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Chhaygaon College, Kamrup, Assam



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Chhaygaon College, Kamrup, Assam
Address:Near NH 37, Chhaygaon, Kamrup, Assam
Kamrup
Assam, India



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NAAC report of Chhaygaon College

SECTION 1 : PREFACE.
Chhaygaon College is situated in Chhaygaon in the Kamrup District of Assam. The college volunteered to be assessed by the national assessment and accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self Study Report to NAAC in December 2003 NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. Ashis Kumar Roy Former Vice chancellor of Kalyani University, West Bengal as Chairman, Dr. Bijaylakshmi Mukherjee, Principal Basantidevi College, Kolkata, as Member and Dr. Iswar Chandra Jena, H.O.D of Commerce (Rtd.) M.P.C Autonomous College, Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Orissa, as Member Coordinator to visit the college and validate the self-study report. The peer team visited the college for two days from 20th to 21st September, 2004.

The Chhaygaon College established in the year 1974 is the most important educational institution in the greater Chhaygaon , the home land of heterogenous racial elements and an economically backward rural area of South Kamrup. The college is located at an easily accessible site beside the National Highway number 37 at a distance of about 40 km west of Gauhati University and about 30 km from the Gopinath Bordololi International Air port.

It is a co-educational Institution providing instructions upto Three-Year Degree level in Arts and Commerce faculties and affiliated to Gauhati University. The Arts faculty of the college came under deficit system grants-in-aid of the Govt. of Assam in 1985. The College has received UGC recognition u/s 2f and 12 B of UGC Act with effect from February, 2004.
The basic objective of this college is to provide quality education to students and to prepare them to meet the challenges of the competitive environment. It is built in an area of 4.93 acres of land and provides different support facilities to students namely administrative building, auditorium, gymnasium, computer lab, play ground, central library etc.

The college has a total student strength of 364 in two UG Programmes. There are 24 permanent teachers, 13 temporary teachers and 2 part-time teachers. Of the permanent teachers 9 hold Ph.D degree. The college has 12 numbers of non -teaching staff.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self Study Report submitted by the institution. During the institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents and the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were examined . The Peer Team also interacted at length with the President and Members of the Governing Body, Principal of the institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, student, parents and alumnae of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken the value judgement. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are given in the following pages.

SECTION 2 : CRITERION - WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
As an affiliated college of Gauhati University, the college follows the syllabi prescribed by the university. Within the broad frame-work, the syllabus provides flexibility to the students in the selection of general / major subjects both in Arts and Commerce. In the Arts discipline, the general students have the option of selecting electives from subjects, which include Economics, Education, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Hindi etc. The Students opting for Honours Course can take up major subjects in English, Assamese, Hindi, Economics, Education and Political Science. In Commerce, students can opt for B.Com (General) or B.Com (Hons) carrying 1700 and 2000 marks respectively. Honours is available in three major areas viz. Accounting,Management and Finance. In most of the subjects in arts faculty, there is more emphasis on knowledge and less on skill. The programmes of study are flexible to offer students the benefits of horizontal mobility and elective options. Board of Studies of the Gauhati University revises the syllabus for Arts and Commerce from time to time. However, it takes 2 to 3 years to introduce a new programme of study. Some of the teachers of the college are members in the University curriculum committee in certain subjects.

The affiliated character of the college provides little freedom to either introduce new teaching programme or restructure the existing course structure .

The college has not been able to introduce any new course during the last three years but is planning to open some new programmes in Sericulture, Hand-loom, Fishery development etc. to meet the requirements as stated in the mission and goals of the institutions. In this regard, steps have already been initiated to open some short-term courses in computer education, food processing, Yoga and music to help the students in career building or self employment.

CRITERION - II - TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The college follows a transparent admission policy which is adequately highlighted in the prospectus.

The admission to different UG Programmes in the college is done through academic records of the students. The Admission Committee monitors the entire process of admission. The reservation rules and provisions of the Govt. of Assam are implemented on letter and spirit.

Different departments have initiated Unit Tests terminals and Test examinations, seminar presentations , etc., to assess the student's knowledge and skill after the admission. For advanced learners, the teachers do personal counselling and offer suggestions on recent developments in their fields.

The college authority makes it obligatory on all the teachers to prepare annual teaching plans, within the scope of the course as prepared by the Gauhati University, the teachers of different subjects divide the courses into different units for its effective implementation .

At the department level, the teaching plans are approved and monitored so that they are executed much before the annual examination.

At present there are 40 teachers in the College, of which 24 teachers are in Permanent cadre, 13 are temporary teachers and rest 2 teachers are part timers. Of the 24 permanent teachers, 9 are Ph.D degree holders and the rest including 13 temporary teachers and 2 part timers, are all P.G. Degree holders. During 2002-2003, the college had 278 working days and 176 teaching days.

The temporal plan of academic work in the college is annual system as per the provision of Gauhati University. In addition, the college has initiated continuous process of monitoring the performance of the students through different internal evaluation methods like, unit tests, terminal examination and test examination. The evaluation methods are communicated to the students through the college prospectus before the admission.

The teachers of the college are recruited as per the rules and norms set for appointment of the college teachers by UGC and Assam Govt. The Governing Body of the college carries out the interview, selection and appointment in accordance with the relevant circulars of the Directorate of Higher Education. The G.B. of the college has the power to appoint and pay temporary teaching staff. The G.B. makes payment to temporary teachers from the college fund.

A number of teachers of the college have attended national and international seminars, orientation and refresher courses to update their knowledge and skill about the subjects. During the last two years, 23 teachers have attended national seminars and six have attended international seminars. To develop the academic skill of the faculty, the college has also been conducting seminars and workshops from time to time either at the department level or college level. To supplement classroom teachings, field trips; different specific assignments, department level seminars, workshops and presentations of them in the class rooms are arranged by the members of the teaching faculty.

The college has a system of teachers' Self Appraisal Report. It is obligatory on the part of all the teachers to submit self-appraisal report in the prescribed format every year to the principal. The objective of the self-appraisal report is to improve the academic performance of the teachers. The principal discusses the report with the departmental heads and initiate appropriate steps as and when necessary to improve the performance of the teachers. In addition, the college also collects necessary feed back from alumni and guardians on the performance of the teachers.

There is a provision in the college for collecting feedbacks from the students on their campus experience. A majority of the students have expressed their satisfaction on the
co-curricula and extra - curricular activities. Some students have reservation about English Syllabus. They also expressed their desire to have up to date facilities in the library and the need to have a hostel in the campus.

CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
This is an undergraduate college with more emphasis on teaching than research. Out of 24 permanent teachers, 9 teachers are Ph.D degree holders. Three faculty members have registered themselves for Ph. D degree. Several teachers have published articles in journals. Teachers of the Economics Deptt. have completed three research projects during the last 3 years. There is no provision for financial support to the research scholars. The college should encourage research activities by faculty members. Attempts to avail U.G.C major and minor research projects may be explored.

A few departments namely Assamese and History have been conducting different types of survey in their fields of study. Mention may be made about the survey on the temples of Chhaygaon area, socio cultural aspect of Bamunigaon area done by the History Deptt.

The college executes several extension activities through an Extension Committee with teachers as members. The extension activities of the college include Health and hygiene awareness, Yoga and meditation, Environment awareness etc. The college also carries out a few outreach programmes like extension lectures, socio-cultural fieldwork etc. The students and teachers of the college participate actively in organizing all the extension activities of the college.

The college has one unit of NSS set up in the year 1981. It arranges various social service programmes under the direction of the Programme Officer. During the last five years, the volunteers of the NSS unit of the college have organized camps different seminars and observed the national and regional important festivals. Almost every year, selected numbers of NSS volunteers have been attending national level integration camps being organized at different states in India.

In order to create awareness among the students about different self employment avenues, the college is attempting to improve entrepreneurship training to the students.

CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a campus spread over 4.93 acres of land. The various physical infrastructure facilities include one RCC building, two semi RCC buildings, two Assam type buildings for accommodating administrative and various academic facilities. Besides the college has a central library, computer center, auditorium, a small gymnasium, a medium size playground, a canteen, cycle-stand, separate common rooms for boys and girls.

The various infrastructure facilities are optimally used by the college. Specific permissions are given to external agencies for the use of college auditorium for organizing seminars, symposium and workshops.

The college campus is maintained clean and green and pollution free by the students of the college. It maintains its infrastructure from the college fund and also from others resources generated by the college authorities like MLA / MP LAD Fund, donations etc. The college authority has prepared a master plan, which gives priority to augmentation of infrastructure to keep pace with academic development of the institution. The college has a central library, which is managed by a library Advisory Committee. Total number of books in the library is 4550 and the number of Journals / Periodicals subscribed are 7. Library works for 278 days a year and its working hours being 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, the activities of the library are yet to be fully computerized. The library has no book bank and reprography facilities. The library has introduced internet facility but no step has been initiated to interconnect the library with other libraries for inter library borrowings. The college may make use of the services of INFLIBNET or some other U.G.C agencies to improve further the quality of the library service for the users.

The college has a computer center with nine computers. The center is kept open between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all working days. There are facilities for limited access to the computer center on holidays and off hours. The computers are maintained from the college fund. No department of the college has computer. The computer center does not have any internet facilities nor it has been used to develop any learning package for use by the teachers.

There are limited sports and games facilities available at the Chhaygaon College. It has a medium play ground for outdoor games and a gymnasium for physical exercise and indoor games. Equipments for different sports and games should be increased and proper record may be maintained have been provided to the students. Sports competitions are held at regular intervals. Students are encouraged to participate at university, district and state level competitions. Some preference is given to students with proficiency in sports at the time of admission.

Besides sports and games, the college has initiated physical fitness and character building among the students through the introduction of Bharat Scouts and Guides. The college may initiate necessary steps to provide hostel facilities in the campus for boys and girls.

CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college is a co - educational rural based college with predominance of students coming from rural area. Admisson is provided to them based on their academic performance and conforming to the rules and norms of the university and the state government. Arts discipline is more popular than Commerce in this college. A significantly high percentage of students dropout from the college after four months of admission. The success rate at the university level has always been about 55%.

The college publishes its prospectus regularly at the beginning of the academic session. It contains information relating to location, college campus, objectives and vision, academic programmes, admission procedures, evaluation methods, general facilities, rules and regulations, information about teaching and non-teaching staff, holidays etc.

The college provides different types of financial aids to the deserving students. These financial aids include Assam Govt. scholarships and college level financial aids for meritorious, poor and physically handicapped students.

The college has a 'Career Counselling and information Guidance Cell' which is managed by a committee of teachers. The Cell attempts to create career awareness among the students, provides information on various employment opportunities and admission facilities available in different other institutions for professional courses.

The college has recently formed one Alumni Association. The Association is planned to create a good database about different alumnus of the college so as to associate them in different academic and other extra-curricular activities for the all- round development of the college. It has initiated steps for the beautification of the campus and contributed some amount towards the enrichment of the college library.

In order to develop creative and literary talents among the students, the college publishes annually a students magazine. In order to develop the all-round physical and mental health of the students, there are provisions for limited indoor and outdoor games and sports. Yoga and study tours etc. are also organized every year with the participation of the students.

CRITERION VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is a private college coming under the deficit system of grants-in-aid of the Govt. of Assam. It is managed by a Governing Body constituted by the Director, Higher Education, Govt of Assam as per the rules and regulations of Assam Non- Govt. College Management Rules. The principal of the college acts as the ex-officio secretary of the GB.

All the important decisions regarding management, infrastructure development, resource mobilization and utilization, recruitiment, admission, welfare schemes etc. are taken by the GB. It ensures that all the academic activites of the college are conducted as per the rules, procedures, guidelines issued by the State Govt, Gauhati University and UGC.

The college does not have any internal structured mechanism to evaluate the performance of the non teaching staff. However, for the smooth running of the day to day administration, there is one internal co-ordinating and monitoring system. The academic calendar and other plans of curricular activities are planned by the principal in the meeting with HODs. For smooth functioning of administration, Different committees like Purchase Committee, Staff Committee, Admission Committee, Library Committee, Grievance Redressal Committee and Examination Committee etc. have been formed.

The college does not run any self financing course. The government of Assam provides its salary and other recurring expenses not covered by the fees collection from the students. To meet its non-recurring expenses, the college generates funds from different sources namely Donation, Alumni Association, D.R.D.A., Chief Minister's Relief fund and MP/ MLA LAD funds.

The college prepares a budget annually for all its recurring and non-recurring expenses. An internal audit cell checks the expenditure from time to time. Chartered Accountant audits the accounts annually. During the last two years, the auditors have given clean reports to the college.

The college provides limited welfare facilities to the employees. It has a Thrift and Credit Society, which provides loans to its members when necessary. The members of the teaching and non-teaching staff are eligible to become the member of the society.

A grievance redressal cell has been formed recently for looking after the grievances of the employees and students.

CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
In order to promote best of the services possible within the available resources, the college has been able to adopt several healthy practices that not only provide quality checks but also enable the institution to imbibe various values. The following are some of the healthy practices worth nothing .

Participatory nature of management of the college in all aspects.

Constitution of quality Assurance Cell to look into its internal quality aspects.

Provision of values based education through yoga, meditation, music etc.

In order to inculcate a sense of civic responsibilities among the students, the college encourages the students to organize different extension activities through the NSS and Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Performance of the faculty members are assessed through Self Appraisal Report and also by obtaining feed-back from Alumni and Guardians.

SECTION 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer team after going through the self study report and after its visit to various academic and physical facilities is impressed by the progress of Chhaygaon College in imparting higher education to the students in this rural area. The Peer Team considers that there are a number of features of Chhaygaon college's approach to quality assurance and standards, which it would wish to commend. Also the peer team would like to bring to the attention of the college certain concerns for its consideration, the Peer Team would like to commend the institution for the follwing aspects.

Active support and encouragement given by the GB for the all round development of the college.

Dedication, Commitment and the Co-operation extended by the teaching and non teaching staff of the college.

Educational up-liftment of the students in an economically backward rural area.

A large number of teachers with Ph.D degree.

Participants of a large number of teachers in national and international seminars.

Career counselling by the teachers for self-employment of the students.

Mobilization of resources from different sources for the non recurring expenses of the college.

Participatory management of the college through the formation of different committees consisting of teaching and non teaching staff.

The formulation of a master plan for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with the academic growth of the institution

SUGGESTIONS:
To fully develop the growth potential of the institute, the Peer Team would like to make the following suggestions:

The college should identify the potentials for growth and make strategic plans to attain the same.

Considering the rural surrounding and declining importance being attached by the students to the traditional courses, the college should consider the introduction of a number of job-oriented and need-based short duration and long duration courses.

Remedial courses should be offered to educationally weaker students to improve the success percentage. Causes for higher drop out rate be found out and steps be taken to sustain the interest of the students.

Teachers of the commerce department should explore new method of teaching to make the course popular. Job oriented papers as approved by the Gauhati University may be introduced and effective forward and backward linkages be developed with the local industrial unit.

More number of books be purchased for the library, book banks facilities be introduced and the entire library activities be fully computerised.

The college should take necessary steps to introduce Science stream.

The computer center be strengthened.

All the department should be provided with at least one computer each linked to the central computer lab.

Computer training be made compulsory for all teaching, non-teaching staff and students.

The college may consider organizing different students personality development programmes.

Teachers should be encouraged to do more research works through publications and submit research proposals to various funding agencies like U.G.C., ICSSR etc.

The linkages with industry and other institutions of GO's and NGO's can be strengthened for mutual benefit.

Our visit to Chhaygaon College , to conclude, has been extremely fruitful. We have received all-out co-operation and help from all sections of the college community. We put on record that their active co-operation has enabled the Peer Team to complete its task of validating the Self Study Report on the basis of spot investigation.

The Peer Team offers its sincere thanks to the President of the Governing Body and its Members , the Principal of the college, the Members of the Faculty , the Non-teaching Staff, the Students , the Guardians and the Members of the Alumni Association.

Prof. A. K. Roy
Former V.C.,
Kalyani University
(CHAIRMAN)
(MEMBERCO-ORDINATOR)

Dr. B. L. Mukherjee
Principal, Basanti Devi
College, Kolkata
(MEMBER)

Dr. I. C. Jena
H.O.D. of Commerce
M.P.C. Autonomous
College, Baripada

Arun Chandra Sarma
Principal
Chhaygaon College, Chhaygaon
Kamrup ,Assam



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