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Nirmala College, Doranda, Jharkhand
Nirmala College, Doranda, Jharkhand
Address:P.B. 15, Hinoo P.O.,
Doranda (District Ranchi)
Nirmala College, Doranda is a recognised institute / college.
Nirmala College, Doranda is situated in Doranda of Jharkhand state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Doranda comes under Ranchi Tehsil, Ranchi District.
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Website of Nirmala College, Doranda is http://nirmalacollegeranchi.org/.
Contact Details of Nirmala College, Doranda are : Telephone: +91-651-2411322, 2410250, 500250
Courses offered in Nirmala College, DorandaB.A, B.Sc
Nirmala College, Doranda runs course(s) in Arts , Science stream(s).
Nirmala College is affiliated with Ranchi University, Ranchi
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NAAC report of Nirmala CollegeSection 1: Preface
Nirmala College, Ranchi, a women's college affiliated to Ranchi University, was established in the year 1969 by the society of Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, and later on it was registered as a Christian Minority college in the year 1973 under the Institute of Sisters of Charity, Hinoo, Ranchi. Originally established with the primary purpose of providing higher learning to the catholic young women of the area in a spirit and atmosphere of simplicity, sincerity, concern, and faith, the college welcomes students of all communities irrespective of caste and beliefs. A large number of the students are tribal and come from rural areas. The college now offers undergraduate courses in Arts. There are 6 honours courses, 2 vocational courses (Computer Applications and Functional English) and 4 short-term certificate courses. There are 12 subject departments for the honours subjects and the general subjects. The college has a well-maintained campus of 6.10 acres, located in a semi-urban area of southern part of Ranchi, which is the capital of the state of Jharkhand.
There are total 38 teachers, out of which 28 are permanent. Among the permanent teachers 19 have doctorate degrees. All the teachers are women. The number of administrative and technical staff is 28. During the current academic year, there are 1177 students in the undergraduate courses, out of which 131 students have come from other states of India.
The college volunteered to be assessed by the National assessment and Accreditation council (NAAC) and submitted its self-study report (SSR). A peer team was constituted by NAAC to visit the institution and to validate the SSR. The peer team consists of Prof. Vinod.P. Saxena, Former Vice-Chancellor, Jiwaji University, Gwalior as chairman and Prof. Sutanu Bhattacharya, Kalyani University, Kolkata as member, visited the college during November 10-11, 2003. Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser effectively functioned as the Coordinating Officer from NAAC.
The peer team carefully went through and analysed the SSR submitted by the institution. In a pre visit exercise the team jointly discussed the points of SSR and planned a strategy based on the peer team document. Then the visit started with a formal meeting with the Principal and they went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and the facilities, and interacted with various constituents of the college. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The peer team also interacted at length with the faculty, administrative and technical staff, students, parents and alumnae of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team discussed the entire activity of the visit and brought out the following point wise report.
Section 2: Criterion -wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The college offers courses under the faculty of Arts only. There are 12 subject departments offering 6 honours courses in Hindi, Geography, Economics, History, Political Science, and Psychology, and the students select 2 general subjects from English, Sanskrit, Bengali, Philosophy, Home Science, Mathematics M.I.L. Hindi, Non Hindi, Alt. English and M.Bangla. In addition, the college also offers two vocational courses, namely, honours in Computer Applications and Functional English. There are 4 short-term certificate courses in Typing, Painting, Craft, Tailoring and Embroidary, which are offered on self-financing basis. The students also have a non-core option of taking a course on Spoken English. In the honours courses on Geography, Political Science, History, Economics, and Hindi, there are also elective options given to the students. The college arranges practical training for its students in industries and institutes like Steel Authority of India, Central Coalfields Limited, MECON Limited, and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited.
The college imparts discipline and moral values to the students so that they can aspire for respect personal and social values of life. The admission policy ensures that students from all creed and community have a chance to study together, and thus ensures pluralistic composition of the college community.
The college has introduced vocational courses in 1995 after getting clearance from its affiliating university. In spite of long delays in obtaining such clearance, the college has been able to introduce honours courses in Psychology and Political Science in 1998.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Proper selection of students for admission into various courses and effective teaching-learning process with regular and fair evaluation ensuring transparency are the building blocks of the success of an educational institution. The college selects the students on the basis of entrance tests and a mandatory personal interview of the parents and the students. After a few days teaching, a class test is taken and the students are advised to change their subjects, if required, on the basis of their performance in the test.
The terminal examinations are conducted regularly. The corrected answer papers of these terminal examinations are shown to the students and comments and suggestions are given to them. The attendance of the students in the classes is closely monitored and advice is given to the weaker students to improve their performance. The college may consider holding of regular tutorial classes, and remedial classes in selected subjects for academically weaker students. There is also a selection test for appearing at the university examination.
The college supplements the learning process with regular classroom discussions, quiz, field visits, seminars and discussions. The advanced learners are also encouraged to take up creative activities in the forms of script writing, one act play, poem and article writing, debates, seminars, etc. There are a number of wall magazines of several departments.
There are some procedures of regular monitoring of the progress of the courses and mid-term corrections of the teaching plan, made by the respective heads of the departments. These procedures may be made more formal and systematic. The individual teachers may be requested to make unitised teaching plans in terms of lecture units covering the entire syllabi, and discuss the same with the heads of the departments.
The students are informed about the academic calendar, the university system of examination, with the details of number of papers, duration and marks, and the patterns of questions and syllabi through the discussions with the teachers in the class. This system may be supplemented with written guidance to the students.
The quality of the teachers and their academic attainments is a crucial factor determining the standard of the college. Out of the total 28 permanent teachers, 19 teachers have Ph.D. degree, two M.Phil. and the rest are qualified with master's degree.
The college recruits teachers through open selection following the UGC norm and constituting selection committees. Almost all the teachers recruited are from the same state. The reservation rules are followed in recruitment of teachers of the aided courses. The teachers are expected to regularly attend seminars and conferences. This enables teachers to keep abreast with the rapid developments in various subjects. During the last two years, 10 teachers have participated in national level seminars, and 4 of them have acted as resource persons. The teachers may be trained in the use of modern technology like computer, Internet, multimedia, and application of audio-visual teaching aids. The college may plan to organise short-term training programmes for the teachers on the use of the modern technology in teaching and research. Organising interdisciplinary seminars and holding of conferences at the college may also be prescribed.
For continuous improvement in the quality of education, the performance of the teachers needs to be assessed regularly to motivate them for further improvement. The college follows an informal system of appraisal of the teachers through class-wise and subject-wise evaluation of the students' performance in the university examinations. The college has introduced a system of students' evaluation of the teachers, and takes the students' feedback on the classroom teaching.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college attempts to promote research activities of the teachers by providing them with study leave, and allowing adjustments of teaching schedules. The college may encourage and guide the teachers to submit research proposals for minor research projects and holding of research seminars to funding agencies like UGC, ICSSR, etc. In respect of consultancy, the college does not have much scope for taking up industrial consultancy projects.
In extension activity, Nirmala College has an impressive record. One of the teachers is designated as in-charge of extension activities with an additional charge to coordinate the activities. The Women Cell C.L.C., AICUF and the NSS units are active wings of the college. On a regular basis the college carries out activities related to students' benefit and social services. The college has undertaken several programmes on health and hygiene awareness, human rights awareness, environmental awareness, self-improvement and confidence development, legal awareness, eye donation, hepatitis B injection, flower plantation, literacy, etc. The students and the staff made donations for the cyclone affected people of Orissa, and for the earthquake affected people of Gujarat. The students also visit orphanages and organise awareness programmes for the poor in the tribal villages.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Situated in a campus area of 6.10 acre in a serene surrounding in the semi-urban area of the southern part of Ranchi. The college buildings provide at present adequate space for housing its departments and are well maintained. There are organised sanitary and drinking water facility, and electricity generator facility. Beside the academic and administration departments, the college maintains within the campus a central library, playground for hockey, volley-ball and other sports facilities like basketball court and throw-ball court, auditorium, hostels and residential quarters, canteen, vehicle parking shed.
The classrooms and laboratories are sufficiently large, airy, and bright. There is regular cleaning, sweeping, and maintenance of furniture and fixture. To create an ambience conducive to study, quiet corners with cemented umbrella sheds are kept for group discussions and individual studies. The auditorium holds regular prayer meetings and the students' programmes and college functions.
The college has a well-organised Central Library with over 30628 books (including junior college) and several periodicals. It has a book-bank facility and there is an Advisory Committee for the library. There is no qualified librarian. The working of the library is smooth and effective. However, the library works only 6-days a week and the working hour of the library is limited to 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., which needs to be extended further to cater to the residential students. The issue, accession, book bank functions, and the inventory of the library are to be computerised, and Internet facility may be provided at the library.
As there is no science department, the college does not have scientific laboratories for its degree students. There are two computer laboratories for the vocational course on Computer Application, with total 29 computers, which includes five Pentium machines (labs are common for junior college). There are 2 computers for the office and accounts works. The computer laboratories are well maintained and properly designed. There is an in-charge for all the computers and for regular maintenance service engineers and technicians are engaged from outside.
In respect of health services, the college does not maintain a full-fledged health centre for having easy and quick access to the emergency facility of the nearby MECON hospital. There is a first-aid facility available at the college and a Sister Nurse pays the immediate attention to the need of the students and staff in the case of sickness.
The college encourages the students to take part in games and sports, especially in hockey, volley-ball, basketball, karate and yoga, among the others, and has playground, court, and sports equipment. There are also indoor games facilities. The students have participated in inter-college, inter-university, state, and national level tournaments. The college may consider engaging a trained instructor for physical education.
There is hostel facility for the residential students with accommodation for about 450 students. It is noticeable that 98 per cent of the residential students are from the rural and tribal areas, and the hostels fees charged are reasonably low. There are also residential quarters for the staff within the campus. There are several welfare schemes for the teachers, staff and students. There is no formal grievance redressal cell in respect of the internal events or matters within the college.
With the growing number of students and the necessity for starting new courses on emerging areas, the college now faces shortage of building space. The teaching departments, especially the honours subjects, may be provided with separate faculty rooms. The management of the college may pay urgent attention to this aspect.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The overall of environment of support available to the students in an institution has a direct impact on motivating the students in the right directions of learning. This is also reflected on the progression of the students to higher levels of academic pursuits and employment. The success rate of about 97 per cent of the students of the college in university examinations is quite satisfactory, especially keeping in view the fact that the most of the students are first generation learners from the tribal areas. On an average, nearly 35 per cent of the students appearing in the university examination obtain first class. In the last two batches, there were 8 and 12 students who obtained university ranks. However, the dropout rate of about 20 per cent is on the higher side.
There is no alumnae association of the college. The college may encourage and initiate a process to form an alumni association, hold annual reunion of past and present students, and maintain a record of past students the college. The example of past students holding prominent positions may also indirectly help motivating the present student. The college regularly publishes and updates its prospectus and annual report.
There are several schemes for providing financial assistance and scholarships to the students, from the government and other agencies. The college does not have an employment and placement cell. Providing career counselling and guidance to the students may be considered and outside agencies may be engaged from time to time, till a regular cell is constituted. The recreational facilities made available to the students are fairly satisfactory. The college has a very active cultural atmosphere. It observes the college Day, Sports Day, Republic Day, Independence Day, and other occasions every year. The students are also taken on excursion and educational tours, picnics, etc. The hostel students participate in the inter-college tribal dance festival every year and most of the times they secure the first or the second position in the dance competition.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college is managed and run as a Minority Christian college by the Institute of Sisters of Charity, Hinoo, Ranchi, under the Society of Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. There is a duly constituted Governing Body with teacher representative, university representative, an educationist and parent representative among the others. There is well-defined hierarchy in the management. Several committees are constituted every three years for overall monitoring and supervision of the activities of the college. These include committees for Management, Academics, Finance, Admissions, Administration, Library, etc. The primary administrative heads are the Principal, Vice-Principal, and the Bursar.
There is no special committee for preparation and monitoring of academic calendar, which is looked after by the Academic Committee. Within the overall academic calendar provided by the university, the college may prepare detailed academic calendar for planning and monitoring its academic activities. Although the college follows the principles of democracy within its departments, some efforts may be given to introduce the concept of participatory management in its present hierarchical structure of management. Several joint committees comprising teachers, students, and staff, along with the management representatives, may be constituted with specific responsibilities and delegated authorities.
The college is a government grant-in-aid institution. There are also a few short-term certificate courses run on self-finance. The accounts section has a supporting computer. The structure of tuition fees and other fees of the courses may also be examined from time to time in relation to the cost of education. The college has a system of exercising budgetary control through annual budget. Steps may be taken to ensure allocation of larger proportion of funds for substantive development projects. The college may also have to emphasise more resource generation in the changing scenario of higher education.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has a record of many healthy traditions and practices. The peer team was observed the fact that there are no symptoms of unrest among the academic communities of the college. In spite of being a Christian Minority college, there is a pluralistic community feeling all around. A discernible pervasive sense of discipline and cleanliness is noted in the overall climate. Some of the practices worth mentioning are given below:
Secured and well-maintained campus.
Healthy students life with vibrant cultural activities and active celebration of all the religious and social festivals; and activities to focus and nurture the India's composite cultural heritage.
Working with specific mission and goals.
Inculcation of civic responsibilities among the students through various extension activities on community development programmes through NSS.
Initial stage financial support from Christian organizations of Germany and Belgium.
Industry linkages for practical and on-the-job training of the students.
Constitution of Students Government and Teachers' Association.
Constitution of active Women Cell.
Community orientation activities.
Active encouragement to games and sports.
Welfare schemes for the teachers, staff, and students.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
There are several aspects of the college in respect of quality assurance of education, which the Peer Team likes to commend:
The college works with specific mission and goal and there is an added realisation that the college has to be flexible and dynamic to keep pace with the changing scenario of higher education.
The active social interface and working for women's empowerment in a tribal area.
Maintenance of a beautiful campus and the sense of discipline and cleanliness all around creating an ideal ambience for a centre of higher earning.
The industry linkages for providing practical training to the students in reputed industries.
The success rate of its students particularly in view of the fact that most of them are first generation learner.
The system of students' evaluation of teachers and transparency of the college examinations.
The extension activities by the students, teachers and the staff of the college.
In spite of commendable achievements there always remains scope for further improvement. Moreover, in the changing scenario of higher education, one has to strive continuously and make adjustment to the changing reality for improvement and quality assurance. The Peer Team likes to make the following suggestions for further improvement and growth of the college:
Strengthening the curricular aspects by introducing more courses on the emerging areas of humanities, social sciences, and art and craft, having relevance to the local needs and vocations.
Strengthening the research and publication activities of the faculty.
Conducting academic research seminars and organising academic conference and workshops more frequently.
Separating the school level 11-12 classes and ensuring more effective utilisation of space by introducing morning sections.
Strengthening the library by extending its working hours, having a qualified librarian, providing Internet, reprography facility and computerisation.
Providing career guidance and counselling to the students.
Initiating the formation of Alumnae Association and devising mechanisms for frequent and active involvement of the alumnae and parents in social occasions and general development of the college.
Formalising the self-appraisal by the teacher as a devise for motivating them to continuously strive for innovations to improve upon teaching quality; use of modern teaching aids to supplement the conventional chalk and talk methods of teaching.
To further the potentiality of students in games and sports, including hockey, basketball, karate, yoga, and athletics, services of trained physical instructor may be availed.
To start under graduate courses in Commerce and Science and also initiate efforts to add more activities in language departments.
To start courses in local and minority languages.
To provide a financial support in terms of scholarships and freeships to tribal and other needy students.
To create a health centre with a view to provide regular and medical advice to the students.
Preparation of phase wise future plan for the development of the institution by envisaging a vision document.
Prof. Vinod P. Saxena (Chairman)
Prof. Sutanu Bhattacharya (Member)
Name of the Head of the Institution
Dr. Sr. Priscilla
Date: November 11, 2003
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