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North Gauhati College, Kamrup, Assam
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North Gauhati, Amingaon

Kamrup (District Kamrup)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 781031


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North Gauhati College is situated in Kamrup of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of North Gauhati College, Kamrup Assam is http://www.northgauhaticollege.org/.


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Approval details: North Gauhati College is affiliated with Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati)



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NAAC report of North Gauhati College

SECTION -I : INTRODUCTION
North Gauhati College is situated on the northern bank of River Brahmaputra and is about 16 kilometers away from the heart of Guwahati city. It was established in 1962 by some philanthropists with the objective of providing collegiate education to the rural masses of North Guwahati and its adjacent areas. In 1969 the college attained the status of deficit grant-in-aid, under the Government of Assam. Initially the college started with few Arts subjects in degree course and science stream was introduced in the curriculum in the year 1979. The college was registered under 2 (f) of the UGC in 1962 and is affiliated to the Gauhati University since its inception. Total land area of the college is about 10 acres.

At present there are altogether fourteen departments in the college in Arts and Science stream. Subjects offered in Arts faculty include Assamese, English, Economics, Education, Political Science and History. The Science faculty is consisting of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Electronics departments. However, Mathematics, Anthropology and Geography may be opted by the students belonging to both Science and Arts stream. The college has introduced a self-financing certificate course in basic computer knowledge. In addition, the management of the college is planning to introduce some vocational/ career oriented courses both in Science and Arts.

The college has a total teaching faculty strength of 55 out of which 49 are permanent and 06 are temporary. There are 23 non-teaching employees in the college. In the session 2003-2004, total number of students enrolled in the degree programmes were 389. About 57% of the total students in undergraduate courses are girls.

The college volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment And Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and submitted the Self Study Report on 27-12-03. NAAC constituted a Peer team consisting of Prof. A.P. Padhi, Former Vice Chancellor, Berhampur University, Orissa, as Chairman, Prof. Manjari Choudhuri, Professor & Head, Department of Bengali, Tripura University, as member and Dr. Saktibrata Bhowmik, Principal, A.P.C. College, New Barrackpore, West Bengal as member co-ordinator. The Peer team has carefully examined the Self Study Report submitted by the institution. The Peer team visited the college on 8th and 9th September, 2004 to validate the data provided in the self study report. The Peer team has gone through the relevant documents, visited all the departments, laboratories and support services, interacted with the Principal, members of the G.B., teachers, students, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view of the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer team has drafted the report in the following paragraph.

SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion -I : Curricular Aspects
North Gauhati College, Assam offers undergraduate courses leading to B.A. and B.Sc degree of the Gauhati University through altogether fourteen departments. Students in the Arts faculty have the option of choosing Major courses in Assamese, English, Economics, Political Science, History and Education. In Science stream students can opt for Major courses in Physics, Botany and Zoology. Major course in Chemistry has been introduced in the current academic session. Mathematics, Anthropology and Geography are offered as Major subjects to the students both in Science and Arts stream. Only one department in the college, e.g. Electronics offers general courses. A self financing certificate course in basic computer knowledge has also been introduced in the college.

The curricula on various subjects are designed by the Gauhati University to which the college is affiliated and the programmes offered are of annual system. The affiliated character of the college offers no scope to review and redesign the main teaching programmes. A few senior teachers of the college are the members of the Committee of Courses and Study (CCS) and the Academic Council of the Gauhati University, and therefore they have the scope to render advice and suggestions for curricula design of undergraduate courses of the university. To increase the employment potentiality of the students, the college is planning to introduce some vocational courses both in Science and Arts stream with the assistance from UGC.

The college has developed a mechanism to receive feed back from the students on teaching programmes and as well as on their experience in the campus through structured questionnaire. It is notable that the college, in pursuance of its goal is taking part in various social works with NGOs and other institutions.

Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission into B.A. & B.Sc. courses on the basis of merit. Admission process in the college is run by an 'Admission Committee', which frames the rules for admission following the guidelines of the Gauhati University. The college follows the reservation policy of the State Government in admission of students.

For assessing knowledge and skill of the students, the college arranges unit tests, term-end examinations, pre-final examination and classroom seminars. Students are also asked to do home assignments. The college communicates the methods of evaluation to its students through the college prospectus at the time of admission and also verbally, in the classes by the respective teachers. The teachers of the college are quite aware that a large number of their students are slow learners and hence remedial classes are arranged as and when required. Additional guidance and encouragements are given to advanced learners providing with reference materials and counselling.

The syllabi on various courses are unitized according to the teaching schedule. Every department prepare teaching plan of its own under the supervision of the Heads of the respective departments. The departments hold meeting of the teachers to monitor and review the academic progress through the year. The college follows the conventional methods of class room teaching. Teachers in the department of Geography use Over Head Projector in their classes. Students in the department of Geography have compulsory field survey and they have to submit a survey report under the guidance of a faculty member. Departments like Botany and Zoology conduct field study on annual basis, which is incorporated in their syllabi. As per the syllabus of Gauhati University, the students in the department of Anthropology have also to undertake field work under the supervision of a faculty member. A student must attend 75% of the lectures delivered in each subject for being eligible to appear in the university examinations. Every department in college has it's own seminar library for the use of the students and the teachers.

The college encourages the teachers to participate in seminars, refresher and orientation courses.

Teachers of this college have attended 30 national level and 01 international level seminars. Recruitment of the teachers in the college is done as per the rules laid down by the University and Government of Assam, following the UGC guideline. The college has the freedom to appoint temporary/adhoc teachers. The college has recently developed the Self Appraisal method to evaluate the performance of its teachers. In the academic session, 2002-2003 there were 193 teaching days out of 242 working days in the college. The average workload is 24 lectures per teacher per week.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Out of 55 teachers in the college only 04 have Ph.D. degrees and five others have M.Phil. qualifications. Three teachers have already submitted their thesis leading to Ph.D. The college encourages the teachers to upgrade themselves by undertaking research work. About 33% of the teachers in the college are involved in active research. One minor research project sponsored by UGC is also conducted, while another one has already been completed. A few teachers in the department of Physics, Mathematics, Anthropology and Botany have published research papers in journals of repute. Some of the teachers in the college have authored books and have written articles in periodicals, magazines and souvenirs. The college is yet to develop any consultancy services.

The college encourages socio-cultural, literacy and community oriented extension activities among the teachers and the students. A good number of teachers in the college are actively engaged in varied extension activities and are rendering commendable social works. The social commitment of the college is evident from its regular campaign in community development, health and hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, adult education, National integration, Popularisation of science and organisation of blood donation camp, folk culture meet and training on food and nutrition. As a part of the extension activities the teachers' unit of this college contributed Rs. 12,000.00 (Rupees twelve thousand) as relief to flood victims in the neighbouring areas. The 'Women Cell' is actively involved in various extension programmes. In undertaking the extension activities the college works in proper coordination with the department of forest, department of health, Govt. of Assam, Department of Adult and continuing Education, Gauhati University and a number of NGO's like Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Assam Science Society and Gyan Vigyan Jatha.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
North Gauhati College, Assam stands on a campus covering a total area of approximately 10 Acres. The building complex in the college includes, Main Building, Arts Block, Science Block with two buildings, Social Science building, the newly constructed Library building and the Auditorium. The college ensures maximum utilisation of its infrastructure providing space for administrative office, class rooms, laboratories, library with reading rooms, common rooms for teachers and students, canteen and cycle stand.

About 0.5 acres of land in the college campus is used for cultivation. There is a pisciculture pond in the college campus which is leased to an external agency and the resource generated from these is utilized for the development of infrastructure of the college. The college has recently started a botanical garden implanting some medicinal plants and an indoor pot garden with some important floral species. The college has a master plan to augment the existing facilities.

The college maintains and augments its infrastructure through the funds received from the State Government and UGC under various schemes. In addition, funds received from the local area development scheme of MP's and MLA's and funds generated by the college itself with the donations from individuals, public and private organizations are also used for infrastructure development.

It may be mentioned that the new library building has been constructed with the MPLAD fund of Dr. Manmohan Singh.

The college library is spacious with the provision of separate reading rooms for boys, girls and teachers. It is managed by an advisory committee and renders its services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all working days. The library has 11,027 books and it subscribes 10 journals/periodicals and a good number of newspapers. The library offers no book bank facilities for the benefit of the students. Computer and reprographic facilities are yet to be developed in the library. However, the college has a central reprographic machine which is available for the students on a subsidised rate. The teachers' unit of this college has contributed this machine.

The big play ground in the college is used for holding major outdoor games and athletic events. Students can avail the facilities of other selected indoor games in the common rooms. The auditorium of the college is in the process of completion with sitting capacity of 500. Computer center in the college has 3 PCs with 2 printers and it offers its services from 9-15 a.m. to 4-15 p.m. on all working days. Students can undergo three months certificate courses in basic computer knowledge paying Rs. 200.00 as the course fee. A permanent building for the Computer Workstation and Training Centre is under construction with the financial assistance from Indian Oil Corporation, Digboi. There is a canteen in the college which caters to needs for the students and the staff.

There is no formal health care unit in the college. However, students and members of both teaching and non-teaching staff in the college receive medical services from North Gauhati Primary Health Centre which is adjacent to the college campus.

At present the college does not provide hostel facilities to its students. The college has a permanent employee (Cleaner) to keep the campus clean. In addition the NSS volunteers and the NCC cadets undertake special drives to keep the campus clean and pollution free.

Criterion V : Students Support and Progression
The college publishes updated prospectus with all relevant information on the history of the college, rules and regulations, admission procedure, eligibility criteria for admission, fee structure, list of courses offered, along with the admission form of the college. The college admits students on the basis of merit. There are statutory reservation of seats for candidates belonging to SC/ST & Other Backward Classes as per rules. There is also provision of reservation of seats for the candidates showing excellence in extra-curricular activities.

About 75% of students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in the academic session 2001-2002 appeared in the qualifying examinations after minimum period of study. The drop out rate is about 25%. Performance of the students in the university examinations is satisfactory. A student of Anthropology department of this college was the best graduate of the Gauhati University in B.A. Part-II examination, 1999, securing highest marks in Major among the successful candidates.

Financial aids are available to the students in the form of various scholarships from the State Government and Central Government. Altogether 134 students belonging to SC/ST/OBC/MOBC categories received stipend in the year 2002-2003. Students hailing from economically weaker section of the society also receive financial help from the student welfare fund. The quantum of aid is determined by the welfare fund committee adjudging the necessity of the applicants. To encourage the academic pursuits among the students the college has instituted few awards to its meritorious students.

Alumni Association has recently been formed in the college. A good number of alumni of the college are distinguished personalities in the field of education, sports, culture, politics and administration in both public and private sectors. The alumni association has promised to lend its all round support to the development of the college. A girls' common room is under construction with the financial assistance from this association.

The college extends recreational and leisure facilities to its students. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural activities and to write articles in the college magazine. The college holds competitions on music, dance and debate. Major outdoor games and athletic events are held in the college play ground. Incentives are given to outstanding sport persons through sanction of free-studentship and reservation of seats in admission.

There is no employment cell or employment officer in the college. However, the career counselling cell in the college provides career and vocational counselling to its students. This cell also motivates students for seeking self employment through various Central Government schemes like 'Prime Minister Rojgar Yojona' and 'Johar Rojgar Yojona'. The college organised a training camp on entrepreneurship of three weeks duration in its campus in collaboration with Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati.

Students receive medical services from the North Gauhati Primary Health Centre, which is very close to the college campus. The college inculcates civic responsibilities among the students through active NCC and NSS units. The college has two NCC units : one for the girls under 60 Assam Girls' Battalion and the other for the boys under the 1st Assam Battalion. There are several cadets in these two units who have passed 'B and C' certificates. A girl cadet has participated in Republic Day Camp at New Delhi in 2001. A good number of boys cadets have participated in cycle rally from North Guwahati to Gohpur for campaign on anti-drugs and AIDS awareness. NSS volunteers under the guidance of a programme officer render commendable social works throughout the year. The college has recently opened Scout and Guide Unit.

Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The college is a non-governmental institution under the grant-in-aid deficit scheme of the State Government of Assam. The college is managed by a Governing Body constituted by the Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam. The Governing Body is the highest policy and decision-making body in the college. It takes active interest to encourage the offices and the departments to run on the principles of participation and transparency. The Principal being the ex-officio Secretary of the Governing Body is the chief executive functionary in academic, administrative and financial affairs. The Vice-Principal also takes care of academic and administrative matter as delegated by the Principal from time to time. The college has various internal committees to help the administration for smooth functioning of the college. The Principal prepares the Annual Report highlighting the activities and achievements of the college.

The academic calendar is prepared by the academic committee and all academic activities are planned and executed on the basis of the calendar. Teachers are recruited as per the rules and norms laid down by the UGC, University and the State Government.

Self appraisal methods have been introduced by the college to evaluate the performance of teachers in teaching, research and extension. Besides, the Principal also collects monthly Progress Report from the teachers on their academic performance.

The college has developed a mechanism to receive feed back from the students on the academic affairs as well as on their experiences in the campus, through structured questionnaire. There is no formal method of appraisal of the performance and efficiency of the non-teaching staff of the college. However, the performance of non teaching staff is monitored by the Principal with the help of the Vice-Principal and the Head Assistant of the college. Heads of the Science departments oversee the performance of laboratory staff.

The college provides various welfare programmes to the students. Poor but meritorious students enjoy the free studentship. Teaching and non-teaching staff of the college can avail the loan facilities from their respective mutual benefit funds. A grievance redressal cell has recently been constituted in the college.

The unit cost of education is Rs.16,563.00 (including the staff salary). The tuition and other fees for the degree students in the college have not been changed for last three years. The college has both internal and external audit system. Internal audit of the college has finalized the accounts up to 31st March, 2004. However, the external audit is yet to clear the audit process for the years 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
North Gauhati College was born out of the sheer necessity of removing educational backwardness, among the rural masses of North Guwahati and its adjacent areas. Ventures and practices of this college during the last four decades, has been able to bring the college education within the reach of the common men and women, in this backward area. The college has played an important role, in the harmonious co-existence of students, hailing from different socio-economic strata. In the context of the working of this institution, the following are the major healthy practices as observed by the Peer Team.

The college has introduced dress code for the students.

The college has started publishing Newsletter from this year.

The teaching staff of the college has donated a Reprographic machine and fourteen steel Almirahs to the college.

The approach road of North Gauhati College from the main gate to the Principal's office, has been developed and financed by the non-teaching staff of the college.

Every department of the College has its own seminar library.

One senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology has donated Rs. 1,00,000 (Rupees one lakh), for the departmental library in memory of her late mother.

A teacher in the Department of English has donated the drinking water project of the college, in memory of her late parents.

The Science Forum in the college under the guidance and assistance of 'Assam Science Society', takes active part in popularizing science in the state and outside the state.

A few departments have brought out departmental journals. There are a few Minor Research Projects completed and financed by the teachers of some departments.

The extension activities of the college are worth mentioning. One NCC cadet (girl) has participated in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi.

The Alumni Association participates in the developmental programmes of the college. The building for the girls' common room is under construction, with the financial help of the Alumni Association.

The college library provides separate reading rooms for students and teachers.

The college has started a self-financing course, on basic computer knowledge on a very limited scale.

The teaching and non-teaching staff of the college have formed a co-operative society.

Two minor research projects financed by the college itself has just been completed under the supervision of faculty members of the departments of Political Science and Geography.

SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team has examined the self-study report and has visited the academic and physical facilities of the college. It is happy to note the significant contributions the college has made over the years in imparting collegiate education to North Guwahati region.

The Peer Team is of the opinion that the college has a good number of the following noteworthy features, which it would wish to command.

The college conducts seminars and symposia at regular intervals to motivate the students. Guest faculties are also visited to deliver lectures to the students.

The department of Geography is using Overhead Projector while the Department of English is using audio aids to supplement classroom teaching.

The college encourages teachers to participate in national seminars apart from their participation in the orientation and refresher courses.

The NCC is very active in the college. Some of the cadets have participated in the 'Republic Day Parade' at Guwahati and a girl cadet has also participated in the 'Republic Day Parade' at New Delhi.

A few faculty members are doing commendable works in community development programmes like adult education and literacy besides popularization of science in collaboration with NGOs and other bodies.

The Alumni of the college maintain an active interest for the development of the college.

There is excellent inter-personal relationship among the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college which helps in the smooth functioning of the college.

The support given by the Governing Body to the college is encouraging.

The college is maintaining strict discipline among the students.

The syllabi on various courses have been unitized according to the teaching schedule.

Each department has its own seminar library for the use of the students and teachers.

About 33 per cent of teachers are engaged in active research.

A limited number of teachers have good research publications to their credit and some others have also written a few books.

The college has both internal and external audit system.

There is commitment and involvement of the teaching and non-teaching staff for the growth and development of the college.

Keeping in view of the goals and future plans of the college the Peer Team would suggest the following to the institution to consider:

Recommendations:
The remedial class system may be formalized for the benefit of the weaker students.

The college should have a teacher-counselling system where each teacher be assigned with a reasonable number of students to look after academic progress. They should also extend all help at the time of needs of the students.

The college may consider to strengthen the present system of home assignment.

Computer and reprographic facilities may be developed in the central library and the library should also provide book bank facilities to the students.

The college may provide hostel accommodation to the students besides providing bus facilities at subsidised rate to enhance the students strength.

The playground may be properly maintained and college may consider to improve the existing sports facilities.

The college is offering traditional courses since its inception. Hence, it is high time for the college to introduce the following job oriented courses in different departments in view of the expertise and availability of infrastructure :

The department of Botany may start courses like Mushroom Culture, Ethno-Botany, Floriculture and food processing ;

The department of Zoology may start a course on Fisheries and Bio-Technology ;

The department of Economics may offer courses in Entrepreneur Development, Tribal Economy and Environmental Economics ;

The department of History can start courses like Travel and Tourism Management and Tribal Studies.

To make the teaching-learning process more interesting and participating, the college should encourage extensive use of modern teaching techniques like audio-visual aids and Over Head Projector for class room teaching in all the departments.
The Alumni association which has been able to mobilize resources for the benefit of the college may be further strengthened.

The college may consider to improve the present counselling and guidance cell with suitable strategies.

The college may train the administrative staff in the use of computers to enable them to discharge their duties more efficiently.

The college may consider to improve the existing system of grievance redressal.

The college may also consider to formalize the mechanism for collecting feedback from the students on the various aspects of their learning.

The college may send the proposal to UGC to start a YOGA CENTRE.

The Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate the quality education and enhance strategies towards further academic growth and development. The Peer Team desires to record its appreciation for the excellent co-operation and hospitality extended to its members by the college during the visit.

The team also acknowledges the positive attitude of the teachers, students, employees, alumni and administration helping the assessment by providing all the necessary information and support.

Prof. A.P. Padhi
(Chairman)

Prof. M. Choudhuri
(Member)

Dr. S. Bhowmik
(Member Co-ordinator)

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