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Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh, Assam
Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh, Assam
Dibrugarh (District Dibrugarh)
Assam, IndiaPin Code : 786001
Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh Assam is a recognised institute / college. Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh Assam was established on / in 1965.
Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh Assam is situated in Dibrugarh of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Dibrugarh comes under Dibrugarh Tehsil, Dibrugarh District.
Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh Assam runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College is affiliated with Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh
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Aank Baak award to Tejimolar Makar SadhuGUWAHATI, Dec 22 – The Aank Baak award for the best novel has been won by Tejimolar Makar Sadhu authored by Mridul Sarma, a faculty member of Kanoi College. The name of the winner was announced here today.
It needs to be mentioned here that Aank Baak had instituted this award to promote the genre of novel writing in the State, create the ambience for budding writers and ensure that readers were supplied with quality books that truly mirror the society and the State.
The award carries Rs 1 lakh, a memento and a citation. The winner will be presented the award at a function to be held on April 23, 2012.
The winner was selected by a jury comprising noted writers Harekrishna Deka, Apurba Sarma and Dr Hiren Gohain. In the opinion of Harekrishna Deka, Tejimolar Makar Sadhu has transcended the boundary of a folktale as the writer has successfully infused the realistic aspects of a rural life.
The story of Tejimola is very popular in the State and her stepmother particularly is one of the most widely interpreted characters in Assamese literature. The behaviour of the stepmother is always hyped and she has emerged as the symbol of cruelty. However, some have tried to portray the character of the stepmother in a different light, going into the details of complicated relationships and psyche, and Mridul Sarma is one of them. Sarma has made an effort to understand the stepmother from a humane angle.
The jury has mentioned two other novels, Sowa Pitambar Shyamboron Megh Ure by Jibon Narah and Neela Noi by Aparna Goswami for a memento andcitation each.
Narahs novel revolves round the dual cultural approach of a tribal community influenced by the teachings of Vaishnavism. On the other hand, Goswamis novel is based on the situation of Adivasis in lower Assam in the wake of ethnic conflict in the 90s.
NAAC report of Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College1. Preface:
The Manohari Devi Kanoi (MDK) Girls College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self-Study Report (SSR) to NAAC in December 2003. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. S.N. Behera, former Vice Chancellor, Berhampur University, Orissa as Chairman, Prof. A.K. Saxena, former Principal, V.R. Government P.G. College, Gwalior as member and Dr. J.K. Mohapatra, Professor of Political Science, Berhampur University, Orissa as member-coordinator visited the institution on 15-16 October 2004. Dr. K.N. Madhusudhanan Pillai, Academic Consultant, NAAC was the Coordinating Officer.
The MDK Girls College is situated in the heart of Dibrugarh town of Upper Assam. The institution was established with the objective to provide an ideal college for women. The mission of the College is dissemination of knowledge and empowerment of women. The College is located in a campus of 1.33 acres. It is a non-government grant-in-aid institution under the Government of Assam. The College is affiliated to Dibrugarh University. It has received recognition of the UGC under section 2(f) of the Act in January 1969. The College is offering courses in UG Arts only. For the disadvantaged students, there are remedial classes in selected subjects. There are 57 teachers (42 permanent, 12 temporary and 3 part-time). The non-teaching staff strength is 16. The total students strength of the College is around 1800. The temporal plan of the College is annual. The unit cost of education including salary is Rs.8214.00 and excluding salary component is Rs.2338.00. The College has adequate infrastructure to run the academic programmes and conduct extra and co-curricular activities. There is a Governing Body (GB) constituted as per the Assam Non-Government College Management Rules, 2001. The College has generated resources to a tune of Rs.2, 30,000.00 during the year 2002 and about Rs.20.0 lakhs in the year 2003. The College has utilised the UGC IX Plan development grants and has received the first instalment of the X Plan grants which has partly been utilized.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the SSR submitted by the institution. During its visit to the institution the Team went through all relevant documents, visited the departments and facilities and interacted with the various constituents and stakeholders of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the criteria identified by NAAC the Peer Team has prepared an assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern. These are given in the following pages.
2. Criterion-wise Analysis:
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects:
The College has clear goals and objectives and its constituents are motivated and committed to pursue them for the overall development of the institution and to provide quality higher education to the girl students of the locality. The College offers UG courses in Arts. It has departments like Assamese, Bengali, Economics, Education, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Home Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit and Sociology. Assamese, Bengali and Hindi are offered as M.I.L subjects. Students have the option to choose Alternative English in lieu of M.I.L. Major courses are offered in all subjects except Hindi, Bengali and Home Science. The courses are mostly knowledge oriented. However, the courses offered to the Home Science students are skill oriented also. Spoken English and Spoken Sanskrit Courses are offered and students are pursuing these courses The students have flexibility in choosing elective options. The College offers courses designed by the University. Courses are reviewed and updated by the University in an interval of 3 to 4 years. Some teachers of the College (7 departments) have served in the under graduate Board of Studies of Dibrugarh University and have contributed to the initiation, review and redesigning of the syllabus. The College has recently introduced a mechanism to receive feedback from the students so as to enable the institution to make recommendations to the University for redesigning of courses. The College has decided to offer BCA course, which is awaiting government approval. Further their proposal to introduce three UGC sponsored add-on courses on Insurance Agents Training, Cutting Tailoring and Food Processing is under the active consideration of the UGC. Sincere efforts are being made to introduce the add-on courses proposed by the College as early as possible. The College has also identified few job-oriented courses, which it may introduce in phased manner keeping in view the response from students. The College conducts Workshops/Seminars by inviting academic peers and also collects feedback from them on academic programmes. The courses offered by the college are in consonance with its goal and objectives.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation:
Admission to the College is based on academic record and test followed by interview for major courses. The reservation policy of the Government of Assam is followed in admission of students. Students with outstanding records in sports, NCC and cultural affairs get weightage for admission.
After admission the students' knowledge and aptitude for a major course is assessed by a test and students are advised to make necessary changes wherever required. Soon after admission information about the future plan of the students are collected, so as to monitor their progress. The syllabi are unitized and teachers prepare teaching plans. The College has a well-established mechanism to continuously assess and evaluate the students through home assignments, class tests, unit tests, terminal examinations and test examinations. Remedial classes are offered for disadvantaged students in selected subjects keeping the results of University examinations in view. The advanced learners are encouraged to present seminars and participate in group discussions. The lecture method is supplemented by excursions/study tours, exhibitions and cultural programmes related to the academic programmes, which makes the teaching-learning process lively and interesting. Teachers of many departments use audio-visual aids to make teaching efficient and effective.
Participatory teaching is encouraged. Graphs, modules, Charts Maps etc. adore the walls of the Classrooms. The temporal plan is annual. The Vice Principal of the College looks after the day-to-day academic activities. Despite the fact that classes are suspended because of natural calamities and insurgent activities courses are completed before the University examinations as the teachers take extra classes to makeup the time lost. Examinations are conducted as per the University rules. The College has a practice to analyse University results subject-wise. During the session 2003-04 the College has worked for 285 days and the total teaching days are 180. Teachers are appointed as per the UGC and State Government guidelines. Teachers' performance is evaluated through the annual self-appraisal reports. The College has developed a mechanism for teachers' evaluation by students. The feedback from students are analysed and acted upon.Teachers of the College are encouraged to participate in refresher courses and orientation programmes. During the session 2002-03 and 2003-04 twenty three teachers of various departments have attended such programmes. One teacher of the department of Bengali and one teacher of the department of Hindi have received national awards from established foundations. Teachers of the College are sincere and committed to the objectives, goals and mission of the institution and they are happy that they contribute to the academic growth of the college.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The College has a healthy research culture. Out of the 42 permanent teachers 20 have Ph.D. degree and 2 teachers have completed M.Phil. programmes. One teacher is working for Ph.D. on part-time basis. Out of the 20 Ph.D. holders nine have received their Ph.D. degree during the last five years, which indicates, that the teachers are interested to acquire higher qualifications while in service and the management encourages and facilitates the process. Teachers of the institution are encouraged to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops. Twenty-six teachers have participated in state/national level seminars, conferences and workshops during the period under consideration. One teacher of the Geography department has attended an International Seminar and has presented a paper. Teachers of the department of Geography, Mathematics, Assamese, Hindi, Home Science, Economics, Bengali, Political Science and English have published articles in journals/magazines/ News Papers and books. Seven teachers of the College have completed Minor Research projects funded by UGC. One teacher is running a Minor Research Project and has submitted a Major Research Project to UGC for funding. The College may constitute a research committee to encourage more teachers to prepare and submit research projects to different funding agencies and to host state/national seminars and conferences. The College is yet to develop expertise to offer consultancy services. Efforts may be made to offer consultancy in selected areas by developing expertise in teachers, many of whom have potentialities.
The extension activities of the College are in the areas of community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education, literacy, AIDS awareness, social work, medical camp, blood donation camp and environmental awareness. Teachers are given additional responsibilities to over see the extension activities on rotation basis. The College has organised awareness camps on Thalssaemia, AIDS and drug addiction, breast feeding, environmental issues and literacy campaign in nearby villages in collaboration with local GOs and NGOs. It has initiated steps to sensitise the students against the use of polythene bags. A camp was also organised to make the students aware about eye donation. Documentary films are screened occasionally for the students on various social problems to have a better impact. One teacher of the department of History is involved with the National Literacy Mission. The NSS Unit of the College under a designated teacher carry out the extension activities sponsored by the University and some programmes on its own.. The NCC Coy of the college has achieved distinction as the cadets have brought fame for the college by participating in the Republic Day Parade continuously for last 10 years. Many of them have cleared the 'B' and 'C' certificate which has helped them to get placement. The extension activities of the college is impressive.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The College has built up necessary infrastructure during the last 40 years. It has 20 classrooms, four rooms for administrative work, Central library, one hostel, an auditorium, a canteen, common room, cycle stand and sports facilities. The classrooms are well maintained. Teaching aids are available for using in classrooms and seminars. The College has a master plan according to which the development of infrastructure is carried out. The infrastructure is utilised to the maximum to run the academic programmes. The College premises are allowed to be used by the Higher Secondary Dibrugarh Mahila Mahavidyalaya. External agencies, government and public sector undertakings conduct different examinations in the College premises. The management maintains the infrastructure of the College.
The College library is housed in a hall with a plinth area of 3510s. ft. There are 22,817 text and reference books in the library. The library subscribes to 29 journals and periodicals. It is subscribing to 7 number of newspapers. There are some VCDs and educational software in the library. The library has separate sections of North East collections and Women Studies collections. There is reprography facility in the College library. Computerisation of the library has been initiated and Internet facilities are available. A book bank is there to help the needy, deserving and handicapped students. Ample space is available in the library for reading which also provides for a Reading Room for the teaching staff and students. Free Access System has brought the students more closer to books. The ambience in the library is conducive for reading and learning. The library activities are supervised by a library committee.
The College is yet to develop a central computer facility. However, it has initiated the construction work for the Computer Centre which is in progress. There is a computer-training centre in the College premises run by the Tata InfoTech through an agreement with the College management. The College has six Computer systems.
The College facilitates games and sports activities. The outdoor games and sports are held in the ground of the North Eastern Railways, which is located less than half a kilometre away from the College campus. Indoor game facilities such as Table tennis, Chess and Carom are available and the College is making efforts to provide coaching to the table tennis players with the assistance of the Dibrugarh Sports Association.
There is an auditorium in the college to cater to the academic, cultural, extra-curricular activities etc. The College has a hostel, which accommodates 80 students. The hostel is situated one kilometre away from the campus. Necessary facilities are available in the hostel and it is well maintained. Since the College is located in the heart of the town it has not felt the necessity of a health centre. However it has made arrangements for a doctor on call for the hostel inmates. First aid and sick room facility is available in the College. There is a well-maintained canteen in the College campus, which caters to the needs of different constituents of the College. The campus area of the college has been used to the maximum to develop infrastructure.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression:
The College publishes its prospectus annually, which contains a brief history of the College and necessary information regarding the admission procedure, the courses offered and the facilities available in the institution. The College prepares its academic calendar and examination schedules at the beginning of each academic session for the information of the students and keep them in readiness for the academic programmes. Courses are completed in time and remedial classes are offered in some subjects for the weak students. The results of the College in University examinations are good and more then the University average. Few students of the College have secured merit positions in the University and have been declared as best graduates by the University. The dropout rate seems to be in the higher side and is an area of concern.
Considering the fact that the College aims at empowering women, efforts should be made to motivate the students and their parents so that students can complete the courses. The College is yet to develop a mechanism to monitor student's progression to higher studies, employment and self-employment. The career counselling and information centre of the College is in its infancy but has all the potentialities to become effective. Two teachers of the College are looking after its activities. They have undergone training in entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Gauhati. It has conducted two entrepreneurship awareness programmes in November 2003 and October 2004, which may be held in regular intervals. The Alumni Association of the College has come into existence in 2002. The Alumni have helped the college to strengthen its infrastructure. Efforts may be made to enlist more members to the alumni association and have close interaction with it for the academic and infrastructure development of the institution. The College has very well placed Alumni and if motivated they can be of great help to the college since they love their Almamater. Students of the college are encouraged to participate in sports and games activities and represent the College in various events hosted by the University and other organisations. But the performance of the students in sports and games events has not brought any laurel to the institution in recent past. Students get scholarship and financial assistance sponsored by the government. In the year 2002, 286 students belonging to SC, ST and OBC category had received financial aid. There is a student aid fund in the College to help needy and deserving students. Students excelling in University examinations are rewarded. The management has recently decided to provide fees exemption to five students excelling in University examinations.
Students have leisure time facility and the College organises cultural activities through various committees. Students of the College are talented in cultural activities and the College family motivates them to sustain the cultural heritage of Assam. The College publishes its annual magazine and all departments have wall magazines and students are encouraged to give expression to their literary talents. The College promotes the sense of unity, national integration and inculcates civic values among the students through debates and cultural programmes. The College collects feedback from the students on campus life and makes efforts to come upto their expectations. Teachers extend personal counseling to the students on academic matters and other issues concerning their career.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management:
The College is managed by a Governing Body (GB) constituted as per the Assam Non-Government College Management Rules, 2001. The GB consists of the nominees of the Government, University and staff representatives. GB meetings are held in regular intervals to analyse the working of the institution and provide direction on the short-term and long-term activities of the College. The College encourages participatory management practices by constituting various committees like Admission Committee, Construction Committee, Purchase Committee, Disciplinary Committee, etc. consisting of teachers headed by the Principal or the Vice Principal. Suggestions from students are given due attention. The Principal, Vice Principal, Head of the Departments and the Office Superintendent monitor and coordinate the different academic and administrative activities of the institution. The Vice Principal has been entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that academic schedule is strictly adhered to and examinations are conducted as per rules. The Principal implements all decisions of the GB and looks after student discipline.
The management has appointed temporary and part-time teachers to meet the academic needs due to non-filling up of posts by the government. Self-appraisal method of teachers' evaluation has been introduced through which the strength and weakness of a teacher is assessed and they are advised to overcome their weaknesses. The work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is assessed by the Principal and the Principal receives feedback on the performance of non-teaching staff from various committees constituted for different activities. The Principal maintains confidential report on the work culture of non-teaching staff. The College has sponsored 8 non-teaching staff to attend a one-day training programme on office organisation and management conducted by a local college (DHSK Commerce College). The administrative, accounting and academic activities of the College are being computerised.
The College is a surplus budget institution. The College is able to raise resources to a tune of Rs.2, 30,000.00 during the year 2002 and about Rs. 20.0 lakhs in 2003. from different sources. The College has revised the fee structure in the academic session 2002-03. The unit cost of education is Rs.8214.00. The College accounts are audited by a charted accountant. The management has taken note of the observations and suggestions of the internal auditor and developed a mechanism by which fees are now collected directly through the local SBI. There is a grievance redressal cell, which should be made more effective. Teachers of the College have formed a welfare fund. They are also considering a proposal to start a thrift society. The management may consider to introduce group insurance scheme for the students and group mediclaim scheme for the staff to meet the rising cost of modern medicare. The management encourages a sense of belonging amongst the different constituents towards the College. The management under its present President and other members who are mostly from the academic arena are sincere in their approach for development of the institution qualitatively. There is cordial relationship between the management, staff and students and they work as a team for the development of the College.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices:
The Peer Team has identified a few features, which helps the College in improving the quality of education and achieving its goals and objectives. These are as follows.
There is a mechanism for the continuous assessment of the students through class tests, home assignments, unit tests and terminal examinations.
Regular teaching method is supplemented by field studies, excursions/study tours and educational exhibitions.
Audio-visual aids are used in classroom teaching and departmental seminars and other academic programmes.
The College hosts book fairs in regular intervals, which create awareness and interest among the students and update them on latest publications.
Teachers are encouraged to acquire higher qualification while on service.
Through different extension activities students are made aware of their civic responsibilities and needs of social service.
The College takes care for the holistic personality development in the students.
The College has initiated computerization of its library and office functions.
It is conducting remedial courses to prepare the disadvantaged students to meet the challenges of University examinations.
The College library is allowed to be used by teachers and students of other institutions. The free access system in an Under-Graduate College library is a healthy singn.
It is offering Courses on Spoken English and Sanskrit.
3. Overall Analysis:
The student strength of the College, which was 270 when the College was started, has risen to nearly 1800 at present. Since its inception it is catering to the needs of girl students coming from different strata of the society. One of the objectives of the College was empowerment of women and the institution is tirelessly working for it. The College has qualified staffs who are sincere and dedicated to the cause of the institution. Nearly 50 % of teachers are Ph.D. degree holders and some more teachers are in the process of improving their qualification. The College is developing its infrastructure step by step with support from Oil India Ltd., Assam Gas Company, MPLAD Fund, State Govt. and financial assistance from UGC. The academic and infrastructural development of the College takes place under the leadership of the Principal and supervision of the GB. The College functions in a disciplined atmosphere. Teaching-learning process in the college is conducive to quality education. Research accomplishment of the college deserves appreciation taking into consideration of the fact that it is a Under-Graduate College. Cultural and extension activities performed by the college community strengthens its linkage with the society. Students love their college and alumni are proud of their Almamater. Parents and guardians have faith that their wards will get quality education in the institution. It imparts quality education and is geared up to move in the direction of excellence.
Though the College has all these strength on its side, for the future growth and development of the College and maintenance of quality in higher education and achieve excellence, there is room for improvement in the following areas, which we would like to give as our suggestions.
A self-development plan may be prepared by each teacher in consultation with the Principal at the beginning of the academic session. Self-appraisal at the end of the session would be easier if looked at from what the teacher has set out to achieve in the self-development plan.
Teachers need to be encouraged to become members of professional bodies of their respective subjects at state and national level so as to obtain exposure and contacts.
A research committee may be constituted with faculty members having research aptitude to motivate more teachers to undertake research work, to prepare and submit research projects for financial assistance from funding agencies like UGC/ICSSR/ICHR etc.
Teachers may explore areas and opportunities to offer consultancy even though it may be in a limited way.
We suggest that the College may offer career utility and add-on courses which are on the pipeline. Music & dance courses on self financing basis may be offered.
Though the College is covered under section 2(f) of the UGC Act since 1969 it has not offered any vocational course sponsored by UGC. It is high time that they should give serious thought to this aspect and offer few vocational courses.
Efforts may be made to make all students computer literate.
Computerisation of the library and office functions may be completed on priority basis.
The Women Cell constituted by the College needs to widen its activities and should make efforts for empowerment of women both mentally and physically. It may offer training in martial art for self-defence and counselling services in women related issues.
The College may approach UGC for a mini gymnasium and a yoga centre.
The management may consider to offer Post-Graduate Courses in Geography as the results of the department are highly impressive and it has competent faculty. Major Courses in the other subjects not available at present may be started.
Since the College has done quite well in arts stream, it may venture to start the Science Stream with Courses like Biochemistry. Applied Physics, Electronics, Micro-biology and Bio-technology.
The College may consider to offer a diploma course on its own, in Tourism and Travel Management on self-financing basis.
Keeping in view the future development of the college, the college may acquire land in the outskirts of the city and develop its second campus with a play ground, Minigym, Yoga Centre and if possible quarters for the Principal and the staff.
The Peer Team wishes to thank the members of the GB, Principal, teachers, non-teaching staff, alumni, parents and above all the students for their wholehearted cooperation during its visit. The Peer team is of the considered opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution in strengthening the quality of higher education and developing strategies for achieving further growth and development and move in the direction of excellence. The Team would like to record its appreciation for the excellent hospitality provided by the college during their visit.
Prof. S.N. Behera
Prof. A.K. Saxena
Prof. J.K. Mohapatra
(Dr. D.K. Bhuyan)
MDK Girls College
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