Session, College Research Committee decides the topic of the E-Book in its meeting and invites research oriented original papers on the topic from college teachers and outside researchers. Submitted papers are peer reviewed by outside reviewers. Selected papers are edited by language editor and technical editor before submitting to the Chief Editor. The paper is finally selected upon having approval from the Chief Editor.
Evidence of success: The first edition of the E-Book has been published with 11 papers and has got ISBN number too.
Problems encountered and resource required: Nothing to mention
Goal: To provide holistic education that goes beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge.
The Context: These camps help to develop the student’s personality and lead them to the highest self-fulfilment of which she is capable.
The Practice: The 3-day value orientation camps are held each year in Vivekananda Nidhi, Srirampur. This is an institution of value orientation and environmental education recognised by DSIR, Govt. of India. The camps aim at inculcating eternal values that are deeply rooted in Indian tradition that enable students to adopt a stress-free and focussed approach to the pursuit of their education and subsequent careers. Lectures are held on the social responsibilities, environmental consciousness, respect of national symbols and basic yoga techniques.
Evidence of success: The students attending these camps have expressed their deep satisfaction with the training received and have tried to apply these concepts in their daily lives. This is also reflected in their performance in examinations and general conduct.
Problems encountered & resource required: No significant problem encountered. As the camps are held at Vivekananda Nidhi, Srirampur. The college does not have to deploy any additional resources for this.
Practice : II
Goal: The course was initiated primarily to equip the students with additional skills for greater employment opportunities. The objective of the course is to make the students job ready after graduation, making them aware of the requirements of desk jobs and Human Resource Management.
The Context: In recent times, HR Management has been chosen as one of the best career options for girls. Through this course, our college has endeavored to provide its students with an opportunity to learn basic and advanced levels of HR management.
The Practice: Human Resource Skill Development Program makes the students industry ready so that they can be easily absorbed in the corporate world. It boosts the confidence of every student as confidence gives them the power to carve a niche in the employment sector. It gives students the opportunity to develop skills and adequate knowledge required in the corporate sector. It makes the students acquainted with the office administration. It increases the efficiency of the students. It enhances the proficiency in English language as it is an interactive session. Faculties from reputed institutes and professionals deliver lectures and share their experiences within the classroom. The knowledge imparted to the students is beneficial in every sphere of life because management is an integral part of life.
Resources Required: Faculty from the industry and a smart classroom.
Evidence of success: Students establish valuable contacts in the industry which has helped them to secure jobs as HR managers in companies like IBM, TCS, Tata AIG, Great Eastern Electronics and Wipro. The student strength is 35 in basic level and 20 in advanced level.
Problems encountered: The courses have been functioning smoothly. No significant problem has been encountered so far.