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Damdama College, Kamrup, Assam
Damdama College, Kamrup, Assam
Address:Kulhati, Kamrup, Assam
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Damdama College, Kamrup is situated in Kamrup of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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NAAC report of Damdama CollegeSECTION 1 : Preface
The College was established on 9th August 1978 with an aim to make higher education accessible to the students of rural area including SC, ST and OBC categories of Damdama. This is a Grant-in-aid College and is affiliated to Gauhati University, Guwahati from its very inception. The college is yet to be recognized by the UGC under its section 2(f) and 12(B). The College has a campus area of 7.5 hectar of land. The College offers Under Graduate Programme in the faculty of Arts. The College has six departments namely - Assamese, English, Economics, Education, Political Science and History. There are 22 permanent teachers out of whom 7 are female. Two teachers have obtained Ph.D degree and three have M.Phil degree among whom one is female. The total number of administrative staff is 10 (2 females). Total strength of students during the academic session 2005-06 is reported to be 609 out of whom 339 are females. The annual budget for the year 2003-04 is Rs.63,93,358/-. The unit cost of the students is Rs.8,027/-. The College follows annual system of temporal plan. It has support services like central library, sports facilities, canteen, grievance and redressal cell. The total teaching days of the College is 218 while the total working days is 280. The College also runs higher secondary courses (Arts stream). The central library has 7,392 books, 17 journals and periodicals and 6 newspapers. The College is managed by a Governing Body registered under Assam Government Property Registration Act, 1965.
The College volunteered for assessment by NAAC, Bangalore and sent the Self Study Report (SSR) on 19th July 2004. Then they also submitted a supplementary Self Study Report to the Peer Team Members on 25th April, 2006. The NAAC constituted the following Peer Team for the assessment and accreditation of the Damdama College, P.O. Kulhati, Dist. Kamrup, Assam-781104.
Shri Joram Begi, Chairman of the Peer Team
Director of Higher and Technical Education,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,
Itanagar-791111, Arunachal Pradesh
Prof. (Mrs) M. M. Marwein, Peer Team Member
North Eastern Hill University
Bijni Complex, Laitumkhrah, Shillong-793003
Prof. Dr. Tapati Basu, Member Coordinator of the Peer Team
Faculty Council for Post Graduate Studies in Education, Library Science
and Journalism and Mass Communication,
Coordinator, D.S.A. (UGC) Programme,
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and
(Media Studies : Film and Television),
(Sports and Mass Communication Management)
University of Calcutta, Senate House, Kolkata-700073.
The team visited the College on 26 & 27th April 2006. After going through the SSR, seeing the existing infrastructure facilities, office documents and interacting with the Departments, the Governing Body, the Principal, Teaching and non-teaching staff, Students, Alumni, Parents, Guardians and well wishers, intends to make the following criterion-wise observations.
SECTION 2: Criterion Wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The mission and goal of the College is centred around raising the quality of students from the rural and backward communities. The College has no authority to review and design the syllabi of different courses which is done by the affiliating University, Gauhati University. The former Principal of the College was a member of the Under-Graduate Board of Studies of Gauhati University.
The College offers degree programmes in different disciplines of Arts. The degree courses offered are basic course required for preparing the foundation of career of the students. Besides following the normal course prescribed by the University, the College proposes certain self-employment generating courses like Pisciculture, Horticulture, and Floriculture etc. to supplement the income and requirement of the local people. There is a good range of programme options available to the students for the award of degrees. The students have flexibility in elective option as their subjects.
The College has the mechanism to get feedback from the students regarding the performance of the teachers.
The college has collaborated with the State Institute of Rural Development, Guwahati and the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Beltola, Guwahati, Assam, to provide students the necessary knowledge to get financial assistance and loans from different banks and other financial institutions.
The college is not under the UGC recognition and therefore is not eligible for financial grants from the UGC. The State Government's deficit grant-in-aid is specifically for payment of salary for the teaching and non-teaching staff but not for other development programmes. But the college has already applied to UGC through the Gauhati University for their recognition under section 2(f) and 12(B). It is to be appreciated that inspite of financial crunch the college tries to introduce some community based and economically viable programmes like Floriculture, Horticulture and Pisciculture.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The admission policy of the college is according to the merit of the students. The College has a good mechanism for monitoring knowledge and skill of students in a particular programme through internal examination such as terminal test and annual examination. There is a provision for remedial course for educationally disadvantaged students.
The College has an Academic Committee with all heads of departments as member and the Vice Principal as the convenor to prepare the academic plan of the college. All the Head of the Departments distribute the course content among the faculty members who make the teaching plans according to the academic calendar. The same is made available to all the teaching staff at the beginning of the session.
The College is yet to develop a central media facility. The teachers supplement the lecture method of class teaching with group discussion, class seminars, field works, workshops etc. The teachers conduct regular extra classes for the academically weak students. This make the college popular for this particular group of students. The total number of teaching days in the College is 218 days in a year.
The College informs the students about the evaluation methods through verbal discussion. Student's performance is evaluated periodically through class tests, unit tests and annual tests. There is a wholesome atmosphere in the college where students and teachers interact regularly and freely.
The College takes serious efforts to monitor the overall performance of the students to achieve the course objectives through class and unit tests, and general Group discussion. Seminars and Workshop are on the agenda of most of the departments.
The college has faculty strength of 22 permanent teachers and a few temporary teachers. Most of the faculty members have participated in Orientation and Refresher courses. Teachers attend national and international seminar, workshops and conferences. Some teachers publish various books and used to contribute regularly in research journals, magazines and newspapers. A few teachers publish regularly different short stories. Two teachers write dramas and short plays which were telecasted in Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College has been trying to promote quality teaching. There are 22 full-time teachers of whom two have Ph.D degrees and three have M.Phil degrees. Four teachers have registered themselves as part time Ph.D scholar of whom three of them already submitted the Ph.D. thesis. College level seminars are very often organized by the departments.
For consultancy service, the college is yet to be geared up.
The College encourages and provides opportunities for the teachers and the students to participate in extension work. The college has entrusted one of the teachers as the in-charge of extension services. It has also an extension education centre. Under this centre, the college organized income generation courses during August 2002 in collaboration with the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD). Training imparted to the students and youths of the locality to make them aware of the various income generating programmes like floriculture, pisiculture and horticulture. Students' Union of the college in collaboration with 'Padakhyep' an NGO, organised a talent search programme where the main aim was to show the right direction of development to the budding talents of the locality. The training programme was addressed by eminent scholars and economists of the region.
It is commendable that the college has made efforts to relate the community by conducting extension programmes and particularly for the initiatives it has taken to utilise the services of State Institute of Rural Development and other agencies.
The college has also organised an out-reach programme on the occasion of National Integration Day 1987 by organising inter state cycling from Damdama College to Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
The college has an Women Cell. It organised seminar on International Women Day on 8th May, 2005 to make aware of the women of the greater Damdama locality about the role and status of the women in society and discussed about the dowry system and atrocities on women.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has a campus of 7.5 hector which can be effectively used for future construction and development. The infrastructure is being maintained by limited internal resources. The college has a master plan indicating the existing buildings and the projected expansion in the future. It has three separate Assam type buildings measuring 5,100, 7,600 and 5,100 Sq.ft. respectively. These buildings meet the present requirement of the College like class room, Principal's office, teachers' common room, girls' common room, boys' common room and library cum reading room. It has 13 classroom and total built up area is 20,000 sq. ft.
The centre library has an in-built area of 2000 Sq.ft. It has 7,392 number of books and 17 journals and periodicals and six newspapers. Students can take one book for pass course and 2 books for major at a time. The library has reading room of 50 students' capacity. The library works from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. It is interesting to know that the library has been made open to all interested local readers besides members of the college community.
All the departments have also the departmental library for the students and the teachers.
On off-days (vacation), college allows external agency to use the class room for holding meetings, conferences etc. on a minimum charge. The college premises are also allowed to be used for various socio-humanitarian causes such as flood relief camp, medical relief camp etc. The college has a large tank covering an area of 1,25,280 Sq. fit which has been used for fisheries to generate income for the college. It has been informed that the college has been earning Rs. 50,000/- per annum since last year from the fisheries. The college has also a mini playground inside the campus. Various sports events like Volley Ball, Kabadi and athletics are organised in the playground. Some indoor sports are also played in the college. The students have participated in different inter college Foot Ball and Volley Ball competition, youth festivals, drama and Song competition. The Bihu dance group of the college has won prizes in different folk dance competitions.
The college is located in very serene natural surroundings. The college has a large tank and wet land. Migratory birds regularly visit this tank and it enhances the beauty of the campus and its surroundings.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college publishes its prospectus annually. The prospectus contains information about the students' admission, detailed fee structure and various co-curricular activities. The progression of students to higher education and to employment is satisfactory. The teachers participate in academic and personal counselling for the students. Deserving students received ST/SC/OBC scholarship. During the last few years, a number of SC, ST and OBC students received scholarship/financial aid and free studentship. The poor students also get free studentship. The college has an alumni association which helping in the development of the college. It also takes care of the development of the college campus. Many of the alumni are holding responsible position in the public life. The alumni have constructed a room measuring 26 x 20 ft. The college week celebration is also held annually where students take part in the games and sports, cultural programmes etc. as well as extra curricular activities.
Although the college does not have any Employment Cell, the career counselling are provided to the students by the faculty members. The results of the under graduate students are satisfactory. The teachers take the students for field work in different places. The students also participate to beautification of the college campus. The students prefer to join this college because they get much more support and academic assistance from the teachers regularly. The teachers take the extra classes for the weaker students so that they can pass the examination and are able to be a good citizen of the country.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The overall management of the college is entrusted with the Governing Body. The management of the college mainly depends on a good spirit and understanding among the administration, teaching and non-teaching staff and students.
The college has an efficient coordinating and monitoring mechanism consisting of eleven different committees such as Governing Body, Core Committee, Academic Council, Infrastructure Development Committee etc. Therefore, the college has a transparent and democratic organisation and management system. As a result, a healthy atmosphere is prevailing in the college. The college officers, besides teaching help the college administration for conducting co-curriculars and extra-curriculars activities maintaining the campus discipline.
The college follows the fee structure prescribed by the State Government. It has a internal audit mechanism. No loan facility is available in the college. SC, ST and OBC students used to get scholarship from ITDP, Government of Assam. Three students are also getting merit scholarship from the Government of Assam. Seven students get freeship for their economic background.
As the college is not yet been recognised by the UGC under its clauses 2(f) and 12(B), the college has mobilized resources through donation from individuals. The college takes up NSS and Scouts and Guides. The college has a grievance redressal cell.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team would like to mention the following healthy practices of the college:
The college has a mechanism of internal quality check through regular review of academic and other activities, self assessment, grievance redressal cell, students' feedback.
The college has vision to strengthen its regular academic programme through other complimentary system by introducing job-oriented courses.
The college proposes job-oriented courses like Floriculture, Pisciculture, Horticulture etc.
The college also conducts awareness programme on income generation scheme in collaboration with the National Institute of Entrepreneurship, Beltola, Guwahati.
The college use to organise college week in the month of December every year. In this week various competition is held among the students. Cultural activities of the college represents the vibrant and multi ethnic diversity of the North-Eastern region.
Overall Analysis (Commendations and Recommendations)
The Peer Team after going through the SSR, interacting with the Governing Body, Principal, Teachers, Students, Non-teaching staff, Alumnae, Parents and Guardians and visiting the infrastructure facilities would like to make the following observations:
The college runs mainly traditional courses.
The college can introduce the subjects like Commerce, Geography, Philosophy and Home Science as demanded by the students.
The college has a mechanism to get the feedback on the quality of class room teaching of teachers which is given as a feedback to the teachers for his/her rectification and improvement
Some teachers have participated in seminars, workshops, Refresher and Orientation courses and actively involved in research work.
The college takes serious effort for knowledge and skill development of the students.
The college has a computer centre to develop the computer culture among the students.
The college has an alumni association
The existing office management system is good but it needs modernization.
The Peer Team intends to recommend the following for holistic growth of the institution:
The college should have permanent affiliation from the affiliating university.
The college should also come under UGC recognition viz. section 2(f) and 12(B) and avail the UGC financial grants under different schemes.
The college needs to have a regular Principal.
The college may take initiative in introducing courses in innovative and emerging areas.
The drop out rate is very high perhaps because of the socio-economic reasons of the locality.
The college should have a proper playground.
The college may enthuse teachers for carrying out research activities.
The teaching methods may be made innovative and modernised
The college may take immediate efforts for developing computer culture
The college may take initiatives for organizing seminars/ conferences/ workshops
The college may improve sports and games facilities.
The college may approach UGC for grant from Young College Scheme
The college may utilise its huge land in possession for mobilisation of its resources.
The college may establish hostel facilities for both men and women.
Education Department should have laboratory with teaching aid equipments.
The college may arrange for xerox facilities in the library.
The Peer Team extends it heartiest thanks to the members of the Governing Body, Principal, Teachers, Students, Non-teaching staff, Alumni, Parents and Guardians for their kind co-operation. The Team would also like to thank to the President of the Governing Body and the Coordinator of the NAAC Steering Committee of Damdama College.
The team wishes the college to do well in its future endeavours.
(Shri Joram Begi)
(Prof. Dr. Tapati Basu)
(Prof. (Mrs) M.M. Marwein)
Shri Bhabeswar Deka
P.O. Kulhati, Dist. Kamrup, Assam-781104
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