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Patna Science College, Patna, Bihar
Address:Patna University, Ashok Rajpath
Patna (District Patna)
Bihar, India



Patna Science College, Patna Bihar is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Patna Science College, Patna Bihar is Dr Kashi Nath, Dr. U.K. Sinha Mobile 9431049802, Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha (Mobile 9431877507).

Patna Science College is situated in Patna of Bihar state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Patna comes under Patna Tehsil, Patna District.

Fax # of Patna Science College, Patna Bihar is +91-612-2672034, 2665151.

email ID(s) is Patna Science College Patna Bihar

Website of Patna Science College, Patna Bihar is http://sciencecollege.bih.nic.in/, www.patnasciencecollege.org.


Contact Details of Patna Science College, Patna Bihar are : Telephone: +91-612-2687810, 2672034, 6453576, 6453577

Alumni Association 'Jharokha' formed in 2013:
President: Tejdeep Singh
Members: Vimal Kirti Singh IAS, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh IPS, Advocate GS Ahuja, Prem Chand (A banker by profession)



Courses

Patna Science College, Patna Bihar runs course(s) in Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
B.Sc, M.Sc(Biochemistry), B.C.A

Approval details: Patna Science College is affiliated with Patna University, Patna

Profile of Patna Science College

Patna Science college is a centre of international fame in the field of higher education under Patna University. The Patna Science College was formally opened by the Viceroy, Lord Irwin in 1928. It was started in 1927 as Science Department under Patna College and formally opened on 15th November 1928 by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. This Day is celebrated as foundation day. The College is also famous for its research and development activities. Five different laboratories are located in separate buildings.

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SECTION-I: INTRODUCTION
Patna Science College, a constituent College of Patna University was established in 1928. Located on a sprawling campus of 28.32 acres, the college boasts of separate buildings for different departments as well as a separate administrative block. It is recognized under 2(f) and 12B by UGC. The College offers B. Sc. (Hons) in seven Subjects Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Zoology and BCA (Hons) programmes. It caters to more than 250 students (210 Boys and 40 are girls) and has produced good number of academicians. It has a galaxy of brilliant alumni and with the same zeal present staff is promoting growth of Science and Scientific attitude and scientific research of societal relevance which seems to be the goal.

The Patna Science College volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted Self Study Report on April 2006. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team Consisting of Prof. K. C. Upadhyaya, Former VC, M. S. University of Baroda and currently Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi as Chairperson, Prof. M. S. K. Khokhar, Professor, Dept. of Rural Technology, Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur, and Dr. Kavita Rege, Principal, Sathaye College, Mumbai, as Members and Mr. Ganesh Hegde, Asst. Adviser NAAC, for Coordinating the visit. The peer team visited the Institution on 17th to 19th October 2006.

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, visited all the departments, facilities, support services, administrative section and interacted with Principal, faculty members, non-teaching staff, students, alumni, parents, the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar of the Patna University. Based on the above exercises and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team assessed the College and has made some suggestions to facilitate growth and development that are presented in the following pages.

SECTION-II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION-I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The Patna Science College was established to impart quality value-based science education. Over the years the College has distinguished itself in science education and has established itself as one of the best Science Colleges in the eastern part of the country. It offers three - years degree programme, B. Sc. (Hons) in Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Zoology and a three-year self-financing degree course B. Sc. (Hons) in Computer Applications. The College also has University Departments on its premises and offers M. Sc. and Ph. D. Programmes in these disciplines. An M. Sc. degree in Biochemistry is also being offered for last few years under the self - financing category. B. Sc. (Hons) students are required to take two cognate subjects as subsidiaries for the first two years of the course. Hindi composition of 100 marks or Hindi and English compositions of 50 marks each is also mandatory for the B. Sc. students as a qualifying language course. All the teachers whether they belong to the Patna Science College or to the University Departments are involved in teaching B. Sc. and M. Sc. courses. The College teachers are also involved in teaching of 11th and 12th standard students, on the same premises. The College is a single - Faculty College with eight Departments (Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Zoology along with two supporting departments of Hindi and English.

The College is a constituent college of Patna University and follows the syllabi and other academic programmes specified by the University. The College teachers play an important role in framing the syllabi. The syllabi of B. Sc. (Hons.) has not been updated for last eight years. Keeping the scientific trends and societal needs, one new programmes: BCA and the other M. Sc. Biochemistry have been introduced on the self-financing basis - though no additional teachers have been recruited by the College /University.

CRITERION-II : TEACHING LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The College publishes its prospectus named 'Nideshika' annually. It contains information on fee-structure, time-table, department - wise a list of teachers along with their residential address and telephones, departments and hostels etc. The students are admitted to the B. Sc. (Hons) on the basis of academic record; and on the basis of entrance test to BCA (Hons) programmes. The temporal plan of the academic work in the College is based on an annual system. Teaching days in the College are normally at least 180 days as per the UGC stipulation.

In laboratories, activity-based or experiment-based demonstrations have been introduced. Class room teaching is mainly through black board instructions. Even though several departments have LCD and overhead projectors, they hardly form a part of regular teaching aids.

The teachers prepare the teaching plan in the beginning of the session. Due to paucity of funds for conducting practicals, various improvisations for experiments have been introduced. If necessary, for weaker students, extra classes and tutorials are arranged. Advanced learners are given special attention and inputs in the form of study material.

The recruitment of teachers is made by the Bihar University Service Commission and they are posted in the College through the University. The teachers of the Patna Science College and the University Departments teachers are transferred interchangeably. For last several years, no new teachers have been appointed in spite of superannuation of many teachers. This has created a critical shortage of teachers in some of the subjects such as Mathematics.

Teachers regularly participate in seminars, refresher courses and several of them have served as resource persons in refresher courses.

Evaluation of students is based on a single annual examination conducted by the University. Some departments also have a provision of one or more internal examinations in order to prepare the students for the final university examination. In the University P.G. departments, some of the teachers have established national and international linkages purely on personal basis.

CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The Patna Science College teachers in collaboration with the University P.G. teachers are involved in research. This is being facilitated by having M. Sc. and Ph. D. degree programmes on the same premises. Several teachers from the University Departments have research projects funded by the national agencies such as UGC, DST, DBT, Department of Environment etc. The Geology Department in collaboration with Central Ground Water Board, Government of India has initiated a scheme of rain water harvesting and recharge of ground water in the College campus. The College has 53 teachers and 46 have Ph. D. as the highest qualification. Most of the PG teachers are involved in guiding Ph. D. students. The teachers of some of the departments have published papers in national and international journals. Several teachers have also written text books mainly for senior secondary school students. Teachers of some of the departments have also participated in national seminars.

The College has four active units of NCC. The Naval wing is very impressive and students have participated in ship modeling in New Delhi and have secured first prize. The student's main interest lies in the NCC units with technical orientation. A group of NCC cadets of Navy units have designed models for aircraft carriers. Cadets of air units have also built models of transport and fighter planes. An NCC unit is also involved in blood donation camp, AIDS awareness, pulse polio etc. The College has two units of NSS with two program officers. The NSS students are involved in various social activities such as AIDS awareness, health and hygiene etc. They have done commendable work in slum areas of the Patna City. The College students are also involved in cultural activities and have an active cultural club. Students have also participated in youth festivals.

On the College premises, the superannuated teachers run a 'Science for Society'. They are doing a commendable work in popularising Science Education in the society and inculcating scientific outlook in youths aged between 10 and 17.

CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The College is located on a sprawling campus of 28.32 acres dotted with gardens. The College has an Administrative building, Teachers Club building and Boys` and Girls` common rooms. The campus has two play grounds and good internal roads.

The Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Geology have separate and very spacious buildings. The Departments of Botany and Zoology share a building. A single building houses the departments of Mathematics and Statistics. Each building has lecture halls and laboratories. These buildings also house University Departments. In fact the Patna Science College departments and the University departments are a sort of integrated. Each department has a departmental library, some has two - one for PG and other for the UG. However, recent books are required to be procured.

Zoology department has an air-conditioned lecture room and Geology department has an air conditioned auditorium with a capacity of 200 seats. The basement of the Geology auditorium houses the Geology museum. The museum has good collection of the geological specimen collected from the different parts of the country which are open for public viewing as well.

One side of the Teachers Club Building houses the Student Activity Centre. It is used by the students as a practice room for cultural programmes and for NSS activities. The Boys` common room has a sports room with carom board and Table Tennis.

The BCA lab has 37 (PIII and PIV) computers. The Physics department has a small computer centre having seven computers. All the heads of the departments have been provided recently with a computer. The College has an LCD projector. The Geology department houses a Network Resource Centre funded by the UGC. It has three computers and a dial up Internet connection.

The college has a Central Library catering to the needs of Undergraduate and intermediate students. It houses 75,000 books including those for intermediate students. Most of the books are very old and there is a strong need for purchase of new books. The library has recently procured a computer. It still has to be integrated in the functioning of the library.

The College has a book bank facility for the students and two to five books are given to those students who apply for it. The library is yet to be computerized.

Campus has five boy's hostels. Hostel facility is shared with Inter mediate and Post-graduate students. The hostel buildings are very old and require considerable up-gradation in terms of living conditions and hygiene.

Teaching staff has some quarters on the campus. There is a canteen facility on premises. Alumni extend help in conducting medical check up of students. Extra coaching in studies is given to SC/ST students.

CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The College publishes a guidebook to provide guidance to the incoming students, containing various aspects of the College, courses and instructions. As per the data available for 2006 -2007 in the undergraduate programme 210 Boys and 40 girls are admitted. Last year (2005-2006) there were 255 boys and 67 girls had taken the admission for undergraduate courses.

Drop out rate of the students is high in the first and second year of the B. Sc. (Hons.) course. This possibly reflects the changing societal scenario in terms of interest of students in professional and vocational courses. The College attracts good number of students and that is reflected in the pass percentage that around 90 %. Attendance in various courses varies from 20-50 %. The low attendance in the classes is explained by the faculty, inclination of students for joining professional courses.

The SC and ST are given scholarship by the State Govt. The tuition fee is very low. The College has recently established a placement cell. An unregistered Alumni Association of the College exists. One of the alumni of the Geology Dept. (an ex - M.P) has contributed money from his M. P. Area Development Fund for the construction of an auditorium and a geology museum. The Alumni Association may need to be registered immediately. The College has a very distinguished list of alumni occupying important positions in various fields including the present Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, politicians, IAS officers, Vice - Chancellors, academicians and educationalists etc, The association should become active in mobilizing resources for the development of the College.

Coaching classes are run for the benefit of SC/ST students in the College campus. Most of the students appear for the Civil service and other state / central competitive examinations. The even take NET exams. Some of the students have passed the UGC /CSIR /NET research scholarship and are working the PG departments of the Patna University.

Sports facilities are available to the students. Indoor and outdoor games are available in the campus. The College may send its proposals to UGC for the establishment of the Day scholar room and a Gymnasium. The College students have given ample scope for their cultural activities and have cultural club called 'Natya Kala Parishad'.

CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Patna Science College is a constituent College of Patna University and day-to-day functioning of the College is controlled by the Principal of the college. The Bihar University Service Commission recommends the appointment of the Principal and other faculty members. The principal is directly responsible for all administrative and academic activities of the college. The salaries of the teachers are paid by the University directly to the teachers. The college accounts are maintained by the office staff.

The academic activities of the College are co-ordinated and monitored through a very efficient mechanism. The College is having post graduate and under graduate departments. The post graduate departments are under, the academic administrative and financial control of the Patna University. The colleges with under graduate departments are functioning as a constituent College of the University.

The senior faculty members look after the University examinations, and admissions of the students. The attendance of students is monitored through a committee consisting of HOD's of different departments. The subordinate staff is very sincere and cooperative in the day to day working of the college.

The Institution provides different welfare scheme to the non-teaching staffs. The staff members should be encouraged to obtain training in office automation and computer use. The loan facilities are extended to employees through Cooperative thrift societies. The grievance redressal cell plays an important role in solving the problems of the students. The College is experiencing a shortage of faculty members. The government may take an immediate step to improve this condition.

CRITERION-VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The Patna Science College has tried its level best to successfully translate its vision into practice to some extent in spite of certain constraints.

The Peer Team has observed some of healthy practices in the College, which may be briefly stated as under:

The College publishes a student guidebook 'Nideshika' annually.

The students of College perform social activities under the umbrella of Zoological society, centre for environment and nature conservation, yoga society and NSS unit.

Some of the department buildings have generators.

Drinking water supply through AQUA Guard.

The Geology department has undertaken work on water harvesting and recharging of ground water.

The medium of instruction in all the science subjects is in English and majority of students can speak fluently English.

The College has four units of NCC namely Bihar Armed squadron, Air squadrons, Naval Unit and signal unit naval unit and signal unit.

Many teachers are engaged in research and have organized and attended conferences, seminars, workshops etc.

Remedial classes, Special classes for slow learners are conducted and regular monitoring has been made by the faculty for the improvement of the students.

Feed back from students is taken by way of placing suggestions box.
Retired faculty members are actively working for the science popularization through 'Science for Society'.

The students are motivated to organize socially relevant programmes such as celebration of birthdays of National heroes, Saints, and Poets etc. in the campus of the college.

SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTIONS
The College has an impressive, aesthetic and heritage infrastructure created over the years combined with the potential of the young faculty. There is further need for channelizing the energies of the experienced faculties for the further growth of the institution. During the last eight decades the College has created a good education environment in the region. Being an old and very prominent institution in the region it has taken a lead to impart the education in this region. A good number of students are in industry, academics, bureaucrats, politicians. While complimenting the Institute for their curricular, co-curricular activities over the years, the peer team would like to recommend the following, which may help, further to improve its functioning to enhance its image in society:

Guest lectures for students and faculty from premier institutes and industrial organizations may be arranged on regular basis. At present this is done but not on a regular basis.

A provision may be made for computer and internet access to the teachers and students.

The College and University should make concerted efforts so that new faculty members may be recruited.

The college may think of introducing some need based courses, such a disaster management, remote sensing, bio-technology, micro-biology etc.

Faculty members be encouraged to go for minor and major research projects funded by UGC and other funding agencies. The College may have a research cell for providing guidance for submission of projects.

More activities under placement cell may be taken up. The College may make an arrangement for placement officer.

Personnel counseling, career counseling, personality development and communication skill classes may be conducted for the benefit of the UG students.

The library needs up gradation, may be computerized and added with more text books and journals both national and international. Books on personality development, competitive examinations to be kept on the racks for easy accessibility by the students.

Boy's hostel needs immediate attention for further improvements and a computer may be provided to the students.

Alumni network needs to be strengthened and their involvement in Infrastructure development and placement may be sought.

Faculty members may be allowed to visit premier institutes with students for observation with a plan to follow good practices of such institutes for the benefit of the students.

Removal of obsolete laboratory equipment and apparatus and replacing them with modern gadgets. The laboratory facilities need considerable upgradation.
Each department should make its annual plan of action and prepare a budget for its activities. The institute may also undergo the exercise of making annual budgets for effectively monitoring the development needs.

The institution may set up an internal quality assurance cell (IQAC).

The institute can also plan for a in-house newsletter.

The Peer Team would like to place on record the cooperation extended to it by the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents throughout the exercise and wish all the best for the Patna Science College in its efforts for providing good quality education.

Prof. K. C. Upadhyaya
Chairman

Prof. M. S. K. Khokhar
Member

Dr. Kavita Rege
Member

Dr. S. N. Guha
Principal
Patna Science College
Place: Patna

Date: 19th October, 2006

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